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This blog was developed to give me a space to give you recommendations of books that I’ve read and loved.  Hope you enjoy them as much as I!

The Swallows, How to Start a Fire, The Passenger and the Accomplice

by Lisa Lutz

Another fine mystery writer – her plots are believable, her denouements are never neat and tidy, her characters are smart and often witty. I didn’t read her Spellman series – they are much earlier works and didn’t appeal to me in the same way that these later books did.

In the Woods

By Tana French Another mystery writer who has become another favourity (yes there are more than one!!!!). She has written (in order): In the Woods, The likeness, The Faithful Place, Broken Harbour, The Secret Place, The Trespasser, The Witch Elm and the Trespasser. I discovered Ms. French at the beginning of the pandemic and read […]

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Dream Girl; Wilde Lake

by Laura Lippman When the Covid pandemic started I found it really difficult to consecutive books that had challenging topics. I began delving into mysteries and, to my delight, I find a number of authors who help my attention with their clever dialogue, plausible investigations and satisfying, if not neat, endings. Laura Lippman has become […]

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The World gives Way

By Marissa Levien In this dystopic novel, Myrra is a woman in servitude who is travelling on a ship that has been in space for two generations and is bound for a destination that is still fifty years away. At that time she will be freed. Her employers are of the wealthy elite who are […]

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The Island of Missing Trees

By Elif Shafak Her story is dedicated ‘to immigrants and exiles everywhere, the uprooted, the re-rooted, the rootless, and to the trees we left behind, rooted in our memories.’  A Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot meet beneath the branches of an olive tree and fall in love. Theirs is a story that centers on the olive […]

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The Way of all Flesh; The Art of Dying; A Corruption of the Blood

By Ambrose Parry ( pen name for husband and wife Chris Brookmyre, crime novelist and Dr Marisa Haetzman, consultant anaesthetist.) I’m usually not one for books written by a team but these three books (in that order) are an exception to my (loose) rule. In 1847, Will Raven is a medical student whose mentor is […]

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A Narrow Door

by Joanne Harris Rebecca Buckfast is headmistress of St. Oswald’s, an old elite boarding school. Getting that position was not easy and Rebecca has to be cunning to maintain her authority. Roy Straitley is a classics teacher whose life has become St. Oswald’s. The two have an uneasy relationship that must be navigated delicately by […]

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The Final Case

By David Guterson This is the story of a writer who accompanies his father (a defense attorney) on one of his cases. The case involves the death of a 12 year old Ethiopian girl who has died at the hands of her adopted fundamentalist, Christian family. Guterson, who wrote Snow Falling on Cedars, is back […]

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Oh William!

by Elizabeth Strout Welsome back Lucy Barton! In Oh William! Lucy reflects on her complex relationship, and intermittent friendship with her first husband, William. In quintessential Strout style, her exploration of characters and their relationships is filled with wit, wisdom and compassion. I love this author’s way of peeling back the layers of a life […]

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The Other Black Girl

by Zakiya Dalila Harris Welcome to the dog eat dog world of publishing where Nella Rogers is the only black girl at Wagner Books. Image her delight when another black girl, Hazel, is hired and she can share her frustration over the micro-aggressions she faces on a daily basis. But is Hazel really all that […]

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