Other People’s Lives

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Extraordinarily tricky - this book will have you going back to re-read sections - shaking your head in wonder as you uncover the fiendishly-clever writing required to support that crazy-out-of-nowhere-humdinger-of-an-ending. This adroitness alone would easily merit the five stars - but this is one snappy, absorbing, fascinating read, an…

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The Lake Templeton Murders

🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2 A smartly sassy ride-along with an awesome new female Private Investigator, Fati Rizvi, - a coffee-loving, bear-spray-armed, no-holds-barred powerhouse, with a healthy disregard for all things pink and sparkly, as well as pretty much all authority and convention. Based in Lake Templeton, a fictional small lakeside community in…

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Murder on Oxford Lane

🌟🌟🌟1/2 Intricate, tightly-plotted mystery yarn with plenty of twists, red herrings, and deliberate misfires guaranteed to keep you shaking your head and guessing. The first in the “Midlands Crime” series, set in and around Worcestershire, Birmingham and Warwickshire, centering on a crime-fighting squad known as “Heart of England” Police, the…

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Summer in Bellbird Bay

🌟🌟🌟1/2 A contemporary romance set in the beautiful sun, sand, and surf of Queensland’s Bellbird Bay. Ailsa McNeil, 52 years old, has just learned that her twenty-five year marriage to her husband Bob, (suddenly and somewhat mysteriously behaving like a “surly loner”, distancing himself in all forms of communication from…

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Brown Eyes

🌟🌟🌟 Benji is a black Labrador, and interestingly, also a narrator of this book, which features a dog’s-eye view of the complications that can arise in seemingly perfect human lives. Meriel, the main (human) protagonist, and the story’s second-provided POV, believes herself to be happily married. Until the day she…

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Finn and Fred’s Arctic Adventure

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (Agest 3 to 8) A delightful and poignant picture book, universally accessible in melodic and simple rhyme, packaging an environmental message so endearingly told that it will reach even the youngest child. Gorgeously illustrated with pictures so pure and vibrant they could be original cartoon celluloid, this book will…

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