What I've Been Reading

Here are some of the books I have read.  You'll only find the ones about which I have something nice to say.  So enjoy!

Dry Bones That Dream by Peter Robinson.  This author's books have been turned into the TV series DCI Banks.  I have seen a lot of those episodes, and found myself wondering if I had seen this story on TV or read the book before.  The plot is complicated and twisted.  Good reading for amateur sleuths. 

The Secrets We Share by Emma Hannigan.  A new to me author.  Clara, at 80, wants to repair the damage to her family caused by secrets and skeletons in the family closet.  Lovely read, but you need the tissues!  

A Quilter's Holiday by Jennifer Chiaverini.  The Elm Creek Quilters, gather the day after Thanksgiving at Elm Creek Manor to spend the day stitching.  A welcome day after a busy camping season.

Hour of Darkness by Quintin Jardine.  Another Bob Skinner novel; as usual a rollicking good tale.  Although it is a stand alone book, it helps if you have read some of the previous ones.  The characters are carried forward from one book to the next, and are developed in each.  In this book, the arch villain has appeared in several previous volumes and I found the plot a little confusing as I had forgotten the key villains.

At Home with the Templetons by Monica McInerney.  Other people's families are not as perfect as they seem .....  This is the third or fourth book I've read of Monica McInerney's, and I've enjoyed them all.

The Other Child by Charlotte Link.  The chain of events which begin when a child orphaned by the war raids in London, finds himself mistakenly evacuated to Scarborough, and end in a murder 70 years later.

The Skeleton Road by Val McDiarmid.  A skeleton found on the roof of a gothic building in Edinburgh begins an investigation which turns into a nightmare.

Look Again by Lisa Scottoline.  A thriller.  What develops when a woman sees a "Have you seen this child" flyer.  Couldn't put this book down.

Once I was a Teenager by Jonquil Graham.  An autobiography.  All about growing up in a small beachside suburb of Sydney, NSW in the 1960s.  Lots of nostalgia if you were around in those days.

Friendship Bread by Darien Gee.  A chance discovery of Amish Friendship Bread on Julia's doorstep leads to a complete craze in her home town, bringing people together and creating friendships. 

Under the Influence by Jacqueline Lunn.  You would be forgiven for thinking, like I did at first sight, that this book is about drunks.  Two women, friends from school, meet at their mutual friend's funeral.  The story flips from school days to current, and is well worth a read.

Forever to Remain by E.V. Timms.  This is the first in a series of several books on early Australia, and is an old book.  You may have difficulty finding it.  It is about several families who leave the UK to settle at Swan River (now called Perth in Western Australia) in the 1830s.  Its a good tale if you can find it.

The Invisible Ones by Steph Penney.  Set in the UK this is a mystery revolving around Gypsies.  There are more twists to this story than in a corkscrew!  Keeps you guessing right up to the last pages, and leads you to several wrong conclusions.

Dancing in the Dark by Maureen Lee.  This has two story lines - one which starts at the time of WWI, the other is contemporary.  Millie Cameron is the contemporary heroine.  She is asked to sort through her great aunt's belongings when she dies, and finds a lot more than she expected.  Prolific author if you find you like the book.

A Thread So Thin by Marie Bostwick. This is the third novel in the Cobbled Court series.  It centres around a quilt shop and its' owner and employees, and clients, and their friendships.  Lovely reading.  Shame I haven't read book one, which sets the scene for the series.

Fell Purpose by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles.  The second of the DI Slider books I have read.  I was not disappointed - just as good as the first one I read. 

Kill My Darling by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles.  This was a new author for me.  It is an easy reading murder mystery (have you guessed that is my favourite genre?).  I just loved this author's writing style and turn of phrase.   Her descriptions of her cast of characters are hysterical and leave me giggling.  Good news is that this is part of the DI Slider series, so heaps more to read.

Mr Chen's Emporium  by Deborah O'Brien.  Loved this - set in contemporary Australia, but with a second story running in parallel from the gold rush days.

The Only Way Is Up - by Carole Matthews.  The Lamont-Jones are high flyers, and when Lawrence loses the lot through some bad financial decisions, the couple lose absolutely everything.  The story line is what they do with their life in the aftermath.  I found it hard going to get into the book because the central character, Lily Lamont-Jones was basically a total pain.  I thought her character was not well handled by the author and not very believable.  Once I was into it though it was a nice read.

A Week in Winter was completed by Maeve Binchy in 2012 just days before she died.  It is a story of a woman who renovates a crumbling mansion on the west coast of Ireland and turns it into a hotel.  The week referred to in the title is the opening week for the hotel.  Loved this book as I have all her books.  So sad that there will never be any more books by Maeve Binchy.

Unfinished Portrait by Anthea Fraser.  A Rona Parish mystery - good reading.

Goodbye Sweetheart by Lillian Harry.  Set in Portsmouth just before the second war, it tells the story of ordinary people living ordinary lives which are completely upset by international events.

The New Year's Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini.  An Elm Creek Quilt book.  What can I say?  Elm Creek Books are always a terrific tale.

The Winding Ways Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini.  An Elm Creek Quilt book

Threadbare by Monica Ferris.  Easy reading murder mystery with the key player, Betsy Devonshire, the owner of an embroidery shop.

Mrs Lincoln's Dressmaker a historical novel by Jennifer Chiaverini about the friendship between Mary Lincoln and her dressmaker, Elizabeth Keckley.

Believing the Lie another great tale by Elizabeth George.  One of my favourite authors, and she didn't disappoint me this time either.

Drunkard's Path by Clare O'Donohue.  This book was the book of the month for March 2014 at Starwood Quilter's Book Club.  A murder mystery solved by Nell, whose grandmother owns a quilt shop.  Nice easy reading - I enjoyed this one & will be reading more of Clare's books in the future.

1 comment:

  1. I love finding new authors and will make a note of several in your list that I haven't discovered yet. Thank you.


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