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Memoir

The Yellow House – Sarah M Broom

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March 26, 2020

The Yellow House is a story of East New Orleans, a forgotten part of the city, missing from maps handed out to tourists, and the story of Broom’s family. East New Orleans was built up after the Second World War and was the home to many of the African…


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Crime Thriller

Motherland – G.D. Abson

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March 24, 2020

First of all, the St Petersburg setting (Piter) absolutely grabbed me as did the insight into Russian policing and crime. Fascinating.

The book starts with a mysterious escape in 1999 and a car crash which coincides with the resignation of Yeltsin and close to the beginning of the Putin era….


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Business

Soft Skills Hard Results – Anne Taylor

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March 24, 2020

Emotional Intelligence (EI) is a key area of personal development and overall workplace capability. Daniel Goleman wrote his book Emotional Intelligence, where he demonstrated that biology and biochemistry, alongside specifically developed skills, play an enormous part in our reactions to situations and our ability to espouse the characteristics of leadership….


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Crime Mystery Thriller

Strangers – C.L. Taylor

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March 20, 2020

Convergence

Strangers is the most unpredictable thriller I’ve read in a long time. An irresistibly dark thriller that was full of clever suspense and fascinating characters. Three main protagonists – Alice, Gareth and Ursula –all have very different personalities and are vividly portrayed with great care and depth. Each character carries…


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Mystery Thriller

The Gilded Cage – Camilla Läckberg

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March 19, 2020

I’m so glad I’m not in a gilded cage of marriage to a mega-wealthy man if it means eating half a lettuce leaf a day, Botox until your face is frozen and total subservience. Meet Faye, who is married to Jack Adelheim co-founder of Compare, a multi-million kroner company….


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Crime Thriller

City of Sinners (DI Harry Virdee #3) – A.A. Dhand

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March 19, 2020

It’s been too long since I last read a Harry Virdee novel! Well, if you like dark and twisty then let me entice you to read this excellent Bradford based series!!! DCI Harry (Hardeep) Virdee is a really interesting fictional detective for several reasons. First of all, he’s a…


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Contemporary Fiction

Sweet Home – Wendy Erskine

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March 18, 2020

The stories in this collection by Wendy Erskine are all set in East Belfast. A working-class area that is overwhelmingly Protestant, East Belfast is known for being the childhood of C.S. Lewis, the place where Van Morrison grew up and the birthplace of George Best, the Manchester United player…


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Historical Fiction Literary Fiction

A Gentleman in Moscow – Amor Towles

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March 16, 2020

Distinction

Every now and again along comes an outstanding novel that hits every aspect of what a great book should be. A Gentleman in Moscow is epic in its ambition, enthralling in its storytelling, entertaining in its humour and eloquent in its prose. The story is set amongst the chaotic birth of…


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Mystery Short Stories

The Book Of Witness, Vol 1 (A Strange Air Mystery) – Erick W Mertz

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March 15, 2020

Witness

The Book of Witness Volume 1 is a collection of four short stories, The Phantom Hand, A Devil Wind, The Flipbook and Bell The Cat, each full of suspense, trepidation and paranormal jeopardy.

Carl Aldous is a student studying anthropology and for extra income wins a contract with the Works Progress Administration in 1936…


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Crime Mystery Thriller

Keep Him Close – Emily Koch

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March 14, 2020

Persistence

Keep Him Close is a slow-burn psychological thriller which revolves around the death of a young man and two devastated mothers trying to understand what actually happened. The unfolding family drama is taut and full of suspense as information is gradually released, and two respective sons who know so much…

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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