Tag Archives: Scotland

“The Great Silence” by Doug Johnstone – Book Review

“The monsters in our lives don’t look like monsters, horns and slavering fangs. The worst deeds in the world are done by people who like like any of us.” We pick up one year after the events of the second … Continue reading

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“A Gingerbread House” by Catriona McPherson – Book Review

Kate and Gail – two middle-aged sisters. Sisters who are insane – and looking for another sister…    Kate is 54 and very skilled in all matters IT. She uses these skills to lure vulnerable and somewhat naive women to her … Continue reading

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“There’s Only One Danny Garvey” by David F. Ross – Book Review

“Trouble prospers when uneducated men have too much time on their hands”.First I have to say that this story will remain in my memory for a very long time. The characters were so vividly rendered, the mood so brilliantly interpreted. … Continue reading

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“Madam” by Phoebe Wynne – Book Review

“…she’d taken the woman’s job, her role, her flat. Her curse.” Rose Christie – is a talented Classics teacher in her mid twenties. She has a terminally ill mother and she has the responsibility of paying the fees for her … Continue reading

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“The Thin Place” by C.D. Major – Book Review

“Heaven and earth are only three feet apart, but in thin places that distance is even shorter.”- Celtic proverb Ava Brent (present day) – is a 38 year old, experienced television journalist based in Glasgow. She has a partner, Fraser, … Continue reading

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“A Murder Of Crows” by Ian Skewis – Book Review

DCI Jack Russell – a policeman working the final case of a long career. He is due to retire soon. He is somewhat estranged from his wife as they could never really communicate after they both suffered a profound loss. … Continue reading

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“Rizzio” by Denise Mina – Book Review

A young Mary Queen of Scots witnesses the brutal murder of her private secretary David Rizzio during the bloody coup of Holyrood Palace in March of 1566. Ever since reading the brilliant crime trilogy ‘Garnethill‘ several years ago, I have … Continue reading

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“Blood Loss” by Kerena Swan – Book Review

DI Paton is 48 years old and married to Wendy, who suffers from severe depression. He is the father to a teenage boy named Tommy who has Down’s Syndrome. Paton has recently moved to Perthshire, Scotland from England and is … Continue reading

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“Rock, Paper, Scissors” by Alice Feeney – Book Review

“Things have been wrong with Mr. and Mrs. Wright for a long time.” Adam and Amelia Wright drive from London to Scotland to celebrate their anniversary. Amelia ‘won‘ the trip via a contest she entered through her work.  Immediately the … Continue reading

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“In Dark Water” by Lynne McEwan – Book Review

Detective Inspector Shona Oliver is a busy woman with many irons in the fire. Recently moved to Dumfries, Scotland from London, she is married and the mother of a teenage daughter. She lives in a beautiful location overlooking the Solway … Continue reading

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“The Island Home” by Libby Page – Book Review

“Sometimes it is easier to stay away than to try to build bridges and fail. To let silences stretch over years rather than reaching a hand out across the vast and lonely emptiness.” Lorna – Twenty-two years ago Lorna left … Continue reading

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Teaser Tuesday – June 22, 2021 #NewBook #TeaserTuesday #bookbloggers @CaneloCrime @LynneJMcEwan #InDarkWater

My Tuesday post where I’ll ‘tease‘ you with the cover, blurb, and first paragraph of one of the advanced reader’s copies from my own TBR. This book is a title I downloaded from NetGalley. Today, Tuesday June 22nd, 2021 I … Continue reading

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Teaser Tuesday – June 15, 2021 #NewBook #TeaserTuesday #bookbloggers @LibbyPageWrites #TheIslandHome

My Tuesday post where I’ll ‘tease‘ you with the cover, blurb, and first paragraph of one of the advanced reader’s copies from my own TBR. This book is a title I downloaded from NetGalley. Today, Tuesday June 15th, 2021 I … Continue reading

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“The Skylark’s Secret” by Fiona Valpy – Book Review

Told via two separate timelines, this story relays the story of a mother and daughter. The mother, Flora, was a WREN during WWII. She drove ambulances when her small croft fishing community was commandeered by the Home Fleet as a … Continue reading

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“The Winter Sea” by Susanna Kearsley – Book Review

Present Day – Canadian novelist Carrie McClelland travels to Aberdeenshire Scotland to write her latest novel which is set in the historic Slains Castle. Once there, she finds that the book is almost writing itself as she seems to be … Continue reading

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