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Careful how you lie: book review

A gripping and pacey thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat from the moment you turn the first page. The perfect read for fans of Martina Cole.

So, I am not really a fan of Martina Cole but this story on the other hand… I was gripped by the complex and involved plot and how the emotions of the lead dectective were protrayed as her background become visible to the reader, and then to her colleagues.

there is just one thing, why are all the femal detectives protrayed in novels angst ridden? Why can’t they be nice with simple and homely, interesting but in a good way, well adjusted, happy even, and members of a police ut=nit where people get along. I know that this would be a different genre but….

Despite this minor complaint, the book is fast paced and gritty and should appeal to those who like their crime to be set in urban surroundings.

Now. A point of information. there is in the book a brief discussion of ducks and their sex life – so go see www.news.com.au which is a serious study of ducks and how they procreate. And not forgetting that female ducks can be quite promiscuous around mating time – they will sometimes choose multiple partners in order to receive the best genetic material. Hence you can see duck mums with a brood of many different colours, or even species, ducklings. Ducks (and many birds truth) are far from monogamous, it is all about obtaining the best and, hopefully, the strongest genes for your children. So, if one duck can be superseded by another, Mrs Duck will happily participate!

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When a Mountain can Shelter you: Book Review

OK – so this is actually Virgin River and this book is where the TV series starts. A mother and her son arrive in the small town, on a wet and windy night and take up an isolated residence. They try to keep to themselves and this is a town where strangers are obvious, but also their need not to socialise is respected. Thus our young mother keeps to herself – as much as she can remembering she has a small son.

As is often the case, when single mothers appear in a small isolated and ‘hidden’ small town, they turn out to be running away from something (trope) – frequently an abusive relationship or a crime they witnessed. And Jack Preacher (ex-military) knows that a split lip and bruises equals abuse. So he finds himself caring for this woman and her child and enables them to hide away – for a while at least.

This is really the start of the series and as such we get introduced to the main characters and their role/s in the township.

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Can’t run very far: Book Review

So Amnesia means memory loss - only the loss of a marriage that is in tatters due to his business obsession was perhaps a good thing. After all, our hero can now romance his wife again - and also, of course, learn new behaviours.
So that is the trope that this story is based on and as such it does a good job of following it, with the inevitable happy ending.  
The one thing you know for sure, is that with a M&B novel it will be well researched, well written stylistically, and not full of the proofing errors that dog self-published books. A good editor will have checked it through and made sure the storyline follows correctly.
As such, this book delivers. And those who want a nice summer read should enjoy it.

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And it’s Xmas : Book Review

Note that this is book 4 in this long running series – franchise? (over 20 now, plus the TV series)

Whilst this book is set in Virgin River and thus you can expect some of the characters from previous novels in this series to appear, it can be read as a stand-alone.
Like the other books in this series it falls firmly into small town romance, with this being a remote small town and the extra opportunities for story twists that this gives us. Especially as it is set at Christmas.
Christmas, in American novels, tends to be portrayed as a fun time of year where families get together and enjoy activities and food.
Of course, it helps give a sense of what Christmas could be like if the story has people who don’t have these nuclear or extended families but are alone, or estranged from their families, or have other reasons for not being with them.
Thus you get a novel with angst and emotion and a strong sense of potential for the future. This story follows these rules to a HEA.

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Moor Murders: Book Review

A story of deceit, vengeance and blackmail, bestseller Nick Louth will leave you reeling in this unputdownable, unpredictable crime thriller.

Wow. Unexpected ending here…

And what twists in the story.

This storyline builds menace and shows just how far people will go to protect themselves.

The writing is crisp, well structured, without errors and extremely readable.

The best in this series yet.

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