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Book Review – S IS FOR SILENCE by Sue Grafton

Book Review – S IS FOR SILENCE by Sue Grafton

This is the second novel by Sue Grafton that I have read. I thoroughly enjoyed B is for Burglar when I read it over a year ago and was looking forward to reading another Kinsey Millhone mystery.

Unfortunately S is for Silence didn’t live up to expectations for me. The murder mystery story itself was quite good, with a reasonably complex plot with clues gradually unveiled through flashbacks from multiple characters viewpoints. For me however, the element I most enjoyed in B is for Burglar, the personal touch of PI Kinsey Millhone, was somehow lacking this time round. Rather than being a central figure, she seemed to play a lesser role in this novel.

Book Review – MUSIC OF CHANCE by Paul Auster

Book Review – MUSIC OF CHANCE by Paul Auster

Paul Auster’s Music of Chance is a story of both absurdity and intensity that will keep you guessing.
Add together two screw-ups, Nashe and Pozzi, chancing their luck at a game of poker with two eccentric millionaires, Flower and Stone, who just happen to want to build a stone wall in a field on their estate and you have the basic plot of Auster’s Music of Chance. Although this is the first title of Auster’s I have read, I think it is probably safe for me to say that Auster’s bizarre plots are merely vehicles through which much deeper stories are told.

SCENE STEALER by Elise Warner, Book Review & Interview

SCENE STEALER by Elise Warner, Book Review & Interview

Elise Warner’s debut novel Scene Stealer is a cozy mystery with attitude.
“For a moment our eyes met; his were frightened, seeking help. Was it my imagination gone wild? No. After all those years of teaching elementary school, I knew this child was afraid.”

Book Review – THE SIX SACRED STONES by Matthew Reilly

Book Review – THE SIX SACRED STONES by Matthew Reilly

The Six Sacred Stones is action-packed and an enjoyable read but has Matthew Reilly bitten off more than even he can chew this time?
Jack West Jr., the seemingly invincible defender of the free world and all round nice guys’ peace and solitude on his farm in outback Australia is rudely interrupted by an army of invaders one morning. This sets in motion the coming together of all our favourite characters that helped Jack save the world last time in The Seven Ancient Wonders – Pooh Bear, Wizard, Stretch, Sky Monster, Lily and Zoe.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson, Review

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson, Review

The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest, the finale of Stieg Larsson’s groundbreaking Millennium Trilogy wholeheartedly deserves its place amongst the bestselling crime fiction of this decade.
The action begins swiftly, exactly where Larsson left readers in the cliffhanging ending of The Girl Who Played With Fire.

Book Review – GONE by Lisa Gardner

Book Review – GONE by Lisa Gardner

BOOK RATING: The Writing 3 / 5 ;  The Story 4 / 5 BOOK DETAILS: Gone (The Book Depository), Gone (Amazon) Book Synopsis Ex-FBI profiler Pierce Quincy has just been thrown into his worst nightmare. A car has been found abandoned,…

Four Fast Reviews – Peters, Marquez, Unger and Fluke

Four Fast Reviews – Peters, Marquez, Unger and Fluke

When my reviews outstanding hit four I have decided I just have to stop procrastinating on the perfect way to describe my feelings about the books and post my thoughts quickly otherwise I will never keep up with my reading pile! So…

The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson, Book Review

The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson, Book Review

Gripping. The second instalment of Stieg Larsson’s Millenium Trilogy, The Girl Who Played With Fire, is not just a worthy successor to the first, it is even better!
Why is it better? This novel is where the reader is properly introduced to the feisty heroine Lisbeth Salander.

Book Review – THE APPRENTICE by Tess Gerritsen

Book Review – THE APPRENTICE by Tess Gerritsen

Chilling. This novel is fast paced and a true thriller. Tess Gerritsen’s female protagonist, Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli, is a very real character. She is strong and opinionated, but she has baggage that influences her – from a previous murder case and from being one of the few females to have succeeded in a male dominated profession.

HELL ISLAND by Matthew Reilly, Review: Action-packed morsel

HELL ISLAND by Matthew Reilly, Review: Action-packed morsel

Matthew Reilly’s Hell Island was originally released in 2005 for the Australian Books Alive initiative. The novella was given free with the purchase of any novel or book that was part the extensive Books Alive range, selected specifically to encourage reading…

SEVEN ANCIENT WONDERS by Matthew Reilly, Review

SEVEN ANCIENT WONDERS by Matthew Reilly, Review

Seven Ancient Wonders Synopsis: Also published as Seven Deadly Wonders Two thousand years ago, it was hidden within the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Now, in the present day, it must be found again… Captain Jack West Jr –…

TWO LITTLE GIRLS IN BLUE by Mary Higgins Clark

TWO LITTLE GIRLS IN BLUE by Mary Higgins Clark

BOOK RATING: The Story 4 / 5 ; The Writing 3 / 5 BOOK REVIEW: Intricate and compelling. This is the first Mary Higgins Clark that I’ve read and I’ve found her to be a skilled story crafter. The subjects…

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, Review

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, Review

Extraordinary. Stieg Larsson’s thrilling novel, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo really does deserve the praise it has been given and its place atop the bestseller lists. It is different to any other crime novel I have read. Larsson tells…

Joanna Hines’ novels, Surface Tension & Improvising Carla

Joanna Hines’ novels, Surface Tension & Improvising Carla

The Joanna Hines’ novels, Surface Tension and Improving Carla, are highly compelling reads that are worth looking out for at second-hand bookstores. Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller Surface Tension Synopsis In the scorching summer of 1976, six friends enjoy a blissful time…

Tyrannosaur Canyon by Douglas Preston, Book Review

Tyrannosaur Canyon by Douglas Preston, Book Review

Tyrannosaur Canyon, the first novel in Douglas Preston’s Wyman Ford Series, is a real page-turner. Read on for our review. Tyrannosaur Canyon Book Synopsis Wyman Ford #1 A moon rock missing for thirty years… Five buckets of blood-soaked sand found…