March 2018

This could change everything by Jill Mansell

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke Jill Mansell’s book, this could change everything is an easy to read, feel-good romance and shows how a simple, spur of the moment action can have such lasting and often devastating effects. When Essie and her friend, Scarlett, were discussing how Essie could respond to a round robin letter written by

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The Fatalist by Campbell McConachie

Reviewed by Norrie Sanders The subject of The Fatalist is currently incarcerated in the  Goulburn Correctional Centre. His heinous crimes make for harrowing reading, yet the story of his life provides a thought provoking counterpoint. This book joins a band of biographies of Australian murderers currently doing time – including Ivan Milat, Arthur “Neddy Smith”

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the Cactus by Sarah Haywood

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke How can siblings brought up in the same household and supposedly with the same experiences end up with such different personalities? I’m sure this is a question pondered in many families. This is certainly the premise in Sarah Haywood’s first novel, the Cactus. The story begins in August and continues through

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Million Love Songs by Carole Matthews

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke ‘I’d changed. Something subtle inside me had shifted while I was giving the Paris pavements a good pounding. For the first time in a long while, it was just me in charge of my own destiny’ (375). Ruby Brown is in her forties and abandoned by her husband, in Carole Matthews

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When to Jump by Mike Lewis

Reviewed by E.B. Heath There is a singular optimism that shimmers from the page when reading a good ‘self-help’ or ‘finding your self’ genre.   Mike Lewis’s When to Jump is one of those books.   This book’s strength is in its honesty.   Being your authentic self does not always lead to riches, a life of abundance,

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The Art of Persuasion by Susan Midalia

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke Twenty-five year old Hazel is reading the classics, starting with ‘A’. It’s one way to pass the time when you’ve quit your job and lost your way. The Art of Persuasion is the first novel, but not the first published work, by Western Australian author, Susan Midalia. At first reading, it

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Royal Murder by Sandra Winter-Dewhirst

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke Royal Murder is the second book in the Rebecca Keith Mysteries by Sandra Winter-Dewhirst. The first book The Popeye Murder introduces journalist Rebecca Keith, her boyfriend Detective Chief Inspector Gary Jarvie, as well as the landscape and lifestyle in and around Adelaide. Murder in the earlier book and in this one

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The Popeye Murder by Sandra Winter-Dewhirst

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke Sandra Winter-Dewhirst has begun writing a series of novels of which The Popeye Murder is the first. It was re-released (I believe with a new cover) in conjunction with the launch of her second novel in the series A Royal Murder. A third novel, A Festival of Murders, will be published in

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Promise Not to Tell by Jayne Ann Krentz

Reviewed by Ian Lipke This gripping story begins with a woman, who paints nightmarish visions, running in terror. She believes her pursuer to be the man who led a cult that almost destroyed her when she was a child. Rather than let him get his hands on her she throws herself from a cliff into

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Global Strike by Chris Ryan

  Reviewed by Ian Lipke This is the third in Chris Ryan’s Strike Back series and maintains the level of the other two. The plot is not much different. In this case, a washed-up middle-aged man renews a friendship with an ex-colleague for the purpose of monetary gain. He has an explosive document that purports

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Miss Burma by Charmaine Craig

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke Miss Burma is a novel by Charmaine Craig and is based on the lives of the author’s mother, Louisa, and grandparents, Benny and Khin. It is a story of loyalty, infidelity, patriotism, identity, love and loss. It is the story of Burma’s history from colonization, to Japanese invasion during World War

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