O JERUSALEM by LAURIE R.KING

Reviewing such an exciting, action-packed novel as “O Jerusalem”, the second (chronologically speaking) in the Mary Russell series, the period detail is such that one wants to use words like derring-do and possibly even swashbuckling, to describe the utterly delightful young heroine. In this story, Mary Russell is only 19,… Continue reading

THE MOOR by LAURIE R.KING

“The Moor” is another novel in the clever, entertaining and very successful Mary Russell series. Mary Russell, as in Mrs. Sherlock Holmes. The young wife of the now elderly detective is the one with energy and good humour and a delicious sense of irony, and we see the world and… Continue reading

HOME BOY by H.M.Naqvi

“Home Boy” is the powerful début novel by the young, talented Pakistani writer H.M.Naqvi. A picaresque novel of post 9/11 America, it is hard-hitting and shocking in its depiction of a land, a landscape and a people changed for ever. Three young Pakistani friends live in and around New York. … Continue reading

WITNESS THE NIGHT by Kishwar Desai

This compelling first novel by Kishwar Desai takes the reader to the heart of Punjab, where a world of unexpected horror and deceit and sorrow lies just beneath the veneer of upper-class society. A grisly series of murder has taken place, in the course of which all of the Atwal… Continue reading

THE BONE TIKI by David Hair

David Hair’s first novel, The Bone Tiki, is an impressive engaging debut, set in the author’s native New Zealand. Mat Douglas is the young protagonist and hero of the novel, a seemingly typical, ordinary teenage boy, half Maori-half European, bored with life, saddened by his parent’s separation, and a bit… Continue reading

LOCKED ROOMS by Laurie R. King

The Mary Russell series of whodunnits –  also featuring her husband, one older gentleman named Sherlock Holmes –  is a joy to read. Fun, ever so slightly irreverent, and good mysteries in their own right, regardless of the high profile husband and his famous friends. This novel takes us to… Continue reading

THE BEEKEEPER’S APPRENTICE by LAURIE R.KING

Having only recently discovered the wonderful Sherlock Holmes meets Kim whodunnit, “The Game” by Laurie R. King, this reviewer decided to go back to the first book in this eminently readable series, which is actually a series about the gutsy young Mary Russell. aka Mrs. Sherlock Homes. In “The Beekeeper’s… Continue reading

KIPLING SAHIB by CHARLES ALLEN

“Kipling Sahib” by Charles Allen is a well-written, well-researched, fascinating look into the Indian part of Rudyard Kipling’s life, those relatively few years he spent in India, but which marked him for life. And for literature. Charles Allen brings to this book all the detailed yet seemingly relaxed research of… Continue reading

THE MANDALA OF SHERLOCK HOLMES by Jamyang Norbu

Ever wondered what happened to Sherlock Homes, after he fell over the Reichenbach Falls and was presumed drowned ? The only clue generations of Sherlock Homes fans had were two meagre sentences beginning “I travelled for 2 years in Tibet…” Jamyang Norbu’s clever, well-written novel fills in these missing 2… Continue reading