Monthly Archives: October 2019

Cover Love: part 39 – Cemeteries

Originally posted on Fictionophile:
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 thirty-ninth installment of ‘Cover Love‘, I’d like to show…

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“Crook’s Hollow” by Robert Parker – Book Review

Twenty-five year old Thor Loxley has been estranged from his family for two years after a major rift with his father. Now, inexplicably, someone has attempted to kill him – and very nearly succeeded. His assailant left him with the … Continue reading

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Fictionophile’s October 2019 #bookhaul

I’ve been trying to request fewer titles each month in an effort to get a handle on my TBR and review commitments. I’m proud of myself this month as I only added FOUR more review commitments. There are just SO … Continue reading

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“The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae” by Stephanie Butland – Book Review

When we first meet Ailsa Rae she is in hospital, waiting for a new heart. Her twenty-eight year life has been a challenging one. She is cyanotic due to the fact that her heart cannot pump the blood and much … Continue reading

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“Breakers” by Doug Johnstone – Book Review #Orentober

Tyler lives in a tower block in Niddrie, one of Edinburgh’s impoverished neighbourhoods. He lives with his Mum and his little sister, Bethany (aka Bean). His Mum is an alcoholic/addict so the responsibility of caring for her and his sister … Continue reading

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“Trace of Evil” by Alice Blanchard – Book Review

A small town in Upstate New York idyllic to the casual observer. Beautiful autumn foliage, stunning scenery, and an interesting history of witchcraft. Now the witchcraft is a tourist industry but the town still holds many dark secrets beneath the … Continue reading

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“Betwixt” by Evie Gaughan – Book Review

Catherine Ryan, a solicitor working in Galway, has recently lost her husband. Still grieving, she decides to revisit ‘Hollowbrook’ a cottage that they went to together to rekindle fond memories. The night she chooses to visit Hollowbrook is ‘All Hallow’s … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Word = GHOST

Most readers will acknowledge that some words reappear time and time again in titles. Often these words are associated with a particular genre. Case in point: “The girl on the train” and “Gone girl” spawned countless thriller titles with the … Continue reading

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“Fatal Promise” by Angela Marsons – Book Review #MarsonsOfTheMonth

For some time now I have noticed that the D.I. Kim Stone series has been highly praised by my fellow book bloggers. Therefore, I decided that despite my lengthy TBR, I would read the series in its entirety, one title … Continue reading

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“Echo Hall” by Virginia Moffatt – Book Review

2014 – The story opens with a young woman, Phoebe Flint, visiting a stately home on the English/Welsh border which is open to the public. Though she has paid to enter the building, this is, in fact, the house where … Continue reading

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Cover Love: part 81 – House peaks

In my 81st installment of ‘Cover Love‘, I thought I’d do a post about house peaks that often grace the covers of books. These are particularly attractive to me. They give just a glimpse of the house, so you wonder what secrets … Continue reading

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“Devil’s Day” by Andrew Michael Hurley – Book Review

In rural Lancashire, almost on the Yorkshire border, there is a place called the ‘Endlands”. A place where generations of the same families have eked out an existence from farming. An insular place riven with superstition and long-standing family feuds. … Continue reading

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Discussion Post: Author’s reactions to reviews

I’ve been blogging about books for quite some time now. For the most part things have gone smoothly. I seldom get any reaction to my reviews from authors, but for the most part the feedback I have gotten has been … Continue reading

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“The bird tribunal” by Agnes Ravatn – #BookReview #Orentober

I thought I’d repost a review from 2017 in honour of Orentober. What is Orentober you ask? It is the October celebration of the books and authors represented by Orenda Publishing. “The Bird Tribunal” was my favourite read of 2017 … Continue reading

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Horror thrillers on my TBR #OctoberReads

With myriad review commitments I seldom read the way I used to do before ‘The Blog‘. Then, I often read seasonally. That is beachy reads in the summer, Christmas reads at the end of the year and spooky reads in … Continue reading

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