Author Archive: Val Penny

The Darkest Goodbye by Alex Gray

I enjoy the crime novels that Alex Gray writes. She is surely the crown princess of Tartan Noir. The Darkest Goodbye is both tense and topical. It is the thirteenth book in Alex’s DCI Lorimer’s series and starts when young DC Kirsty Wilson, whose father is soon to retire from the force, is faced with …

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Out of Bounds by Val McDermid

It has been a while since I read a Val McDermid novel, so I was delighted when she got to the top of my ‘to be read’ pile. Out of Bounds is a 2016 crime drama novel by Scottish crime writer Val McDermid. The novel is set during 2016 but because the main detective is …

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The Fear Index by Robert Harris

I enjoy books by Robert Harris and was delighted when The Fear Index was recently book of the month at my book group. Ths novel deals with the world of finance, at its worst. The hero of The Fear Index is a brilliant physicist called Dr Alex Hoffman who seems to lack empathy with those around him. …

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Even Rain is Just Water by Lynette Davis book review by guest author Yecheilyah

  This book review was first published by Yecheilyah in Pearls Before Swine on 7 July 2017 at https://thepbsblog.com/2017/07/07/yecheilyahs-book-reviews-even-rain-is-just-water-a-memoir-of-rejection-revelation-redemption-by-lynette-davis/.   Title: Even Rain is Just Water: A Memoir of Rejection, Revelation & Redemption   Author: Lynette Davis Print Length: 296 pages Publisher: Reflections Books; 1 edition (May 30, 2017) Publication Date: May 30, 2017 Sold by: Amazon …

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Fragrant Harbour by John Lanchester

The most recent book to be read in my book group was Frangrant Harbour by John Lanchester. It was shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. John Lanchester is the author of four novels and three books of non-fiction. He was born in Germany and moved to Hong Kong. He studied in UK. He is a …

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Structuring A Novel: Chapters by guest author Lynette Davis

This article by Lynette Davis was first published on Writer to Writer on 22 May, 2017 at https://writertowritersite.wordpress.com/2017/05/22/structuring-a-novel-chapters/. When you get an idea for a novel it seems easy to develop it but once you start working on it, it turns into a jungle, a mess. You might find yourself trying to figure out how simple things work or trying …

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The Silk Merchant’s Daughter By Dinah Jefferies

I recently read The Tea Pleanter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies and reviewed it on this site at https://bookreviewstoday.info/2016/10/26/the-tea-planters-wife-by-dinah-jefferies/. So when a friend recommended another book by Dinah Jefferies, The Silk Merchant’s Daughter, I was keen to read it, so I took it on holiday with me. Dinah Mary Jefferies is a British novelist, short story and …

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Time of Death by Mark Billingham

I bought Time of Death from Mark Billingham last year at the Bloody Scotland Crime Writers’ Festival, but my “to be read” file was so big it took me several months to get around to reading it. Mark Philip David Billingham is an English novelist, actor, television screenwriter and comedian whose series of “Tom Thorne” crime novels …

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All the Nice Girls by Joan Bakewell

This novel was recently book of the month at our local book group. I was interested to read it because, although I know Joan Bakewell as a presenter and author of factual works, I did not know she had written any novels. Although this novel was set in North West England, with a back ground …

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A Review of Katherine McCord’s Run Scream Unbury Save by guest author Sonya Huber

This article was first published on 11 May, 2017 on Brevity’s Non-fiction Blog, https://brevity.wordpress.com/2017/05/11/a-review-of-katherine-mccords-run-scream-unbury-save/. Katherine McCord’s book Run Scream Unbury Save winner of the 2016 Autumn House nonfiction prize chosen by Michael Martone, is a whetstone of a fragmented and poetic memoir in bursts and paragraphs. You will emerge from each page emboldened to capture the exact this-ness …

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