Author Archives: Fictionophile

About Fictionophile

Fiction reviewer ; Goodreads librarian. Retired library cataloger - more time to read! Loves books, gardening, and red wine. I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013. I review titles offered by Edelweiss, and participate in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.

“Smoke Screen” by Thomas Enger and Jørn Lier Horst – Book Review @OrendaBooks #SmokeScreen @EngerThomas @LierHorst

translated from the Norwegian by Megan Turney This police procedural, set in Oslo, Norway, is the second to feature policeman Alexander Blix and blogger/journalist Emma Ramm. Blix is a twenty year veteran of the Oslo police. Shortly after his career … Continue reading

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WWW Wednesday – May 12, 2021 #readingforpleasure #bookbloggers #WWWWednesday #bookworms

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday. WWW Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. I’ve linked the book descriptions to the Goodreads site for the book. Just answer the three questions below and leave … Continue reading

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Teaser Tuesday – May 11, 2021 #NewBook #TeaserTuesday #bookbloggers #AGingerbreadHouse @severnhouse

My new Tuesday post where I’ll ‘tease‘ you with the cover, blurb, and first paragraph of one of the advanced reader’s copies from my own TBR. This one is a title I downloaded from NetGalley. I’m fully aware that many … Continue reading

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“Outside Looking In” by Michael Wood – Book Review

“When you’re on the outside looking in you see things a lot differently.” DCI Matilda Darke is well named, for this is a woman who is in a dark place. It is almost the first anniversary of her beloved husband’s … Continue reading

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Longlist – Theakston Old Peculier Crime novel of the Year 2021 #TheakstonAward #HarrogateFest #crimefiction #literaryaward

LONGLIST REVEALED FOR UK’S MOST PRESTIGIOUS CRIME WRITING PRIZE THEAKSTON OLD PECULIER CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR 2021 harrogatetheakstoncrimeaward.com | #TheakstonAward | @HarrogateFest | Now in its 17th year, the most coveted prize in crime fiction, presented by Harrogate International … Continue reading

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Top 5 Books on my Wishlist that I REALLY want to read #TBR May 2021

Honestly though… my book wishlist is VAST!  At present there are over 2.000 titles on my Goodreads TBR! (not to mention the 150 titles on my Amazon Wishlist!) Picking 5 out of over 2,000 – HARD WORK! TWO of these … Continue reading

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Cover Love: part 100 – Balloons

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 … Continue reading

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“Just What Kind of Mother are You?” by Paula Daly – Book Review

This novel is told via three voices: Lisa Kallisto – a married mother of three who never has the time she needs for all she wants to do. Harried and often overwhelmed by her busy life and her job in … Continue reading

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“How the Penguins Saved Veronica” by Hazel Prior – Book Review

Eighty-six year old Veronica McCreedy is wealthy, cantankerous, manipulative, stubborn, and very, very, lonely. She lost her parents during the Blitz, and her life since then has been filled with more loss and loneliness. She shies away from getting too … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Word = GARDEN #WednesdaysWord #booklovers

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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Teaser Tuesday – May 4, 2021 #NewBook #TeaserTuesday #bookbloggers

I want to start a new Tuesday post where I’ll ‘tease‘ you with the cover, blurb, and first paragraph of one of the advanced reader’s copies from my own TBR. This one is a title I downloaded from NetGalley. I’m … Continue reading

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“Looking for Leo” by J.A. Baker – Book Review

About the book: Lynda – is single and nearing retirement from her job as a school teacher. She lives alone and enjoys her own company. She has lived with regrets and guilt for most of her adult life. Her only … Continue reading

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Spell the Month in Books – MAY #SpellTheMonthInBooks #BookRecommendations

I first saw this on Nicki’s Secret Library Blog and Carla’s Love to Read, but it originated from Jana at ‘Reviews from the Stacks‘. Every month I will spell the month in books that I have already read, linking back … Continue reading

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Fictionophile’s APRIL 2021 Reading Wrap-Up

April turned out to be a productive month – reading wise. In the past month I’ve read twelve novels.  I had designated April 2021 as a ‘NetGalley‘ month, so all twelve of my reads were books that I had downloaded … Continue reading

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“A Measured Thread” by Mary Behan – Book Review

Maggie O’Connor is a widow who lives in an 1850s era log cabin in rural Wisconsin. Before retirement, she was a scientist who worked at a university as a professor. Maggie’s neighbors are for the most part helpful and friendly. … Continue reading

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