Monthly Archives: March, 2015

Born Fearless by Big Phil Campion

I borrowed this book from the library and my husband noticed it. he asked me if I was enjoying the book, then commented that he had come across “big”Phil Campion during his time in the military. It was interesting to hear his comments about the author who portrays himself as all but invincible. He is certainly …

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Instinct by Nick Oldham

Nick Oldham was born on 26 April, 1956 in Belthorn, Lancashire, England. He was a police officer from the age of nineteen before retiring in 2005. He spent the majority of his service in operational roles and now lives with his partner, Belinda, on the outskirts of Preston. Instinct is the seventeenth book in Nick Oldham’s series of books …

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Two Faced by Manda Sue Heller

Several years ago my friend Amanda introduced me to the author Mandasue Heller. Amanda said that if I enjoyed crime and thriller books, she though I would enjoy this author’s work. She was right. Another of Heller’s books, Forget Me Not, is reviewed on this site: https://bookreviewstoday.wordpress.com/2013/04/11/forget-me-not-…andasue-heller/.  Mandasue Heller was born in Warrington,Cheshire in England in 1962 but moved to …

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Betrayal by Karin Alvtegen

Karin Alvtegen is a Swedish author of crime fiction. She was born on 8 June 1965 in Huskvama, Sweden. Alvtegen’s psychological thrillers are generally set in Sweden. Four of her books have been translated into English: Missing, Betrayal, Shadow and Shame. She has been nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel and the  CWA International …

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Love a poem by guest author Alison Beaumont

Hi Val, thank you for inviting me as a guest author on you site. I thought this little poem might be suitable for your blog.  We think of love as a feeling that we experience, but I see it as the energy that created and goes on creating this world we live in – when …

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Killing Floor by Lee Child

When I picked up Killing Floor by Lee Child to read, I did not realise that it was the first in the series of his Jack Reacher novels. My husband has all the Jack Reacher books and suggested this one to me, as he thought I would enjoy it. He was right. This first novel, Killing …

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The Good Plain Cook by Bethan Roberts

Bethan Roberts is a relatively new author who was born in Oxford, England. She grew up in nearby Abingdon and was educated at Jesus College, Oxford University and now lives in Brighton. Her first novel The Pools was published in 2007 and won a Jerwood/Arvon Young Writers’ Award. This, her second novel, The Good Plain Cook, published in 2008, was serialized …

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A Deadly Deception by Margaret Thomson Davis

Margaret Thomson Davis has lived in Glasgow, Scotland, since the age of 3. She left school at the age of sixteen, working as a children’s nurse and having a variety of other jobs before achieving her ambition of becoming a writer. She is a Scottish author who has forty novels published and also over two …

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In The Penal Settlement by Franz Kafka

Many years ago at, High School,  Steppenwolf  by Herman Hesse and Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis were amongst our required reading for the English Literature course. I had never encountered either Hesse or Kafka before and was both fascinated and inspired by their work. Indeed, The Metamorphosis, which is a novella was first published in 1915 and has been cited …

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The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent

This book was book of the month for my book group. It is not one that I would have chosen, but I think a large part of joining a book group is to read out of your comfort zone. Kathleen Kent is an American author who lives in Meadville, Pennsylvania, USA. She is a tenth-generation descendant …

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