May 01

Trollhunters by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus

This action/fantasy book is for younger teen audiences, something which is not entirely clear in the blurb given for it on BorrowBox, where I downloaded the audio. The audio is great: the reader does each character distinctly. The plot is a little flat, but that could be because it is for a young age group, […]

The Midwife of Venice

The Midwife of Venice by Roberta Rich is a historical novel that offers the reader a peep into “women’s business” in the year of 1575 in Venice. Hannah is a Jewish midwife and reputed to be the best. She has a secret. A device she refers to as her “birthing spoons”, a primitive version of […]

April 25

Lest we forget “Sunflower”

Sunflower by Colin McLaren is the fascinating story of “An Anzac, who in his search of adventure and love, gave himself to a dream and survived a nightmare” (Prologue, page 3).  Nineteen year old George Dawson Bingham worked the railway lines as a ganger when Australia joined the efforts of The Great War. George Dawson […]

April 24

The Ecclesiastical History of England by the Venerable Bede

This book has a niche audience. I enjoyed it, and found the following features appealing: it describes the early history of the English. I’m into Arthuriana, so the period is one to which I’m drawn. It is written with an interesting archaic cadence, which works well in audiobook.  I listened to the free Librivox English edition […]

April 21

More Bitter Than Death

More Bitter than Death by Camilla Grebe and Asa Traff. Post by Robyn. A very good read about a very important subject. When a group of women get together to share and perhaps try to make sense of their experiences of domestic violence, they could not have predicted the chain of events that follow. All […]

April 20

First Response – a terrorist plot

First Response by Stephen Leather. I love both of the series by bestselling author Stephen Leather featuring the characters of Spider Shepherd and Jack Nightingale respectively. I was surprised to find that this new novel features a terrific new character – Muslim police superintendent Mo Kamran. First Response has been written as a standalone novel, but […]

April 19

A street cat named Bob

A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen. A Street Cat Named Bob is the first in a charming series of books about a busker who adopted a stray marmalade moggy from the streets of London. James Bowen came home one evening to find an injured cat lying at the bottom of the stairs to […]

April 18

It was only ever you

It Was Only Ever You by Kate Kerrigan Post by Sandra. This book is a wonderful story about three girls in the early years of rock and roll.  The story starts out in Ireland, County Mayo, and later is set in the halcyon days of New York where there were dance clubs and venues which […]

April 17

Dancing in the moonlight

Dancing in the Moonlight by Rita Bradshaw. Post by Sandra Taylor. This very realistic story is set in England during the depression years and the lead up to the second world war and its aftermath.  It does seem to be historical fiction at its best but is also raw and gritty.  It does not spare […]

April 15

Georgiana Molloy: the mind that shines by Bernice Barry

Reviewed by Lyn Reilly Georgiana Molloy: the mind that shines by Bernice Barry Georgiana Molloy: the mind that shines (a biography of one of Australia’s first female botanical collectors) by Bernice Barry, 2016 Pan Macmillan Australia The subtitle is taken from a song of Robert Burns ‘the mind that shines in ev’ry grace’ Georgiana was […]