Hotel Arcadia; a unique, thought-provoking thriller

Hotel Arcadia is a very different, unique thriller. It depicts a brutal and bloody terrorist siege set in a luxury hotel. Yet the protagonists – two survivors trapped in the hotel, never personally encounter the…

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Small Hours; meditative and emotional magical realism

Regular followers of my blog will know that I am a massive fan of Bobby Palmer’s debut novel Isaac and the Egg. In fact, over the last 18 months or so when I’ve been asked…

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The London Bookshop Affair; a stunning Cold War novel

Wow! What an all-consuming novel The London Bookshop Affair is. I can’t stop thinking about the world of espionage inspired by true historical figures and events that bestselling author Louise Fein has created. This is…

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Point Zero; a Japanese crime classic

Published in English for the first time 65 years after its initial publication, Japanese crime thriller Point Zero really fascinated me. Tense and compelling, it slowly but surely lured me in. Initially it took me…

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Frank & Red; life-affirming escapism

Wow! I love Frank & Red for so many reasons; it is funny, it is heart breaking, it is poignant and it is life-affirming. With the news all around us through TV, radio and social…

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