Monthly Archives: July 2020

“Blacktop Wasteland” by S.A. Cosby – Book Review

“A mistake is a lesson, unless you make the same mistake twice.” Beauregard Montage (nicknamed ‘Bug’) is a black man in his late thirties who is feeling the squeeze of financial commitments. His business is behind in its rent and … Continue reading

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“The Island Child” by Molly Aitken – Book Review

“So many lies are built out of a wish to shield the ones we love from the horror of the truth.” “Boys were all free while girls were tied to the hearth and kept sleepy inside like gentle calves in … Continue reading

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Fictionophile’s July 2020 #BookHaul

I’ve added THIRTEEN titles to my TBR this month. I was auto-approved for FIVE titles and my requests were approved for SIX more. I received ONE book directly from Orenda Books, ONE directly from the author, and the thirteenth title … Continue reading

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Winner Announced! Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2020 #TheakstonAward #TheakstonsCrime @HarrogateFest @orion_crime #crimefiction

Harrogate, Thursday 23 July: Belfast born Adrian McKinty has been awarded the UK’s most prestigious accolade in crime writing, the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, for his best-selling thriller, The Chain, that sees parents forced to abduct … Continue reading

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Cover Love: part 91 – Envelopes

In my 91st installment of ‘Cover Love‘, I thought I’d do a post about envelopes on book covers.  In our modern times, letter writing and ‘snail mail’ is almost obsolete – which is very sad. There is nothing like the … Continue reading

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“Across The Water” by Ingrid Alexandra – Book Review

Liz and Adam Dawson are newlyweds from East London. When Adam’s father passes away in Southern Australia, the couple travel there in order to settle his affairs. Adam’s Dad’s house was on the remote side of a creek and they … Continue reading

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“Red Means Run” by Brad Smith – Book Review

I originally reviewed this title on January 2nd, 2012. Back then, I didn’t have many followers so the book didn’t get any attention. I thought that since Lume Books have taken over the Endeavor Press catalog, I would try to … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Word = AFTER

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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“The Song of Hartgrove Hall” by Natasha Solomons – Book Review

“Home wasn’t a place. Home was music.” Hartgrove Hall is a house with nine bedrooms, five reception rooms, a suite of attics and half a dozen ramshackle barns. Reading “The Song of Hartgrove Hall” I knew that I was being … Continue reading

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“The Invitation” by Rachel Abbott – Book Review

Lucas Jarrett is handsome, powerful, and very wealthy. He has always been a ‘leader’ and his friends want to stay within his charismatic orbit. Since they were all in their early teens the group have been ‘friends’.  Now, as adults … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday – “Try not to breathe” by Holly Seddon – Book Review

As I am now in the process of reading Holly Seddon’s upcoming novel “The Hit List“, I thought it only fitting that I feature her debut novel in today’s “Throwback Thursday” feature post. The Throwback Thursday meme was created by … Continue reading

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“A Shape on the Air” by Julia Ibbotson – Book Review

Viv DuLac present day – a university lecturer in medieval studies who has recently been betrayed and swindled by her live-in partner. The stress of the ending of this relationship coupled with the imminent loss of her home create the … Continue reading

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“Nine Elms” by Robert Bryndza – Book Review

Kate Marshall – a former police detective, now works in a university as a lecturer in criminology alongside her young and talented research assistant. Kate is a single mother whose teenage son lives with his grandmother, Kate’s own mother. Though … Continue reading

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4,000 Followers Giveaway – and the winner is….

In June, Fictionophile reached the 4,000 followers milestone.  To celebrate, and to thank you all for supporting my blog, I hosted a The winner receives an Amazon gift card I used the “Random Name Picker” web tool to choose from … Continue reading

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Half-way – Fictionophile 2020 biannual report

Yes, folks we are now halfway through 2020. And what a year it has been! Unprecedented for all of us. Who would have thought that the world could have taken such a divergent path? As everyone in the world will … Continue reading

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