Book Talk and Reviews

I love reading books. I’ve always loved reading books.  I think this love came from my mother who taught me to read before I went to school. She had a bookcase headboard crammed with yellowing thrift store paperbacks—some you wouldn’t expect your mother to read like Messalina and Peyton Place—along with fat, hard-cover, Reader Digests. 

If I like a book, I write about it. So, naturally, my reviews and musings end up in my blog. I know what it takes to write a book, the endless hours, the sleepless nights; so I don’t write about a book if I don’t connect with it.

I also write reviews of fellow Canadian authors for the Ottawa Review of Books. This has allowed me to discover some brilliant writers. They’re not all New York Times Bestselling authors. Not yet. But they’re wonderful just the same. So, if you like to discover new authors too, read on.

The Watcher in the Woods by Kelley Armstrong

I had the pleasure of meeting Kelley Armstrong last weekend at Creative Ink. She is one of the most talented and generous writers I've met yet. I learned so much in her three-hour master class that I'm still considering. The discussion there actually prompted a...

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Thin Air by Ann Cleeves

I’ve been a Shetland fan for the last few years and have watched all three seasons on Netflix (multiple times) but I’d never read any of Ann Cleeves’ novels. I chose Thin Air (which is book five in the Shetland series and not on Canadian Netflix) mainly because it was...

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You Owe Me a Murder. Eileen Cook

This is no Throw Momma from the Train. These are high school kids in their senior year, messing with each other in ways only Eileen Cook can imagine. More psychological thriller than black comedy, it’s perhaps spawned by the 1951 Hitchcockian thriller Strangers on a...

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Though the Heavens Fall by Anne Emery

In the prologue of this historical novel, Anne Emery reveals that the title is derived from a Latin phrase inscribed on the Four Courts in Dublin, fiat justitia ruat caelum. Transcribed in English it means “let justice be done though the heavens fall.” It’s a fitting...

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The Witch’s Daughter

An enthralling urban fantasy spanning 380 years, in this tale the witch’s daughter becomes a witch herself. Naturally. And also rather unnaturally. The tale begins in the village of Matravers, Wales in 2007, when Elizabeth Anne Hawksmith meets a fifteen-year-old girl...

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Ragged Lake

Vicious bikers. The Irish mob. A family of squatters. A clever police detective. Death Count 26. Some landscapes summon evil and once there, it lingers. Ragged Lake was a German POW camp during World War II, and then a mill town owned by O’Hearn Forest Products. Now,...

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