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Book Bites: 28 June 2015

Yes! I Can Manage, Thank YouYes! I can Manage, Thank You
Virginia Ironside (Quercus)
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Book fling
Marie Sharp sees herself as a bit of a pussycat (when she’s not worrying that maybe she’s a psychopath) but others see her as a terrifying old bat. She has a wide and problematic circle of friends, a much loved son and grandson, and an ex-husband, all of whom complicate her life to no end. But she’s up for anything, including kidnapping a neglected dog and taking on the problems of a sad six year old in the art class where she’s helping out. This is the third volume of her diaries. Hilarious.
- Margaret von Klemperer

Keep QuietKeep Quiet
Lisa Scottoline (Headline)
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Book thrill
A modern morality tale. Jack Buckman, in a misguided bonding moment with his son Ryan, lets the learner driver take the wheel one night on a deserted street, contrary to the rules. A woman jogger comes from nowhere and the impact is fatal. The options are to own up or drive on and the split-second decision that Jack makes to protect his son has terrible ramifications that ripple through the lives of all the families involved.
- William Saunderson-Meyer @TheJaundicedEye

A Slim, Green SilenceA Slim Green Silence
Beverly Rycroft (Umuzi)
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Book buff
Floating towards her hometown on “the warped bench” of a boat with her new companion, the Boatman, the reader realises Constance West is dead, but not gone. “How long has it been?” she wonders. It is a year, and tensions in Scheepersdorp are coming to a head, its sagas unravelling as Con tells the Boatman her story. The story will move you, leave you cold, make you angry – and when you no longer want to let it go, release you to the slim, green silence. I highly recommend it.
- Chantelle Gray van Heerden @CGrayvH

The LiarThe Liar
Nora Roberts (Piatkus)
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Book fling
Even if it seems she has told this story many times before, Roberts’ deftness in creating likable and believable heroines makes her new book a compelling read. Shelby Foxworth has found out that her dead husband was a scoundrel and a liar. He left her with a crushing debt that she has to pay back, as well as look after her three-year-old daughter. She meets the swaggering Griff Lott (what a name!), but there are many dangerous secrets that threaten her new life.
- Jennifer Platt @Jenniferdplatt

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