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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: Whistle in the Dark by Emma Healey

Book reviews By August 7, 2018 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

In her second novel Elizabeth is Missing author Emma Healey casts her forensic eye on a family dynamic put under strain. How do you rescue someone who has already been found? Jen’s fifteen-year-old daughter goes missing for four agonizing days. When Lana is found, unharmed, in the middle of the desolate countryside, everyone thinks the worst is over. But Lana…

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Book Review: On the Bright Side by Hendrik Groen

Book reviews By January 12, 2018 Tags: , , , , 7 Comments

What better way to kick off 2018 than by spending some time with my favourite Dutch pensioner and rebel Hendrik Groen? I am so happy to see him pen a sequel to his first Secret Diary which I reviewed here. I’ve missed him and his friends and wondered how they were getting on in their care home in North Amsterdam….

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Book Review: Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land

Book reviews By January 13, 2017 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Ali Land’s debut novel Good Me, Bad Me has as its narrator a distinctive female voice, one that grabbed this reader from the very beginning as she tells her story of escape and survival. This is a perspective which is fast becoming a trend going by my recent reads: victim lit or, perhaps more appropriately, survivor lit. I have a feeling…

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Book Review: A Year and a Day by Isabelle Broom

Book reviews By November 16, 2016 Tags: , , , 1 Comment

Prague is high on my list of places to visit but not somewhere I’ve managed to get to, unfortunately, and with my love of European Christmas markets and wandering medieval towns with cobbled streets and stories and legends at every turn, I’ve always imagined that it’s especially magical this time of year. Happily, one of the joys of reading is being…

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