Category Archives: Debut novels

“Call of the undertow” by Linda Cracknell

Back when I was working as a library cataloger I used to keep a running list of those titles that really appealed to me as possible reads. (two notebooks full) One of those titles was “Call of the undertow” by … 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, as well as books that were published over a year ago. Not to mention those that are languishing on the to be read pile for whatever reason. This week … Continue reading

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“What she knew” by Gilly MacMillan

Despite my hearing wonderful things about this novel, for one reason or another it has sat on my TBR for far longer than I would have liked.  Now, finally, I’ve had a chance to read it – only to find … Continue reading

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“Strange things done” by Elle Wild

There are strange things done in the midnight sun By the men who moil for gold; The Arctic trails have their secret tales That would make your blood run cold… – Robert W. Service poem, “The Cremation of Sam McGee” … Continue reading

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“Tumbledown Manor” by Helen Brown

“TUMBLEDOWN MANOR” follows the adventures of a woman who reinvents herself after a disastrous 50th birthday. A novelist, she packs up her life in New York and moves back to her native Australia. Don’t you just love it when a … Continue reading

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“Taking on water” by David Rawding

I chose to read this novel because one of the protagonists is a lobsterman.  Since I live in Nova Scotia, where lobster fishing is a huge industry, I thought it would be fun to read a mystery centered around this … Continue reading

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“Sewing the shadows together” by Alison Baillie

An excellent debut mystery with an atmospheric Edinburgh setting! It was the setting that first attracted me to this debut mystery.  It has been on my NetGalley TBR for some time, and I’m so happy that I finally got around … Continue reading

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“The yellow house” by Jeroen Blokhuis

Dutch author, Jeroen Blokhuis tells Vincent van Gogh’s story as the artist would have told it. The novel depicts van Gogh’s life when he lived in his beloved ‘yellow house’ in Arles, France between August 1888 and December 1889. “it’s … Continue reading

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New on my radar: “Seas of snow” by Kerensa Jennings #TBR

I received an email today telling me of a new, debut psychological thriller.  It sounded SO brilliant, that I thought I’d spread the word and share the latest addition to my TBR! from Unbound.co.uk: A psychological thriller that explores whether evil … Continue reading

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“Weathering” by Lucy Wood

A cold, cold, river.  An even colder, deserted, and unloved house.  It is here that Ada brings her six year-old daughter, Pepper.  The very first thing they do when they arrive is they take Pearl’s ashes to the river and … Continue reading

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