3 SHORT BOOK REVIEWS


 DEATH BY CARBS  by Paige Nick
Hilarious who-dunnit by one of South Africa’s best comic writers. Banting guru Dr Tim Noakes *(b.t.w. he’s a real, live resident of Cape Town, even as I type) is murdered by a hitman – chaos ensues when the ambulance conveying the body to the mortuary is hijacked by two incompetent bad guys and thereafter mayhem compounds with every page – jealous co-authors of a banting book; fervent Facebook  banting fans; a back-sliding banting CEO; adultery; bribery; conspiracy – just another normal day in sunny South Africa, but elevated by the fact there’s a laugh on every page. And well done, Paige: I’m dying (not lit! ) to read your next novel.
*P.S. When interviewed by the local press on how it felt to be the body in a murder mystery, Dr Noakes was a good sport, and laughed about his new-found fame as a corpse.”Give that man a Bell’s” – South Africans will understand the joke; but I’m not sure it’s allowed on the banting regime …

http://blogs.litnet.co.za/devries/2015/12/18/death-by-carbs-the-best-who-donut-of-20

 

VIGILANTE – by Shelley Harris

What stuck-in-a-rut wife/mother/McJob worker woman doesn’t fantasize about another version of her life where she’s bold, powerful, adventurous ? Read this unusual novel about a woman who acts out her fantasy as a caped crusader, rescuing teen age girls from a serial rapist. We can do it, ladies! Recommended.

 

THE ALTOGETHER UNEXPECTED DISAPPEARANCE OF ATTICUS CRAFTSMAN  – by Mamen Sánchez

Quirky fun novel, translated from Spanish.  It’s the stereotypically  eccentric, cold British v.s. the loud, passionate Spanish. A big  mystery, a little crime, colourful characters, romance – a quick easy read. I enjoyed the book.

 

 

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8 responses to “3 SHORT BOOK REVIEWS

  1. Lindsvee

    Well you may as well be dead if you can’t eat carbs 😉

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  2. Did Paige get the OK from Tim Noakes before the book was published? One of the recommendations from my creative writing courses was to avoid using real people in your work unless they know about it in advance.

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  3. Lindsvee

    I am reading ‘Breath’ by Tim Winton now as per one of your previous reviews and I am loving it!

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  4. Gillian Durr

    omg sounds totally hilarious from your write up. I’ve been following the TIm Noakes story in the papers, oh dear oh dear oh dear is all I can say!. Great blog Alison. I seldom comment but tonight felt the need to :))

    On 10 October 2016 at 21:16, despatchesfromtimbuktu wrote:

    > alison41 posted: ” DEATH BY CARBS by Paige Nick Hilarious who-dunnit by > one of South Africa’s best comic writers. Banting guru Dr Tim Noakes > *(b.t.w. he’s a real, live resident of Cape Town, even as I type) is > murdered by a hitman – chaos ensues when the ambula” >

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