Monthly Archives: December 2017

Cover Love: part 43 – Stone angels

The covers of novels entice the reader to enter a different world. Covers are, after all, the way the publisher ‘hooks‘ the reader into choosing one book over countless others. In my forty-third installment of ‘Cover Love‘, I’d like to show you books that feature stone … Continue reading

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“A Cotswold Christmas” by Kate Hewitt – Book Review

Having only read one other Kate Hewitt novel (“Rainy day sisters”) which I loved, I was keen to try another of her works.  I purchased “A Cotswold Christmas” because it is the first installment in her Willoughby Close series – … Continue reading

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“Devil’s Kitchen” by Stephen Puleston

A double murder in the Snowdonia Mountains. A police procedural, prequel novella that introduces a freshly promoted Detective Inspector. A stunning cover.  All of these things attracted me to this book. Ian Drake has only been a DI for a … Continue reading

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“Stella’s Christmas wish” by Kate Blackadder – Book Review

With only two weeks until Christmas, I was in the mood for a ‘feel-good’ Christmas themed story.  This book delivered my wish. Stella grew up on the Scottish Borders in a tiny town called Melrose.  Her parents were killed in … Continue reading

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“The shivering turn” by Sally Spencer – Book Review

“The Shivering Turn” introduces ex-policewoman turned private investigator, Jennie Redhead, and is set in the historic British city of Oxford.  From the northern county of Lancashire, she studied at Oxford herself and got her degree in English Literature. And guess … Continue reading

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Miserly Monday #6 (#Kindle ebook bargains)

Only two bargain Kindle purchases this week. These books might vary in price from to to but they are all still BARGAINS!  Probably about what you would pay for a cup of coffee. NOTE: The price tags now reflect the U.S. and Canadian prices. (Apologies … Continue reading

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An A-Z of those I own

This idea was the brainchild of Margaret (Books Please) and was introduced to me by Sandra (A corner of Cornwall). It sounded like such fun, that I just had to join in. It serves as an enjoyable way of inspiring … Continue reading

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Author Dan Buri shares his creative writing tips (Guest post #writingtips )

Today I’d like to welcome Dan Buri to Fictionophile.  Last summer I had the opportunity to read and review his book “Pieces like pottery“, so I was excited to hear that he has now written a book packed with writing … Continue reading

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“Sleep no more: six murderous tales” by P.D. James – Book Review

Finding work by a late author that you have revered is rare. Therefore you can imagine my excitement to see that another collection of stories by the inimitable P.D. James has been published. Last year I read and enjoyed “Mistletoe … Continue reading

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“The deal of a lifetime” by Fredrik Backman – Book Review

Fredrik Backman never disappoints, but he may pull at your heartstrings more than a little… He begins the story in this way: “Does it make a difference if I killed a good person? A loved person? A valuable life? If … Continue reading

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