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the empty chair

REVIEW ‘The Empty Chair’ reveals the truth about The Insect Boy

I love reading about forensics. Catching a criminal because of tell-tale threads of fibres or revealing smears of vital DNA is at the heart of shows like CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) and many a crime novel. There’s something so compellingly CERTAIN about forensic evidence…even when competing criminalists are arguing that a piece of evidence supports […]

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Guest Post by Hélene Fermont: What Makes Scandi Writing Different

Scandinavian fiction: if it isn’t dominating our TV screens it’s creeping onto our bookshelves. Whether or not you’re a fan of the trend, it’s often appealing to read novels set abroad and learn a little about another culture – and sometimes, a surprising amount about our own! H√©lene Fermont’s¬†second novel, We Never Said Goodbye, is […]

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The challenge: solve a murder without asking any questions.

REVIEW ‘Stasi Wolf’: how to solve a crime without admitting there was one

Sometimes a book surprises you. Last year that book was David Young’s debut novel, ‘Stasi Child’ – winner of the CWA Historical Dagger award. Despite my vague belief that I don’t really enjoy reading historical fiction, despite my occasional professed boredom with another story focusing on life in post-WW2 Germany, I LOVED ‘Stasi Child’. It’s […]

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Five Forget Mother's Day

REVIEW ‘Five Forget Mother’s Day’: how to fall out with your mum

Sometimes giving books the benefit of the doubt is a Good Thing. Having been underwhelmed by ‘Five Go Parenting’ and ‘Five on Brexit Island’ I was pleasantly surprised to enjoy the latest instalment in Bruno Vincent’s ‘Enid Blyton for Adults’ series: ‘Five Forget Mother’s Day’. What’s it about? George has, somehow, managed to fail to […]

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good as gone

REVIEW ‘Good as Gone’: a stunning debut from Amy Gentry

It’s the mother of a missing child’s most cherished wish: the child, returned. But what if you had doubts? What if your long-lost daughter wasn’t being completely honest about the circumstances surrounding her abduction? What if you started to wonder if your daughter – your real daughter – might be dead after all? Who might […]

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Lie in Wait

REVIEW ‘Lie in Wait’: a clever murderer might just get away with it

Talented author and all-round-lovely-bloke¬†G. J. Minett has his second novel, ‘Lie in Wait’ released in paperback today. To celebrate, I am reposting my original¬†review¬†. Enjoy! Then go book shopping. Go on. It’s a Wednesday. Three whole days to go ’til the weekend. Treat yourself – and your shelf. Last year I read and LOVED G. […]

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REVIEW: ‘Mussolini’s Island’ by Sarah Day

”It is a war,’ Emilio said quietly, as he always did. As though, somehow, that made everything right. As though, in war, people were allowed to become someone else entirely.’ In Sarah Day’s debut novel, ‘Mussolini’s Island’, it is 1939/1940 and war with other nations looms, but there are more immediate concerns for Emilio and […]

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‘Jerusalem Ablaze’ blog tour: Orlando Ortega-Medina discusses his inspirations

Love, obsession, faith, desire and redemption: ‘Jerusalem Ablaze’ is a collection of stories which burn with hunger. Today I’m welcoming Orlando Ortega-Medina to Buried Under Books as part of his blog tour to celebrate the recent publication of ‘Jerusalem Ablaze’, his debut collection of darkly humorous and¬†strangely sensual¬†short stories. Want to know more? Here’s the […]

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the thirteenth tale

REVIEW ‘The Thirteenth Tale’: mystery, story-telling and twinship

You know a story’s good when you start again at the beginning as soon as you’ve read the ending. I discovered Diane Setterfield’s ‘The Thirteenth Tale’ at my local Lounge bar book swap one afternoon and was immediately hooked. Why? Look: ‘All children mythologise their birth. It is a universal trait. You want to know […]

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