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Childrens

The Fly with One Eye – R.M. Halterman

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August 12, 2018

We can judge any child’s book at 2 levels: firstly, how captivating it is as a story for a child, and secondly, how we can educate our children in a social and personal context.  The Fly with One Eye accomplishes these two objectives brilliantly.

Today, where the concept of social acceptability…


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Crime Horror

I Killed My Son-In-Law – Shay Mills

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August 6, 2018

Dispassionate

It’s hard to avoid the spoiler from the title, so you’ve pretty much guessed what this book is about. It is a piece of fiction and not a non-fictional, accidental or abstract cause of death. Why give this away? Well because I nearly passed on the book thinking it was…


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Crime Mystery Thriller

Lust, Money & Murder: Book 1 – Mike Wells

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August 6, 2018

Revenge

Lust, Money and Murder are a series from Mike Wells, but let’s think about them being a trilogy for now: Lust – Money – Murder. Book 1 has the subtitle Lust and deals with the events that shaped Elaine Brogan’s decision to become a Secret Agent, the training required…


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Literary Fiction

The Possible World – Liese O’Halloran Schwarz

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August 5, 2018

Tribulation

The Possible World is a beautiful, fascinating book with 3 characters and their poignant absorbing stories. The novel is narrated chapter by chapter from the perspective of Ben/Leo, Clare and Lucy. If you were to imagine 3 situations and characters that could provide such depth and emotional connection, you would…


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Historical Fiction

A Gathering of Ghosts – Karen Maitland

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August 3, 2018

Retribution
Every time I read a new Karen Maitland book I have this fear that the spell is going to be broken – well not this time. For me, Karen is the master of the medieval thriller with a twist of supernatural menace. England in the 12th century sits on…


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Business

Cadence – Pete Williams

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August 1, 2018

Cadence

A fable that delivers an analogy to a business area is very powerful as it sets the topic in a more interpretable context. We always see other people’s problems much clearer and actionable than our own! Cadence provides an analogy around a Triathlete coach (JJ), who also owns his…


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Crime Mystery Thriller

The Weight of Shadows – Karl Holton

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August 1, 2018

Culpability

The Weight of Shadows is a hugely entertaining thriller in an uncompromising game of cat and mouse between law-enforcement, criminal gangs and cold-blooded killers. Each encounter leaves a climate of unnerving consequences and terror. Karl Holton has written one of the best thrillers and detective characters that I’ve read this…


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Historical Fiction

City of Thieves – David Benioff

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July 30, 2018

Endeavour

The City of Thieves is an intriguing book that not only takes into account a period in the Second World War, that has its own defining history, but it is the relationship that develops between 2 men under these unique circumstances. It is an exhilarating but fearful story where…


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Historical Fiction Mystery Thriller

Dark Fire – C.J. Sansom

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July 30, 2018

Duplicity

Matthew Shardlake returns as the London lawyer reluctantly linked with Thomas Cromwell during Henry VIII’s reign. In 1540 King Henry is about to seek an annulment from Anne of Cleves, a wife he claimed he couldn’t consummate his marriage with because of her bad appearance. This was a marriage…


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Historical Fiction Mystery

Dissolution – C.J. Sansom

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July 30, 2018

Dissolution

Dissolution is the first book from CJ Sansom in the Matthew Shardlake series, set during the reign of King Henry VIII and his Chief Minister, Thomas Cromwell. The Catholic Church in 1536 is being eradicated in Britain and the Dissolution of the monasteries has begun – by 1540 no monasteries…

Peter Donnelly
Ireland

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