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Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes

Having sung the praises of the slightly old-fashioned charm of Ira Levin’s A Kiss Before Dying in a recent review, I would have to say that Elizabeth Haynes’ debut novel,  Into the Darkest Corner, strikes a stark contrast. It is about as chilling and disturbing a book as you are likely to come across, and pulls very few of its punches.

It is none the worse for this however, it is just perhaps not for the easily disturbed. Elizabeth Haynes’ day job as a Crime Analyst has equiped her with the background to deliver an almost uncomfortably realistic experience for the reader. One not to be missed for fans of crime fiction.

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Mr. Peanut by Adam Ross

Mister Peanut by Adam RossI finished reading Adam Ross’s novel Mr. Peanut over a week ago, and I’ve been beating myself up over whether or not to write a review. As regular visitors will know, I only publish reviews of novels that I would recommend other people should read. Mr. Peanut left me in a bit of a quandary, in that to me at least, it ran a fine line between brilliant and annoying.

The book is certainly rather different from the norm, and could be said to sit across multiple genres. It is not your typical crime novel, and neither does it sit perfectly comfortably in the literary fiction section. After letting myself ruminate on it for a few days however, the elements that slightly annoyed me began to fade in importance, and my remaining impression is one of a somewhat unusual, but very intelligently and absorbingly written piece of fiction. Will it be to your own taste though?

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Last Train From Liguria by Christine Dwyer Hickey

Last Train From Liguria by Christine Dwyer HickeyFor the life of me, I simply cannot remember where I picked up the recommendation to read Christine Dwyer Hickey’s novel Last Train From Liguria but a big thank you to whoever it was. I suppose it is an indication of the depth of talent that is out there, but it always amazes me slightly to come across someone who writes as well as this, who already has a back catalogue of four or five novels, and yet you have simply not heard of them before. All I can say is long may it remain that way, as finding new authors to delve into is what keeps the reading life fresh and unpredictable – a change is as good as a rest so they say.

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Children of the Resolution by Gary William Murning

Children of the Resolution by Gary MurningI read Gary William Murning’s first published novel mid-way through last year, and with his personal workload in promoting If I never, I was quite surprised to see  Children of the Resolution released so soon. It is a very different type of book however, far more personal, and with its semi-autobiographical leaning, it was deemed to fall a little outside of the remit of his publisher Legend Press. This left Gary with the dilemma of either finding a suitable traditional publisher, or taking on the additional work of going down the self-publishing route. In the end he chose the latter and appears to have jumped this additional hurdle rather well; the end product with an admirable standard of proof reading and production quality is now available in print form published by Lulu, and also in Kindle format on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

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