May 2020

Crime/Mystery

Fair Warning by Michael Connelly

Reviewed by Ian Lipke Michael Connelly has a name among writers for producing crime fiction in a style that is balanced, thorough, and exciting. Reviewers who are prone to analysing his stories soon discover that a Connelly story could realistically happen in the way that he says has happened. Being factually accurate and written in

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Non-Fiction

The Wisdom of Tea by Noriko Morishita

Reviewed by Gerard Healy This is a challenging read for a gaijin. The traditional conventions of the Japanese Tea Ceremony, as explained by Noriko Morishita, are a world away from most Westerners. Nevertheless, it is an intriguing world of ritual and ancient practices from which Miss Morishita has taken some valuable life lessons. She has

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Non-Fiction

How to Think like Shakespeare by Scott Newstok

Reviewed by Ian Lipke Scott Newstok’s How to Think like Shakespeare: Lessons from a Renaissance Education really is a feel good book. A thick lather of the author’s enthusiasm, a comprehensive coverage of his subject matter, and the common sense inherent in his value judgments, work together to whip up a likeminded enthusiasm in his

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General Fiction

The Year of the Farmer by Rosalie Ham

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke When I first read the title of this book, I imagined the storyline would be something that highlighted the dedication of this group of people who provide us with the sustenance to survive. I was wrong in my assumption. This story does have a farmer at its centre. Mitch Bishop is

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Fantasy/Science Fiction

Providence by Max Barry

Reviewed by Antonella Townsend Six-legged bear-sized aliens living and procreating like bees in enormous hives that float in deep space; a state-of-the-art weaponized space ship; a volatile crew of four; and, artificial intelligence (AI) so evolved that humans are superfluous. Such are the elements of Max Barry’s latest speculative novel – Providence. This is a

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Crime/Mystery

The Satapur Moonstone by Sujata Massey

Reviewed by Rod McLary Perveen Mistry is a lawyer – in fact, she is the first and so far the only female lawyer in Bombay – and in The Satapur Moonstone she is called on to resolve a dispute over the education of a young crown prince.  The prince’s father and older brother have died

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General Fiction

The Switch by Beth O’Leary

Reviewed by Patricia Simms-Reeve As a charming distraction from the Covid19 world, The Switch has all the winning ingredients, especially for the female reader. There is a clever, beautiful thirty-something heroine; a feisty adventurous seventy-year-old, her grandmother; a handsome, near perfect hero and a host of diverse minor characters. There is even a lively Labrador

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General Fiction

The Lost Jewels by Kirsty Manning

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke The Lost Jewels by Kirsty Manning is a work of fiction woven around the mysterious Cheapside Hoard dug up in 1912.  This was a cache of jewels from the late 16th and early 17th centuries unearthed by workmen using pickaxes when excavating a cellar in London. It is said to have

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