An amuse-bouche of a book! A Crusty Murder by J M Griffin

  REVIEW: Here in France, it’s normal to be presented with an amuse-bouche when you go to a restaurant. An amuse-bouche is a small, tasty hors d’oeuvre, designed to both whet your appetite and show you what the chef is capable of, and, most importanly, leave you wanting more. A Crusty Murder is J M… Continue reading An amuse-bouche of a book! A Crusty Murder by J M Griffin

I See London, I See France by Paulita Kincer: a novel about travel, self-fulfilment and relationships

Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for I See London, I See France by Paulita Kincer. I’ll begin with my review of this beautifully written and engaging novel, and then we’ll hear from Paulita. Review “What have I done?” I silently asked. “I’m stepping off into this madhouse with my children.” Which parent… Continue reading I See London, I See France by Paulita Kincer: a novel about travel, self-fulfilment and relationships

Hay-lelujah for Adventures in Yarn Farming by Barbara Parry

I knew I was going to like this book – Adventures in Yarn Farming by Barbara Parry – from my first glance at the contents list. Someone who can come up with Good Fibrations, Lamb-pedes ad Hay-lelujah is my kind of author – clearly imaginative and with a fine sense of humour. And, as a… Continue reading Hay-lelujah for Adventures in Yarn Farming by Barbara Parry

Spotlight on Better You Go Home by Scott Driscoll

A married man’s unexpected departure from Czechoslovakia? with the neighbor woman and her children?is at the heart of a mysterious trail of true events that has inspired University of Washington writing instructor Scott Driscoll to write his first novel, Better You Go Home. “At a family funeral in the early 90s, I learned about a… Continue reading Spotlight on Better You Go Home by Scott Driscoll

You Are Here: Romville Stories by Joe Boland

This collection of tough, urban reality short stories, You Are Here, by Joe Boland, are set in Romville, a fictional town in Connecticut. They are told in a direct, no-frills style. Hardships and horror aren’t damped down, and the language is uncompromising too. But in the same unexaggerated way, there is dark humour and also… Continue reading You Are Here: Romville Stories by Joe Boland

Café Insomnia by Mark Capell: absorbing, atmospheric, unnerving

How well can you trust yourself? No matter how you cut it, you cannot. Your eyes can see things that are not present; you can hear things that you should not. Hallucinations are omnipresent, and in reading Café Insomniac you too will find yourself wondering what is real and what is imaginary, as the lines… Continue reading Café Insomnia by Mark Capell: absorbing, atmospheric, unnerving

Young Chicken Farmers: Vickie Black’s insightful guide to keeping hens for kids

Young Chicken Farmers: Tips for Raising Backyard Chickens by Vickie Black and published by Beaver’s Pond Press, is a wonderfully child-friendly introduction to these most fascinating of creatures – chickens. And what better day to review this book than World Egg Day! I’m a huge hen fan and wouldn’t be without them pottering around my… Continue reading Young Chicken Farmers: Vickie Black’s insightful guide to keeping hens for kids

Horses, Murder and a Cat: Magnum Equation by Lisa Wysocky

You’d be forgiven for thinking that a horse-trainer’s job would keep them more or less occupied, hoofing it from horse to horse. This isn’t so for Cat Enright, heroine of the Magnum Equation written by Lisa Wysocky, as our equine educator takes on the mantle of sleuth during a National All-Breed Horse Show, when a… Continue reading Horses, Murder and a Cat: Magnum Equation by Lisa Wysocky

Havana Queen by James Bruno: impossible to put down

In much the same way that the only true means to learn a foreign language is to immerse oneself in that country’s culture, the same is true for an author as they weave the atmosphere of their literary works. As a result, some choose to base their novels on more familiar grounds; places and ways… Continue reading Havana Queen by James Bruno: impossible to put down

Working As A Waiter Can Be A Win-Win Situation, Thanks To Steve DiGioia

Earn More Tips on your Very Next Shift – even if you’re a bad waiter Steve J DiGioia This title on a very slick cover immediately gives you a very good sense of what the book is about. It’s direct and can apply to everyone, no matter how much help you might need to be… Continue reading Working As A Waiter Can Be A Win-Win Situation, Thanks To Steve DiGioia