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Phillip Gwynne – The Debt Series

I am up to the last in this series and whilst I have found it reminiscent of the Conspiracy 365 series have enjoyed it more – there is less repetition in the action and the idea of a new task to repay the family debt (or lose a pound of flesh) gives each story a … Continue reading

March – Catherine Jinks – A very peculiar plague (Book 2 City of Orphans series).

Having read Book 1 – A very unusual pursuit but being somewhat ambivalent about it (6 months on), I decided to re-acquaint myself with Jem, Birdie and Alfred Bunce as they seek to clear London of child eating monsters (bogles). A mix of fantasy, mystery and action – A very peculiar plague, seemed to provide … Continue reading

Secret September J.C. Burke – Pretty Girl

I have struggled to stick to a particular genre each month and was going to write about this book without an alliterative title but suddenly thought of secrets….  fits with most books doesn’t it?  (Bit of a cop-out).  Anyway, I have been lucky enough to have been asked to review some books for Random House (disclosure), I … Continue reading

Mystery March – Michael Wagner – Destiny’s Right Hand

I think this book is an excellent bridge between Mystery March and Autism Awareness April as it has elements of both. Set in Melbourne, Destiny’s Right Hand is about a teenage boy, Eddie, who meets Destiny whilst she was unsuccessfully shoplifting. He notices her anguish, confusion and lack of confidence in what she was doing … Continue reading

Mystery March – Steven Herrick – Cold Skin

Cold Skin is my first verse novel.  I have never been into poetry and as a consequence baulked at verse novels but owing to an author visit decided to promote this book and verse novels to my students.  I found the support notes on the Allen and Unwin site really useful in scaffolding my reading and ultimately … Continue reading

Mystery March – Burning Blue – Paul Griffin

  How far would you go for love, beauty, and jealousy? When Nicole Castro, the most beautiful girl in her wealthy New Jersey high school, is splashed with acid on the left side of her perfect face, the whole world takes notice. But quiet loner Jay Nazarro does more than that–he decides to find out … Continue reading

Mystery March – Picture Books and other for younger children

I have been thinking about Mystery March and kids picture books etc.  How the  descriptions they include  add to the mystery/plot. So I started a list of possibilities –  I have compiled them from various recommendations. Graeme Base – Enigma Scotton – Secret Agent Splat Rod Clement – Grandad’s teeth Duncan Ball – Emily Eyefinger series Scooby Doo … Continue reading

Mystery March – Robin Bowles

Okay, I admit it!   I have been a bad book blogger…… it appears as if I haven’t read anything for three months!  Not true, I just haven’t blogged for three months, I was a bit over the restriction of a genre for each month.  Not sure how I am going to get around it in the … Continue reading

Speculative September James Roy – Ichabod Hart & the Lighthouse Mystery

This fits into the steampunk part of speculative fiction (mix of history and fantasy). It poses various what if scenarios: What if the French settled (invaded)Australia at the same time as the English? What if convicts could be made to work even harder? This is a mystery/fantasy that is mixed up with the steam era (hence steampunk) where a … Continue reading

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