Monthly Archives: February, 2014

Room by Erica Donoghue

Room is a literary classic!  Truly this book takes you from the darkness into the light.  It creeps up, gradually and then grabs you and does not let you go until you have read and absorbed every last word. Room is a novel by Irish-Canadian author Emma Donoghue. She is an Irish born playwright and …

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Final Appeal by Lisa Scottoline

I understand this was the second book that Lisa Scottoline wrote.  She is an American mystery writer.  She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA on 1 July 1955.  She read law at the University of Pennsylvania and practised law in her native city of Philadelphia before starting to write. I quite enjoyed this one. It …

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Following the Wake by Gemma O’Connor

Gemma O’Connor is one of Ireland’s most popular mystery writers.  She was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1940.Educated in both in Ireland and in France.  She lived in Oxford, England where she worked as a bookbinder, a book restorer and also as a stewardess before she became a writer.  In 1995 she published her first mystery story which became successful.  …

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Dead and Buried by Quintin Jardine

Quintin Jardine is the author of two much-acclaimed and best-selling series of detective novels.  I much prefer his Bob Skinner books.  The author was born in Motherwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland and educated there and then read law at  Glasgow University, Scotland. He proceeded to have an eventful career as a journalist, government information officer, political spin-doctor …

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Killing the Shadows by Val McDermid

Val McDermid is an author who was born and educated on the east coast of Scotland and then attended Oxford University. Upon leaving university, she became a journalist.  She and her cats now live in Manchester, England.  Her first book, Report for Murder was published in 1987 and since then she has gone on to have 25 …

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The gleaming clouds by Murray Alfredson

Murray Alfredson is an Australian writer and poet who lives on the Fleurieu Peninsula by Gulf St Vincent in South Australia. He is a former librarian, lecturer in librarianship and Buddhist Associate in the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy at Flinders University. He has previously published essays on Buddhist meditation and on inter-faith relations in Theravada, The middle way, In …

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Goodnight Nobody by Jennifer Weiner

Goodnight Nobody is Weiner’s first attempt at writing a mystery.    Although, I suppose this book would be classed as chick lit, it is still a really well written mystery.   Perhaps this is not so very surprising as Jennifer Weiner is a former journalist who now works as a writer and television producer. She …

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