Author: Alexandra

Finding Nouf, by Zoe Ferraris

DETAILS Title: FINDING NOUF Author: Zoe Ferraris Publisher: Mariner ISBN: 9780547237787 Genre: Literary | Murder Mystery BACK COVER BLURB When sixteen-year-old Nouf goes missing, along with a truck and her favourite camel, her prominent family calls on Nayir al-Sharqi, a desert guide, to lead a search party. Ten days later, just as Nayir is about to give up in frustration, her body is discovered by anonymous desert travellers. But when the coroner’s office determines that Nouf died not of dehydration but from drowning, and her family seems suspiciously uninterested in getting at the truth, Nayir takes it upon himself to find out what really happened to her. He quickly realizes that if he wants to gain access to the hidden world of women, he will have to join forces with Katya Hijazi, a lab worker at the coroner’s office. Their partnership challenges Nayir, bringing him face to face with his desire for female companionship and the limitations imposed by his beliefs. WHAT I THOUGHT This novel is something of a misrepresentation. It might be titled …

Top Ten Wednesday: My Top 10 Fav TV Shows

Okay, so I know there is no such #tag but, after seeing Norrie’s post, 10 Binge Worthy TV Shows To Watch (and, as I had already posted my Top 5 Tuesday, yesterday) I though I would steal Norrie’s idea and do a post on my favourite Top 10 TV Shows of the moment. So, in no particular order: CARDINAL — A wholly Canadian show with two seasons down and a third coming this autumn. I can’t wait. This psychological police drama has been gripping viewing and, with only 6 episodes a season, tells a complete story. [Based on the series of books written by Giles Blunt.] Billy Campbell stars as John Cardinal, supported by Karine Vanasse as Det. Lise Delhorme. PRIVATE EYES — Another uniquely Canadian show about a PI, Angie Everett (Cindy Sampson) who takes on Matt Shade (Jason Priestley), an ex-hockey player as a partner, and they team up to solve crime together. A very funny comedy-drama. THE DETAIL — Okay, so I live in Canada, I watch a lot of Canadian TV. …

Top 5 Tuesday: Books that made me laugh

It’s Tuesday so it must be Top 5 Tuesday from Shanah over at Bionic Book Worm, and this week’s topic is: Books That Made Me Laugh. Hmm … this is a tough one because I read predominantly crime and speculative fiction at the moment, so not many laugh-out-loud moments to be had there. I’ve had to rack my brains to come up with titles, and instances, but finally, I dug deep and here are my choices. #1 : THE PRINCESS BRIDE — William Goldman “Who are you?” “No one of consequence.” “I must know.” “Get used to disappointment.” — Dread Pirate Roberts #2 : THE COLOUR OF MAGIC — Terry Pratchett “Let’s just say that if complete and utter chaos was lightning, he’d be the sort to stand on a hilltop in a thunderstorm wearing wet copper armour and shouting ‘All gods are bastards’.” — Rincewind discussing Twoflower #3 : THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY — Douglas Adams “A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the …

Pistols at Dawn

This weekend saw me make a start on my proposed novel by setting up certain sections, and searching out some background material I’ll need. This can be a fun part of writing, but also, a distracting part now that we all have access to the WWW. So when I start a project, I like to get as much of the background and research done as soon as possible. Names, places, character ideas. Plot points, outline, anything I think I’ll need to keep me on track, and not distracted. Which is why I’m going to write this one in Scrivener, a writing software that’s a little more than the name suggests. It offers a way to keep all your research and writing in one place. And while the program itself can, at times, seem a little overblown, with maybe one or two more bells and whistles than seems necessary, I thought I’d give it a try this time around. Given I’ve had the software for quite a while now. So late yesterday evening, in a moment …

Sunday’s Musings

TBR — a pet peeve of mine! I have to laugh at a number of bloggers — yes, laugh at them, out loud and with gusto — when they talk about their TBR (to be read) pile. But what they are referring to is, in fact, a factious list they have on Goodreads or Netgalley. And not, I might add, a real, honest to goodness pile of books teetering like the leaning tower of Pisa, on their bedside table. There is a big difference between a wish list of books you want to read (whether on Goodreads or not) and a pile of bought, borrowed, or stolen books you’ve been sent to review. Having 139 books on your ‘Goodreads/Netgalley’ list doesn’t compare. I have 32 books stacked in my TBR pile, and that’s the smallest it’s been in years! Please, people, stop talking about lists of books you have yet to beg/steal/buy or borrow as being a TBR pile. It’s not. It’s a wish list. Steps down off her orange box and returns to sofa to …