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Style and the Solitary by Miriam Drori

This is the first murder mystery by Miriam Drori that I have read. It is an interesting departure from he previous books and, as this is my preferred genre, I was excited to read it. The Blurb An unexpected murder. A suspect with a reason. The power of unwavering belief. A murder has been committed …

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Dead Man’s Prayer by Jackie Baldwin

I was recently on a panel during a crime festival with Jackie Baldwin. She is a bestselling Scottish crime writer and I was thrilled to have an opportunity to discuss Dead Man’s Prayer with her. I have always found her main character, Frank Farrell a most interesting one and it was interesting to learn more …

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The Chair by G.B. Williams

I recently appeared on a literary panel at a crime festival with Gail Williams and, although I had not previously read any of her books, I thought it important to know about her book that we would be discussing and I am really pleased I did. The Chair is a gripping stand alone novel. The …

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Torn by Karen Moore

I had never read any works by Karen Moore, but I had heard a lot about her novel, Torn, and was keen to read it. The Blurb Like any mother, Hanna would do anything to protect her small daughter, Eva. When she discovers that her husband, Luciano, is not all he seems and their blissful …

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Gentlemen of Fortune by A. J. Roberts

I have known A. J. Roberts for several years, but I had never read any of his writing, so, when his first book, Gentlemen of Fortune – A Swashbuckler Tale, was published, I was keen to secure a copy and read. it. The book is slim, only 59 pages in all, that is not a …

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The Honest Lies by Elizabeth Lyvers

I had heard a great deal of chatter about The Honest Lies, Elizabeth Lyvers’ debut novel. Naturally, I wanted to read the book to form my own opinion and one thing I can tell you straight off: this does not read like a debut novel. The author tells the story in a most assured way. …

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The Last Widow by Karin Slaughter

This is the ninth book in Karin Slaughter’s riveting Will Trent series, although it does work as a stand alone. I treated myself to The Last Widow during lockdown for Covid-19 when reading and writing were my escapes from the real world. The Blurb A mysterious kidnapping On a hot summer night, a scientist from …

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Girl Trap by Cynthia Hamilton

I received a copy of Girl Trap by Cynthia Hamilton from my daughter at Christmas. I had never read any of the books by this author before, but they had been highly recommended to me. The Blurb A seemingly simple missing persons case leads two PI’s into the criminal secrets of California’s rich and powerful …

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Marketing Matters by Wendy H. Jones

I enjoy the fiction books Wendy H. Jones has written. Her crime novels are amongst my favourite books and my granddaughter loves her children’s character Bertie the Buffalo, so I was amazed when this busy, talented author had time to produce a non-fiction book, Marketing Matters, designed to help other authors sell more books. The …

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In a House of Lies by Ian Rankin

It had been a long time since I had read a novel by Ian Rankin. Several of his books in the recent past had not grabbed me as much as his earlier books, but during lockdown I bought several novels by my favourite authors and In a House of Lies was one of those books. …

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