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Literary Fiction Mystery

The Tenth Muse – Catherine Chung

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October 23, 2019

Resolve

My left brain aches, my right brain aches, my heart aches. The Tenth Muse is an extraordinary story that takes the logic of mathematics, personal ambition and the highly emotional turmoil of family secrets and love, and overlays them to create an outstanding novel. A story that paints the most challenging…


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Historical Fiction Literary Fiction Mystery

Gifts for the Dead – Joan Schweighardt

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October 15, 2019

Entanglement

Gifts for the Dead is an absorbing story, with outstanding characters that navigate the tangled heart amidst precarious twists of love, loss, truth and guilt. Spanning a period prior to World War I, through the war years and later a dangerous expedition into the Amazon jungle, this story is utterly…


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Mystery Thriller

Lock Me In – Kate Simants

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September 28, 2019

Complicity

Lock Me In is a compelling and tense psychological thriller, from debut author, Kate Simants. This is an accomplished novel that is chilling in its complicity and provides engrossing twists that keep adding to a puzzling plot. The structure of the book is short chapters which alternate between a first-person…


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Crime Mystery

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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Crime Mystery Thriller

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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Horror Mystery Thriller

The Devil Aspect – Craig Russell (by Beata)

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September 4, 2019

Creepy And Unsettling

The year is 1935 and the political changes which took place two years earlier in Germany begin to influence the attitudes of more and more citizens of Czechoslovakia. A psychiatrist, Viktor Kosarek, arrives at Hrad Orlu Asylum to observe some most dangerous murderers kept there. …


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Fantasy Mystery Thriller

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane – Katherine Howe

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September 2, 2019

Witchcraft

I loved the concept of a spellbook being uncovered in modern times with flashbacks to the Salem Witch trials of 1692. There is intrigue. Add a little bit of a thriller that other more sinister people want the book and you’ve got a cracker of a plot and an…


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Crime Mystery

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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Crime Mystery Thriller

The Lying Room – Nicci French

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August 18, 2019

Subversion

The Lying Game is a compelling thriller full of suspense and clever complicity to keep you guessing who the killer is and how the main suspect, although innocent, navigates her own guilty situation. Neve Connolly is a wife in her forties and mother with three children. The last number of…


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Crime Mystery Thriller

Bones of The Earth – Eliot Pattison

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August 12, 2019

Concealed

For lovers of crime thrillers, Bones of the Earth is a special opportunity to take all that’s great in an investigative mystery novel and place it in a location that introduces unique culture, geography, characters and national politics – Tibet, China. The Chinese annexation of Tibet in 1950, brought about more…

Peter Donnelly
Ireland

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