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Crime Thriller

No Way Out – Cara Hunter

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December 11, 2018

Resolute

No Way Out is Cara Hunter’s third book in the DI Adam Fawley series and it is every bit as captivating, pacey and clever as the others, if not more so. Cara’s style is, unique, refreshing and excitingly modern, with content added to the narrative in the form of…


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Historical Fiction

New York 1609 – Harald Johnson

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December 6, 2018

Discovery

New York 1609: A Historical Novel (Omnibus Edition) is a collection of 4 novellas, each covering the following 4 time periods i) 1609 ii) 1612-13 iii) 1625-26 iv) 1640-44, and each chronicling the stages of European colonisation of Mannahatta Island and its surrounding area. As a complete set of novels,…


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Crime Mystery

The Sicilian Woman’s Daughter – Linda Lo Scuro

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December 4, 2018

Vendetta

The Sicilian Woman’s Daughter is an engrossing novel with menace accompanying every character, as we weave through a story of lives precariously entwined with the Mafia. There is a simmering threat and unrelenting revelation about abuse and violence, that clings to a people steeped in the DNA of the Sicilian…

Historical Fiction

Infants of the Brush: A Chimney Sweep’s Story – A.M. Watson (Margaret)

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November 26, 2018

The Infants of the Brush story takes place during the industrial revolution in England.  It is set in a period of history where children of lower classes were expected to contribute to working society covering all industries.  This book focuses on the plight of chimney sweeps.  Most chimney sweeps…

Historical Fiction

Infants of the Brush: A Chimney Sweep’s Story – A.M. Watson (Peter)

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November 20, 2018

Servitude

Infants of the Brush: A Chimney Sweep’s Story is a polished, skilfully written book, which is illuminating, riveting and profoundly heart-breaking. A.M. Watson recreates the atmospheric world of 1720s London in a similar style as Charles Dickens. The similarity is reinforced regarding children that eked out a living under harsh…


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Nonfiction

A Divided Life – Robert Cecil

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November 17, 2018

In order to really appreciate A Divided Life, you would have to have some awareness of the spy scandal that rocked the heart of the British establishment in the 1950’s, referred to as the Cambridge Spies, as they all attended Cambridge University. What was so shocking was that those involved…


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Literary Fiction Mystery

The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafón

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November 16, 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.”
The wonderful opening line that sets the scene for…


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Poetry

The Truth – Tina Cox

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November 15, 2018

Authentic

Poetry is the ultimate literary work where the importance of precisely and delicately positioning words creates the vivid images and deep emotions that take our breath away. In those concise pieces of work, you can feel your heart break, experience joy, or torture yourself with a loss. The price…


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Literary Fiction Thriller

The Winters – Lisa Gabriele

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November 14, 2018

Sinister

The Winters is an audacious book, in that it grabs very explicitly the iconic story Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier, in both hands and writes a bold new modern-day retelling of Max Winter and his new wife, following the death of his first wife Rebecca (or Rebekah in this…


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Literary Fiction

Happiness – Aminatta Forna

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November 13, 2018

Adaptability

Aminatta Forna doesn’t just write stories to captivate us for a few hours, she challenges us to think about our homogeneity with the world and how we share this world with other living beings. She invites us to consider our relationships with others, both at a personal and societal…

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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