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Book Review: The Gangster by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott

The Gangster

Title: The Gangster (Isaac Bell Adventures #9) Author: Clive Cussler & Justin Scott Publisher: Penguin Random House SA Published: March 2016 Genre: Historical/Crime/Adventure Rating: 7/10 It is 1906, and in New York City, the Italian crime group known as the Black Hand is on a spree: kidnapping, extortion, arson. Detective Isaac Bell of the Van Dorn Agency...
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Book Review: To Quote Myself by Khaya Dlanga

To Quote Myself

Title: To Quote Myself Author: Khaya Dlanga Publisher: Pan Macmillan SA Published: November 2015 Genre: Memoir Rating: 7/10 “Struggling womaniser. Leader of the People’s Army Against Typo Nazi. Never eats black Jelly Babies.” – from Khaya Dlanga’s Twitter bio Khaya Dlanga has established himself as one of the most influential individuals in South African media, particularly social media, a platform he...
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Book Review: The Widow by Fiona Barton

The Widow

Title: The Widow Author: Fiona Barton Publisher: Penguin Random House SA Published: January 2016 Genre: Thriller/Mystery Rating: 7/10 We’ve all seen him: the man—the monster—staring from the front page of every newspaper, accused of a terrible crime. But what about the woman who grips his arm on the courtroom stairs—the woman who stands by...
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South African Author, Joan De La Haye, Releases New Novel


“Fury is as haunting as it is addictive. This is the type of book you need to read with the lights on.” – Monique Snyman, Killer Aphrodite Entertainment. A young girl is brutally murdered. Two rival crime bosses fight for dominance on the streets of South Africa’s capital city. The city’s underground film industry...
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Book Review: Satellite People by Hans Olav Lahlum

Satellite People

Title: Satellite People (K2 and Patricia Series) Author: Hans Olav Lahlum Publisher: Pan Macmillan SA Published: July 2015 Genre: Crime Thriller Rating: 8/10 Oslo, 1969. When a wealthy man collapses and dies during a dinner party, Norwegian Police Inspector Kolbjorn Kristiansen, known as K2, is left shaken. For the victim, Magdalon Schelderup, a multimillionaire businessman and former resistance fighter, had...
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Book Review: An Empty Coast by Tony Park

Tony Park

Title: An Empty Coast Author: Tony Park Publisher: Pan Macmillan SA Published: November 2015 Genre: Adventure/Thriller Rating: 8/10 Sonja Kurtz – former soldier, supposedly retired mercenary – is in Vietnam carrying out a personal revenge mission when her daughter sends a call for help. Emma is on a dig at the edge of Namibia’s Etosha National Park studying archaeology and she’s...
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Book Review: The Eleventh Black Book of Horror

The Eleventh Black Book of Horror

Title: The Eleventh Black Book of Horror Editor: Charles Black Publisher: Mortbury Press Published: September 2015 Genre: Horror Rating: 9/10 Do you like horror? Do you like to be frightened? ‘…I suddenly felt a chill go up my back, as though a spider had dropped inside my shirt and was creeping towards my neck.’ TWO FIVE SEVEN Or perhaps,...
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Book Review: Flame in the Snow: The Love Letters of André Brink & Ingrid Jonker by Francis Galloway

Flame in the Snow

Title: Flame in the Snow: The Love Letters of André Brink & Ingrid Jonker Editor: Francis Galloway Publisher: Penguin Random House SA Published: November 2015 Genre: Non-Fiction/Romance Rating: 9/10 In a telegram dated 29 April 1963, twenty-nine-year-old Afrikaans poet Ingrid Jonker thanks André Brink, a young novelist of twenty-seven, for flowers and a letter he sent...
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Book Review: The Boy At The Top Of The Mountain by John Boyne

The boy at the top of the mountain

Title: The Boy At The Top Of The Mountain Author: John Boyne Publisher: Penguin Random House SA Published: October 2015 Genre: Middle Grade/Historical Fiction Rating: 9/10 When Pierrot becomes an orphan, he must leave his home in Paris for a new life with his aunt Beatrix, a servant in a wealthy household at the top of...
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Book Review: Wars of the Roses: Bloodline by Conn Iggulden


Title: Wars of the Roses: Bloodline (Wars of the Roses #3) Author: Conn Iggulden Publisher: Penguin Random House SA Published: October 2015 Genre: Historical Fiction Rating: 8/10 – Winter 1461 – Richard Duke of York is dead, his ambitions in ruins, his head spiked on the walls of York city.  King Henry VI is still held prisoner. His...
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