Category Archives: Fiction

Cover Love: part 80 – Flocks of birds

In my 80th installment of ‘Cover Love‘, I thought I’d do a post about flocks of birds that often grace the covers of books.  This time of year it is common in Atlantic Canada to see birds gather together in flocks. Some … Continue reading

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“Her Sister’s Bones” by Geraldine Hogan – #BookReview @Bookouture

Twenty-five years ago, while Anna Fairley  was helping her mother peg out clothes on the line, Anna’s baby sister Janey, was taken from her pram in the front garden of their cottage. The case of the missing baby girl was … Continue reading

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“A Perfect Sentence” by Patrick Starnes – Book Review

Desperately dissatisfied with his comfortable, middle-class life, and meandering through his days, Keir Buchan feels like he is just going through the motions of living. A writer of detective novels, he has just been made redundant from the University where … Continue reading

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“The Scholar” by Dervla McTiernan – Book Review

A complex, character-driven police procedural mystery set in Galway, Ireland. After almost a year, D.S. Cormac Reilly is still being ‘frozen out‘ of the good cases and relegated to the cold case files. His co-worker, D.S. Carrie O’Halloran, is meanwhile … Continue reading

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Cover Love: part 79 – Tied up (with string or ribbons)

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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“The Beach at Doonshean” by Penny Feeny – Book Review

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It spoke to the dysfunctional nature of families. Even the most stable families can be a tad dysfunctional on the inside. The characters were all fully developed and people who I enjoyed meeting via the … Continue reading

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“The Nanny” by Gilly Macmillan – Book Review

In her late thirties, Jocelyn Holt is a recent widow. She and her ten-year-old daughter, Ruby, still grieving, move from California to the Wiltshire manor house where Jocelyn grew up.  Financially strapped, Jocelyn must depend upon the generosity of her … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday: “House. Tree. Person” by Catriona McPherson – Book Review

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favorites. This week I’m showcasing a novel that I read about five years ago. “House. Tree. Person” was, for me, a memorable FIVE STAR read. It is … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Word = MRS.

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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“The Sea Glass Sisters” by Lisa Wingate – Book Review

The prequel novella which introduces the Carolina Heirlooms series. Elizabeth Gallagher is a 911 operator. Blaming herself for an on-the-job mistake, she has lost confidence in her ability and feels guilty about the outcome of the case. Elizabeth’s guilt is … Continue reading

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“Rides the Stranger” by David Bell – Book Review #bibliomysteries

Open Road Media have published a series of Bibliomysteries (Short tales about deadly books, by top mystery authors).  I have read four of them so far.  The first one I read and enjoyed was by Elizabeth George called “The mysterious … Continue reading

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“The Red Address Book” by Sofia Lundberg – Book Review

Originally written in Swedish and translated to English by Alice Menzies The elderly Doris is nearing the end of her life in her native Stockholm, Sweden. Her only close relative is her great-niece, Jenny who is a busy young mother … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Word = HOTEL

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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“The Lying Kind” by Alison James – Book Review

Months after the missing persons case goes cold for the Surrey police, the National Crime Agency steps in to see if they can find little Lola Jade Harper.  D.C.I. Rachel Prince and her second in command, Detective Sergeant Mark Brickall … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Word = SUMMER

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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