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Book review: The Giddy Death of the Gays and Strange Demise of Straights by Redfern Jon Barrett


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In Swansea, Wales, a nightclub burns down. A seemingly small incident, but inflaming a section of the community keen on white pride and general bigotry. Word flies while the club burns and Dom, his girlfriend Caroline and flatmate Richard, Richard's sort-of-friend Rutti, and their friends are all drawn to the flames. To each of them, the destruction seems to portent a significant shift in their lives. Can each of these friends weather the coming storm?

Book review: Somebody I Used To Know by David Bell


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Nick is a man who has never managed to properly escape from his college years, and the spectre of his first and only true love. When he encounters what seems like an impossible blast from his past, he's set on a path that might end in disappointment – or revelation. But has in unwittingly put himself in danger, or has his past placed him there?

Book review: The Appetites Of Girls by Pamela Moses


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Fran, Opal, Ruth, and Setsu all have one thing in common – they share the same rooms at Brown University. But scratch the surface and each of their vastly different stories gives them unlikely common ground. Can these girls succeed against the odds of growing up damaged?

Book review: The Violet Crow by Michael Sheldon


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The body of a little girl turns up in a Quaker meeting house in South Jersey. Nobody claims her. The media runs wild. Who can Chief Black turn to to help bring this crime to justice, and a speedy resolution for all?

Book review: How To Live Life by John Vorhaus


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Living, right? We all wonder, from time to time, if we could be doing it better, making more of it. Let John Vorhaus, who has successfully been living life for years, give you a few pointers.

Book review: Eeny Meeny by M J Arlidge


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A killer is kidnapping people in pairs. There is only one way to escape, ever. Can detective Helen Grace find the killer and stop the carnage in time? And why is the killer trying to get Helen's attention?

Book review: South Of Everything by Audrey Taylor Gonzalez


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Germanville in the 1940s is rife with segregation and inequality. For Missy Sara, daughter of wealthy plantation owners, this inequality is incomprehensible, and her coming of age story is her struggle to understand the world around her through her own kind of magic.

Book Review: The Stray American by Wendy Brandmark


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Larry doesn’t know what he wants, but it wasn’t corporate law in Boston and it doesn’t seem like it’s lecturing in an American college in London either. He’s chasing his truth, and looking for it in all the wrong girls. But is a relationship what he needs to make himself whole?

Book review: The Lost Swimmer by Ann Turner


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Rebecca Wilding has it all – a great job, a handsome husband, and two successfully grown up kids. Her husband, Stephen, has been acting a little odd, but hopefully their holiday to Europe will cure any small ills in the relationship. However, Rebecca's problems can't be written off as small ills, and by the time she figures out how deep they are it might be too late...

Book review: The Dwarf And The Twins by Katharina Gerlach




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Snow White and Rose Red is one of the Grimms’ most popular stories. But what if the Grimms brothers version is misguided? Katharina Gerlach turns this tale on its head.

Book review: Dry Bones by Craig Johnson


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When the tiny county of Abrasoka erupts in a storm over a t-rex, Sherif Walt Longmire knows he's going to have a fight on his hands. With one suspicious death already muddying the waters, can Walt work out a tangled situation without further casualties?

Book review: Season Of Shadow and Light by Jenn J McLeod


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Paige Turner is at a crossroads in her life. She packs up her daughter Mati and her step-mother Alice and takes a trip to the country, leaving her husband behind. She's hoping to find something about her past, about the mother she lost as a young girl. But has she bitten off more than she can chew?

Book review: Gathering Prey by John Sandford


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Pilate and his gang of disciples have been wreaking havoc across California, and nobody’s noticed except a traveller named Skye. While rumours about Pilate fly thick and fast, Skye knows he’s genuinely bad news – can she get someone to take notice before Pilate goes on a cross-country rampage?

Book review: The Liar by Nora Roberts


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When Shelby Pomeroy’s husband dies unexpectedly, she heads home to Tennessee, a young widow with a young daughter and a lot of debt. Hoping to put the past behind her, she settles in with the family she left five years ago, but it turns out trouble has followed her home…

Book review: Phoenix: The Radio Play by Scott Fivelson


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In an underground laboratory, a selection of specialised scientists work to cure a killer virus sweeping the world. Can they come up with an antidote before it's too late?

Book review: Double Vision by Colby Marshall


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Jenna Ramey has a corker of a case on her hands: a clearly disturbed shooter with no discernible motives had a rampage in a Lowmans, and Jenna’s only witness is a six year old girl. Can Jenna get to the bottom of this senseless crime before others lose their lives?

Book review: Girl Underwater by Claire Kells


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Avery Delacorte is on her way home to Brookline for a college break when her plane goes down over the Rocky Mountains. Survival seems tough, but Avery's return to civilisation, and school, is unexpectedly more challenging by a long shot.

Book review: The Stranger by Harlan Coben


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Adam Price's calm is shattered by a stranger, who approaches him at the American Legion Hall and tells him one of his wife's big secrets. Can Adam put aside his feelings about his wife and try and uncover why the stranger approached him in the first place before irrevocable damage is done?

Book review: Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut


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Howard W Campbell Jr. sits in an Israeli jail, an American-born German national waiting to be tried as a Nazi war criminal in 1961. This is his story.

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