Book Reviews


12.08.10  Review: The City Man by Howard Akler
Published: 2005 About The City Man: In 1934, a reporter ventures into the world of Toronto's pickpockets. A really fast read, partly because it was short but mostly because it was fascinating. I had a hard time putting it...
10.08.10  Review: Edith's War by Andrew Smith
Published: 2010 About Edith's War: In 1940, Edith Maguire moves in with her mother-in-law, next door to an Italian family. In 2002, Edith's sons await her arrival in Venice. I thought Smith did a good job of showing what...
10.08.10  Review: Queen's Court by Edward O. Phillips
Published: 2007 About Queen's Court: Louise Bingham is recently widowed and moving back to Montreal. The writing was good for the most part and I did enjoy reading the book. I didn't love it though. Full review: Queen's Court...
19.06.10  Review: Spin by Catherine McKenzie
Funny and thought-provoking and might make you question certain aspects of your own life.
31.05.10  Review: Waiting for Columbus by Thomas Trofimuk
Published: 2009 About Waiting for Columbus: A man is brought to the Sevilla Institute for the Mentally Ill in Spain, claiming to be Christopher Columbus. A book to be not just read, but experienced. Full review: Waiting for Columbus...
31.05.10  Review: The World More Full of Weeping by Robert J. Wiersema
Published: 2009 About The World More Full of Weeping: An 11-year-old boy is missing in the woods behind his house. Lots of layers and symbolism and an interesting read. Full review: The World More Full of Weeping by Robert...
31.05.10  Review: The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan
Published: 2009 About The Day the Falls Stood Still: A young woman meets a riverman in Niagara Falls. A touching romance with some history on Niagara Falls. Full review: The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan...
24.05.10  Review: The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery
Published: 1926 About The Blue Castle: An unhappy woman makes radical changes to her life after learning she only has a year to live. A charming read and I enjoyed it. Full review: The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery...
02.03.10  Review: The End of the Alphabet by CS Richardson
The story is beautiful, the writing is beautiful, and the book itself is beautiful.
02.03.10  Review: Red Snow by Michael Slade
Those who like their thrillers bloody won't be disappointed.
02.03.10  Review: Old City Hall by Robert Rotenberg
Old City Hall had some really nice twists and I was often surprised.
19.01.10  Review: Barrington Street Blues by Anne Emery
Published: 2008 About Barrington Street Blues: A rich man and a poor man are found shot to death outside of a strip club. On the surface, it looks like a murder-suicide but Halifax lawyer Monty Collins isn't convinced. Meanwhile,...
19.01.10  Review: It Can Happen to You by Lynn Crymble
Published: 2009 About It Can Happen to You: A woman takes part in a "renovate your life" project for a local newspaper. A light, fun read with some giggle-worthy moments and some touching moments. Full review: It Can Happen...
01.12.09  Review: The Garneau Block by Todd Babiak
I loved all of the characters, even the ones I didn't like, and I really enjoyed this book.
21.11.09  Review: Last Stop Sunnyside by Pat Capponi
I liked the book a lot and appreciated Capponi's original band of detectives.
16.07.09  Review: The Chicken Doesn't Skate by Gordon Korman
JB enjoyed the book and he especially liked the way the author made it clear which character was speaking.
01.07.09  Review: Mistress of the Sun by Sandra Gulland
This book had everything from love and betrayal to grand parties and frightening medical practices. It was an excellent read and I recommend it.
01.07.09  Review: Angel Wing Splash Pattern by Richard Van Camp
I thought all of the stories were remarkable. Highly recommended.
01.07.09  Review: Snitch by Allison van Diepen
van Diepen did an excellent job of showing that the decision to join a gang isn't always easy.
30.06.09  Review: Wicked Woods by Steve Vernon
Fun stories to read around the campfire or to take on a ghost tour of New Brunswick.
29.06.09  Review: Megiddo's Shadow by Arthur Slade
Surprising and surprisingly sad. You may want to keep the tissues handy.
29.06.09  Review: Amuse Bouche by Anthony Bidulka
There were a few things I wasn't crazy about but I liked Quant a lot and I will be looking for a chance to read the other books in the series.
21.06.09  Review: Step Closer by Tessa McWatt
Emily tells the tragic story of Gavin and Marcus while dealing with relationship issues of her own.
20.06.09  Review: One Hand Screaming by Mark Leslie
Collection of short stories and poems. Horror.
11.05.09  Review: No Time for Goodbye by Linwood Barclay
A fourteen-year-old girl wakes up one morning to find that her entire family has vanished.
04.05.09  Review: Miss Smithers by Susan Juby
Alice enters a beauty pageant. The second book in the Alice MacLeod series.
24.04.09  Review: Advice for Italian Boys by Anne Giardini
Nicolo Pavone isn't sure where his life is going but his grandmother is always ready to offer advice.
10.04.09  Review: Alice, I Think by Susan Juby
Alice MacLeod returns to school after years of being taught at home. The first book in the series.
05.04.09  Review: The Trade Mission by Andrew Pyper
A trade mission to Brazil turns into a fight for survival. Also published as Dark Descent.
30.03.09  Review: Darkness at the Stroke of Noon by Dennis Richard Murphy
Darkness at the Stroke of Noon takes place in a remote part of Nunavut. Two members of a group of researchers are found dead and RCMP Sergeant Booker Kennison is sent to investigate.
26.03.09  Review: Waiting for Sarah by Bruce McBay and James Heneghan
In Waiting for Sarah, a boy lost his family and his legs in an accident. Life seems pretty miserable until he meets a young girl while working on a school project.
15.03.09  Review: The Plague by Clem Martini
In book two of Feather and Bone: The Crow Chronicles, a plague has killed many crows and Kym has been captured by humans.
13.03.09  Review: Touched By Venom by Janine Cross
Touched By Venom is book one of the Dragon Temple Saga.
10.03.09  Review: The Gravesavers by Sheree Fitch
In The Gravesavers, a young girl helps her grandmother protect the graves of people lost in a shipwreck.
23.02.09  Review: Y in the Shadows by Karen Rivers
Y in the Shadows is the story of a young girl named Yale, who discovers that she has the ability to disappear.
18.02.09  Review: Dooley Takes the Fall by Norah McClintock
In Dooley Takes the Fall, 17-year-old Ryan Dooley is suspected of murdering a kid from his troubled past.
05.02.09  Review: The Colour of Lightning by Paulette Jiles
The Colour of Lightning is the story of Britt Johnson. In 1864, captives were taken after the Comanche and Kiowa raided a community in Texas and Britt vowed to do whatever was necessary to get his family back.
30.01.09  Review: Scarlet Rose by Julia Madeleine
Fiona's stepfather has been murdered and the cops think she's responsible.