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  • Crime fiction,  International

    The Lake House by Kate Morton

    I have to confess I am a huge fan of Kate Morton’s ever since I read her debut novel The House at Riverton. There is something about her books that makes me feel instantly better, probably because they remind me of my love for literature and words. So, when I learned her latest work would be out in October 2015 I made a mental note of adding it to my Christmas wishlist. It would be the jewel of the crown, that gift that represents all the good feelings and love of Christmas on itself. Thanks to Mum and Dad for the expensive and so beautiful hardcover copy of The Lake…

  • Crime fiction,  Domestic Noir

    Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

    I first heard of Liane Moriarty when her previous novel, The Husband’s Secret, was published. I asked for a review copy but I was offered a digital galley instead, and since I am in a love-hate relationship with my Sony e-reader, I politely declined. But, when I read the news that Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman were on negotiations to adapt Moriarty’s latest novel, Little Lies (Big Little Lies in the USA), I knew I had to read the book before I watched the film. This time I was luckier and was sent a beautiful hardback review copy from Penguin Press. And not only that, but they are sending me…

  • British,  Crime fiction

    The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)

    Last year I was lucky enough to get a review copy of The Cuckoo’s Calling barely a month after it was revealed that Robert Galbraith was actually J.K. Rowling. Earlier this year, when news came out that a new installment on the series was due in June, I contacted Little Brown and they kindly added me to their review copies list for The Silkworm. Thank you, Clara, for both review copies. From Goodreads: When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days—as he has done before—and she wants…

  • Crime fiction,  Southern,  TV/Movies

    True Detective by Nic Pizzolatto

    The following is a spoiler-free review of True Detective. Enjoy! Sometime in early spring, my Facebook wall got a lot of “you have to watch True Detective” messages, all of them coming from people I trust and who know my tastes pretty well. So, during my Spring Break, I thought I should watch it, totally aware that if it were as good as everyone said, I would have the time to just stay at home and watch as many episodes a day as I would love. Turned out my timing worked amazingly: no one spoiled me the finale and I pretty much stuck to one episode a day. I started…

  • 20th century,  General Fiction

    Behind The Scenes At The Museum by Kate Atkinson

    Behind The Scenes At The Museum is Kate Atkinson’s first novel – originally published in 1995 – and winner the 1995 Whitbread Book of the Year. The following is a SPOILER FREE review. Enjoy! From Book Depository: Ruby Lennox was conceived grudgingly by Bunty and born while her father, George, was in the Dog and Hare in Doncaster telling a woman in an emerald dress and a D-cup that he wasn’t married. Bunty had never wanted to marry George, but here she was, stuck in a flat above the pet shop in an ancient street beneath York Minster, with sensible and sardonic Patricia aged five, greedy cross-patch Gillian who refused…