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Book Bites: 28 June 2015

Yes! I Can Manage, Thank YouYes! I can Manage, Thank You
Virginia Ironside (Quercus)
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)
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)
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)
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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