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Bitter Flowers

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️+ I adored this book. Quite simply, one the most enjoyable crime reads I have encountered. Set amongst the fjords, ferries, and dark spruce forests of Norway in the year 1987, this Scandinavian noir thriller, a gloriously-translated entry in the PI Varg Venum series, is an incredibly powerful book, written…

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Remember My Name

⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 “Like the rest of her life, it was beautiful on the outside and chaos on the inside” Cressida Howard is a woman who appears to have it all. A beautiful (and smart) seventeen year old daughter, Emily-Jane, a rich and successful husband, Laurence, (an e-commerce kingpin) and her…

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The Queen of Heaven

⭐⭐⭐1/2 Impeccably researched and historically rich, this book details the troubling story of Lady Isabelle d’Albret Courteault, beginning in the year 1453, as she must manage events in her life that are brutal, intense, and not that uncommon in this turbulent historical context. A mystic with visions and interesting and…

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The Prince of Naples

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Fascinating portrayal of a 1980’s real-life attempt to bring down the Naples-based Camorra - one of the largest and deadliest mob organizations in Italy - spearheaded, planned and led by a twelve year old boy. Written in the style of a memoir, the author shares the experiences as told…

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The Soul Catcher

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 A delightful collection of Indian fairy tales, that read like short stories, sprinkled with magic, karma and a whole heap of kindness. Each beautifully intermingled story tells the tale of one ‘angel’, one not quite ‘normal’ being who comes to realize they are blessed with a power or…

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Black Reed Bay

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Compulsively readable, “Black Reed Bay “ is crime fiction at its summit. One of my true joys is finding superb new authors, - authors whose writing style, characterization and plotting hit the sweet spot that defines what reading does for me - takes me away into another world where…

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Based on a true story. Carl Lundmark, our narrator, is living the dream - a high-powered finance career, earning the money and freedom to live an independent life in London far away from the little Swedish town where he was raised and where he always felt like an outsider…

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Peacocks in Paradise

⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 Anna and her husband Alan, expats from London and Scotland, respectively, escape to the beautiful isle of Mallorca, where Anna writes for a local newspaper and provides this fictionalized travelogue (#7 in the series), a narrative of her ongoing encounters with the local populace, wild life, arts and…

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 I had no idea what to expect in a book with such a strange title. So I looked it up. Sophomania: A delusion of having superior knowledge. And armed with that definition, as you now are, I began reading one of the most unusual mysteries I’ve read in…

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