The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

I’d had The Miniaturist kicking around on my Kindle for eons, but might never have gotten round to it had it not come up as my reading group’s book of the month. Despite hearing glowing reviews of Jessie Burton’s work from my brother (whose opinion I generally trust, unless he dislikes something I adore), historical […]

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A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson

A God in Ruins is a companion piece to Kate Atkinson’s time-travelling World War II drama Life After Life. (I read the latter back in 2014, and although I appear to have only rated it 3/5, hindsight must have softened my judgement because I’m sure I remember loving it.) Given the nature of Life After […]

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Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz

Alas, Moriarty was nowhere near as good as its predecessor, The House of Silk. While the first book resounded with the ring of Holmesian authenticity, from Watson’s narration to the fiendishly clever plot, Moriarty fails to deliver an authentic Conan Doyle experience. It’s clearly not the case that Horowitz can’t pen a Sherlock story, as […]

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The Edge of the Fall by Kate Williams

Sad to say, The Edge of the Fall fails to live up to its predecessor The Storms of War. Here we follow the part-German deWitt family into 1920s England, as they deal with the aftermath of war… and a murder mystery. Unfortunately, said murder mystery is robbed of any intrigue, as the whole thing is […]

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