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our lady of the inferno by preston fassell – review

Our Lady of the Inferno by Preston Fassell – review

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Our Lady of the Inferno is a gripping story of redemption and revenge set against the backdrop of New York’s 42nd Street and its sleazy underbelly. There is much in this novel to please...
with wit and tenderness, miles franklin winner melissa lucashenko writes back to the ‘whiteman’s world’

With wit and tenderness, Miles Franklin winner Melissa Lucashenko writes back to the ‘whiteman’s...

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Melissa Lucashenko, winner of the 2019 Miles Franklin Award. Courtesy of the Miles Franklin/ Belinda Rolland Too Much Lip joins the other prizewinning volumes in Melissa Lucashenko’s trophy cabinet. Her first-ever novel, Steam Pigs (1997),...
maigret hesitates and maigret takes the waters – georges simenon

Maigret Hesitates and Maigret Takes the Waters – Georges Simenon

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This is a two for the price of one book. At less than 300 pages for the two books they’re both fairly short, but Simenon was very good with words. He managed to make...
Sunday Essay: The Meaning Of Food In Crime Fiction

Sunday essay: the meaning of food in crime fiction

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Food can serve many functions in crime fiction, from being used directly as a weapon to expressing cultural belonging, gender or class. from www.shutterstock.com In English, we might claim we could “murder a good...
maigret loses his temper – georges simenon

Maigret Loses His Temper – Georges Simenon

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by Georges Simenon Published by Penguin Genres: Detective You may have heard of the series of TV movies with Rowan Atkinson in the starring role of Maigret. This book is one of the series of books...
murder on the menu – edited by peter haining

Murder on the Menu – edited by Peter Haining

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Murder On The Menu by Peter Haining on January 1st 1991 Pages: 320 Goodreads What better way to do away with an enemy than at the dinner table? Arsenic in the porridge, cyanide in the cocoa, a sauce...
review: richard flanagan’s the living sea of waking dreams considers griefs big and small

Review: Richard Flanagan’s The Living Sea of Waking Dreams considers griefs big and small

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Eddie Coghlan/Unsplash Review: Richard Flanagan, The Living Sea of Waking Dreams (Penguin Random House, 2020) The Living Sea of Waking Dreams, Richard Flanagan’s eighth novel, is one of a slew of novels one expects to...
the drago tree – review by juliet butler

The Drago Tree – review by Juliet Butler

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It’s getting on for two years since The Drago Tree was released by Odyssey Books. Reviews still trickle in and feedback is always warm, sometimes glowing. My publisher is so passionate about the story they...
Twerk

Should authors Americanize their fiction?

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I am a British-Australian author with nine novels under my belt to date. All of my fiction has been set in either the Canary Islands, Britain, Australia, or with multiple settings around the world,...
book review: no room for regret by janeen ann o’connell

No Room for Regret by Janeen Ann O’Connell

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About No Room for Regret London, 1811 Chained below deck, 18-year-old James Tedder listens to the sobs of his fellow prisoners. Putting his hand over his nose to filter the vile smells, James wonders how life...