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Kathy’s Review – Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Kathy’s Review – Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

I hadn't read anything by Kazuo Ishiguro before this book, but after finishing Never Let Me Go I will most certainly be reading his back list. In 1952 a medical breakthrough meant that the average human could now live beyond 100 years; but at a price. Never Let Me Go...

Short Stories of Mystery and Murder

Short Stories of Mystery and Murder

My copies of the Rainforest Writing Retreat's Mystery and Murder Anthology arrived today. It's exciting that three members of our writing group are all featured - myself, my sister-in-law Chris Childs and another friend Tania Cossich. My story 'Problem Solver' is...

Travel Blogging

Travel Blogging

I love to travel. I love to write. Why is it then I seem unable to marry them up - to whip up a travel blog while on holiday? Is it that I am incapable of sitting still while there are places to be and new people to meet? Or that when exhaustion sets in, I inevitably...

Kathy’s Review – Cemetery Lake by Paul Cleave

Kathy’s Review – Cemetery Lake by Paul Cleave

Crime Thriller, Random House Australia Set in Christchurch NZ, Cemetery Lake begins in a graveyard where Theodore Tate (ex cop now a PI) is overseeing an exhumation. Doubts are raised about the identity of the body in the coffin and as more bodies start to float to...

Kathy’s Review – The Rip by Mark Brandi

Kathy’s Review – The Rip by Mark Brandi

Urban Crime, Hachette Australia The Rip is a crime novel set in Melbourne and is written from the point of view of a young drug addicted woman. She has a friend Anton and her dog Sunny and, although life isn't everything she dreamed it could be, she wasn't unhappy...

Kathy’s Review – The Chain by Adrian McKinty

Kathy’s Review – The Chain by Adrian McKinty

Kathy’s Review : THE CHAIN by Adrian McKinty

You are part of the chain. Your child has been kidnapped and you must abduct someone else’s child to save your own. Don’t break the chain.

Rachel’s daughter Kylie has been kidnapped. She is contacted by another mother whose son has also been abducted. Rachel must pay the ransom and kidnap another child. If she disobeys, breaks the rules or goes to the cops, both children will die.

This is a thrilling read – you follow Rachel’s journey, her highs and lows, and the decisions she makes. Ultimately it leaves you wondering – what would I do?

Kathy’s Review – The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan

Kathy’s Review – The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan

Crime Fiction Detective Cormac Reilly, having recently transferred to Galway to support his partner's career, finds himself investigating a recent suicide that appears to have links to a case from his past. Twenty years ago Cormac was sent to a run down house where he...

Slow Burn

Slow Burn

Here's a teaser for my new YA Fantasy novel. Brianna understood she was different, frighteningly different. First there was the accident with Joey, then an ex friend who exploded, and well, a couple of other mishaps she’d rather not think about. Caitlin was smart,...

Do Ghosts Have Freckles?

Do Ghosts Have Freckles?

Do Ghosts Have Freckles? – my short story anthology is coming together.  I only need five more stories so I’m off to sit in a café and write.  Beware, anything I hear or see may be written into one of my stories.  Of course, any resemblance to actual persons or actual...

Stringybark Short Story Award – Sponsored by Corporate Keys

Stringybark Short Story Award – Sponsored by Corporate Keys

Stringybark Stories announced today that the Stringybark Short Story Award 2016 will be sponsored by the accommodation provider, Corporate Keys (www.corporatekeys.com.au). This sponsorship allows Stringybark to offer record prize money for their premier...

Corporate Keys

Corporate Keys

Corporate Keys is committed to helping aspiring and emerging Australian authors in their creative endeavours by: Placing books by Australian authors in our apartments; Partnering with independent publishers to fund prize money for competitions; Sponsoring writing...