3.5+ Stars

LE CHATEAU by Sarah Ridout, Book Review: Evocative

LE CHATEAU by Sarah Ridout, Book Review: Evocative

In Le Chateau, Sarah Ridout’s evocation of the sights, sounds, scent and mystique of Southern France will be the envy of many authors. Le Chateau Synopsis What really happened at the Chateau? When Charlotte regains consciousness after an accident, she finds…

Book Review – THE NINJA’S DAUGHTER by Susan Spann

Book Review – THE NINJA’S DAUGHTER by Susan Spann

The Ninja’s Daughter Synopsis : An Hiro Hattori Novel/Shinobi Mystery Autumn, 1565: When an actor’s daughter is murdered on the banks of Kyoto’s Kamo River, master ninja Hiro Hattori and Portuguese Jesuit Father Mateo are the victim’s only hope for justice. As…

KILLING ADONIS by J M Donellan, Book Review

KILLING ADONIS by J M Donellan, Book Review

Killing Adonis has recently published in the US by Poisoned Pen Press Mysteries. Killing Adonis Synopsis: LIGHT DUTIES, LARGE PAY NO QUESTIONS ASKED … OR ANSWERED After seeing a curious flyer, Freya takes a job caring for Elijah, the comatose son of…

Book Review – I WAS TOLD THERE’D BE CAKE by Sloane Crosley

Book Review – I WAS TOLD THERE’D BE CAKE by Sloane Crosley

I Was Told There’d Be Cake Synopsis : Wry, hilarious, and profoundly genuine, this debut collection of literary essays is a celebration of fallibility and haplessness in all their glory. From despoiling an exhibit at the Natural History Museum to provoking the…

The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell, Book Review

The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell, Book Review

In Catherine Lowell’s debut novel The Madwoman Upstairs, the only remaining descendant of the Brontë family embarks on a modern-day literary scavenger hunt (with the help of a handsome but inscrutable Oxford professor) to find the family’s long-rumored secret estate,…

Book Review – FERRY TALE by Shannon Young

Book Review – FERRY TALE by Shannon Young

Ferry Tale Synopsis : She wants to be someone else… Katrina Keller flees to Hong Kong after the most humiliating moment of her life goes viral on YouTube. She starts over as a lounge singer in a fancy hotel, wishing only to…

HINDSIGHT & CRAVEN by Melanie Casey, Book Reviews

HINDSIGHT & CRAVEN by Melanie Casey, Book Reviews

Hindsight Synopsis Cass Lehman has a terrifying ‘gift’… She sees what others can’t… The youngest in a family of extraordinary women with supernatural talents, Cass is cursed with the not-so-sexy gift of seeing the past… but not just any past; she…

UNDER THE NET by Iris Murdoch, Book Review: Unravelling farce

UNDER THE NET by Iris Murdoch, Book Review: Unravelling farce

Under the Net, Iris Murdoch’s first novel, features Jake Donaghue and sidekicks getting into predicaments, barbed banter and deception. Under the Net Synopsis: Iris Murdoch’s first novel is set in a part of London where struggling writers rub shoulders with successful…

Book Review – MUSE by Jonathan Galassi

Book Review – MUSE by Jonathan Galassi

Muse Synopsis : Paul Dukach is heir apparent at Purcell & Stern, one of the last independent publishing houses in New York, whose shabby offices on Union Square belie the treasures of its list. Thanks to his boss, the flamboyant Homer Stern,…

LITTLE PRETTY THINGS by Lori Rader-Day, Book Review

LITTLE PRETTY THINGS by Lori Rader-Day, Book Review

Little Pretty Things is the second novel from author Lori Rader-Day. Little Pretty Things Synopsis: OLD RIVALRIES NEVER DIE. BUT SOME RIVALS DO. Juliet Townsend is stuck in a dead-end job cleaning at a cheap motel, stealing little pretty things that catch…

Book Review – WAVE by Hoa Pham

Book Review – WAVE by Hoa Pham

Wave Synopsis : I remember how you were, not how you are. We were we until we became you and I. Midori and Âu Cô are international university students tasting freedom from family for the first time. They discover Melbourne and each other….

MODERN ROMANCE by Aziz Ansari, Book Review

MODERN ROMANCE by Aziz Ansari, Book Review

Modern Romance Synopsis : ‘An Investigation’, co-authored by Eric Klinenberg People today have more romantic options than at any point in human history, and thanks to social media, smartphones and online dating, our abilities to connect with these options are staggering. Yet we…

FARABEUF by Salvador Elizondo, Book Review: Powerful

FARABEUF by Salvador Elizondo, Book Review: Powerful

Farabeuf by Salvador Elizondo, or, ‘The Chronicle of an Instant’ is intensely absorbing but also deeply disturbing. A literary classic now available in English. Farabeuf or, The Chronicle of an Instant Synopsis: A ’60s Mexican cult masterpiece, Farabeuf is an enigmatic vision of…