Review: Oscar Wilde’s classic novel The Picture of Dorian Gray is a literary feast

The Picture of Dorian GrayOne of the joys of belonging to a book group – besides talking books with friends – is discovering literary gems that might have passed you by otherwise.

My book group has been going for almost six years.

Time enough to have read some stunning books – although we don’t always agree about what makes a good read.

But that’s the fun of being in a book club, isn’t it? Continue reading

News: YA thriller makes a Perfect Summer for Red Telephone runner-up Karen King

Perfect Summer final (2)Former magazine journalist Karen King, whose writing career started on the iconic teen magazine Jackie, is hoping for a perfect summer with the re-publication of her debut Young Adult novel, Perfect Summer.

The book, a futuristic thriller set in a society obsessed with beauty and perfection where it is a crime to be disabled, was runner-up in the Red Telephone Books YA novel competition in 2011.

Now re-published by Accent Press, Perfect Summer is the story of what happens when 15-year-old Morgan’s younger brother Josh is kidnapped. Continue reading

Review: Blissful start for Tony Forder with crime thriller Bad to the Bone

Bad to the Bone coverLet me begin by listing the things I like about Bad to the Bone, first in a new crime thriller series by Tony J.Forder.

One: it’s well written.

Very well written.

Forder is clearly a writer, who cares about words and getting them in the right order and using the right word in the right place.

And he’s good at painting word pictures too. Continue reading

Cover reveal: This is One to Watch – Rachel Amphlett’s new Kay Hunter crime thriller

One to Watch Cover LARGE EBOOK2 (2)Don’t you just love the atmospheric cover of One to Watch, book number three in Rachel Amphlett’s Detective Kay Hunter crime thriller series?

Like Will to Live (book two reviewed here) this promises to be a gripping murder mystery in which Kay must not only confront a growing number of suspects but also her own enemies, who are waging a vendetta against her.

About the book

Sophie Whittaker shared a terrifying secret. Hours later, she was dead.  Continue reading

Blog Tour: The Book of Air

Joe Treasure_Banner (2)Kicking of the Blog Tour today for The Book of Air by Joe Treasure.

This is a gripping dystopian fantasy in which two parallel stories explore the enduring impulse of humankind to find meaning in a turbulent world.

The story opens with wealthy property developer Jason, fleeing London from a deadly airborne virus, which has already killed his wife Caro.

He heads to his country estate where he is obliged to navigate a new way of life with an itinerant assortment of fellow survivors.

Far in the future, an isolated community of descendants is still farming Jason’s estate. Continue reading

Review: Joe Treasure’s dystopian fantasy, The Book of Air, is a book to treasure

Joe Treasure Final front cover only (2)It’s a long time ago but I can’t now remember whether I met Jane Eyre before or after being introduced to Lizzie Bennett.

One thing’s for sure though: both were the first book women of my acquaintance who considered themselves the equal of any man.

In fact, both thought themselves far superior to some of the men they knew.

Even on the cusp of the 70s that was a revolutionary idea so goodness knows what the 19th century reader must have thought. Continue reading

Excerpt: Death at a road block from The Book of Air by Joe Treasure

Joe Treasure Final front cover only (2)Whet your appetite for The Book of Air, a new post-apocalyptic fantasy, by Joe Treasure.

A virus is wiping out most of the human population. In this passage, Jason is describing his departure from London. He tells his story to his dead wife, Caroline, or Caro for short.  

We hit a road block near Chiswick. Hard men in gas masks, playing at soldiers, keeping the neighbourhood clean. Waving their guns at microbes. The real soldiers had buggered off weeks before. Or keeled over. Same all over London, same everywhere. Containment was the Continue reading

Review: Miles of thrills in Rachel Amphlett’s new murder mystery Will to Live

Will to Live CoverAs a little girl I loved silent movies – oh, the edge of the seat excitement when the dastardly villain tied the  platinum blonde heroine to the rail track and gleefully ran off as the puffing Billy engine advanced inexorably.

Would the beautiful blonde perish?

Or would the hero save her in the nick of time?

As a bloodthirsty nine-year-old I never really understood the fatal, bloody implications of the what if…which, perhaps, made the opening chapter of Rachel Amphlett’s new crime thriller Will to Live, the Continue reading