About Me

My love affair with books, like most, started at an early age and is never ending. My book reading preferences have changed over the years and I look forward to sharing my varied reading tastes with you. You will find a lot of Crime Fiction (a penchant for Scottish Crime writers features a lot.) and also I love reading non fiction History. Hopefully you will find some new authors and new favourites to continue your own reading journey. ENJOY!

Monday, September 30, 2019


Look what's just landed in my hot little hands. A new release preview for the second novel by JP Pomare due Dec/Jan.
Following the huge success of "Call me Evie" early this year, I am really looking forward to getting stuck into this one. The debut novel from this talented author was a fabulous read full of twists and turns right up to the very last page. I recently went along to hear JP discuss his novel and writing style as part of the Yarra Plenty book festival at Rosanna Library. This new book is highly anticipated so stay tuned for an upcoming review.



I have just discovered this excellent podcast that I would like to share. Two crime writers and a microphone is a funny and very interesting listen hosted by Steve Cavanagh and Luca Veste, both excellent established writers. This is a podcast for readers and writers alike with the latest news in the book world. Interviews with Authors and guest reviewers, general conversation with added humour make this a great listen. Lots of fun and great recommendations from the hosts themselves. Even though this has been around for a few years you can jump right in on the latest episode or start at the beginning like I have (and be introduced to Inspector Mallard). This is great Craic!


While perusing Fantastic Fiction as I often do in search of new Authors, I came across Scottish writer Denzil Meyrick. Whisky from Small Glasses (Waterstones Scottish book of the year 2015) is the first in this excellent thriller series.

book cover of Whisky from Small GlassesWe are introduced to DCI Jim Daley as he leaves Glasgow and his troubled marriage to head up an investigation of a body found in a small seaside town. There are lots of interesting and intriguing characters in the tight knit community of Kinloch and the story rolls along at a cracking pace. Plenty of dark humour and I loved the banter between Daley and his DI Brian Scott. As mentioned lots of interesting characters that hopefully Meyrick returns to as the series progresses. A very meaty police procedural overall and I look forward to reading more in this series.


I have just finished reading a fabulous book by Peter May called Coffin Road. I haven't read much of this authors work and it looks like I will have to indulge. The Story begins with a man washed up on a beach on the Hebridean Island of Harris not knowing who he is or where he is. As the story unfolds, we follow the man living the nightmare of not having any memories of his past life, and what perhaps he may have done whilst living a secluded life on the island. There are only a few characters in this book but the way the author weaves them into the story is what kept me reading. May uses the disappearance of the lighthouse keepers on the Flannan Isles in 1900 as an interesting side mystery in his novel and his description of the wild islands are fantastic.

I will be looking into the Lewis Trilogy also written by Peter May as this looks like another brilliant read.

Sunday, September 29, 2019


After a very long hiatus , I have returned to my long neglected Book Blog. I have made many changes to the site, and hopefully some of my content will appeal to other like minded readers. My book journey began as a child, like most people,  and continues at a fast pace as an adult. I love the whole book experience. The finding, the buying, the reading. I used to enjoy reading book reviews in papers and on television but found that prize winners and books that were controversial would be given plenty of air time. Where were the reviews of everyday fiction?. Thanks to blogs I can now find reviews of popular, historical, crime, romance, fantasy and all genres of everyday fiction for everyday readers. Hopefully my blog may help other readers looking for a great read without the literary snobbery attached. I know not all my choices are for everyone as I have a wide and some say eclectic  taste in reading material but that's the great thing about books isn't it? Please enjoy and feel free to leave a comment (nice ones appreciated).