Monthly Archives: March 2019

“Lost Girls” by Angela Marsons – Book Review #MarsonsOfTheMonth

For some time now I have noticed that the D.I. Kim Stone series has been highly praised by my fellow book bloggers. Therefore, I decided that despite my lengthy TBR, I would read the series in its entirety, one title … Continue reading

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Cover Love: part 71 – Bluffs

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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Throwback Thursday – “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry” by Gabrielle Zevin – Book Review

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favorites. This week I’m showcasing a novel that I read over five years ago. “The storied life of A.J. Fikry” was a title that I got from … Continue reading

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Older female protagonists

Earlier this month I published a post in praise of older male protagonists. Because March is Women’s History Month, I thought it only fitting that I also publish a post in praise of older FEMALE protagonists. After all, old ladies … Continue reading

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“From a Low and Quiet Sea” by Donal Ryan – Book Review

Part I- Farouk The war is Syria has escalated and finally reached the town where Farouk, a doctor, and his wife Martha, a biologist, and their young daughter live. When a boy is crucified in public, this serves as a … Continue reading

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“The Rebels: and other short fiction” by Richard Power – Book Review

“A beautifully crafted collection that reflects the best of the Irish short story tradition.” The stories The Rebels – It was a time when corporal punishment and segregation in Irish schools was the norm. A time when schoolboys brought a … Continue reading

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“A Cold White Fear” by R.J. Harlick – Book Review

When Meg hears someone at her door during a blizzard, she is at first hesitant to let them in. She is miles from her nearest neighbour and has only a twelve-year old boy and a small puppy with her. However, … Continue reading

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Mystery Writer’s of America – shortlist for Edgar Allan Poe Awards

The Mystery Writer’s of America have just released the finalists for the 2019 Edgar Allan Poe Awards! I was surprised to learn that this year I have only read one of the top five titles. See my review of “The … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Word = LITTLE

Most readers will acknowledge that some words reappear time and time again in titles. Often these words are associated with a particular genre. Case in point: “The girl on the train” and “Gone girl” spawned countless thriller titles with the … Continue reading

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“The lost child” by Patricia Gibney – Book Review

I’ve read and thoroughly enjoyed the first two novels in Patricia Gibney’s Lottie Parker police procedural series.  They were fantastic! I’ve been meaning to read the third in the series for some time now – I’m SO glad to report … Continue reading

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Police Procedural series I want to start – Part III

I can’t help myself. Police procedurals, particularly those set in the United Kingdom, are probably my favourite type of read.  Part 1 and 2 of this blog series was SO rewarding, that I thought I’d give it another go. The … Continue reading

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“Undertow” by Anthony J. Quinn – Book Review

Blurb:  The body of a dead police detective drifts ashore at Lough Neagh. What appears to be a simple case of suicide takes on a more sinister tone when Detective Celcius Daly travels across the Irish border to the desolate … Continue reading

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Older male protagonists? – I love them!

Someone asked me recently “What is your favourite book?” (I know right – it’s like picking a favourite child) Near the top of my list is “A man called Ove” by Fredrik Backman.  Then… I started thinking, and I discovered … Continue reading

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Friday Finds (Gems I found on the Internet) #FF

As a book blogger, I can never seem to read fast enough to suit my ever-growing TBR. Have YOU ever wondered just how fast you read? Here is a little quiz that might shed some light on the matter: As … Continue reading

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“Perfect Remains” by Helen Fields – Book Review

A while back, I polled my followers so that YOU could pick which police procedural series I should begin next. The first poll was a resounding success with the recommendation of “For Reasons Unknown” by Michael Wood. This second poll … Continue reading

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