General Fiction

General Fiction

A Lonely Girl Is A Dangerous Thing by Jessie Tu

Reviewed by Patricia Simms-Reeve Sex as a consolation and substitute for fame, and a young woman behaving with the confidence and lack of commitment of the male, is the driving force of Jena Li – a brilliant child prodigy who once played her Stradivarius violin to international audiences. Being a young, now 23, beautiful Asian,

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Last Survivor by Tony Park

Reviewed by Ian Lipke Tony Park’s novels are well known to most readers of general fiction. His books are usually fast moving narratives that tell an exciting story and introduce characters as efficiently as some of the highly visible, top line writers. His Scent of Fear and Ghosts of the Past were exciting and worthwhile. 

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Better Luck Next Time by Kate Hilton

Reviewed by Antonella Townsend In her latest novel, Better Luck Next Time, Kate Hilton introduces readers to a cast of angst-ridden characters; a chaotic mix that includes: a famous feminist icon, five capable professional women,husbands and fathers, two unattached wise men, an angry teenage boy, and, crashing through the sound barrier, four-year-old twin sisters.  Manipulating

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On a Barbarous Coast by Craig Cormick and Harold Ludwick

Reviewed by Patricia Simms-Reeve The earlier chapters of On a Barbarous Coast might strike the reader to be an imagined survival story set near what is now Cooktown. The exploits of the crew of Cook’s Endeavour are graphically related.  It is, in fact, much much more. In order to conclude as it does, the authors

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The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar

Reviewed by E.B. Heath … Mum came down from the tallest greengage tree … “This whole thing is not at all as I’d thought” … Life is precisely that which she and others were prodigiously killing – the moment itself. Should an award ever exist for the category ‘Lightness of Touch when Writing about Brutality’

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A Universe of Sufficient Size by Miriam Sved

Reviewed by Patricia Simms-Reeve The impressive title, A Universe of Sufficient Size, promises themes that are far from trivial.  The reader is not disappointed with this brilliant novel.  It gives a fine portrait of genius in the character Pali Kalmar who is based on the mathematician Paul Erdos – a Hungarian. Pali is unprepossessing in

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Lanny by Max Porter

Reviewed by Rod McLary Lanny is a book of the imagination and the reader who most enjoys it will have an imagination to match.  Lanny – the eponymous hero – is a young boy living with his parents in a village outside London.  His mother, Jolie, is an emerging crime writer and his father, Robert,

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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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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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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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Seven Lies by Elizabeth Kay

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke With the words Seven Lies emblazoned across a fan folded red backdrop, one gets the impression that this book will not be a relaxing ‘feel good’ read. This feeling is further increased when learning that it has gained much attention in the literary world and garnered a flurry of 18 international

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Night Lessons in Little Jerusalem by Rick Held

Reviewed by Rod McLary Set in Austria in the middle years of World War II, this is a story of two families – Berthold [or Tholdi as he is generally known] and his parents Nathan and Lina, and Alex and his parents Jacob and Mira and his sister Peppa.  Tholdi, Alex and Peppa are best

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The Wedding Dress by Danielle Steel

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke Danielle Steel is an extremely prolific writer with six new novels published during 2019 and five more planned for 2020. The Numbers Game was published in March 2020 and her latest presentation, The Wedding Dress, is due for publication in late April. Although she has a very strong following world-wide, and

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Mammoth by Chris Flynn

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke Mammoth is written by Chris Flynn, Australian editor and critic as well as author of two previous novels, The Glass Kingdom and A Tiger in Eden. It is one of the most unusual books I have read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Tom Keneally’s succinct comment on the back cover tells

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There Was Still Love by Favel Parrett

Reviewed by E.B.Heath Historical facts and figures are mainly concerned with the machinations of political actors, only presenting shadow images of an era.  It takes a skilled author to colour the lived experience of citizens for any depth of understanding to occur.  In her latest novel, There Was Still Love, Favel Parrett gives readers a

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