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Book Review: A Most Wanted Man by John Le Carré

I was given a copy of A Most Wanted Man by Penguin Modern Classics as part of the John Le Carré book blog tour. Huge thank you to the team at Penguin Modern Classics, as well as John Le Carré, for this opportunity. Don’t forget to check out the other stops on this tour, which review the other books by John Le Carré. He now … Continue reading Book Review: A Most Wanted Man by John Le Carré

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Book Review: The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

Blurb Nana is on a road trip, but he is not sure where he is going. All that matters is that he can sit beside his beloved owner Satoru in the front seat of his silver van. Satoru is keen to visit three old friends from his youth, though Nana doesn’t know why and Satoru won’t say.  Set against the backdrop of Japan’s changing seasons … Continue reading Book Review: The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

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Book Review: Sticks and Stones by Jo Jakeman

I received my review copy of Sticks and Stones as part of the Sticks and Stones Book Blog Tour! Thanks so much to their Press Officer Mia, Jo Jakeman, and the team at Harvill Secker for this opportunity.   Blurb Imogen’s husband is a bad man. His ex-wife and his new mistress might have different perspectives but Imogen thinks she knows the truth. And now … Continue reading Book Review: Sticks and Stones by Jo Jakeman

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Book Review: The Bone Field by Simon Kernick

I think the older I get as a reader – and the more precious my reading time becomes – the more frustrated I get when it comes to cliffhanger endings. In particular, I become frustrated when a really good novel ends on a cliffhanger. The crime isn’t solved, the characters don’t finish their intended arcs, the plot ends on an empty note – perhaps it is … Continue reading Book Review: The Bone Field by Simon Kernick

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Book Review: Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh

Crime books centered around lawyers, rather than detectives or killers, can be very hit or miss for me. Either, you have a suspenseful courtroom drama where the outcome is anyone’s game – or you have a meandering, stilted, slightly awkward criminal romp where the writer can’t figure out how to make a trial exciting and realistic. Nonetheless, as an avid fan of How to Get … Continue reading Book Review: Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh

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Book Review: Lancelot by Giles Kristian

I received my copy of Lancelot as part of the Lancelot blog tour, in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Anne Cater and Giles Kristian for the review copy! My first foray into arthurian legend was the BBC adaptation, Merlin. Sure, it was cheesy in places, melodramatic, and had terrible CGI, but I was enthralled nonetheless. Dragons and sword fights – affairs and mystery … Continue reading Book Review: Lancelot by Giles Kristian

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Book Review: The Plastic Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

I received my copy of The Plastic Magician from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Huge thank you to Charlie N. Holmberg and the publishing team at 47 North for this wonderful book!   You know what I love most about Speculative Fiction? When I put the book down, or turn off the T.V, or stop binge watching Netflix for the eighth time that … Continue reading Book Review: The Plastic Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

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Book Review: The Printer’s Coffin by M.J.Carter

There is something about murder mysteries set in the Victorian era that always intrigue me. I’ll admit, I’m a sucker for any story that features petticoats and top hats. However, a good historical fiction needs to be more than just the aesthetics and a broad understanding of the era. It needs to delve into the issues of the time, and re-imagine them through the lens … Continue reading Book Review: The Printer’s Coffin by M.J.Carter

A Glimmer of Hope by Steve McHugh - Book Review

Book Review: A Glimmer of Hope by Steve McHugh

This is the final blog tour stop this month! It’s been such an amazing experience to review so many different books. From The Hope and Anchor, to The Shifting Tides series, to an interview with the dark fantasy author Gina Dickerson. I’ve always prided myself on having an eclectic reading style – one which features a bunch of different genres. It’s been a great learning experience … Continue reading Book Review: A Glimmer of Hope by Steve McHugh