Diana M. Hockley

Helpful votes received on reviews: 100% (7 of 7)
Location: Australia
Anniversary: 8 Oct
In My Own Words:
I am an Australian Granny of three, living in Queensland in a small country town. My husband and I used to own a mouse circus which was our business for 10 years and breed Scottish Highland cattle.

I occupy myself now, writing, reading, presenting a weekly classical radio program and doing community work and editing for Kings River Life magazine in the USA.

We have 10 pet rats, Mozart, Pinky… Read more

Reading, writing, donkeys, classical music, community work. Very supportive of Animals Asia, SPANA, Animals Rahat and other animal charities.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 233,344 - Total Helpful Votes: 7 of 7
Saving Sam (Simms Siblings Series) by J.L. Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read, 19 Dec 2013
Saving Sam is the second in this series by Joy Campbell, the first being Christine's Odyssey. I would recommend that one read Christine's story first, but Saving Sam is a stand-alone story. The cover is very moving.

Focusing on child abuse, this is a riveting story about an eleven year old boy who learns that he does have rights, how to stand up for them and how to accept the love and support of his family, the police and the professionals who care for him.

Beautifully written, with great skill in showing the nature of the abuse without actually revealing details, the story is shown through Sam's perspective, with gentle sensitivity.

An uplifting, satisfying… Read more
The Hypnotist's Love Story by Liane Moriarty
The Hypnotist's Love Story by Liane Moriarty
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty okay., 7 Sep 2013
As I read this book, I had to ask myself the question - when is stalking "Stalking"? Where does the line go from mourning a lost love and not wanting to believe the romance is over and you have been rejected? Many teenage girls (and some boys) myself among them (more years ago than I care to remember) have slunk past the house of a boy with whom they are besotted be before and after their relationship. How many times have young girls (and probably not that young either if the truth be known) rung the ex-lover's phone just to hear his voice and hung up as soon as he answers? Innocent actions, for the most part and gotten over in reasonable time. However, this is not the case with some - and… Read more
Cordon of Lies (Sgt Major Crane crime thriller) by Wendy Cartmell
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional!, 7 Sep 2013
Wendy Cartmell's protagonist, Sergeant Major Tom Crane, is at it again, investigating a murder in Aldershott in which the victim is an army wife. Ten years previously, another young army wife was murdered and this crime bears a distinct resemblance to that.

I am in awe of Ms Cartmell's skill in producing a seemingly uninteresting hero and investing him with characteristics which make him, for me, one of the most charismatic figures in modern fiction. Crane - a man of few words and quiet demeanour - follows the leads with relentless patience. His team, always supportive, rise to the occasion.

Kim, one of the victims in the previous story in the series, finds a kindred… Read more