Monthly Archives: June 2018

“The Possible World” by Liese O’Halloran Schwarz – Book Review

“An astonishing, deeply moving novel about the converging lives of a young boy who witnesses a brutal crime, the doctor who tends to him, and a woman guarding her long-buried past.”Heart-breaking, heart-warming, and compelling literary fiction. This book is a … Continue reading

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“Grave Island” by Andrew Smyth: the research behind the thriller

Grave Island by Andrew Smyth is out today, 28th June (Bloodhound Books) In this guest post, the author, Andrew Smyth, shares his research process with us. But first… the blurb: When Philip Hennessey is thrown out of army intelligence after … Continue reading

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Cover Love: part 57 – Window blinds

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 … Continue reading

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“The death of Mrs. Westaway” by Ruth Ware

With echoes of the favourite books of my past, “The death of Mrs. Westaway” was very appealing.  A young woman in a dire financial situation coupled with a mysterious family, an old manor house in Cornwall and an unexpected inheritance.  … Continue reading

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#BookBlogger Word Search – #Bookbloggers

I love this wonderful book blogging community!  Such a warm and supportive group! As a token of thanks to those bloggers who have been SO supportive of Fictionophile, I have created a little ‘Word Search‘ puzzle. Hope you enjoy it! … Continue reading

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Two more crime writers that deserve to be read

While perusing my book shelves, I look fondly on certain tomes.  Some authors are ones I haven’t heard about in a while…  I have highly positive memories of their work. Where are they now?  Are they still writing? In this … Continue reading

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“Tin man” by Sarah Winman – Book Review

Having just finished this novel about five minutes ago… all I can say is WOW!  My regard for literary fiction increases every time I read such a quality novel. This is a novel about three people, two men and one … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Word = Silent (Cover Love redux)

This is a new spin on my Cover Love posts. Although I still plan to continue my Cover Love series, I just thought it would be sort of fun to concentrate on title words for a change – instead of pictures.  Most … Continue reading

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“The lie” by C.L. Taylor

“Your past doesn’t have to define your future.” “I was escaping from a job I hated, Al was escaping from a failed relationship, Daisy was tagging along for the adventure, and Leanne… well, she was looking for somewhere to call … Continue reading

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Two crime writers that deserve to be read

While perusing my book shelves, I look fondly on certain tomes.  Some authors are ones I haven’t heard about in a while…  I have highly positive memories of their work. Where are they now?  Are they still writing? In this … Continue reading

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Anticipated on my TBR = “Jar of Hearts” by Jennifer Hillier

I was lucky enough to be given a complimentary copy of “Jar of Hearts” from St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur Books via NetGalley and will be reading and reviewing it soon.  Until then, I thought you might like to read an excerpt … Continue reading

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“Us against you” by Fredrik Backman – Book Review

“The game is simple: everyone gets a stick, there are two nets, two teams. Us against you.” Last year I read “Beartown“. It was phenomenal, so I was super excited to learn that there was going to be a sequel.  … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Word = Perfect (Cover Love redux)

This is a new spin on my Cover Love posts. Although I still plan to continue my Cover Love series, I just thought it would be sort of fun to concentrate on title words for a change – instead of pictures.  Most … Continue reading

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English language quirks and perversities

As an English speaking person, I take the vagaries of the English language for granted.  I take joy in reading and discovering the perversities of my native tongue.  I can only imagine how difficult it must be to learn English as … Continue reading

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Are you insane?

Be thankful you live in the twenty-first century. Back in Victorian times, when women were considered second class citizens, their families could shuttle them off to asylums at the drop of a hat. Here are a list of reasons you … Continue reading

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