Book Review: The Madness of Grief


The Madness of Grief by Richard Coles What is it all about? This is a beautiful book written by the Reverend Richard Coles in the aftermath of his beloved husband David’s death just before Christmas 2019. It is billed as a “memoir of love and loss”, which I find is a bit of an understatement. …

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Book Review – The Night Hawks


The Night Hawks by Elly Griffiths The Night Hawks book cover Background/plot: A dead body is found on the shoreline by a group of amateur metal detectorists who call themselves the Night Hawks. It is quickly linked to the deaths of two people at a nearby farm that has a rather dark history in the …

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Day 14, Jan 14: Book Review “How To Stop Time”


Background/plot: A 479 year old man moves – again – in order to protect himself and those in the Albatross Society, but he’s had enough. Having loved and lost over all that time, he is tired of living among the “mayflies” who live a normal lifespan. Will he ever find Marion? Who are the main …

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Book Review – The Serpent’s Mark


Background/plot: Tilbury, England in the winter of 1591. This is the second book in the series (the first was The Angel’s Mark) and this book takes off more or less exactly where that one ended. Nicholas Shelby, physician and reluctant spy, returns to his old haunts on London's lawless Bankside. But, when spymaster Robert Cecil …

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Book Review – Our House by Louise Candlish


“Our House” by Louise Candlish Background/plot: Fi returns home from a work trip away for a few days to find another family moving into her house. What follows then is the unravelling of how things got to that point and what happens after it. It’s hard to give any more detail than that because it …

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Book Review – The Stone Circle


Background/plot: This is a continuation of the Ruth Galloway series, and this book centres around the discovery of two sets of bones in very close proximity to each other in the Norfolk saltmarshes. Along the way a baby is kidnapped and a cold case is resolved, but not before another murder takes place. Who are …

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Book Review – Edinburgh Twilight


“Edinburgh Twilight (Ian Hamilton Mysteries book 1)" by Carole Lawrence Background/plot: A dead body is found with a playing card tucked into his pocket. It appears a serial killer is loose in Edinburgh and Ian Hamilton is on the case. Who are the main characters? This is titled as book 1 in the “Ian Hamilton” …

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Book Review – “The Angel’s Mark” by S J Perry


What it's about: This is a story about murder and conspiracy set in Elizabethan London. It is also the story of personal tragedy and how the kindness – or wickedness – of strangers can have a huge impact on a life. Blurb from the publisher: LONDON, 1590. Queen Elizabeth I's control over her kingdom is wavering. Amidst a tumultuous backdrop …

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Book Review – Origin by Dan Brown


Title “Origin” by Dan Brown Background/plot: This book sees the return of protagonist Robert Langdon, central character from several Dan Brown books before. This time, Robert is invited to witness the announcement of a major breakthrough in religious and scientific thought by an old friend, but as before, things are not quite what they seem …

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Book Review – “She” by Pete Brassett


  “She” by Pete Brassett From the blurb: A gripping murder mystery detective thriller that keeps you guessing until the end. Background/plot: A serial killer is at work in London, and the newly-formed team of DI Munro and DS West work together to find out what is happening. My overall impression? I’m in two minds …

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