Monthly Archives: November, 2015

The Message by Mary A.Berger

When I started to read The Message, I really did not know what to expect as I had never read any of Mary A. Berger’s novels before. However, this is the third book in her Mattie Mitchell series. It won the Pinnacle Achievement Award for the Best in Category in the Autumn of 2014. I am …

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Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O’Farrell

I had never read any novels by Maggie O’Farrell and this is not a book that I would have chosen, but for the fact it was book of the month for my local book group. Others in the group had read Maggie O’Farrell’s work before, so I was quite looking forward to Instructions for a …

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Swanwick Writers’ Summer School 2015

I am a writer and had heard about Swanwick Writers’ Summer School from fellow writers, two or three years ago. However,  it was only this summer that I finally plucked up the courage to attend. I had heard it was a very inclusive and friendly environment, but I was dubious. I was going to be …

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Afraid by Mandasue Heller

To date I had always enjoyed the books by Mandasue Heller that I have read and several are reviewed on this site: including Two Faced, https://bookreviewstoday.info/2015/03/30/two-faced-by-manda-sue-heller/, and The Driver https://bookreviewstoday.info/2015/04/29/the-driver-by-mandasue-heller/. As a result of this, when I heard she had this new book out, Afraid, I was keen to read it. Then, as luck would have it, …

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The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

Our book group suffered a confusion and we were offered two books to choose from instead of one book for the month being nominated. My friend Maggie had read The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga and suggested that we go with this book instead of the other on offer. I am glad her suggestion was …

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The Good News and The Bad News by guest author Mort Laitner

This piece of satire by Mort Laitner was first published on 31 October, 2015 at http://mortlaitner.com/2015/10/31/the-good-news-and-the-bad-news/. The Good News and The Bad News Most writers and many people with a book buried deep beneath their gut have a least these three long-shot dreams. For those of you interested in knowing if you are one of these …

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The Hunger Angel by Herta Muller

My friend, Aileen, gave me her copy of Herta Muller’s The Hunger Angel when she had finished it. It is not a book that I would have chosen myself. However, I am so glad that I read it. It is spellbinding. The author, Herta Muller is most interesting. She was born in Romania, and grew up …

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Murder in Palm Beach by Bob Brink

When Bob Brink asked me to review his debut novel, Murder in Palm Beach, I was unable to do so immediately due to other pressures on my time. That was a shame, bacause when I started the book, I really enjoyed it. Of course, anybody who reads this blog knows I espaecially enjoy murder mysteries. …

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