Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Bestsellers Make Great Gifts; Starting on the Christmas List?

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Bestsellers Make Great Gifts; Starting on the Christmas List?

Article excerpt

IT MUST be silly season because my bookcase is jammed with great reads from some of my favourite authors on bestseller lists.

So if you've started collecting stuff from Santa, you may want to look out for some of these reads.

The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon by Alexander McCall Smith

Who can resist Mma Ramotswe and her philosophical ponderings fuelled by bush tea? In the 14th instalment in this soulful, gentle-paced series, the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency is on the case of a shocking family secret linked to a will and dealing with a smear campaign against the agency too.

Great choice for: fans of humour plus humanity.

Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin

Another big hitter in the bestseller stakes, Rankin brings his character Rebus back to face an investigation into a 30-year-old case in which his team is suspected of foul play. The catch: it's led by his old adversary.

Great choice for: anyone who likes brilliantly crafted, character-driven crime thrillers.

The Prey by Tony Park

Former commando Cameron McMurtrie, head of a legitimate gold-mining operation in South Africa, must do battle with the king of an illegal gold mining operation. Australian author Park knows his subject intimately. He spends six months of every year travelling and researching Africa - and it shows.

Great choice for: those who love African adventure tales. …

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