Month: April 2010

Kiwi colloquialisms distract

Containment, by Vanda Symon (Penguin, RRP $28): There’s no doubting Dunedin-based author Vanda Symon’s talent as a writer and I certainly enjoyed most of this book, the third to feature stroppy chick/newbie detective Sam Shepherd. However, I don’t know that…

Record of a generation

Poppy Boys By Lynley Dear (Craig Print) Steven Spielberg’s epic World War II movie Saving Private Ryan was one of those gut-wrenching stories that stayed with you long after you walked out of the theatre. The tale of the search…

Kiwis love Reacher

61 Hours, by Lee Child (Bantam Press, RRP $39.99): Benjamin Franklin reckoned there were only two things in this world that could be said to be certain: death and taxes. However, I’d like to add a third item to that…

Worth the wait

Too Many Murders, by Colleen McCullough (HarperCollins, RRP $54.99) Aussie author Colleen McCullough is probably best-known for The Thorn Birds and while I enjoyed that book every bit as much as everyone else in the world, I wasn’t such a…