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“Gone” by Randy Wayne White

Hannah Smith is thirty-one years old.  A tall, strong, buxom woman with a long family history in her part of the world – The Gulf Coast of Florida.  Her mother has had a stroke, so Hannah regularly spends time with her, even … Continue reading

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“The fear at Rockbridge Hall” by Tim Heath

At a tender age I read Charlotte Brontë’s classic “Jane Eyre“.  Ever since, I’ve been a sucker for novels that feature English governesses – which is why I chose to read this novella. The story is set at the magnificent … Continue reading

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“Miller’s Valley” by Anna Quindlen

Sometimes a novel comes along that you just know will resonate with you for years. “Miller’s Valley” is just such a novel.  A story with characters, descriptions, and emotions, so REAL that after reading it you feel as though you … Continue reading

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“House of secrets” by Lynda Stacey – Book Review

Anyone who knows me, or follows this blog, knows that contrary to the old phrase “You can’t judge a book by its cover“, I often do.  I love covers, and this one called out to me. Then, when I read that … Continue reading

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“Greythorne” by L.M. Merrington

I perused my TBR for something that would fill be seasonal wish for a title gothic or spooky in tone.  “Greythorne” was the result of my search.  I requested it from NetGalley quite a while ago, for just such an … Continue reading

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“Dark water” by Sara Bailey (official blog tour)

Off the northernmost coast of Scotland lie the Orkney Islands.  It is here that Helena Chambers returns to visit her aging father who is awaiting heart surgery.  She hasn’t returned for over a decade, using the excuse that her PR job, … Continue reading

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“Stasi Child” by David Young

An original and accomplished debut thriller, “Stasi Child” is a compelling police procedural set in 1970s Cold War Germany. Publisher’s blurb:  East Berlin, 1975: When Oberleutnant Karin Müller is called to investigate a girl’s body at the foot of the … Continue reading

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“The kind worth killing” by Peter Swanson

“The kind worth killing” has been on my radar for some time.  I kept hearing about it through friend recommendations and on Goodreads.  I was delighted when I learned that my bookclub, Whodunit, had this title featured for their August … Continue reading

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“Those we left behind” by Stuart Neville

What if you had only one person in all the world?  What if that person was your older brother?  What if your loyalty and love for that person was eclipsed by the fact that you are mortally afraid of him? … Continue reading

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“In a Dark, Dark Wood” by Ruth Ware

Leonora Shaw is a solitary woman.  She writes crime novels for a living from her miniscule flat in London.  She is a runner (another solitary pursuit). She wasn’t always a private, solitary person.  Back at school, she had a social life, … Continue reading

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“Valentina” by S.E. Lynes (official blog tour)

When approached by Blackbird Digital Books to review “Valentina” and participate in the book’s blog tour, I was only too happy to  agree.  The book is a thriller set in Scotland, enough said… I am SO very pleased that “Valentina” surpassed … Continue reading

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“The Girls in the Garden” by Lisa Jewell

I have not read anything by Lisa Jewell previously, so I had no preconceptions or expectations about “The Girls in the Garden“.   Wow, was I ever delighted to find that I might have found another favorite author!  The novel, rich … Continue reading

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“The postbox murders” by Edmund Glasby

Grisly murders in picturesque Oxfordshire villages.  Yes, as the title implies, bodies are being dismembered and stuffed into postboxes!  The first is discovered by a little old lady mailing her letters, then on the same day another.  A months respite, … Continue reading

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“The Mourning Hours” by Paula Treick DeBoard

Suspicion and circumstance serve to decimate a Wisconsin farm family in this memorable debut by Paula Treick DeBoard. A typical rural family, the Hammarstroms run a 160 acre dairy farm.  The grandfather, a widower, lives on the farm in his … Continue reading

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“What the waves know” by Tamara Valentine

Izabella Rae Haywood adores her father who she says is “one-eighth Narragansett Indian and seven-eights mystery”.   He takes her to Tillings Island, where he has roots.  They fish together and share a deep bond.   But her parents argue more … Continue reading

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