Author Archive: Val Penny

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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The Refuge by Jo Fenton

I have just finished the new novel by Jo Fenton, The Refuge, published by Crooked Cat Books. The novel is a sequel to her debut novel, The Brotherhood which is also reviewed on this site at https://bookreviewstoday.info/2018/07/25/the-brotherhood-by-jo-fenton/ . The Refuge commences at the point where the Abbey has passed from the Brotherhood to Mark and …

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When Your Characters Take Over by guest author Sue Barnard

I am delighted that my friend and fellow author has made time to visit my blog today and discuss the characters in her novels. I often hear my characters talking to me, and I’m glad I’m not alone in that. Thank you for this interesting article, Sue. Nina’s story really began back in 2012, although …

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The Rose of Sebastopol by Katharine McMahon

The Rose of Sebastopol by Katharine McMahon is one of those books that had been on my radar for some time, so when it was book of the month at my book group recently, I was delighted. The Rose of Sebastopol is a story set in the mid nineteenth century at the time of the …

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The Suspects by Katharine Johnson

Any regular readers of my blog will know that Katharine Johnson is one of my favourite authors. Her most recent novel, The Suspects, is certainly one of my favourite books of 2019. (The Secret was one of my favourite books of 2018 – Ms Johnson is such a fine writer.) The new book tells the …

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Playing both Sides by guest author Jane Risdon

I am delighted to welcome my good friend and fellow author, Jane Risdon to the blog today to discuss the challenges of getting books published and the tasks required when self-publishing. I am thrilled to have Jane share her knowledge. Thank you for brining such an interesting article to my blog. My first piece of …

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The Secret River by Kate Grenville

Although Kate Grenville is one of Australia’s best-known authors, I had not read any of her books before. She has published eight books of fiction and four books about the writing process. Her best-known works are the international best-seller The Secret River, The Idea of Perfection, The Lieutenant and Lilian’s Story and The Secret River …

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