Peter Donnelly

Mystery Thriller

God’s House – John D. Trudel

April 18, 2019
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John D. Trudel
Trudel Group
August 14, 2011

With his hopeless mission to Nigeria falling apart, CIA agent Jack Donner disobeys orders to protect an American businessman. After his charge is killed, Jack brings his body home as he promised.

When he meets the widow, Anne Davis, at the funeral, she demands to know the circumstances of her husband's death and who killed him. Leaving Anne to grieve, Jack goes to Langley to face charges. Worlds apart, they do their best to move on.

But sinister forces will not leave the two of them at peace. To survive, Jack and Anne must work together, solve his friend's murder, and uncover secrets that powerful people want to keep buried.

Intense and realistic, with high concepts and sympathetic characters, God's House is frighteningly possible.


An accomplished thriller that is full of pace, intrigue and adventure. A very topical story that draws on the author’s own high tech background to carry an air of…


Interview with Craig Russell – Author of The Devil Aspect

April 15, 2019
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Author Interviews
Peter Donnelly
The Reading Desk
April 16, 2019

Craig Russell is an award-winning, best-selling and critically-acclaimed author, published in twenty-five languages around the world. The Devil Aspect was acquired by Jason Kaufman, Dan Brown’s editor at Doubleday. The movie rights to the Devil Aspect have been bought by Columbia Pictures. Biblical, his science-fiction novel, has been acquired by Imaginarium Studios/Sonar Entertainment for development into a major TV series. Four Jan Fabel novels have been made into movies (in one of which Craig Russell makes a cameo appearance as a detective) for ARD, the German national broadcaster, and the Lennox series has been optioned for TV development.

  • won the 2015 McIlvanney Prize for ‘The Ghosts of Altona’
  • was a finalist for the 2017 McIlvanney Prize for ‘The Quiet Death of Thomas Quaid’
  • was a finalist for the 2013 Ellis Peters Historical Dagger
  • was a finalist for the 2012 Crime Book of the Year (McIlvanney Prize)
  • won the 2008 CWA Dagger in the Library
  • was a finalist for the 2007 CWA Duncan Lawrie Golden Dagger
  • was a finalist for the 2007 SNCF Prix Polar in France
  • is the only non-German to be awarded the highly prestigious Polizeistern by the Polizei Hamburg.

Peter: Craig, it was a pleasure to get the opportunity of reading your book, The Devil Aspect, I love thrillers with that supernatural and demonic threat. I am delighted…

Literary Fiction

Shell Game: A Black Cat Novel – A.B. Funkhauser

April 12, 2019
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A.B. Funkhauser
Solstice Publishing
September 12, 2017

Carlos the Wonder Cat lives free, traveling from house to house in a quiet suburban neighborhood. Known by everyone, his idyllic existence is jeopardized when a snarky letter from animal control threatens to punish kitty owners who fail to keep their pets indoors. The $5,000 fine / loss of kitty to THE MAN is draconian and mean, but before Team Carlos can take steps, he is kidnapped by a feline fetishist sex cult obsessed with the films of eccentric Pilsen Güdderammerüng. Stakes are high. Even if Carlos escapes their clutches, can he ever go home?


Shell Game is an intelligent and entertaining novel that is packed with witty humour while delivering a thought-provoking insight into communities and neighbours. Carlos the Wonder Cat is the muse…

Historical Fiction Humour

Bitching Bits of Bone – Norman Mounter

April 8, 2019
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Dr Norman Mounter
Historical Fiction
Austin Macauley Publishers

What prompted Geoffrey Chaucer to write The Canterbury Tales? And what became of him afterwards? Well, here you'll discover all the answers as the fourteenth century unfolds before your senses in vivid and uncompromising realism. Travel with the pilgrims and experience the delights and horrors of medieval life - from alchemists and innkeepers to gothic spires and leper houses. You can journey with Chaucer and his company from The Tabard Inn in Southwark to Becket's shrine at Canterbury. Listen to the scandalous stories in their original forms as the debaucheries of Church and State are laid bare in gloriously irreverent detail. Discover the real people behind such familiar characters as the Pardoner, the Prioress and the Miller. And prepare for a battle of wits as the Church goes head-to-head with a woman in Rochester. Expect many twists and turns on the perilous road to Canterbury - not to mention all you could ever want to know about medieval diseases and their truly calamitous cures! Witty and erudite, this gem of a book will serve as a perfect companion to Chaucer's most famous of poems.


Bitching Bits of Bone is a novel that doesn’t mind offending any comfortable perception you may have of medieval times. The context of the story is the inspiration behind Geoffrey…

Historical Fiction Horror Mystery Thriller

The Devil Aspect – Craig Russell

April 8, 2019
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Craig Russell
March 5, 2019

A terrifying novel set in Czechoslovakia in 1935, in which a brilliant young psychiatrist takes his new post at an asylum for the criminally insane that houses only six inmates--the country's most depraved murderers--while, in Prague, a detective struggles to understand a brutal serial killer who has spread fear through the city, and who may have ties to the asylum In 1935, Viktor Kosárek, a psychiatrist newly trained by Carl Jung, arrives at the infamous Hrad Orlu Asylum for the Criminally Insane. The state-of-the-art facility is located in a medieval mountaintop castle outside of Prague, though the site is infamous for concealing dark secrets going back many generations. The asylum houses the country's six most treacherous killers--known to the staff as The Woodcutter, The Clown, The Glass Collector, The Vegetarian, The Sciomancer, and The Demon--and Viktor hopes to use a new medical technique to prove that these patients share a common archetype of evil, a phenomenon known as The Devil Aspect. As he begins to learn the stunning secrets of these patients, five men and one woman, Viktor must face the disturbing possibility that these six may share another dark truth. Meanwhile, in Prague, fear grips the city as a phantom serial killer emerges in the dark alleys. Police investigator Lukas Smolak, desperate to locate the culprit (dubbed Leather Apron in the newspapers), realizes that the killer is imitating the most notorious serial killer from a century earlier--London's Jack the Ripper. Smolak turns to the doctors at Hrad Orlu for their expertise with the psychotic criminal mind, though he worries that Leather Apron might have some connection to the six inmates in the asylum. Steeped in the folklore of Eastern Europe, and set in the shadow of Nazi darkness erupting just beyond the Czech border, this stylishly written, tightly coiled, richly imagined novel is propulsively entertaining, and impossible to put down.


The Devil Aspect is absorbing, mystifying and deliciously sinister. Craig Russell is a talented writer that has superbly blended a compelling nefarious plot, with inexplicably damaged characters, myths and legends,…