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#BegarsAbbeyBlogTour Book Review: Begars Abbey by V. L. Valentine

Blog tour, Book reviews By April 27, 2022 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

A hidden stash of telegrams and old letters sets Sam Cooper off on a transatlantic journey to see the crumbling family home and meet the infirm grandmother her mother never even mentioned while she was alive, only for her to discover that much darker family skeletons have also been kept hidden away. Winter 1954, and in a dilapidated apartment in…

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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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Book Review: The Haunting of Henry Twist by Rebecca F. John

Book reviews, Giveaway By August 22, 2018 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

Despite its title, Rebecca John’s The Haunting of Henry Twist isn’t a ghost story in the traditional sense but it does have an ethereal feel to it, and is likely to haunt you long after finishing it. London, 1926: Henry Twist’s heavily pregnant wife leaves home to meet a friend. On the way, she is hit by a bus and killed,…

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Book Review: Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke

Book reviews By March 29, 2018 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

In Bluebird, Bluebird, two murders take us to a small town off Highway 59 in East Texas, where we discover what lies behind the racial tensions, which are a part of people’s everyday reality there. When it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its own rules – a fact that Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger working…

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Book Review: The Magpie Tree by Katherine Stansfield

Book reviews By March 22, 2018 Tags: , , , , 4 Comments

Shilly and companion return in The Magpie Tree when a boy goes missing in woods where the landscape shifts around, its people are protected by a saint, and there are rumours of witches. Jamaica Inn, 1844: the talk is of witches. A boy has vanished in the woods of Trethevy on the North Cornish coast, and a reward is offered…

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Book Review: Falling Creatures by Katherine Stansfield

Book reviews By April 18, 2017 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

Katherine Stansfield’s Falling Creatures is a wonderfully evocative historical novel and a reimagining of a real murder that took place on Bodmin Moor, one now firmly entrenched within local folklore. Cornwall, 1844. On a lonely moorland farm not far from Jamaica Inn, farmhand Shilly finds love in the arms of Charlotte Dymond. But Charlotte has many secrets, possessing powers that…

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Author Q&A and Book Review: All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg #AllGrownUp #BlogTour

Authors, Blog tour, Book reviews By April 11, 2017 Tags: , , , No Comments

I’m excited to welcome New York Times best-selling author Jami Attenberg today as part of the blog tour for her latest novel, All Grown Up. Here’s who and what it’s all about: Andrea is a single, childless 39-year-old woman who tries to navigate family, sexuality, friendships and a career she never wanted, but battles with thoughts and desires that few…

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