Monthly Archives: December 2011

Agent 6 by Tom Rob Smith

Agent 6 is the third book of a trilogy following on from ‘Child 44’ and ‘The Secret Speech’. As such it continues to follow the life of Soviet ex-MGB officer Leo Demidov. After Leo’s refusal to join the newly formed … Continue reading

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The Devil’s Novice by Ellis Peters

This book, like ‘The Sanctuary Sparrow’ is set in a quiet time in the civil war between King Stephen and the Empress Maud. The book begins in September of 1140. This is the eighth Cadfael chronicle and is the second … Continue reading

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Portrait of a Spy by Daniel Silva

Gabriel Allon has retired from his life as a spy and assassin and now lives with his wife Chiara on the Cornish coast restoring old masters for art dealer (and spy helper) Julian Isherwood. But the life of retirement eludes … Continue reading

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How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

How I live now is an incredibly powerful and compelling book and I found is almost impossible to put down. The book is intended for older children, but contains some shocking aspects such as incest and some fairly gruesome violence … Continue reading

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Lindsey Davis Profile and Books

Lindsey Davis was born in Birmingham in 1949. She studied English as Oxford the joined the civil service. She left the civil service after 13 years to become a writer. With an interest in history and archaeology her focus has … Continue reading

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Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter is set in rural Mississippi in the 1970s and completely envelopes the reader in the atmosphere of that time and place. The two main characters of the book are Larry Ott, a white, middle class loner … Continue reading

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The Secret Speech by Tom Rob Smith

In 1952 Josef Stalin died and Nikolai Kruschev came to power in the Soviet Union. In 1956, in a speech by Kruschev, he attempts to distance himself from the excessively brutal purges that characterised the Stalin era. The speech is … Continue reading

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The Sanctuary Sparrow by Ellis Peters

The Sanctuary Sparrow is set in 1140 in a period of relative quiet in the war between King Stephen and the Empress Maud. This is the seventh Cadfael Chronicle and is the first book in the third Cadfael Omnibus together … Continue reading

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Rebels and Traitors by Lindsey Davis

Having not read any Lindsey Davis books before, I decided to start with a stand-alone rather than a series book and chose Rebels and Traitors. I didn’t realise at the time that this book was not a very typical representation … Continue reading

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