Category Archives: Book reviews

What we’ve been reading

hornblower2 March 27

Reading Journal: March 2015

(19) The Intoxicated Ghost and Other Stories by Arlo Bates. Arlo Bates wasan American author and academic early in the Twentieth Century. The collection is interesting, but not excellent, saving one story I’d like to highlight Miss Gaylord and Jenny, which is one of the earliest uses of dissociative identity disorder I’ve seen in fiction. […]

ShakespeareBLR_FBgraphic March 24

Overdrive’s Big Library read is back

Join readers from all over the world with Overdrive’s Big Library Read. This month’s book is Shakespeare Saved my Life by Laura Bates. Shakespeare professor and prison volunteer Laura Bates thought she had seen it all. That is, until she decided to teach Shakespeare in a place the bard had never been before — supermax […]

kind worth killing March 13

The Kind Worth Killing

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson. Post by Robyn55. No doubt inspired by Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers on a Train, The Kind Worth Killing is no less read-worthy.  Is it better or worse than it’s inspiration? Read it and let me know what you think. The events occurring after Ted Severson and Lily Kramer meet […]

proof March 12


Proof by Dick Francis. Another great mystery by one of the world’s best thriller writers. Tony Beach is a young and recently widowed wine merchant. He is catering a party for one of the local horse trainers when a runaway horsebox runs into the marquee full of people, killing some of them, seeming like a horrific but random […]

Hypocrites' isle March 11

March Online ebook club – Hypocrites’ Isle by Ken McClure

This month we’re heading back to fiction with thought-provoking thriller Hypocrites’ Isle.

Dr Frank Simmons works in the University of Edinburgh’s medical school. One of his PhD students, Gavin, makes a breakthrough in the cure for cancer and no one seems to be interested. This disinterest soon turns to open warfare as Gavin’s work is sabotaged and a sad paradox is revealed – the cancer research institute can only justify its existence by not curing the disease.

Jerusalem March 11


Jerusalem by Yatam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi. Post by Robyn55. You would think that with the abundance of celebrity chefs and their cookbooks that there is nothing new to find. Have a look at Jerusalem! By now most people will have heard of Yotam Ottolenghi. The main thing of interest in this book is its […]

Febraury Online ebook Club wrap-up – Wild

I started reading this book expecting to hate it. Everyone I knew who had read it, hated it passionately. They found the author, Cheryl Strayed completely unlikeable and self-absorbed. While I didn’t love the book, I really didn’t hate it and I certainly didn’t hate the author.

winter of the world March 10

Winter of the World

Winter of the World by Ken Follett. Post by Robyn55. I should title this review “How could I not have known!” Ken Follett had been mentioned to me as someone who wrote good books but for some reason I paid no attention – until this Christmas… Looking for a hefty read to allow me to mainly ignore the […]

umbrella March 08

Beach reads and true confessions

It’s hard to confess to a distaste for sun and surf and sand when you live where I live. But, that’s not to say I don’t like beaches…

cake March 07

Read it aloud with Dr Seuss

We’ve had a whole lot of Seusstacular fun this week in our libraries, celebrating Dr Seuss Day. Stories were read, games were played and cake was eaten. You can check out some very cute cats in their hats on our Facebook page. If you are twisting your whiskers because you missed out, never fear! There’s […]


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