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Lizzie69

Joined May 2016

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Gravity (Revised) by Tess Gerritsen
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Under the Dome by Stephen King
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This was a charming read, I think it would engage quite young children as the illustrations are so vibrant.
The story is all about a mother penguin who takes her penguin "children" on a walk through the woods one wintry day.
While out and about the little penguins start frolicking about and get lost in the snow so its upto the reader to help mother penguin to locate them all by lifting the little flaps on each page and counting them all.

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Waking the Witch | Rachel Burge
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Ivy has constantly searched for her mother throughout her life and now she believes she has found her on a remote Welsh island.
But when faced with her daughter her mother is paralysed with fear and wants her to go.
She is scared for her.
But it's already too late as she has awoken something malignant that is seeking her out.
Merlin wants Ivy for his own devious reasons.
When her mother is kidnapped it's upto Ivy and the witches to save her.

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Kitty Collins has a big secret she is trying to rid the city of predatorial men who prey on her friends or other women
Her first kill was a pure accident when she is followed home and attacked and a quick shove ends in an injury causing death but from then on in Kitty sees how easy it is to rid the world of a sadistic, criminal element.
But Kitty still is also dealing with a psychotic stalker who claims to know all her deepest and darkest secrets.

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PREY ZONE. | WILBUR. CHAPMAN SMITH (KEITH. COLE, STEVE.)
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Robyn and Ralph live in Africa at Crocodile lodge helping their father to tend the wildlife.
But all of a sudden that peace is shattered when an evil presence starts stalking the local animals.
Suspicion falls on their hermit like, eccentric millionaire neighbour.
When they go scouting around trying to find out what he is upto they find more than they bargained for.
He has reincarnated an ancient evil that is stalking the land.

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A comet is just about to strike Earth and people are scrambling for survival, Petra Pena and her family are among the lucky ones to gain a place on board ship that plans to leave and colonise another planet.
But things don't go as planned, a sinister takeover has happened on board and the "Collective" is now in charge.
They are culling those of the survivors not deemed necessary.
Petra wakes up she alone, her family gone, she is the last...

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Max Mullers has grown up around magic and performing, his nan taught him everything.
One day while minding his father's market stall the local bully Bottley, gets him into serious trouble with the Crayfish twins who run a protection racket.
When their suit gets damaged due to Bottley Max gets the blame.
Now he and his family have to find £250 to pay them back.
Max is ably helped by his friends, and a magic hat that caused his dog Lucky to talk.

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Daughter of Darkness | Katharine & Elizabeth Corr
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Deina is forced into being a soul severer and her dearest wish is to escape, she is working hard to change her life and every mortal soul she takes to the dead realms helps her to work off her fee and attain her freedom.
But King Orpheus offers her a way out, a way to gain her liberty quicker than she could ever imagine.
All she has to do to attain it is help to free his Queen Eurydice from the underworld.

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The year is 1629, Mayken and Imke her nursemaid are on board the Batavia
But this sinister ship has dark happenings stirring and the tension is unbearable, the lives of everyone are in danger.
In 1989 Gil has lost his mother so is sent to live with his reclusive grandfather Joss a fisherman living off the Australian coast.
Gil is struggling to fit in but finds an interest in the local history and is learning about what happened to the Batavia.

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Nightcrawling: A novel | Leila Mottley
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Kiara Johnson has never had the opportunity to actually be a child or a teen she has always had to be the responsible one in the family.
Now she is trying to help a local kid, Trevor in a similar situation with an absent mother.
In desperation she starts street walking but the day she gets picked up by the local police her life changes into one of being at their beck and call for obscene purposes.
Is she brave enough to escape this life?

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Black Mamba | William Friend
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Alfie is the father of twin girls Sylvie and Cassia, but now he has gone from a stable family environment to single father when his partner Pippa suddenly died.
He know he isn't coping well with even day to day domesticity but he finally cracks and calls in the children's aunt Julia when they reveal to him that they have been having a "visitor" to their room late at night.
Can Alfie and Julia save the girls before it's too late?

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This cannot fail to delight any bookworm or even historian.
I thoroughly enjoyed this, it's just a veritable cornucopia of book facts and little nuggets of trivia and information.
Some of it can be very sensitive and contentious at times due to the topic matter, book burnings in Germany, the war years, modern demonstrations and book burning of banned books.
But also plenty of light hearted subjects too, books made of cheese, slices of meat etc.

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Lily Thane knew Adam Harker from many years ago when they were at stage school together.
Never huge friends she is still willing to pretend to be his “arm candy” as he is on the cusp of stardom and as a struggling actress herself she is keen to get any reflected glory.
Lily is having a great time attending parties and celeb get togethers.
Then comes the night of the party to end all parties, when Lily finds Adam dead...

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Max is like millions of other children, his normal world has changed and his new way of life is home schooling and staying at home with his mother while his father is a front line worker.
After a ticking off from his mam he is told to count to a hundred.
But Max is taking it further, he is trying to count to a million.
He started doing the extra counting as a personal challenge but somehow its gone beyond that and is a community event.

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The Arc | Tory Henwood Hoen
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Ursula Byrne and Rafael Banks have a unique start to their relationship, for nearly 100,000 between them they are matched ONLY one chance, one date or match with a dating service called "The Arc."
They meet, they get on great and fall head over heels in love as per description of the dating agency guidelines, one perfect match with every nuance calculated, balanced and perfectly calibrated.
BUT their relationship hits a glitch that causes chaos.

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The Silver Wolf | J. C. Harvey
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I‘m the era of the thirty years war a new hero for the age emerges, out of death destruction.
His mother supposedly hung herself yet was found with a silver charm of a wolf in her hand.
His father was murdered and Jack is hellbent on revenge.
As he attains adulthood he sets off on a quest of retribution that carries him the length and breadth of Europe, Amsterdam, France, culminating in the bloody battlegrounds of Germany.

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These Days | Lucy Caldwell
Mehso-so

Had high hopes of this one as I really enjoy wartime novels but it didn't quite live up to my expectations.
At times it seemed rather directionless and the flitting back and forth between characters and situations is always something I struggle with and may also be the same for other readers.
I didn't really bond with any of the characters either.
The sisters Emma and Audrey I found a little cold and emotionless overall.
Not the best in its genre

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The Cornish Captive | Nicola Pryce
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Madeleine Pelligrew is a prisoner, trapped in a mental institution and moved on to another at regular intervals she can‘t understand why she is there or what she has done to deserve this fate with little hope of escape.
But one day after fourteen years imprisonment help unexpectedly arrives.
A man has come to arrange for her release.
Confused and afraid to trust she is still set on finding out why this happened and the truth behind it all.

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The Swift and the Harrier | Minette Walters
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It is 1642 and the midst of poilitical turmoil and civil war.
The king and Parliament are in a life and death struggle for supremacy while families and friends are torn apart due to their personal beliefs and politics.
Jayne Swift a lady doctor stays above all this and ministers to anyone who needs aid no matter whom they are.
Intrigued by this strange lady with no political affiliation she has taken the interest of the enigmatic William Harrier.

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I enjoyed this so much, dark, brooding and downright spooky for this time of year, such a perfect read.
Nell and her husband along with his daughter Maude all go for a break to a holiday cottage let near the sea.
But from the very first Nell is unsettled by the seemingly idyllic looking cottage.
There are weird carving up in the attics ceiling, strange things hidden within its walls.
The house changes and affects them all in different ways.

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Fledgling | Lucy Hope
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I don‘t read all that much fantasy or kind of fairytale novels but this was a refreshing take on the genre.
It‘s the turn of the century and one night in the midst of a storm something is blown through the window of Cassie‘s bedroom.
Instantly she feels a connection to this being and tries her hardest to take care of it.
Though around this same time her best friend Raphael starts acting strange.
Slowly he is transforming into something special.

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Really enjoyed this tense, claustrophobic thriller.
This started off as a bit of a slow burn but then really picked up the action.
Bron, Georgie and Lissa have been friends for a long time, united by their love of swimming.
But now they are drawn together to mark Lissa's death.
For inexplicably though a professional swimmer she drowned at sea.
The girls just can't get their heads around is how a professional swimmer can so easily drown?

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The Girl in the Mirror | Rose Carlyle
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Omg wow, this was engaging from the first page!
Summer and Iris are twins, both have always been diametrically different to the other.
To the outside world they look close abd as if they get on well but the problem is Iris, she has ALWAYS wanted whatever Summer has.
One day she gets a phone call from Summer begging Iris to go to Thailand to sail the family yacht but then Summer goes missing after a supposed accident...

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The Blind Light | Stuart Evers
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This sounded so good from the blurb but I found it such a dull read overall.
It starts in the late 1950s where Drummond meets the well to do Carter while they are both doing their military service.
Though from totally different backgrounds and life experiences they strike up a friendship.
They age, finish the national service and get married and in time have children.
Civilian life doesn't change the friendship that was formed.

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Wow this was just mindblowing, such an exciting yet terrubly sad story.
In 1945 nine women were forced onto a death march.
Knowing what happened at the end of one of those marches they bravely decided to risk running for their lives and trying to escape together.
This is their story.
Travelling across a war torn country, danger dogging their every step hoping to find aid this is a no holds barred horrific depiction of that journey.

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Songbirds | Christy Lefteri
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Petra has employed Nisha to lolok after her daughter, Aliki.
As a foreign domestic worker Nisha is just one of thousuands of such ladies.
Nisha works hard, tries to keep her romance with Yiannis a poacher a secret.
Then one day she goes missing and as just one of many the local police just don't care.
When they give up and investigate the case on their own they find the truth more devastating and dark than they could have imagined.

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I loved this, a really feel good summery read and as a fan of the Durrells I just totally appreciated the culture, exptic country and literary aspect of the story.
Penny has broken up with her uncaring fiance Bruce.
Her father has just died and she decides on the spur of the moment to go to Corfu in honour to his memory.
She is instantly enchanted with the magic of the island and falls in love with the place and the people.

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Wow just wow!!!
The author was totally taken in by an extremely charming con man called Mark Acklom.
Absolutely fascinating and shocking account of the whole bizarre story.
He was such a clever scammer he insidiously swindled her for thousands of pounds to the point she lost her job, her friends, family her home, money for her daughters college funds and all her savings.
He was such a grand master at the tall stories even that he was a spy!!!

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False Witness | Karin Slaughter
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Love Karin Slaughter, she writes such a taut, exciting thriller and this was no exception.
Leigh Collier is settled in her life and her career as a defence attorney.
Then one day she is asked to represent a high profile case which could do wonders for her professionally.
Clueless as to why she has been asked to take it, the pieces soon slot into place when she meets her client.
She knows Andrew Tennant from her distant past...

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Murder: The Biography | Kate Morgan
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This was such a wonderful read, bloody, gruesome and totally my kind of thing.
I love all kinds of horror and true crime.
But this was a crime book with a difference, it followed the HISTORY of murder in all its guises.
From the laws and ramifications of murder and the early days of those creating the penalties for it down to even more modern crimes and serial killers or famous cases.

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Hana Khan Carries On | Uzma Jalaluddin
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Hana Khan's family own a restaurant that is just not paying its way anymore.
Still they struggle on but they are faced with new competition when another restaurant is swt to open on their own patch.
Their new business rival is Aydin, a total heartbreaker who she simultaneously is attracted to and and hates for the distress he is causing.
Her radio job, podcast and a secret admirer are what keeps her sane amidst the family turmoil.

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HUNGRY | Grace Dent
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I knew aboslutely nothing about this lady, I didn't even clock her being on tv but it was recommended to me so gave it a go.
I really enjoyed it, such a good read.
Far from being well versed in food which is the field she ended up in she came from such a humble background where food was considered more of a fuel than a luxury.
This was at times very sad, touching and very emotional.

lazydaizee I enjoyed reading this book too . I did not know the author before reading this book. 2y
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Fit for Purpose | Richard Pile
Mehso-so

I got this as I thought by the blurb it sounded really interesting and maybe beneficial and helpful to me but I was a little disappointed.
Some of his theories and ideas I found fascinating and they sounded really sound, I especially liked the sections on sleep, meditation and that kind of self help, I might even apply some of them into my lifestyle.
Overall though as I said I did quite enjoy it as a read and picked up some good hints and tips.

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Geiger | Gustaf Skrdeman
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This was exciting and hooked me into the story from the start.
The scene is set when a family are saying goodbye after a visit, the phone rings and a regular suburban housewife answers, the result of that one phone call is enough to make that lady shoot her husband in the head then escape the house.
Sara Nowak works for another division so isn‘t given the shooting case of Stellan Broman but she investigates alone and finds dreadful secrets...

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Trust Me | T. M. Logan
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Oh my goodness, I have never read a T M Logan novel before, why did I wait so long?
He is incredible.
Ellen Devlin is desperate for a child of her own to the point its destroying her marriage.
One day while on a train a young mother asks her to hold her baby, Ellen of course is happy to do so.
But then the lady leaves without her child.
Searching the baby bag she finds a note telling her to look after Mia but trust NO one, not even the police.

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The Favour | Laura Vaughan
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When Ada Howell died, she didnt adjust well.
She didnt so much as grieve for him as for the entitled lifestyle, social standing and privileges she has lost.
No luxuries or fun things and she feels cheated!
Struggling to cope with a dull, humdrum life when hwe godmother offers to pay for an art course in Italy.
Then one night to gain the students trust she freely offers to cover up a dreadful crime that resulted in another student's death.

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Madame Burova | Ruth Hogan
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This was such a quirky read abd i just fell in love with the character of Madame Burova.
When she is given two envelopes that she is told to pass on under her own judgement when the time is right she seeks out their recipient, Billie.
Those envelopes open a whole can of worms both for Madame Burova and Billie as they contain information that ultimately affects them both.
Contacting Billie leads to consequences for both.

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Natasha and her eccentric mother live near the sea, disliked and not accepted they keep to themselves and get by taking in lodgers.
But this summer Mr. Bowen comes to stay upsetting the already delicate relationship between mother and daughter as her mother falls in love with him.
Lonely and confused another troubled, local boy called Lewis seeing the same ghost lights up at the ridge that Natasha has, things start to change in the village.

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The Last Snow | Stina Jackson
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A dark bleak, despairing story hinging on the claustrophobic relationship between Liv, her son Simon and her father Vidar.
Living on the edge of a small village in Sweden the family is not liked and live as outcasts.
Gossips in the area tell rumours of a vast fortune Vidar is hiding after his years of many dodgy dealings.
But someone from his past is looking for revenge and uses to brothers Liam and Gabriel to help him.
But things go badly wrong.

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It is 1594 and London is fearful of plots against the Queen.
One royal physician has just been executed for treason and Nicholas Shelby has also been accused.
With execution the order of the day and fearful for his own life if these implied charges are conveniently proven he flees England with his feisty wife Bianca.
They make for Padua where along the way they pick up and feel responsible for a lone maiden after she witnesses a murder...

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The Legacy | Caroline Bond
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Jonathan Coulter has died, leaving the dispoisal of his will up to his three children who can never agree on the least little thing.
Now they are thrust together over the course of a weekend to thrash out the details of his estate.
Apart from a few small bequests they have to fully agree on how much each sibling has, their mother, Jonathan's ex wife and also Megan his mistress and current partner.
If they dont agree its game over.

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Its 1959, a baking hot summer in peaceful Sunnylakes, California.
On this day something terrible happens that shatters the calm of that balmy summer afternoon with explosive consequences.
When Ruby Wright arrives for her cleaning job at the Haney residence she finds the children alone in a blood smeared kitchen and Joyce their mother missing.
Fearing murder or at the very least a case of abduction the police are quick on the case...

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I really enjoy this author's wartime thrillers.
Tom Wilde is a great character, sort of a wartime James Bond.
This novel tells of a secret meeting between Prince Phillip Von Hessen and the Duke of Kent Prince George.
A short time passes and the Duke goes down in a plane crash in the North of Scotland.
Everyone is devastated and believes its just a tragic accident.
But no one knows of that secret meeting so rumours are starting to circulate...

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The Word Trove | Elias Vorpahl
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From the blurb this sounded so good, really magical and mysterious as the blurb was quite sparse and gave little away as to the actual plot so it intrigued me.
But for me it just didn't live up to the premise of the write up.
To sum it up the story is all about a word that doesn't understand its meaning and significance so goes on an epic journey to find its root source and where he belongs.
Along the way he meets lots of wacky, weird characters.

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How to Belong | Sarah Franklin
Mehso-so

Read this after it was recommended to me but I honestly felt it was just a middle of the road story.
The premise sounded so good, quite mysterious really but I just don't think much happened overall.
Jo has a good career in London but is jaded and restless so moves back to the forest of Dean for a new direction and I suppose challenge by taking on her parents failing butchers shop.
Meanwhile she takes a room with Tessa a withdrawn, complex lady.

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Good Eggs: A Novel | Rebecca Hardiman
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The Gogarty family are pretty chaotic well, I guess a lot of people pe would say dysfunctional.
Mother Grace is having to work harder than ever to support the family as her husband Kevin is out of work.
Kevin is trying to parent their younger kids but the twins Nuala and Aideen are constantly at war so Aideen is shipped off to boarding school where Kevin is considering an affair with the school secretary, Rose.
Plus Gran Gogarty is a petty thief!

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Stella | Takis Wrger
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Friedrich is quite a naive boy and has come to Berlin from Switzerland to exeprience the city.
But he gets more than he bargained for when he meets Kristin, an art model.
He rapidly falls in love with this beautiful woman and when she is in trouble and rescue her and her parents from the Nazi regime.
Thinga aren't what they appear on the surface.
Kristin has deep dark secrets about who she really is and what her part is in the war.

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When Rachel Lambert's boyfriend is involved in an accident and knocked off his bike she is just glad he is alive.
But then there are hints the whole thing was connected to Hunter's association with a local homeless man.
Fearful of danger Rachel leaves for Ireland until things cool down.
In New York Caroline Kelly is in trouble at her job and is in the brink of losing her career, needing an escape she also ends up at the same place in Ireland...

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Victoria Park | Gemma Reeves
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This was a slice of life drama about the occupants of a place called Victoria park.
Mona and Wolfie are just about to celebrate their sixty fifth wedding anniversary but Mona‘s health is in decline and she is suffering with Alzheimer‘s
Meanwhile the reader gets a glimpse into lives and situations of the other occupants over a year.
We see their struggles, trials, hopes, dreams and relationships.
Not all are happy or successful but they are real.

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Call the Vet | Bruce Fogle
Mehso-so

Started off enjoying it and I did enjoy hearing all the funny stories of Bruce in his line of work and understand that not every case is successful.
But as an animal lover myself some of the behind the scenes situations and feelings towards animals at this point in time just totally jarred.
I was horrified to read of the callous disregard towards live experiments for vets to practice on.
So to be completely honest I kind of switched off a bit.

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This was a really inventive take on a murder mystery novel with the Queen in the starring role.
When she has a sleep and dine do at Windsor things seem to be going really well and everyone retires to bed.
But next morning Maksim Brodsky a musician who played the night before is found murdered in his room.
The Queen swings into action ably assisted by her secretary Rozie.
But can she keep this hush hush to save a right Royal scandal???