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The Burning Girl, by Claire Messud

As I write this review, I am flying at around 35000ft somewhere near Bucharest, on the first leg of our journey towards Koh Samui. 10 days of Thai food, beautiful beaches and a long-overdue family catch up await - bliss! Unfortunately this also means that I'm testing out my skills at blogging from my trusty… Continue reading The Burning Girl, by Claire Messud

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Review: The Unquiet Dead, by Ausma Zehanat Khan

A harrowing debut novel, The Unquiet Dead is measured, disturbing and masterful. Here's the publisher's blurb: One man is dead. But thousands are his victims. Can a single murder avenge that of many? When Christopher Drayton’s body is found at the foot of the Scarborough Bluffs, Detectives Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty are called to investigate his death.… Continue reading Review: The Unquiet Dead, by Ausma Zehanat Khan

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Review: The Little Breton Bistro by Nina George

The Overview The Little Breton Bistro (released 2nd March) is the latest offering from Nina George. Having devoured The Little Paris Bookshop on honeymoon last year, I couldn’t not request this ARC when I spotted it on NetGalley, and was pretty chuffed when my approval email came through! The Little Breton Bistro follows protagonist Marianne… Continue reading Review: The Little Breton Bistro by Nina George

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Review: Snowblind by Ragnar Jonasson

I have not come across a huge number of books which can hook you on the first page; even fewer that can do so in the first paragraph. But the rawness of the opening sentence of Snowblind sets the tone for what is a very clever crime story and an outstanding first novel: The red stain… Continue reading Review: Snowblind by Ragnar Jonasson