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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Book Review: The Search for Anne Perry by Joanne Drayton

The Search for Anne Perry by Joanne Drayton, Harper Collins, ISBN 9781869508883, RRP$44.99, Available now. It’s really not surprising that the Honorah Rieper/Parker murder story continues to fascinate so many people (myself included). For the few people who surely don’t know the story, Honorah was murdered in Christchurch in 1954 by two teenage girls – […]

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