Affirmations: Some of my current favourites

Words are powerful. They can build you up or break you down. If you let them. Something as simple as a “Hello” with a smile can make someone’s day. Other words can make you angry or cry or make you feel incredibly embarrassed or uncomfortable.

I know they always say “sticks and stone may break my bones but words will never harm me”. I am not sure about you, but I find words can really hurt – negative, unkind words. Sometimes it is also a lack of words that hurt – for example when people who are supposed to be there for you ignore you. Continue Reading →


Wishlist 2016 – An Update

I posted an updated list for this last year – read Wishlist 2015. A lot has happened since then… And I really should have updated this ages ago but as they say better late than never.

I will start a new wishlist next year. One that is more practical and more realistic. But I thought I would just update this one for now just to see how far I have actually come in the past year. Makes me feel better (mostly) about where I was a year ago to where I am now.

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Review: Death Du Jour

In the bitter cold of a Montreal winter, Tempe Brennan is digging for a corpse buried more than a century ago. Although Tempe thrives on such enigmas from the past, it’s a chain of contemporary deaths and disappearances that has seized her attention — and she alone is ideally placed to make a chilling connection among the seemingly unrelated events. At the crime scene, at the morgue, and in the lab, Tempe probes a mystery that sweeps from a deadly Quebec fire to startling discoveries in the Carolinas, and culminates in Montreal with a terrifying showdown — a nerve-shattering test of both her forensic expertise and her skills for survival.

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Review: Caedmon’s Song

On a balmy June night, Kirsten, a young university student, strolls home through a silent moonlit park. Suddenly her tranquil mood is shattered as she is viciously attacked.

When she awakes in hospital, she has no recollection of that brutal night. But then, slowly and painfully, details reveal themselves – dreams of two figures, one white and one black, hovering over her; wisps of a strange and haunting song; the unfamiliar texture of a rough and deadly hand . . .

In another part of England, Martha Browne arrives in Whitby, posing as an author doing research for a book. But her research is of a particularly macabre variety. Who is she hunting with such deadly determination? And why?

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Another year another chance

It is the year 2016. It’s nearly April 2016 to be more exact. I meant to write a post about how much I was looking forward to this year; that I was excited and full of hope for a better year than the last however many (twelve or so).

So far it has been anything but great; but that could just be my general negative outlook on life, creeping in and settling down on me.

Why do I think it has been so bad?

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Review: This Year it Will be Different

Filled with Maeve Binchy’s trademark wit and true storytelling genius, THIS YEAR IT WILL BE DIFFERENT powerfully evokes the lives of wives, husbands, children, friends and lovers.

There are step-families grappling with exes; long-married couples faced with in-law problems; a wandering husband choosing between the other woman and his wife; a child caught in a grown-up tug-of-war…

Warm, witty and with a deep understanding of what makes us tick, THIS YEAR IT WILL BE DIFFERENT superbly demonstrates why Maeve Binchy’s stories have become world-beaters.

By Maeve Binchy
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Review: In a Dry Season

During a blistering summer, drought has depleted Thornfield Reservoir, uncovering the remains of a small village called Hobb’s End – hidden from view for over 40 years. For a curious young boy this resurfaced hamlet is a magical playground … until he unearths a human skeleton.

Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks is given the impossible task of identifying the victim – a woman who lived in a place that no longer exists, whose former residents are scattered to the winds. Anyone else might throw in the towel but Banks is determined to uncover the murky past buried beneath a flood of time…


In a Dry Season by Peter Robinson

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Review: Playing with Fire

In the early hours of a cold January morning, two narrow boats catch fire on the dead-end stretch of the Eastvale canal. When signs of accelerant are found at the scene, DCI Banks and DI Annie Cabbot are summoned. But by the time they arrive, only the smouldering wreckage is left, and human remains have been found on both boats.

The evidence points towards a deliberate attack. But who was the intended victim? Was it Tina, the sixteen-year-old who had been living a drug-fuelled existence with her boyfriend? Or was it Tom, the mysterious, lonely artist?

As Banks makes his enquiries, it appears that a number of people are acting suspiciously: the interfering ‘lock-keeper’, Tina’s cold-hearted step-father, the wily local art dealer, even Tina’s boyfriend…

Then the arsonist strikes again, and Banks’s powers of investigation are tested to the limit…

– Playing with Fire by Peter Robinson

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