Tag Archives: England

“Underwater breathing” by Cassandra Parkin

High on a Yorkshire cliff lives a dysfunctional family.  Mother Maggie, father Richard, sixteen year-old son Jacob, and his half-sister, seven year-old Ella.  The house, like the family itself, is getting perilously close to destruction due to shore erosion.  Jacob, … Continue reading

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“Exquisite” by Sarah Stovell

Different recollections of the same events does not a liar make. Or does it? In this novel, when two people recall events from differing perspectives, what follows is ‘exquisite‘ betrayal… “Exquisite” features two female protagonists. Bo Luxton is a successful … 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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“The death of Mrs. Westaway” by Ruth Ware

With echoes of the favourite books of my past, “The death of Mrs. Westaway” was very appealing.  A young woman in a dire financial situation coupled with a mysterious family, an old manor house in Cornwall and an unexpected inheritance.  … 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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“Bluethroat morning” by Jacqui Lofthouse @jacquilofthouse @Blackbird_Bks

“A bluethroat morning. Before first light and the morning still: a velvet darkness.” Blurb:  Alison Bliss, celebrity model and critically acclaimed writer, walks into the sea one ‘bluethroat morning’. In death she becomes a greater icon than in life, and the … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday – May 10, 2018 #TBT #bookreview

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favorites. This week I’ve chosen “The Birdwatcher” by William Shaw for my Throwback Thursday post. It was first published in May of 2016 by Mulholland Books and was, for me, … Continue reading

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“Persons unknown” by Susie Steiner

In the summer of 2016 I read a fantastic novel called “Missing, presumed“. WOW! What a series debut!  The characterization was nothing short of stellar. Here is a brief quote from my review of “Missing, presumed“: “And the police… I … 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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“Our kind of cruelty” by Araminta Hall

“We make a funny pair,” she said to me once, “you with no parents, me with no siblings. There’s so little of us to go around. We have to keep a tight hold of each other to stop the other … Continue reading

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“The woman before me” by Ruth Dugdall

Rose Wilks has been in prison for four long years. Incarcerated for something she didn’t do.  Another tragic part of a life filled with tragedy and betrayal. Rose is serving a sentence for manslaughter. She is charged with setting a … Continue reading

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“Then she was gone” by Lisa Jewell

This is the third title I’ve read by Lisa Jewell and I’ve decided that her novels are all consistently good.  It is nice to discover an author who you know you will read automatically – a ‘go to‘ author. First … Continue reading

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“From the cradle” by Louise Voss & Mark Edwards

A gritty and disturbing, character-driven, police procedural! “From the cradle” is my first novel by this duo of authors and I was very impressed. I am always amazed at how two people can write one story and make it seem … Continue reading

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“The Wildling sisters” by Eve Chase

“Applecote Manor doesn’t dominate the surrounding lush countryside but settles into it, like an elegant elderly lady dozing in long grass.”Two years ago I read Eve Chase’s debut novel, “Black Rabbit Hall” and enjoyed it SO much that I vowed … Continue reading

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“The Detective’s Daughter” by Lesley Thomson

I’ll start out this review by saying that the writing reminded me a lot of that of Ruth Rendell.  You can’t get much better praise from me, as she was one of my favorite authors EVER! “The Detective’s Daughter” has … Continue reading

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