Four reads we just had to share…and some wine
Love and murder on the high seas…A Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys sees Lily Shepherd boarding an ocean liner, leaving her life of drudgery behind in England for a new life in Australia.
She’s instantly seduced by the cruising life – all the cocktails, black tie balls, beautiful sunsets and rich people. However, not everyone is as they seem, and by the time the boat docks, two passengers are dead and war has been declared.
A big read for a lazy weekend.
Details: A Dangerous Crossing, Penguin
Whether you’re looking for classical, jazz or punk, if it’s vinyl, Frank sells it in his music shop. Day after day he finds his customers the music they’re looking for. When he meets Ilsa Brauchmann, who has no ear for music and is engaged to another man who’s way above him, he falls in love and takes her on a journey through music. She breaks his heart, but returns to find him 12 years later. Both the shop and Frank are gone…all that remains is a series of musical clues.
Rachel Joyce’s The Music Shop is wonderful…there’s also a series of links of specially collated The Music Shop playlists, so you can listen while you read. Absolutely magical.
Details: The Music Shop, Penguin
Alvie’s heart is literally in the wrong place…so is her stomach, liver and spleen. Perhaps nothing in her life has gone right because it’s because her heart is on the right – until now.
She’s given up on Tinder and Twitter and even stole her identical twin’s perfect life. It’s just a shame that Beth had to die.
Set in Sicily, Chloé Esposito’s MAD is what’s best described as the “sexy, shocking and compulsively readable” trio of Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know trilogy. This first novel is seven days of sex, violence and unapologetic selfies…a wild week that sees Alvie break every rule in the book. Penguin.
Details: MAD, Penguin
Three women read a short paragraph in the local paper, telling of the discovery of a baby’s bones . For each of them, the story has a different meaning. For one, it’s the reminder of the worst thing that’s ever happened to her. To another, it reveals the possibility that her darkest secret is about to be discovered. And for the third, a journalist, it’s the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth.
Fiona Barton’s The Child is a psychological thriller that’s impossible to put down.
Details: The Child, Penguin
With four fabulous reads in hand, what are we drinking? A lovely red, of course. A blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. The L’Amour Toujours 2013 is the Allee Bleueu’s flagship red wine…with delicate flavours of fynbos, cedar and cigar box which are all beautifully wrapped in blackberry fruit. You’ll taste spice, dark chocolate and cinnamon. It pairs brilliantly with duck or a rich oxtail potjie.
Details: R200 from the cellar with confit of duck or a rich oxtail dish. Around R185.