Monthly Archives: January 2017

Strip by Sue Wootton – 2016

I picked this novel up, saw the cover and glimpsed at the blurb, and started to read what I thought would be a humorous story of a man who decides to try a second career as a comic strip writer … Continue reading

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A Briefcase, Two Pies and a Penthouse by Brannavan Gnanalingam – 2016

The title of this novel refers to a true incident in 1981 when one of our top SIS spooks lost his briefcase; when it was discovered by a journalist it had been left in the Aro Valley and found to … Continue reading

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The Direction of Our Fear by David Briggs – 2016

What a great book!  The direction of our fear looks at the many many small decisions we make every day that result in benefit or harm, to ourselves or to others.  Sometimes small harms and slights sometimes catastrophic.  It deals … Continue reading

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Archangel’s Heart by Nalini Singh – 2016

This is the first of Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter novels I have read – despite it being the ninth in the series.  But it is kind of fun to just jump in mid-stream – and there is a plethora of … Continue reading

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My Mother and the Hungarians by Frankie McMillan – 2016

For some reason I have never enjoyed the short story form (excepting Conan Doyle) but I read Ninety-nine stories of God by Joy Williams last year and now I am a big fan of the short short story form.  The … Continue reading

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The Student Body by Simon Wyatt – 2016

Natasha Johnson, a 15-year-old schoolgirl – seemingly a paragon to her peers and elders – is found murdered at her school camp at Piha Beach.  Newly promoted Detective Sergeant Nick Knight lands the job of managing the suspects side of … Continue reading

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