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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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Horror Literary Fiction Science and Technology Science Fiction

Cadaver Dog – Doug Goodman

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September 2, 2019

I do not usually talk about this, but I am a zombie-fiction-a-holic. Oh, yes, I do love my zombie books. ‘I’ve loved them for years, and I think they are probably one of the best parts of sci-fi and dystopian fiction when done well.

Today’s review is on Doug ‘Goodman’s…


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Literary Fiction

Olive Kitteridge – Elizabeth Strout

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September 2, 2019

Betrayal

Olive Kitteridge is a Pulitzer Prize Winner for fiction, which is breath-taking in its beauty and eloquence. The structure of the novel is 13 episodic stories, which provide a candid and searching insight into a small community in the coastal town of Crosby in Maine. It would be unfortunate to…


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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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Literary Fiction

Night Boat to Tangier – Kevin Barry (by Barbara)

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August 29, 2019

Kevin Barry believes in an economy of words. I love the concept and Barry has embraced it to the core for this novel. As a college professor, I constantly pushed this on my students, who thought more was better. I recently saw Barry (July 2019) in Armagh, Northern Ireland,…


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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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Literary Fiction Short Stories

Ten Seconds – Lucian Lupescu

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August 23, 2019

Loneliness

Ten Seconds is a collection of ten Flash Fiction and Short Stories that grab moments of life that have meaning and emotional pull. The stories start at an occurrence of birth, journey through episodes of flash memories as a child, a teenager, an adult, married, in a career and end…


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Crime Reviews Science Fiction Thriller

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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