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Bethel Manor by Beatrice Fishback

I am particularly fond of novels with stories of mysteries and atmosphere. Bethel Manor, by Beatrice Fishback is a novel published by Crooked Cat Books. It is the story of an inspirational romance. The action takes place during the Victorian era the engaging characters, wealthy Fredrick Shaw and his feisty daughter, Clare are the owners …

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Death in Dulwich by Alice Castle

I had not read any books by Alice Castle before, but as those who follow my blog will know, the crime and mystery genres are amongst my favourites, when her new novel, Death in Dulwich, was published by Crooked Cat Books and recommended to me, I decided to buy it to take on holiday with …

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Closed Casket by Sophie Hannah

Sophie Hannah had a fine reputation as a writer (indeed her poetry is taught in the GCSE syllabus) before she raised Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot from the dead. Generally I am not a fan of such derivative works and find them unnecessary. I do not understand why writers cannot create their own chararcter rather than …

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The Riverman by Alex Gray

When you meet Alex Gray, you meet a charming, elegant woman and it is hard to imagine the vicious crimes that emanate from her pen. Of course, she would argue that she is merely relating the actions of her characters. This she does very well. Although I only read Riverman recently, as it was book …

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The Water’s Lovely by Ruth Rendell

The most recent book of the month for my book group was The Water’s Lovely by Ruth Rendell. The author, Ruth Barbara Rendell, Baroness Rendell of Babergh, CBE, who also wrote under the pseudonym, Barbara Vine was an acclaimed English crime writer, known for her many psychological thrillers and murder mysteries and above all for Inspector Wexford. Although …

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The Balance of Guilt by Simon Hall

The Balance of Guilt is a brilliant title! This is also a well paced and clever crime novel by Simon Hall. I would expect no less! Another of Simon’s novels, The Dark Horizon is also reviewed on this site at https://bookreviewstoday.info/2016/06/03/the-dark-horizon-by-simon-hall/. In The Balance of Guilt TV reporter, Dan Gloves becomes embroiled in a mystery, notwithstanding that he …

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Dark Side of the Moon by Les Wood

When a publisher I know sent me a copy of a couple of his company’s recently published books to review, I was very pleased. The first novel that I read was the debut novel by Les Wood, Dark Side of the Moon. Les is a Scot who lives in Barrhead and previously won the Canongate …

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The Trouble with Mattie by Mary A.Berger

I first read a novel by Mary A. Berger, The Message, last year and reviewed it here https://bookreviewstoday.info/2015/11/30/the-message-by-mary-a-berger/ . When the most recent edition of her first novel came out, I was pleased to receive a copy. I enjoy Mary’s style of writing. The Trouble with Mattie is actually the first book in her series, …

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The Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies

I received a generous book token for my birthday, so I was able to indulge myself and buy some books that I had heard about. The Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies was one of them. It is a mystery and a love story and a beautifully written book. I was entranced by it. Dinah …

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No Safe House by Linwood Barclay

I have enjoyed every book by Linwood Barclay that I have read. He is an American-born Canadian author who was born in Darien, Connecticut, USA in 1955. Barclay is a noted as a novelist, humourist, and columnist. His popular detective novels are bestsellers in Canada and internationally, beginning with No Time for Goodbye in 2007. …

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