Monthly Archives: March 2020

Fictionophile’s March #BookHaul

Confession time.  I went a little crazy this month and amassed a whopping 14 new review commitments. I am going to blame my greed insanity on self isolation, because well…. I can’t blame myself, can I? These fourteen titles all … Continue reading

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“Firewatching” by Russ Thomas – Book Review

Set in and around Sheffield, England, this debut novel introduces a unique and somewhat unusual team of police officers. D.S. Adam Tyler – keenly observant and very sharp witted, a taciturn loner, gay, conflicted, and emotionally damaged. The son of … Continue reading

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March 2020 Kindle ebook purchases #bookhaul

Anyone who knows me, or follows this blog knows for sure that I have more than enough to read. I’ll never run out of great reading material. However, like most bookworms, bookbloggers, and all other book obsessed people, I cannot … Continue reading

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♣ Crime Fiction set in Ireland ♣ #BingeReadSeries #crimefiction #bookseries

It’s almost the end of March, and as my small way of celebrating everything Irish I thought I’d highlight 20 crime series set in Ireland.  I normally participate in “Reading Ireland Month“, but this year, due to being away for … Continue reading

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“The Suspect” by Fiona Barton – Book Review

Kate Waters is a journalist in her mid forties. She is married to an oncologist and is the mother of two sons. Devoted to her work, she is very good at what she does. When old friend D.I. Bob Sparkes … Continue reading

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“Silent Cry” by Jenny O’Brien – Book Review

DC Gaby Darin has just moved to Pembrokeshire, Wales after a difficult work-related experience in Swansea. She is teamed up with DCI Rhys Walker, a man who seems to have hidden secrets but is a copper that she respects. Izzy … Continue reading

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“The Companion” by Kim Taylor Blakemore – Book Review

At a tender age, Mary Blunt used deception to wheedle her way into a position as maid at the mansion of the Burton family, in mid-19th century New Hampshire. It is a household with six servants who work for Mr. … Continue reading

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Anybody out there? Thoughts from the isolated bubble…

This is not the same world that it once was. We are ALL feeling the effects of the terrifying Covid-19 pandemic. Once thought to be the subject of science fiction, our reality proves once again that what was once a … Continue reading

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“A Dark Matter” by Doug Johnstone – Book Review

We meet the Skelfs on the day that they are saying goodbye to their patriarch, Jim. They are doing this in a somewhat bizarre way. Though they run a funeral home, they are having an illegal funeral pyre in their … Continue reading

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“Through His Eyes” by Emma Dibdin – Book Review

Jessica Harris, a transplanted Brit, finds herself given an opportunity that just might make or break her career as an entertainment journalist.  She splits her working time between employers, NEST, an online home decor brand, and an entertainment website. When … Continue reading

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“The Boatman: and other stories” by Billy O’Callaghan – Book Review

“Everyone has to decide for themselves what happiness looks like.” Twelve outstanding and often poignant stories from one of Ireland’s master storytellers. The stories cover a wide range of topics, but many deal with tragic situations, regret, death, and loss. … Continue reading

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“Strangers at the Gate” by Catriona McPherson – Book Review

“And if a stranger comes within your gates you will not reject him. The stranger at your gate will be as one born among you, and you will love him as you love your own family.” When Finnie and Paddy … Continue reading

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“The Listening Walls” by Margaret Millar – Book Review

Wilma Wyatt and Amy Kellogg take a trip to Mexico City. Though they have been friends for years, they are very different and don’t always agree on much of anything. Wilma has a forceful personality while Amy is more meek … Continue reading

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

With the world in turmoil, many St. Patrick’s Day festivities have been cancelled or postponed. Every year, on March 17th, I confess that I’m a little bit Irish.  My solution?  Curl up with a green beer or green tea and … Continue reading

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Books that I think will be future classics

Definition of a classic book: A classic is a book accepted as being exemplary or noteworthy, for example through an imprimatur such as being listed in a list of great books, or through a reader’s personal opinion. … A “canon” refers to a list of books considered … Continue reading

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