Book Review: The Suspects by Katharine Johnson

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Do you know what is really hard to find? A good “guess who” story. One that leaves you shocked at the end and isn’t filled with annoying red herrings. It is also hard to find such a book with a shocking ending that feels like the author picked the conclusion out of thin air. But […]

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Book Review: Black Madonna by Linda Lee Kane

Book Cover Black Madonna by Linda Lee Kane

It’s been a while but I’m back with another history lesson. This time it is the Cathars. Enjoy the review! Blurb Black Madonna by Linda Lee Kane opens with the death of nine-year-old Luci de Foix’s parents in a car accident. But was it an accident? A group known as The Order has been watching […]

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Book Review: The Last Straw by Ed Duncan

Book Cover The Last Straw by Ed Duncan

It has been ages since I featured a mob-based book here. It is one of my favourite genres not only in books but in TV and films too. Let’s get to the review and see how this book stands up against the many others I’ve read. Blurb The drama of The Last Straw* by Ed […]

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Book Review: Dyed Souls by Gary Santorella

Book Cover Dyed Souls by Gary Santorella

I have a wonderful YA book review here on Joyful Antidotes today. A wonderful coming-of-age story, albeit one with a heavy tinge of sadness. Let’s crack on. Blurb Dyed Souls* by Gary Santorella is set in the 1980s and is told from the viewpoint of 13-year-old Charlie. Charlie is an intelligent but troubled teenage boy […]

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Book Review: After the Funeral by Gillian Poucher

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There is a real morbid side to me. I love stories about death and serial killers. When I was offered the chance to review a book called After the Funeral*, I jumped at the chance. There was just something creepy about the title. I wasn’t disappointed. This book kept me on the edge. Blurb After […]

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Book Review: The Lives Before Us by Juliet Conlin

The Lives Before Us Book Cover

I’ve been waiting for this book review for such a long time. I had the pleasure a couple of years ago of attending the book launch of The Uncommon Life of Alfred Warner in Six Days. During that launch, Juliet Conlin mentioned her next book, which was to be set in Shanghai. I was lucky […]

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Book Review: I Wish I Didn’t Quit by Nathan Holder

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We can all recall a time in our childhood when we had a dedicated hobby, whether it be a sport, dancing, an instrument, etc. Unfortunately, most of us can also recall giving up that hobby for one reason or another. If you are anything like me, you regret that decision. While I wouldn’t want to […]

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Book Review: Island in the Sun by Janice Horton

Book cover of woman standing on beach

Spring is underway but we aren’t out of the woods yet. Dark, rainy days are still on the horizon. Many of us wish we could jet off to a Carribean island and escape it all. Good news – you can. And for very little money, too. Just the cost of a book, in fact. Blurb […]

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Book Review: The Marriage of Gryphons by Chrys Cymri

Book Cover Penny White and the Marriage of Gryphons

I’m so excited to be back with Penny White again! Penny’s Welsh wonderland is my new magical kingdom and I feel as comfortable there as I do at Hogwarts. If you aren’t up to date with Penny, check out my previous reviews of the series here and here. Or just read on for my latest […]

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Book Review: Who Killed Anne-Marie? by CM Thompson

Book Cover Thriller Murder

I’ve said it here before and, hell, I’m going to say it again: I love a book where all the characters are UNLIKABLE. I know for many readers, a book needs to have at least one likable character and it takes away from the book when there isn’t. This book review challenges this notion and […]

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