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Murder in the Dark by Betsy Reavley

I have just finished Murder in the Dark by one of my favourite authors, Betsy Reavley. The story is set in and around Cambridge, England and I did enjoy the descriptions and nods to the area, as well as the tense plot. The story begins when Tilly Edgely arrives to open up the bookshop where …

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Heathcliff by Sue Barnard

Sue Barnard is always a safe pair of hands as an editor and an author. So, when I noticed her book, Heathcliff in my TBR pile, I shuffled the pile to get to it faster. To be honest, writing a spin-off novel about a character that appears in a classic novel is not simple. In …

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The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale

My daughter gave me three books for Christmas. They are books she has enjoyed and thought I would too. What a thoughtful present! The first of the books that I read was The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale. The Toymakers opens in 1917, and London has spent years in the shadow of the First World War. …

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The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing

The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing was a recent book at our village book group. I had never read anything by this author, but recognised her name as a respected author. The book is very short, a novella, rather than a novel. It tells the story of Harriet and David Lovatt, and their family. As …

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Never Somewhere Else by Alex Gray

I have found a few of Alex Gray’s more recent books a bit disappointing. However, I know she can write excellent novels, so when I found this earlier book, Never Somewhere Else, on sale, I picked it up, only to discover that this is the first book in the author’s DCI Lorimer series and I …

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The Lewis Man by Peter May

The Lewis Man is the second book in Peter May’s acclaimed Lewis Trilogy. I found it for sale in a charity booksale and chose it because I enjoyed the first book in the series, The Blackhouse, so much. The story finds Fin return to Lewis after the death of his son and the collapse of …

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The Greatcoat by Helen Dunmore

The ghost story, The Greatcoat by Helen Dunmore was book of the month in my book group. We had not read a ghost story for a while so everybody was looking forward to this one. The Greatcoat is set just after World War II, in the summer of 1954, newly wed Isabel Carey arrives in …

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Keep the Midnight Out by Alex Gray

Few Scottish authors have matched the quality and quantity of novels produced by Alex Gray over the years. I have read many of the books in her DCI Lorimer series, but rarely in order. This rarely matters because most of her novels work well as stand alones. Keep the Midnight Out is no exception. Keep …

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Bethel Manor Reborn by Beatrice Fishback

Sometimes a sequel can be a disappointment. However, I had read Bethel Manor by Beatrice Fishback and enjoyed it, so when I had an opportunity to read bethel Manor Reborn, I took it and was not disappointed. I would recommend reading these books in the correct order as the story flows on seamlessly. Clare Shaw …

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Evil Games by Angela Marsons

Angela Marsons was a new author to me, although I had heard a lot about her novels and they were highly commended. I’ll be honest, I chose Evil Games because it was on sale. It transpires this is the second book in her DI Kim Stone series, but it really doesn’t matter because this works …

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