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QUEEN OF THE FLOWERS by Kerry Greenwood, Book Review

QUEEN OF THE FLOWERS by Kerry Greenwood, Book Review

Kerry Greenwood’s everlasting protagonist Phryne Fisher, femme fatale private investigator is a woman who knows what she wants and how to get. She has a taste for the finer things in life, be they food, drink, apparel, cars or men.

What makes such a character all the more appealing is the setting in which we find her – St Kilda, Victoria Australia in the 1920s. She speaks her mind and uses her enviable charms to get away with doing so. She takes a somewhat liberal attitude to the achievement of justice for those causes she takes under her wing. Although Phryne is considered ‘fast’ by many, she has a strong moral code very much ahead of her time. She dotes on her two adopted daughters and is the perfect host to all those that enter her household.

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.”

Addition by Toni Jordan, Review: Quirky & intelligent romance

Addition by Toni Jordan, Review: Quirky & intelligent romance

Toni Jordan’s Addition was… Winner, Indie Awards, Best Debut Fiction, 2008 Longlisted, Miles Franklin Literary Award, 2009 Shortlisted, Australian Book Industry Awards, Best General Fiction Book, 2008 Addition Synopsis Grace Lisa Vandenburg counts. The letters in her name (19). The steps she…

The Last Anniversary, Review: Liane Moriarty’s cosy mystery

The Last Anniversary, Review: Liane Moriarty’s cosy mystery

Delightful. Liane Moriarty’s novel The Last Anniversary is a wonderful blend of chick lit, drama and cosy mystery. The subtitle, ‘sometimes you have to come up with your own fairytale ending’ is the attention grabber and a sentiment that many women will identify with.

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…

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…