The Big Chill; a cracking crime sequel

You may recall that back in the early days of 2020 I was lucky enough to read and review A Dark Matter, the first book in the quirky crime series by Scottish writer Doug Johnstone.…

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The Lost Lights of St Kilda; simply stunning

Ahhhh, The Lost Lights of St Kilda truly captivated me. It is written in such a beautiful, subtle manner that evoked a deep impression on me. With its evocative sense of setting, emotional portrayal of…

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The Jewel; the story of Rabbie Burns muse

So I’ve spent this last week reading novels about two of our greatest ever bards, William Shakespeare and Robert Burns – or more precisely, the women in their lives. The first of these books is…

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A Dark Matter; grit, intrigue and humour

A Dark Matter really gripped me – believe me – more than I thought it would. With an intriguing plot set in Edinburgh, I expected to like it, but I didn’t expect to absolutely love…

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Sea of Bones; a simmering psychological thriller

Out of the blue I was sent an advance proof copy of Deborah O’Donoghue’s debut novel Sea of Bones. Also enclosed was a request from the publisher Legend Press for an endorsement if I felt…

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