Category Archives: Fiction

“Firewatching” by Russ Thomas – Book Review @PutnamBooks @thevoiceofruss

Set in and around Sheffield, England, this debut novel introduces a unique and somewhat unusual team of police officers. D.S. Adam Tyler – keenly observant and very sharp witted, a taciturn loner, gay, conflicted, and emotionally damaged. The son of … Continue reading

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♣ Crime Fiction set in Ireland ♣ #BingeReadSeries #crimefiction #bookseries

It’s almost the end of March, and as my small way of celebrating everything Irish I thought I’d highlight 20 crime series set in Ireland.  I normally participate in “Reading Ireland Month“, but this year, due to being away for … Continue reading

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“The Suspect” by Fiona Barton – #BookReview @BerkleyMystery @figbarton

Kate Waters is a journalist in her mid forties. She is married to an oncologist and is the mother of two sons. Devoted to her work, she is very good at what she does. When old friend D.I. Bob Sparkes … Continue reading

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“Silent Cry” by Jenny O’Brien – Book Review @HQDigitalUK @ScribblerJB

DC Gaby Darin has just moved to Pembrokeshire, Wales after a difficult work-related experience in Swansea. She is teamed up with DCI Rhys Walker, a man who seems to have hidden secrets but is a copper that she respects. Izzy … Continue reading

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“The Companion” by Kim Taylor Blakemore – Book Review

At a tender age, Mary Blunt used deception to wheedle her way into a position as maid at the mansion of the Burton family, in mid-19th century New Hampshire. It is a household with six servants who work for Mr. … Continue reading

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“A Dark Matter” by Doug Johnstone – Book Review

We meet the Skelfs on the day that they are saying goodbye to their patriarch, Jim. They are doing this in a somewhat bizarre way. Though they run a funeral home, they are having an illegal funeral pyre in their … Continue reading

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“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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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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“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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