Have you read?….

‘When you want to, you’ll find a way to do it’

My mother’s words when she decided I needed to sort out a problem myself.

Those words always come to mind when I use the above trick of using the coasters to keep my page open….so I can read and knit at the same time.  It can get a bit windy on the deck and I couldn’t keep the page open so a long time ago came up with the idea of propping the book against the circle of friends and using the coaster.  I found a way 😊

Reading’s been slow since we got home, after devouring (10) books while we were in Bowen, I’ve only read two in the last three weeks.  Two I thoroughly enjoyed.

Written by Australian author Joy Dettman and set in Melbourne I wizzed through   The Silent Inheritance (2016) in just a few days.

It started slowly as all the characters were introduced- then became more interesting as each of their stories developed and their lives became entwined.  A serial killer, bits of humour, past lives, families plus a lottery windfall,  with an ending I thought was possible yet was surprised when it actually turned out that way.

Page 9:-  For 20yrs the company had rented spacious rooms in an elderly building where an elderly lift made frequent requests for retirement.  It appeared too to be losing it’s memory.  He’d hit the ground floor button but was delivered to the basement car park

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 The Girl in the Ice (2016) written by Robert Bryndza (a new to me author) was completely different.  Described as a crime thriller/mystery it certainly was a page turner with short chapters that added just enough to the story to keep you wanting more.

A new police officer (with a past), police procedure, families, more murders brought into the mix, red herrings, little bits of ‘thoughts,’ from the murderer and an ending I certainly didn’t see coming

Book Blurb:- when a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation.  The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life.  Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound and dumped in water around London.

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Talking of endings, its coming to the end of a coolish Monday, the last Monday in September….gosh where did this month go?  After a quick walk this morning I met with a friend and passed on both books for her to read (and hopefully enjoy).   Then I spent a quiet afternoon trying to decide what would be my next charity project.

And of course being Monday I took a little time over my afternoon green tea (giving the morning coffee up for while) wondering, wondering when I can get hold of another of the Erika Foster series (7 in all!) and whether Joy Dettman will  bring those same Melbourne characters to life in another book?  There ‘was’ a finish to the storyline yet it was a very open ending which could lead to series.

Oh and back to my original question- I’d be interested to know if any of you have read either of these books?  If so what were your thoughts?

9 thoughts on “Have you read?….

    1. Cathy I’m not sure if you’ll find Joy Dettman (being Australian) but with a bit of luck The Girl in the Ice is there.
      I’m sure you’d enjoy them both.


  1. Co-incidences. The Girl in the Ice is one of the ones I am reading at the moment, and sits on my bedside table (I know reading murder mysteries at bedtime is a tad odd). I expect I will finish it this week.


  2. Neither but I will see if either or both are on Kindle. I’m just reading Varafoukis’ account of being screwed by the E.U. and by his own government so I could do with coming up for a breather.

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  3. No…I’ve read neither books…but now I just might have to do so!

    Years ago I used to have a clear, hard perspex book holder that held books up and open. It was for recipe books if and when a recipe needed to be followed during the preparation thereof…so the book wouldn’t get marked by whatever ingredients etc., when on the preparation bench. I’m not sure where it has gone to…probably to an Op Shop…but something like that would be very handy for you when you are knitting and reading.


    1. If you really are keen to read them you may find the books in an op shop Lee or most likely in your local library.
      I jumped up when I read the second part of your comment and went into the laundry – not to turn the machine on but to look at a shell with cook ion. Why I didn’t think of it before I’ll never know – I have a similar ‘thing’ bought years ago and there it was on that shelf. Trouble was the angle is wrong, it doesn’t hold a paperback or even a thinner book open, that’s probably why I’d forgotten about it. Maybe I’ll do a post and show it and its bad design off.


  4. my own book reading hasn’t surfaced much at all…although I have a big book I won a few months ago; must get going with reading again…


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