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Crime Thriller

Safe – D. Ray Thomas

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August 15, 2018

Calamity

This is the fourth book in the ‘Take It Back’ series by Ray Thomas and in many ways, I wish it was the first. I feel Ray has really found his rhythm in this book and his writing is less tongue-in-cheek. It is more considered in its approach towards…


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Crime Thriller

The Statistic – D. Ray Thomas

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August 15, 2018

Minatory

I really enjoy reading Ray Thomas’s short stories of the vigilante Douglas Gage. It is clear that Ray enjoys his storytelling and the experience he’s giving the reader. The narration is told in the first person and his style is often to take a short detour and engage the…

Literary Fiction

A Ladder to the Sky – John Boyne

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August 13, 2018

Machiavellian

John Boyne has this exceptional ability to place words on a page with such soul and meaning, that immediately you are totally immersed in a delicately unwinding story. Nothing is forced, everything flows naturally. The characters are developed with marvellous believability whilst illustrating intriguing relationships and entertaining dialogue. The…

Childrens

Penguins Success – Mia Samovich

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August 12, 2018

The Penguin Success is an inspiring book portraying a positive message of triumph over adversity with a feel-good ending that children will love.  Offering an overview of how real life doesn’t run smoothly or go to plan where at some point we all face adversity and rejection.  The key…


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Childrens

The Fly with One Eye – R.M. Halterman

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August 12, 2018

We can judge any child’s book at 2 levels: firstly, how captivating it is as a story for a child, and secondly, how we can educate our children in a social and personal context.  The Fly with One Eye accomplishes these two objectives brilliantly.

Today, where the concept of social acceptability…


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Crime Horror

I Killed My Son-In-Law – Shay Mills

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August 6, 2018

Dispassionate

It’s hard to avoid the spoiler from the title, so you’ve pretty much guessed what this book is about. It is a piece of fiction and not a non-fictional, accidental or abstract cause of death. Why give this away? Well because I nearly passed on the book thinking it was…


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Crime Mystery Thriller

Lust, Money & Murder: Book 1 – Mike Wells

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August 6, 2018

Revenge

Lust, Money and Murder are a series from Mike Wells, but let’s think about them being a trilogy for now: Lust – Money – Murder. Book 1 has the subtitle Lust and deals with the events that shaped Elaine Brogan’s decision to become a Secret Agent, the training required…


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Literary Fiction

The Possible World – Liese O’Halloran Schwarz

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August 5, 2018

Tribulation

The Possible World is a beautiful, fascinating book to treasure 3 characters and their very poignant stories. The novel is narrated chapter by chapter from the perspective of Ben/Leo, Clare and Lucy. If you were to imagine 3 situations and characters that could provide you with such depth and emotional…


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Historical Fiction

A Gathering of Ghosts – Karen Maitland

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August 3, 2018

Retribution

Every time I read a new Karen Maitland book I have this fear that the spell is going to be broken – well not this time. For me, Karen is the master of the medieval thriller with a twist of supernatural menace. England in the 12th century sits on…


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Business

Cadence – Pete Williams

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August 1, 2018

Cadence

A fable that delivers an analogy to a business area is very powerful as it sets the topic in a more interpretable context. We always see other people’s problems much clearer and actionable than our own! Cadence provides an analogy around a Triathlete coach (JJ), who also owns his…

Peter Donnelly
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