Silent Cry

πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸ’« An interesting character-based crime story - more a meandering, engaging, mystery-rich novel rather than a more typical police procedural, this book also serves to introduce DC Gabrielle Darin in the first of a series featuring Gaby and her Wales-based detective team. The story of Izzy, a twenty-something, pretty but…

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Cosmic Trap

πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸ’« Q: What do you get when you combine the camaraderie of the gang in the Oceans Eleven series, the plotting and intrigue of a newish James Bond movie, the hard-boiled romance of an old time Humphrey Bogart flick, and the epic-action-adventure-mayhem of a Marvel comic-book? A: this latest installment…

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The Queen of all Poisons

πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸ’« Quite likely the most uniquely-textured female heroine one is likely to meet between the pages, Dr Lily Robinson is a rare treat. A brilliant and beautiful pathologist and toxicologist, Dr Lily is one smart cookie - albeit one who is also deeply morally conflicted and suffering from a buried…

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Cerebral Palsy – A Story

🌟🌟🌟🌟 This book is a somewhat unexpected departure from a more β€œtraditional” memoir, as the author, Ilana Estelle - a lifelong sufferer of what was eventually (in her late forties) diagnosed as Cerebral Palsy complicated by Autism (two conditions which often co-exist), takes the reader on a thoughtful journey consisting…

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The Mother I Never Had

πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸ’« How would you handle it - in the blink of an eye, your entire world turned upside down? Not once, in fact, but actually, twice - first, the overwhelming (and somewhat expected) devastation driven by grief-stricken loss, followed by a revelation, hidden and spectacularly unsuspected for decades, life-altering in…

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On Account of Darkness

πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸ’« β€œSports and war are two of the world’s greatest equalizers”. A Canadian author/teacher’s exhaustively and beautifully-researched treatise into the history of sport, focusing on the systemic racially-abusive treatment of black, indigenous and other marginalized communities (including Japanese-Canadians) from the earliest days of organized amateur and professional leagues, to what…

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The Girl Whose Luck Ran Out

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 As much a sweet and immersive love-story as it is a cracking-good small(ish)-town detective story, this book got under my skin and into my heart in a way that was totally unexpected. Ben Ames, our first-person POV narrator, is an ex-cop, now running a one-man PI agency in Calgary,…

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The Watchers

🌟🌟🌟🌟 A brisk, entertaining, well-written and engaging police procedural, this series follows the caseload of New Scotland Yard DCI Steve Burt, Head of the Special Resolutions unit, where he leads a team (mostly assembled case-by-case) of crackerjack detectives and specialists tasked with resolving the serious crimes that no other department…

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The Silent Brother

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A gritty and haunting look at the ravages of shame and abuse extending from childhood into the life-long decay of self and identity, this book is somewhat reminiscent of the also magnificent β€œShuggie Bain”. A graceful and compassionate triumph - a brilliant book that will hurt to read -…

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