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Book Review: The Walking People by Mary Beth Keane

Book reviews By October 1, 2021 Tags: , , , , , 2 Comments

Mary Beth Keane’s novel The Walking People is a mesmerising family story spanning more than fifty years. It crosses the Atlantic from west coast Ireland to New York on the Eastern Seaboard, where what starts out as a reluctant immigrant’s journey ultimately becomes a real voyage of self-discovery for one young woman. 1960s Rural Ireland. Greta Cahill must abandon her…

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Book Review: The Burning by Jonathan & Jesse Kellerman

Book reviews By September 23, 2021 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Deputy Coroner Clay Edison returns for a case which puts his loyalties and limits of endurance to the test in The Burning, the latest collaboration from father and son writing team, Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman. When a wealthy man is found murdered in his hilltop home, Deputy Coroner Clay Edison is shocked to discover a link to his own brother…

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Book Review: The Couple at No.9 by Claire Douglas

Book reviews By September 17, 2021 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

In her latest novel, The Couple at No.9, Claire Douglas explores the nightmare scenario of what happens when building work unearths human remains in the back garden of a young couple’s new home. When pregnant Saffron Cutler moves into 9 Skelton Place with boyfriend Tom and sets about renovations, the last thing she expects is builders uncovering a body. Two bodies, in…

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Book Review: That Night by Gillian McAllister

Blog tour, Book reviews By July 8, 2021 Tags: , , , 2 Comments

A desperate phone-call in the middle of the night shatters so much more than the peace and tranquility of a family holiday in Gillian McAllister’s sixth novel That Night. During a family holiday in Italy, you get an urgent call from your sister. There’s been an accident: she hit a man with her car and he’s dead. She’s overcome with…

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Book Review: You Need to Know by Nicola Moriarty

Blog tour, Book reviews By May 27, 2021 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

In Nicola Moriarty’s You Need to Know we meet the Lewis family, as they approach the first anniversary of a tragic accident in the run-up to Christmas, in itself a stressful enough time for most families. Jill’s three grown-up sons mean everything to her. She would do anything for her boys – protect them, lie for them, even die for…

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Blog Tour: #DangerousWomen by #HopeAdams

Blog tour, Book reviews By March 10, 2021 Tags: , , , , , , , 3 Comments

The locked-room murder mystery that she’s neatly stitched it into is entirely her own creation but the inspiration behind Hope Adams’ novel Dangerous Women is the Rajah quilt, an actual quilt made by convicts on their 1841 voyage of transportation from London to Van Diemen’s Land. (What we now know as Tasmania, Australia’s island state, following a name change in…

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Book Review: Atomic Love by Jennie Fields

Blog tour, Book reviews By September 23, 2020 Tags: , , , , No Comments

In Jennie Fields’ Cold War novel Atomic Love, a once brilliant scientist, who was fired from the Manhattan Project, finds herself wrestling with intense and conflicting emotions when an ex-colleague and former lover suddenly comes back into her life and the FBI pressures her to get close to him again. Chicago, 1950. Rosalind Porter has always defied expectations – in…

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Book Review: Just Like the Other Girls by Claire Douglas

Book reviews By August 6, 2020 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

Claire Douglas sets her latest novel Just Like the Other Girls in one of Bristol’s more affluent suburbs, showing us how the enviable and charming, outwardly respectable facade of a Georgian townhouse on Clifton’s leafy streets and crescents offers no protection against dark secrets, family dysfunction and danger finding their way in. Una Richardson is devastated after the death of…

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Book Review: Feathertide by Beth Cartwright

Blog tour, Book reviews By August 3, 2020 Tags: , , , , , 2 Comments

Beth Cartwright’s debut novel Feathertide is an enchanting tale of one young girl’s quest to find the father she’s never known. Born covered in the feathers of a bird, and kept hidden in a crumbling house full of secrets, Marea has always known she was different, but never known why. And so to find answers, she goes in search of…

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Book Review: All Adults Here by Emma Straub

Blog tour, Book reviews By July 21, 2020 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Witnessing a fatal accident involving an acquaintance of hers, on the same day that her granddaughter arrives for a prolonged stay, proves to be a watershed moment not only for Astrid Strick but also her family in All Adults Here, the latest novel from Emma Straub. Astrid Strick has always tried to do her best for her three children. Now,…

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