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Humour

Firing Blancs – Peter Stafford-Bow

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18 September 2020

Maneuver

The exploits of wine aficionado Felix Hart continue in his latest satirical novel of the wine industry. Firing Blancs, is a colourful adventure where uncompromising situations seem to follow Felix and humour drips off every page. Felix Hart is the head wine buyer for Gatesave Supermarkets and sources wines from…


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Crime Mystery

One by One – Ruth Ware

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14 September 2020

Elimination

The concept of One by One is really appealing in an Agatha Christie way, where a remote location gets cut-off from the outside world and one by one the stranded characters are murdered, with the killer being one of them.

Erin and Danny operate a ski chalet in France and are hosting…


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Literary Fiction

Strange Flowers – Donal Ryan

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11 September 2020

Incomparable

The anticipation is thrilling when you start a new Donal Ryan book, and it finishes with a mix of satisfaction and longing – this form continues with his latest novel. Strange Flowers is a beautifully written family drama that treats us to a cast of characters that take the story through…


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Nonfiction

The Burning: Massacre, Destruction, and the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 – Tim Madigan

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18 August 2020

The most catastrophic race riot in American history occurred in the summer of 1921 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Eighty years later, a state committee formed to officially address the tragedy concluded that the 18 hours of civil unrest that devastated the black neighborhood of Greenwood was more a massacre than…


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Fantasy Literary Fiction

A Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom – John Boyne

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18 August 2020

Searching

A Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom is a story of human history brimming with mythical vibrancy as we are invited to explore the world through a nonlinear lens. The challenge is to see the progress of a man’s life and his experiences from birth to an elderly grandfather over…


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Crime Mystery Thriller

Lost Souls – Jonathan Kellerman

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9 August 2020

Disentangle

Lost Souls is an intriguing slow-burn investigative thriller featuring Deputy Coroner Clay Edison in the third instalment of the ‘Clay Edison’ series. As a new parent Clay and his wife Amy have structured their work-life balance to provide the best care they can to their new-born insomniac daughter while saving…


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Historical Fiction War

Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey – Kathleen Rooney

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28 July 2020

Resolute

The events that surround Cher Ami and Major Charles Whittlesey during WWI are the ingredients of legends and something worth writing about. Ahem! Both contribute to an outstanding account of heroism that is unique, fascinating, gripping, and authentic to the point where it is impossible to disentangle the weave…


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Historical Fiction Mystery

Once Upon a River – Diane Setterfield

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26 July 2020

Tributaries

Once Upon a Thames (River) is a beautiful story of mystery, family and community, wonderfully coloured with the art of storytelling, not only in relation to the novel itself but the celebrated pastime of locals in the story at The Swan in Radcot near Oxford. The historic Thames is the…


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Literary Fiction

The Phone Box at the Edge of the World – Laura Imai Messina

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12 July 2020

Rebuilding

A beautifully written story that flows through ravaged loss, desolation, resilience, hope, and the promise of a future with love and peace. The Phone Box at the End of the World by Laura Imai Messina is a book that gently enriches the soul and beats with a loving serenity.

The harrowing aftermath…


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Crime Horror

Beyond the Blue Girl – H.K. Belvedere

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6 July 2020

Depravity

Beyond the Blue Girl is one of the most horrific and disturbing books I have read, not for graphic scenes in fictional horror, but that you can imagine very sick individuals aka psychopaths, engaging in these activities. What would extremely rich people do for excitement if they have no conscience…

Peter Donnelly
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