Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Saint Zita Society by Ruth Rendell

Ruth Rendell has a remarkable ability to illustrate completely ordinary looking people, then to dig a little deeper and find a very disturbing horror story. I can remember feeling shivers when reading ‘The Bridesmaid’ and ‘Thirteen Steps Down’. With The … Continue reading

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The Pale Horseman by Bernard Cornwell

The Pale Horseman is the second book in Bernard Cornwell’s Saxon Stories which currently extends to six books with more to come. It follows on from book 1 ‘The Last Kingdom’. At the end of the first book, Uhtred of … Continue reading

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The Bourne Imperative by Eric Van Lustbader

This book is the 10th featuring Jason Bourne. The first three were written by Robert Ludlum with the series continued by Eric Van Lustbader after Ludlum’s death. Although I didn’t find this book very riveting, I thought it was better … Continue reading

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The Last Enchantment by Mary Stewart

The Last Enchantment is the third book of Mary Stewart’s Merlin Trilogy and follows on from ‘The Crystal Cave’ and ‘The Hollow Hills’. The Trilogy tells the story of King Arthur (and Merlin of course) from Merlin’s point of view. … Continue reading

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The Summer of the Danes by Ellis Peters

The Summer of the Danes is the 18th Cadfael Chronicle and is the third book in the 6th Cadfael Omnibus together with ‘The Heretic’s Apprentice’ and ‘The Potter’s Field’. This story has a different feel to it than most of … Continue reading

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Tom Franklin Profile and Books

Tom Franklin was born in 1963 in Alabama and spent his childhood there. Until graduating from university, Franklin worked in a number of jobs in the construction industry and at a hospital morgue. After completion of his studies, he produced … Continue reading

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The Lost Ones by Ace Atkins

The Lost Ones is the second book in the Ace Atkins Quinn Colson series. The first book ‘The Ranger’ introduces Quinn Colson, an ex-army ranger returning home to dark, rundown Tibbehah County. Now in The Lost Ones, Colson is Tibbehah’s … Continue reading

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Sacrilege by S.J. Parris

S.J. Parris is the penname for Stephanie Merrit, a British journalist. Sacrilege is her third book in the series, set in 16th century England, featuring Giordano Bruno, an Italian ex-monk now living in England. The first two novels in the … Continue reading

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The Crown by Nancy Bilyeau

The crown is one of the most brilliant readable novels that I’ve read for a while. I’m excited that this is Nancy Bilyeau’s debut novel and she already has another due for release in 2013 – ‘The Chalice’ once again … Continue reading

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The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell

The Last Kingdom is the first book in Bernard Cornwell’s Saxon Stories (which currently contains six books with more to come). This book tells the story of the early life of Uhtred of Bebbanburg. Uhtred was born Osbert, the second … Continue reading

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