Category Archives: Novellas

“The suicide plan” by Emma Clapperton

Do you believe in being able to contact the dead? If so, this short novel might just be for you.  I’ll admit, I’m one of those skeptics that believe the work of mediums and spiritualists is just hogwash. But hey! … Continue reading

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“Christmas at the Beach Café” by Lucy Diamond

There is a lovely little Café in Carrawn Bay, Cornwall. Evie Flynn has inherited the Beach Café from her Aunt Jo. Her boyfriend of five months, Ed, is the Café’s chef. After a busy summer of tourist trade, Evie wants … Continue reading

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“My sweet friend” by H.A. Leuschel

With skillful prose, Leuschel has written a novella that makes the reader both hate, and… feel a bit sorry for her protagonist. “Behind the façade we were all human, fragile, and sensitive to judgement”. Alexa is an attractive woman working … Continue reading

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“Devil’s Kitchen” by Stephen Puleston

A double murder in the Snowdonia Mountains. A police procedural, prequel novella that introduces a freshly promoted Detective Inspector. A stunning cover.  All of these things attracted me to this book. Ian Drake has only been a DI for a … Continue reading

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“The deal of a lifetime” by Fredrik Backman

Fredrik Backman never disappoints, but he may pull at your heartstrings more than a little… He begins the story in this way: “Does it make a difference if I killed a good person? A loved person? A valuable life? If … Continue reading

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“The nesting dolls” by Clare Blanchard

In this series prequel novella, the reader becomes acquainted with Czech police detectives Jana Dvorska and Ivan Dambersky. The story begins when both detectives are on holiday, Jana in England, and Ivan in Spain. While visiting a gift shop in … Continue reading

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“Blackwater Lake” by Maggie James

I’m a bit behind in my Goodreads challenge this year so I thought I’d cheat a little and read a novella that has been on my Kindle for a while. The title and cover seemed in keeping with this time … Continue reading

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“The haunting of Haelstrom Cottage” by Tabatha Cross

Do you remember, as an adolescent,  hearing ghost stories around the campfire? The kind where those around the fire took turns with a flashlight beneath their chin? Well… this is such a story! “When places are deprived of sunlight, evil … Continue reading

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“Controlled explosions” by Claire McGowan (a novella)

A prequel novella, “Controlled explosions” introduces readers to Claire McGowan’s Paula Maguire series. When I read that Ken Bruen proclaimed her to be ‘Ireland’s answer to Ruth Rendell, I knew I had to check this series out. Paula Maguire, the series … Continue reading

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“The language of dying” by Sarah Pinborough

There is always one.  You know, the one who has to ‘deal’ with it.  Whatever it is.  Usually something of critical importance.  Like being the one to sit with an aging or ill relative, or the one who has to … Continue reading

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“Christmas in the park” by Laura Lockington

Television morning show producer Sarah Nash has just taken the station up on their offer of voluntary redundancy.  The early morning breakfast show’s quality has deteriorated and the show has been failing as a result.  With her new freedom she … Continue reading

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“Yuletide treasure” by Andrea Kane

In “Yuletide Treasure“, the reader travels back in time to late autumn of the year 1860. We visit a grand manor house that has been closed off to the world for years, Farrington Manor, in Dorsetshire, makes for an atmospheric holiday read. … Continue reading

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“Snowdrops at the Star and Sixpence” by Holly Hepburn

Today is the day when I decorate my house for the holiday season.  To get in the mood, I thought I’d start reading this holiday novella.  I was meaning to read it while taking breaks from the decorating, but instead … Continue reading

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“The fear at Rockbridge Hall” by Tim Heath

At a tender age I read Charlotte Brontë’s classic “Jane Eyre“.  Ever since, I’ve been a sucker for novels that feature English governesses – which is why I chose to read this novella. The story is set at the magnificent … Continue reading

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“And every morning the way home gets longer and longer” by Fredrik Backman

Ever since I read Fredrik Backman’s “A man called Ove“, I have been a fan.  Since then, I’ve read two other novels of his and loved them both.  Now, the author has written a new novella, and of course I … Continue reading

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