Tag Archives: Books

Invisible Murder – Book Review

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 … Continue reading

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No Dead bodies – Just a True Story of Courage and Love

Real healing and progress for autism, a condition that is considered incurable – that is surely something parents of Autists would ponder about. In Horse Boy, Rupert did just that and won, against all autistic odds. Continue reading

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Not Your Average Crime Novel – ‘Unwanted’

‘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? Continue reading

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Sea Glass by Anita Shreve – Book Review

“In the wet sand of her foot, a bit of colour catcher her eye. The grass is green, pale and cloudy, the colour of lime juice that has been squeezed into a glass. She brushes the sand off and presses the sea glass into her palm, keeping it for luck.” This novel by Anita Shreve is a delightful look at a bygone era where man’s resilience was challenged. Continue reading

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Shadow – Book by Karin Altvegen

“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.” Continue reading

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Anne Holt: Fear Not (2011)

Anne Holt’s female protaganist just can’t keep away from poking her nose into her husband’s crime investigation but it proves to be an asset rather than a liability. Continue reading

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Enjoy Scandinavia without the long flight!

A while ago, I was invited to write a post about Scandinavian books and have reproduced some sections and updated others here so grab a cuppa, make some waffles and enjoy a literary trip through novels I have recently read. Continue reading

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Proverbial Thursday – Proverbs Quotes and Sayings from Around the World

I find there to be profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and I marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and from across … Continue reading

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Friday Fiction Review : Hypothermia – by Arnaldur Indridason

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 Continue reading

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30 Day Book Challenge – Book You Couldn’t Put Down

I was fourteen and a half when the Germans came. On that 9th April we woke to the roar of aeroplanes swooping so low over the roofs of the town that we could see the black iron crosses painted on the underside of their wings when we leaned out of the windows and looked up.

In this exquisite novel, readers will find the crystalline prose and depth of feeling they adored in Out Stealing Horses, a literary sensation of 2007. Continue reading

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30 Day Book Challenge – A book you hated.

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. Continue reading

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-30 Day Book Challenge – A Book that has been on your “to read” list the longest.

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. Continue reading

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30 day Book Challenge – A Book that Made You Laugh Out Loud

“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.” Continue reading

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30 Day Book Challenge – Most Surprising Plot Twist or Ending.

Day 25 – The Snowman By Jo Nesbø Harry Hole gets under your skin, and you feel ambivalent about him as a cop. There is much to dislike, in Nesbø’s tough, cool and marginal hero, but still we like him … Continue reading

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30 Day Book Challenge – A Book You are Embarrassed to Say You Liked

DAY 24.  – A Girl Most Likely –Rebecca Sparrow 2004 runner up One Book, One Brisbane ( an annual award based on a fiction book set in Brisbane) Why would I be embarrassed? Read on….. This is a great teen … Continue reading

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