Category Archives: debut novels

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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“The Visitors” by Catherine Burns

“…she wrapped her arms around Mother’s angular hips for comfort. Physical affection wasn’t encouraged, however, in the Zetland family, and she soon felt herself peeled off with extreme delicacy.” In this compelling debut thriller we first meet Marion Zetland.  Born … Continue reading

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“The Salt House” by Lisa Duffy @TouchstoneBooks @lisaduffywriter

“…Gorgeously written, heartbreaking, yet hopeful debut set during a Maine summer traces the lives of a young family in the aftermath of tragedy.” “the isolation of sorrow” In a small Maine coastal town lives the Kelly family. Father Jack is … Continue reading

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“The last wave” by Gillian Best

A novel that shows how ordinary people can be extraordinary. This novel is about the Roberts family who live in Dover, England. In particular, it is about Martha Roberts – wife, mother, and long distance swimmer. We first meet Martha … Continue reading

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“Sometimes I lie” by Alice Feeney (@alicewriterland @HQstories)

I’ve been anxious to read “Sometimes I lie” ever since I won a copy via a Twitter giveaway.  A thriller riddled with twists and an unreliable narrator ensured that I wasn’t disappointed.  Whew! “People are not mirrors, they don’t see … Continue reading

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“The Cheesemaker’s House” by Jane Cable (#blogtour @rararesources @JaneCable)

Today I’m delighted to kickoff the Rachel’s Random Resources blog tour for Jane Cable’s debut novel, “The Cheesemaker’s House“.  The Yorkshire setting and the hint of a historical mystery are what first attracted me to the novel. Plus, I’m always … Continue reading

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“The secret life of Mrs. London” by Rebecca Rosenberg (spotlight #blogtour)

2018 BEST NEW NOVEL nominee! I’m so happy to be included in the blog tour for the historical novel “The secret life of Mrs. London“. which reveals the love triangle between Houdini, Charmian and Jack London. Only one woman could … Continue reading

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“The Lido” by Libby Page

First we meet Kate Matthews.  In her early twenties she has moved from her home in the suburbs of Bristol to take her chances in the big city of London.  She has settled in the London community of Brixton where … Continue reading

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“Dear Mrs. Bird” by A.J. Pearce

Set during the London Blitz in 1940-41, you’d expect a dark and dour novel but this couldn’t be farther from the truth.  It was a happy/sad book that highlighted the indomitable and resilient spirit of Londoners during the time, yet … Continue reading

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“The Bookshop of Yesterdays” by Amy Meyerson

Schoolteacher Miranda Brooks reaches a crossroads in her life when she learns of her Uncle Billy’s death.  He was a big and very important part of her childhood years, but a family rift resulted in her not seeing him for … Continue reading

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“Redferne Lane” by Sarah Scholefield

Living on an idyllic lane in Somerset, Grace Redferne’s life is anything but idyllic. A young widow, Grace lost her husband Ezra when he was only thirty years old.  His fatal bicycle accident was two years ago now, and Grace … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday – April 19, 2018

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favorites. This week I’ve chosen “The truth and other lies” by Sascha Arango for my Throwback Thursday post. It was first published June 2015 by Atria Books and was, for … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday April 12, 2018

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favorites. This week I’ve chosen “Weathering” by Lucy Wood for my Throwback Thursday post. It was first published January 15th 2015 by Bloomsbury Publishing and was, for me, a 5 … Continue reading

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“The madwoman upstairs” by Catherine Lowell

The classic novels written by the Brontë sisters have long been among my favorites. For this reason I was curious to read “The madwoman upstairs“. From the publisher:  As the last living descendant of the Brontës, Samantha Whipple is accustomed … Continue reading

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“The dead house” by Billy O’Callaghan

“Ireland is a country haunted by its past. In Billy O’Callaghan’s hands, its terrible beauty becomes a force of inescapable horror that reaches far back in time, before the Famine, before Christianity, to a pagan place where nature and superstition … Continue reading

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