Tag Archives: Scotland

Throwback Thursday: March 29, 2018 (an old favorite recommended)

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favorites. This week I’ve chosen “Blood in the water” by Gillian Galbraith for my Throwback Thursday post. It was first published in January 2007 and was, for me, a 5 … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday March 15, 2018 (an old favorite recommended)

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favorites. This week I’ve chosen “Snared” by Ed James for my Throwback Thursday post. It was first published in April of 2015 and was, for me, a 5 star read. … Continue reading

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“I’ll keep you safe” by Peter May

“I’ll keep you safe” by the inimitable Peter May begins in Paris and ends in the atmospheric Hebrides for which he is famous. The protagonist is forty-year old Niamh (pronounced Neave) Macfarlane. She, with her husband Ruairidh, are attending a … Continue reading

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“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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“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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“House. Tree. Person” by Catriona McPherson

It is an understatement to say Alison McGovern’s family has had some setbacks. Once, they had a lovely house, she owned a thriving beauty salon called ‘Face Value’, and her husband, Marco, took over his successful family restaurant.  But… Marco … Continue reading

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“Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine” by Gail Honeyman

“Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine”.  Yeah… sure.  If you fell off a cliff and someone stumbled across your prone body on the ground and asked “How are you?” and you replied “I’m fine”. That kind of ‘fine’. When strangers say … Continue reading

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“Call of the undertow” by Linda Cracknell

Back when I was working as a library cataloger I used to keep a running list of those titles that really appealed to me as possible reads. (two notebooks full) One of those titles was “Call of the undertow” by … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday – (an old favorite recommended)

The Throwback Thursday meme was created by Rene over at It’s Book Talk. She made this meme to share some of her old favorites. Although all bookbloggers have an endless TBR pile, we seldom take the time to reflect back and post … Continue reading

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“A dark so deadly” by Stuart MacBride

“Tartan noir” liberally laced with wit makes for an outstanding police procedural! A new standalone thriller from Stuart MacBride, the author of the Logan McRae mystery series. Meet Mother’s Misfit Mob – a detective unit of Police Scotland, the ‘mob’ … Continue reading

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“Death of a ghost” by M.C. Beaton

Blurb from Goodreads: There are many ruined castles in Scotland. One such lies outside the village of Drim. Hamish begins to hear reports that this castle is haunted and lights have been seen there at night, but he assumes it’s … Continue reading

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20 questions – interview with novelist Alison Baillie

After reading the novel “Sewing the shadows together” and posting my review, I contacted the author and asked her if she would grant an interview for Fictionophile.  To my delight she agreed! I am SO grateful that Alison Baillie took the time … 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 killings on Kersivay” by Angus MacVicar

Once more my reading travels have taken me to the Scottish isles.  I LOVE this setting! When I ponder why, I realize that like all settings that are located on islands, the setting makes the story akin to a ‘locked … Continue reading

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Trilogies to Treasure – Part 2 – Peter May’s Lewis trilogy

Many readers cannot commit to a lengthy series.  They find it too daunting, too time intensive.  They will often choose stand-alone novels for these reasons.  I am here to introduce you to some prime examples that bridge the gap between … Continue reading

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