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“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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“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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“The Authenticity Project” by Clare Pooley – Book Review

What Happens When You Tell Your Truth? Monica – 37 years old, a former corporate lawyer, she now owns and runs “Monica’s Cafe” in Fulham, London.  Monica is in her mid-thirties and her biological clock is ticking louder and louder … Continue reading

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“Mercy House” by Alena Dillon – Book Review

Mercy House, a women’s shelter in Brooklyn, is run by three aging nuns. It opens its doors to all manner of woman, regardless of religion, race, or bias. It gives succor to women who have been abused, either mentally or … Continue reading

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“The Doll Factory” by Elizabeth Macneal – Book Review

Twins, the Whittle sisters are twenty-one years old and working in a doll factory when we first meet them. They are in the employ of a drug-addled despot named Mrs. Salter. They work grueling hours and live in a damp … Continue reading

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“The Whisper Man” by Alex North – Book Review

“If you leave a door half open, soon you’ll hear the whispers spoken. If you play outside alone, soon you won’t be going home. If your window’s left unlatched, you’ll hear him tapping at the glass. If you’re lonely, sad, … Continue reading

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“Blackberry & Wild Rose” by Sonia Velton – Book Review

Inspired by the life of Anna Maria Garthwaite, “Blackberry & Wild Rose” is a fictional rendering of  the mid-eighteenth century silk industry in Spitalfields, London. Esther Thorel – married into money and privilege, she is an Englishwoman in her late … Continue reading

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“The Silent Patient” by Alex Michaelides – Book Review

Theo Faber contrives to work at a forensic psychiatric hospital in North London so that he might get the opportunity to work with Alicia Berenson. Her case is interesting in that following the murder of her husband, she has not … Continue reading

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“The Woman in the Dark” by Vanessa Savage – Book Review

Sarah and Patrick are married and have two children, Joe who is seventeen and Mia who is fifteen. Since Sarah’s mother passed away, she is riddled with guilt and her emotional state is fragile. Now, she is told she tried … Continue reading

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“Blood Orange” by Harriet Tyce – Book Review

“Actions have consequences” Alison Wood is burning the candle at both ends in both her personal and professional life. She works long hours as a busy barrister in London and has just landed her first ever murder case. Unfortunately, the … Continue reading

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“Lacey’s House” by Joanne Graham – Book Review @Legend_Press

A beautifully written, well crafted, debut “Lacey’s house” is a novel told in two voices.  Alternate chapters introduce us to Rachel — a young, single, and solitary artist who has just miscarried — and Lacey, an elderly women with a horrific past … Continue reading

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“Echo Hall” by Virginia Moffatt – Book Review

2014 – The story opens with a young woman, Phoebe Flint, visiting a stately home on the English/Welsh border which is open to the public. Though she has paid to enter the building, this is, in fact, the house where … 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 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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“Sweet Little Lies” by Caz Frear – Book Review

“Problem is, while the lie may be sweet as it falls from your lips, the feeling in your gut is always putridly sour. And almost always bang-on.” “I’ve spent most of my life, not exactly sure in the belief, but … Continue reading

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