Pages Review | “Black Dragonfly” by Jean Pasley

"We have a saying here: sumeba miyako. It means, wherever you live becomes home." The year is 1890. Western influences are flooding into Japan. A nomadic Irishman arrives to record this unique culture before it vanishes. In this richly imagined novel, late nineteenth century Japan is brought vividly to life. Based on the remarkable experiences … Continue reading Pages Review | “Black Dragonfly” by Jean Pasley

Noose Blues: The Hangman’s Secret by Laura Joh Rowland (ARC)

"Her past caught up with her, but she only had one life to lose on the gallows." Intrepid photographer Sarah Bain and her motley crew of friends are back to hunt criminals in the dark, seedy underbelly of Victorian London, but little do they know, the darkness may lurk closer than they first divined. Photographer … Continue reading Noose Blues: The Hangman’s Secret by Laura Joh Rowland (ARC)

Book Review: War in My Town by E. Graziani

“For each death, in each war, there was a family shattered, a lifetime of wonder stolen, dreams unfulfilled, future generations unrealized, a story incomplete.” Teenaged Bruna's life is turned upside down when her small Italian village becomes the centre of fighting in the last months of the Second World War. Bruna struggles to cope as … Continue reading Book Review: War in My Town by E. Graziani