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“Drift” by L.T Ryan and Brian Christopher Shea

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4 May 2021

Upon the suggestions on Twitter, I decided to look up a book from a narrator I did know, and that narrator is Maryne Young. Moreover, she so sweetly suggested I listen to this specific book, and so using my Audible credit for the month, I purchased up “Drift” by…


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Contemporary Fiction

The Final Revival of Opal and Nev – Dawnie Walton

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3 May 2021

Rock-Duo

Opal and Nev are the most unlikely of partners who could not be more different. With such a range of personalities, image, background, culture, race and behaviours, they provide such a fascinating contrast in an industry that is always seeking the new outrageous star. The development of their journey…


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Historical Fiction Mystery

A Corruption of Blood – Ambrose Parry

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29 April 2021

Inheritance

The wonderfully historic city of Edinburgh is home to this atmospheric murder mystery. Set in the mid-nineteenth century the medical advances, social behaviours, class system and exclusion of women from the professions, set the tone for this dark tale of deception and murder.

Dr Will Raven and Sarah Fisher are…


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Childrens

The One Great Gnome by Jeff Dinardo

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27 April 2021

Children’s literature isn’t usually my favorite thing to review, but I saw this on Netgalley, and I thought it looked charming. The cover is delightful, whimsical and the written tales of gnomes have always delighted me. Today I’m reviewing the Audiobook for “The One Great Gnome” by Jeff Dinardo,…


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Historical Fiction Literary Fiction

Fields of Grace – Wendy Waters

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26 April 2021

Feu sacré

Fields of Grace is an absorbing novel, epic in its ability to build a compelling story around a leading character, and transport her life through years of adventure, drama and relationships, and arrive at a point on the final day of her life with profound secrets to reveal. Wendy…


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Fantasy

The Trouble with Peace – Joe Abercrombie

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20 April 2021

Scheming

The fantasy world that Joe Abercrombie created going back to the First Law trilogy is astounding in its depth and detail, with its own history, society, politics and culture. This is what it means to create an otherworld. I have visited this fantasy world for many years and been…


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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…

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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