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Literary Fiction

Normal People – Sally Rooney

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April 19, 2019

Connell is a super popular athlete at his rural high school outside of Galway. Son of a single mother, he is part of the non-privileged class. Fortunately for him, in his town and environment, the socio-economic background is insignificant, particularly for the star of the football (soccer) team. Connell…


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Mystery Thriller

God’s House – John D. Trudel

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April 18, 2019

Efficacious

An accomplished cyber-thriller that is full of pace, intrigue and adventure. A very topical story that draws on the author’s own high tech background to carry an air of credibility and believability. Perhaps the single biggest issue facing our world today is energy supply and our depleting natural resources….


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Historical Fiction War

The Lives Before Us – Juliet Conlin (Beata)

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April 12, 2019

The Lives Before Us is an interesting novel describing the fate of the Jewish immigrants who were lucky to leave Germany and Austria before WW2 began. The immigration, as it turned out, saved their lives. The destination place was Shanghai, one of the few places then that accepted Jews…


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Shell Game: A Black Cat Novel – A.B. Funkhauser

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April 12, 2019

Preeminence

Shell Game is an intelligent and entertaining novel that is packed with witty humour while delivering a thought-provoking insight into communities and neighbours. Carlos the Wonder Cat is the muse in the story and his journey takes us from his early feral days and life in an animal shelter, to…


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Historical Fiction Humour

Bitching Bits of Bone – Norman Mounter

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April 8, 2019

Encounters

Bitching Bits of Bone is a novel that doesn’t mind offending any comfortable perception you may have of medieval times. The context of the story is the inspiration behind Geoffrey Chaucer’s writing of The Canterbury Tales. The entertaining vignettes encountered that influenced his tales and writing. What was life really…


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Historical Fiction Horror Mystery Thriller

The Devil Aspect – Craig Russell

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April 8, 2019

Malignant

The Devil Aspect is absorbing, mystifying and deliciously sinister. Craig Russell is a talented writer that has superbly blended a compelling nefarious plot, with inexplicably damaged characters, myths and legends, and a setting that is dark and chilling. I just love it. 🙂

Dr Viktor Kosárek is a young enthusiastic psychiatrist…


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Crime Mystery Thriller

Season of Darkness – Cora Harrison

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April 6, 2019

Steady

Season of Darkness is a historical murder mystery that treats us to the illustrious characters of Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins in the roles of detectives. The relationship between Dickens and Collins is very interesting and intriguing, where Dickens is more the mentor and advisor to Collins but not as…


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Literary Fiction

Museum of Innocence – Orhan Pamuk

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April 6, 2019

The Museum of Innocence is a novel developed with significant depth in relation to the main character, Kemal, and the obsession he has towards a beautiful woman, Fusan. Kemal never managed to secure a full relationship with Fusan because of his obliged engagement to marry Sibel. He always remained infatuated…


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Historical Fiction Mystery Thriller

The Owl Killers – Karen Maitland

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April 4, 2019

Karen Maitland’s ability to create the 14th century English village scene is fantastic. The tug-of-war between religion and superstition is ever present, and the atmosphere is full of distrust. Into this fine balance comes a group of Beguine women who establish a community on their own land. Their female…


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Crime Thriller

Little Lovely Things – Maureen Joyce Connolly

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March 31, 2019

Obfuscation

Little Lovely Things is a remarkable debut novel from Maureen Joyce Connolly that is enthralling, enigmatic, heart-breaking and full of dark suspense. We anxiously encounter the nightmare every parent dreads. SOMEONE STOLE MY CHILDREN! The story fully engages our emotions and pulls us erratically between hope and despair.

Claire was suffering a dreadful…

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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