Category Archives: Book Club

Pressure by Betsy Reavley

The new novel Pressure by Betsy Reavley was recommended to me recently, so I was pleased to make time to read this novel. The title is used to great advantage and the different meanings of the word pressure are itemised at the beginning of the book. This is a useful beginning. Pressure takes place on …

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Chasing the Case by Joan Livingston

It is always lovely to come across a new author whose work you enjoy, so when I recently bought Chasing the Case by Joan Livingston, I knew it was a crime thriller, my favourite genre, but I was not familiar with this author’s work. However, I was not disappointed, Chasing the Case is an excellent …

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40 Sonnets by Don Paterson

I was given the book, 40 Sonnets by Don Paterson as a birthday gift by a friend. I enjoy the form of the sonnet and this modern collection is exquisite. Don Paterson is regarded as one of the most skilled formal poets writing in English today. He has won an intimidating array of Forward Prizes including …

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Bury Me Deep by Megan Abbott

The most recent book of the month in my book group. It is an interesting novel, set in the USA in the 1930s. It is based on the true story of a young woman whose husband, a medical doctor, went to Mexico to recover from his drug habit, leaving his wife lonely and vulnerable. In …

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One Hot Summer by Kat French

I picked up One Hot Summer by Kat French when it was sold as excess stock by my local library. This novel falls squarely within the Chick-Lit category and it is great fun: indeed quite steamy in parts! The main protagonist, Alice, separated from her actor husband, Brad, after he cheated with his co-star, Felicity. …

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Ninja School Mum by Lizzie Chantree

Have you ever picked up a book, not expecting too much from it, but finishing it delighted that you read it? This is how I felt about Ninja School Mum. I will put my cards on the table, I bouthg it because I consider the author, Lizzie Chantree to be a friend. However, as is …

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Rather be the Devil by Ian Rankin

I was first introduced to Ian Rankin novels many years ago when my daughter mentioned that her form teacher’s name was used in his books. That was so many years ago that said daughter is a form teacher herself. Sorry Ian! Most recently I read Rather be the Devil and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Here. …

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The Brotherhood: A Psychological Thriller by J.L.Fenton

I recently had an opportunity to read The Brotherhood: A Psychological Thriller by J.L.Fenton. She is a new author to me and I do enjoy exploring the work of different authors. Also, readers of this blog will be aware that crime thrillers are my favourite genre. This book had me hooked from the very beginning: …

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Death of a Policeman by M.C. Beaton

I very much enjoy the easy read of a Hamish Macbeth story by M.C.Beaton. Ms Beaton is an inspirational writer. She still produces two books a year: one in her Hamish Macbeth series and another in her Agatha Raisin series. Her books, The Death of a Kingfisher https://bookreviewstoday.info/2014/03/26/the-death-of-a-kingfisher-by-m-c-beaton/ and The Death of a Travelling Man https://bookreviewstoday.info/2013/11/27/the-death-of-a-travelling-man-by-m-c-beaton/ are …

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The Secret by Katharine Johnson

Katharine Johnson is one of my favourite authors. I read her book The Silence earlier this year so when I heard she had a new book out, The Secret, I was keen to read it. I did read it – in one sitting! This is such a thrilling book. The Secret is set in the …

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