Tag Archives: debut novels

“Stella’s Christmas wish” by Kate Blackadder

With only two weeks until Christmas, I was in the mood for a ‘feel-good’ Christmas themed story.  This book delivered my wish. Stella grew up on the Scottish Borders in a tiny town called Melrose.  Her parents were killed in … Continue reading

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“Six stories” by Matt Wesolowski

After reading myriad glowing reviews of this novel throughout the year, I had high expectations. I was not disappointed. An outstanding debut thriller that incorporates a cold case murder and folk legends in the rather unique format of a modern … Continue reading

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“Bradstreet Gate” by Robin Kirman

The novel’s title, “Bradstreet Gate,” refers to a Harvard Yard gate that commemorates the Puritan poet Anne Bradstreet and the 25th anniversary of women living in the Yard. In 1997 Julie Patel, a Harvard student, is murdered. “Bradstreet Gate” is … 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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“Size matters” by Cathryn Novak

John Frederick is very rich. He lives in Frederick house and is attended by a housekeeper, gardeners, maids, etc.  Orphaned twenty years ago, at the age of sixteen, he lives alone in this vast rural estate.  He is also VERY … 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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20 questions with Eva Lesko Natiello (author of “The Memory Box”) + GIVEAWAY!

Eva Lesko Natiello is a native New Yorker, who, by transplanting to the New Jersey suburbs, conceived her first novel, “The Memory Box“, an award-winning debut thriller. I’m excited to announce that she has graciously consented to an interview on Fictionophile. Also,  she … Continue reading

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“The memory box” by Eva Lesko Natiello

Have you ever Googled your own name? Come on, confess, of course you have.  What if you found out things that you don’t remember?  Things that will completely change your life and how you view the people in it?  This … Continue reading

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“Greythorne” by L.M. Merrington

I perused my TBR for something that would fill be seasonal wish for a title gothic or spooky in tone.  “Greythorne” was the result of my search.  I requested it from NetGalley quite a while ago, for just such an … Continue reading

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“The Trap” by Melanie Raabe

Winner of the prestigious Stuttgart Crime Prize for best crime debut of the year, “The Trap” has been called a ‘must-read’ debut thriller. The premise is intriguing.  A reclusive novelist, traumatized by her sister’s murder, sets an elaborate trap for the murderer. … Continue reading

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20 Questions with Sara Bailey

I am so grateful that Sara Bailey took the time to answer my interview questions.  I’m sure you’ll agree her answers are a delight! Like your protagonist, Helena Chambers, you have also returned to Orkney after years away.  Do you … Continue reading

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