Monthly Archives: January 2017

Hello February! (Fictionophile updates & book haul)

Fictionophile’s readership continues to grow! Over the past month an additional 134 people have begun following this blog!  That makes a total of 1,204 followers altogether!   Thanks everyone! I’m happy to be participating in the Mystery Thriller Week, February 12-22 I wanted to … Continue reading

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“Pocketful of names” (A title I remember as a favorite that I would like to re-read)

Several years ago, long before I started this blog, I read a wonderful novel by Joe Coomer called “A pocketful of names“.   It had every quality that I like in fiction.  The characters sprang to life off the page. … Continue reading

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“A siege of bitterns” by Steve Burrows – Book Review

Expectations can make or break a read.  Sometimes when there is a lot of ‘hype’ about a book you set your expectations too high and then you find yourself a tad disappointed in it. Sometimes when you have NO expectations … Continue reading

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Cover Love: Part 17 – Chairs

They say you can never have a second chance to make a good first impression. A book’s cover does just that – gives a first impression. A good cover can make a reader pick up a book. A bad cover can … Continue reading

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“The bird tribunal” by Agnes Ravatn – Book Review

Allis Hagtorn has done something of which she is profoundly ashamed.  She seeks anonymity and a refuge where she can come to terms with her behavior and her future.  She finds employment in a remote house on a Norwegian fjord. … Continue reading

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Bibliophilia on Pinterest

Bibliophilia (noun): a great or excessive love of books ; also, an enthusiastic or extreme interest in collecting books.     Social media has had a huge impact on readers.  Some even spend precious reading time perusing their favorite social … Continue reading

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“Unlocking worlds: a reading companion for book lovers” by Sally Allen

The name of my blog sort of gives it away.  I read mostly FICTION.  However, the exception that proves the rule is that I read non-fiction if the subject matter is books. With “Unlocking worlds” I felt that I met … Continue reading

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“The Collector” by Anne-Laure Thiéblemont

“Collecting is a form of lust. There’s a burning desire. It’s not something you can explain in so many words.” Marion Spicer is very ‘at home’ in the art world of Paris. She works tracing the provenance of art, and … Continue reading

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Series I started that I would LOVE to finish (part 3)

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 four novels, all featuring the same characters, all … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Writing a Mystery/Thriller by Ann W. J. White, M.Ed.

I am participating in the Mystery Thriller Week event and thought you’d enjoy reading this guest post by Ann W. J. White. Mystery Thriller Week Mystery literature is undergoing a resurgence with the American public. We find ourselves in need … Continue reading

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“The white shepherd” by Annie Dalton – Book Review

Anna Hopkins is in her early thirties and lives alone in an imposing house in Oxford that was once owned by her grandparents.   During her teenage years she suffered from an unspeakable family tragedy, and her entire life is irrevocably changed … Continue reading

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“Where it hurts” by Reed Farrel Coleman – Book Review

A gritty, atmospheric new series about the other side of Long Island, far from the wealth of the Hamptons, where real people live—and die. John Augustus Murphy is a sad, cynical, and empty man.  His life has been riddled by loss. … Continue reading

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Trilogies to Treasure – Part 2 – Peter May’s Lewis trilogy

Many readers cannot commit to a lengthy series.  They find it too daunting, too time intensive.  They will often choose stand-alone novels for these reasons.  I am here to introduce you to some prime examples that bridge the gap between … Continue reading

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“Dark murder” by Helen H. Durrant – Book Review

Northern England, and crime is rampant in this area on the economic downturn. Detective  Chief Inspector Stephen Greco is new to this ex-mill town near Manchester.  Formerly from Norfolk, he has moved here to be near his ex-wife and daughter. DCI … Continue reading

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A short story by Jelena Borojevic

Today while perusing a few of the blogs that I follow, I came across a remarkable little story.  It was written by Jelena Borojevic, who is a Goodreads author and the Assistant Fiction Editor of Arcadia Press. I had meant … Continue reading

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