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The Dark Frontier – A.B. Decker

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12 July 2021

Inflection

The Dark Frontier is an absorbing and mysterious drama that meticulously crafts a menacing tale that explores a personality transformation of the main protagonist along with two sequences of events. As a London-based journalist, Frank Goss takes an assignment in Switzerland to cover the 1971 Swiss referendum of women’s right…


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Contemporary Fiction Literary Fiction

Unsettled Ground – Claire Fuller

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5 July 2021

This novel based on the story of an impoverished rural family kept me reading. The writer’s skill at character development is masterful. The stories of each member of this family reveal themselves gradually and we discover strength in Jeanie, reportedly the least capable, great weakness in Justin, her twin,…


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Mystery Thriller

Rock Paper Scissors – Alice Feeney

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3 July 2021

It’s February 2020 and Amelia and husband screenwriter Adam Wright journey through inclement weather to a weekend stay at a converted chapel at Blackwater Loch in the Scottish Highlands. The weekend away is an attempt to save their marriage though the atmosphere outside the Morris Minor matches the ominous…


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Mystery Thriller

For Your Own Good – Samantha Downing

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3 July 2021

‘Welcome to Belmont Academy, a prestigious school where we expect and get the very best from our students. Let me introduce you to Mr Teddy Crutcher our Teacher of the Year and about whom I think it’s fair to say, he really enjoys teaching lessons ….’ just ask Zach,…


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Dead Ground – M.W. Craven

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2 July 2021

Deception

Dead Ground is the latest in the spellbinding crime thriller series from Mike W. Craven. It is such a joy to read a captivating thriller with two characters in Tilly and Poe that are awash with fascination, excitement, capability and humour.

With an international trade summit planned for Scarness Hotel in…


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Supernatural War

Hellbound – Giacometti and Ravenne

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25 June 2021

Hellbound is the final book in a superb supernatural spy thriller series called the Black Sun Trilogy. During the Nazi reign in Germany in the 1930s and 40s, this epic trilogy portrays the story of the hunt for four swastika icons that can provide such supernatural occult power that the…


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Reviews

The Therapist – B.A. Paris

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15 June 2021

The Therapist is the latest psychological suspense thriller from B.A. Paris, with a murder mystery that occurs in a small private housing community. Alice and her boyfriend Leo buy their first-ever house together in an exclusive gated housing estate called The Circle, in Finsbury London. It astonishes Alice that they…


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Crime Mystery Reviews

The Booktaker by Bill Pronzini

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14 June 2021

Audible has some outstanding selections, and from time to time, they suggest things to me. This week’s review is one of the shorter stories I have located on Audible, but there are many good things in such a small package. This is my Audible review of “The Booktaker,” a…


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Dystopian

This Perfect Day – Ira Levin

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9 June 2021

Reckoning

Written in 1969, this dystopian classic from Ira Levin delves into the social science curiosity of political/social structure and population subservience. In a totalitarian society with mass surveillance, mandatory drug treatments, and complete control of everyone’s job, pastime, partner, friends and lifespan, a central intelligence system called Uni, is…


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Crime Thriller

A Beginners Guide to Murder – Rosalind Stopps

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9 June 2021

Grace, Meg and Daphne, all in their seventies, are sitting quietly in a coffee shop planning a murder. They want to save young Nina from The Toad because they have taken her into their hearts. They discuss and hatch a daring plot which all three seem remarkably ill suited…

Peter Donnelly
Ireland

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