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.

“The House of Whispers” by Laura Purcell – Book Review

Thirty-two year old Hester Way arrives in a memorable fashion to Morvoren House in Cornwall. She is using an assumed name to take up a new post there as nurse to Miss Louise Pinecroft, the mistress of Morvoren. She left … Continue reading

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WWW Wednesday – August 12, 2020

Normally I would publish a “Wednesday Word” post today but I’m having internet issues here at the cottage. Uploading all those book cover graphics would likely take me all day. LOL So, I thought I’d jump on a bandwagon that … Continue reading

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“The Book of CarolSue” by Lynne Hugo – Book Review

CarolSue – recently widowed from her second husband, is still sore with grief. Rudderless, she agrees to leave her suburban Atlanta life and return to the home farm in Indiana where she grew up. A life change that at first … Continue reading

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“The Big Chill” by Doug Johnstone – Book Review

“It’s easy to be moral if those morals aren’t tested.” We pick up six months after the events of the first book in the Skelfs series, “Dark Matter”. The Skelfs have two businesses which they run out of their large … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday – “The girl in the garden” by Melanie Wallace #BookReview #ThrowbackThursday

The Throwback Thursday meme was created by Renee over at It’s Book Talk. She made this meme to share some of her old favorites. Although all bookbloggers have an endless TBR pile, we seldom take the time to reflect back … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Word = SILENCE

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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“Buried” by Lynda La Plante – Book Review

D.S. Jack Warr – 36 years old, recently moved to the London Metropolitan Police from Devon. He moved so that his partner Maggie could pursue her career goals as a physician.  Jack himself has little ambition, though he is loaded … Continue reading

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The Queen of Crime 100th Birthday! Celebrating P.D. James

It is no secret to those who know me well that P.D. James and Ruth Rendell are my two long-time favourite crime writers. Today, August 3rd, would have been the 100th birthday of Phyllis Dorothy James, the Queen of Crime. … Continue reading

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Edelweiss Challenge stats and Fictionophile updates

Hello lovely blogging friends. Believe it or not, we are past the halfway point of 2020. Some, like me, wish that 2020 could be a ‘do-over’ as both personally and worldwide, it has been a bit of a DUD. Anyway, … Continue reading

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“The Borrowed Boy” by Deborah Klée – Book Review

Angie Winkle, in her mid-fifties is a lonely woman with a small life. She still resides in the terraced house where she grew up. She has never married, never traveled, and has no social life to speak of. She spends … Continue reading

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“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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