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The Black Box (Harry Bosch)
The Black Box (Harry Bosch)

5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth five stars, unable to be put down until the end, January 19, 2014
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This is the first time I have read a crime novel where Harry Bosch is the main character. In this novel, Harry is investigating an unsolved murder committed 20 years previously. At the time of the murder, which occurred following the Rodney King beating and subsequent riots, Los Angeles was a city out of control and the military was called in to regain law and order. At the time of the riots, Harry was sent to investigate a murder. A dead body had been found, however due to the lawlessness at that time, Harry Bosch was unable to solve the murder quickly and he moved on to other cases. Twenty years later, Harry was given the murder as an unsolved cold case for review. The storyline evolves around Harry solving the murder. I could not put this book down until I had finished it. The pace was fast and held my interest. The ending was somewhat of a surprise.


Missing in Malmö: The third Inspector Anita Sundström mystery (Inspector Anita Sundström mysteries Book 3)
Missing in Malmö: The third Inspector Anita Sundström mystery (Inspector Anita Sundström mysteries Book 3)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another terrific read, can't wait for the next one, January 10, 2014
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This is the third book in the series by Torquil MacLeod and it is just as thrilling as the first two books. However, each book can be read as a stand alone book, but the reading is more enjoyable if you have read the first two books. This book is set in Sweden and, yet again, the main protagonist is a female police woman, Inspector Anita Sundstrom. She is a methodical thinker and a great threat to her male colleagues. Consequently she is treated at times with disrespect and given crimes to solve that are not considered important or a high priority. In the process of solving these crimes, Anita does some travelling and the book is very descriptive of the areas she visits. If you are a fan of Henning Mankell, this book will not disappoint as there are similarities in the writing style. Henning Mankell even gets a mention in the book which creates a little excitement. A thoroughly enjoyable read, will not disappoint and has a twist at the end.


Murder in Mississippi
Murder in Mississippi

3.0 out of 5 stars An OK read, nothing more., December 31, 2013
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This book describes John Safran's experiences during his time in Mississippi when he met and interviewed Richard Barrett, a white supremacist, who was subsequently murdered a short time after the interview. John Safran then went on to describe his interactions/interviews with Richard Barrett's alleged African American killer, the killer's family, friends and Ku Klux Klansmen. John Safran is a unique personality in Australia, however his writing style in this book was not appealing to me. I read the whole book waiting expectantly for an unexpected revelation or surprise of discovery on the part of John Safran, this did not happen. I gave the book 3 stars only because it held my interest. There were grammatical errors, which is distracting when reading, however this may be poor editing and not the fault of the author. If he publishes further books, they will not be on my must read list.


Cold Case Files
Cold Case Files
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5.0 out of 5 stars A review of cold case crimes-a fascinating read, December 29, 2013
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Liz Porter has brought together and investigated a selection of very unusual and interesting cold case crimes. She describes in great detail the atrocities that were committed and the lengths that law enforcement employed in their endeavour to solve these crimes. Many of the crimes were solved years later with advances in technology. I found this book a fascinating read. Once started, I could not put it down. This book deserves five stars and is highly recommended, especially if you are a fan of crime fiction.


The Lives of Stella Bain
The Lives of Stella Bain

3.0 out of 5 stars A nice story, December 29, 2013
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This is the story of an American woman, Stella Bain, who went to France with the purpose of righting a terrible wrong. The wrong that was meted out to another was instigated by Stella's husband and carried out by her daughter. In the process of searching for the victim of this unjust wrong, Stella lost her memory. The storyline evolves around her in her quest to regain her memory. This is not the best story from Anita Shreve and the story starts off slowly. However, it does gather pace, although the ending was somewhat predictable.


Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipstick ~ Pink Parfait #161
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite lipstick, December 29, 2013
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This lipstick is my favourite. It rolls on smoothly and stays on for a reasonable time before it wears off. In addition, it has a shine. It is particularly nice when a lip pencil is used for definition and then the lipstick applied.


House of Fiction
House of Fiction
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book of fact that reads like fiction, December 21, 2013
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This book reads like fiction, but sadly is true, according to the author Susan Swingler. Susan Swingler's father, Leonard Jolley, left his wife and young daughter to live with Elizabeth Jolley, who went on to become a famous Australian author. They had three children. This book provides an account of Susan's search for her father's love and acceptance after he left both her and her mother. Susan describes the web of deceit that she had to wade through, and attributed to Elizabeth Jolley, to obtain the truth about her father and his feelings, if any, for her. It is unclear if Elizabeth Jolley engaged in such deception for self preservation and the preservation of her husband and children, or whether she lived a life of fantasy through her books and extending to real life. I could not put this book down until I had finished it. It is beautifully written. I have not read Elizabeth Jolley's books and don't intend to now. Susan Swingler's book, possibly unintentionally, caused me to choose between both her and Elizabeth Jolley. My sympathies very much lie with Susan Swingler.


Gone: (Michael Bennett 6)
Gone: (Michael Bennett 6)

4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the world of violence., November 12, 2013
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This book is a fast ride into the world of Mexican drug cartels and gangs. Detective Michael Bennett, in hiding with his children because of a contract put out on him and his family, is called in from the witness protection program. He has been asked to try and capture a notorious drug baron. This gang leader, known to Detective Bennett, was in custody but escaped via a very well executed plan. Since his escape, he has been gunning for Detective Bennett and his family. This book is filled with plots and counter plots, and the violence is very descriptive, which may disturb some readers. However the storyline, albeit very clever, is predictable and for that reason I only gave this book 4 stars. Happy reading.


Barracuda
Barracuda

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3.0 out of 5 stars This book is one hellish swim!, November 3, 2013
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Right from the beginning, this book has an intensity unlike any other novel that I have read. It is not light reading. In addition, the writing style jumps from the past to the present continually. There are several people who define this book and the main protagonist is a young boy who wants to be an Olympic gold medallist swimmer. The story describes the struggles he undertakes to reach his goal. The young boy, who comes from a very working class family, transferred to an elite private school to enable him to chase his dream. The book is very explicit in how he overcomes his struggles at the new school, trying to fit in with boys from wealthy homes and how he ultimately deals with failure, his friendships and his sexuality. I could not put the book down, but I did not find enjoyment reading this book because it was filled with anger although there was some pathos. I loved Christos Tsiolkas previous book "The Slap" , maybe that's why I only gave this book 3 stars. "Barracuda" is a hard act to follow.


Quarterly Essay 51 The Prince: Faith, Abuse and George Pell
Quarterly Essay 51 The Prince: Faith, Abuse and George Pell
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5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting insight into a high ranking Australian Catholic cleric., November 3, 2013
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This book provides an overview of George Pell the man and George Pell the high ranking Catholic cleric. In this book, David Marr the author, provides some insight into this person and his appalling handling of child abuse within the Catholic Church. He maintained that George Pell preferred to defend his beloved church at the great expense of his flock. This book held my interest and gave a fascinating insight into this man. It will be interesting to see if allegations claimed by the author can be substantiated in the future.


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