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I had some good years writing content for carra-lucia-books.co.uk and then more funny things for theferkel.co.uk. I decided to ditch both and go all-in-one.
Latest from the Blog
Horrifyingly, Nicholas Sparks returns with yet another tearjerker romance novel designed for the masses. I’ve seen the Notebook (haven’t read it yet) and had a go at the The Guardian. Soppy, sad, romance novels where the hero is a sensitive hunk (in this case a lean veterinarian who likes water sports) and the girl isContinue reading “Nicholas Sparks – The Choice”
Karin Müller of the German Democratic Republic’s People’s Police is called to a factory in the east of the country. A man has been murdered – bound and trapped as a fire burned nearby, slowly suffocating him. But who is he? Why was he targeted? Could his murderer simply be someone with a grudge against the factory’s nationalisation, asContinue reading “Stasi 77 * David Young”
A missing art student. An international investigation. A secret that will shatter the village of St Denis. Bruno, chief of police, faces a dark reckoning with France’s past in this page-turning mystery. A rich American art student is found dead at the bottom of a well in an ancient hilltop castle. The young woman, Claudia,Continue reading “The Body in the Castle Well * Martin Walker”
‘A beautiful, sad, utterly convincing account of an entire life’ Ian McEwan William Stoner enters the University of Missouri at nineteen to study agriculture. A seminar on English literature changes his life, and he never returns to work on his father’s farm. Stoner becomes a teacher. He marries the wrong woman. His life is quiet,Continue reading “Stoner * John Williams (1965)”
Fear. Sadness. Loneliness. Regret. But also happiness, because it’s been a good life. He thought he was ready, but as darkness descends, he’s not so sure. Maybe he could help more people. Maybe a miracle will happen. Maybe … I started reading this book and I didn’t know where to classify it so I leftContinue reading “All We Have Is Now * Lisa Schroeder”
In New York, Denver, Paris and Berlin, four people have died separately in apparent accidents. Two women — the widows of two of the dead — find themselves under ruthless attack and are drawn together in fear, confusion and for mutual protection. But are they being targeted because one of them is the prosecution witnessContinue reading “Sydney Sheldon * Are you afraid of the dark”
A standalone novella featuring the 22nd century’s greatest detectives, The Nemesis Worm sees Richards & Klein involved in another high stakes investigation. Corpses are showing up all over Old London, and the finger of suspicion points right at Richards himself. Forced to clear his name, Richards and Otto uncover a fanatical group whose actions threaten the relationshipContinue reading “The Nemesis Worm * Guy Haley”
The second MYSTIC CITY novel . . . it’s Romeo & Juliet in a dystopic Manhattan. A city in flames. A trust betrayed. A perfect love destroyed. Has Aria lost Hunter, her one true love? Ever since rebellion broke out in Mystic City, pitting the ruling elite against the magic-wielding mystics, Aria has barely seen her boyfriend.Continue reading “Toxic Heart * Theo Lawrence”
Is it better than our own country, or is it worse? If it is worse, then why is he here? If it is better, why does he complain? What would you do if you were a Bengali girl of nearly 19 married off from a village into an English town to a balding 40-year oldContinue reading “Brick Lane * a novel by Monica Ali book review”
Şi-am murit fără să ştiu,Parcă-i adormire,Căci nu eram nici mort, nici viu,Simţind o nesimţire.Apoi o clipă n-a trecutŞi două firi depline,Doi “eu” întregi s-au desfăcutDintr-un singur mine. Eram un “eu” încremenitJos, cu condeiu-n mână.Sus, “eu” celălalt priveam uimitLa faţa-i de ţărână.Şi mă-ntrebam cum de putuiSă-ndur, o, Doamne Sfinte!Cincizeci de ani în pielea “lui”“Eu” – inimăContinue reading “Atinahika (supraorganism)”
Greer has been given one more chance, if she can find the perfect undiscovered beach hideaway for a big-budget movie. She zeroes in on a sleepy Florida panhandle town called Cypress Key. There’s one motel, a marina, a long stretch of pristine beach and an old fishing pier with a community casino-which will be perfectContinue reading “Beach Town * Mary Kay Andrews”
A mesmerising, award-winning, daringly imaginative, multi-levelled thriller for fans of John le Carre or Neal Stephenson An ultra-secret MI6 codename, a deadly game of deception and intrigue – Dark forces from the depths of history. It is the terrible secret at the heart of the cold war. Operation: Declare London, 1963. A cryptic phone callContinue reading “Tim Powers * Declare”
I really, really, hate starting a story from the middle or picking a book which is not the first in its series. Book 3 & 4s are usually the worst as by then the author is spent, having worked their magic in book 1 and normally a little bit in book 2. The fate ofContinue reading “The Third Internecion by Eric A Otto (Tale of Infidels book 3)”
Dark Harbor showcases a superb new talent. Following in the footsteps of bestselling writers David Baldacci, John Grisham, and Scott Turow, David Hosp is an attorney living in the city where his book is set, and he imbues his story with unique authenticity. Like heralded bestsellers by Dennis Lehane, Dark Harbor shows Boston’s many aspects,Continue reading “Dark Harbor by David Hosp”
Part cyberpunk, part post-colonial noir, full-blown weird: telepaths, implants and aliens in a future Nigeria? I’m sold. Rosewater is a fine blueprint upon which future science fiction stories should be written.
BLOOD: Soak in cold water for 30 minutes. Spread on paste of cornstarch, cornmeal or talcum to dry. Brush away. CHEWING GUM: Rub with ice until gum flakes off. COFFEE & BLACK TEA: Stretch stained fabric, pour boiling water from 1-3 ft. above. EGG: Sponge on cold water (never hot!). FRUITS: Sponge with cold water.Continue reading “Stain Removal Guide – Guide to removing of common stains”
I taught you to fight and to fly, what more can there be? Robyn and Amanda fall off the path to Perchta’s garden, where the Avatars were retreating to in order plan against the Elders resetting of the mortal realm. They find themselves in a land where imagination is the most dangerous of weapons… Neverland.Continue reading “Shadow of the Hook 10 (Urban Fairytales) * Erik Shoebach”
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