Bronwyn Wylie-Gibb of University Book Shop, Dunedin, with her three favourite books of last year:
The Night of All Souls by Phillippa Swan (Penguin Books, $36)
The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix (Allen & Unwin, $27.99)
18 Tiny Deaths: The Untold Story of Frances Glessner Lee and the Invention of Modern Forensics by Bruce Goldfarb (Sourcebooks Inc,. $51.99)
18 Tiny Deaths: Fascinating if disquieting story of the woman who created the meticulous, dollhouse size crime scenes known as ‘The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death’, used for training homicide detectives.
The Night of All Souls: A lively, original, entertaining read: a new biography of novelist Edith Wharton is about to be published, exposing long hidden truths. Edith, in the afterlife, discusses her life with her husband, her lover and various others…
Left-Handed Booksellers: In a slightly alternate 1983, the left-handed booksellers, magical assassins and booksellers, fight to prevent the mythic past from intruding on the present – great fun, a little silly, clever and funny, with an edge to keep it sharp.