Monthly Archives: December 2017

Fictionophile’s Top Reads of 2017

Wow! Was it ever hard to choose my top reads this year! Of the 103 titles I read in 2017 so many of them were top notch. The best I could do was narrow it down to 25 Top Titles. … Continue reading

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“A Cornish Christmas” by Lily Graham – Book Review

This is my final Christmas read for this year, and is quite possibly the best of my Christmas reads in 2017.  My first time reading the work of Lily Graham was very rewarding. A lovely couple feature in this novel. … Continue reading

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“His third victim” by Helen H. Durrant

I was excited to see this title offered on NetGalley because I’ve read this author before and really enjoyed her work. . “His third victim” introduces a new protagonist, and is set in Yorkshire, England. “All she had to do … Continue reading

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Wishing everyone a restful and joyous holiday week

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Fictionophile’s bookish Christmas

As the big day draws near, I thought I’d share some of the bookish ornaments on my Christmas tree. Do YOU have bookish ornaments on YOUR tree?  I’d love to hear about them. (Note: My husband was a firefighter for … Continue reading

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Cover Love: part 44 – Piano keys

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 forty-fourth installment of ‘Cover Love‘, I’d like to show you books that feature piano … Continue reading

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“Christmas at the Beach Café” by Lucy Diamond

There is a lovely little Café in Carrawn Bay, Cornwall. Evie Flynn has inherited the Beach Café from her Aunt Jo. Her boyfriend of five months, Ed, is the Café’s chef. After a busy summer of tourist trade, Evie wants … Continue reading

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America’s reading habits: an infographic

Wondering What Everyone Else Is Reading? The Most Popular Book Across the US Is… Are you the type who’s used to craning your neck so you can make out the cover titles of your fellow subway commuters’ books?  Can’t wait … Continue reading

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“My sweet friend” by H.A. Leuschel

With skillful prose, Leuschel has written a novella that makes the reader both hate, and… feel a bit sorry for her protagonist. “Behind the façade we were all human, fragile, and sensitive to judgement”. Alexa is an attractive woman working … Continue reading

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AudioFile Magazine’s TOP FICTION audiobook titles of 2017

Those who love to listen to their books rather than read them will probably be more than acquainted with AudioFile’s Ezine. List of the 2017 Best of FICTION Audiobooks with review links (Review links are embedded in the graphics and … Continue reading

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Cover Love: part 43 – Stone angels

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 forty-third installment of ‘Cover Love‘, I’d like to show you books that feature stone … Continue reading

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“A Cotswold Christmas” by Kate Hewitt

Having only read one other Kate Hewitt novel (“Rainy day sisters”) which I loved, I was keen to try another of her works.  I purchased “A Cotswold Christmas” because it is the first installment in her Willoughby Close series – … Continue reading

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“Devil’s Kitchen” by Stephen Puleston

A double murder in the Snowdonia Mountains. A police procedural, prequel novella that introduces a freshly promoted Detective Inspector. A stunning cover.  All of these things attracted me to this book. Ian Drake has only been a DI for a … Continue reading

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“Stella’s Christmas wish” by Kate Blackadder

With only two weeks until Christmas, I was in the mood for a ‘feel-good’ Christmas themed story.  This book delivered my wish. Stella grew up on the Scottish Borders in a tiny town called Melrose.  Her parents were killed in … Continue reading

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“The shivering turn” by Sally Spencer

“The Shivering Turn” introduces ex-policewoman turned private investigator, Jennie Redhead, and is set in the historic British city of Oxford.  From the northern county of Lancashire, she studied at Oxford herself and got her degree in English Literature. And guess … Continue reading

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