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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…


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Crime Mystery Thriller

The Weight of Shadows – Karl Holton

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August 1, 2018

Culpability

The Weight of Shadows is a hugely entertaining thriller in an uncompromising game of cat and mouse between law-enforcement, criminal gangs and cold-blooded killers. Each encounter leaves a climate of unnerving consequences and terror. Karl Holton has written one of the best thrillers and detective characters that I’ve read…


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Historical Fiction

City of Thieves – David Benioff

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July 30, 2018

Endeavour

The City of Thieves is an intriguing book that not only takes into account a period in the Second World War, that has its own defining history, but it is the relationship that develops between 2 men under these unique circumstances. It is an exhilarating but fearful story where…


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Historical Fiction Mystery Thriller

Dark Fire – C.J. Sansom

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July 30, 2018

Duplicity

Matthew Shardlake returns as the London lawyer reluctantly linked with Thomas Cromwell during Henry VIII’s reign. In 1540 King Henry is about to seek an annulment from Anne of Cleves, a wife he claimed he couldn’t consummate his marriage with because of her bad appearance. This was a marriage…


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Historical Fiction Mystery

Dissolution – C.J. Sansom

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July 30, 2018

Dissolution

Dissolution is the first book from CJ Sansom in the Matthew Shardlake series, set during the reign of King Henry VIII and his Chief Minister, Thomas Cromwell. The Catholic Church in 1536 is being eradicated in Britain and the Dissolution of the monasteries has begun – by 1540 no monasteries…


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Horror Thriller

The Book with No Name – Anonymous

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July 29, 2018

Carnage

The Book with No Name is best described as a Quintin Tarantino styled all-action horror onslaught, with vampires, hitmen, monks, cops, local gangs, and a serial killer called the Bourdon Kid. It should be chaos, it should be unmanageable, it shouldn’t work, but it does.

The novel is mostly set in…


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Horror

The Havoc Tree – Layden Robinson

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July 29, 2018

Hedonistic

The short story structure of The Havoc Tree is really a composition of hedonistic, macabre and sexually explicit tales. Each element in this surreal book is cryptically poetic and the writing is uncompromising in its rampage through violence, sexual depravity, madness, and imprisonment.

The Eagles song Hotel California kept playing…


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Crime Thriller

Cash Money – D. Ray Thomas

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July 27, 2018

Recompense

Douglas Gage is back in this second book in D. Ray Thomas’ novella series – Take It Back. There is something enticing about these short stories. While I had planned to read this second book after a few others, I couldn’t get Gage out of my mind so I…


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Literary Fiction Mystery

The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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July 27, 2018

Foreboding

“I still remember the day my father took me to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books for the first time. It was the early summer of 1945, … ‘Daniel you mustn’t tell anyone what you’re about to see today’ my father warned.”

That wonderful opening line sets the scene for an…


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Romance

One Day – David Nicholls

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July 27, 2018

If unrequited love is one of the saddest feelings we can ever experience, then imagine how much of a tragedy it is when both feel that their love for the other may not be felt as strongly in return, and the risk of losing everything if you reveal your…

Peter Donnelly
Ireland

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