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Crime Thriller

A Burning in the Darkness – A.P. McGrath

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March 24, 2019

Penitence

I love periodically reading little-known authors because more often than not you get these unique gems with interesting characters and clever changes to crime and thriller plots. A Burning in the Darkness is one of those books that demonstrates creativity and some fascinating storylines.

The prologue is startling and you ponder…


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Historical Fiction War

The Cellist of Sarajevo – Steven Galloway

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March 23, 2019

Defiance

The futility and horror of war are felt most acutely and despairingly when the young, the helpless and the innocent, bear the ultimate price. At 4 pm on 26th May 1992, in a war-torn Sarajevo marketplace, a mortar bomb killed 22 people, mostly women, as they queued for bread….


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Historical Fiction

The Lives Before Us – Juliet Conlin (Peter)

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March 16, 2019

Survival

The Lives Before Us is an accomplished, poignant and fiercely compelling story.

A story steeped in history but personalised through the characterisation and life of 3 main characters, Esther, Kitty and Yì. Juliet Conlin has written a story conveying a sense of constant upheaval and a struggle to survive, during one…


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Crime War

Colombiano – Rusty Young

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March 15, 2019

Animosity

I expected a documentary style book outlining the research and feedback Rusty Young had gathered from all the interviews and investigations he had in the region and with the real-life Child Soldiers. Not the case!

Colombiano is a novel styled book which is based on a fictional character, Pedro (probably an…


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Humour

Brut Force – Peter Stafford-Bow

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March 14, 2019

Intemperance

Felix Hart returns with his swagger and his tongue-in-cheek humour in Brut Force as he takes us on another adventure steeped in wine know-how. He is now lead wine buyer for the largest retail chain in the UK and member of the haloed Wine Minstrels. 

Once again Felix has an egotistical, dispassionate…


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Fantasy

Dreams of Gods and Monsters – Laini Taylor

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March 11, 2019

Universe 

This is the third book in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy and brings an absolutely epic story to a great conclusion. While the final book in a trilogy normally brings about an epic battle or showdown that’s been smouldering and building to a climactic ending. In this…


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Fantasy

Days of Blood and Starlight – Laini Taylor

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March 11, 2019

Desperation 

The story of angels and chimaera continues in this second book of the trilogy. In a parallel realm to Earth, where angels and chimaera have been fighting a 1000 year war, where there is no longer any appreciation why this war started, other than domination of one race over…


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Fantasy

Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor

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March 11, 2019

Otherworldly

Alongside our world, Laini Taylor has created a world (Elsewhere) where seraph (angels) and chimaera (hybrids of animal and human form) have fought a war for the last 1000 years. Generations know nothing else, where hatred between angels and chimaera consume their lives and any interaction between the races…


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Literary Fiction

A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman

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March 10, 2019

Cantankerous 

Mix grumpy old man, OCD, and a desire to join a dead wife in the afterlife – what you get is “A Man Called Ove”. Ove has a plan to commit suicide after the death of his wife, whom he can’t bear to live without. He plans his actions with…


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History War

Darkest Hour: How Churchill Brought us Back from the Brink – Anthony McCarten

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March 10, 2019

Emblematic

When we think of a strong leader we imagine them in control of their domain. What is truly remarkable about Winston Churchill is that heading into his darkest hour, he had to fight battles from all sides, obviously the German forces, but also from appeasers within his own party, Chamberlain…

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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