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Fantasy Mystery

Last Argument of Kings – Joe Abercrombie

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February 26, 2019

Action

The Last Argument of Kings is a great ending to a superb fantasy trilogy. Don’t think this fantasy as light and ethereal – no, think dark, brutal and bloody. There are battles and battles and battles to be fought, and the most crucial is between Logen Ninefingers and his old…


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Fantasy Mystery

Before They Are Hanged – Joe Abercrombie

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February 26, 2019

Heterogeneous 

This follow-up book in the First Law trilogy has a greater adventure than the first book. The battles and fighting continue relentlessly. The sense of expanse widens even further – to the ends of the world. The characters are further developed and nothing is predictable in their personalities. The…


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Crime Mystery Thriller

The Scholar – Dervla McTiernan

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February 24, 2019

Perfidious

The Scholar is Dervla McTiernan’s second book with DS Cormac Reilly, and as a crime writer, she has reinforced her position as one of the best new talents around.

Cormac Reilly is an ex-anti-terrorist officer who moved from Dublin to the Galway Gardaí to accommodate his partner, Dr Emma Sweeney, with…


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Historical Fiction Mystery Thriller

Nucleus – Rory Clements

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February 22, 2019

Espionage

Nucleus is Rory Clements’ second book in the Tom Wilde series and it is an enthralling, high tension spy thriller that merges many of the political events at play in Europe at the dawn of the Second World War. Tom Wilde, Cambridge University professor, finds himself in the middle of…


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Crime Mystery Reviews Thriller

The Interpretation of Murder – Jed Rubenfeld

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February 13, 2019

PsychoanalysisThe Interpretation of Murder is an intelligent and considered crime thriller, probably trying to create the first instance of ‘serial killer profiling’ before the science was developed. The murder of a young woman is followed by similar attempt using the same modus operandi, however, this lady (Miss Acton) survives but…


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Fantasy Mystery Young Adult

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K. Rowling

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February 4, 2019

WizardIt’s difficult to say anything unique about the most successful book series in history. The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling is momentous, captivating, obsessive, magical and intelligently written. The array of characters have become household names and our appetite for magic, good versus evil, humour, friendships and action-packed…


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Crime Mystery Thriller

Only a Mother – Elisabeth Carpenter

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January 22, 2019

Devotion

Only a Mother is an edgy, psychological thriller that keeps the reader emotionally taut and suspicious at the turn of every page.

Craig Wright has spent 17 years in jail for the rape and murder of 18-year-old Lucy Sharpe, and there is a cloud of suspicion hanging over him for the…

Crime Mystery Thriller

The Puppet Show – M.W. Craven

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January 20, 2019

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The Puppet Show is a fascinatingly dark serial killer hunt that is packed with intrigue, subterfuge, vengeance, and characters that provide such enthralling dynamics that make this a truly outstanding thriller. A brilliant read.

Washington Poe is…


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Crime Mystery Thriller

The Wait for Shadows – Karl Holton

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January 19, 2019

Concealment

The Wait for Shadows is the remarkable second book in the Shadow Series from Karl Holton and continues unabated at the same relentless pace, with a complex plot, subterfuge, double-cross and ruthless killings, as the first. The storyline picks up just a week after the first book ends, with a…


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Crime Mystery

The Girl in the Woods – Patricia J. MacDonald

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January 6, 2019

Steadfast

The Girl in the Woods is a cosy murder mystery that is an enthralling read full of suspense, guilt and a determination to right a wrong. Blair’s best friend Molly is unceremoniously sent home alone from Blair’s house by her guardian, Uncle Ellis. Ellis is a well-drawn and unpleasant character…

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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