Book Review: The Winter Soldier by Daniel Mason

Book reviews By November 27, 2019 Tags: , , , No Comments

Daniel Mason’s The Winter Soldier takes a young medical student far from Vienna and into the makeshift world of being a wartime medic in the Galician mountains on the Poland-Ukraine border. Vienna, 1914. Lucius is a twenty-two-year-old medical student when World War I explodes across Europe. Enraptured by romantic tales of battlefield surgery, he enlists, only to find himself posted…

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Berlin Alexanderplatz Readalong Week One #GermanLitMonth

German books, Reading By November 25, 2019 Tags: , , , 3 Comments

As part of #GermanLitMonth, I’m taking part in the Berlin Alexanderplatz readalong. Week One was not a happy one at the Nut Press, which is why I’m posting this so very late in the month. I’ll let my answers to the discussion questions Lizzy set tell you why that was. Chapters 1-2. Welcome to the #germanlitmonth readalong of Alfred Döblin’s…

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German Literature Month 2019

Reading By November 15, 2019 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 4 Comments

November is a busy month in the blogosphere with Novella Month, Non-Fiction November and German Literature Month all competing for the attention of bloggers who are up for a challenge. And while I’m tempted to do a couple of posts about the first two, it’s German Literature Month, hosted by Caroline and Lizzy, that interested me the most. I’ve never taken…

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Book Review: The Vanished Bride by Bella Ellis

Book reviews By November 8, 2019 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Writing under the very Brontë-esque pen name of Bella Ellis, Rowan Coleman has come up with a delicious premise for a new series featuring the Brontë sisters before they became published authors. The Vanished Bride is their first outing as detectors. Yorkshire, 1845. A young woman has gone missing from her home, Chester Grange, leaving no trace, save a large…

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Book Review: The Light in the Dark: A Winter Journal by Horatio Clare

Book reviews By October 1, 2019 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Horatio Clare writes with great candour and generosity in The Light in the Dark: A Winter Journal, offering a fierce flicker of hope to others in this illuminating contemplation of his own depression. As November stubs out the glow of autumn and the days tighten into shorter hours, winter’s occupation begins. Preparing for winter has its own rhythms, as old…

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Book Review: Heaven, My Home by Attica Locke

Book reviews By September 23, 2019 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Heaven, My Home, the second book in Attica Locke’s Highway 59 series, uses a child’s disappearance to devastating effect in order to explore displacement, reconciliation and just what home means to people. Nine-year-old Levi King knew he should have left for home sooner; instead he found himself all alone, adrift on the vastness of Caddo Lake. A sudden noise –…

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Book Review: The Mermaid’s Call by Katherine Stansfield

Book reviews By September 19, 2019 Tags: , , , , , , 4 Comments

Katherine Stansfield’s Cornish Mysteries series moves to the unforgiving North Cornwall coast where Shilly and Anna are to investigate whether The Mermaid’s Call lured a man to his death. Cornwall, 1845. Shilly has always felt a connection to happenings that are not of this world, a talent that has proved invaluable when investigating dark deeds with master of disguise, Anna…

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Let’s play Spot the Difference with my 2019 #20BooksOfSummer Challenge

Book reviews, Books, Reading By September 17, 2019 Tags: , , , , , 7 Comments

This was my first year taking part in the #20BooksOfSummer challenge run by Cathy over at 746 Books and it proved to be an interesting exercise for me. Not least because while I succeeded in reading more than 20 books (managing 29 in total over the 3-month period), I only stuck to half of my original selection which you can…

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Book Review: Widow’s Welcome by D.K. Fields

Book reviews By September 11, 2019 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

Widow’s Welcome is the first book in the Tales of Fenest trilogy, set in a world where elections turn on the stories Realms tell, determining which one rules and when power passes to another. Dead bodies aren’t unusual in the alleyways of Fenest, capital of the Union of Realms. Especially not in an election year, when the streets swell with…

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Book Review: The Day We Meet Again by Miranda Dickinson

Book reviews By September 5, 2019 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Miranda Dickinson’s latest book The Day We Meet Again is out today. A tale of friendship, finding yourself and being brave, it lives up to all my eager anticipation for this new novel from her. Their love story started with goodbye… Phoebe and Sam meet by chance at St Pancras station. Heading in opposite directions, both seeking their own adventures, meeting the…

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