Nothing makes my heart happier than the idea that I can run away for a weekend and escape with a satchel filled to the brim with new books.

"Aaaaah the smell and feel of those paper pages turning under my finger tips are so special."

You see I spent my school days escaping in the library and hiding from the bullies whose taunts seem to haunt me mercilessly. The great outcome, however, is that I have now conquered those nasty words and I still have a passion for the written word.

In fact, if you are reading this and you know a man (in his forties or so) who owns a quaint bookshop with loads of character, that lives in a cool and quaint coastal town ... and is looking for a wife ... give me a call! I would love nothing more than to spend my days sharing coffee and the written word in a book store in a Scottish, Irish, Canadian coastal town .... ahh bliss!

Okay okay back to the post and enough canvassing for a wealthy, book loving husband ... tee hee!

Current Book Releases On My Radar

Kathy Reichs has to be one of my all time favourite forensic pathology authors ... nay, she is my all time favourite.

Here is her latest offering ... Two Nights which I have yet to read.
"Meet Sunday Night, a woman with physical and psychological scars, and a killer instinct. . . .

Sunnie has spent years running from her past, burying secrets and building a life in which she needs no one and feels nothing. But a girl has gone missing, lost in the chaos of a bomb explosion, and the family needs Sunnie’s help. Is the girl dead? Did someone take her? If she is out there, why doesn’t she want to be found?

It’s time for Sunnie to face her own demons—because they just might lead her to the truth about what really happened all those years ago."

Retails: R435
More info: Penguin Books

Local is lekker

In recent times I have found myself quite enjoying local publications, both the cover art and the snippet of this book intrigued me. Today I look at Maxine Case and The Softness Of Lime ...
"1782: In the bustling settlement at the Cape of Good Hope, traders, politicians, farmers and fortune-seekers compete for goods, land and power. It is here that Geert Baardwijk, a wealthy Dutch heir, finds himself drawn to Lena, a young slave he has inherited from his father.

Bartered and sold into slavery as a child, Lena pines for the Madagascan highlands from within the cloistered confines of her master’s townhouse. When Geert marries a woman from the upper strata of Cape society to preserve his wealth and status, he is forced to confront his own responsibilities and failings, as well as the true meaning of love and fatherhood."

Retails: R250
More info: Penguin Books

Nothing like a detective novel

If you know scandi writer Jo Nesbo, then you know his unique style of mystery and intrigue. His detective Harry Hole being reminiscent of Dick Tracy.

"Harry Hole is back! A blistering new thriller from the number one bestselling author of The Snowman and Police.

There’s a new killer on the streets...
A woman is found murdered after an internet date. The marks left on her body show the police that they are dealing with a particularly vicious killer.

He’s in your house... He’s in your room
Under pressure from the media to find the murderer, the force knows there’s only one man for the job. But Harry Hole is reluctant to return to the place that almost took everything from him. Until he starts to suspect a connection between this killing and his one failed case.

He's out for blood
When another victim is found, Harry realises he will need to put everything on the line if he’s to finally catch the one who got away."

Retails: R295
More info: Penguin Books

So there you have it, the latest on the book shelves that I would love to purchase and read ... go on, get yours and tell me what you think fellow book worms!

In the meantime watch this space for an upcoming Tony Parks review.

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