Borrow Box and another great read.

I have posted previously about using BorrowBox from your local library but this is just a short reminder of how great a facility this is.

This book, which I read as an ebook using BorrowBox from our local library, was one that I read in two sittings.  A great read.

“It’s been twenty years since Detective Cormac Reilly discovered the body of Hilaria Blake in her crumbling home. But he’s never forgotten the two children she left behind…

When Aisling Conroy’s boyfriend Jack is found in the freezing black waters of the river Corrib in Ireland, the police tell her it was suicide. She throws herself into work, trying to forget—but Jack’s sister Maude reappears in Ireland after years abroad, determined to prove Jack was murdered.

Meanwhile, Detective Cormac Reilly, who was recently transferred to Galway from his squad in Dublin, is assigned to dig into a cold case from twenty years ago—the seeming overdose of Jack and Maude’s drug and alcohol addled mother. Other detectives are connecting Jack’s death to his mother’s, and pushing Reilly to arrest Maude, and fast. But instinct tells him something isn’t quite what it seems…

This unsettling small-town noir draws us deep into the dark heart of Ireland, where corruption, desperation, and crime run rife. A gritty look at trust and betrayal where the written law isn’t the only one, The Ruin asks who will protect you when the authorities can’t—or won’t.” (Penguin Random House)

Construction is going ahead

The latest project in Metung is the extension of the boardwalk into Chinamans Creek.  The work started in August just before we left for our holiday overseas and it is now evident that some work has been done.  I don’t know if it is going to be finished by mid December as is the anticipated finish date on the Council notices.

Apparently there was a delay as permission was required for the removal of some native vegetation.

Keeping our fingers crossed that it will all be finished before the busy Christmas period.

Misty Metung and some Spring pictures

I have started back into my morning walk routine.  The day before yesterday Chinamans Creek was rather misty and the weather was quite cool.  The previous night we had a decent amount of rain so that should help the garden.  Everywhere is so dry here that we really need several days worth of rain.

Lake King is home to black swans and they have returned in great numbers for Spring.  These are the first cygnets I spied on my morning walk.  The second morning I spied this pair.  The cygnets were having a rough ride as the waves were being chopped up by the strong wind.I am so lucky to live in such a lovely place as Metung.


Two wives and Lazarus.

I am still behind in my Reading Challenge but hopefully I will be able to catch up now that I am back from my holiday.Island Wife by Judy Fairbairns

I bought this book on Kobo so I could read it while on holiday in the Hebrides but the book brought much more to me than island life.  A must read for women who feel trapped in family life.

“A memoir of a woman’s life on a remote Scottish island – from 19-year-old girl to wife of one to mother of five, hotelier, domestic miracle worker, to empty nester to writer.

‘An unflinching and hugely entertaining story of family travails and triumphs’ Kirsty Wark
‘A sensitive, brave and honest look at a life lived in the wake of others’ needs’ Daily Mail

Dream of living on a remote Scottish island? ISLAND WIFE tells the story of a woman’s life. Judy, at 19, met her future husband, who whisked her off into an adventure, a marriage of over forty years, and a life on a remote Hebridean island.
Along the way she bears five children, learns how to run a rocky hill farm, a hotel, a recording studio and the first whale watching business in the UK – all the while inventively making fraying ends meet. When her children start to leave home, things fall apart and there is sadness and joy in how she puts things back together. Funny and tender, this is a book of endless horizons and a breath of fresh air.

This is a frequently beautiful autobiography that may well become a lifebelt for the thousands of women who find themselves drowning in the confusing storms that so often attend being a mother, wife and hard-working professional. — Herald Scotland”

The Other Wife by Michael Robotham“A secret wife. A secret life. A killer who knows.

William and Mary have been married sixty years. William is a celebrated surgeon, Mary a devoted wife. Both are strong believers in right and wrong.

William and Olivia have been together twenty years. Olivia was once a tennis star, but her career has long since faded.

Clinical psychologist Joe O’Loughlin knows only one of these stories to be true. But when he is called to his father’s hospital bed after a brutal attack, everything he once knew is turned upside down. Is it possible his father, the upstanding citizen, was leading a double life?

And who is the strange woman crying at William’s bedside, covered in his blood – a friend, a mistress, a fantasist or a killer?

A confronting psychological thriller from one of the greatest crime writers of today, Michael Robotham.”

I have read all of Robotham’s books and this one did not disappoint.  A fantastic thriller, a must read.

Back to Lazarus by Judy WalkerThis is a book I bought as a free book on Kobo.  I am so glad I did as it was a great read.  I will be reading other Sydney Brennan books.

“When I was six years old, my father killed my mother. He beat and choked her to death. I’m told that he was found hanging from a homemade noose in his cell. I want to know why he waited so long to do it.

Sydney Brennan isn’t sure how to answer her client’s question, short of holding a séance, and the Tallahassee detective has some questions of her own. Why does Noel Thomas remember so little about her childhood? Why is she delving into her father’s suicide now? And, most importantly, why isn’t Noel telling her the truth?

Sydney crisscrosses the Florida Panhandle, reconstructing the tragic Thomas family history. The violence that destroyed the Thomas family connects to a present-day web of deceit and corruption through a desperate man willing to do anything to keep his secrets safe. To discover his identity, Sydney must go Back to Lazarus, back to the town where Noel’s beautiful but troubled mother began her inevitable descent over twenty years ago. But by following in the footsteps of the murdered woman, does Sydney risk sharing her fate?

Rooted in bars and back roads and Panhandle prisons, forgotten towns and forgotten people, at its heart Back to Lazarus is about stories: the stories people tell us, the stories we tell ourselves, and what happens when we realize it’s all a lie.”

An Australian tale given to me in Scotland

My cousin in Scotland gave me a book to take with me on the remainder of our trip.  The book is Force of Nature by Jane Harper.The story is set in Victoria on the Mornington Peninsula.  My daughter lives near there and we often visit the peninsula when visiting our daughter.

“Five women reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking along the muddy track. Only four come out the other side.

The hike through the rugged Giralang Ranges is meant to take the office colleagues out of their air-conditioned comfort zone and teach resilience and team building. At least that is what the corporate retreat website advertises.

Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a particularly keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing bushwalker. Alice Russell is the whistleblower in his latest case – and Alice knew secrets. About the company she worked for and the people she worked with. Far from the hike encouraging teamwork, the women tell Falk a tale of suspicion, violence and disintegrating trust. And as he delves into the disappearance, it seems some dangers may run far deeper than anyone knew.”

The Giralang Ranges are fictional but the Mornington Peninsula is not.  I found the atmosphere in this book full of dread and suspense.  I kept changing my mind about each of the characters. I was completely sucked in to the situation.

I haven’t read Jane Harper’s first novel, The Dry, so I will definitely need to do so now.

Some additions to my Reading Challenge

Never Surrender by Michael Dobbs“10 May 1940. Hitler launches his devastating attack that within days will overrun France, Holland and Belgium, and that will bring Britain to its knees at Dunkirk. Only one man, Winston Churchill, seems capable of standing in his way. Yet Churchill is isolated, mistrusted by many of his colleagues, and tormented by ghosts from his past.

This is the story of those four crucial weeks in which Churchill and Hitler faced each other in a battle of wills. At its end, Hitler was at the gates of Paris and master of all he surveyed. But Churchill had already broken him on the most crucial battlefield of all, the battlefield of the mind.”

I have read several Dobbs books and this is one that I had downloaded to my Kobo many years ago.  I just got around to reading it this time on our travels as that is when I use the Kobo.

An enjoyable read.

Wild Fire by Ann Cleeves

“Shetland: Welcoming. Wild. Remote.

Drawn in by the reputation of the islands, an English family move to the area, eager to give their autistic son a better life.

But when a young nanny’s body is found hanging in the barn of their home, rumours of her affair with the husband begin to spread like wild fire.

With suspicion raining down on the family, DI Jimmy Perez is called in to investigate, knowing that it will mean the return to the islands of his on-off lover and boss Willow Reeves, who will run the case.

Perez is facing the most disturbing investigation of his career. Is he ready for what is to come?

Wild Fire is the eighth, and final book, in Ann Cleeves’ bestselling Shetland series – a major BBC One drama starring Douglas Henshall as Jimmy Perez.”

I was fortunate to attended this book launching in Shetland while I was there on holiday.  What a wonderful occasion.  The book is a cracker and I am sorry that it is the last of the series.  I look forward to seeing the next series on television.  They were filming that series while we were in Shetland. As a bonus I was able to purchase a limited edition of Wild Fire Gin while there. Lucky me.