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A TEST OF WILLS by Charles Todd

When Colonel Harris is murdered in Warwickshire, Inspector Ian Rutledge of Scotland Yard is dispatched north to investigate his murder. It is 1919 and the country is still reeling from the after-effects of the Great War. Rutledge, himself a veteran … Continue reading

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RULES FOR PERFECT MURDERS by Peter Swanson

Widower Malcolm Kershaw manages a book store in Boston. One snowy morning he is contacted by an FBI agent, Gwen Mulvey, who wants to talk to him about a blog post he wrote years before, where he detailed his favourite … Continue reading

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The Cutting Room – Dark Reflections of the Silver Screen edited by Ellen Datlow

The editor Ellen Datlow has long been an indicator that the anthology you are about to read is going to be a good one. She has been editing in the speculative fiction industry for many years. The Cutting Room is … Continue reading

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The Girls by Emma Cline

Emma Cline’s The Girls is a fascinating coming of age story set in Los Angeles of the late 1960’s. It details the almost-obsessional relationship between a young girl, Evie, and a group of girls whose paths cross one fateful day. … Continue reading

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Thin Air by Michelle Paver

Michelle Paver wrote a superb ghost story in Dark Matter, an incredibly creepy novel set in the Arctic in the 1930s.This novel, Thin Air, strikes a similar tone, only this time it details a fateful  Himalayan expedition.Paver beautifully invests the … Continue reading

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The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak

An incredibly entertaining slice of retro fun, this novel is essentially a coming of age story that blends many pop-culture references from my childhood.It’s a strange book – in that it’s difficult to predict what will happen – but it … Continue reading

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The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman

This is a very intriguing novel with mystery elements blended skilfully with the concept of time travel.The science part (ie the time travel) is casually done – there’s no hard scientic theory included – but that’s not really important, as … Continue reading

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The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner

I read this when I was a child (and really enjoyed it) so I was wary of a reread now, as so often things change over time (essentially a gap of 40 years), moreso with this being a children’s book.However … Continue reading

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Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

NORTHERN LIGHTS by Philip Pullman   I confess to feeling a little underwhelmed by this. Not sure I will bother with the others in the series. It’s competently written, but not groundbreaking in the way I was expecting. Perhaps I … Continue reading

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Review – THE DREAMS OF CARDINAL VITTORINI by Reggie Oliver

I’d heard many good things about this writer of supernatural stories, so I started his debut collection with a sense of cynicism and expectation. After the first few stories, I was positively hooked. Let me tell you, the praise he … Continue reading

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