January 20

SA Book Bloggers Unite

So I have to be honest… These last few weeks work has just been hectic and I haven’t read as much as I would have liked. Currently I’m only on page 25 of 333 of Seisoen van Sonde. Hence no review this week… I’m sorry… :(

Luckily it’s not all bad news, I do have some good news as well! This year The Mystery Corner has joined the SA Book Bloggers. It’s a group of book bloggers who are either South African or who review SA fiction regularly. As I fall into both categories, joining was a no brainer.

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December 31

Looking back at 2014

With the end of 2014 closely approaching I thought it only fitting to end off the year by looking back at everything I read. To be honest, my reading pile looks dismal. I only managed to read 9 books in total of which 7 were mystery/crime fiction and the other 2 were non-fiction books. It doesn’t even amount to a book a month – I really need to up the ante for 2015 though, especially when running a book blog. Wouldn’t you say? :)

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December 30

Boekklub: Spoor deur Deon Meyer

photo 1Spoor deur Deon Meyer
Gepubliseer in 2010
Uitgewer: Human & Rousseau
Genre: Spanning
Bladsye: 541
Bron: Verjaarsdag geskenk
“Dit was die rumour. Hy wil weapons inbring. Vir ‘n attack, hier. Vir die eerste keer.
‘n Muslim attack? In Suid-Afrika?
Ja. Hie’. Cape Town. Die mooiste Kaap.”

Net ‘n gerug. Onwaarskynlik.

Maar waarom skarrel die Presidensiële Intelligensie-agentskap dan so om die besending te onderskep? Waarom bring die CIA hul groot kanonne in?

Waarom trap dit alles so ‘n wye bloedspoor? Deur die lewens van Milla Strachan, verloopte huisvrou, wat net so ‘n biejtie gevaarlik wil leef; Lemmer, die lywag – belieg, bedrieg, besteel, vasbeslote om wraak te neem; en Mat Joubert, wat die onmoontlike moet vermag, die ondersoek na ‘n vermiste moet afhandel voor die geld opraak en die leidrade verdwyn. 

Dalk is dit méér as net ‘n gerug. 

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December 2

Book Club: Water Music by Margie Orford

Water Music CoverWater Music by Margie Orford
Series: #5 in the Clare Hart series
Published in 2013
Publisher: Jonathan Ball Publishers
Genre: Crime Thriller
Pages: 330
Source: Bought at Exclusive Books

Cassi yanked at the sheet of black plastic, exposing a swaddled child. Matted black hair, pale bruised skin. A girl. Maybe three years old. So thin, her knees drawn up to her chest, stick-like arms wrapped around them. The child was blue with cold.

When an emaciated child is found on an icy Cape mountainside, profiler Dr. Clare Hart is baffled that no one has reported her missing. Where does she come from, who does she belong to? To further complicate matters, a distraught man pleads with Clare to find his missing granddaughter, Rosa, a gifted but troubled young cellist who has abandoned her music scholarship.

In a race against time, Clare battles to unravel the two cases and locate the missing Rosa. As winter tightens its grip, she is confronted by chilling secrets in a context where criminals act with increasing impunity and the police can no longer be trusted. Amidst the frenzy of the investigation, Clare must also bear a secret of her own. 

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October 29

Book vs. Movie Review – Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

“There are two sides to every story”

BookvsMovieThe live action version of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl was released in South Africa on 10 October 2014 and naturally I just had to go see it. So last week Thursday we enjoyed it in a completely empty cinema – must be because it was in the middle of the week. And WOW!

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October 14

Book Club: Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

Broken Monsters coverBroken Monsters by Lauren Beukes
Published in 2014
Publisher: Umuzi
Genre: Crime Fantasy Thriller
Pages: 436
Source: Bought at Exclusive Books

In a broken city, a disturbed killer is trying to remake the world in his image.

Detective Gabriella Versado has seen a lot of bodies. But this one is unique even by Detroit’s standards: half-boy, half-deer, somehow fused together. And it’s only the first.

As winter closes in on Detroit, strange and disturbing corpses start turning up in unusual places, pulling several lives into the killer’s orbit.

Gabi has to juggle the most harrowing case of her career with being a single mom to her troubled teen daughter Layla.

Layla, egged on by her best friend Cas, in playing a dangerous game with an online predator.

Broken Monsters is a dark and gripping thriller about the death of the American Dream, online fame, creativity, compromise and the undercurrents of the world we live in right now.

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October 7

Game Review: Heavy Rain

Cover_FinalDeveloped by Quantic Dream
Published by Sony Computer Entertainment
Platform: Playstation 3
Released in 2010
Genre: Interactive action-adventure drama
Mode: Single-player
Source: Bought at Top CD

Your every move can make a difference. The Origami Killer has left a city in panic. Someone needs to take control. Play all four lead roles in this gripping psychological thriller, where your decisions have dramatic consequences and every action can affect how the plot unfolds.

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September 30

Book Haul at Exclusive Books Pop-Up Sale

Those of you who follow me on Twitter or Instagram would have noticed that I had a book-filled weekend! Exclusive Books hosted a Pop-Up Sale in Johannesburg from 24 – 29 September 2014. Even though Jo’burg is a long drive from Pretoria, I could not miss this opportunity. So I grabbed my girlfriend, luckily also a book lover, and we headed down to Jo’burg for a book-filled morning.


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September 23

Why not divide the fiction section in book stores?

So you’ve just gotten you’re delicious coffee, with wings of course… You’re heading into your favourite bookstore and it’s time to check out the latest in mystery and crime fiction. But do you know where to start? This is part of the problem for me, in our bookshops popular fiction is a huge section, covering everything from mystery to horror. So unless you know the author and the genre in which they write, it is a bit of a struggle to get that mystery book you desperately want.


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