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Santa Claus Wish List

My daughter is super excited about the visit from Santa Claus tonight and the gifts that he is going to bring for her. Today morning she asked me what gifts I have asked Santa to bring for myself.  I said, “Santa Claus brings gifts only for children.” Upon this, she exclaimed with the solemn assurance…

2016 So Far (Part 2)

Africa – 4 Countries – 4 Books Africa has been a neglected continent as far as my reading is concerned. Except Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, I have not ventured out much in Africa. Therefore, this year I decided to read books set in different African countries. Botswana – Botswana is a…

2016 So Far

2016 has been a slow year so far. I am woefully behind on my goodreads challenge and chances of catching up seem abysmally low. I have kept up with some of the series that I have been following over the years and have started with some great new series. Continuing with my practice of trying…

The Secret Place

The Secret Place – Tana French

My Rating – 5/5 Summary – Detective Stephan Moran has an unusual visitor. Holly Mackey, daughter of another cop Frank Mackey seeks him with an intriguing piece of information. It leads Stephan to one-year-old murder of Chris Harper. Chris’s dead body was found on the grounds of St. Kilda, an exclusive boarding school for girls.…

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My Half Yearly Round-up

I have been erratic again this year in posting my reviews, though this has been a good year for reading. Half way through the year, I am more or less on track so far for my goodreads reading challenge. Here is a brief roundup of the 28 books I have read so far. I continued…

If the dead rise not

If The Dead Rise Not – Philip Kerr

My Rating –4/5 Summary – The sixth book in the Berlin Noir series is set in the flashback 1934. Kicked out from police force, Bernie is a house detective at Hotel Adlon. He gets mixed up with two of his hotel guests, an American gangster and a beautiful journalist. Events soon turn complicated and Bernie…

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The Silkworm – Robert Galbraith

My Rating –3.5/5 Summary – When writer Owen Quine’s eccentric wife seeks Strike’s help to find her missing husband, it looks like Owen has taken off as usual, something that he is fond of doing. As Strike investigates, however it becomes clear that this time it may not be so simple. Strike finds Owen, long…