Monthly Archives: August 2016

“The kind worth killing” by Peter Swanson – Book Review

“The kind worth killing” has been on my radar for some time.  I kept hearing about it through friend recommendations and on Goodreads.  I was delighted when I learned that my bookclub, Whodunit, had this title featured for their August … Continue reading

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“Of sea and seed” by Annie Daylon – Book Review

Historical fiction should do two things. #1 Portray the time period, culture, and events with accuracy (i.e. be well researched); #2 Entertain.Annie Daylon’s “Of sea and seed” succeeds on both counts.  She has captured Newfoundland’s history with articulate accuracy and … Continue reading

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“Redemption Road” by John Hart – Book Review

A few years ago I read a wonderful thriller called “The last child“.  It was the first book I had read by John Hart and it has resonated in my memory.  When I saw that Thomas Dunne Books offered another … Continue reading

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Amateur book reviews – my thoughts

Today an article by Peter Derk came to my attention, entitled “7 Things That Are Ruining Amateur Book Reviews.” Go read it and come back. You’re back?   Good. I want to start off by making the point, which has been … Continue reading

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“Those we left behind” by Stuart Neville – Book Review

What if you had only one person in all the world?  What if that person was your older brother?  What if your loyalty and love for that person was eclipsed by the fact that you are mortally afraid of him? … Continue reading

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My #20booksofsummer Challenge… so far

20 Books of Summer was initiated by fellow blogger Cathy at 746 Books.  The time parameters of the #20booksofsummer challenge: June 1 – September 5, 2016. Book bloggers all have lengthy (sometimes never-ending) TBR lists.  This challenge serves as an … Continue reading

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“No one knows” by J.T. Ellison – Book Review

Aubrey Hamilton is a damaged and grieving woman.  Scarred by the death of her parents at a tender age, then again by her unsavory experiences at the hands of a foster parent, she thought her husband Josh had saved her. … Continue reading

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Cover Love: Part 8 – Lighthouses

I find myself attracted to certain kinds of covers.  Covers are, after all, the way the publisher ‘hooks’ the reader into choosing one book over countless others. In this, my eighth installment of ‘Cover Love‘, I’d like to show you nineteen books from my Goodreads … Continue reading

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A few quotes from mystery authors

“Experience is as effective a teacher as she is because one does tend to remember her lessons.” — Lawrence Block (as said by his character Bernie Rhodenbarr in “The Burglar in the Closet”.) “There is no detective in England equal … Continue reading

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“The beauty of the end” by Debbie Howells – Book Review

Children who have lost both parents are called orphans.  There is no word for parents who have lost children… From the publisher: A haunting and heartbreaking new psychological thriller about a man thrust into the middle of a murder investigation, forced … Continue reading

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The summer is speeding by.  It is August already and I’m keeping up with my #20booksofsummer challenge.  At present I’m reading number 13 of 20:  “The Beauty of the End” by Debbie Howells.  I received it from NetGalley when Kensington … Continue reading

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