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The Special Dead by Lin Anderson

Lin Anderson is a gifted author whose writing continues to develop and grow with each novel she produces. She hails from Scotland and is a leading exponent of the “Tartan Noir” genre. Her most recent novel, The Special Dead, tells a gripping story firmly set in Glasgow, Scotland. It is already the tenth book featuring Anderon’s …

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Payback Time by Geraint Anderson

Payback Time by Geraint Anderson is a compelling thriller from the bestselling author of Cityboy. He was born in Nottinghill, London, England to a Labour politician, Donald Anderson, Baron Anderson of Swansea, Wales and his missionary wife, Dorothy. He then undertook a degree in history at Queen’s College, University of Cambridge and he followed this with an MA in Revolutions at Sussex University. …

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The Impossible Dead by Ian Rankin

The Impossible Dead is a novel written by the Scottish crime author, Ian Rankin. He is a leading exponent of the Scottish Tartan Noir genre. His most famous character is John Rebus but this book is the sequel to a previous novel, The Complaints which follows Rankin’s more recent protagonist, Malcolm Fox. The Complaints is reviewed here: https://bookreviewstoday.wordpress.com/2014/05/28/complaints-by-ian-rankin-2/. Like …

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Everything You Know by Zoe Heller

Zoe Heller was born in London, England in 1965 and educated at Oxford University, UK and Columbia University, New York, USA. She is a journalist who, after writing book reviews for various newspapers, became a feature writer for The Independent in England. She wrote a weekly confessional column for the Sunday Times in London for …

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The Complaints by Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin was born in Cardenden in the Kingdom of Fife, Scotland in 1960.  He was educated at Beath High School and  graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982. While working towards his PhD in Scottish Literature, he was writing novels.  He did not complete his PhD. He is probably best known for his …

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A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

A Room of One’s Own is an extended essay by Virginia Woolf that was recommended to me by my friend Ruth.  It was first published on 24 October 1929 and was based on a series of lectures she delivered at Newham College and Girton College which were two women only colleges at Cambridge University, England.  This extended essay employs …

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Elephants Can Remember by Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie was born to a wealthy upper-middle-class family in Torquay, Devon, England.  She served in a hospital during the First |World War before she married and started her family in London.   Although initially unsuccessful at getting her work published, in 1920, The Bodley Head press published her novel The Mysterious Affair at Styles, which, like this …

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But Inside I’m Screaming by Elizabeth Flock

But Inside I’m Screaming by Elizabeth Flock was a really good read.  I enjoyed it thoroughly, although perhaps it is not a book to be enjoyed. It is possibly more accurate to say that I connected with the book. The main character is Isabel Murphy who is a successful international broadcast journalist, loving wife, perfect daughter …

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Th Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

Muriel Barbery is a most interesting woman.  She was born in Casablanca, Morocco, Africa but raised in France.  Now she and her husband live in Japan.  She is a professor of philosophy, as a result of which this book is not only very French in attitude, but also peppered with philosophical theories. This is a very …

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