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The Therapist – B.A. Paris

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15 June 2021

The Therapist is the latest psychological suspense thriller from B.A. Paris, with a murder mystery that occurs in a small private housing community. Alice and her boyfriend Leo buy their first-ever house together in an exclusive gated housing estate called The Circle, in Finsbury London. It astonishes Alice that they…


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Crime Mystery Reviews

The Booktaker by Bill Pronzini

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14 June 2021

Audible has some outstanding selections, and from time to time, they suggest things to me. This week’s review is one of the shorter stories I have located on Audible, but there are many good things in such a small package. This is my Audible review of “The Booktaker,” a…


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Dystopian

This Perfect Day – Ira Levin

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9 June 2021

Reckoning

Written in 1969, this dystopian classic from Ira Levin delves into the social science curiosity of political/social structure and population subservience. In a totalitarian society with mass surveillance, mandatory drug treatments, and complete control of everyone’s job, pastime, partner, friends and lifespan, a central intelligence system called Uni, is…


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Crime Thriller

A Beginners Guide to Murder – Rosalind Stopps

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9 June 2021

Grace, Meg and Daphne, all in their seventies, are sitting quietly in a coffee shop planning a murder. They want to save young Nina from The Toad because they have taken her into their hearts. They discuss and hatch a daring plot which all three seem remarkably ill suited…


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Historical Fiction Mystery

The Heiress of Linn Hagh by Karen Charlton

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8 June 2021

One of the book series I enjoyed when I was younger was Sherlock Holmes. There was something about the dynamic with Holmes and Watson and how the stories were laid out that registered with me from the classic series. I’m mentioning this because I found this audiobook for this…


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Mystery Thriller

The Refuge – Jerome Loubry

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7 June 2021

‘Who rides so late tonight through night and wind?’ – GoetheWhy, it’s the Erlkönig, the Erlking, the symbol of death and the loss of innocence.

In September 2019 François Villemin, a lecturer at Tours University presents a case known as ‘Sandrine’s Refuge’ to his students. We all use refuges, hiding…


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Contemporary Fiction

How Beautiful We Were – Imbolo Mbue

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7 June 2021

This exceptional novel brings to life the impact of exploitation of natural resources in developing countries. It begins in the final decades of the 20th century and moves into the 21st. The resource is petroleum, and in this case, the companies extracting this mineral wealth are American. The country…


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Mystery Thriller

The Pact – Sharon Bolton

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6 June 2021

I promised myself after reading The Split by Sharon Bolton that I would not hesitate to read her next book and here I am with The Pact and reaffirming my commitment to continue reading her work as a priority. Another outstanding psychological thriller with a devilish plot that is full of…


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Mystery Thriller

The Maidens – Alex Michaelides

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5 June 2021

Ulterior

The Maidens is a clever psychological thriller steeped in the academic atmosphere of Cambridge University and with a final twist, I only partially saw coming.

“The oracles agree, in order to defeat the enemy and save the city, a maiden must be sacrificed, a maiden of noble birth.”

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Contemporary Fiction Humour

The Echo Chamber – John Boyne

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23 May 2021

Fabricated

John Boyne is one of my favourite contemporary authors and I know I’m biased from the outset, but he has been that good to get me there. JB is very astute, with a deep understanding of plot, themes, characters and relationships, so from the beginning when you encounter awful…

Peter Donnelly
Ireland

Founder of The Reading Desk, supporting readers, authors, publishers and book industry. Top Reviewer on Amazon, Goodreads, and NetGalley peter@thereadingdesk.com

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