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.

Celebrating 4,000 followers! #Giveaway time!

I am beyond delighted to report that Fictionophile has just passed the 4,000 follower milestone.  When I retired from my library career, in early 2017, I had only 52 followers, so the blog has come a long way since I’ve … Continue reading

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Susie Steiner – author extraordinaire

In the summer of 2016 I read a fantastic novel called “Missing, Presumed“. WOW! What a series debut!  The characterization was nothing short of stellar. Here is a brief quote from my review of “Missing, presumed“: “And the police… I … Continue reading

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“The Sea Gate” by Jane Johnson – Book Review

“The house is full of secrets, and sometimes they come out and whisper together in the night.” A wonderful story that switches between dual timelines featuring two strong, courageous, and resilient women artists. 1943 – Olivia Kitto is sixteen years … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Word = MIRROR

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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“A Bad, Bad, Thing” by Elena Forbes – Book Review

Eve West is a beautiful, petite, Detective Inspector working for London’s Metropolitan Police.  She is a very private person whose past holds many secrets.  She suffers from insomnia. Though she doesn’t have a serious relationship with anyone, she is having … Continue reading

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A Summer Book-Bingo – Just for Fun!

Due to the world’s ‘new normal’, many of us are sticking close to home this summer.  Also, those of us who like to read are doing so MORE than ever before. Just for fun I created a SUMMER BOOK BINGO. … Continue reading

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“Weycombe” by G.M. Malliet – Book Review

For the past nine months Jillian White has been out of work. Before this she worked as a videographer for the BBC. An American, she is married to a fault-finding man who has aristocratic roots.  Her marriage is spiraling down … Continue reading

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In the mood for a mystery series? #kindledeals @JoffeBooks #crimefiction #mystery

Amazing deals to be had today for Kindle readers! Check out these great deals! Seriously…. you can buy two complete series for less than $2.00  – includes 15 titles! (and NO, I am NOT affiliated with Amazon – I just … Continue reading

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“Killing Mind” by Angela Marsons – Book Review

D.I. Kim Stone – An acerbic, brusque, and driven young woman who works as a Detective Inspector for the West Midlands Police, the second largest police force in the country. She is socially inept, and has been known to break … Continue reading

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Fictionophile’s May 2020 #BookHaul

My greed in amassing books for review continues at an alarming rate. I sacrificed my 80% NetGalley badge and downloaded TEN more titles from them. This was a tough decision, but I can rationalize it by saying I’ll never get … Continue reading

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“The Fortune Teller’s Promise” by Kelly Heard – Book Review

Also published under the title “Before You Go“ “Predictions and nightmares, Dell often said, have exactly as much power as we give them and no more.” The story flips back and forth between 1990 and 1991 with some back references … Continue reading

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20 Books of Summer Reading Challenge #20BooksOfSummer20

Once again, I plan to partake in the 20 Books of Summer Reading Challenge created by Cathy at 746books.comHer rules are simple: If you want to join in, just nab her Books of Summer image, pick your own 20 books … Continue reading

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“Death Deserved” by Thomas Enger and Jørn Lier Horst – Book Review

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, … translated from the Norwegian by Anne Bruce This police procedural, set in Oslo, Norway, is the first to feature policeman Alexander Blix and blogger/journalist Emma Ramm. Blix is a … Continue reading

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“The Split” by Sharon Bolton – Book Review

Felicity Lloyd – works as a glaciologist for the British Antarctic Survey. She is twenty-eight years old, beautiful, and is emotionally damaged by severe childhood trauma. Regularly based in Cambridge, England, she has accepted a two-year term position in the … Continue reading

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Cover Love: part 89 – Car mirrors

In my 89th installment of ‘Cover Love‘, I thought I’d do a post about car mirrors on book covers.  An odd choice you’re probably thinking – Yet… there are more than I expected.  And once again, they are mostly in the thriller … Continue reading

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