Author Archive: Val Penny

Leaves by John Simmons

I am thrilled that John Simmons has agreed to visit with me as part of the blog tour by Love Book Tours about his novel Leaves published by Urbane Books. You can follow the whole tour. The Blurb Ophelia Street, 1970. A street like any other, a community that lives and breathes together as people …

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The Hanging Valley by Peter Robinson

I first met Peter Robinson almost ten years ago when I was studying crime writing at an Arvon Course in Moniack Mohr near Inverness in Scotland. he was a most instructive tutor and entertaining raconteur. I have since read many of his books and still consider his advice to be integral to my own crime …

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Archimimus by Clio Gray

Urbane Books has a marvellous new novel coming out by Clio Gray and the author has arranged a blog tour with Love Books Group and has agreed to visit me today. I am delighted. You can follow the full tour here: The Blurb Lukitt Bachman is waiting in his Lanterne de Mortes, a Tower of …

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Girl Zero by AA Dhand

I first met Amit Dhand last year at Swnawick Writers’ Summer School and was delighted to see him return in August to run a short course there. He also took part in an evening event with fellow crime writers, Simon Hall, Sophie Hannah and poet Alison Chisholm. Last year, I read, and reviewed on this …

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Being a Detective by Stuart Gibbon and Stephen Wade

Crime writers are, by the nature of their work, blessed with excellent imaginations. However, if you are writing a police procedural novel, you want the procedures to be as accurate as possible. Enter Stephen Wade and Stuart Gibbon with their new book Being a Detective. I am particularly pleased that Stuart Gibbon has taken time …

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The Seagull’s Laughter by Holly Bidgood

I am delighted that the young, British author Holly Bidgood has agreed to join me today. Holly is celebrating her second novel with Wild Pressed Books, The Seagull’s Laughter, with a book tour with Love Book Tours. The Blurb Born in 1973 to a Greenlandic mother and an English-Explorer father, Malik has always been something …

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The Tale of the Depressed Man by Mason Bushell

I am always thrilled to find an author new to me whose work I enjoy. It is a real treat. Mason Bushell is an English author from Norwich who writes The Workhouse Mysteries. As those of you who read my blog will know, my favourite genre is crime thrillers and mystery novels so I recently …

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A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

I had A Man Called Ove by the Swedish author, Fredrik Backman, in my TBR (to be read) list for too long. However, when it became book of the month for my book group, the book suddenly became top of my list. Ove is a quiet, practical, grumpy man who married a vivacious, outgoing woman …

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Shopping Cart Annie by Cordy Fitzgerald

Shopping Cart Annie was given to me by a dear friend who knows the author personally, so I very much hoped I would enjoy the novel by Cordy Fitzgerald. The book is set partly in Colorado and partly in Afghanistan. It is a complex mystery which crosses continents and decades and deserves concentration and consideration. …

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Finding Nina by Sue Barnard

I recently treated myself to a pile of books by a group of my favourite authors amongst those books was the most recent novel by Sue Barnard, Finding Nina. Finding Nina is a relatively short book, but that is not a critism. The novel deals with the life of a woman, given up for adoption …

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