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“Breakers” by Doug Johnstone – Book Review #Orentober

Tyler lives in a tower block in Niddrie, one of Edinburgh’s impoverished neighbourhoods. He lives with his Mum and his little sister, Bethany (aka Bean). His Mum is an alcoholic/addict so the responsibility of caring for her and his sister … Continue reading

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“Mosaic” by Caro Ramsay – Book Review

Megan Melvick is returning home to say goodbye to her dying sister. At only 28 years of age, her sister Melissa is dying of anorexia.  She arrives just in time… Next thing you know the family is planning Melissa’s funeral … Continue reading

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“The Hunting Party” by Lucy Foley – Book Review

“Some people, given just the right amount of pressure, taken out of their usual, comfortable environments, don’t need much encouragement at all to become monsters.” “There is something unnerving about the isolation, knowing how far we are from everything.” Seven … Continue reading

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“Perfect Remains” by Helen Fields – Book Review

A while back, I polled my followers so that YOU could pick which police procedural series I should begin next. The first poll was a resounding success with the recommendation of “For Reasons Unknown” by Michael Wood. This second poll … Continue reading

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“Everything she Forgot” by Lisa Ballantyne – Book Review

“Margaret Holloway, deputy head teacher, mother, wife, did not know what had happened to her when she was a little girl, and she was terrified to find out”. “Everything she forgot” was also published under the title “Redemption Road“. Blurb: … 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. Today I want to share my review of “The Ice Twins” by S.K. Tremayne. It was first published in January 2015 by Harper Collins, and was, for me, … Continue reading

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“Bright Stars” by Sophie Duffy – Book Review

Cameron Spark‘s life has not turned out as he had once hoped. He is the youngest of four brothers, whose dear Mum died when he was just an adolescent. Once he was the bright one, the studious, nerdy, asthmatic, clumsy … Continue reading

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“Go to my Grave” by Catriona McPherson – Book Review

Present Day: The story begins with the protagonist, Donna Weaver. She is hosting a family reunion weekend for eight people. Donna and her mother own and run “The Breakers” a refurbished guest house near the sea in Galloway.  Her mother is … Continue reading

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“The sewing machine” by Natalie Fergie – Book Review

“The sewing machine has provided work in manufacture, eased work in the home and facilitated work when there was none to be had.” A well researched historical novel that alternates between several timelines. 1911 Clydebank, Scotland where we meet an … Continue reading

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“Black widow” by Chris Brookmyre @cbrookmyre #BookReview

“The widow pedestal is a high one to fall from…” The ‘Black Widow‘ of the title is a brilliant and fiercely competitive surgeon named Diana Jager, a.k.a. ‘Bladebitch‘. She is a single-minded workaholic. Forty years old, she has no life … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday: March 29, 2018 (an old favorite recommended)

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favorites. This week I’ve chosen “Blood in the water” by Gillian Galbraith for my Throwback Thursday post. It was first published in January 2007 and was, for me, a 5 … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday March 15, 2018 (an old favorite recommended)

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favorites. This week I’ve chosen “Snared” by Ed James for my Throwback Thursday post. It was first published in April of 2015 and was, for me, a 5 star read. … Continue reading

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“I’ll keep you safe” by Peter May

“I’ll keep you safe” by the inimitable Peter May begins in Paris and ends in the atmospheric Hebrides for which he is famous. The protagonist is forty-year old Niamh (pronounced Neave) Macfarlane. She, with her husband Ruairidh, are attending a … Continue reading

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“The suicide plan” by Emma Clapperton

Do you believe in being able to contact the dead? If so, this short novel might just be for you.  I’ll admit, I’m one of those skeptics that believe the work of mediums and spiritualists is just hogwash. But hey! … Continue reading

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“Stella’s Christmas wish” by Kate Blackadder

With only two weeks until Christmas, I was in the mood for a ‘feel-good’ Christmas themed story.  This book delivered my wish. Stella grew up on the Scottish Borders in a tiny town called Melrose.  Her parents were killed in … Continue reading

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