Book review: The Doll’s House by M.J. Arlidge

The Doll’s House by M.J. Arlidge, Penguin, ISBN9781405919197, RRP $30 I reviewed the first two books in M.J. Arlidge’s DI Helen Grace thriller series so I was keen to get my hands on this, the third. And I’m glad I did because it’s definitely a step up from the previous title Pop Goes the Weasel […]

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Book review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, Doubleday, ISBN 9780857522320, RRP NZ$36.99 Unreliable narrators are all the rage these days, as are unlikeable narrators. It’s a fine line though, unreliable can veer into the ridiculous while unlikeable can end up unreadable. It takes a good author (and a good editor, I suspect) to keep […]

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Pop Goes The Weasel by M.J. Arlidge

Pop Goes the Weasel by M.J. Arlidge, Penguin, ISBN9781405914963, RRP $37 M.J. Arlidge’s debut novel Eeny Meeny introduced us to DI Helen Grace and Arlidge’s particular brand of crime/thriller/police procedural.  With Pop Goes the Weasel he tells the story of a new killer while picking up the pieces from the ending of Eeny Meeny. DI […]

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Book Watch, New Zealand Herald on Sunday – 18 May 2014

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Engines of Empathy By Paul Mannering, Paper Road Press Is New Zealand the speculative fiction capital of the world? This book from new independent publisher Paper Road Press is evidence that we might just be. Witty and fun, with a highly original premise, the author takes us on a journey with Charlotte Pudding, in a […]

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Bookwatch – Herald on Sunday, 11 August 2013

Here’s my Bookwatch column from today’s Herald on Sunday (11 August 2013): Nga Tau ki Muri : Our Future By Ans Westra with Hone Tuwhare, David Lange, David Eggleton, Brian Turner & Russel Norman (Suite Publishing) Celebrated photographer Ans Westra (Wash Day at the Pa) is back in print with another beautiful and moving portrait of […]

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