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Friday 26 September 2014

Book Review: SQUARING CIRCLES by Carolyn Mathews

Free spirit Pandora is shaken by the sudden death of her mother and the presence of a mysterious stranger at the funeral. When her mother’s grave is disturbed, she turns detective and finds herself drawn into a world of intrigue, centring round a devious couple’s plot to exploit a healing circle for their own ends. Her partner Jay’s collaboration with a sexy singer and her own encounter with an old flame add to the confusion. Will she succeed in her quest to restore equilibrium to her family circle or will the decisions she and Jay make set them up for more heartache?

I was given a copy of this book in return for an honest review.  And I loved it.

This story has it all: family secrets, family crises, intrigue, duplicity, legend, magic, mystery…  I love the way the author has cleverly blended the many and varied forms of spirituality into the everyday lives of the characters, skilfully demonstrating how thin are the veils between this world and the dimensions beyond. 

Carolyn Mathews’ writing is fast-paced and beautifully readable, with a great sense of place and a cast of truly believable characters.    I won’t go into details about the story itself as I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but suffice it to say that I was hooked from the first page and was genuinely sorry when I reached the end.  By that time, I felt as though the characters had become firm friends, and they will stay with me for a long time.

Highly recommended.

Carolyn Mathews' English Language writing and teaching career included a stint with a class of 'Harry Potter' extras at the local Warner Bros. studio, Hertfordshire. With so much magic in the air, it's no wonder she now writes fiction with more than a hint of the supernatural.

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If anyone wants an autographed copy they can email Carol. The address is on the contact page of her website.


  1. Thanks, Sue, for this insightful and sensitive review. I'm now working on the third Pandora which will be out next year. Some of your old friends will be reappearing and something almost impossible happens to Pandora - I hope I can get away with it. Carolyn x

    1. Thanks Carolyn. It was a truly great book, and I can't wait to find out what happens next!