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A REPLACEMENT LIFE by Boris Fishman, Book Review

A REPLACEMENT LIFE by Boris Fishman, Book Review

In Boris Fishman’s debut novel A Replacement Life, a failing young Russian American journalist’s life is unexpectedly transformed when he forges Holocaust restitution claims for his rogue grandfather and his friends. A Replacement Life Synopsis: Young Russian immigrant Slava Gelman wants to…

LOOK FOR HER by Emily Winslow, Review: Deviously plotted

LOOK FOR HER by Emily Winslow, Review: Deviously plotted

Look for Her is the fourth title in Emily Winslow‘s Cambridge-set novels of psychological suspense starring detectives Morris Keene and Chloe Frohmann. Look for Her Synopsis: The memory of Annalise Wood has haunted the town of Lilling near Cambridge for decades. She…

THE GENIUS PLAGUE by David Walton, Book Review

THE GENIUS PLAGUE by David Walton, Book Review

THE CONTAGION IS IN YOUR MIND. In this science fiction thriller, brothers are pitted against each other as a pandemic threatens to destabilize world governments by exerting a subtle mind control over survivors. The Genius Plague Synopsis Neil Johns has just started…

BETRAYAL AT IGA by Susan Spann, Book Review

BETRAYAL AT IGA by Susan Spann, Book Review

The fifth Hiro Hattori Novel in Susan Spann’s Shinobi Mystery Series. Betrayal at Iga Synopsis : Autumn, 1565: After fleeing Kyoto, master ninja Hiro Hattori and Portuguese Jesuit Father Mateo take refuge with Hiro’s ninja clan in the mountains of Iga province….

Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan, Review: Absurdly comic

Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan, Review: Absurdly comic

Rich People Problems is Book 3 in Kevin Kwan’s international bestselling Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy. Rich People Problems Synopsis When Nicholas Young hears that his grandmother, Su Yi, is on her deathbed, he rushes to be by her bedside—but he’s not…

A Reluctant Warrior by Kelly Brooke Nicholls: Gripping

A Reluctant Warrior by Kelly Brooke Nicholls: Gripping

A Reluctant Warrior is a gripping novel that gives readers a rare glimpse into Colombia’s notorious drug wars, told by someone who knows the landscape intimately. A Reluctant Warrior Synopsis When Luzma’s brother Jair unwittingly uncovers the plan by Colombia’s most notorious…

Please Do Not Disturb by Robert Glancy, Review: Snappy dialogue

Please Do Not Disturb by Robert Glancy, Review: Snappy dialogue

Please Do Not Disturb is a funny, disturbing, and deeply affecting novel of power, corruption, and innocence in colonial Africa, by Robert Glancy, the author of Terms & Conditions. Please Do Not Disturb Synopsis As the African nation of Bwalo prepares…

FAMILIAR THINGS by Hwang Sok-yong, Book Review

FAMILIAR THINGS by Hwang Sok-yong, Book Review

Familiar Things by Hwang Sok-yong… A new novel from one of South Korea’s most celebrated contemporary writers. Familiar Things Synopsis: Seoul. On the outskirts of South Korea’s glittering metropolis is a place few people know about: a vast landfill site called…

AN IDEAL HUSBAND by Oscar Wilde, Book Review

AN IDEAL HUSBAND by Oscar Wilde, Book Review

An Ideal Husband in audiobook… a classic play by Oscar Wilde performed by LA Theatre Works An Ideal Husband Synopsis: A tender love story, a serpentine villainess, a glittering setting in London society, and a showering of Wildean witticism are only…

THE UNFORTUNATE VICTIM by Greg Pyers, Book Review

THE UNFORTUNATE VICTIM by Greg Pyers, Book Review

Greg Pyer’s The Unfortunate Victim is based on a true story. Otto Berliner Investigates… The Unfortunate Victim: At midnight on 28 December 1864, in the Australian gold-mining town of Daylesford, young newly-wed Maggie Stuart lies dead in her own blood. Rumour…

WINTER TRAFFIC by Stephen Greenall, Review: Strikingly original

WINTER TRAFFIC by Stephen Greenall, Review: Strikingly original

An epic novel of corruption, murder and the true nature of justice, Stephen Greenall’s Winter Traffic announces the arrival of a compelling new voice in literary crime. Winter Traffic Synopsis: Sutton doesn’t like the three a.m. phone calls. He should change his number—that…

The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker: Powerful debut

The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker: Powerful debut

Kayla Rae Whitaker’s debut novel The Animators was named ‘One of The Best Books of 2017’ by NPR, Kirkus Reviews and BookPage. The Animators Synopsis She was the first person to see me as I had always wanted to be seen. It…

GOOD LUCK BAG & MOVING THE BIRDS by Mitsuyo Kakuta, Book Review

GOOD LUCK BAG & MOVING THE BIRDS by Mitsuyo Kakuta, Book Review

On the hunt for Japanese literature of a similar style to the works of Hiromi Kawakami, I found these delightful short stories (Kindle Singles) from the award-winning Mitsuyo Kakuta (English translation by Wayne P Lammers). Good Luck Bag Synopsis :  From one…