In the Name of Honor — Richard North Patterson

Reading a 500-odd-paged hefty novel in these busy times is my guilty pleasure -- especially one as well crafted as this one. Several years ago, I would read chain-read (if there is such a word) Mr Patterson's novels from the local library, pulled in by the plots and the words he wove. Then life stepped …

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The Gold Coast, The Gatehouse — Nelson deMille

I had read the novel The Gold Coast quite a few years ago and it wasn't particularly memorable, except that even today I remember the witticism that peppered the story throughout. So I picked up The Gatehouse, its sequel, from the local library out of curiosity even though its hefty size rather daunted me. I've …

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The Memory of Butterflies — Grace Greene

I found this to be a simple heartstrings tugger of a story. It used to be that I could not get many good ebooks on Kindle Unlimited, but lately over the past two years I've grown happy with the collection I've seen, though there still are quite a few mediocre books through which I have …

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Lifeless — Mark Billingham

This is the first Tom Thorne novel that I've read, and the fifth in the series. I've been off of murder mysteries for a while, especially if they're about serial killers. They've seemed formulaic and rather predictable, and considering that I have very little time to get some actual reading done these days, I tend …

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Eclipse — Richard North Patterson

Eclipse seems to hold some similarity with Exile, another novel by Mr Patterson that I had read recently and liked quite a lot,. This does not really detract from its value as a great read, however. It's been a really long time since I picked up one of his books. I used to wait for …

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The Joy of Imperfection — Damon Zahariades

This was a rather unexpected book that I read recently. I was browsing through some Kindle Unlimited selections and came across this. It made me curious. Several years ago, I was one of those people who needed perfection in everything I laid my hands on.  I believe I derived this quality from some inner insecurity. …

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The Punishment She Deserves — Elizabeth George

It’s been a while since I’ve read author Elizabeth George’s books.  I’ve forgotten how much I love her books.  Her build up of prose is my favorite kind, where scenes unfold slowly, and you can feel and see with your mind’s eye the way the characters undergo their moments of realization and transformation. In this …

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Flood — Stephen Baxter

This is the first book I've read of this author. I had borrowed it from the British Library some years ago. I wasn't terribly impressed by it. It seemed more movie material than an interesting read, in my opinion. The book opens with a small group hostages, imprisoned and bandied about for five years in …

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The Unconsoled — Kazuo Ishiguro

Some years ago, I had come across a review of Mr Ishiguro's short story collection and this piqued my interest in his writing. I immediately afterwards found this particular book at the British Library and took it home with me. It took me sometime to get the hang of it and I found it amusing …

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The Ambassador’s Women — Catherine Gaskin

I've read this book once before; I found myself reading it one more time. The strong women characters appealed to me somehow. I seem to have a partiality for books that go on for generations, the so-called sagas. Well, anyway, I like this book. The tale is very smoothly told, from beginning to end, with …

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