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Need You Dead by Peter James

It had been a long time since I had read a novel by Peter James, not for any particular reason, just because I was reading so many other good books. So I treated myself to Need You Dead. This is the 13th book in the Roy Grace books, this is a series that is so …

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Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

Every now and again I leave the world of modern writers and revert to the classics I feel I should read. So it was with Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackery the book that tells the story of two women whose characters are completely different, but whose lives intertwine. The first of the women, Becky …

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Streets of Darkness by A. A. Dhand

I first met Amit Dhand after he had been a speaker at Swanwick Writers’ Summer School last year and I bought his debut novel Streets of Darkness. I almost didn’t go to his talk because I had had a busy day and was quite tired and he was an author I had never heard of. …

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Night driver by guest author Marcelle Perks

Heavily pregnant Frannie is facing a crisis. An English woman living in Germany, her marriage is failing, her language skills are hopeless, and she feels like a fish out of water in a foreign country. In a positive effort to tackle her problems she learns to drive so she can cope when her baby is …

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The Crime Writer’s Casebook by Stephen Wade & Stuart Gibbon

I am sure that all writers have different books, experts and texts that they refer to with a view to ensuring that the background to their novels is correct. I write crime novels and so it was a real gift to discover The Crime Writer’s Casebook after it came out last December. The two authors …

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1984 by George Orwell

Eric Blair used the pen name George Orwell when he wrote many of his most famous works, including 1984. Written in 1948 the novel of a dystopian world, this book has often been banned on the grounds that it contains communist and sexual content. For example, 1984 was challenged in Jackson County, Florida (1981) because the novel is …

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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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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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