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Month: September 2011


Windfall + Firestorm

Since I got back from my holiday, I’ve really struggled to concentrate on reading (is that a symptom of jetlag?) so I returned to the Weather Warden series for a bit of light entertainment. Those of you not familiar with Rachel Caine’s other urban fantasy…

Crime Fiction

Flash and Bones

It’s saying something that I chose a Temperance Brennan book as an easy going in-flight read. I remember the days when they were quite challenging, trying to decipher medical terms and a smattering of French. I can’t decide if Kathy Reichs has just lost interest…


Beautiful Thing

Guest Blogger: Mary Sonia Faleiro was a reporter in search of a story when she met Leela, a beautiful and charismatic bar dancer with a story to tell. Leela introduced Sonia to the underworld of Bombay’s dance bars: a world of glamorous women, of fierce…


Reviewing in the UK

Hello, it’s actually me and not a guest blogger! I thought the least I could do was write something myself but I hope you’ve been enjoying the content over the last week of so. Now I’ve often seen bloggers mention that getting ARCs (advance review…



Guest Blogger: Dorothy Hello to Ellie’s readers! This is Dorothy from The Kindled Scholar, and I am very excited to be doing a guest post here. I’ve been one of Ellie’s readers since shortly after her blog started, and I’m honored that she would have…

Historical Fiction

Crucible of Secrets

Guest Blogger: Lisa Set in 1631, we are introduced to the University life of Aberdeen and to Alexander Seaton, regent of the Marischal College, a man greatly respected by his peers, who finds himself embroiled in mystery and intrigue when friend and college librarian, Robert…


Predators of Darkness: Aftermath

The following is an extract from Predators of Darkness: Aftermath by Leonard D. Hilley II. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: 2073 Dropping a cat from the top ledge of a ten-story office building was not the best way to remain hidden, but it was necessary. Daniel Hutchinson assumed…


Mini Baked Cheesecakes

Guest Blogger: Mike Stimpson Makes 10 individual cheesecakes. Base: 150g McVities Digestive biscuits (or any crumbly biscuit) 70g butter (melted) Filling: 250g cream cheese 75g caster sugar 1 large egg 1 tbsp lemon juice 100ml double cream Topping: Fresh raspberries Icing sugar for dusting Preheat…

Crime Fiction, Translation

River of Shadows

Guest Blogger: Penny This is the first of a series, recently translated from the Italian by Joseph Farrell, and takes place during and in the aftermath of a severe winter flood in the Po Valley. The water is rising and a barge leaves the comparative…