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Trace Evidence by Vanessa Robertson

I had not read any books by Vanessa Robertson before, but her work had been recommended to me as novels I would enjoy. This is the second book in a series, but it works perfectly well as a stand-alone novel. The Blurb Art crime investigator Kate Carpenter is back in this fast-paced and twisty follow-up …

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The Salt Path by Raynor Winn

The Salt Path was part of my birthday present from one of my daughters. I had seen an interview with Raynor Winn on television, so I was especially keen to read the book. Raynor and her husband, Moth, had lost everything, including their home when an investment went sour. The Blurb Just days after Raynor …

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The Cry of the Lake by Charlie Tyler

I recently read the new novel by Charlie Tyler, The Cry of the Lake. This is a debut novel and I had heard great things about it, so I was excited to read it. The novel is set in and around Oxford and the description of some parts of the area are a delight. The …

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Safe House by Jo Jakeman

I was given Safe House as a Secret Santa gift and it took me until lockdown to catch up with it. I am sorry about that, because it is an excellent. gripping novel and beautifully paced. The Blurb The morning after a terrible storm, a woman turns up in a remote Cornish village. She calls …

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Under Your Skin by Rose McClelland

I recently made a journey to London by train. I was meant to have my husband’s company, but he was unwell and not able to travel, so I took Rose McClelland’s new novel, Under Your Skin with me. I had read Rose’s earlier novel The Year of no Rules a while back and really enjoyed …

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The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy

Everybody was talking about The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy, so I had to find out why and bought myself a copy. What a unique book! The author, by training is an artist and you will read the book in under and hour, but you will keep reading it …

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The Daughter of Lady Macbeth by Ajay Close

This book was by an author new to me and outside my usual genre reading. It explores the relationship between parents and children and the importance of motherhood. Freya and Frankie’s longing for a baby has put their marriage under strain. IVF is their last hope – but how do you bring a child into …

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Ben In The World by Doris Lessing

A few weeks ago, the first book in this series, The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing, was book of the month at our book group. One of our members had read this sequel to Ben’s story and so a few of us decided to read Ben in the World too. It is a very short …

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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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