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Book Review: Talk of the Toun by Helen Mackinven

Genre: Contemporary Fiction It’s 1985 in central Scotland in this pre-coming of age story by debut novelist, Helen Mackinven. And it’s an impressive debut. A natural storyteller, Mackinven presents an, at times, claustrophobic (in a good way), sharply observed story of growing-up, of the early teenage years of Angela and Lorraine, of the ups and… Continue reading Book Review: Talk of the Toun by Helen Mackinven

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Book Review: Human Rites by JJ Marsh

Its publication day today for the latest in the wonderful Beatrice Stubbs series of crime thrillers. And it’s another absolute cracker! An exciting  and well-paced plot, another combination of great settings, and the introduction of several great new characters all ensured that this was as gripping a read as its predecessors. This is latest book in… Continue reading Book Review: Human Rites by JJ Marsh

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Book Review: The Girl on the Ferryboat by Angus Peter Campbell

Genre: Contemporary fiction I had already read a previous book by Angus Peter Campbell, Archie and the North Wind,  I reviewed it here. So I came to read this one expecting great things. I wasn’t disappointed. The writing is lyrical. Yes, there are smatterings of Gaelic, but this in no way interferes with the reading of the… Continue reading Book Review: The Girl on the Ferryboat by Angus Peter Campbell

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Book Review: The Testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers

Genre: Contemporary earth-based science-fiction This is Jane Rogers eighth book, but it’s the first one that I’ve read by her. The Testament of Jessie Lamb was a bestseller and Man Booker nominee when it came out in 2012 and I’m ashamed to say it’s been languishing on my Kindle since then. But at last I… Continue reading Book Review: The Testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers