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“Grief cottage” by Gail Godwin

Marcus Harshaw is eleven years old, but he has an old soul. He and his mother lived together in semi-poverty sharing a bedroom. An only child, he was studious and dependable. Serious and academically advanced, Marcus excelled at school and … Continue reading

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“The missing ones” by Patricia Gibney

Just finished the last page of Patricia Gibney’s “The missing ones” – and I’m missing the characters already.  The novel features Garda Síochána detective inspector Lottie Parker and is set in the fictional town of Ragmullin in the Irish Midlands. Lottie is … Continue reading

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“The truth according to us” by Annie Barrows

Several years ago I read “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” by by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.  I enjoyed it so much that I felt sure I would enjoy a novel by one of its authors, and I … Continue reading

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Series to Savour 7 – Elly Griffith’s Ruth Galloway mysteries

This morning, as I peruse my lovely bookshelves I spy one of my all-time favorite series and realize that I have not yet posted about it on my “Series to Savour” blog series. Well, that must be remedied immediately!  I’m … Continue reading

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“Lillian Boxfish takes a walk” by Kathleen Rooney

It is New Year’s Eve and Lillian Boxfish, age 85, leaves her cat Phoebe, and her apartment in Murray Hill to dine alone at one of her favorite restaurants.  She is early so she decides to go for a walk. … Continue reading

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“I see you” by Clare Mackintosh

Last year my #1 thriller read was “I let you go” by Clare Mackintosh.  It was a debut novel and I couldn’t imagine that she could possibly retain that caliber in a second novel. She did! “I see you” has … Continue reading

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Series to Savour 6 – Susan Hill’s Simon Serrailler mysteries

Several years ago, I read a mystery called “The various haunts of men“. It remains as one of my favorite mysteries to this day.  It is only fitting then, that I feature Susan Hill in my ‘Series to Savour‘ blog … 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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“This is your life, Harriet Chance” by Jonathan Evison

Life is made up of long stretches of unmemorable periods, interspersed with memories of such clarity that those memories seem to define us.  It is these memories that feature in Jonathan Evison’s novel, “This is your life, Harriet Chance!“. Harriet … Continue reading

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“At the heart of the missing” by Annie Daylon

Set in the beautiful city of Vancouver,  “At the heart of the missing” introduces the reader to some very interesting characters. Life has not treated them fairly, but then, is life ever fair? “What good are memories if there is … Continue reading

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