Six books to read now (and two incredible red wines to enjoy, too)
Four year old Lincoln is a good child. He’s curious, clever and well behaved, and knows the rules. But when a day at the zoo with his mum turns into a nightmare, the rules are different. The rules are to hide, and not let the man with the gun find them. And the rules for his mum, Joan, are different too. They might mean crossing the line between right and wrong, between humanity and animal instinct. Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips is breathtakingly gripping.Penguin.
‘My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me. 1 I’m in a coma. 2 My husband doesn’t love me anymore. 3 Sometimes I lie.’ When a book starts off with that, how on earth can you not want to read it? Alice Feeney’s Sometimes I Lie jumps between past and present, telling the reader about Amber’s life in stories within stories. If you enjoy twisted, sinister and rather dark psychological thrillers as much as we do, you’re going to love it! Harper Collins.
Oh … we’re massive Jeffery Deaver fans, so cancelled all plans and settled down with The Burial Hour the minute we got it. A Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs thriller, it the case that starts with a man snatched in broad daylight with the only proof the account of an eight year old girl and a miniature noose left lying on the street. Then a recording surfaces, of the man being strangled, his gasps underscoring a piece of music. Then there’s another similar kidnapping in Italy, and the case needs international cooperation. As always with Deaver reads, unexpected twists and a brilliant tale. Hodder.
Susan Bayliss blew the whistle on her boss, a heart surgeon at a children’s hospital. She accused him of negligence, but at the enquiry, Susan was suspended as a troublemaker. In Rob McCarthy’s A Handful of Ashes, Susan is found dead – suspected suicide – but medical examiner Dr Harry Kent finds evidence of foul play. The grieving parents of children who died demand answers, the hospital is stonewalling … it’s up to Dr Kent and DCI Frankie Noble to find out what was worth killing for. Mulholland Books.
In Clive Cussler and Graham Brown’s Nighthawk, the most technologically advanced spacecraft ever built vanishes into thin air. Both China and Russia would kill for the secrets it contains. The USA knows that the cargo carried has to be kept at absolute zero … it’s so unstable that it could obliterate the face of the earth if allowed to thaw. It’s up to Kurt Austin and the NUMA team to locate the wreck … and possible save humanity. It’s all hardcore adventure and villains and heros … just perfectly Cussler.
So … a good read calls for a great wine. And here are two really fabulous options.
The incredible Neethlingshof Caracal Red Blend 2014 – a blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, with 25 per cent Merlot and a touch of Petit Verdot – is a dark ruby wine with a bouquet of strawberry with undertones of vanilla and caramel. It’s a full-bodied velvety smooth wine with ripe, soft tannins which pairs excellently with braised lamb, Boeuf bourguignon or roasted quail. R200 a bottle, you’ll find it in good bottlestores or it can be delivered to your door via online purchases Vinotèque. Details: www.vinoteque.co.za/collections/neethlingshof
The jewel coloured Les Coteaux Merlot 2014 from Mont Du Toit Wine Farm is all red and balck berry and oak .. soft and lingering and utterly wonderful. Drink it with hearty beef stews and rich, lamb casseroles. You’ll find it for R105 at good bottlestores.