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Call of the Curlew (Doubleday)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Very Atmospheric

Set on the isolated saltmarshes during WWII, this is an atmospheric, gothic style mystery novel. Virginia is 10 when Clem & Lorna Wrathmell collect her from the orphanage. It doesn't take her long to feel the undercurrents between Clem and Lorna as well as those with Max Deering. Widower Max owns the manor and likes to feel that he owns other things besides. One New Year's Eve a German bomber comes down out ...

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A Gathering of Ghosts (Headline Review)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Thorough Historical Research

I have been a fan of Karen Maitland's books for a while now having read several. I was so pleased when the opportunity arose to read this one. Set in 14th century Dartmoor, we see the clash between the Church and the old ways. The sisters of the Knights of St John have taken over the pagan well & dedicated it to St Lucia. Pilgrims come from far & wide to take its water & look for healing. On the moor Morwe ...

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The Love Letter (Pan)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Good Read But a Bit far-Fetched at the End

James Harrison the famous actor has died. At his funeral an elderly lady feels unwell & asks a young journalist, Joanna Haslam, to take her home. What follows is a twisty tale of intrigue and love. Jo ends up tangled up in a complicated story which affects, and possibly even threatens, her life. This book was headed for a five star review but during the last quarter the author got a bit carried away and pu ...

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Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe) (Walker Books)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Slow Start - Good Last Quarter

This is the second book in the "Arc of a Scythe" series. The first being simply called Scythe. Unfortunately I didn't feel that this gripped me in quite the same way as the first book. In this book we continue to follow the lives of the people we met in the first book, primarily Rowan & Citra. Rowan is now an outlaw having escaped from the Conclave at the end of the last book. Citra is now Scythe Anastasia ...

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Grist Mill Road (Macmillan USA)

2.0 Stars2.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Couldn't Engage

I tried to like this book but it just didn't happen for me. In 1982 three youngsters are out for the day, on their bikes, playing like most children did. They are just on that cusp between being childrenĀ  & seeing playing games as beneath them. Hannah gets tied to a tree and shot with a BB gun by Matthew. Patrick doesn't try to stop it. This is quite a gruesome opening to the book and is described in deta ...

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The Forgotten Room: a gripping, chilling thriller that will have you hooked (HQ Digital)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Well Construced Plot

Maura Lyle takes up a post as a nurse for an elderly gentleman, Gordon Henderson. He lives in a crumbling manor with just a daily cleaner for company. Although Gordon is not a particularly nice man & the manor is not a welcoming house, the job is not difficult. Just over the fields a new estate is being built on what was once the land belonging to the manor. That is until unearthed bones stop the work. Grad ...

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The Silent Girls (Carina)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Well Constructed - Great Read

Edie returns to Coronation Square to clear out her Aunt's house. It was a place of mixed memories from her childhood - her gentle Uncle Dickie who liked to make clockwork toys, her fearsome Grandmother Beatie and her strange Aunt Dolly. Edie has more recent memories she is also trying to escape as she finishes the split from her abusive husband. The house is disgusting - filled from top to bottom with rubbi ...

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Another Mother (Bloodhound Books)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Slow Start but Interesting Read

Lu is a young lady whose life has stalled. She gives up her dead end job and, following the sudden accidental death of her Mother, is at a loose end. Her days revolve around supporting her Father and supposedly looking for jobs. A chance comment by a helpful neighbour sets her on a trail to find her birth mother. Once contact has been made, Lu seems prepared to settle for a while in the quiet Cornish villag ...

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The Retreat (Thomas & Mercer)

5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars  by Debra Found

An Excellent Read

I have read several of Mark Edwards books including the well known Magpies & Follow You Home. I found his previous work to be well constructed & complex thrillers full of suspense. This book is no exception. Set in rural Wales, Lucas comes to stay at Julia's home which is a writer's retreat. Lucas has one bestseller under his belt and is desperate not to be a one hit wonder. Julia is attempting to recover ...

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Big Dog, Little Dog: Lift-the-Flap Opposites (Walker Studio) (Walker Studio)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Lift the Flaps - Always a Favourite

Lift the flap books are great favourites with young children - and even older ones! Children love the opportunity to slowly lift the flap & discover what is underneath - even if they know the book well. This is an excellent medium for teaching children colours, numbers and in this book, opposites. On each page there is a dog. Underneath the flap is the opposite - short dog/long dog, right-way-up dog/upside ...

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The Story Keeper (Tinder Press)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Dull - Some Inconsistancies

Audrey arrives on Skye in 1857 to help an elderly lady collect the local folk stories. This is a harsh & cruel environment. The recent clearances are fresh in people's minds whilst they seek to scrabble a pitiful survival on barren land. The local folk tales are harsh with fairies of the more traditional malicious sort rather than the storybook fairies they have become today. A girl goes missing, another is ...

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Barking Up the Wrong Tree: Stick and Fetch Investigate (Stick and Fetch Adventures) (Walker Books)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Debra Found

A Hapless Pair

This is a children'sĀ  detective story which is full of misunderstandings & humour. Sally & her dog, Fetch, set out to solve mysteries only to discover that they weren't really mysteries in the first place! This is a great book for youngsters who are quite new to reading more advanced stories for themselves - around 7/8 years old. There are three individual stories in the book which breaks it down into man ...

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