Hell’s Mouth by AP Bateman

This book was sent to me by the author for an honest review. AP Bateman writes crime thrillers, and is an Amazon #1 Best Selling Author. DCI O’Bryan is recovering from life: he’s an alcoholic, his family have left him, and he’s recently survived a stab wound while taking out a terrorist in London. He’s…

Isaac by Robert Karmon

Based on a true story, Isaac is the story of a sixteen year old boy who lives in Poland with his family when the Nazi’s occupy. In the opening chapter, he is taken with his family and all the other Jewish people living in the area out into the woods where they are summarily shot…

True Grit by Charles Portis

Perhaps this book really needs no introduction, like many classic pieces of literature. It has had two major movie adaptations, and was for a long time required reading on school book lists, so it’s widely known and loved. It’s the story of 14 year old Mattie Ross, a determined teen who lives in frontier territory.…

A Book Of Revelations by AC Burch

I was sent this book by the publisher (Homeport Press) for an honest review. A Book Of Revelations is a group of short stories by award winning author AC Burch, and the stories are all set around the areas that the author knows well: Provincetown and South Beach. The stories in this collection all focus…

The Dry by Jane Harper

Following the death of his childhood best friend, Federal police officer Aaron Falk returns from Melbourne to the small country town he grew up in. His old friend Luke apparently killed himself after murdering his wife and six year old son and in the town of Kiewarra tensions are high. The grip of a two…

The Pursuit Of Love by Nancy Mitford

In Zoe Heller’s introduction to this novel, she makes the point that people either love or hate a Mitford novel. I wonder if that’s really true? The Mitford sisters grew up in a rag tag bundle, on a manor in England, the children of Upper Class parents, in the early part of last century. Nancy,…

Incognito by Khaled Talib

The Pope has been kidnapped. Is it the work of terrorists? Or does the rabbit hole go a lot deeper than that? Enter the League Of Invisible Knights, a secret order of highly trained professionals sworn to fight the forces of evil. Ayden Tanner, an ex-SAS commando, with two colleagues, descends on the scene, and…

The Particular Sadness Of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

I picked this up because I really like books like Like Water For Chocolate, stories that have a hint of magic, but that are otherwise kind of about everyday life. (Magic realism is one of our favourite genres). Rose Edelstein is turning 9 when her mother makes her a beautiful lemon cake with chocolate icing.…