Book Review – THE MIDNIGHT PROMISE by Zane Lovitt

The Midnight Promise by Zane Lovitt

The Midnight Promise, A Detective’s Story in Ten Cases Synopsis:  Winner, Ned Kelly Awards, Best First Fiction, 2013 A brilliant Melbourne crime novel, told in ten hardboiled stories. John Dorn is a private investigator. Just like his father used to be. It says ‘private inquiry agent’ in John’s Yellow Pages ad because that’s what his old […]

Book Review – THE TWO HOTEL FRANCFORTS by David Leavitt

The Two Hotel Francforts by David Leavitt

The Two Hotel Francforts Synopsis: It is the summer of 1940, and Lisbon is one of the only neutral ports left in Europe – a city filled with spies, crowned heads and refugees of every nationality, tipping back absinthe to while away the time until their escape. Awaiting safe passage to New York on the S. S. […]

Book Review – THE ROSIE PROJECT by Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion Text Publishing

The Rosie Project Synopsis  Meet Don. Don is a genetics professor who just might be somewhere on the autistic spectrum. He looks a little like Gregory Peck and is getting married. He just doesn’t know who to yet. But he has designed a very detailed questionnaire to help him find the perfect woman. And it’s definitely […]

Book Review – THE SIGNATURE OF ALL THINGS by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Signature of All Things Synopsis: 5th January 1800. Alma Whittaker is born into a perfect Philadelphia winter. Her father, Henry Whittaker, is a bold and charismatic botanical explorer whose vast fortune belies his lowly beginnings as a vagrant in Sir Joseph Banks’ Kew Gardens and as a deck hand on Captain Cook’s HMS Resolution. Alma’s mother, […]

Book Review – CHASING THE LIGHT by Jesse Blackadder

Chasing the Light by Jesse Blackadder

Chasing the Light Synopsis It’s the early 1930s. Antarctic open-sea whaling is booming and a territorial race for the mysterious continent between Norwegian and British-Australian interests is in full swing. Aboard a ship setting sail from Cape Town carrying the Norwegian whaling magnate Lars Christensen are three women: Lillemor Rachlew, who tricked her way on to […]

Book Review – THE EARTH HUMS IN B FLAT by Mari Strachan

The Earth Hums in B Flat by Mari Strachan

The Earth Hums in B Flat Synopsis Young Gwenni Morgan is fond of strawberry whip, detective stories, and asking difficult questions. When a neighbour mysteriously vanishes, she resolves to uncover the secret of his disappearance. She truthfully records what she sees and hears: but are her deductions correct? What is the real truth? And what […]

Book Review – RIDING THE TRAINS IN JAPAN by Patrick Holland

Riding the Trains in Japan by Patrick Holland

Riding the Trains in Japan Synopsis Travels in the Sacred and Supermodern East Arriving late in Kyoto Patrick Holland cannot find a room for the night. Homeless and disorientated and in a place where loitering is not encouraged his only solution is to ride the trains. The train journey becomes a thread in book that […]

Book Review – THE FLUTE PLAYER by Shawn Mihalik

The Flute Player by Shawn Mihalik

The Flute Player Synopsis For nearly ten years, young Oliver has begrudgingly accepted his position as the flute player of the peaceful village of Drommar—a responsibility thrust upon him after the previous flute player, and Oliver’s best friend, drowned in a tragic childhood accident. Now on the cusp of adulthood, a mysterious young woman enters […]