Monthly Archives: February 2017

“Breaking light” by Karin Altenberg

After reading the last page of this touching and tragic story, I view the wonderfully perfect cover as particularly poignant.  Two small boys, hand in hand… But let me tell you a bit about the story.  First we meet Gabriel, a … Continue reading

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Cover Love: Part 19 – Cupped hands

Dustjackets entice the reader to enter a different world. Covers are, after all, the way the publisher ‘hooks’ the reader into choosing one book over countless others. In this, my nineteenth installment of ‘Cover Love‘, I’d like to show you books that feature cupped … Continue reading

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The Anniversary Game (Flash Fiction)

Originally posted on mariasjostrand:
A/N: A quick flash fiction. Not happy with the title though, so let me know if you have any ideas! Every year Eleanor Perry divorced her husband. It was always around the middle of May, at…

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“The thing is” by Kathleen Gerard

It is a fact that animals can help their owners overcome loneliness, depression, and anxiety. Their very presence instills in some a sense of calm – and they have been know to create a decrease in blood pressure. In The … Continue reading

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“The girl in the garden” by Melanie Wallace

June is a young mother, timid and painfully thin, with a small infant. She is abandoned by her partner at a seaside tourist cabin somewhere in New England.  Penniless, she is taken in by Mabel, the widow who owns the cabins. … Continue reading

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Some challenges of being a writer (Guest post by attorney/novelist, Steve Clark)

Writing a novel is hard work.  Hard work that some authors make look easy, but it is hard all the same.  Today on Fictionophile I have the privilege of hosting a guest post by attorney/novelist Steve Clark, the author of … Continue reading

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“The Doll Funeral” by Kate Hamer – PUBLICATION DAY in UK!

Last February I read and reviewed Kate Hamer‘s debut novel “The girl in the red coat“. It was a favorite read of 2016 so when I saw her second novel on NetGalley, I was sad to discover that it wasn’t available … Continue reading

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“A better truth” by Valerie Joan Connors

And now for my review of my “Mystery/Thriller Week“ title.  It is always a slight gamble when you get a book for review that a) it’s a title you have never heard of before; and, b) you’ve never heard of the … Continue reading

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What makes a good #bookblog #bookblogger?

The book blogging community has been super supportive of this blog since its inception. In turn, I try my best to return the favor by reading their blog posts and Tweeting links when I feel the post has merit and … Continue reading

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“The Mistress of Tall Acre” by Laura Frantz

Sometimes you come across a novel on your TBR at JUST the perfect time.  Don’t get me wrong, my favorite genre is mystery/thriller, but sometimes you just want a change. “The mistress of Tall Acre” filled a need for me. … Continue reading

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Cover Love: Part 18 – Hearts

Dustjackets entice the reader to enter a different world. Covers are, after all, the way the publisher ‘hooks’ the reader into choosing one book over countless others. In this, my eighteenth installment of ‘Cover Love‘, I’d like to show you books that feature hearts on … Continue reading

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“Her every fear” by Peter Swanson

She travels to another country – only to have “Her every fear” realized… A house swap.  Kate Priddy swaps flats with a second cousin she has never actually met, Corbin Dell. He will live in her home, a smallish flat … Continue reading

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Series to Savour 5 – Peter Robinson’s Inspector Banks mysteries

Back in 1988, when my children were tiny, I belonged to one of those book clubs where you bought a book every month and it was delivered in the mail.  One of my treasured deliveries was “Gallow’s View”, the very … Continue reading

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Objectivity in book reviews: can you be honest AND objective?

These past few weeks I have read some rather unpleasant comments about book reviewers. Blogger ‘bashing’ seems popular just now. An example of this blogger bashing: https://prettymessreading.wordpress.com/…/dear-book-blogge…/ When someone – anyone – calls me or my fellow book bloggers dishonest – then steam starts … Continue reading

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Mystery-Thriller Week 2017

I am proud to be involved with Mystery Thriller Week 2017.  My involvement is tiny, since I am only reviewing one title, but I thought you all would be interested in viewing the exciting Mystery Thriller Week Calendar of Events … Continue reading

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