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Cross Bones Yard by Kate Rhodes

About the book Ray and Marie Benson killed 13 women before they were caught, tried and imprisoned. Five of their victims were never found. Six years later, psychologist Alice Quentin discovers a woman’s body on the wasteground at Crossbones Yard. The wounds are similar to the Bensons’ signature style. But who would want to copy their crimes? […]

February 8, 2018

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Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

About the book One drowsy summer’s day in 1984, teenage runaway Holly Sykes encounters a strange woman who offers a small kindness in exchange for ‘asylum’. Decades will pass before Holly understands exactly what sort of asylum the woman was seeking. Reviewed by Everton Mixed reviews although it did promote quite a discussion as to […]

February 8, 2018

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All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

About the book Marie-Laure has been blind since the age of six. Her father builds a perfect miniature of their Paris neighbourhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. But when the Nazis invade, father and daughter flee with a dangerous secret. Werner is a German orphan, destined to labour […]

The Full cupboard of life by Alexander McCall Smith

About the book Mma Ramotswe, who became engaged to Mr J.L.B. Matekoni at the end of the first book in this series, is still engaged. She wonders when a day for the wedding will be named, but she is anxious to avoid putting too much pressure on her fiance. For he has other things on […]

The No 1 ladies’ detective agency by Alexander McCall Smith

About the book The No. 1 Ladies‘ Detective Agency is one woman, Precious Ramotswe, working out of a breezeblock office in Botswana. A cross between Kinsey Millhone and Miss Marple, Precious makes an unlikely heroine as she embarks on a very African mystery. Reviewed by Titchfield Abbey WI We all enjoyed this charming book. It […]

Espresso tales by Alexander McCall Smith

About the book In Espresso Tales, Alexander McCall Smith returns home to Edinburgh and the glorious cast of his own tales of the city, the residents of 44 Scotland Street, with a new set of challenges for each one of them. Bruce, the intolerably vain and perpetually deluded ex-surveyor, is about to embark on a […]

The Accidental by Ali Smith

About the book The Accidental is Ali Smith’s dazzling novel about a family holiday and a stranger who upends it. Arresting and wonderful, The Accidental pans in on the Norfolk holiday home of the Smart family one hot summer. There a beguiling stranger called Amber appears at the door bearing all sorts of unexpected gifts, […]

Moo by Jane Smiley

About the book Brilliantly funny satire set in a contemporary American university. Deep in the wheatfields of the American midwest, Moo University is in a state of disarray…In this witty and biting comedy of manners, Jane Smiley turns her wryly perceptive eye towards a community where men and women, the innocent and the cynical, thinkers […]

A Thousand acres by Jane Smiley

About the book Larry Cook’s farm is the largest in Zebulon County, Iowa, and a tribute to his hard work and single-mindedness. His decision to hand the farm over to his 3 daughters is out of character, and Caroline, who has misgivings, is immediately cut out. Reviewed by Friends of Farnborough One person thought this […]

Ice road by Gillian Slovo

About the book Leningrad, 1933. Loyalties, beliefs, love: all are about to be tested to the limit in one of the most crushing moments the world will ever know. Watching everything is Irina, who understands that simple loyalty to an individual may well be more powerful than blind loyalty to an idea. Reviewed by Denmead […]