Monthly Archives: March, 2013

The Venus Conspiracy by Michael Cordy

When I read the back cover of this book I was not sure that I would like The Venus Conspracy. However, my husband and I were on holiday and I had finished the other two books I had taken with me.  So there I was, hundreds of miles from home in the Al Garve in …

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The British Museum Indian Love Poetry by A L Dallapiccola

A. L. Dallapiccola  is the author of “Hindu Visions of the Sacred and Hindu Myths” as well as “A Dictionary of Hindu Lore and Legend”.  In this book  “The British Museum Indian Love Poetry” she has collated a beautiful  selection of beautiful Indian love poetry, richly illustrated with vivid paintings from magnificent collections.  I have admitted …

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Never Look Away by Linwood Barclay

Linwood Barclay is a Canadian author.  I had read another of his books. No Time For Goodbye recently. It is reviewed here: https://bookreviewstoday.wordpress.com/2013/03/05/no-time-for-go…inwood-barclay/. I found Never Look Away being promoted in my local library.  I could not pass it by!  This is a very clever mystery.  The author plays word games with the reader. The story …

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As Far As My Feet Will Carry Me by James M Bauer

I admit, it sometimes takes me a while to catch up with things.  This book is one of these cases.  The book was originally published in German “So weit die Füße tragen” in 1955. “As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me” has seen international success ever since.  It was since been released as a film in 2001 …

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Holding poems by Maggie Rabatski

Maggie Rabatski is a truly gifted poet.  She has been nominated for the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust 2011 Book Awards for her first anthology ‘Down from the Dance’ (“an Deidh an Dannsa”).  There are many elements that go to make Maggie’s rich and diverse poetry.  She hales from the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides of …

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Close by Martina Cole

I took Close by Martina Cole with me on a recent holiday to Portugal. I had only read one of Martina Cole’s books before.  That was “The Family”.  I  figured that with over 600 pages this book would probably keep me going for a week.. However, like “The Family”  this book, “Close” deals with the progression …

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The Alphabet Sisters by Monica McInerney

Australian born Dublin, Ireland based author, Monica McInerney,  has written several best-selling novels.  I found her book “The Alphabet Sisters” when my local library was selling off some books.  The story revolves around three sisters Anna, Bett, and Carrie Quinlan. They were childhood singing stars known as The Alphabet Sisters. Their flamboyant grandmother Lola was the …

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Th Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

Muriel Barbery is a most interesting woman.  She was born in Casablanca, Morocco, Africa but raised in France.  Now she and her husband live in Japan.  She is a professor of philosophy, as a result of which this book is not only very French in attitude, but also peppered with philosophical theories. This is a very …

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A Small Weeping by Alex Gray

  Alex Gray is a well respected author in Scotland and, although I enjoy detective novels, I had never read any of her work.  My friend Dawn recommended her work to me, so I chose this book when I found it in our local library.  Gray’s books revolve around her character Detective Chief Inspector Lorimer. …

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Port Mortuary by Patricia Cornwell

Port Mortuary is the eighteenth book by Patricia Cornwell featuring Dr Kay Scarpetta.  She might not be the warmest of heroines, but she is certainly one of the most compelling.  I usually enjoy Patricia Cornwell’s books and have read several of them, so I was pleased to find one that was new to me in our …

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