Category Archives: Edelweiss

“The Invited” by Jennifer McMahon – Book Review

A chilling ghost story with a twist. “The Invited” takes place in rural Vermont and tells the story of a husband and wife who don’t simply move into a haunted house, they start building one from scratch, without knowing it, … Continue reading

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“The binding” by Bridget Collins – Book Review

The time is sometime in the far Anglo-Saxon past. An imaginary time when the annual winter holiday was called “The Turning” and  a time when books were forbidden. So deplorable that the average ‘good’ citizen would not have them in … 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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“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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“Everything she Forgot” by Lisa Ballantyne – Book Review

“Margaret Holloway, deputy head teacher, mother, wife, did not know what had happened to her when she was a little girl, and she was terrified to find out”. “Everything she forgot” was also published under the title “Redemption Road“. Blurb: … Continue reading

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“Get Well Soon” by Marie-Sabine Roger – Book Review

A few years ago I read a little novel called “Soft in the head“. It left such a positive impression that I just HAD to read another work by this talented author.  Once again, she has left me wanting more. … Continue reading

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“Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens – Book Review

“abandoned, hungry and cold” North Carolina 1952 – We meet little six-year-old Kya Clark on the day her mother walks out of their marsh ‘shack’ for the last time. Covered in bruises, Kya’s mother has left her drunken, abusive husband … Continue reading

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“The Dark Lake” by Sarah Bailey – Book Review

BLURB: The lead homicide investigator in a rural town, Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock is deeply unnerved when a high school classmate is found strangled, her body floating in a lake. And not just any classmate, but Rosalind Ryan, whose beauty … Continue reading

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“The Stranger Diaries” by Elly Griffiths

In the beginning we meet Clare Cassidy, an attractive, divorced, school teacher and single mum living in West Sussex with her teenage daughter and much-loved dog. She teaches creative writing in the English Department of Talgarth High, the same school … Continue reading

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“The Silent Companions” by Laura Purcell

I just had to end the month of October with a ghost story. And WOW, what a ghost story! Creepy, gothic, and utterly unique, this novel will remain in my memory for years to come. With two historical timelines, set … Continue reading

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The Rúin by Dervla McTiernan

A complex, character-driven police procedural mystery set in Galway, Ireland. “In Irish, Rúin means something hidden, a mystery, or a secret, but the word also has a long history as a term of endearment.” From the publisher’s blurb: “This unsettling … Continue reading

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“A double life” by Flynn Berry

“Loosely inspired by one of the most notorious unsolved crimes of the 20th century – the Lord Lucan case – A Double Life is at once a riveting page-turner and a moving reflection on women and violence, trauma and memory, … Continue reading

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“All the beautiful lies” by Peter Swanson

“Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky Just days before his university graduation, Harry Ackerson receives a telephone call telling him his father is dead.  It appears that the healthy Bill Ackerson went … Continue reading

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“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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