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‘Death by Dissertation’, by Kelly Brakenhoff: Book Review

Star Rating: ★★★✰✰ Cassandra Sato, the new Student Affairs VP at Morton College in Carson, Nebraska, is having some trouble settling into her new position. But it’s not the cold weather, the less-than-qualified student assistants, or even the argumentative board members that are making it difficult. It’s the suspicious death of Austin Price, a deaf student and lab-assistant, that’s causing her nightmare.

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‘Midnight at the Tuscany Hotel’, by James Markert: Book Review

Star rating: ★★★★✰ Midnight at the Tuscany Hotel is a story that deals with the question of whether quality of life is a better choice than quantity of life. It follows Vitto, a returning WWII soldier suffering from PTSD and his father, Robert, an accomplished sculptor now with Alzheimer's, as they try to come to terms with their respective pasts and with each other.

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‘A Beautiful Way to Die,’ by David M. Hinds: Book Review

Star Rating: ★✰✰✰✰ When he sees what he thinks is a kidnapping, stress management professional Jamie King follows the car, phoning the police in the process. Unfortunately, the attempted rescue goes wrong and ends in an accidental death. When the police arrive they tase Jamie and arrest him. After his arrest, Jamie starts to feel odd recurring twangs in his head that mostly arise when he is having sex. He finds himself overtaken by lust and ferocity, and the urge to strangle the woman he’s with.

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‘The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry,’ by Rachel Joyce: Book Review

Star rating: ★★★✰✰ Harold Fry is recently retired. He lives in a small English town with his wife, Maureen, and most of his days go pretty much the same as every other day. Except for one morning when he receives a letter from an old friend, Queenie. She explains that she has cancer and is in a hospice. Harold decides to write back and scribbles out a letter that he wants to post immediately.

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‘Oh My God What a Complete Aisling,’ by Emer McLysaght & Sarah Breen: Book Review

Aisling is 28, has a stable job in PensionsPlus, goes out at the weekend with her best friend Majella, and spends two nights a week at John’s, her boyfriend of seven years and 17th kiss at her 21st. But she wants more. She wants a ring and a wedding. Seven years is long enough to be waiting. But John doesn’t share her plans, and after a holiday in Tenerife doesn’t end in a proposal, she decides enough is enough.

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‘Slay Bells’, by T.C Wescott: Book Review

Star Rating: ★★★★✰ It’s Christmas Village’s most wonderful time of year when all the inhabitants are preparing for the annual, week-long Christmas Festival. But all is not right at Plum Cottage, as a troupe of entertainers in town for the festival are shocked at the death of their manager, Mr Stipes.

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‘Her Name Was Rose,’ by Claire Allan: Book Review

Star Rating: ★★★✰✰ Emily could never have imaged that letting a woman step out of the lift ahead of her would have such an impact on her life. As she watched the woman get hit by a speeding car and die instantly, she could never have thought how much this woman would affect her.

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‘One Little Lie’, by Sam Carrington: Book Review

One Little Lie asks the question ‘does a mother ever really know their child?’ It follows the journey of two mothers who have lost their sons, one to murder, and one to prison.
Alice is the mother of a killer. Her son is in prison for murder and she bears the guilt of someone who blames herself. Her support group for parents with troubled children can only help so much. She knows only the forgiveness of one woman will alleviate her guilt.

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‘The General Theory of Haunting,’ by Richard Easter: Book Review

Star rating: ★★★✰✰ In 1809, Lord Francis Marryman has lost his wife. He desperately misses her and, in honour of her, decides to build a Hall in the Devon countryside. Two centuries later, K&K Publishing Company needs a last-minute venue for their New Year’s Eve party. Marryman Hall is the only place available, and when the day of the party arrives, a snowstorm means only a handful of people can attend, soon finding themselves snowed in with no phone or internet.

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‘The Best Bad Things’, by Katrina Carrasco: Book Review

Star rating: ★★★✰✰ A historical novel with a touch of noir, The Best Bad Things follows Alma Rosales, a shamed ex-Pinkerton agent looking to redeem herself. Her stealth and espionage skills lead her to a job with her ex-lover Delphine. Dressed as her alter-ego, Jack Camp, she infiltrates Delphine’s opium smuggling ring to find out where her missing product has been going.