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Theodore Boone: Young Lawyer by John Grisham

When I picked up this book, I did not realise it was a young adult book. However, I read it anyway: although I am not the target audience, I quite enjoyed the book apparently, it is the first in a series about Theodore Boone. Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer as it is titled in the USA (known …

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The Red Pony by John Steinbeck

It had been a long time since I read any of John Steinbeck’s work, although I remember with great fondness being taken to Cannery Row in Monterey, California, USA when I visited my Aunt and Uncle, 40 years ago, at their home in 17 Mile Drive, Pebble Beach. I thought it was so exciting that …

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Serpico by Peter Maas

Peter Maas was an American journalist and author born of Dutch and Irish ancestry in New York City, New York State USA on 27 June 1929.  He died on 23 August 2001.  Maas was educated at the prestigious Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.  Much of Maas’s writing featured crime and policing.  In this book, …

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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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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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There are Seven Notes by Sudhu Balagopal

Sudha Balagopal was born and raised in India but has lived in the United States for over twenty years. She has a Master’s degree  in Journalism and Communications from the University  of Florida.   She works as a freelance writer and her short stories have been published  in a number of magazines of international repute in the USA, India and …

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The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zapon

This is a masterpiece! My friend Leah gave me The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zapon.  She had just finished reading it and thought I would enjoy it, so she passed it on. Let me just say it was the best gift I’ve had in years. The Shadow of the Wind is one of my …

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The Boy in Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

The Boy in Striped Pajamas by John Boyne deals with the horrors of prejudice and war through the eyes of a child.  Its humour and lightness of touch make the subject all the more vivid.  The book was recommended to me by my 10 year old nephew, Mathew because he had enjoyed the book so …

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Humble Pie by Gordon Ramsay

Everyone thinks they know the real Gordon Ramsay: rude, loud, driven, stubborn.   Bearing in mind his turbulent private life I find it funny when he gives conciliatory family advice on his Kitchen Nightmares television program.  However, this is his own story.  In this bestselling autobiography, Humble Pie, Ramsay tells his life story starting long …

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Low Life by Ryan David Jahn

Ryan David Jahn grew up in Arizona, Texas, and California, USA. He left school at sixteen, worked several odd jobs, and spent time in the army before moving to Los Angeles. There he worked in television and film for several years.He now lives in Louisville, Kentucky and published his first novel, Acts of Violence, in 2009.  It …

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