You Belong to Me by Mary Higgins Clark

You belong to Me by Mary Higgins Clark is about Dr. Susan Chandler who is a clinical psychologist and also has a slot called Ask Dr Susan on a popular radio station. On one of these shows Susan has a guest: Dr Donald Richards who has lost his wife and written a book called Vanishing Women and this discussion finds them talking about Regina a lady who disappeared off a cruise ship; this leads to another lady, Carolyn, who calls into the show and states she had befriended a man on a cruise ship. Following on from this call she states she will send Susan the ring this man gave her with the inscription; “You Belong To Me” and also a photo. Before this can happen she is run over by a van and ends up in a coma in hospital. Death then follows death in this fast paced novel.

I did enjoy, to a degree, this novel and it was a very quick read and had me wanting to know what was going to happen next. It tries to confuse you over who was the really bad guy, but I think most people will see who he is quite quickly. Even though I enjoyed the thriller I found a problem with the characters in the book, as they all appeared very flat, cold and dull and I couldn’t warm to any of them. It isn’t one of my favorite thrillers, but if you find it on your TBR pile it’s good for a quick read.


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The Birds, The Bees and Other Secrets by Frances Garrood has arrived

I’ve received a review copy of The Birds, The Bees and Other Secrets (synopsis here) by Frances Garrood. It sounds as if it’s going to be a really interesting read and I will be reviewing at my earliest opportunity as it’s out on the 1st August 2008.

The book has a lovely feel to it; I don’t know if that means I’m getting a sense of the feeling that has gone into writing it. I hope it’s as good as I feel it will be.

Come back soon for the review!

The Richest Season by Maryann McFadden has arrived

I received a copy of The Richest Season by Maryann McFadden today – all the way from New York.

I will be reading this book next and hope I enjoy it.

Come back for a review in a week or two!

Three To Get Deadly by Janet Evaovich

Three To Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich is the third in the Stephanie Plum series.

She’s a bounty hunter on the hunt for Mo Bedemier (with a strange shaped nose!) who runs a local store and had disappeared after being found in possession of a gun. He is the local friendly guy and people believe he can do no wrong and so Stephanie is not popular with the locals when trying to trace him. Lots of people generally end up dead and Stephanie’s hamster ends up in a precarious position. Stephanie has her eye’s on a local cop: Morelli, not that she’ll admit it and she can’t understand why he’s not making passes at her, when that’s generally what he’s done to her all her life.

This took a little while for me to get into as it was the first Stephanie Plum novel I had read and I found it to take a bit of time to get to know the characters. It certainly was a fun read and Stephanie’s family are a real hoot. Some of the chatter between Stephanie’s father and her grandmother is especially hilarious.

I did wonder at the half way point if I would actually pick up another Stephanie Plum novel, but now I have a feel for the character’s I believe I most definitely will.

Like your books humorous, light hearted with a bit of crime & adventure? Then these are for you!


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I just came across this poem that I wrote many years ago when I was going through some difficult times. I seem to recall I thought of it as a dark humorous poem.

I died today, whilst investigating my soul,
Lost and without a glimmer of hope
Cast aside, as if never having meaning,
Inside I looked,
Black, evil & festering….
Were the thoughts simmering there
I glared within, fighting with hidden resources
Deep inside the gloom I spotted hope
Hope looked inviting,
I allowed myself Hope
But Hope was ‘The Devil’ in disguise

‘Too much!’ I screamed…….Hope won!

More James Patterson Books arrived

Two more James Patterson books arrived through the post today:

1st to Die & Violets are Blue

I have not read any of The Women’s Murder Club yet and look forward to the first in the series. Violets are Blue is just an addition to my Alex Cross collection.

The Discworld Companion by Terry Pratchett

Many years ago I loved reading Terry Pratchett and I was lucky enough to meet him at a book signing and I bought the first edition of The Discworld Companion and I have a personal greeting from him written inside. It’s not a book I will be parting with and it’s the only signed book that I own. It’s not actually a novel and is as it suggests: A companion to The Discworld series and explains what’s what!

The Discworld is a mysterious place and is carried by a giant turtle called A’tuin that has four elephants, Berilia, Tubul, Great T’Phon and Jerakeen, riding on it’s back that support the world.

I started by reading the first book: The Colour of Magic, which I absolutely loved and I thought the character of the Luggage was brilliant. I haven’t read any of his later novels and so unable to comment on their content.