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Lel2403

Lel2403

Joined September 2018

Books, coffee and life with Melanoma. https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/51031088-lel-budge My Full reviews at https://orlando-books.blog/
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Doing Time by Jodi Taylor
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Testaments by Margaret Atwood
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The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean
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The Chain by Adrian McKinty
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The Binding by Bridget Collins
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The story felt a little disjointed to me at the beginning, with seemingly unrelated chapters, but I was so wrong. As the tale progresses the darker it gets, with the murders, a missing child and creepy doll maker and the story all comes together in a marvellously twisty plot.

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The Women at Hitlers Table | Rosella Postorino
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In Germany during WWII, Hitler was afraid someone would try to poison his food to kill him. So, a group of 10 women are ‘recruited‘ to be food tasters. They eat the same meals as Hitler, only one hour before, they are watched to see if any thing untoward happens…..

This is the tale of those women, based on the memories of a woman that was actually there, was one of these tasters. It is their stories, of their lives, families

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Maxine Unleashes Doomsday | Nick Kolakowski
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I love this book, from its clever little pop culture references, Heisenberg Blue, SkyNet, sick sticks and droogs, (which appeal to the geek in me), to the dystopian world building. Maxine is a strong, intelligent female character, flawed but determined and likeable. A compelling, imaginative, brutal dystopian read.

https://orlando-books.blog/2019/10/13/maxine-unleashes-doomsday-by-nick-kolakows...

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To Keep You Safe | Kate Bradley
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When Destiny is almost abducted by men in a white van, Jenny‘s instincts take over and she saves her and as Destiny wants to go to Hull. Off they go…but what is real? And who is telling the truth?

There‘s death, people trafficking, secrets and lies and damaged people. With some incredible twists, this is an utterly compelling thriller.

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This is so entertaining, well written and twisty with likeable and equally unlikeable characters. So, it‘s time to suspend reality and enjoy the sheer escapism of The Last Wife….brilliant.

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The Burning Hill | A.D. Flint
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This is an incredible novel, it tells of the harsh life of these street children in deprived areas of the favelas in Brazil. Not only do they have to deal with the everyday struggle, they have death squads, roaming the streets to kill the children to get them off the street and the gangs fighting to keep control.

https://orlando-books.blog/2019/10/09/the-burning-hill-by-a-d-flint-book-review-...

Sace There was also a book written in the 60s about life in a favela. It's non fiction. 2w
Lel2403 @RestlessFickleBookHoarder thank you, I‘ll have a look 📚 2w
Sace I sort of doubt the information is current, but the fact it's still in print says something I guess. It's one I tried to read in the early 80s, but I don't really recall much about it. 2w
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This is a solid police procedural with well developed and likeable characters, it has a tense and twisty plot which really keeps your attention from start to finish.

https://orlando-books.blog/2019/10/06/cradle-to-grave-by-rachel-amphlett-book-re...

RachelAmphlett I‘m so glad to hear you enjoyed reading it - thank you! 😊📚 2w
Lel2403 @RachelAmphlett my pleasure 💕📚 2w
Freespirit Lovely chicken too..... 2w
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Good Little Liars | Sarah Clutton
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There is the mystery surrounding Tessa‘s death, but I felt this is primarily about the lives, relationships and drama‘s of the three friends. It‘s told with chapters from each of the main character‘s perspectives and moves through past and present events to build the story. Not the fastest paced, but it helps build the characters and reveals the secrets that have been kept for years. A very engaging mystery drama.

Crazeedi Sounds intriguing 2w
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This is a mix of historical fiction, an Agatha Christie style whodunnit, spies and a supernatural tale of ghosts roaming the earth, all seamlessly put together due to the clever, atmospheric writing of W.C. Ryan. A haunted house story perfect for a Halloween read.

https://orlando-books.blog/2019/10/04/a-house-of-ghosts-by-w-c-ryan-book-review-...

erzascarletbookgasm I‘m waiting for my copy to arrive. 🙂 2w
Lel2403 @erzascarletbookgasm brilliant. I‘m sure you‘ll love it 😊 2w
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This is a collection of short stories with a theme of strong women, all based on myths and legends from countries around the world.

But, it‘s not that simple…..there is magic, heartbreak, love, fear and power. It is beautifully written and really touches a nerve at times and will make you laugh and cry.

https://orlando-books.blog

Deifio The cover is gorgeous! 😍 3w
Lel2403 @Deifio isn‘t it ? 🦊 3w
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I‘ve been a fan of Tess Gerritsen‘s books for years and love the Rizzoli and Isles series. The Shape Of Night is something completely different. Ava is running away from guilt. She decides to rent a large home in Tucker Cove, a small town on the cost of Maine, at first she‘s intimidated by the size of the house, but once inside she feels the house wants her to stay. What is Ava running from? And who is the dark figure she sees from a distance

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Rafael is attacked and dies, leaving Lia devastated. The friends decide to find out why he died.

What follows is a crime mystery story, with details of the history, politics and people of Guatemala, with stunning descriptive writing that really brings the beauty of the country to life. A tale of tragedy and ultimately hope.
https://orlando-books.blog/2019/10/01/the-land-of-trees-by-l-a-naylor-book-revie...

RachelO Sounds really good! 3w
Lel2403 @RachelO I liked it, it has a different feel to it being set in Guatemala 📚 3w
Cathythoughts It does sound really good 👍🏻♥️ 3w
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Three Little Truths | Eithne Shortall
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These are the three main characters and the story revolves mainly around them with hilarious asides from other residents WhatsApp messages. There‘s a rat hole, stole newspapers and wheels. We hear gossip and secrets, affairs, petty minded people and neighbourhood disputes but also a close community, love, laughs and family.

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Hands Up | Stephen Clark
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This is a very topical tale of young black men being shot by police in America arbitrarily. I cannot imagine the intense emotions and fear this must cause. It highlights too, the #BlackLivesMatter movement and how high emotions run as people see the injustices happening in everyday life.

Hands Up is a gripping tale, full of emotions, great realistic characters and story with heartbreak, love and a twist or two. I can thoroughly recommend it.

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This is a slow burn of a thriller, with lots of clues and suspects in such a well plotted tale, it really keeps you hooked from the very start to the heart pounding end.

https://orlando-books.blog/2019/09/27/dying-to-tell-by-keri-beevis-book-review/

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DI‘s Graves and Palmer and Sargeant Harding make a great team and I love the gentle banter between them. Two completely different cases but the writing is so good they work well alongside each other. So many tense moments too that keep you utterly gripped.

Will they find out who is the tattoo killer? And are demons walking this earth?



And OMG!!!! That ending…..I really can‘t wait for Book #2. Game On!

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Bloodlust & Bonnets | Emily McGovern
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It starts as Lucy dispatches her suitor with his own cane, she‘s bored…she then carries on finishing off a crowd of vampires….she knew they were vampires didn‘t she?

She is approached by Lady Travesty who wants her to join her secret immortal vampire cult, she‘s ‘saved‘ just in time by Lord Byron…you know? From the books?

Brilliantly illustrated too

Tanisha_A Ha! That title! 4w
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There is a gruesome murder, attempted murder, kidnap, animal rights activists and a creepy murderer in a mask. A great range of characters, some likeable and some just downright reprehensible and a twisty plot that keeps you hooked from start to finish. Thoroughly entertaining.

https://orlando-books.blog/2019/09/24/cold-echo-by-cj-carver-book-review/

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A complex tale with great world building, which I have to admit that took me a while to get to grips with, but it evolves into a thrilling, intelligent sci-fi adventure. I enjoyed the way it was set out, with chapters from various perspectives and the characters have clear personalities and a clever, engaging plot.

https://orlando-books.blog/2019/09/23/the-guardian-by-j-d-moyer-book-review/

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Cathythoughts What an amazing cover ✨✨✨✨✨ 4w
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Isabel Ashdown‘s writing really conveys Eva‘s confusion and her state of mind while she tries to remember everything…..the tension is slowly building with plenty of twists to keep you turning the pages……just what is happening? And how is this linked to Maxine in London?

https://orlando-books.blog/2019/09/22/lake-child-by-isabel-ashdown-book-review/

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In the Absence of Miracles | Michael J. Malone
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I have been lucky to read some stunning books this year, but this has to be the most heartbreaking. It tells of the horrors of child abuse, the damage this causes physically and mentally to these young victims…..it‘s a tough read at times but so utterly compelling with every page so full of emotion….Magnificently immersive writing that grabs your attention from start to finish. In this darkest domestic noir thriller.. A definite must read….

Tanisha_A Love the photograph! 1mo
Lel2403 @Tanisha_A thank you 😊 1mo
BarbaraBB Great recommendation. Stacked. 1mo
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This may be a relatively short novella, but there is no lack of substance to this tension packed thriller with great characters and twisty story. Nice to catch up with Aurelia and Marina is growing up to be just as feisty. Brilliant.

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Blood Song | Johana Gustawsson
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There is someone who has killed members of the Lindbergh family, stabbing them and removing their tongues…….Kerstin, Göran and Louise were Aliénor‘s mother, father and sister. Aliénor is a profiler, she has Aspergers and has difficulty with the emotions this tragedy causes and her friend Emily seems to be the only one to understand.

Also has details of Franco‘s regime and the abuses of adults & children in his name

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This is an adventure of two bumbling detectives who are best friends that bicker constantly….with bizarre talking fish and crabs in this joyous romp that will make you laugh out loud.

https://orlando-books.blog/2019/09/18/barnabas-tew-and-the-case-of-the-enlighten...

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She then goes to her school reunion and after meeting up with her old ‘gang‘….and memories of a past event still haunt her, the guilt is causing her to drink even more……with more memory lapses her life really is on a downward spiral. What is the secret that someone will kill to keep hidden?

This is a twisty tale full of tension, so fraught it will have your own nerves jangling. Twisty dark and completely unputdownable.

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False Prophet | James Hazel
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There is a really creepy killer, religious tales and symbolism all in a clever mix of police procedural and dark thriller. The characters are so well developed, with their own personal problems and mixed up lives, which adds to the tension. Utterly compelling from start to nail biting finish….. If you like a thriller on the dark side, you‘ll love this…

bookladyreads OOOhhhhhh. I just looked this up on Goodreads. It sounds soooo creepy. I added it to my tbr. Have you read any of his other books? I see he has this Charlie Priest series. Is this the third book in that series? It doesn't say it is, but the name Charlie Priest is in the description of False Prophet. 1mo
Lel2403 It really is creepy...yes it‘s a series and no I haven‘t read any of the others yet....but it‘s easy to read as a stand-alone 1mo
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Daddy's Girls | Sarah Flint
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This is a solid police procedural with plenty of character background so they have a real personality and sometimes messy lives of their own. The thought of someone targeting the most vulnerable older people is a scary thought and this tale really does have a sense of menace and you wonder who will be next….

https://orlando-books.blog/2019/09/17/daddys-girls-by-sarah-flint-book-review/

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I have read many of Conan Doyle‘s Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and this is a worthy addition to the canon. It has the same cadence to the language and many of Holmes quirks and characteristics, even his tobacco in a Persian slipper and his penchant for disguise.

Some light humour, historical references and a worthy adversary for Holmes, and of course, his friend Dr Watson.

Ruthiella I find it fascinating how we just can‘t get enough of Holmes and are reinventing or continuing the story in books and film . 😀 1mo
Lel2403 @Ruthiella yes indeed, I think it must be language, so different to modern day....but still so very relatable moments. 1mo
Cathythoughts Great title 😊 (edited) 1mo
Richryan52 @cathythoughts Thanks much! The title actually came from a newspaper headline I wrote years ago 1mo
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@jenniferw88 Jenny thank you so much for the notebook...I absolutely love it....it‘s treasure.💕💕💕

TrishB Lovely 💕 1mo
Cathythoughts That is so nice 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
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This is full of humour, the whale with a tail is hilarious, it‘s a clever tale of large corporations making decisions that affect human lives with little respect or consideration, just for power and greed. At times slightly bizarre but this science fiction tale is an immensely enjoyable read.

https://orlando-books.blog/2019/09/16/jaffle-inc-by-heide-goody-iain-grant-book-...

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This is a creepy, gothic supernatural mystery in the vein of Poe and Lovecraft, there are even rats scratching in the ceiling….if like a historical, supernatural mystery then you‘ll love this.

https://orlando-books.blog/2019/09/15/a-shadow-on-the-lens-by-sam-hurcom-book-re...

BarbaraBB Appealing! Especially with the great pic in thr background 1mo
batsy Yes, sounds very intriguing! 1mo
Cathythoughts Great pic ! I don‘t like The sound of those little creatures though 😬😱 (edited) 1mo
Lel2403 @Cathythoughts very lovecraftian 🐭 1mo
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This is just Hilarious....foul mouthed birds.....a meme for every occasion

Ruthiella Oh my! 😂😂😂😂That thought has crossed my mind before and no doubt others have thought it of me! 1mo
Lel2403 @Ruthiella 😂 exactly.....it has so many of these, just so funny 1mo
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Crazeedi My daughter would love this book too , I must get it 1mo
arlenefinnigan Can't wait to read this! 1mo
Melissa_J My husband loves this! 1mo
Lel2403 @Melissa_J it‘s so funny....in a marvellously sweary way 1mo
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The Quiet Ones | Theresa Talbot
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This is a difficult read at times due to the subject matter. It deals with the abuse of young boys by a well respected football coach…..(something that has been in the news quite recently)….and that it was kept quiet by others around him.

This tale by Theresa Talbot is written showing sensitivity and compassion for the victims, and while it is a tough subject this brilliant thriller is a compelling read.

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The Secrets We Kept | Lara Prescott
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Based on the real person, Boris Pasternak, this is a possible story of how the famous novel, Dr Zhivago was smuggled out of the Soviet Union.

https://orlando-books.blog/2019/09/12/the-secrets-we-kept-by-lara-prescott-book-...

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The Devil Upstairs | Anthony O'Neill
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This captures the damp, foggy atmosphere of a chilly Edinburgh, and the general inconsiderate nature of some people in general……a chilling reminder of Be Careful What You Wish For and its consequences…utterly brilliant.

https://orlando-books.blog/2019/09/11/the-devil-upstairs-by-anthony-oneill-book-...

Cinfhen Great review 1mo
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Testaments | Margaret Atwood
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Just arrived.....and it‘s a signed copy. So exciting

Leftcoastzen 👏👏👏 1mo
eri.reads 🥳🥳🥳 1mo
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I haven‘t read a book like this before, it is a masterpiece of storytelling by Alix E Harrow. It will touch a nerve for anyone who loves books, as we know each one opens a door to another world. An absolute must read.

https://orlando-books.blog/2019/09/10/ten-thousand-doors-of-january-by-alix-e-ha...

Cathythoughts Great pic. Sounds really good 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
Lel2403 @Cathythoughts thank you. It‘s one of the best I‘ve read in a while 1mo
AutumnRLS This one looks so good. Need to ordered asap. 1mo
Lel2403 @AutumnRLS it really is something special 1mo
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Endgame | Daniel Cole
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Detective William ‘Wolf‘ Fawkes arrives at his friend Shaw‘s home to take a look for himself…..and is arrested. He comes to an arrangement with the Commissioner, in return for information about the wanted drug Lord, Dubois, he will work this ‘suspicious‘ death of his friend as his last case.

https://orlando-books.blog/2019/09/09/endgame-by-daniel-cole-book-review/

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Code 17 | Francis Booth
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What follows is a romp through 1967….with its pop art, money and fashion. It‘s a fast paced adventure in the vein of the Avengers….bowler hats and swords,there‘s even a catsuit…. Lady Laura reminded me distinctively of Joanna Lumley‘s Purdy…..

https://orlando-books.blog/2019/09/09/code-17-by-francis-booth-book-review/

rwmg Wishlisted 1mo
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Superior Spectre | Angela Meyer
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A beautifully written, almost poet mix of historical, gothic fiction and sci-fi with real atmosphere and both likeable and reprehensible characters. Thought provoking and something rather special. I‘m sure this will be a favourite amongst Book clubs everywhere. A definite must read.

https://orlando-books.blog/2019/09/08/a-superior-spectre-by-angela-meyer-book-re...

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LIZ MISTRY 2 OF 3 | LIZ. MISTRY
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There are a few stories all taking place at the same time, which lends a feeling of reality and really helps build the characters and the world around them.

There‘s murder, stalking and the perils of the ever present social media in our lives. A very clever and topical psychological thriller.

https://orlando-books.blog/2019/09/08/unseen-evil-by-liz-mistry-book-review/

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Great, realistic characters, with some real surprising moments in this incredibly well plotted crime thriller, that‘s so engrossing it really is unputdownable…. If you like a dark twisty thriller, you‘ll love this.

https://orlando-books.blog/2019/09/08/essence-of-evil-by-rob-sinclair-book-revie...

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The Bad Place | M.K. Hill
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This is a very cleverly plotted thriller that will keep you on tenterhooks right to the last page. I loved the way Sasha is portrayed as a strong, intelligent detective, but with a life behind the scenes, with its chaos and usual family dramas. Full of twists and secrets to keep you guessing.

https://orlando-books.blog/2019/09/07/the-bad-place-by-m-k-hill-book-review/

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I found this to be a compelling read, about the difficult subjects of coercive control and self harm, but in a realistic and sensitive manner, I did wonder how the seemingly two separate sides of the story would come together, the trial and the jurors deliberations, but I needn‘t have worried as it worked so well. It reminded me a little of 12 Angry Men. An emotive and breathtaking thriller…..I loved it.

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With Irish and Albanian ‘mafia‘, drug dealing, torture and murder, this is a dark and gritty thriller with strong female characters and enough twists and tension to keep you hooked from start to finish…..thoroughly recommended.

https://orlando-books.blog/2019/09/06/the-widow-by-will-patching-book-review/

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This is a totally immersive and fast paced read that is full on, non stop action. With a tense atmosphere broken only by the humour and ‘friendship‘ between Opal and Clarissa. The chill of the darkness and those creepy synth dolls made me shudder! ….I loved the strong female character, intelligent and fearless (very Ripley-esq) and likeable too.

https://orlando-books.blog/2019/09/05/lost-solace-by-karl-drinkwater-book-review...

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A Different Time | Michael K Hill
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This is not the usual genre for me, but the sci-fi element caught my imagination. It‘s a beautifully written, charming and emotional fantasy romance. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

My full review is here (can‘t fit it on Litsy)

https://orlando-books.blog/2019/09/03/a-different-time-by-michael-k-hill-book-re...

Cathythoughts Beautiful pic 2mo
Lel2403 @Cathythoughts thank you 😊 2mo
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Shot in the Dark | Neil Richards, Costello Matthew
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All set in 1920‘s England amongst the upper classes, this is a marvellously fun crime thriller from a simpler time. It reminded me of the novels of Josephine Tey and is a must for readers of a classic style mystery. A quick read but packs a lot in. I loved it.

https://orlando-books.blog/2019/08/30/a-shot-in-the-dark-by-neil-edwards-and-mat...

julesG Oooh, I love the table! Did you make it yourself? 2mo
Lel2403 Oh no, I‘m not that crafty...it‘s a side table 💕 2mo
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Lel2403 @Crazeedi thank you so much 💕💕 2mo
CarolynM Sounds like my sort of thing. Stacked. 2mo
Lel2403 @CarolynM it‘s very good. The author tells me there are 9 in the series yet to come 2mo
CarolynM 👍 2mo
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