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Murder In Mykonos. Jeffrey Siger (Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis Mystery)
A readable and exciting whodunit.

Police officer Andreas Kaldis is a bit disgruntled when he is transferred from Athens to the tourist island of Mykono
Oct 04, 2014
Oct 03, 2014
I picked this book off the library shelf and read the blurb, and decided to read it because there seemed to be parallels with my own youth.

What did I
Apr 08, 2015
Apr 03, 2015
The Unburied
This is the second historical murder mystery I've read in as many weeks, the previous one being Dissolution by C.J. Sansom. This one, however, is far ...more
Nov 04, 2014
Oct 30, 2014
No Highway
It's interesting to re-read a book after a long time, and see whether your opinion of it has changed. I first read [authoer:Aldous Huxley]'s Brave New ...more
Oct 18, 2014
Oct 16, 2014
The Book Of Air And Shadows
When I started reading this book I didn't think I'd like it, and wrote some initial thoughts on my blog, here The book of air and shadows | Khanya. Bu ...more
Jul 13, 2014
Jun 27, 2014
Walter & Albertina Sisulu
One of the things that I like about biographies of political figures is that you get a more personal view of the times they lived in. Here one gets tw ...more
Aug 14, 2015
Jul 26, 2015
The Casual Vacancy
This is J.K. Rowling's adult book. Well, her first adult book, maybe she'll write more.

It's about small-town politics.

Somehow one doesn't expect small
Mar 23, 2015
Mar 16, 2015
Tropic Of Cancer
A couple of months ago I read Youth by J.M. Coetzee about an aspiring South African writer who goes to London. I felt that there was something missing ...more
Jun 29, 2015
Jun 29, 2015
Thunder on the Blaauwberg
We first heard of this book from a relative who told us that it documented the royal descent of the Green family (my wife Val is a member of this fami ...more
Dec 12, 2014
Dec 12, 2014
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Algebra
When I was 11 years old I went to high school and started Algebra. A couple of weeks after the beginning of the school term I was sick, and missed abo ...more
not set
Jun 18, 2014
I enjoyed this novel about wannabe beatniks in Bedford, England, perhaps because I too was a wannabe beatnik. The point here being that a wannabe beat ...more
Jul 23, 2014
Jul 23, 2014
The Native Commissioner
One of the things about growing up in South Africa is that one reads a lot of books published elsewhere in the world, and so the settings are unfamili ...more
Mar 26, 2015
Mar 26, 2015
The Witch Of Exmoor
We rejoined the City of Tshwane library, and I saw a bock by Margaret Drabble, and as
she was one of the editors of The Oxford Concise Companion to Eng
May 08, 2014
May 08, 2014
I'm never sure what to expect with Stephen King novels. Some I think are very good, some very bad, and most somewhere in between. The ones I liked bes ...more
Sep 18, 2014
Sep 18, 2014
Busman's Honeymoon (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, #11)
I rinished reading this book a couple of days ago, and it's a classic whodunit combined with a love story. In this particular edition the foreword was ...more
Aug 10, 2014
Aug 10, 2014
To the River's End
I first read this book when I was at school, some 60 or so years ago. I found it in the school library, and thought it was OK. My main memory of that ...more
Feb 23, 2015
Feb 20, 2015
Shades of Darkness
Another book that tells it like it was in the apartheid period in South Africa.

A comparison that immediately springs to mind is A dry white season by
May 18, 2014
May 15, 2014
This River Awakens
Until about halfway through this book, I wasn't sure whether I was going to like it or not. It's about a bunch of kids aged about 12 or 13 living in a ...more
May 04, 2015
Apr 30, 2015
Journeys in the Dead Season
An awaiting trial prisoner reads a book written by an ex-World War 1 soldier. The prisoner is apparently facing a charge of being an accomplice in kid ...more
Sep 25, 2014
Sep 20, 2014
This is a whodunit with a difference. Well, with several differences. It's about a serial killer, and quite a lot of crime novels are about that.

The m
Jan 28, 2015
Jan 22, 2015
In the Memoryof the Forest
Occasionally one comes across a book by pure serendipity, and this is such a book. My wife picked it up in the library, just to see what it was like, ...more
Sep 2014
Aug 24, 2014
The Sixth Lamentation
I had mixed feelings about this book, which is about a Nazi war criminal who seeks sanctuary in an English monastery, but is eventually brought to tri ...more
May 29, 2014
May 21, 2014
The Sword of Honour Trilogy
Guy Crouchback, lonely, divorced, and living in Italy, returns to the UK at the beginning of the Second World War, and tries to do his patriotic duty ...more
Jun 25, 2014
Jun 13, 2014
The Persistence of Memory
A Bildungsroman about growing up in apartheid South Africa -- a white boy at school, then an army conscript, and afterwards.

I would like to be able t
May 21, 2015
May 05, 2015
George Orwell Omnibus: The Complete Novels: Animal Farm, Burmese Days, A Clergyman's Daughter, Coming up for Air, Keep the Aspidistra Flying, and Nineteen Eighty-Four
Since this is a collection of novels, I'll comment on each one separately as I read it, on my Khanya blog, and when I've done with all of them may add ...more
not set
Nov 13, 2014
Dead Like You (Roy Grace, #6)
The trouble with reading these Roy Grace books out of order is that the baby keeps popping back into the womb, and in this case it is made more compli ...more
Apr 02, 2015
Mar 30, 2015
The Waves
This book is different from most novels. It's about six friends, Bernard, Susan, Rhoda, Louis, Neville and Jinny, from childhood to old age, but it sa ...more
Aug 22, 2014
Aug 14, 2014
The Sweet-Smelling Jasmine
A middle-aged suburban housewife, trapped in a marriage that has lost its lustre, meets a friend she had known as a teenager in a sugar mill town on t ...more
May 18, 1998
Jun 12, 2012
Apple Of My Eye
When I read the blurb on the cover, I expected a kind of Darth Vader story, a child who had lots of promise, but grew up and turned to the dark side. ...more
Jul 10, 2015
Jul 10, 2015
Rumpole of the Bailey
Cases and anecdotes of a London lawyer.

If the background is accurate, and there is no reason to suppose that it isn't, it perhaps serves as an introd
Jul 15, 2014
Jul 15, 2014
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