Author Archive: Valerie Penny

From Light to Dark and Back Again by Allison Symes

I must immediately make clear the Allison Symes, the author of From Light to Dark and Back Again is a good friend of mine. We met at Swanwick Writers’ Summer School. However, she as well as anybody knows I am nothing if not blunt! So when she sent me a copy of her book in …

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The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

I often receive several books at Christmas, but this year, unusually, I only received one. It was from my sister and I was interested to get it as it was a book she had enjoyed: The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach. The story revolves around Henry Skrimshander, who attends  Westish College, a small school on the …

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Owersettin by A C Clarke, Maggie Rabatski and Sheila Templeton

There is a poetry group in the village that meets once a month, led by my friend Ruth. We meet to share poetry we enjoy and some of us write poetry too. Occassionally, Ruth calls upon her wide variety of poet friends to come along and read some of their work to us. Last month, …

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None But The Dead by Lin Anderson

Lin Anderson is, without doubt, the queen of Tartan Noir. None but the Dead is the 11th crime novel she has written featuring the forensic expert, Rhona Macleod. The story is set on Sanday,  one of Britain’s northerly islands in the Orkney archepelego. It is inaccessible when the wind prevents the ferry from the mainland …

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Private Investigations by Quintin Jardine

I enjoy Quintine Jardine’s series of crime thrillers featuring his character, Bob Skinner. In Private Investigations, the 26th Skinner novel. The character has retired from the Scottish Police Force and now works as a private investigator after a thirty-year police career. Bob Skinner is on the way to answer a friend’s plea for help when …

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Sister, Sister by Sue Fortin reviewed by guest author Lance Greenfield

This article was first published on 5 March 2017 at https://lancegreenfield.wordpress.com/2017/03/05/review-sister-sister/. I was excited when I started reading this book. It has so many really good reviews. Unfortunately, it didn’t live up to my expectations. As a psychological thriller, it is OK, and I enjoyed reading it. However, many of the twists and turns were predictable. …

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To Dream: Anatomy of a Humachine by Louis K. Lowy

I am not generally a fan of the science fiction gene, so when my friend Louis K. Lowy sent me a copy of his most recent novel, To Dream: Anatomy of a Humachine, in exchange for an honest review, I was concerned in case I did not like the book and lost a friend. My …

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How I Write a Novel: The Anaerris Code by guest author L.K.Kelley

My friend, L.K.Kelley, has a new book, The Anaerris Code coming out soon. I can’t wait to read it. This is how she went about writing it. The Anaerris Code – Release Date: February 14, 2017 As has kind of become a tradition with my Publisher, DragonEye Publisher, my initial book will always be released …

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The Riverman by Alex Gray

When you meet Alex Gray, you meet a charming, elegant woman and it is hard to imagine the vicious crimes that emanate from her pen. Of course, she would argue that she is merely relating the actions of her characters. This she does very well. Although I only read Riverman recently, as it was book …

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The Turncoat by Alan Murray

I was given the novel, The Turncoat by Alan Murray’s publisher for review. It is a debut novel by Murray but he has written many factual pieces previously and that is somewhat reflected in the language and layout of this book. The Turncoat opens with a prologue detailing the death and destruction wrought on Clydebank, immediately …

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