I MISS YOUR PURPLE HAIR by Robert Chandler

When a series of catastrophic events hit the world, a group of survivors are trapped in the San Diego zoo. At the centre of the group are Mateo Lima and his 15 year old daughter Veronica, whom he calls “Violet”.

Inspired by the author’s real-life visions, I Miss Your Purple Hair is a story of a father’s love for his daughter and a young girl finding her destiny.

I found this novel to be quite intriguing. It has a large cast of characters all brought together, each with their own special story. The author drew me in and kept me captivated.

I always enjoy a novel that makes me think and this one definitely did that. The events that take place remind me of the 2012 Mayan Calendar controversy, which being a “hot topic” right now should keep a reader’s interest long enough they will find it hard to put the book down.

This book moved me in ways others have not and has inspired me to try and form a better relationship with my own father, with whom I once was very close. I only hope it reaches out to others, the way it has to me.

*****

 Lisa K Mason

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January 28, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Abbie’s Rival by Tracey Morait

Abbie’s Rival by new author Tracey Morait tells the story of Abbie Palmer, a British teenager who is excited when she receives an e-mail from her beautiful French ‘e-mate’ Colette telling her she wants to visit in the summer holidays. When Abbie realises Colette will find out she lied about her background, so she tries to put her off by saying she is going away for the summer.

Unfortunately Colette doesn’t get Abbie’s message and turns up unexpectedly and that’s when her problems start. 

This story of friendship, romance, modern family, school and exams – set in Liverpool – was reasonably fast moving with well developed characters. It gives a humourous glimpse into several cultures and circumstances and I enjoyed it throroughly.

Although Abbie’s Rival is aimed at teenage girls, it is the kind of story that would resonate with most females. Definitely well worth a read, I highly suggest giving it a go!

*****

Katy Hunter Bristow

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January 26, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Abattoir Jack by Christopher Neilan

Jack is 22 years old and already he feels his life is drifting slowly away from him. He’s stuck in some small desert town on the New Mexico backroads, living out of a single room in a cheap motel and working in the local abattoir. But then he meets a girl, as men like him always do, and she’s as sexy and dangerous as hell, as girls like her always are, and very soon they’re doing the wild thing together. And it isn’t too long before they hit the road together and head for San Francisco, lured by a story told by one of Jack’s workmates – about $25000 stashed in a locker in the Greyhound station.

Anyone who’s ever read one of those old hardboiled potboilers from back in the day can take a pretty good stab at what happens next. We’re talking sex and drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, of course: amour fou and, ultimately, betrayal and despair. As such, this is a largely generic and conventional novel, leavened by odd moments of absurdist black humour, the occasional neat one-liner, and a nice little twist in the final line. The book’s only 154 pages long, but it could (and perhaps should) have been shorter; meaner and leaner, faster and stronger. There are just a few too many scenes and sequences, passages and pages which don’t really do anything and gum-up the story. But as a first novel and a rough and tumble piece of pulp fiction this isn’t without promise.

*****

David Alexander

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January 23, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Lillia’s Diary by Ian McFadyen

When the glamorous Lillia Monroe is murdered, the police force of sleepy Lancashire Hamlet Moulton Bank – led by DI Steve Carmichael, find themselves in a race against time to stop the killer striking again.

Lillia’s Diary is a must for all fans of traditional police procedures. Carmichael is reminiscent of Barnaby from Midsommer Murders – a police officer with a lovely wife and family and it is admirable of McFadyen to steer away from the traditional stereotype of the lonely copper who is married to his job and his only best friend is the bottle. There are glimpses throughout that there might be more to Carmichael than meets the eye and I get the feeling these aspects of him might be explored as the series progresses.

The story itself is pretty straightforward, although I have to say, I didn’t guess who the murderer was, which is pretty impressive as quite often with these books, it becomes obvious too soon. But McFadyen’s style of writing is so easy to read that it became a pleasure to read it each day. The villagers – although well aware of each other’s business, are not stereotyped into being narrow minded yokels as is often the case when books portray city cops who move to the countryside.

I would not recommend this book for fans of more grittier police procedurals like Val McDermid or Mo Hayder. But if you like a gentle paced whodunnit with lots of twists and turns I would recommend you check it out.

I look forward to reading more of McFadyen’s books.

*****

Karen Mason

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January 16, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

NO GREATER SACRIFICE by John C. Stipa

When terminally-ill archaeologist Renée d’Arcadia is summoned to France to take part in the reading of a will, she is plunged into a maelstrom of deceit and destruction to solve a 100-year-old mystery originating from a sinister church where nothing is as it seems.  

Although Renée is in the late stages of leukaemia, although you would never know it by the way she runs around Europe searching for clues and codes in this novel. At times I wasn’t quite sure what kind of novel I was reading. Is it a romantic adventure like Romancing the Stone? A religious thriller ala The DaVinci Code? A mystery dripped in history like National Treasure or Indiana Jones? It is in fact, a bit of all of these with some humour thrown in to keep things light.

Though I find the need for another of this type of novel really unnecessary and in my opinion quite overdone, the author seemed to be trying to change the plot a bit. I did feel there was much information that could have been left out after the first draft and some of his wording was not quite ‘right’, for example, someone uses the term ‘be gay with him’ which in my opinion is not something an intelligent personal would say.  

Despite this, No Greater Sacrifice has it all – secret codes, buried treasures, Bishops gone bad and the rumours of a secret marriage and child between Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene. Fan of this genre will be in for a wild ride.

Lisa K Mason

*****

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January 5, 2010. Uncategorized. 3 comments.