Category Archives: Canadian fiction

“The Ghost in the House” by Sara O’Leary – #BookReview @doubledayca #TheGhostInTheHouse @saraoleary

“I have broken the natural laws by my return. And there are, as always, consequences.” “I shouldn’t have ever had to see him with someone else, but I have.” When Fay returns to her marital home after being dead for … 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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“The Sun Down Motel” by Simone St. James – Book Review #FFRC2020

Fell, New York, is a small town that has somehow escaped progress. A town where the library still has paper archives, cell phone reception is sketchy at best, and a town with a history of dead and missing girls. As … Continue reading

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“Girl Last Seen” by Nina Laurin – Book Review

“Everyone has scars. Even if they’re not on the outside.” Our protagonist is Ella Santos – though now she goes by the name of Laine Moreno. When she was just ten years old she was abducted and held hostage for … Continue reading

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“A Cold White Fear” by R.J. Harlick – Book Review

When Meg hears someone at her door during a blizzard, she is at first hesitant to let them in. She is miles from her nearest neighbour and has only a twelve-year old boy and a small puppy with her. However, … Continue reading

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“Jar of Hearts” by Jennifer Hillier – Book Review

“This is the story of three best friends: one who was murdered, one who went to prison, and one who’s been searching for the truth all these years…” I’ve been meaning to read this novel for a while and thought … Continue reading

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“Still Water” by Amy Stuart @SimonSchusterCA @AmyfStuart #BookReview

Two years ago I read and enjoyed a novel called “Still Mine” (see my review) so I was pleased to be able to read the sequel, “Still Water“.  If anything, I enjoyed it even more than the first novel – … Continue reading

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“The broken girls” by Simone St. James – Book Review

“Idlewild was an old place, and the fear here was old fear.” “Idlewild was the boarding school of last resort, where parents stashed their embarrassments, their failures, and their recalcitrant girls.” Idlewild is an old, abandoned boarding school in rural … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday (an old favorite recommended)

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favorites. I haven’t posted for the last two Thursdays, so I hope that you will appreciate my pick for this week. I’ve chosen “Walt” by Russell Wangersky for my Throwback Thursday … Continue reading

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“Malagash” by Joey Comeau

As soon as I saw this title offered on NetGalley, I just knew I had to read it. The place name alone cinched it. As I sit in my cottage on a warm, though blustery day, I am just a … Continue reading

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Canada’s 150th birthday!

As a proud Canadian book blogger I would be remiss to not take note of my country’s 150th birthday celebration. And because I always have to mention books… here is a list of 100 novels that make you proud to … Continue reading

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“Strange things done” by Elle Wild – Book Review

There are strange things done in the midnight sun By the men who moil for gold; The Arctic trails have their secret tales That would make your blood run cold… – Robert W. Service poem, “The Cremation of Sam McGee” … Continue reading

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20 Questions with Margaret Gracie (#Authorinterview)

Today Fictionophile welcomes Canadian debut author Margaret Gracie.  Margaret has generously agreed to answer my questions and share her writing journey with us. Margaret’s book has recently been published by The Porcupine’s Quill. F  Congratulations on the publication of “Plastic”! … Continue reading

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Series to Savour 8 – Louise Penny’s Armand Gamache mysteries

I can’t believe that I have not yet written about the fabulous Louise Penny on my “Series to Savour” blog series. Well, that must be remedied immediately!  Set in the charming small town of Three Pines, the series features police Chief Inspector … Continue reading

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Canadian “Authors for Indies Day” is almost here!

Why do Canadians love their neighbourhood independent bookstores? Indie bookstores build community, make for great spots to hang out, celebrate literary diversity and serve as that place where anyone can go and experience the stories of our lives as Canadians. … Continue reading

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