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Literary Fiction Reviews

Send Judah First by Brian C. Johnson

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14 April 2021

Sometimes Netgalley sends me emails to tempt me to read or listen to something. I have to thank them for this recommendation. I am so happy that I got a chance to pick up “Send Judah First” by Brian C. Johnson. It is one of these stories that everyone…


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Crime Mystery Thriller

Every Last Fear – Alex Finlay

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13 April 2021

Every Last Fear has a profound mystery underlying a clever perceptive plot that ravages a family through the most brutal and chilling encounters with killers and callously powerful people. What makes this murder mystery that little more poignant are the backdrop similarities with the Netflix true-crime series Making a Murderer.

Danny…


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Short Stories

Backstories – Simon Van der Velde

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11 April 2021

Notoriety

I have previously affirmed my love for short stories and my expanding appreciation of flash fiction. When the composition is tight and expressive, it is typically poetic with a spotlight into a moment of glorious imagination. What is even more captivating, is a book of short stories that weave…


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Nonfiction

Connemara: Listening to the Wind – Tim Robinson

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7 April 2021

Tim Robinson died in spring 2020. He and his wife had relocated from Connemara to London after Tim developed Parkinson’s Disease. He died of COVID, following the death of his wife two weeks earlier. Robinson’s passing at the age of 85 is a tremendous loss. His documentation of the…


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Mystery Supernatural Thriller

Hyde – Craig Russell

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5 April 2021

Duality

Trembling nerves and thoughts filled with suspicion and unease are normal reactions when reading a Craig Russell novel. Hyde unfolds as a uniquely dark supernatural thriller with a recurring theme of duality that permeates many aspects of this story. The notion of the duality of nature is tantalising and chilling in…


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Contemporary Fiction Womens Fiction

The Dining Car – Eric W. Peterson (Audible Review)

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4 April 2021

Today’s Audiobook adventure comes from the mind of Eric W. Peterson. Today I’m reviewing “The Dining Car,” and I purchased this myself from Audible. One of the reasons that this book grabbed my attention is the cover. I don’t often talk about book covers, but I liked this one….


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Contemporary Fiction Humour

The Car Share – Zoe Brisby

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31 March 2021

Alex advertises for a car share from Paris to Brussels and Maxine is to be his companion. He’s young, very depressed, she’s 90 something but young in her head. He’s going to Brussels to find a friend from a while ago and she’s going to end things before Alzheimer’s…


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Historical Fiction

A Net for Small Fishes – Lucy Jago

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30 March 2021

Ambition

The court of James I of Scotland & England (Great Britain) is brought to life in this vivid historical drama, with a story that had far-reaching consequences as it was mired in scandal. A Net for Small Fishes is a compelling weave of imaginative fiction with meaningful disclosures of history. The…


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Business Nonfiction Reviews

The Smartest Guys In The Room – Bethany McLean and Peter Elkend (Audible Review)

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27 March 2021

I usually do not review non-fiction if I can avoid it. Life is tough, and I prefer a writer to take me somewhere I cannot imagine in my daily life.

I am making an exception with the review today. I live in Texas, and as I write this, my state…


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Mystery Thriller Womens Fiction

The Good Sister – Sally Hepworth

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26 March 2021

Contrivance

The Good Sister is a cleverly imagined story of sibling relationships and influences, especially as they are twins with one more dominant than the other. There is a backdrop of danger and uncertainty, as one of the sisters has a destructive personality disorder. The plot is extremely well delivered with…

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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