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Act of Vengeance by Michael Jecks

I first met Michael Jecks a few years ago when he was lecturing at Swanwick Writers’ Summer School and I am so glad I did! I have always enjoyed the Templar books, which start with The Last Templar, written by Michael Jecks. Act of Vengeance is a great modern spy thriller written by one of …

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Lemon Blossom by Nina Romano

Lemon Blossom is the second book in The Wayfarer Trilogy written by my friend and fellow author, Nina Romano. The first book is The Secret Language of Women, also reviewed on this site. I absolutely loved the the first book in this series and had been looking forward to reading Lemon Blossom too. It is …

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Winter Writerland by Beatrice Fishback

I recently finished the lovely cosy mystery written by Beatrice Fishback. I have read a couple of the books in her Bethel Manor series of novels, and know I like her style of writing.  Winter Writerland is set at a writer’s conference in central England where American teacher, Daisy, has retired. She meets up with …

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Still Life by Louise Penny

I had never read anything by Canadian author, Louise Penny, and as we share a surname, I decided I should do so. Still Life is her first novel featuring her recurring character Arnaud Gamache, so it seemed as good a place to start as any. The novel was published by St. Martin’s Paperbacks on 1 …

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Outsiders by Jeremy Mills

I rarely read science fiction before my friend and fellow author, Louis K Lowy gave me an opportunity to read his intriguing novel To Dream – Anatomy of a Humachine reviewed here: https://bookreviewstoday.info/2017/02/24/to-dream-anatomy-of-a-humachine-by-louis-k-lowy/. I very much enjoyed that novel so when Outsiders by Jeremy Mills was book of the month at my book group, I was interested …

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Death Wish by Linda Huber

I have enjoyed each book I have read by Linda Huber and when I treated myself to Death Wish, I was looking forward to it. I was not disappointed! It is an excellent pyschological thriller.  The story revolves around two neighbouring households, each has their own issues. Their problems become increasingly interwoven througout the book …

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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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He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly

I had been avoiding the novel HeSaid/SheSaid by Erin Kelly because I had heard it was about rape and I thought that subject matter would not suit me. How silly I am! I should know by now that when Erin Kelly approaches any topic, she will involve twists and turns that thrill and fascinate in …

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The Secret Language of Women by Nina Romano

Have you ever come across a book that delights you? I had never read any novels by Nina Romano previously, but The Secret Language of Women was recommended to me by so many people, that I decided it would be churlish to ignore this book. I am so glad I picked it up. The Secret …

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Pressure by Betsy Reavley

The new novel Pressure by Betsy Reavley was recommended to me recently, so I was pleased to make time to read this novel. The title is used to great advantage and the different meanings of the word pressure are itemised at the beginning of the book. This is a useful beginning. Pressure takes place on …

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