Here’s my dilemma: In normal circumstances, when novels are adapted to the small or big screen, readers are left with the question: should I see the film? Or: should I watch the show?  Because these almost never live up to the books (well done imagination!)   So I’m confounded by the rise of the fantastic Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries television series, produced in Australia, which is so much fun and so visually luscious that I’m no longer sure that I should read the books! – Which I had never heard of! – Whose author I didn’t know either (even though … Continue reading THE FABULOUS FLIRTATIOUS PHRYNE FISHER


Feeling blue can be a good thing, especially when it leads to the happy discovery of a book. That’s what happened to me earlier this week when, feeling down in the dumps and looking for something to lift my spirits, I picked up a novel that was written in Australia but made its way to me via Coquitlam, BC, thanks to my sister, who had sent me her copy months ago. Everything about it appeared upbeat, including its turquoise cover featuring a stylized red and white bicycle, and a straightforward title: The Rosie Project. I jumped right in. Two days … Continue reading THE ROSIE PROJECT