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TheBookKeepers
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Pickpick

This is a dystopian murder mystery which takes place on an island & home to the last humans on Earth. Between the AI character, multi POV format, and short chapters - this was an engaging mystery to unravel.

This book comes out May 2024! My buddy read group gave it 3.5-4 ⭐️

💭 Do you like books featuring AI characters? If so lmk some book recommendations for more bc I‘m into it!

#dystopian #newbooks #stuartturton #endoftheworld #bookishfirst

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IheartYA
Tempest of Tea | Hafsah Faizal
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Mehso-so

The writing was concise, consistent and engaging. I truly enjoyed the strong, dynamic characters and adequate world building. Unfortunately, the pacing was just ok, and there were lulls at times when the story felt stagnant. The story was original, fun, and entertaining overall. #netgalley #ARC #bookishfirst

Thank you to Bookish First and NetGalley for offering this title in their catalogs. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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Graciouswarriorprincess
Holiday Romance | Catherine Walsh (Romance fiction writer)
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December #bookishfirst bingo.

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OutsmartYourShelf
Untitled | Unknown
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#Scarathlon Bingo cards.

No full houses but quite a few lines:
#BodyCountBingo - 4 lines
#AfterDarkBingo - 2 lines
#BookishFirst - 2 lines
#ThrillerBookBingo - 2 lines
#OctoberBookwormBingo - 3 lines
#Spooktober - 1 line
#ISpy - 1 line
#BookishBingo - 2 lines
#HalloweenReadathon - 2 lines

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PuddleJumper Amazing! 8mo
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OutsmartYourShelf
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Pickpick

Leeds, UK & Gobbelino London (feline PI) & his human sidekick, Callum, are hired by a mysterious client to find a missing book that belongs to her. Gobbelino is a little apprehensive as there is something about the woman that is off but he can't quite put his paw on what. As the hunt begins, it soon becomes clear that Gobbelino's sixth sense was right & this is much more than just a missing book. (Continued)

OutsmartYourShelf I loved this. What a change from the usual morose human detectives, instead we have a snarky feline & his human sidekick. Gobbelino is instantly lovable even though he is unfailingly sarcastic & a bit of a curmudgeon - although he's quick to act the innocent kitty if needs be! Believe me, if you have ever owned a cat, you will recognise your feline friend here. I actually laughed out loud in several places. 8mo
OutsmartYourShelf I am definitely going to read the rest of the series. 4🌟

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/5338532956
Read 28th-30th Oct 2023

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OutsmartYourShelf
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Hannah has some misgivings as she leaves for a luxury weekend away with her husband, her brother Mako & his wife, & best friend Cricket & new squeeze. As the six friends arrive, the weather changes & the group are stuck in the isolated cabin. Furthermore there's something a bit off with their rental owner & the house has a tragic backstory. As the weather cools outside, inside tempers heat up, & it seems someone has a deadly agenda. (continued)

OutsmartYourShelf This author's books seem to be a bit hit & miss for me: I really liked Under My Skin but wasn't keen on Last Girl Ghosted. This one sits in the middle, it's quite good but I didn't really like it much. The characters are necessarily mostly unlikeable & the reader experiences most events through Hannah's eyes but the second strand of the story which is told by a character called Henry takes you out of the secret-filled cabin which dilutes the 8mo
OutsmartYourShelf tension. The stories do eventually dovetail but it only partly works. 3⭐

TWs: self-harm, infidelity, miscarriage, drug use, violence, animal cruelty/death.

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4804684971
Read 27th-30th Oct 2023

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Lizpixie
Halloween Party | Agatha Christie
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AllDebooks That's a great cover 👌 8mo
Lizpixie @AllDebooks it‘s the new special edition hardcover! I love it.🦇 8mo
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OutsmartYourShelf
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A look at royal mysteries from the Tudor period of English history including: who were the two pretenders to the throne in the time of Henry VII, was Anne Boleyn actually guilty as charged, who killed Amy Robsart (Leicester's first wife) or was it an accident, & was Mary, Queen of Scots complicit in the murder of her husband, Henry Darnley, & was she involved in a plot to overthrow Elizabeth I? (Continued)

OutsmartYourShelf These are events which I have come across before whilst reading both fiction & nonfiction books about the Tudors, & it was interesting to see them all tackled together. The author has obviously completed a great deal of research as there were lots of additional & background snippets of information. It became a little dry to read at times, but I especially enjoyed the sections dealing with Elizabethan England. I 8mo
OutsmartYourShelf If you are well versed in Tudor history then these cases may not be a surprise, but overall I rather enjoyed it. 3.5🌟

My thanks to #NetGalley & publishers, Pen & Sword History, for the opportunity to read an ARC.

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/5796812951
Read 22nd-27th Oct 2023

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Lizpixie
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Bk14 of #Scarathlon & Bk2 of #20in4 & #FinalStretchathon is done! Read as an audiobook on Scribd, I quite liked this #TeamRead about the only survivor of a family massacre who after being accused of the killings, grows up to become a legal investigator. #31x31 #Falling4Books #Spookaween #Rushathon #AfterDarkBingo #BodyCountBingo #LittenListen #ISpyBingo #PromptMaze #BookspinBingo #ScaredyCatRC #OctoberRB #BookishFirst👇#SpookyGhostClub 3641pts

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OutsmartYourShelf
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Maddie has had an inkling she may be a witch since she was little. She is able to see people's short-term future in a cup of coffee & she is shocked to see that one of the visitors to her coffee truck has a meeting with the grim reaper very soon. Colleague Suzanne talks her into warning customer, Joan, of her impending demise but they can't track her down. The next day they find out that Joan was found dead that morning so decide to investigate.

OutsmartYourShelf Now I wasn't expecting this to be Agatha Christie, but come on. The plot was far too simple & you can work out the killer in oh about three seconds. There was very little peril apart from a half-hearted warning note to stop investigating, & finally, the guilty party is caught in a flimsy lie & suddenly they're admitting to everything like Wonder Woman put the Lasso of Truth on them - not even to the police detective but a barista with no evidence. 8mo
OutsmartYourShelf Overall it's too cheesy even for me & the plot is way too obvious. If you like undemanding kinda twee cozy mysteries then you might like this. Best character - Trixie the persian cat. 2⭐

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4835342473
Read 28th Oct 2023

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