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Seven Days of Us

When it comes to Christmas stories, there are three broad categories; romances, ghost stories and tales of yesteryear. As I began my search for a book to recommend this month, I wanted something different and I think I found it.  Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak still offers the

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The Trespasser

Hooboy, have I got a good one for you this month.  Thanks to the recommendation of a friend (hat tip to Marie), mystery writer, Tana French, as been on my TBR list for quite a while now. French has eight novels and to be honest, I picked one at random.

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The Silent Companions

It’s the spooky season and for this month’s book club recommendation, I ask that you keep an open mind. When it comes to horror stories, people either love them or hate them. For years I thought horror stories were simply bloodbaths that relied on spectacle to gross people out. I

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Beach Read

If you’re looking for a Kate Hudson/Matthew McConaughey romcom in a book, Beach Read by Emily Henry, is for you.  During lockdown, for my recreational reading I’ve been craving stories that provide entertainment and escape. For me, that’s primarily whodunnits, but rather than bombard you with one mystery after another,

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Heartburn

A friend of mine recently recently recommended Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner. It’s a great book (lots of “content” though so you’ll definitely want earphones if you’re listening to the audio). Brodesser-Akner used to work for GQ, so it’s like reading a really long GQ article. Her authorial

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The Hunting Party

I don’t know about you, but I could use a literary escape these days, and for me, that means mysteries! If you like Agatha Christie, you’ll like The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley. Alfred Hitchcock said that mysteries are intellectual puzzles, and I agree. (I’m not likely to disagree with

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