Monday, October 24, 2005

Malicious Intent - Kathryn Fox

You will love or hate this one based on the genre – forensic physician uncovers mystery, tries to solve it, nearly dies – like a Patricia Cornwell of the living. A well constructed story with layers of interest from the central character’s angst about her divorce and custody of her child, her work and play relationships, and of course, the central mystery. The story is well written, accurate to its Sydney locations and people; and in hindsight, hinted at the alleged Lebanese underworld, resentment of which, some say, engendered the Cronulla riots last year. It is scary, suspenseful and keeps you guessing all the way to the end.

Malicious Intent

Kathryn Fox

Hodder, ₤6.99

Friday, October 07, 2005

Author Author - David Lodge

Late 20th century London, Constance Fenimore Woolson’s gentle humour and George Du Maurier’s outrageous fortune provide welcome distractions from this turgid story which is, unfortunately, about Henry James.

Author Author

David Lodge

Penguin, ₤7.99