Category Archives: Book Reviews

Some Young Adult novels I’ve enjoyed

I’m currently writing a Young Adult novel.  This is a big departure for me, and thus rather scary.  Can I pull it off?  I’m about a third of the way through and so far, so good. A big reason for … Continue reading

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A gem among the straw

I’ve just this past few minutes finished Six Years, a thriller by the mega-selling Harlan Coben.  I think the novel is so-so, not bad but not great either.  The pages turn so effortlessly that they almost seem to turn by … Continue reading

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A Mini-Review: ‘Touch’ by Claire North

I’d like to recommend a novel that I’ve just finished reading.  It’s called Touch and it’s by a young British writer called Claire North (pseud. of Catherine Webb), published in North America by Redhook, February 24th, 2015.  It’s a well … Continue reading

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My favourite opening sentence

A novel’s first sentence should indeed be an opening line, a doorway into the rest of the book.  Ideally it should be such an inviting portal that the reader can barely resist entering, which means it’s a tricky task for … Continue reading

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Book Review: ‘The Greenland Breach’ by Bernard Besson

The Greenland Breach by Bernard Besson, Le French Book, 2013 This near 300-page thriller was first published in France in 2011 and already seems dated, as it uses an over-simplified version of ‘global warming’ as its narrative driving force.  Today, of course, … Continue reading

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Book Review: ‘The City of Blood’ by Frédérique Molay

The City of Blood by Frédérique Molay, Le French Book, 2015 The City of Blood is a 200-page police procedural set in Paris.  The main protagonist is Chief of Police Nico Sirsky who investigates a thirty year old murder in … Continue reading

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Book Review: ‘Grand Cru Heist’ by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen

Grand Cru Heist by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen, Le French Book, New York, 2013 This short (149 pages) mystery novel was published in France in 2004 and translated into (American) English by the publisher in 2013.  I found it … Continue reading

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