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Joined September 2016

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The Nine: Origins by Kes Trester
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Monster | C.J. Skuse
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Day 7 of #OminousOctober & word prompt is Monster.

YA horror set a boarding school.

#Scarathlon2022 #TeamSlaughter @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs @Clwojick

Eggs 💙👻🤍 5h
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Day 7 of #ScarathlonDailyPrompts - Victim.

I‘ve gone for a TBR book which looks kind of fun.

#Scarathlon2022 #TeamSlaughter @Clwojick

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I mostly enjoyed reading this but I didn't get the sense of Rulloff being some criminal mastermind. Whilst he was undoubtedly extremely intelligent, in my view a great deal of Rulloff's 'genius', like Jack the Ripper, was down to the luck of committing his crimes before the advent of forensic science & the widespread use of photography. (Continued in comments)

OutsmartYourShelf Furthermore, I know doctors in the nineteenth-century had no concept of the character of psychopaths, but it was maddening to read about person after person falling for his schtick. It also became a little repetitive in places. Overall it was interesting but I was left feeling a little disappointed. 3.5🌟

My thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Icon Books, for the opportunity to read an ARC. #NetGalley
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Midnight in Everwood | M.A. Kuzniar
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Daily prompt is Night.

I read this last year & loved it.

#ScarathlonDailyPrompts #Scarathlon2022 #TeamSlaughter @Clwojick

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Day 6 of #OminousOctober & today‘s word - Spices

This is one from my TBR queue on Kindle. I can‘t even remember buying it!

#Scarathlon2022 #TeamSlaughter @Clwojick @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

Eggs 👏🏻🐈‍⬛🎃 1d
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Ghostland | Duncan Ralston
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Day 5's word for #ScarathlonDailyPrompts is Ghost.

Book I read 2 years ago about a haunted theme park where the attractions are filled with ghosts. What happens when the safeguards fail & the ghosts are let loose? Great concept but if I remember correctly the ending was disappointing.

#Scarathlon2022 #TeamSlaughter @clwojick

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Day 5 of #OminousOctober & today's word is Candy.

This is one of my favourite childhood books &, although I know it's not to everyone's taste, I absolutely love the more recent film version with Johnny Depp. I think it was true to Dahl's book with a dark undertone.

#Scarathlon2022 #TeamSlaughter @clwojick @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @eggs

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The Ghost and the Silver Scream | Bobbi Holmes, Anna J. McIntyre
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Day 4 words for #OminousOctober & #ScarathlonDailyPrompts are Ghost & Scream.

The book is from my TBR & is a cozy mystery. I have the first couple on Kindle but haven't read them as yet.

@clwojick @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @eggs

#Scarathlon2022 #TeamSlaughter

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 📚🖤👻 3d
Eggs 😱 👻💀 3d
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Imitation in Death | Nora Roberts, J. D. Robb
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📚Imitation in Death - JD Robb
✍️ Kazuo Ishiguro
📺 Inspector Morse/Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade
🎸INXS
🎶 I‘m Your Man - Wham!

#LetterI #ManicMonday @CBee

CBee That‘s probably my favorite Indiana Jones movie 😊 4d
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The Devil's Mark | WD Jackson-Smart
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Mehso-so

Like the previous books this is a fast-paced read & the subject is rather dark. There's also a hint of the occult about the murders but I was expecting something more considering the first book of the series. In fact, I found this one a little less riveting than the previous books, & that's possibly because there was quite a lot of focus on the main characters' love-lives & I'm never a big fan of that. (Continued in comments)

OutsmartYourShelf I prefer it when relationships stay in the background in crime thrillers but that's a personal preference. The main characters are are likeable as ever & I can see this partnership continuing over more books. Overall I rate this a solid 3⭐read.

My thanks to the author & publishers, Bloodhound Books, for the opportunity to read an ARC.

Full Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/5007860273
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Day 3 prompt for #ScarathlonDailyPrompts is Killer.

This is my next read, an ARC published 6th October (so I'd better get a move on) about a serial killer in New York in the 19th century. (non-fiction).

#TeamSlaughter #Scarathlon2022 @clwojick

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Corpse Candle | Paul Doherty
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Day 3 word for #OminousOctober is Candles

Corpse Candle - lights resembling candles which were said to appear on the old 'corpse roads' (old burial routes in England) & were harbingers of impending death.

This book is from the Hugh Corbett series by Paul Doherty set in the 14th century. It's a brilliant series if you like historical mysteries.

#TeamSlaughter #Scarathlon2022
@clwojick @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @eggs

Eggs Fascinating 🕯🧡💀 4d
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September Reads Wrap-Up.

Loved:
Dead Silence - S. A. Barnes
The Splendour in the Dark - Margaret George
Reap What You Sow - Shirley Day
Marple - Various

Disliked:
Her Final Fall - Melinda Woodhall

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Campfire | Shawn Sarles
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Day 2 of #OminousOctober

Tagged book is from my TBR list - Campfire by Shawn Sarles

The other 3 are a PC game series that I've enjoyed playing:

Campfire Legends:
i) The Hookman
ii) The Babysitter
iii) The Final Act

#Scarathlon2022 #TeamSlaughter @clwojick

Clwojick Fun! 5d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect 🖤🔥 5d
Eggs 🧡🔥🎃 5d
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On the Trail of Jack the Ripper | Richard Charles Cobb
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It seems that true crime aficionados cannot read enough about the murders committed by the infamous ‘Jack the Ripper‘ in 1888. I count myself in those gripped by the case as I've read countless books about the subject & I'm as fascinated as ever. This book is the literary equivalent of a walking tour around the sites which would have been frequented by those who lived in Whitechapel in 1888. (Continued)

OutsmartYourShelf It seems wrong to say that you enjoyed reading a book about a series of real-life murders, but in this case, the focus is more on the physical places where the crimes occurred rather than the crimes themselves. (Having said that, there are several quite graphic photographs of some of the deceased)..........It's a fairly short book but it keeps the attention & the author has obviously done their homework. 5🌟
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OutsmartYourShelf My thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Pen & Sword, for the opportunity to read an ARC. #NetGalley

Full Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4991932670
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OutsmartYourShelf I can't really count hours read for #Scarathlon2022 as I read the first couple of chapters yesterday so it's ineligible for all the readathons, but I am counting the words found during my reading today.

238 words found so 2380 points.

#Scarathlon2022 #TeamSlaughter #20in4
@clwojick @andrew65
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Clwojick Awesome job! 6d
Andrew65 This looks really interesting. Well done 👏👏👏 5d
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My very own mini black panther, Cole.

Day 1 prompts for #ScarathlonDailyPrompts #OminousOctober

#Scarathlon2022 #TeamSlaughter @Clwojick

Clwojick I love him! 🖤🖤🖤🖤 6d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awww 🖤😻 6d
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The Lighthouse | Alex Bell
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Mehso-so

I've always thought that lighthouses are naturally eerie places & this one definitely fits the bill. The plot itself was a little choppy - it was very fast-paced, so fast in fact, that I think some of the scene-setting & character development suffered due to this. Compared to an earlier book, Frozen Charlotte, the reader doesn't get to know the main character & therefore feels less invested in the outcome. (continued in comments)

OutsmartYourShelf There were some things that I thought were a little odd as I was reading it but these were explained in the conclusion & made more sense. The ending itself I thought was really good, it definitely wasn't happy ever after. Overall this was a mixed bag which gets a 3⭐ rating.

My thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Little Tiger Group/Stripes Publishing, for the opportunity to read an ARC.

@andrew65 #20in4
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OutsmartYourShelf TW: If you are sensitive to animal (or in this case bird & gastropod) deaths then there are quite a few in this book - the birds killed by the hunters etc - & there is a very sad child death. There's also some scenes which may be triggering to anyone with claustrophobia.

Full Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4882976023

#NetGalley
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Andrew65 A great review, well done 👏👏👏 7d
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Unnatural Exposure: Scarpetta | Patricia Cornwell
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This was an ok but not great read. Scarpetta was at her most annoying at times, especially after starting to feel sick with an unknown illness. Did she put herself back into quarantine? Did she heck! She was taking taxis, flying on planes, & generally being a possible one-woman germ disseminator. Fair enough she is a medical doctor & said she knew she wasn't contagious, but this was not the run-of-the-mill smallpox. (Continued in comments)

OutsmartYourShelf She was also pretty awful to Benton at times. His wife left him for another man following Benton's affair with Scarpetta, & Benton now wants to marry Scarpetta - whose reaction is to make herself suddenly unavailable. Even Marino was feeling sorry for the guy! 1w
OutsmartYourShelf There were one or two things that weren't cleared up by the end - were the Ireland cases related to the other torsos? Was Keith Pleasants bailed at the earliest opportunity? Still manages to just sneak in as a pick! 3.5🌟

Full Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/568698799
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Love this photo!

Still searching for my first 20 hours read in 4 days.

#20in4 @Andrew65

Andrew65 Perhaps this weekend will be the 1. I find audiobooks part of the time help me. I loved the Autumn scene too. 1w
OutsmartYourShelf @Andrew65 I‘d love to try audiobooks but my hyperacusis (sound sensitivity) & tinnitus say no 🙁 Off to hospital appointment tomorrow to see if CT scan found anything which could be causing it. 1w
mom_of_4 What is this about. 1w
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Andrew65 Best of luck for tomorrow, hope they can find a quick and easy solution, must be awful. 1w
OutsmartYourShelf @mom_of_4 The readathon? @Andrew65 runs monthly readathons - this coming weekend is #20in4 where you pick a personal goal, ie 20 hours over 4 days. No pressure (I haven‘t managed it yet) but gives a little extra incentive. 1w
Andrew65 @mom_of_4 This is the original post that gives the details. https://www.litsy.com/web/post/2475223 1w
OutsmartYourShelf @Andrew65 Thank you, me too. I‘m not going to lie, the last 6 months have been tough. 1w
Andrew65 @OutsmartYourShelf Will be thinking of you tomorrow. 💕 1w
OutsmartYourShelf @Andrew65 😀 Thank you. 1w
OutsmartYourShelf @Andrew65 Good news & bad. Good news - I don't have a brain tumour. Bad news - they don't know what's causing the problems & there is no treatment except Audiology. I've already seen Audiology twice & they can do no more until the hyperacusis settles. It's been 6 months so far with no improvement so we are looking at possibly 18-24 months before I see any progress. 1w
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Foul Lady Fortune | Chloe Gong
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The setting is 1930s Shanghai & the political turmoil of that time. It should have been really interesting but I had to keep reminding myself of when it was set as there was nothing that really anchored the reader in the past.

Pacing was another issue for me - the final third of the book was great, I just wish the first two-thirds had been as good rather than so much talking with little actual action. (Continued in comments)

OutsmartYourShelf Most other readers seemed to love it so don't be put off by my review, there was just something missing for me. Love the cover though. 3⭐

My thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Hodder & Stoughton, for the opportunity to read an ARC. #NetGalley

Full Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4805519986

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📕 Harry Potter (all the series)
💻Kristin Hannah
🎬Homicide Hunter / Hawaii Five-0 (the reboot version cos Alex O'Loughlin)
🎹This is going to date me but The Human League
🎶Halo - Depeche Mode

#ManicMonday #LetterH @CBee

CBee Thanks for playing 😊 1w
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Dead Silence | S.A. Barnes
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I really enjoyed this. I was hooked in right at the beginning & it never lets up. If you have ever visited an abandoned space or building, you know how eerie it is when there are no people there now, & that's without the dead bodies. I found it very atmospheric & I was actually nervous in some parts. The big reveal is actually a little less exciting than I'd imagined, but it didn't spoil the overall experience. 5🌟

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I've read both books & I have more questions now than when I'd finished the first one! I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as the first, mainly because Jason kept trying to rationalise everything way past the point of no return. It got a little repetitive. It can be read as a standalone as events from the first book don't play a huge part in this one & they are explained in this book anyway. Other than that, it was another rather spooky read. 3⭐

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George Michael | David Nolan
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Late again!

📕 Golden Son - Pierce Brown / Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell
💻Philippa Gregory
🎬Grimm (David Giuntoli crush) / GoldenEye (Pierce Brosnan & Sean Bean!)
🎤George Michael (my first love)
🎶 Gimme All Your Lovin' - ZZ Top

#LetterG #ManicMonday @CBee

CBee I think George Michael was a first love of mine too ♥️ 2w
OutsmartYourShelf @CBee I was a little bit too young for the heyday of Wham (although I loved their music as a youngster) but the Faith video - he was just gorgeous. So glad I got to see him live in Manchester, UK. I was gutted when he died 💔 2w
CBee @OutsmartYourShelf we might be about the same age? I fell in love with him in the Faith era too 😍 And yes, I was devastated when he died 🙁🙁 2w
OutsmartYourShelf @CBee I‘m a very late Gen X-er (1965-1980). 2w
CBee @OutsmartYourShelf I was born in 1977 😊 2w
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The Book of Cold Cases | Simone St. James
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This started off at 100 miles an hour: true crime blogger persuades possible serial killer into giving her an exclusive interview, which takes place at possible serial killer's house which seems to be haunted. I was hooked. If only that early promise had carried on throughout. It turns out, the haunting side of things is way more interesting than the serial killer mystery side, I wish there had been more of the ghostly visitations. 3.5🌟 (Cont...)

OutsmartYourShelf Beth is a fascinating character & I'm glad we got to hear some chapters from her side of the story. Shea is okay but pales into insignificance beside Beth. I really enjoyed some aspects but was a little disappointed with others, although bonus marks for the cat named Winston Purrchill (he is fine throughout the story by the way). Good but could have been better.

Full Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4243055659
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Andrew65 I need to start this, well done 👏👏👏 2w
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Sadly, I think this is where I have to dispense with reading the rest of the series. The main plot itself was interesting, but it was frankly ridiculous to see experienced state prosecutor, Riley, not only refusing to admit a conflict of interest in one of the murders, but actually hiring private investigators behind the back of the Chief of Police, Nessa.

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OutsmartYourShelf If that's not enough, Veronica was also running her own investigation, no-one was talking to each other about what mattered & it just all beggars belief. I also hated the contrived stress in the relationships between Hunter & Veronica, & Riley & Vanzinger.

I could only rate this one 2⭐ which is disappointing as I really liked the first book in the series. Mine is an outlier opinion though, so don't be put off if you were thinking of reading it.
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OutsmartYourShelf I received an advance review copy for free via BookSirens, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

Full Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4990118405
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Judging by the mixed reviews I wasn't sure what to expect with this one, but I ended up being quite spooked by it in parts. I thought the plot was nicely done - no gore but with some chills. The part where Ollie lets in a visitor who disappears when his back is turned & he then sees the same visitor just arriving & they proceed to have the same exact conversation made me shiver. 4🌟

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OutsmartYourShelf I did have to smile at the E-literate ghosts who could use the internet, send emails, & use modern vernacular though. Also Ollie was a little dense at times in wanting to keep pretending everything was fine - their lives were burning down around them & Ollie was all “It's fine, it's fine. There's no such things as ghosts“. 3w
OutsmartYourShelf There are several unanswered questions I had about this first book so I am moving onto book 2 & hoping that it will answer some of them. 3w
FlowerFairy Greatly enjoyed both books! 3w
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My goal for #SuperSeptemberReadathon is as usual to read as many ARCs as possible. Have around 12 to finish by end of the month 👀

@Andrew65 As always, thanks for hosting.

Andrew65 Good luck 😁 3w
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Marple: Twelve New Mysteries | Agatha Christie, Leigh Bardugo, Elly Griffiths, Ruth Ware, Jean Kwok, Kate Mosse, Val McDermid, Alyssa Cole, Dreda Say Mitchell, Lucy Foley, Naomi Alderman, Natalie Haynes, Karen M McManus
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As with most collections, some stories work better than others, & my particular favourites were 'Miss Marple's Christmas' by Ruth Ware, & 'The Mystery of the Acid Soil' by Kate Mosse. I felt that these authors captured the spirit of Christie's indomitable senior citizen detective the most accurately. 4🌟

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OutsmartYourShelf I'm a big fan of Agatha Christie's work & I especially loved the TV series of Miss Marple starring Joan Hickson, who for me, was the quintessential Marple. I couldn't help but picture Hickson in the stories which helped them really come alive. Miss Marple is the ultimate lesson in not judging someone by their looks or their age - she must be in her nineties in these books & still sharp as a tack. 3w
OutsmartYourShelf My thanks to NetGalley & publishers, HarperCollins UK, for the opportunity to read an ARC. #NetGalley

Full Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4954338111
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jlhammar Joan Hickson as Miss Marple is my fav!! Should do a rewatch soon. This collection sounds fun. I‘ve also been eyeing the new Christie biography 3w
OutsmartYourShelf @jlhammar I rewatched the whole lot last year. Was hoping to rewatch all David Suchet‘s Poirot this year but not been able to get around to it. Maybe next year 🤞 This collection was much better than I feared it may be. 3w
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Butcher and the Wren | Alaina Urquhart
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This was a difficult book to rate. On one hand, I thought the plot was good, it was fast-paced, & the chapters from the point of view of the killer were very chilling, however, the main character doesn't seem to have a personality. They were a complete blank - in fact I couldn't tell you much about any of the 'good guys'. Is it ironic that the character with the most depth was the killer?

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OutsmartYourShelf It's an okay read, but there were several issues including the above. The ending seemed over & done with far too quickly, although it could be that there's a second book or even a series. Also just one more little thing - the overuse of the word 'smirk'. A smirking smile is a particular thing & the use of it in the wrong context is jarring. 3⭐

Full Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4805520620

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OutsmartYourShelf My thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Penguin Random House/Michael Joseph, for the opportunity to read an ARC. #NetGalley 3w
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Dame Julie Walters is something of a national treasure in the UK. In her role as Petula Gordino, in Dinnerladies, she doesn't even have to speak to have me in fits of giggles. She's a wonderful comic actor with her facial expressions saying a thousand words. She also starred in one of my favourite films of all time - Educating Rita.

3.5🌟 (Continued in comments)

OutsmartYourShelf (If you haven't already watched it, then do so at once. It's a great film with moments of humour but it's also a window onto early 1980s Britain & the class & education systems which still existed then. It also stars Michael Williams - Dame Judi Dench's late husband - in a supporting role).

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OutsmartYourShelf This autobiography covers from her early years in Edgbaston, Birmingham through to her role as Molly Weasley in the Harry Potter films. There were some moments where I actually laughed out-loud, but I did think that her film career was sped through rather quickly compared to her early years. I would have liked to hear more about her friendship & working relationship with Victoria Wood, but it is what it is. 3w
OutsmartYourShelf Overall, enjoyable with some genuinely funny moments.

Full Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/729235343
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MrsK Didn‘t know she had an autobiography out. A definite to read. Thanks for the great review 😊 3w
OutsmartYourShelf @MrsK 😀 It was published over 10 years ago but I saw it at a local charity book sale so grabbed a bargain. 3w
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Frozen Charlotte | Alex Bell
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📕 Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell (tagged)
📖 Could not think of a particular author
🎬 Face Off
🎤 Freddie Mercury
🎶 Faith - George Michael

#ManicMonday #LetterF @CBee

CBee Thanks for playing 😊 4w
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Reap What You Sow | Shirley Day
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This is the very definition of a slow burn read. The first 60% of the book is setting the scene of what is going on where things are very gradually revealed. It's very atmospheric as the feelings of unease & menace permeate the book, using the mythology & legends of Greece & Crete as a base. I swear at one point I could almost feel the hot sun on my face. 4.5🌟

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OutsmartYourShelf The last 40% is when the action kicks off. I really enjoyed reading it, it kept my attention throughout, even when it was rather slow at the beginning. The author has done a superb job with this one.

My thanks to publishers, Bloodhound Books, for the opportunity to read an ARC.

Full Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4976750522
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Dead Man's Grave | Neil Lancaster
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This was a great police procedural - fast-paced, excellent plotline, & genuinely likeable main characters. Main character, Max Craigie, is a welcome change from the usual gruff, sometimes misogynistic police types. His relationship with Janie gives off vibes of perhaps becoming a genuine friendship, & fingers crossed, we may get a male/female cop duo who don't fall for each other. All in all, I really couldn't fault this. 5🌟

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Black Lake Manor | Guy Morpuss
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This is a spin on the 'locked room' trope - the difference here is the technology & the myths & legends that may or may not be true. Set in 2045 the technology is certainly intriguing. It takes a little getting into - for the first few chapters I wasn't sure what has happening - but when the story settles into the whodunit, it's so good.

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OutsmartYourShelf The book was reminiscent to me of The 7 & 1/2 Lives of Evelyn Hardcastle, but here the case is examined from several different angles/timelines, rather than different characters. Readers who like 'locked room' mysteries with a slightly futuristic twist would probably enjoy this. I did & will probably re-read it at some point. 4.5🌟

My thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Serpent's Tail/Viper/Profile Books, for the opportunity to read an ARC.
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I enjoyed the second book of this duology even more than the first. In this one, Margaret George does a superlative job of humanising one of the most infamous figures in Roman history.

It's a lengthy book (almost 600 pages) & events move quite slowly as this is more about Nero the person & what could have led to his downfall. Recommended to readers who enjoy historical fiction full of rich detail. 5 🌟

TrishB Oh I‘ve had the 2nd one on the pile for ages and loved the first! 1mo
OutsmartYourShelf @TrishB Same here! Well worth reading. 1mo
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📕 East of Eden - John Steinbeck
📖 Emily Bronte
🍿 Educating Rita
🎹 Erasure
🎶 Everything I Do (I Do It For You) - Bryan Adams.
Enough time has gone by that I actually like this one again.

#ManicMonday #LetterE @CBee

CBee 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
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AAh! Missed it again. Here‘s last weeks Monday just before this week‘s Monday.

📕 Deja Dead - Kathy Reichs
✍️ Daphne Du Maurier
📺 Dark Matter
🎸 Depeche Mode
🎵 Domino Dancing - Pet Shop Boys

#ManicMonday #LetterD @CBee

Yuki_Onna Uiii! Love your choices! Finally someone who likes PSB! 🥰 1mo
OutsmartYourShelf @Yuki_Onna Yes I love PSB. They will be appearing on more of these lists. 1mo
Yuki_Onna 🤗Been obsessed with them since I discovered them when I was 12.
Neil was my first big love...😊
Love DM as well, but then, so many people do. They are common ground, right?
To find fellow PSB lovers is a lot more rare... 🥰
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CBee Thanks for playing 🙂 1mo
OutsmartYourShelf @Yuki_Onna Neil was one of my first crushes too. I even joined their fan club as a teen. DM are not as popular in the UK as you‘d imagine, considering they‘re from here. Few people I know like either band, so yeah, it‘s great to meet other fans 😃 1mo
Yuki_Onna Really? Wow, didn't know that. Here in Germany, DM are really popular and they're considered a band with great 'artistic merits', if you will. Their concerts are huge, whereas PSB are seen as a has-been cult band at best and you must fear being made fun of when you say you like them... You must put it as a 'guilty pleasure' here, liking them; no one will take you seriously... 😔🤷‍♀️
So yeah, great to meet another fan, finally!😊🥰
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The Collective: A Novel | Alison Gaylin
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After a slow first couple of chapters, it's a fast-paced read which effortlessly kept my attention throughout the rest of the book. The book posits some interesting questions for the main character - how far would you go to see that someone who killed a loved one faced punishment if the law failed to? Is there a line you wouldn't cross or a point where you would feel that things had gone far enough?

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OutsmartYourShelf felt that Luke (the recipient of Emily's heart through organ donation) & his girlfriend were kind of superfluous characters who didn't really add much to the story, & for me, the ending was a little disappointing. Overall though I rate 4🌟 for a great thriller with an interesting premise

My thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Orion Publishing Group, for the opportunity to read an ARC. #NetGalley
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First of all, this is a very readable book. It keeps the attention & the pace never lets up. It definitely shows great promise for future books. I didn't find the characters very believable though. There were definite red flags several times in Cameron's behaviour, which were ignored or swept under the carpet by other characters.

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OutsmartYourShelf For example, she was extremely rude to a murder victim's husband in one interview & it was barely mentioned by Finnegan, never mind acted on. As for other reviewers saying you won't see the twist coming, if you are paying attention then you will, I found it quite obvious what was going to happen. Or maybe I've just watched far too many episodes of Criminal Minds! I rate this a solid 3⭐ - shows promise but there are some areas to work on.

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OutsmartYourShelf My thanks to NetGalley & publishers, BooksGoSocial, for the opportunity to read an ARC. #NetGalley

Full Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4900016591
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The Parlour Game | Jennifer Renshaw
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This turned out to be a really good Gothic horror novel. Ivy is a main character with whom it's easy to empathise & become invested in what happens to her. The strange atmosphere & sense of foreboding at the Blackham home is evoked well & although I did guess some of the twists, I didn't guess them all.

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Full Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4866841510

#AugustARCs @clwojick

OutsmartYourShelf I'm not sure if there will be a sequel, but there really should be because of that ending & the fact that there are several loose ends that need finishing up. There was a slightly issue with pacing as it seemed to go on just a little too long, but it's a minor quibble. Overall I rated it a 4🌟 read.

My thanks to NetGalley & publishers, BooksGoSocial, for the opportunity to read an ARC. #NetGalley
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Belladonna | Adalyn Grace
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I've been waiting for a book that completely swept me away for a while & it's finally here. I absolutely loved the supernatural mystery side of things. Signa (I kept misreading her name as Sigma) is one of those main characters that starts off a bit annoying but then grows on you. (Continues in comments)

4.5🌟

Full Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4657792116

#AugustARCs @clwojick
#20in4 @andrew65

OutsmartYourShelf Now love triangles are not one of my favourite tropes by a long shot, & yes, the romance was a little “OMG he's so hot“ (there are a couple of quite steamy sex scenes in the book), & there are some problematic aspects. As characters though, both Sylas (handsome stable boy) & Death (yes, Death is one of the trio) were rather intriguing. 1mo
OutsmartYourShelf Overall the mystery element & the writing won out over the romance for me, even though I did guess the guilty party & the twist. 4.5 stars (rounded up)

My thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Hodder & Stoughton, for the opportunity to read an ARC. #NetGalley
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Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 1mo
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Well that was one creepy-ass read! I started reading it yesterday evening but had to abandon it & pick it up again this morning. I usually complain that horror books are not scary enough, but I don't have that complaint here.

I can't say too much about the plot without giving it away, so I will just say that this is the second book I've read by this author & I've loved both, although endings are not their strong point. 4🌟

OutsmartYourShelf TW: There are one or two places in the book where anyone with a phobia of small, cramped spaces may struggle.

Full Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4161968903

#20in4 @andrew65
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Andrew65 Doing great 👏👏👏 1mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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Due to hospital visit yesterday & a sick cat this morning, I am starting this a little late. Still hoping to make #20in4 hours read.

@andrew65

Yuki_Onna Hope you are alright? 🍀 1mo
OutsmartYourShelf @Yuki_Onna Yes I'm ok, thank you. Just a visit ahead of my CT scan next month. Trying to find a cause for my worsening tinnitus & hyperacusis. 1mo
Andrew65 Plenty of tie left. Hope everything is okay. 1mo
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I thought this was a moving account of a tragic story. Starting with the lives of Robert's parents, the authors take the reader through the early history of the family, to the events of that night, & the aftermath. It was sensitively done, keeping the shocking nature of the murders but not sensationalising them. 4🌟

TW: stalking, violence, domestic abuse, death of a child, death of pregnant women, death of a pet.

OutsmartYourShelf My thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Dundurn Press, for the opportunity to read an ARC. #NetGalley

Full Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4657771164

#AugustARCs @clwojick
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Untitled | Anonymous
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Late again!

📕 Commodus by Simon Turney
✍️ Agatha Christie
📺 CSI all 3 but Vegas was the best
🎸 The Cardigans
🎵 Coffee & TV - Blur

#ManicMonday #LetterC @CBee

CBee No worries! Thanks for playing 😊 1mo
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Daisy Darker | Alice Feeney
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This is an excellent read with a nod to Agatha Christie's 'And Then There Were None'. I found it a bit difficult to get into for the first 20%, but when the murders start to happen things pick up considerably. I ended up flying through the last 70% of the book in one day! The family were an interesting group of characters, but the nicest was Poppins the dog, a sweet Old English sheepdog (no harm comes to Poppins if anyone was worried). 4.5🌟

OutsmartYourShelf I had begun to work out some of what was happening but that final twist was great. It turns everything you've read on its head. The creepy poems were also a nice touch. I recommend this to anyone who like dark thrillers, especially 'locked room' scenarios, & the only reason I didn't award it full marks was the for the first 20% where I struggled.

My thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Pan Macmillan, for the opportunity to read an ARC.
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Andrew65 Totally agree with all of your review, and it does take a bit to get into it - but well worth it in the end. 2mo
Clwojick Glad to hear it was good! This is one of my most anticipated 🖤 2mo
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This starts off quite well but soon gets bogged down. DI Alex King is the usual 'police detective with a broken relationship'. DC Chloe Lane, meanwhile, comes across as more of a stroppy teenager than a young woman with a promising career. The plot itself is okay but nothing different to what has already been done a thousand times before. 2.5⭐

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This sounded like a fast-paced action-packed read, but the first half was surprisingly mundane. Somewhere around the 48% mark, I was really beginning to regret not DNF-ing this one, but the author actually pulled it round in the second half of the book, & I ended up being glad I hadn't quit.

If you like action thrillers which don't worry too much about characterisation, you'd probably enjoy this. 3.5🌟

OutsmartYourShelf My thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Hodder & Stoughton, for the opportunity to read an ARC. #NetGalley

Full Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4495936087

#AwesomeAugust @andrew65
#AugustARCs @clwojick
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Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 2mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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Managed to completely miss this yesterday.

📕The Body in the Library - Agatha Christie
✍️ Pierce Brown
📺 Buffy / Bones
🎸 Bon Jovi
🎵 Behind The Wheel - Depeche Mode

#ManicMonday #LetterB @CBee

CBee Never too late to play! 😊 2mo
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