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The Canada Council for the Arts Reveals the Governor General’s Literary Awards Winners

      OTTAWA, ONTARIO, June 1, 2021— It is with great pleasure that the Canada Council for the Arts revealed the 2020 winners of the prestigious Governor General’s Literary Awards (GGBooks), albeit a little later than usual. Through a … Continue reading

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“The Less Dead” by Denise Mina – Book Review

“The Less Dead” was shortlisted for the COSTA Prize 2020. Margot – an adoptee whose adoptive mother has recently died. She had a good upbringing and good education and now works as a doctor. She has recently left her boyfriend, … Continue reading

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RHET International Literary Prize for Fiction 2020 Announced! @HouseofAnansi #LiteraryAward

The committee takes into consideration four main criteria: fostering of book club culture, enjoyment, literary merit, and indescribable connection to the text. About RHET Book Club Accidentally founded in 2016, the RHET Book Club has become a beloved establishment in … Continue reading

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Winner Announced! Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2020 #TheakstonAward #TheakstonsCrime @HarrogateFest @orion_crime #crimefiction

Harrogate, Thursday 23 July: Belfast born Adrian McKinty has been awarded the UK’s most prestigious accolade in crime writing, the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, for his best-selling thriller, The Chain, that sees parents forced to abduct … Continue reading

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“The Lighthouse” by Alison Moore – Book Review

All the women in Futh’s life seem to abandon him. First his mother, then his wife. In fact, he has never really gotten over the fact that his mother left – because – she was bored to death my his … Continue reading

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Series to Savour 9 – Elizabeth George’s Lynley mysteries

Long before they were televised, I was a staunch follower of the Lynley mysteries, though, in my mind, they were the Simon St. James mysteries as his character stood out in the early novels in the series.  I read them as … 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 favourites, as well as books that were published over a year ago. Not to mention those that are languishing on the to be read pile for whatever reason. This week … Continue reading

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Remembering novelist Margaret Yorke

Recently, while trying to purge my overcrowded bookshelves, I came across a  “Winter’s Crimes 18” anthology.  Since it was an ex-library book, and not in very good shape, I decided it was one of the books I would be purging. … 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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Series to Savour 7 – Elly Griffith’s Ruth Galloway mysteries

This morning, as I peruse my lovely bookshelves I spy one of my all-time favorite series and realize that I have not yet posted about it on my “Series to Savour” blog series. Well, that must be remedied immediately!  I’m … Continue reading

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“The goldfish bowl” by Laurence Gough

“The Goldfish Bowl“, winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel from the Crime Writers of Canada is the first of thirteen police procedural novels featuring Detectives Willows and Parker. It was originally published in 1987. The blurb: An elusive … Continue reading

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“The Old Jest” by Jennifer Johnston – Book Review

“Death is an old jest but it comes new to everyone.” ~ Ivan Turgenev A few years ago I read an astounding novel by Jennifer Johnston called “Shadows on our skin“, so I thought I HAD to add a novel … Continue reading

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Series to Savour 5 – Peter Robinson’s Inspector Banks mysteries

Back in 1988, when my children were tiny, I belonged to one of those book clubs where you bought a book every month and it was delivered in the mail.  One of my treasured deliveries was “Gallow’s View”, the very … Continue reading

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Trilogies to Treasure – Part 2 – Peter May’s Lewis trilogy

Many readers cannot commit to a lengthy series.  They find it too daunting, too time intensive.  They will often choose stand-alone novels for these reasons.  I am here to introduce you to some prime examples that bridge the gap between … Continue reading

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Series to Savour 4 – Ann Cleeves’ Shetland mysteries

I’m not sure what it is about the remote, isolated, and beautiful Hebrides that attracts so many readers.  All I know is that it is THIS SETTING that first attracted me to this series and enticed me to read it. … Continue reading

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