Summer in Australia, means that many of us can use the excuse of the heat, to relax inside the air-con with a good book, guilt free. And if you are anything like me, it would usually be a good crime novel that you reach for. As my summer is now over, I thought I'd share … Continue reading Summer Reading
Imagine a bitterly cold Swedish winter, on the bleak treeless coastal island, in an old manor house built from the wood of a wrecked ship in which scores of sailors drowned, where one's only neighbours are 2 lighthouses, one of which no longer works and is haunted. Is there any better location for a thriller/murder … Continue reading The Darkest Room – Johan Theorin
With the topic of refugees and terrorism very much in the news, this novel by Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis, is written for our time and makes for illuminating reading. Two impoverished Roma boys are scavenging for something to sell in the ruins of an abandoned Soviet military hospital. Purportedly to improve the lives … Continue reading Invisible Murder – Book Review
Strange shores is not the usual Detective Erlendur story, and he unexpectedly solves an old cold case whilst processing some of his own demons. A great read and fabulous atmosphere conveyed in this final novel in the series
I find profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and across cultures, and speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned. Quotes like proverbs, can make us think more … Continue reading Proverbial Thursday – Proverbs and Sayings from around the World
It is an astonishing book for its time, belonging I think more to the avant-garde modernist writing than to the sometimes considered "proper" late 19th century. A writer encounters difficulties financially and mentally when he loses his job, adn then is left without income for food and essentials in 19th century Christiania, (the former Oslo), where he slowly and agonisingly descends into mental confusion.
“Van Veeteren was generally able to decide if he was looking the culprit in the eye in nineteen cases out of twenty, if not more. No point in hiding his light under a bushel.”
DAY 23. - Anne Holt - "Finse 1222" and Camilla Lackberg - "The Drowning" Holt, a former Norwegian Minister of Justice and Journalist, is a brilliant writer. Her book set in a Norwegian hotel, where survivors of a train wreck at a remote altitude (1222 metres), face the prospect of being 'snowed in' with a … Continue reading 30 Day Book Challenge – Best book you’ve read in the last 12 months.