Monthly Archives: December 2016

Fictionophile’s 2017 reading resolutions

Although I’m not a huge fan of making New Year’s resolutions, I invariably make them. AND, like a lot of other people, I sometimes don’t keep them.  This year I decided to make ‘reading resolutions’, which I hope will be … Continue reading

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“Weathering” by Lucy Wood – Book Review

A cold, cold, river.  An even colder, deserted, and unloved house.  It is here that Ada brings her six year-old daughter, Pepper.  The very first thing they do when they arrive is they take Pearl’s ashes to the river and … Continue reading

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“Cleansed by fire” by James R. Callan

In my last reading ‘road trip’, I visited a rural, East Texas town.  Pine Tree, Texas boasts myriad churches, many of them Baptist.  There is however one Catholic Church – and it is here that we meet Father Frank DeLuca, … Continue reading

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Fictionophile’s top 16 titles of 2016!

I’ve read some amazing books this year.  Like a mother trying to choose her ‘favorite’ child, this agonizing task of choosing my favorite titles is upon me again. As I read mostly mystery thrillers, I will confine my results to … Continue reading

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Hope it’s happy – However and whatever you celebrate!

And to those who are ‘old school’ like me…. Merry Christmas! During this festive season, I wish to thank all the readers/bookworms/bookbloggers who read this blog.  I SO enjoy being a small part of the vast book loving community.

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“The language of dying” by Sarah Pinborough

There is always one.  You know, the one who has to ‘deal’ with it.  Whatever it is.  Usually something of critical importance.  Like being the one to sit with an aging or ill relative, or the one who has to … Continue reading

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Cover Love: part 15 – Letters

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. Dustjackets entice the reader to enter a different world. In this, my fifteenth installment of … Continue reading

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“Second Helpings at the Serve you Right Café” by Tilia Klebenov Jacobs – Book Review

Located in a small Massachusetts college town, the “Serve you Right Café” has a hard-working staff of two.  A full-time owner/manager, a full-time baker,  and one part-time server. The owner/manager, Eden Rose, is a recovering alcoholic.  A woman with a big … Continue reading

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Top 5 titles I’m looking forward to in 2017

I have completed my Goodreads reading challenge of 100 books in 2016.  At present I’m reading #103, “The language of dying” by Sarah Pinborough.I plan to have the same challenge for 100 books in 2017. As I scanned my review … Continue reading

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“Tell me no lies” by Lisa Hall – Book Review

The cover warns you: “Don’t. Trust. Anyone”.  Heed the advice. Stephanie Gordon, her husband Mark, and her young son, Henry, have just moved into a new home in London.  They are attempting a much needed ‘new start’.  Events prior to … Continue reading

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“Christmas in the park” by Laura Lockington

Television morning show producer Sarah Nash has just taken the station up on their offer of voluntary redundancy.  The early morning breakfast show’s quality has deteriorated and the show has been failing as a result.  With her new freedom she … Continue reading

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“The Twilight Wife” by A. J. Banner – Book Review

A diving accident in Deception Pass, and four years of memories are missing.  All she has are photographs and the assurances of her devoted husband.  But what if her memory loss has a more sinister cause? Kyra and Jacob have a … Continue reading

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Series to Savour 4 – Ann Cleeves’ Shetland mysteries

I’m not sure what it is about the remote, isolated, and beautiful Hebrides that attracts so many readers.  All I know is that it is THIS SETTING that first attracted me to this series and enticed me to read it. … Continue reading

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“Yuletide treasure” by Andrea Kane

In “Yuletide Treasure“, the reader travels back in time to late autumn of the year 1860. We visit a grand manor house that has been closed off to the world for years, Farrington Manor, in Dorsetshire, makes for an atmospheric holiday read. … Continue reading

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“The mistletoe murder, and other stories” by P.D. James – Book Review

This book is a final gift from the esteemed novelist P.D. James.  A woman who understood the detective story inside and out, who had a deep understanding of human nature, and melded those two with a writing ability that continues … Continue reading

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