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Historical Fiction Mystery

The Lost Apothecary – Sarah Penner

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22 March 2021

The Lost Apothecary is a beautiful tapestry of mystery, murder, suspense, guilt, discovery, and historical adventure, as it unfolds in the dark alleyways of late eighteenth-century London. With the second period in modern times, Caroline Parcewell is an American, visiting London on what was planned as her tenth wedding anniversary…


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Historical Fiction

The Canterbury Murders – E.M Powell (Audible Review)

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19 March 2021

Happy Friday, my beautiful friends! I hope you all enjoyed your St. Patrick’s Day. Today I am going to review an Audiobook from one of my favorite authors. When I got my audible up and running, I was so excited to get my hands on this book, and I…


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Crime Thriller

Judas Horse – Lynda La Plante

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17 March 2021

Conspirator

Lynda La Plante returns with her second book in the Jack Warr series, and I have to say this one is highly accomplished with a compelling storyline. I had an issue with the first book, but La Plante has delivered a police procedural thriller that is amongst the best…


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Literary Fiction Supernatural

Seven Roses – L.L. Tremblay

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9 March 2021

Faithful

L.L. Tremblay writes her novel in the first person, bringing an authentic sensitivity to a haunting story of love and loss. Grappling with personal, family, friend, partner and mystical relationships, several tumultuous life-defining events unfold in this heartfelt drama. Tremblay crafts an absorbing story that reaches into our desire…


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Fantasy Historical Fiction

Circus of Wonders – Elizabeth Macneal

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2 March 2021

It’s May 1866 and Jasper Jupiter’s Circus of Wonders, full of living curiosities, comes to the coastal resort where Nell lives. Nell grows miniature flowers to sell in London and is regarded by locals as a ‘freak’ because of her prominent birthmarks. Nell’s father sells her to Jasper for…


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Contemporary Fiction Mystery

Sorrowland – Rivers Solomon

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28 February 2021

Crossbreed

Rivers Solomon is an author who crafts stories about those marginalised, those seeking a voice, and those who experience inequality and intolerance. The writing is poetic and edgy, as Rivers Solomon uses a style to add another dimension to a very unique story. I was really enthused from the…


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Literary Fiction

Shuggie Bain – Douglas Stuart

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25 February 2021

This is the heartbreaking story of Hugh ‘Shuggie’ Bain and his mother Agnes. He’s lonely, on the receiving end of much unpleasantness around his sexuality and has to cope with Agnes’ drinking. Set in the 1980’s of Thatcher’s Britain it shows a time of hardship, of the industrial decline…


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Historical Fiction Literary Fiction

Small Island – Andrea Levy

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23 February 2021

Accession

Small Island is a keenly examined story exploring the prejudices that existed, and still do, around racial inequality in post-WWII Britain. The novel flips back and forward from 1948 to a time before the war when two Jamaicans, Gilbert and Hortense dream of immigrating to Britain. Hortense has an image…


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Crime Thriller

The Shadow Man – Helen Fields

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14 February 2021

Delusion

The Shadow Man is a unique crime thriller, spiced with supernatural undertones and a horror scene waiting to befall those caught in a killer’s path. The hunt for the Shadow Man is a formidable investigative task as his kidnapped victims share no similarities and whose lives have nothing in common.

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Historical Fiction Thriller

City of Tears – Kate Mosse

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9 February 2021

Upheaval

Kate Mosse has a wonderful grasp of European (particularly French) history and with such clever unassuming detail, brings The City of Tears alive with a fictional narrative that is interlaced with fascinating real events. This is the second book in the Burning Chambers series and continues the epic adventure of Minuo…

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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