Monthly Archives: October 2016

Hello November! (Fictionophile updates)

It is true that time flies faster the older you get.  I defy anyone to disagree! LOL November already. First things first… I took part in the blog tour for “Commonwealth” by Ann Patchett. Through my blog, Anne Berger of Albuquerque, New … Continue reading

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A series I started that I’d love to finish…

You know how it is.  Years ago you read a book you REALLY liked, then the sequel, which you also really liked.  Then… years pass and you realize that this author has written another six novels, all featuring the same characters, … Continue reading

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“And every morning the way home gets longer and longer” by Fredrik Backman – Book Review

Ever since I read Fredrik Backman’s “A man called Ove“, I have been a fan.  Since then, I’ve read two other novels of his and loved them both.  Now, the author has written a new novella, and of course I … Continue reading

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Cover Love; part 11 – Autumn leaves

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 eleventh installment of ‘Cover Love‘, I’d like to show you books from my Goodreads … Continue reading

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“Greythorne” by L.M. Merrington

I perused my TBR for something that would fill be seasonal wish for a title gothic or spooky in tone.  “Greythorne” was the result of my search.  I requested it from NetGalley quite a while ago, for just such an … Continue reading

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“The Trap” by Melanie Raabe – Book Review

Winner of the prestigious Stuttgart Crime Prize for best crime debut of the year, “The Trap” has been called a ‘must-read’ debut thriller. The premise is intriguing.  A reclusive novelist, traumatized by her sister’s murder, sets an elaborate trap for the murderer. … Continue reading

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A seasonal short, short story by Annie Daylon

Have you ever wondered how writers can evoke such emotion is just a few words? Annie Daylon has risen to the task. Read her moving little ‘flash fiction’ story “The end of the harvest“. http://www.anniedaylon.com/2016/10/21/the-end-of-the-harvest/ You can follow Annie via her blog … Continue reading

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Series to savour 1 – Ruth Rendell’s Inspector Wexford mysteries

The late Ruth Rendell has long been one of my all-time favorite mystery novelists.  Her characterization coupled with intricate plotting and ingenious crimes ensure that her novels will be savored by readers.  It is for this reason that I have … Continue reading

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“Soft in the head” by Marie-Sabine Roger

This is the engaging story of two people who come together in friendship, kindness, affection, and appreciation. A remarkable and heart-rending novel that perfectly illustrates the quote: “Friends are the family we choose for ourselves.” The first lines of “Soft in … Continue reading

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“The couple next door” by Shari Lapena – Book Review

This seems to be the year for debut novels that are very well crafted.  “The couple next door” is a riveting suspense novel that keeps readers turning the pages frantically to follow the plight of its characters.  With a fast-paced plot … Continue reading

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Cover love; part 10 – Looking up at treetops

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 tenth installment of ‘Cover Love‘, I’d like to show you books from my Goodreads … Continue reading

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Researching a historical novel (Guest post by Andrew Joyce)

My name is Andrew Joyce and I write books for a living. I would like to thank Lynne for allowing me to be here today to promote my latest, Yellow Hair, which documents the injustices done to the Sioux Nation … Continue reading

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“The Daughters of Red Hill Hall” by Kathleen McGurl – Book Review

Written in a dual narrative style, “The Daughters of Red Hill Hall” is set in the present day AND in 1838. From the publisher:  When Gemma discovers a pair of ancient duelling pistols encrusted with rubies in the basement of the … Continue reading

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“The second girl” by David Swinson

If you like your protagonists flawed with baggage, then Frank Marr is your man!  He is the very epitome of an anti-hero.  An ex-cop turned private investigator in his mid-forties, Frank is also a high-functioning cocaine addict. Frank is single. … Continue reading

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Spooky October reads

Although horror is not my genre of choice, there have been a few horror titles that have stuck with me over the years.  Because of this, I’ve decided to share five titles with you.  I’m anxious to see if you’ve … Continue reading

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