Archive for August, 2011

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Eric Carle

A Much-loved classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar has won over millions of readers with its vivid and colourful collage illustrations and its deceptively simple, hopeful story. With its die-cut pages and finger-sized holes to explore, this is a richly satisfying book for children.

This charming little story makes a regular appearance during our family’s bedtime routine. The book is the perfect length, long enough to promote pre sleep wind down and short enough to tolerate the request for an encore!

The story is simple, with lots of the repetition that young children enjoy. In addition to promoting numeracy we have used the book to explore night and day, colours, days of the week and even healthy eating.

Ava(3 ¾) has shown a renewed interest in The Very Hungry Caterpillar story since studying and observing the life cycle of butterflies at preschool. She delights in relating the plot to her experiences.

Although our book shelf houses both the paperback and board book version, it is the sturdy board book which gets the most attention. While all of the additions contain the die cut pages and the irresistible finger holes, the size of the board book version and the thickness of the pages promote independence.

Seth (22m) delights in being able to hold the book himself and turn the pages, sometimes at the determent to the story as he races to his favourite page to point out the “cake, cake, cake”! As a parent I’m happy to allow him to explore without the fear of torn or creased pages. Safe in the knowledge that the book will withstand the attention of the baby wipe the inevitable sticky fingerprints will necessitate.

Verdict: This colourful classic is an essential addition to any young family’s bookshelf.

Reviewed by Caroline

Publisher: Puffin
Publication Date: Sept 1994 (new ed.)
Format: Board Book
Pages: 26
Genre: Picture Books
Age: Picture Books
Reviewer: Caroline
Source: Own Copy
Challenge: N/A
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Frugal Fiction: Car Boot Sales

Each month we use our FRUGAL FICTION post look to at different ways to make the most of your money and get more books for your buck! We take £8.00, an average RRP for a paperback, and see how much literature we can get for our money.

Reviewer: Karen

I have to admit, I just love car boots!  Yes you often have to trawl through other people’s tat, ignore the traders selling goods that probably wouldn’t pass a standard safety check, and if unfortunate enough to bring your family along – put up with their whining (this applies to partners in particular!).

The joy of car boots though is the bargains to be had. Now I’m sure that regionally, what you tend to find at car boots will differ. What I am fairly confident in guaranteeing though is the abundance of hardback (HB) and paperback books (PB) usually in immaculate, ‘read once’condition, almost being given away!
As a seasoned car booter, I keep to a strict rule of 50p for a PB, £1 for a HB and I’mall the happier when 3 for 2’s are offered!

Through my many visits, I have noted that certain authors crop up time and time again. I would now never buy Jodie Piccoult brand new, as her books are almost guaranteed at every pitch! Chick lit and in particular, Sophie Kinsella are frequent finds as well as Patricia Cornwell and James Patterson….I could go on but basically, any ‘popular ‘ books will most likely be found.

Thanks to car booting I am now a fan of Jeffrey Deaver’s Lincoln Rhyme series. I picked up Mo Hayder’s ‘Skin’ in HB (in immaculate  condition) and whilst still a fairly new release for a £1. In May this year i managed to grab the recently televised, ‘The suspicions of Mr Whicher’ in PB by Kate Summerscale for 50p.

My children now have numerous car boot book finds including my recently reviewed ‘Calm down Boris’, most of which are in excellent condition. Do though check children’s books carefully. I don’t mind an inscription or the odd bit of scribbling if small, but there may be tears, missing pages and unidentified stains which the seller may not have realised was there.

It’s also worth keeping a list of ‘wanted’ books. I am trying to upgrade all of my Karin Slaughter books to HB and have spent many times at a car boot scratching my head wondering if I have the book already.
Quite often, you’ll find a seller who has many books that you have read and enjoyed yourself, and if they are feeling chatty they’re usually happy to discuss favourite authors and may even recommend to you an author you have never read before and for 50p, what’s the harm in trying?!

How I spent the Frugal Fiction budget of £8:

Emily Bronte -Wuthering Heights PB 50p (on the cover it states, ‘Bella and Edward’s favourite book’ *snorts in amusement*)

Eoin Colfer – Artemis Fowl The Arctic Incident. HB 50p.

Becca Fitzpatrick – hush, hush. PB 50p

L.J. Smith – Vampire Diaries The Awakening and The Struggle. PB 50p.
and, The Secret Circle ‘The captive part 2 and The power’ PB 50p

Val McDermid – The Wire in the Blood. HB £1.

Alyson Noel – Blue Moon. PB 50p

Cecilia Ahern – Where rainbows end. HB £1

June Crebbin ‘Horse Tales’ HB 50p.

So, in one morning’s hunting, I spent, including admission £6.50.  I was therefore £1.50 under budget and now have 9 books to enjoy.

I also have to include fellow BBLB reviewer Caroline’s bargain find of the Narnia 7 book box set. In immaculate condition, purchased for 50p, and considering it’s currently retailing for more than £20 on Amazon, this was an amazing find!

Advantages
Entrance fee for car boots is usually between 50p and £1. Even when you factor in travelling costs, buying just one book would still be cheaper than the highstreet or online equivalent.

At a big car boot you’re likely to grab plenty of books in one go. I’ve been known to return home with more than a dozen books!

As the books are so cheap you’re more likely to try new authors or genres.

You can pick up so many other bargains whilst there; music, DVD’s, video games, children’s clothes and baby equipment are very common finds.

Disadvantages It is still ‘Pot Luck’ as to what books you’ll find and you will have to do lots of walking and bending down as opposed to sitting on the sofa, cup of tea in hand, browsing online. It’s also amazing just how heavy a few HB books can be to lug around. On that note I would recommend taking a sturdy bag and not relying on a flimsy carrier bag the seller will offer you, if they have any bags at all!

I wouldn’t recommend taking pre-school kids along. There are endless toys that they just ‘have’ to have and it can get very boring for younger children if you are focusing on buying books.

Car boots tend to be seasonal. The season usually starts sometime in April and ends in October

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Love Books Will Travel

What: Creative writing workshop.

Who: Kit Berry

Where: Waterstones 
Guildford
    Surrey

When: 25th August 2011

Why: To Promote The Stonewylde Series:
Stonewylde is an alternative community, hidden away in the heart of Dorset and ruled by the charismatic Magus. It’s a place of standing stones and earth energy – a place where the old ways are remembered. Within a great stone circle the eight pagan festivals are celebrated and ancient rites performed. The thirteen full moons are honoured and the people live natural and uncomplicated lives, as their ancestors have done for hundreds of years.
But all is not quite as it seems. There’s another side to Stonewylde; a darker side where cruelty is rife. There’s a more sinister purpose behind the rituals held in the Stone Circle than simply honouring the Earth Goddess and the elements of nature. Sylvie and her mother are invited into the community, victims of modern life. Suffering from the stresses of inner city life, they believe that by entering the enclosed world of Stonewylde, their troubles will be over. Magus promises them fulfilment; that they will lack for nothing. He promises to heal them and care for them, calling on the green magic that pervades everything at Stonewylde. But one boy alone understands the true reason for their invitation, and what malevolence their arrival has triggered.
As the series unfolds, the struggle between Yul and his master becomes more brutal and the stakes are raised. Sylvie is in terrible danger as an old prophecy is revealed and the pieces of the puzzle start to slide into place. Sylvie and Yul must battle not only to save themselves, but the very heart of Stonewylde.

My brother Jack and I attended a writer’s workshop at Waterstone’s in Guildford. It was hosted by Kit Berry who is the author of the Stonewylde series. Kit has just released her fourth book called Shadows of Stonewylde. The first book in the series is entitled Magus of Stonewylde followed by Moondance of Stonewylde and Solstice at Stonewylde. Kit used to be a teacher and began writing the books in her forties.

There were about ten of us in total who got to meet Kit Berry. First of all she introduced herself and the books that she had written. Her newest book has just been released in the last two weeks. The books are about a ‘hidden community’ called Stonewylde which is in Dorset. Sylvie and her mother go there as Sylvie is very ill and needs a place to heal and recuperate. But there are secrets at Stonewylde and all is not as it seems. These books are full of magic and mystery and I’m looking forward to reading them.

Kit then showed us how to expand events in our lives into possibilities for book ideas. She drew a map of her home and the area around it and listed some things that had happened around there and also some events that she had included in her book. Next she got us to do the same; to draw a map of our house or school or somewhere we had been and list out strange events that could be expanded into a possible story or smaller parts of stories. We all shared our ideas. She then took questions and signed our new Stonewylde books.

Verdict: I bought the first three books in the series and am starting to read them tonight! This was a good event, I enjoyed it.

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Starcrossed

Josephine Angelini

How do you defy destiny?
Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it’s getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she’s haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood…and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they’re destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.
As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.

As the story begins, Nantucket is awash with gossip about the talented and beautiful Delos family. Rather than be excited and intrigued, like her fellow islanders, Helen finds herself becoming uncharacteristically tetchy at incessant gossiping as the unseasonably warm and humid weather bears down on her. She is unable to concentrate. She loses her appetite and is subjected to disturbing dreams.

The unnatural quiet and the absence of breeze in the normally blustery costal town give the impression that the island itself is holding its breath. The release, when it arrives, is like lightning; sudden, stunning and powerful with the potential to be deadly. Laying eyes on Lucas, for the first time, Helen is overwhelmed with a hatred and rage so consuming that she remorselessly throws herself at him with the intention of choking him to death.

Completely gripped within a few pages, I was fascinated to see how the author was going to turn the story around; this was after all a love story! Despite their innate aversion, the chemistry between Helen and Lucas is undeniable and the romance felt appropriately paced.

I found the use of Greek mythology new and an interesting, a refreshing alternative to the supernatural elements of the books I have been reading recently. While I do not have the knowledge of Greek mythology to comment on accuracy, I thoroughly enjoyed the use of familiar mythologies presented in a new way and I will be seeking out books containing elements of Greek mythology in the future.

There have been many comparisons made to Twilight and I admit that there are certain similarities, but I have to say that while absorbed in the book I was totally oblivious to them and was able to enjoy the story in its own right without making comparisons.

Verdict: Very enjoyable and fast paced start to a new trilogy. I will definitely be purchasing a copy of book two when it is released in 2012.

Reviewed by Caroline

Publisher: Macmillan
Publication Date: June 2011
Format: eBook
Pages: 528
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Mythology
Age: Adult
Reviewer: Caroline
Source: Own Copy
Challenge: N/A
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Flashing Fire Engines

Amazing Machines Truckload of Fun

Tony Mitton and Ant Parker

Big, bold fire engines, waiting day and night, ready for a rescue or a blazing fire to fight.
Jump aboard the engine and join a band of brave animal firefighters in this exciting picture book. Zippy wordplay, zappy art, plus a picture dictionary make learning about fire engines fun!

My son received this book in a cardboard truck style set of 10 entitled The Amazing Machines Truckload of Fun. Whilst not able to review each and every one, I wanted to show what an absolutely brilliant set of books these are! I chose ‘Flashing Fire Engines’ as this has been one of the favourites alongside ‘Dazzling Diggers’!

Each book is written entirely in a clever yet simplistic perfect rhyming style describing a particular vehicle, its constituent parts and what and how it is used– ‘As soon as there’s a fire alarm, the engine starts to roar. The fire-fighters jump aboard – it rumbles out the door’, so making them easy and entertaining reading for parents and memorable for children. The accompanying graphics are bright and colourful and promote great discussions about the characters and their actions.

The final page contains details of ‘Fire Engine Bits’ and includes small images with well thought and written descriptions such as ‘fireproof coats and trousers– these are made from special material that does not burn easily and protects fire-fighters from the fire’– that pre-school children can understand and learn from. This set of books is a great size (similar to that of the Mr Men series) and hence easily transportable when entertainment is required out and about.

Verdict: Absolutely fantastic set of books that I would highly recommend to anyone with a train/digger/fire engine/truck mad pre-schooler, or just anyone who enjoys entertaining children’s books!

Reviewed by Jane

Publisher: Kingfisher
Publication Date: September 2007
Format: Hardback collection
Pages: 24 each
Genre: Picture Books
Age: Picture Books
Reviewer: Jane
Source: Own Copy
Challenge:N/A
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On My Wish List

As book lovers we often find that our eyes are too big for our bookshelves! Caroline’s Amazon wish list alone contains over 300 books. So once a month we join the ladies at Book Chick City and take part in their meme ON MY WISH LIST where we post about some of the books we are keen to get our hands on whether they be old books, newly released or those yet to be published.

The Double Comfort Safari Club: A No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Novel (11) (The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency)

Title: The Double Comfort Safari Club


Author: Alexander McCall Smith
When the two ladies of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency arrive at the Okavango Delta, their eyes are opened, as if for the first time, to the natural beauty of their homeland. With teeming wildlife, endless grasslands, and sparkling rivulets of water running in every direction, it is breathtaking.
But they can’t help being drawn into a world filled with other wildlife: rival safari operators, discontented guides, grumpy hippopotamuses. On top of that, the date has still not been set for Mma Makutsi and Phuti Radiphuti’s wedding, and it’s safe to say that Mma Makutsi is beginning to grow a bit impatient. And to top it all off, the impossible has happened: one of Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni’s apprentices has gotten married…Of course none of this defeats the indomitable Precious Ramotswe. Good sense, kindness, and copious quantities of red bush tea carry the day. As they always do.

I am a little behind on my reading of this, The No1 Detective Agency, series!  Mma Ramotswe is a fantastic character and I so enjoy the wit and wisdom with which these books are written.  The setting in Botswana is beautifully portrayed and you can tell that McCall Smith has not only extensive knowledge of the place, but also a real love for it.  I am excited about having the chance to read this, not least because then I can move onto the next one,The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party, in which I am hoping that Mma Makutsi will finally get married!

post by Helen

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Love, Sex and Tesco’s Finest Cava

Love, Sex and Tesco's Finest Cava

Steve Carter

Film fanatic Rob Smith is thirty-eight, newly single and on the wrong side of two marriages.
Rob’s looking to get back into dating but quickly discovers that in the ten years he’s been married the rules of the game have changed. After a couple of disastrous blind dates, Rob strikes it lucky when he meets the supremely confident Jenny on URdate.com.
As Rob blunders his way through their early dates, he begins to discover there’s a price to pay for the upturn in his sexual fortunes.
Rob has to deal with an anarchic house, three teenage boys, his own sexual inadequacies and the nagging feeling in the back of his mind that, just maybe, Jenny is not all that she seems.
If all that’s not enough his best mate Steve’s insatiable desire to be crowned ‘Halton and District over 35s Five-a-side Champions’ is adding to the pressure.
Will love, sex and Tesco’s finest cava be enough to see him through?

I chose this book because of the title. I figured it was going to make me laugh. I wasn’t wrong there. I chortled my way through this book which follows the fortunes of Rob as he goes through a divorce (his second!) and contemplates his future. He decides to use the internet to meet someone and gets to know Jen. Jen is also divorced with 3 teenage boys and although it’s not initially apparent – she has issues.

I enjoyed reading some ‘chick lit’ that’s actually told from the male point of view. Rob’s interpretation of situations is so different from Jen’s. I found myself nodding and laughing as he tries to understand the female psyche and the male/female relationship frustrations that I’m sure a lot of us can relate to. There are some funny and also touching moments as he finally meets, and begins to get to know, Jen’s boys. The scene at Pizza Hut is hilarious.

It’s a bit ‘blokey’ and slightly crude in a few places, no romance here. It’s certainly not a work of literary genius. It’s simply written and I was surprised to see a few grammatical errors and typos along the way.

Verdict: A down to earth, humourous read that’s definitely one for the holiday pile.

Reviewed by Lesley

Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: November 2010
Format: eBook
Pages: 358KB
Genre: Humour
Age: Adult
Reviewer: Lesley
Source: Own Copy
Challenge: N/A
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There’s a Cow in the Cabbage Patch

There's a Cow in the Cabbage Patch (A Barefoot Board Book)

Stella Blackstone and Clare Beaton

All the animals in this mixed-up farmyard are out of place. What shall we do? ask the farmer’s children and, of course, there’s an easy answer. Collage art in felt, stitched with antique fabrics, buttons, and other bric-a-brac, perfectly illustrates the playful text.

This is the story of a group of farm animals who have all gone somewhere they shouldn’t! The farmer and his wife are wondering how they are going to get them all home again.

Both my girls (aged 3 ½ and 17mths) really enjoy this story. It is simple, and the repetition of parts of the dialogue mean my older one can join in from memory whilst her little sister is engaged in trying to make the relevant animal noises for each page – the donkey is her current favourite! It has generated much discussion about not just animal noises, but what they eat, where they live and what they need to be happy.

The children love the pictures, each page is a picture and the text is written on the top. As a parent I love the pictures as they are so creative; they have been made from sewn felt and then photographed. It makes it a bit different from any other picture book we have.

On top of all this it has a great little ending that makes Mummy chuckle!

Verdict: A lovely book to share and enjoy over and over again!

Reviewed by Helen

Publisher: Barefoot Books Ltd
Publication Date: March 2006
Format: Board Book
Pages: 24
Genre: Picture Book
Age: Picture Book
Reviewer: Helen
Source: Own Copy
Challenge: N/A
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Around The Table: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins


AROUND THE TABLE: We love to get together as a team and discuss all manner of book related subjects.The following facebook thread took place over six days.
As Karen hasn’t read The Hunger Games Trilogy (yet!) and Lesley is enjoying a family holiday we are delighted to be joined, by Alison aka augustwilliow, blog follower and school librarian.

Please be aware that this post contains spoilers and we advise not reading any further unless you have already read Mockingjay.

Caroline: I don’t need to tell you ladies that I really LOVE this trilogy. I think that my insistence that everyone read it speaks for itself!  What elements did you enjoy?

Jane: I really enjoyed this trilogy, more than I thought I would, especially as I found the whole idea of ‘The Games’ a particularly gruesome thing to get my head around! I found it interesting that Katniss, after much persuasion, should become the Mockingjay symbol (something created by the Capitol), creating the uprising that becomes its downfall. Hence the Capitol is ultimately brought down by its own creation.

Caroline: I, too, loved the notion that Katniss, like the Mockingjay, is a product of the Capitols rule, and how both of their creations backfire on them.

Helen: I was also intrigued by the amount President Snow knew about Katniss. Where did he get some of that information?

Caroline: I really enjoyed the end of the Mockingjay. The choice Katniss makes, initially appearing to agree to further games, allowing her up on to the stage, to then assassinate President Coin rather than President Snow.Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, Book 3)

After so much time being used as a pawn, initially by the capitol, in the games, and then by District 13, as a part of the resistance, she exerts her free will and chooses the future. Preventing anymore horrific games, rather than extracting revenge for the past.

Helen: I was horrified, initially, when she agreed to another hunger games, I agree she used it to look like she was playing along, but I wasn’t completely convinced that she wouldn’t have had chance to do the assassination anyway. We don’t know whether that act did actually prevent another hunger games anyway.

Caroline: I disagree; I think that if she had openly disagreed with the new regime she would have been whisked away. We already know (from the brain washing of Peeta) that the technology exists to manipulate people’s images for propaganda. I think she needed to play along to allow herself access to the public stage, making an undeniable public statement, with no possibility of cover up or opportunity for actions to be taken in her name.

Helen: But all the others had a say too, she wasn’t the only one, if Haymitch had voted the other way then there would not have been a vote for more games anyway.  I’m sure that what you say is what Collins wants us to think, but I just didn’t feel that Katniss saying no to a games would have been the end of everything for her.

Alison: I think that it was fitting that it ended the way it did. Not only was Kat making a point on how wrong the hunger games were and how they were possibly moving from one dictatorship to another, she was regaining a measure of control over her own life. Whilst the ending was not what I wished for, it felt right.

Helen: I was really frustrated by the complete lack of information at the end. I would have liked to know about what happened at Katniss trial and whether there really was any change in society as a result of what happened

Jane: Although tying up loose ends (to a degree), we were left with a lot of questions about the characters and the state of Panem after the uprising. I would have liked more definitive answers as to how the future of Panem changed after the uprising. However, through information such as Gale working in television to help create entertainment programs for the city, I guess we are led to believe that life must have been somewhat better if television was being used in this way for its people rather than just the previous years of compulsory ‘Games’ viewing!

Caroline: In relation to the trial think that it is quite fitting that it took place without her, that the powers that be didn’t allow her to represent herself and that they decided to “retire” her. After all Katniss was a pawn for them from the start.
It was important for Suzanne to focus on Katniss’ breakdown and eventual recovery; you can’t put a character through all of that without some consequences! As the trilogy is written in first person she would have had to either swapped protagonists or included it after Kat’s recovery.  I think that as a reader I would have resented that, she’d already been through so much, and following her recovery I was ready for a “happy” ending.

Helen: Yes, Caz, I agree, would have been odd, but I still want to know what happened!

Helen: Great idea to have an out-take. On that front I would like one about Cinna! He was a great character and we could piece together a lot about him but I would love to know his back story, which we never really found out.

Caroline: Suzanne if you’re reading we want more Cinna!

Helen: On the whole I preferred the first two books. I did like the third, but I felt that the first two were particularly well plotted and paceier. Collins was really clever in her writing of The Games and all the little twists and turns that came together at the end of both books. As the third was more about the war, propaganda etc it wasn’t quite the same in these respects. Which books did everyone else prefer?

Jane: The first two books were real pages turners that I couldn’t put down, and although I read the third with the same urgency I felt it lacked the same punch! I was gearing myself up for this big war that just never really seemed to happen for me as Katniss was constantly pushed ‘on the back burner’ by those around her!

Alison: I think I preferred the first two more than Mockingjay as the focus changed so much. In the arena Kat is strong and has more control over her own destiny, whereas in Mockingjay the fact she is used as a pawn is much more apparent.

Jane: On the whole, a superb set of books with a unique and extremely imaginative plot, full of twists and turns – some of which I certainly didn’t expect! It will certainly be very interesting to see how they put this on the Big Screen!

We welcome your comments and would love to read your thoughts on the topics discussed.

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The Silent Girl

Tess Gerritsen

When a hand is found in a Chinatown alley in downtown Boston, detective Jane Rizzoli climbs to a nearby rooftop and finds the hand’s owner – a woman whose throat has been slashed so deeply that her head us nearly severed. Two strands of silver hair cling to her body. They are Rizzoli’s only clues, but they’re enough for her and pathologist Maura Isles to make a startling discovery. This violent death had a chilling prequel. Nineteen years earlier, a horrifying murder-suicide in a Chinatown restaurant left five people dead. But one woman connected to that massacre is still alive: a mysterious and beautiful martial arts master who knows a secret that lives and breathes in the shadows of Chinatown. It soon becomes clear that this is an evil that has killed before and will kill again – unless Jane and Maura can track it down, and defeat it…

The Silent Girl is the 9th book in the series featuring (Maura) Isles and (Jane) Rizzoli and starts just a few months after the events of the previous book, The Killing Place. Do bear this in mind if you are reading this book out of sequence as it does contain spoilers from the previous book.

The narration is from the three perspectives of Isles, Rizzoli, and Iris Fang. Iris Fang is a mysterious widow of Chinese descent who has never accepted her husband’s apparent murder-suicide and will do anything to get justice for her husband and daughter.

Most of the action is set in Chinatown, Boston. If, like me your Chinese history and mythology is a little rusty(!) then reading this book will give you an insight into Chinese culture and its ancient traditions and mythology. It does this whilst still remaining a ‘light’ read and not feeling that you picked up a history book by accident.

Expect the usual macabre events that Tess delivers and supernatural elements thrown in the mix too. This was something which, when reading the premise, worried me but, in my opinion, kept within the boundaries of plausibility that you would expect for this genre.

If you’re particularly interested in Maura’s character you may be disappointed that she does not feature so prominently and has little input towards the main storyline. Rat and Bear whom, you would have met from the previous book are back, giving Maura some distraction from her on / off relationship with the lovely Father Brophy. If it’s any consolation, Maura will monopolise the next book when she visits Rat at ‘Evensong’, a school for orphaned children set on a rural campus. What a perfect setting for grisly events to unfold!

Verdict: A great read filled with suspense and kept me delightfully flummoxed almost to the very end. This is Tess on top form!

Reviewed by Karen

Publisher: Bantam Press
Publication Date: July 2011
Format: Hardback
Pages: 336
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Age: Adult
Reviewer: Karen
Source: Own Copy
Challenge: N/A
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