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The Tenant – Katrine Engberg

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December 9, 2019

Succession

Katrine Engberg’s debut Scandinavian noir thriller, The Tenant is a gritty crime mystery with a riveting plot that is intricately constructed. Katrine bases her story in Copenhagen and crafts a Nordic atmosphere that is uniquely styled and vividly portrays the location in all its sweeping facets.

Julie Stender is a young woman…


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Woman in the Water – Katerina Diamond

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November 10, 2019

Traumatic

Detectives Adrian Miles and Imogen Grey return in Katrina Diamond’s sixth book in her crime thriller series. Katerina immediately establishes an atmosphere of fear, mystery and danger when a Woman in the Water is found and pulled from a freezing river. Adrian Miles is the first on the scene of…


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The End of Echoes – Dawn Hosmer

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November 8, 2019

Predisposition

Dawn Hosmer’s The End of Echoes is a gripping story that weaves fictional lives with disturbing realities of abuse and torment. There are moments of harsh physical and psychological brutality that are deeply upsetting. The novel is emotionally raw but while the horror mounts, seeds of hope compel us to…


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The Sisters Brothers – Patrick deWitt

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October 28, 2019

Satirical

The Sisters Brothers is an exceptional novel that is absorbing and delightfully original. While it’s a traditional Western with cowboys and gold-mining, it feels like a retelling with a modern atmosphere. The writing style is lyrical and the dialogue flows so effortlessly with its satirical interweaving of humour, brotherhood, loneliness,…


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When The Reaper Comes by John L. DeBoer

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October 7, 2019

There are some things in my childhood that I always loved, and one of those things was the classic adventure summer blockbuster film. These specific films were trendy in the 1990s and frequently had very distinct character arcs, portrayal in the culture, and ideas of good versus evil.

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Don’t Bank on it Sweetheart by Michael N. Wilton

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September 30, 2019

I know this is going to sound so silly, but this book was fun for me to read. Today I am reviewing “Don’t Bank On it Sweetheart” which is written by Michael N. Wilton and came to me thanks to the friendly people at BooksGoSocial. I get their emails…


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Dead Flowers – Nicola Monaghan

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September 8, 2019

Departed

Dead Flowers is an accomplished crime mystery with a central character that sets a unique course for a plot and disturbing family secrets. The story is told in two alternating time threads between the early 1970s and 2017 and the attention to historic detail in the settings is very well…


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What Rose Forgot – Nevada Barr

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September 5, 2019

Inheritance

What Rose Forgot is an entertaining novel packed with full-on action and suspense, with splashes of humour that make this a wonderful read. What struck me was just how quickly this novel had hold of me and totally consumed the hours until I finished reading. The writing is very perceptive…


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The Long Call – Ann Cleeves

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August 25, 2019

Culpability

The new series opener from the prolific crime writer Ann Cleeves establishes the foundation for another enthralling series. I’m sure this one will receive many justified accolades. The Long Call builds wonderful depth to a location, a community, multiple complex characters and a plot with enterprising threads that continuously surprise.

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The Line Between – Tosca Lee

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August 22, 2019

I love stories that are flavored with reality and fiction. The reason I enjoy that kind of stories primarily is that there is just enough to believe and allow my mind to suspend the rest of my beliefs in the tale. Today, I have a book that I am…

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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