Author Archives: bernadetteinoz

Review: AUNTY LEE’S DELIGHTS by Ovidia Yu

Summer in my part of the world brings some pretty intense temperatures and at such times I look for something light to read (when I can tear myself away from binge watching The Crown, a show I should have no … Continue reading

Posted in book review, Ovidia Yu, Singapore | 3 Comments

Six Degrees of Separation: From The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency to The Last Policeman

I’ve always liked the Six Degrees of Separation meme hosted by Kate from booksaremyfavouriteandbest but I’ve not participated before. However with no bookish goals this year it feels like the time to try new things. This month Kate offers THE … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander McCall Smith, memes and challenges, Unity Dow | Tagged | 9 Comments

2017: The Charts and a Goals Update

Last year’s reading as seen through charts My absolute favourite book blog thing to do each year is reflecting on my year’s reading through a series of charts. Because I can more than because it is meaningful. The first chart … Continue reading

Posted in books of the year, charts, charts, charts | 17 Comments

2017: The Favourites as Reading Bingo

I first reflected on a year’s reading via the Reading Bingo scorecard for 2016 and have decided to do it again this year. Mostly because it sneakily allows me to have more than the usual 10 or 12 books in … Continue reading

Posted in Adrian McKinty, Bill Crider, books of the year, Christopher Brrookmyre, David Casarett, Denise Mina, Elisabeth Sanxay Holding, Gianrico Carofiglio, Hans Olav Lahlum, Holly Throsby (Aus), Jock Serong (Aus), Karin Alvtegen, Kati Hiekkapelto, Leif G.W. Persson, Liane Moriarty (Aus), Mark Brandi (Aus), Megan Norris (Aus), Michael Robotham (Aus), Sarah Ward, Shamini Flint, Sue Grafton, Sulari Gentill (Aus), Vaseem Khan, Yrsa Sigurdardottir | 16 Comments

Two cosy stops on my virtual tour of the USA

As the calendar year draws to an end I’m always a bit reluctant to start books that are likely to be long and/or overly grim reads which, for a crime fiction fan, reduces the potential reading pile somewhat. So this … Continue reading

Posted in Jenn McKinlay, Lynn Cahoon, USA | 4 Comments

Review: THE BLANK WALL by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding

Thanks to Patricia Abbott for recommending this one. I really liked discovering this author (that I’d never even heard of let alone read before), especially in this Persephone Books edition. They really put the class back into publishing; it comes … Continue reading

Posted in book review, Elisabeth Sanxay Holding, USA | 8 Comments

A Shamini Flint love fest

I don’t remember the last time I read two books by the same author in immediate succession. It’s been at least 11 years (that’s when I started keeping a detailed record of my reading) but I have a sense it’s … Continue reading

Posted in China, India, mini review, Shamini Flint | 6 Comments

Gift ideas for mystery lovers

As an unemployed person in dubious health* I ought not be spending money on frivolities but I couldn’t resist trying out a Vintage Mystery Box (aka Coffee and Crime but you can’t post coffee to Australia). Kate from Cross Examining … Continue reading

Posted in random thoughts | 9 Comments

Review: ICARUS by Deon Meyer

ICARUS is the latest of Deon Meyer’s intelligent, accessible thrillers set in South Africa, offering his usual mix of local colour and universal themes. The core mystery involves an investigation into the death of Ernst Richter, a young man whose chief … Continue reading

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Review: A NECESSARY EVIL by Abir Mukherjee

I heard about this book on an episode of Two Crime Writers and a Microphone (a UK-based podcast that focuses on crime fiction) and was intrigued enough to track down a copy. The tale of a royal murder in 1920’s … Continue reading

Posted in Abir Mukherjee, book review, India | 7 Comments