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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.

“Valentine’s Day at the Star and Sixpence” by Holly Hepburn – Book Review

I’ve been reading a lot of crime fiction lately and thought I’d take a wee break by reading this charming, seasonal novella. I met the protagonists when I read the Christmas novella “Snowdrops at the Star and Sixpence” and thought … Continue reading

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Cover Love: part 97 – Women in Red

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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“Nighthawking” by Russ Thomas – Book Review

From Wikipedia: Nighthawking is the theft of archaeological artifacts from protected archaeological sites and areas under the cover of darkness, most commonly by members of the public with the use of a commercial metal detector. This sequel to the author’s … Continue reading

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“The Syndicate Six Murder” by Geoffrey Osborne – Book Review

Set in the prestigious police college  Bramshill House, the ‘syndicate‘ in this case refers to a course – as courses at Bramshill were all numbered and called syndicates.  Syndicate Six are all high ranking officers who are taking a ‘senior … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Word = HEART #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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Five 5-star Dazzling Debut Novels

Anyone who reads a lot knows that it is a real thrill to discover a brand new author! With so many fabulous books out there, I can only imagine how daunting it must be to write a book for the … Continue reading

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Ebook pricing: a discussion

For the past four to five years, I’ve read nothing but Ebooks.  Some 500+ ebooks have graced my Kindle Paperwhite in that time. Many of these digital books I receive from the publishers via NetGalley or Edelweiss, but I also … Continue reading

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“The Silent House” by Laura Elliot – Book Review

“Imagination is gifted to the young. How can we blame then when adults turn it into a tinderbox?” Sophy Kingston is the mother of two daughters. Her marriage just broke up due to her husband’s gambling addiction. They have had … Continue reading

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“The Perfect Guests” by Emma Rous – Book Review

1988 Beth – with her parents and elder brother having died in a car accident, Beth now lives with her Aunt Caroline, a woman who works as a journalist – a cold woman who travels a lot for work and … Continue reading

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“The Daughters of Foxcote Manor” by Eve Chase – Book Review

“Secrets don’t go away completely, it turns out. Like moths in a wardrobe, they nibble away, hidden, before you notice the hole.” Rita Murphy– It is the summer of 1971 and Rita is the young nanny for the Harrington family.  … Continue reading

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RHET International Literary Prize for Fiction 2020 Announced! @HouseofAnansi #LiteraryAward

The committee takes into consideration four main criteria: fostering of book club culture, enjoyment, literary merit, and indescribable connection to the text. About RHET Book Club Accidentally founded in 2016, the RHET Book Club has become a beloved establishment in … Continue reading

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“The Downstairs Neighbor” by Helen Cooper – Book Review

Present Day (Ten days in the lives of the inhabitants of a converted Georgian house in Kingston-Upon-Thames) Emma Brighton – in her mid thirties, is the owner of a vintage clothing shop which has just gone out of business. Emma … Continue reading

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Spell the Month in Books – FEBRUARY #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 January 2021 #BookHaul #Bookbloggers #TBR

I’ve added NINE titles to my TBR this month. I received ALL NINE of these titles from NetGalley. Do any of these titles sound good to you?  

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Fictionophile’s January 2021 reading wrap-up

Here are the TEN books that I read during the month of January. Many stellar reads here, and truth be told I enjoyed them all. Despite this, my two favourites of the month have to be “The Secrets of Strangers” … Continue reading

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