Monthly Archives: October 2011

Losing your mind

The final two books I have read during my most recent binge that will remain forever half-reviewed are Alice LaPlante’s Turn of Mind and S.J. Watson’s Before I Go To Sleep. The reason for not reviewing these properly is a … Continue reading

Posted in Alice LaPlante, mini review, S J Watson | 12 Comments

Maximum reading: minimum reviewing

The main prompt for me to start this blog was to write down my thoughts about the books I read so that my future self would be a little less ignorant about my reading than I had been in the … Continue reading

Posted in Arnaldur Indriðason, Camilla Lackberg, Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, mini review, S J Bolton, Yrsa Sigurdardottir | 21 Comments

Review: Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin

I had no real plan to read this book until I noticed it won the UK CWA’s Gold Dagger award earlier this month and was the only book from the shortlist for that award which I had not read. As … Continue reading

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Review: Second Violin by John Lawton

Second Violin attempts, I think, to be something of an epic; somewhat audaciously depicting many aspects of war time life both in continental Europe and in Britain and delving into all classes and communities.  From the Austrian/German Anschluss in 1938 the book … Continue reading

Posted in Austria, book review, England, John Lawton | 13 Comments

All eReading apps are not created equal

Since buying my iPad earlier this year I have tried out some of the reading apps available for the platform. I don’t have any plans to use the device for all my eReading (I much prefer eInk readers) but as … Continue reading

Posted in eAdventure | 12 Comments

Review: Blood Atonement by Dan Waddell

Blood Atonement is the second book in Dan Waddell’s series featuring English genealogist Nigel Barnes, who once again teams up with police who are investigating a current crime which has links to the past. The book opens with police called … Continue reading

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Sisters in Crime Challenge Post #3: The genre busters

This post at Petrona reminded me of a tremendous small Australian publishing house called Spinifex Press which specialises in ‘publishing innovative and controversial feminist books with an optimistic edge’. A few years ago they re-published Australian author Finola Moorhead’s Still … Continue reading

Posted in Dorothy Porter, Finola Moorhead (Aus), Karin Alvtegen, list, memes and challenges, Natsuo Kirino | 12 Comments

Another non review, this time A D Miller’s Snowdrops

This is the synopsis of a book that judges of this year’s Man Booker Prize for fiction selected for the Prize’s shortlist “… a riveting psychological drama that unfolds over the course of one Moscow winter, as a young Englishman’s … Continue reading

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Review: The Vault by Ruth Rendell

I’ve written before of my teenage self’s rejection of Ruth Rendell’s Inspector Wexford series and my subsequent luke warm appreciation of the books, but last year I rather enjoyed book 22 of the series, The Monster in the Box, though I … Continue reading

Posted in book review, England, Ruth Rendell | 10 Comments

Review: Mercy by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Note: this book is published in the US as The Keeper of Lost Causes and is referred to at the author’s website as The Woman in the Cage. Given that everyone in the world has already read this book (refer … Continue reading

Posted in book review, Denmark, Jussi Adler-Olsen, Nordic Challenge 2011 | 14 Comments