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book reviews

The Secret Letter, by Debbie Rix

The Secret Letter is such a beautiful book, made especially emotional by the fact is is based on the wartime experiences of the author’s parents. Two girls, one English, one German, grow up during the Second World War. Separated by geography but united in their passion to defeat the Nazis, Imogen and Magda become young […]

Watch Her Die and Dead of Night, by Deborah Lucy

Two reviews in one! Watch Her Die Tensions are high in the police force: financial pressures and personal feuds are rife but will they interrupt a murder investigation? DI Temple is estranged from his wife, keeps an illegal gun and is loathed by his superior Harker due to an indiscretion with the latter’s daughter that […]

The Girl in the Grave, by Helen Phifer

A new series from Helen Phifer teams a forensic pathologist Beth Adams with lead detective Josh Walker. The duo are investigating a murder after a woman’s body is discovered under a coffin during an exhumation. The body has been deliberately hidden and then revealed due to the unnecessary exhumation, meaning the murderer is cleverly acting […]

The Violin Maker’s Daughter, by Sharon Maas

From the opening chapter, I had a feeling that this would be quite an epic book. The heartbreaking tale of a Jewish family broken apart during the Nazi occupation of France. The eldest daughter of a Jewish violin maker in Nazi-annexed Alsace must start her family’s journey to the south of France. But will she […]

Lucy’s Last Straw, by Debbie Viggiano

  Lucy is 49 and menopausal. She is also hysterically funny and deeply frustrated by her husband Leo. Her children have flown the nest and her husband announces he is being made redundant and want to downsize. Lucy longs to stay in the house in which she raised her children but reluctantly agrees with Leo. […]