Monthly Archives: September 2017

“Devil’s trumpet” by Mary Rosenblum

This well written cozy mystery is the first in a series of four novels featuring landscape designer Rachel O’Connor. It has been awhile since I’ve read a ‘cozy’ mystery and this one was a delight. The blurb: All Rachel O’Connor … Continue reading

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NetGalley vs. Edelweiss (re: feedback ratios)

We know that NetGalley gives out badges. One that I’ve been striving for is the 80% badge. (I’m now standing at 76%) Just for the fun of it, I decided to figure out what my feedback ratio would be on … Continue reading

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Calling all Edelweiss Reviewers (updated Sept. 28, 2017)

I thought I’d write a short blog post today to raise awareness of this Goodreads group so that hopefully the group will have a more active and vibrant voice. Almost two years ago, I started a GoodReads group for Edelweiss … Continue reading

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Culling my lengthy TBR list – 4th attempt

Lost in a Story began this idea for blog posts as a way to edit a growing to-be-read list.  You take your Goodreads TBR list, sort by ascending date added, and look at the oldest 5-10 items on your list.  If you … Continue reading

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“Dead woman walking” by Sharon Bolton – Book Review

“Dead woman walking” has unique and disturbing early chapters that I’m sure I’ll remember for a long time.  And by the way, that long time will NEVER include me getting in a hot air balloon! Jessica Lane, a policewoman, takes … Continue reading

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The Cheltenham Literature Festival (I wish I could go…)

In only a few short days, the Cheltenham Literary Festival will be taking place. I know that for myself, living in Canada, and for many of my American followers, going to the Festival is just a happy dream. But luckily, … Continue reading

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Cover Love: part 36 – Benches

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 my thirty-sixth installment of ‘Cover Love‘, I’d like to show you books that feature benches on … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday – an old favorite recommended

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favorites. This week I’ve chosen “The black house” by Peter May for my Throwback Thursday post. It was first published in 2009 and was, for me, a 5* read. First reviewed … Continue reading

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“A place called Winter” by Patrick Gale

I had no idea what to expect when I began this novel. At first it didn’t seem like it had anything to do with the blurb I read, as the first pages were an account of the horrific way the … Continue reading

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20 Questions with Kaira Rouda (author of “Best Day Ever”)

I’m delighted to welcome Kaira Rouda to Fictionophile! Author of the just released “Best Day Ever“, Kaira has obligingly agreed to answer a few questions in order that you can get to know her, and her new novel, just a … Continue reading

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Book themed art of Jessie Willcox Smith

Jessie Willcox Smith was born in Philadelphia in 1863. She originally studied to be a kindergarten teacher and worked in this field before accidentally discovering a talent for drawing. She then took formal art courses at the Pennsylvania Academy of the … Continue reading

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The opposite of “Cover Love”

For a long time now I have been sharing attractive book covers via my Cover Love series of blog posts.  You know… those books that have covers that attract the reader, make them pick the book up, read the blurb, … Continue reading

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“The long drop” by Denise Mina

“The Long Drop is a re-imagining of the Peter Manual trial and of the drunken night two men spent carousing in Glasgow.” Ever since I read the fantastic “Garnethill” I have been a devout fan of Denise Mina. This time … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday – an old favorite recommended

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites and those books that are languishing on the to be read pile for whatever reason. This week I’ve chosen “Unspoken” by Samantha Hayes for my Throwback Thursday post. It was published … Continue reading

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Culling my lengthy TBR list – third attempt

Lost in a Story began this idea for blog posts as a way to edit a growing to-be-read list.  You take your Goodreads TBR list, sort by ascending date added, and look at the oldest 5-10 items on your list.  If you … Continue reading

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