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THE MAN IN THE FIELD by James Cooper

I recently read (and reviewed) the latest short story collection by British writer, James Cooper, which was published by PS Publishing last month. I found it to be an excellent book, very worthy of your time. Following hot on its … Continue reading

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SCAR TISSUE by James Cooper

Scar Tissue – from British specialist publisher PS Publishing – is the latest short story collection from British writer James Cooper. It works as both a superb example of the author’s fiction output and also as a catalogue of insightful … Continue reading

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FIVE STORIES HIGH edited by Jonathan Oliver

I’ve been reading the anthologies of Jonathan Oliver for several years. He has a great eye for talent and his books usually have a diverse and fascinating array of contributors. Five Stories High breaks from the standard format to include … Continue reading

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ALL THE PLACES I’VE EVER LIVED by David Gaffney

Part murder ballad, part ghost story, part true crime, All The Places I’ve Ever Lived takes you on a gripping journey from the small-town murder of a teenage girl in the 1970s to the recent real-life shootings in Whitehaven, West … Continue reading

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ONLY WATCHING YOU by Mark West

Several months after Claire’s husband leaves her for another woman, her friend Amy convinces her to join a local ‘singles’ group at a nearby pub, in an effort to kick-start her social life. For the past months she has been … Continue reading

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THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF THE MUMMY edited by Paula Guran

The Mammoth Book of the Mummy, edited by genre stalwart Paula Guran, collects together 19 stories (in which we get a decent variation on the book’s theme) about mummies – Egyptian and otherwise – including three new tales. There is … Continue reading

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DON’T GO BACK by Mark West

The sudden death of Kate Marshall prompts old schoolfriend Beth Parker to face a difficult return to Seagrave, the coastal town in which they grew up. Since she departed for university, Beth has moved on. Now married and trying for … Continue reading

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THE 12.30 FROM CROYDON by Freeman Wills Crofts

I’ve been a fan of the British Library Crime Classics series for many years, whose purpose is to bring to modern readers long-forgotten classics or overlooked gems from the golden age of crime, generally thought to have been between the … Continue reading

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THE MIXER by Michael Cox

The subheading of this non-fiction book is ‘The Story of Premier League Tactics, from Route One to False Nines’ and had been on my radar for a while, having heard good things about Cox’s other books. I’m pleased to say … Continue reading

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THE WINTERS by Lisa Gabriele

The Winters by Lisa Gabriele is a ‘retelling’ of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, originally published in 1938, and updates the story to a contemporary setting, this time relocating the grand mansion (Asherley instead of Manderley) to a private island in … Continue reading

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