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Hangman’s end

🌟🌟🌟🌟 Book 5 in the DI Jack MacIntosh series, this was the first in this series that I had read, and I found it worked well as a stand-alone mystery. (A few blanks, though, would definitely have been filled in more fully with a reading of the entire series). When…

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Blood Games

🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2 The fourth in the DS Nikita Parekh series, this book can be read as a standalone novel (although, in the case of this reader, there is an evolving backstory with Nikki’s family that is begging for more background. I will have to find a way to catch up…

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Blind Man’s Labyrinth

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 What is “goodness” when everyone around you is “evil”? With a tone, a message, and a story, that feels remarkably authentic - heartbreaking, bloody, terrifying and poignant - set in an ancient and barbaric time of history, when war, conflict, hate, violence and religious tyranny reign supreme, is there…

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Below Torrential Hill

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 ➕ If the Earth itself (wait, make that the “Universe”) could write, this would be its creation. Deeply wise, there’s a core of truth captured with such aching beauty that the images, ideas, and feelings so seamlessly poured into this work surround you, in the manner of something eternal…

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Mainely Power

🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2 Murder, mayhem, and all-around almost gleeful nastiness make this book a fun and crazy read, deeply reminiscent of the hi-jinks found in the best of Elmore Leonard. When Goff Langdon, mystery bookstore owner, hangs out his shingle as a PI in rural Brunswick Maine, little does he expect…

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That Certain Spark

🌟🌟🌟🌟 Anyone who has been through a painful divorce, or a bad break-up, or really, faced any sort of momentous romantic rejection (and which of us hasn’t?) will relate to the main protagonist of this book, Claire Everett, and the emotional quandary she faces, heart-wrenchingly detailed in these pages. A…

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The Long Weekend

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Incredibly engrossing - I pretty much read this one straight through. From the totally gripping introduction, through the twists and turns that fooled me (not once, but twice!), all the way to the climactic and satisfying ending, this is a great read that will see you through an afternoon,…

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The Engine House

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 DCI Evan Warlow - wait, make that ex-DCI Evan Warlow - has retired, at 50, and is planning to spend the rest of his days completing the renovation of his much-loved cottage, enjoying long walks on the Pembrokeshire coast of Wales, with his best-buddy-black-lab, Cadi. Nursing a dark secret…

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