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Close to Home – Cara Hunter

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December 31, 2018

Diligence

Close to Home is Cara Hunter’s first novel in the Detective Inspector Adam Fawley series. I had already read the other 2 books in the series, (In The Dark & No Way Out) so this was a huge desire to return to the debut novel and complete the series to…


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Crime Mystery Thriller

The Teacher – Katerina Diamond

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December 31, 2018

Revenge

The Teacher is an engrossing, thrilling and pacey murder mystery where the police and pitted against a brutal killer seeking revenge. The novel is delivered along 3 threads. One thread is a series of brutal murders, first a headmaster of a private school in Exeter by a mysterious figure, with the following…


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Crime Mystery Thriller

Entropy – Robert Raker

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December 30, 2018

Degeneration

Entropy is a uniquely bleak and compelling murder mystery with deep psychological character themes. Robert Raker does a wonderful job creating a dark imposing atmosphere that descends on the reader as they journey into the story. The ability to create a desolate and forsaken atmosphere that pervades everything is what…


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Crime Mystery

Still Life – Louise Penny

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December 23, 2018

Dissolution

Still Life is the first book in the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, of the Sûreté du Quebec, series. It is a great murder mystery that has a depth of possible suspects and expands to encapsulate human psychology and community dynamics. The number of characters and plot twists were really well…


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Crime Humour Short Stories Thriller

Fireside Chat with a Grammar Nazi Serial Killer – Ryan Suvaal

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December 19, 2018

Grammar

Fireside Chat with a Grammar Nazi Serial Killer, is a highly imaginative, tongue-in-cheek story of a psychopath that has been rattled by the misuse of grammar. The infamous Grammar Nazi Serial Killer came to despise the incorrect use of grammar after living in a house of cannibals when a…


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Autobiography

Becoming – Michelle Obama

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December 19, 2018

Exceptional

Michelle Obama’s book, Becoming, is a refreshingly honest and fascinating insight into the major decisions, challenges and events in her life. This left me with even more respect and admiration for her and Barak. It provides wonderful coverage of her thinking and actions through life, from childhood to lawyer, to…


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Crime Thriller

No Way Out – Cara Hunter

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December 11, 2018

Resolute

No Way Out is Cara Hunter’s third book in the DI Adam Fawley series and it is every bit as captivating, pacey and clever as the others, if not more so. Cara’s style is, unique, refreshing and excitingly modern, with content added to the narrative in the form of…


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Historical Fiction

New York 1609 – Harald Johnson

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December 6, 2018

Discovery

New York 1609: A Historical Novel (Omnibus Edition) is a collection of 4 novellas, each covering the following 4 time periods i) 1609 ii) 1612-13 iii) 1625-26 iv) 1640-44, and each chronicling the stages of European colonisation of Mannahatta Island and its surrounding area. As a complete set of novels,…


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Crime Mystery

The Sicilian Woman’s Daughter – Linda Lo Scuro

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December 4, 2018

Vendetta

The Sicilian Woman’s Daughter is an engrossing novel with menace accompanying every character, as we weave through a story of lives precariously entwined with the Mafia. There is a simmering threat and unrelenting revelation about abuse and violence, that clings to a people steeped in the DNA of the Sicilian…

Historical Fiction

Infants of the Brush: A Chimney Sweep’s Story – A.M. Watson (Margaret)

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November 26, 2018

The Infants of the Brush story takes place during the industrial revolution in England.  It is set in a period of history where children of lower classes were expected to contribute to working society covering all industries.  This book focuses on the plight of chimney sweeps.  Most chimney sweeps…

Peter Donnelly
Ireland

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