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
'In the middle of a rainy Swedish summer, a little girl is abducted from a crowded train.'
'In the middle of a rainy Swedish summer, a little girl is abducted from a crowded train.' Suspicion immediately falls upon the husband who has previously been violent towards his estranged wife in the past, but is he really the killer?
Have you ever sympathized with the villain in a story? Read the Swedish Crime Novel of the Year for 2009 and you will see why I did!!
"When does the first flake fall that will form the snowball? At what stage does the movement start? Nowadays people talk a lot about chasing happiness. There are a multitude of books courses about being happy. Is it something worth striving for? From the Scandinavian realms, Karin Altvegen explores this in her psychological thriller novel, "Shadow."
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
Reykjavik Murder Mystery
It is a cold Autumn night, the ice has already formed in chunks on Lake Thingvellirvatn… In a holiday cottage a Doctor’s wife is found hanging. She has a history of depression and her Mother recently died of a terminal illness. But is it suicide
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.
DAY 28. - Jonathan Wunrow - Adventure Inward: A Risk-Taker's Book of Quotes Where else does one find a quote, but in a book of quotes. Jonathan is a rock climber and mountaineer, and has been stuck in places where he has been tired and exhausted, but nevertheless stuck. It is there he does his… Continue reading 30 Day Book Challenge – Favourite Quote from a Book
I heard winning Australian author Charles Birch speak about the rebirth of compassion, for ourselves, each other and our planet, and set about finding his book, (with great difficulty), many years ago. In fact, over 14 years ago. It is heavy going and time and many other books TBR, have thus far prevented me from reading it.
“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.
Book Challenge Day 22- Wordy Title but I get it and the least favourite plot device is....
Day 20 - Harry Potter Series Okay, I admit it - I haven't read them!!! My kids have, and I half listened to their reading aloud, in their primary school years, so that counts??? and I read the first three chapters, but that was it. This series just didn't grab me like it did the… Continue reading 30 Day Book Challenge – Book you tell people you’ve read, but haven’t