Monthly Archives: May 2017

20 Books of Summer 2017

20 Books of Summer is an annual reading challenge created by Cathy at 746 Books. The challenge takes place between June 1st and September 3rd, during which time the reader pledges to read 20 books from his or her TBR in three … Continue reading

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“A dark so deadly” by Stuart MacBride

“Tartan noir” liberally laced with wit makes for an outstanding police procedural! A new standalone thriller from Stuart MacBride, the author of the Logan McRae mystery series. Meet Mother’s Misfit Mob – a detective unit of Police Scotland, the ‘mob’ … Continue reading

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“Tumbledown Manor” by Helen Brown

“TUMBLEDOWN MANOR” follows the adventures of a woman who reinvents herself after a disastrous 50th birthday. A novelist, she packs up her life in New York and moves back to her native Australia. Don’t you just love it when a … Continue reading

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Series to Savour 8 – Louise Penny’s Armand Gamache mysteries

I can’t believe that I have not yet written about the fabulous Louise Penny on my “Series to Savour” blog series. Well, that must be remedied immediately!  Set in the charming small town of Three Pines, the series features police Chief Inspector … Continue reading

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A brilliant post by Sarah Pinborough

Author Sarah Pinborough has just written a brilliant post on her blog. See: Be more dog and whatever that means I urge ALL to read it. On the surface it is about a little dog she adopted.  Beneath the surface it … Continue reading

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“Don’t believe a word” by Patricia MacDonald

In the 1990s I read several titles by Patricia MacDonald. They were all suspense novels that I quite enjoyed.  So… when I saw a book by this author offered on NetGalley, I jumped to request it, to see if I … Continue reading

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Cover Love: part 26 – Small boats

The covers of novels 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 twenty-sixth installment of ‘Cover Love‘, I’d like to show you books that … Continue reading

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“Taking on water” by David Rawding

I chose to read this novel because one of the protagonists is a lobsterman.  Since I live in Nova Scotia, where lobster fishing is a huge industry, I thought it would be fun to read a mystery centered around this … Continue reading

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“The gift” by Louise Jensen – Book Review

“Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.” – Joseph Heller  There is a fine line between paranoia and fear.  Does fear breed paranoia? Or, does paranoia breed fear? Jenna McCauley is a thirty year old woman who … Continue reading

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“Delivering the truth” by Edith Maxwell – Book Review

Nominated for the Agatha Award for Best Historical Novel  Blurb from Goodreads: Quaker midwife Rose Carroll hears secrets and keeps con­fi­dences as she attends births of the rich and poor alike in an 1888 Massachusetts mill town. When the town’s … Continue reading

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Cover Love: part 25 – Dandelions

They say you can never have a second chance to make a good first impression. A book’s cover does just that – gives a first impression. A good cover can make a reader pick up a book. A bad cover can … Continue reading

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“Death of a ghost” by M.C. Beaton

Blurb from Goodreads: There are many ruined castles in Scotland. One such lies outside the village of Drim. Hamish begins to hear reports that this castle is haunted and lights have been seen there at night, but he assumes it’s … Continue reading

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Familial DNA in criminal investigations (Guest post by D.J. Swykert)

As a crime fiction reader, I’ve always been intrigued by DNA and how it is used to capture and prosecute criminals. Today, I want to welcome novelist David J. Swykert, the author of the crime novel “The death of anyone“, who has … Continue reading

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20 questions – interview with novelist Alison Baillie

After reading the novel “Sewing the shadows together” and posting my review, I contacted the author and asked her if she would grant an interview for Fictionophile.  To my delight she agreed! I am SO grateful that Alison Baillie took the time … Continue reading

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“Size matters” by Cathryn Novak

John Frederick is very rich. He lives in Frederick house and is attended by a housekeeper, gardeners, maids, etc.  Orphaned twenty years ago, at the age of sixteen, he lives alone in this vast rural estate.  He is also VERY … Continue reading

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