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.

“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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“Child’s Play” by Angela Marsons – Book Review

Despite my best efforts last year, I didn’t quite finish the D.I. Kim Stone series as I had hoped. This is the 11th novel in the series, I SHOULD have read and reviewed it in November 2019 and I’m only … Continue reading

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Home Safe – a lovely break in these stressful times

After almost three weeks away, we have arrived home safe and healthy. We flew to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and then boarded a cruise ship which stopped at Curaçao, Aruba, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatamala, Mexico, and then on to San Diego, … Continue reading

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Cover Love: part 86 – Telephones

In my 86th installment of ‘Cover Love‘, I thought I’d do a post about telephones on book covers. Telephones have evolved drastically over the years. The older phones evoke a feeling of nostalgia. Back then, telephones were the only fast method of … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Word = SEA

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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Goodbye February – Fictionophile update and #BookHaul

As followers of this blog will know, I am currently on vacation and have prepared this post a few weeks ago. As a result I am unable to respond to comments or interact with you socially until I return in … Continue reading

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“The Birds That Stay” by Ann Lambert – Book Review

Anna Newman, a woman in her eighties is found dead outside her home in rural Quebec. An accomplished artist, the woman has lived almost like a recluse. The police department don’t seem overly interested in finding out about her death, … Continue reading

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20 Questions with Robert Crouch – #AuthorInterview @robertcrouchuk #crimefiction

Today I am delighted to feature an interview with crime fiction author Robert Crouch. Over to you Robert… RC – Thank you so much for letting me answer your questions. They were challenging and great fun at the same time, … Continue reading

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“Old Lovegood Girls” by Gail Godwin – Book Review

“The story of two remarkable women and the complex friendship between them that spans decades.” About the book: When the dean of Lovegood Junior College for Girls decides to pair Feron Hood with Merry Jellicoe as roommates in 1958, she … Continue reading

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“The Cottage in a Cornish Cove” by Cass Grafton – Book Review

An unexpected inheritance of a lovely old cottage in an idyllic Cornish setting makes the perfect jumping off point for this charming romance. Anna Redding leaves her boyfriend, her job, and her housemates in Yorkshire, and moves to Cornwall to … Continue reading

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