Buried Under Books

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REVIEW: ‘Good Samaritans’ by Will Carver

One crossed wire. Three dead bodies. Six bottles of bleach. What a strapline! I was sold, but if you want more… What’s it about? Where to begin? Insomniac Seth, who is married to borderline-alcoholic Maeve, gets to know suicidal Hadley as a result of a crossed phone wire and a weird late night hobby. Hadley […]

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REVIEW: ’10-33 Assist PC’ by Desmond P. Ryan

It must be quite frustrating at times for a police officer reading crime fiction and thinking, ‘but that would never happen that way!’ Debut novelist Desmond P. Ryan is here to address this problem: a former Canadian detective with 30 years experience on the force behind him, he’s penned the first in a planned series […]

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REVIEW: ‘A Christmas Promise’ by Anne Perry

As the autumn chill deepens and Christmas approaches, it’s lovely to snuggle up with a hot drink and read books with a chilly setting. This is the first Anne Perry book I’ve tried, but I understand that ‘A Christmas Promise’ is the seventh in a series of Christmas themed novellas penned by the author, all […]

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REVIEW: ‘Sweet William’ by Iain Maitland

‘I will come for you my little boy and I will smile at you and tell you I’m your daddy and then we’ll go away together hand in hand and we’ll live happily ever after… Just you see if we don’t.’ Utterly chilling in it’s presumption, menacingly understated in it’s threat, this book jacket quotation […]

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REVIEW: ‘dummy’ by Matt Coyne

You know a book is good when you start reading it again by accident. I picked up ‘dummy’ to refresh my memory before committing myself to starting this review…and emerged midway through chapter two, having giggled and chuckled so much that my husband felt compelled to leave the comfort of the sofa and TV to […]

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REVIEW: ‘The Dead Can Wait’ by Robert Ryan

‘The Dead can Wait’ is a Dr Watson thriller. Although I’ve only read a few of the original Sherlock Holmes stories by Conan Doyle, I am as fascinated as most by the great detective with his brusque manner and unerring eye for the telling detail. Perhaps it is odd that I keep finding myself reading […]

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REVIEW: ‘Dear Mr Pop Star’ by Derek and Dave Philpott

Have you ever really *listened* to the lyrics of your favourite song? If you have, do they make any sense? If they don’t, or even if there’s just room for confusion, then maybe the artist/s involved should expect to receive a letter soon: Derek and Dave Philpott are on the case and they’re determined to […]

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REVIEW: ‘Jane Steele’ by Lyndsay Faye

‘Reader, I murdered him.’ So begins Jane Steele’s tale, a tale which includes a multitude of elements familiar to readers of Bronte’s ‘Jane Eyre’: an unfairly treated orphan girl; a terrible experience at boarding school; life as a governess; falling in love with a powerful, rich man who is flawed. But, make no mistake, this […]

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REVIEW: ‘The Rufford Rose’ by Margaret Lambert

Sometimes, a change of reading pace is precisely what’s needed. September is bringing changes for me: two children off to school now and only my littlest lady home to kick through the leaves with me and insist that she needs my attention NOW. What better time to embrace a different, more autumnal read than the […]

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