Smorgasbord Reviews 2018 – 2023

Here are my reviews for books that I have read and enjoyed in 2018 to 2023 and I hope you will too.


My review for the book 31st May 2023

This book is a riveting tale of survival, not necessarily of the fittest, but certainly the most determined. Set in a tough new world where people live in small outposts of civilisation, and nature has reclaimed most of the land and waterways.

Mari is already resilient and hardworking being born after the catastrophic events decades before. But even she is not prepared for the devastating outcome when an evil gang sweep through her isolated farm. When the little official law that exists locally refuses to help, she decides to take matters into her own hands inspite of the likelihood she will not survive her gruelling mission.

The author has created an incredible world in the aftermath of several internal and external attacks on the USA and around the world. The detail of everyday life and survival is amazing and for that reason, very realistic. There are some wonderful characters who still believe in humanity and offer help along this arduous journey Mari embarks upon, but certainly the other stars in this book are an Ox with an attitude called Dirt, and a stray hound called Worthless.

At times harsh and cruel as we can only imagine this future world might be, there is also humour and lighter moments where the reader can catch their breath before moving on to the next encounter with snakes, alligators and men with evil on their minds.

A very satisfactory ending that leaves the door open perhaps for more books set in this time, as it would be a shame to waste the brilliant world the author has created.

I can highly recommend, and I am sure like me, you will find it very difficult to put this book down.

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My review for the collection May 27th 2023

I have enjoyed stories by this author before, and this new collection is just as delightful, even though some stories have you checking under the bed before switching off the light.

We all have had nightmares and rarely do they survive the light of day, unless they are created by a master storyteller who knows just which buttons to push to make you shiver. Supernatural events and evil monsters battle for supremacy over humans and there are some wonderfully crafted characters deserving their time in the spotlight.

Alongside these stories are families who have drifted apart, parents who did not include kindness or inspiration in the upbringing of their children, and men and women seeking a new life away from their memories. There are also some dystopian reminders of why we need to take better care of our world, and how love survives loss.

Many stories touch the heart such as The Bike which showcased the kindness of strangers and The Bench which showcased the authors love of animals and their healing power.

The collection ends with a longer story, Stranded, with a retired couple seeking to recapture the sense of purpose and hope of their early relationship now that the children are grown and moved far away. They certainly get more than they bargained for and their adventure holds dangers that are out of this world as well as an amazing opportunity they would never have imagined.

I highly recommend this collection and be prepared to be drawn into the web created by D.L. Finn…

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My review for the book May 20th 2023

Living history is so important to pass on to the next generations, and this delightful collection of stories set in the 1950s and 1960s, highlight not just the differences 70 years can make on our lifestyle and technology, but also the values and experiences of the day.

The author vividly recalls her childhood and teen years growing up on a farm in Alberta, subject to harsh winters and a need for constant vigilence for lifestock and family working everyday to sustain their livelihood and for the children’s future.

There are warm memories of great grand-parents, grand parents and the acknowledgement of their sacrifice and commitment to their new homeland over 120 years ago. Extended family was clearly so important and knowledge was passed from generation to generation with a warmth that softened the often harshness of the environment. Sadly there was also loss and that tragedy is still very keenly felt in the present day.

Hard to pick a favourite from the stories but I especially enjoyed A Special Teacher, Good Hands that evoked memories of my father and certainly will be trying out the authentic recipe for the Best German Kuchen.

This is a book that will be hard for you to put down and I read over a very enjoyable sunny afternoon in the garden.

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My review for the book May 13th 2023

As expected in a small community where everyone knows everyone’s business, it is challenging to maintain your privacy and also to keep secrets. In this village however there is an undercurrent of evil that surfaces over the Christmas and New Year that will devastate the residents and open up their pasts to public scrutiny.

The main character Laura Percival has already suffered a personal tragedy that had deeply impacted the way she views others and herself. She loves the close knit community she is part of,  with some exceptions, and is particularly concerned about one family’s whereabouts. She has been a part of their lives as their children have grown and as the events unfold she becomes more and more invested in finding out how and why they have been targeted.

She becomes central to the investigation by the police as she digs into the various rumours and secrets that are revealed from others close to her.

The author has done a masterful job in keeping the reader on the hook as the story unfolds. Characters are carefully crafted as they shapeshift between their public persona and their real identities, and she keeps the momentum going right to the end of the book. Be prepared for some surprises and twists and turns that make this a very compelling read.

I am looking forward to book two in this series.

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My review for Remember No More May 6th 2023

This is a crime thriller that is hard to put down once you have started. The author has created a wonderful leading character in DS Julie Kite, and a great plot to make best use of her policing skills.

It can be very difficult moving jobs even within the same organisation such as the British police force, however in this book, DS Kite faces even more challenges by moving from  policing in a major city, to the hills of mid-Wales. Whilst the laws are the same, the approach to enforcing them requires a different approach in an area where everyone knows everybody’s business.

Expecting things to be quieter than her previous post, DS Kite instead finds herself dealing with a death on her first day, working with a new superior, dealing with some reticence at her promotion to the post, and wondering if her husband is as committed to their marriage as he says he is. The locals are also not as welcoming as she had hoped and certainly the family members embroiled in the death have secrets that are not going to be easy to uncover.

The author brings all these elements together in great style and also uses the spectacular scenery of this part of Wales and its isolation to underline the difficulties in policing such a widespread area.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and in particular its climax in the final chapter when unexpected revelations and twists in the plot reveal the secrets long buried.

I am looking forward to reading more DS Kite books in the future.

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My review for the collection 29th April 2023

I have enjoyed books by Joan Hall before and so was expecting this collection of stories to be just as engaging, and it is.

As the blurb identifies, the collection features genres such as mystery, and the paranormal, but also heartwarming elements of romance, nostalgia and family relationships.

Many of the stories feature characters who have reached a crossroads in their lives, either in relationships with family or their chosen careers, and need to find another path or peace of mind. They are aided in this by reconnecting with their past and returning to their homes or seeking people who they realise have left a hole in their lives and their hearts. Sometimes they receive help from unexpected encounters with the supernatural or even a wild creature.

I enjoyed every one of the thirteen stories and very hard to select favourites, but I did connect especially with Lone Wolf where a cowboy finds solace in the wild and healing of his broken heart and Seven Days when a writer who has found herself lost for words and addicted to technology, rediscovers the power of silence and nature in a cabin on the shores of a lake.

I can highly recommend this collection by Joan Hall and look forward to reading more of her work in the future.

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My review for Redemption April 22nd 2023

Our childhood heavily influences our views on family as an adult and for brother and sister Lisa and Trace that influence weighs heavily. It has caused an estrangement that only ends when their father is murdered and mother severely injured. Neither of them have happy memories of their father and those they do have are tinged with violence and mystery about who he was and what he did for a living.

The violation of their family home following the attack identifies that the aggression is not over and there is clearly something the attackers want. With their own lives at risk and of their close friend Ryan, they need to identify who they can trust including within the local police force and governmental agencies.

The author has created wonderful characters who connect with the reader and hold their attention throughout the story. Slowly clues reveal small nuggets of information that begin to flesh out the mystery surrounding their father’s life and work. There are plenty of twists and turns along with surprise revelations that will rock the family.

There are some lovely moments too as trust and romance bring relationships into the spotlight and all is revealed as the story races to an exciting climax. I am sure fans of Gwen M. Plano’s previous books will not be disappointed and I can also recommend The Contract, co-written with John W. Howell.

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My review for Code Name Iron Spear April 8th 2023

I have read previous books by this author and was intrigued by the blurb and enjoyed this fast paced thriller set in WWII very much.

The story has several elements that create an interesting change to modern crime thrillers, including the setting on a military base, spies, a secret new device being developed by the Allies and a tenacious Warrant Officer and local female detective teaming up to solve murders and treason.

The two main characters make a great crime fighting duo and there is plenty of action and mysteries to unravel as time runs out before there is a major breech in security and any more local residents are caught up in the killer’s spree.

The author uses the local terrain which is heavily forested and the dramatic coastline to great effect as the navy get in on the action in pursuit of an enemy submarine in the waters and the story reaches an exciting climax.  There are some great twists and turns in the plot that keep you guessing as clues are drip fed to add to the intrigue. It was also great to have a touch of romance threaded through the story.

I can highly recommend for readers of crime thrillers and also those who enjoy an authentic historical element to their books.

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My review for the novel March 25th 2023

The story is set during the Cold War when there were still a great many prejudices resulting from the 30s and 40s and particular the pre-war years in Germany. Two people fall in love on opposites sides of these prejudices and their romance is opposed and challenged.

For Elizabeth, now a dedicated nurse, it is heartbreaking that the man she has fallen in love with, is so disrespected by her grandmother who brought her up and her extended family. She also has to face the disapproval and opposition of Erik’s mother, who feels her son should be married to a Jewish wife and follow tradition.

They both set out on a quest to discover more about Elizabeth’s grandfather’s origins in East Germany and the whereabouts of Erik’s great uncle. This leads to danger and unexpected revelations that will certainly cause frictions within the families.

With all the uncertainty that surrounds the couple, both begin to have doubts and for Elizabeth her love of music leads her into a relationship that becomes more intense than she internded. However the author handles each of these challenges with great skill and takes her characters through these missteps and brings them to a place they can be happy.

Interesting characters, great family dynamics and the controversial issues dealt with extremely well.

I know there is a sequel in the works and look forward to reading. I can recommend to readers who enjoy romances and also mid-20th century history.

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My review for the collection March 20th 2023

This is a collection of poetry, essays and a short story highlighting both the wonder of the wildlife of South Africa and the tragic decrease in the number of these amazing creatures who have populated the earth for many thousands of years largely due to man’s predation in one way or another.
The poetry captures in 99 syllables the beauty and the tragedy with skill and insight. I particularly liked Hippopotamus (“Hippo”) – Don’t be fooled and Jackal Love although all have great appeal and are thought provoking. There is also a wonderful and entertaining acknowledgement of the natures of the animals, reptiles, birds and insects that are featured. The poems are complemented by stunning photography of wildlife and scenery taken on holidays across this beautiful country.
It is clear that conservation is a key element of the preservation of most of the endangered species, and the author shares links to many of the videos that she has filmed on trips to sanctuaries around South Africa. It is also evident that for all that is done to increase the numbers of animals at risk, there are many who are determined to undermine their efforts.
It is a reflection of this that rhinos, for example, in sanctuaries have their horns removed to dissuade poachers.
The short story at the end sadly reflects on how the impact of our modern world and the fears of the future, prey on the minds of the younger generation, who struggle under that burden.
This collection is educational and brings the individual creatures and their challenges to thrive into sharp focus. It is also entertaining and having access to the many videos filmed by the author adds an added element to their stories. It will leave you more aware of their plight but also marvelling in their beauty.

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My review for the books March 18th 2023

These three books in the series establish not just interesting lead characters, plots that have plenty of twists and turns, but also a realism stemming from the author being a former police detective.

This is not a fantasy, and the reality of our world today is that there are monsters, vulnerable victims, damaged men and women who see violence a valid response to their agendas, and psychotic individuals who have no redeemable qualities.

It is no wonder that there is so much pressure on the police to solve crimes, particularly when heavily regulated to not just ensure justice is done, but that there are no loopholes in a case going to court. The paperwork alone adds a huge burden on a team trying to catch a killer, but to then make sure they are convicted. It is no wonder that the members of this team are under extreme pressure, not least having to witness the depravity of others.

The author pulls no punches when describing the crime scenes and also sharing the point of view of some of the victims caught up in unimaginable suffering. It is hard to read at times, but we cannot ignore that this is the reality for so many.  The detailed account of the process of solving all three cases in these first books is reassuring, and also highlights how traumatic it is for those on the front line. It is not surprising that the characters portrayed are not perfect and in many cases their stress results in complex relationship issues and breakdowns.

One one side are the perpetrators and victims, and on the other ambitious and demanding senior officers who want answers and results to keep even more senior ranks off their backs. The team in the middle is between a rock and a hard place. Then there is the media, who have only one agenda, making news and placing blame wherever it will result in the most outrage.

I was highly impressed at the attention to detail, the character development and the well paced storyline, leading to some unexpected climaxes. 

If you love an authentic, realistic and well written thrillers, then you well love this series. I can highly recommend and will be reading the rest of the books over the coming months. I can certainly recommend this box set which is a terrific introduction to the characters and the author at an excellent price.

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#YA #Dystopian The Insurgent (The Colony Series Book 2) by Teri Polen

#Dogs #RescueDogs – Kat the Dog: The remarkable tale of a rescued Spanish water dog by Alyson Sheldrake

#Romance – Letting Go: The Defiant Sisters- Book1 (The Defiant Sisters Duet) by Jacquie Biggar

Strange Hwy: Short Stories by [Beem Weeks]

#ComingofAge, #Family #Relationships – Strange Hwy: Short Stories by Beem Weeks

#Thriller #Fantasy – The Evil You Choose: Dreamer’s Alliance – Book 2 by Dan Antion

#Supernatural Adventure The Last Drive by John W. Howell

#Parents #Grief – Ok, Little Bird by Deena Goldstein

#Romance – Unbranded (Montana Bred Series 1) by Linda Bradley

*#Memoir – Fifteen First Times: Beginnings: A Collection of Indelible Firsts by D. G. Kaye

*#Contemporary #Romance – Falling by Stevie Turner

*Fairies, Myths, & Magic II: Book 2: A Winter Celebration by Colleen Chesebro

*From Scratch: Adventures in Harvesting, Hunting, Fishing, and Foraging on a Fragile Planet by David Moscow and Jon Moscow

*#SocialMedia #Cyberbullying – The Bubble Reputation – Alex Craigie

*#Western #Romance – Geller’s Find by Sandra Cox

*#Mystery #Thriller Genuine Deceit by Joy York

*– #Thriller #Mystery The Girl from Belgrade by John L. DeBoer

*#Photography #Poetry #Flash – Do What You love: Fragility Of Your Flame Poems, Photography and Flash Fiction by M.J. Mallon

*#Comingofage #Fantasy – Knuckleheads: Dreamer’s Alliance Book 1, by Dan Antion

*#Prehistoric #Adventure #Fiction – Natural Selection (Dawn of Humanity Book 3) by Jacqui Murray

*#Romance #Paranormal Saddled Hearts (The White Rune Series Book 3) by Jan Sikes

*#Paranormal #Romance – A Voice in the Silence by D.L. Finn

*#Fantasy #Magic #Humour – Song of the Sea Goddess by Chris Hall

#Malaya #1950s – The Girl Who Taught Herself to Fly by Kwan Kew Lai

*#Biography – #Poetry – #Life – Daydreams and Narcoleptic Nightmares: Memoirs and Poems by John Cornelius Rogers

*#Fantasy – The Necromancer’s Daughter by D.Wallace Peach

*#Family – More than Coffee: Memories in Verse and Prose by Lauren Scott

#Life #Death – Making Your Mark – Leaving a Legacy – And then… A Grand Exit That’ll Have Their Tongues Waggin’ by Peter Davidson

*#Cancer – The Winding Road: A Journey of Survival by Miriam Hurdle

*#Ireland – Recipes and Tales from the Kitchen of Oceanic Temptations: A Taste of the Wild Atlantic Way by Mary Crowley

*#WWII #Family – Leora’s Letters by Joy Neal Kidney

Montana Shootists by [Sandra Cox]

*#Western #Romance – Montana Shootists by Sandra Cox

*#YA #Scifi – The Colony Series Book One – Subject A36 by Teri Polen

*#Flashfiction #Poetry – The Hedge Witch & The Musical Poet by M.J. Mallon

Year 1 - Fur Babies in France: From Wage Slaves to Living the Dream (Adventure Caravanning with Dogs) by [Jacqueline Lambert]

*#Travel #France Year 1 – Fur Babies in France: From Wage Slaves to Living the Dream (Adventure Caravanning with Dogs) by Jacqueline Lambert

*#Poetry – Life & Soul (Book 2 in the Soul Poetry series) by Harmony Kent

*#Romance #Music – Flowers and Stone by Jan Sikes

*#Poetry – Hues Of Hope: Selected Poetry by Balroop Singh

*#Literary #Thriller – The Silent Brother by Simon Van der Velde

*#Malaya #1950s – Have You Eaten Rice Today by Apple Gidley

*#Multigenre – Comes this Time to Float: 19 Short Stories by Stephen Geez

*#Flashfiction – Tell Me A Story in 99 words by Annette Rochelle Aben

*Life #Change – Linda’s Midlife Crisis by Toni Pike

*#Psychologicalthriller – Means to Deceive by Alex Craigie

*#Action #Supernatural #AncientEgypt She who comes forth by Audrey Driscoll

*#Crime #Thriller – Wings of Mayhem: The Mayhem Series: #1 by Sue Coletta

*#Shortstories #Fame – Backstories by Simon Van Der Velde

*#Historical #1920s Jazz Baby by Beem Weeks

*#Psychological #Thriller – Where There’s Doubt by Terry Tyler

*#Biography #WWI, Queen Victoria, #Adventures, Lucky Jack by S. Bavey

*-#Poetry #Fantasy – The Garden Black and other speculations (Free Verse Poetry) by Frank Prem

#Adventure #Thriller #Africa – Legacy of War – Wilbur Smith with David Churchill

-#Fantasy – A Threat from the Past (The White Dragon Saga) by Paul Cude

*#Psychological #Thriller – Scam!: : An Electric Eclectic Book by Stevie Turner

*#Military #Romance – Jagged Feathers (The White Rune Series Book 2) by Jan Sikes

*#Suspense #Thriller Cold Dark Night: Legends of Madeira by Joan Hall

*#Contemporary #Romance – Maggie’s Way by Linda Bradley

*#Fantasy #Adventure – Wreck of the Lanternfish by C.S. Boyack

*#Psychological #Thriller – Someone Close to Home by Alex Craigie

Women Who Walk: How 20 Women From 16 Countries Came to Live in Portugal by [Louise Ross]

#Nonfiction #Portugal #Travel – Women Who Walk by Louise Ross

White Water Landings: A view of the Imperial Airways Africa service from the ground by [J M Pett, Geoffrey Pett]

*#History #Africa #Flyingboats – White Water Landings by Jemima Pett

*#Children’s – Barty Barton: The Bear That Was Loved Too Much by Sue Wickstead

*#Moonshine #WWII #Family – Novella – Father by Allan Hudson

Dancing to an Irish Reel by [Claire Fullerton]

#Ireland #Music #Romance – Dancing to an Irish Reel by Claire Fullerton

*#Christmas #Romance – Love Me by Jacquie Biggar

*Oh Baubles: A Christmas Romance Novella by Harmony Kent

#Ireland #Hurling #Thriller – The Hurler by Jack Talbot

*#Shortstory – #Supernatural – Breathless by Yvette Calleiro Posted on January 8, 2022 by Smorgasbord – Variety is the Spice of Life.

*#Children’s – Amazing Matilda: A Monarch’s Tale by Bette A. Stevens

#NorthernIreland #Thriller #Romance – Stones Corner Turmoil by Jane Buckley

*#Paranormal, #UrbanFantasy, #Shortstories -Things Old and Forgotten by Mae Clair

*Romance – No Such Luck (Keystone Couples) by Staci Troilo

*Romance Mountain Laurel Christmas by Jan Sikes

*#Contemporary – Matilda Windsor Is Coming Home by Anne Goodwin

#Anthology – Autumn Paths – Seasonal Collective of Nine Authors

Word Weaving #1: A Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse – The Moons of Autumn. – Colleen Chesebro and other Poets

*#History – Transylvania’s History A to Z: 100 Word Stories by Patricia Furstenberg

*#Poetry – Grief Songs: Poems of Love and Remembrance by Elizabeth Gauffreau

*#Children – Brody Cody and the Stepmother from Outer Space by Toni Pike

*#Western #Romance – Tumblestar by Sandra Cox.

*#Psychological #Mystery- House of Sorrow: Legends of Madeira by Joan Hall

*#Children’s #Fairies – The Tree Fairies by D.L. Finn

*#Poetry – Behind Closed Doors: A Collection of Unusual Poems by Robbie Cheadle

*#Fantasy #Adventure – The Ferryman and the Sea Witch by D.Wallace Peach

Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series, Book 6: Dragana Helps a Fairy by Janice Spina

Shadows we breathe Sarah Brentyn

*#Memoir – Flashes of Life: True Tales of the Extraordinary Ordinary by Pamela S. Wight

*#Paranormal #Thriller – Pre-Order Blood Mark by JP Mclean Posted on October 2, 2021 by Smorgasbord – Variety is the Spice of Life.

*#Family # Murder #Mystery – Going Home by Sharon Marchisello

*#Poetry – Son of Booku: More Halloween Haiku by Annette Rochelle Aben

*#Teen/YA #Sci-fi #Fantasy – The Syk’m by Richard Dee

*Olive, Mabel and Me: Life and Adventures with Two Very Good Dogs by Andrew Cotter

#Children’s and #Parents – Lulubelle Loves to Bake by Dawn Doig.

*#Prehistoric #Adventure – Laws of Nature (Dawn of Humanity Book 2) by Jacqui Murray

*#Western #Romance – Keeper Tyree by S. Cox

*#WW2 – The Home Front: 1939–1945 in 100 Objects by Austin J. Ruddy

*#Poetry – Slivers: Chiseled Poetry by Balroop Singh

*#Salmon #Scotland – A Speyside Odyssey by Norman Matheson

*#Fantasy – Legacy of Souls (The Shattered Sea Book 2) by D.Wallace Peach

*#Children’s #Adventure – Felix Finds Out by Elizabeth Merry

*#WWI – #Historical – Sheep On The Somme: A World War I Picture and Poetry Book by Frank Prem

*#Dystopian #Scifi – Megacity (Operation Galton Book 3) by Terry Tyler

*#Military #Romance The SEAL’s Temptation: Wounded Hearts- Book 7 by Jacquie Biggar

*Mystery thriller The Vanished Boy by Harmony Kent

*#Fantasy #Supernatural – The Ballad of Mrs. Molony (The Hat Book 3) by C.S. Boyack

*#Scottish #Historical – Fireflies and Chocolate by Ailish Sinclair

robbie a ghost and his gold

*#Paranormal #Historical #BoerWar A Ghost and his Gold by Roberta Eaton Cheadle.

*New Book on the Shelves and #Review – Word Craft: Prose & Poetry: The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry by Colleen M. Chesebro

*#Paranormal – The Emissary Trilogy; A Riverbend Spinoff by Marcia Meara

*#YA – Amanda in Malta: The Sleeping Lady (An Amanda Travels Adventure Book 8) by Darlene foster

*Smorgasbord #Children’s Reading Room – Book #Review – Tina Lost in a Crowd by Miriam H. Hurdle

*#Fantasy #Adventure #Humour – H.M.S Lanternfish (The Lanternfish Series Book 2) by C.S. Boyack 

#Shortstories – Sharp as a Serpent’s Tooth: Eva and Other Stories by Mandy Haynes 

*#Poetry Lockdown Innit by M.J. Mallon 

*#Short Stories–Undercover Crime Shorts by Jane Risdon 

*#Fantasy – Soul Swallowers (The Shattered Sea Book 1) by D.Wallace Peach 

*#WWII #VichyFrance- Where Irises Never Grow by Paulette Mahurin 

*#Family – My Baby Wrote Me A Letter: An Inspirational Women’s Fiction Short Story by Jacquie Biggar 

*#Paranormal #Romance – Ghostly Interference: (White Rune Series Book 1) by Jan Sikes.

*#Cancer #Journal – Apple Blossom: my Hope…my Inspiration by Jaye Marie

*#WWI – #Family Saga – The Heart Stone by Judith Barrow

#Children’s – A Beechworth Bakery Bears e-Book (too) by Frank Prem

*#Poetry – Minus One: With Haikus and Other Poems: The Story of a Life by Elizabeth Merry

*#Teaching #Memoir- They Call Me Mom by Pete Springer 

*#Fantasy #Adventure – Voyage of the Lanternfish by C. S. Boyack

*#Thriller #Sci-fi- The Hitman and the Thief by Richard Dee

*#Western #Romance – Gwen Slade: Bounty Hunter by Sandra Cox

*#History #Reference – A Bit About Britain’s High Days and Holidays by Mike Biles

*#Paranormal #Mystery – This Second Chance by D.L. Finn

*#Family – The Sum of our Sorrows by Lisette Brodey

*#Mystery #Paranormal – The Light (Wake-Robin Ridge Book 4) by Marcia Meara

*#Fantasy – Lords of Chaos (Unraveling the Veil Book 3) by D.Wallace Peach…


#FairyStory – The Godmother by Cathy Cade

*#Romance – Perfectly Imperfect by Jacquie Biggar

*Post-Apocalyptic Murder Mystery – The Visitor – Terry Tyler

*#Haiti #Thriller – Vanished by Mark Bierman

*#Fantasy – Allies and Spies (Unraveling the Veil Book 2) by D.Wallace Peach…

*#Murder #Mystery – Secrets of the Galapagos by Sharon Marchisello

*#WWII – While the Bombs Fell by Robbie Cheadle and Elsie Hancy Eaton.

Northern Survival by [Diane McGyver]

*#Adventure #Canada- Northern Survival: Surviving the plane crash was the easy part by Diane McGyver

*#Dystopian #Elderly – Acts of Convenience by Alex Craigie

*#History – The Story of the Huguenots: A Unique Legacy by Joyce Hampton

*#Mystery #Paranormal – Harbinger (Wake-Robin Ridge Book 3) by Marcia Meara

*#Western #Horror #Thriller – Guns of Perdition – The Armageddon Showdown Book 1 by Jessica Bakkers

*#Supernatural Adventure Eternal Road: The Final Stop by John W. Howell.

*#Mystery #Humour – In Search of McDoogal by Mae Clair

*#Fantasy – Liars and Thieves (Unraveling the Veil Book 1) by D. Wallace Peach

*#Historical – The Last Pilgrim by Noelle Granger.

*#Historical #Mystery #Chicago – A Child Lost by Michelle Cox

*#Mystery #Paranormal A Boy Named Rabbit (Wake-Robin Ridge Book 2) by Marcia Meara

*#Mystery – Frozen Stiff Drink: A Kellan Ayrwick Cozy Mystery (Braxton Campus Mysteries Book 6) by James J. Cudney

*#1920s #Familysaga – Telling Sonny by Elizabeth Gauffreau

*#Western #Romance – Silverhills by Sandra Cox

*#Prehistoric – Against All Odds (Book 3 of the Crossroads Trilogy) by Jacqui Murray

*Children’s – A Beechworth Bakery Bears (The Beechworth Bakery Bears 1) by Frank Prem

*#Anthology – This is Lockdown – Covid 19 Diaries – Flash Fiction – Poetry M.J. Mallon and Other Authors

*A Year in the Life of Leah Brand: A #Psychological Thriller by Lucinda E. Clarke

*#Poetry – Rescue and Redemption Poetry inspired by the T. S. Eliot poem ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’ (A Love Poetry Trilogy Book 3) by Frank Prem

*The Cruel Romance: A Novel of Love and War by Marina Osipova

*Wake-Robin Ridge Book 1 by Marcia Meara

*#Mystery – A Girl Like You (A Henrietta and Inspector Howard Novel Book 1) by Michelle Cox

*#Fantasy #Paranormal – Viral Blues by C.S. Boyack

*#DystopianSciFi -Wasteland (Operation Galton Book 2) by Terry Tyler

*#Thriller -Deep Cover by John L. DeBoer

*Poetry – Inner Rumblings: Poems to Give My Inner Self a Voice, the Self I Call Joycie Reilly by Joyce Murphy

*#Children’s #GreatDanes Joyful Trouble by Patricia Furstenberg

*My Name is Danny – #Doglovers – Tales from Danny the Dog assisted by Andrew Joyce.

*#Western #Romance – Thundertree by Sandra Cox

*Under a Dark Cloud by Mary Crowley

*a kiss for the worthy: #Poetry inspired by the Walt Whitman poem ‘Leaves of Grass’ (A Love Poetry Trilogy Book 2) by Frank Prem

*The Memory by Judith Barrow

*Romance – Marriage Unarranged by Ritu Bhathal

*Examining Kitchen Cupboards by Stevie Turner

*Poetry and Prose Mr. Sagittarius by M. J. Mallon

*Love Poetry – Walk Away Silver Heart by Frank Prem

*Psychological thriller – Warning Signs by Carol Balawyder

*My advance review for Little Tea by Claire Fullerton

*A Sweet Smell of Strawberries by Mary Crowley

*Fantasy – The Hat by C.S. Boyack

*Family, Mystery, Watching Glass Shatter by James J. Cudney

*Post Apocalyptic – Blackthorn by Terry Tyler

*Romance by Jacquie Biggar Skating on Thin Ice

*Vikings: Taken (The Great Heathen Army series Book 1 by Ceri Bladen

*Mistaken Identity by James J. Cudney

*Poetry – The New Asylum by Frank Prem

*History: A Bit About Britain by Mike Biles

*Afghanistan: Silent Heroes by Patricia Furstenberg


*Historic Adventure – Quest for Home by Jacqui Murray

*Mystery – Braxton Campus Mysteries 3 – Flower Power Trip by James J. Cudney

*- Contemporary Fiction – The Magic Carpet by Jessica Norrie

Thriller – The Perfect Assassin by Ward Larson

*History: Mahoney by Andrew Joyce

* Thriller: Desolation Bluff by Toni Pike

*Mystery – Braxton Campus Mysteries 2 – Broken Heart Attack by James J. Cudney

*Post Apocalyptic – Hope by Terry Tyler

*Poetry: Devil in the Wind by Frank Prem

*Anthology: Understanding compiled by Stevie Turner

*Historic Adventure – Survival of the Fittest by Jacqui Murray

*-Poetry: Small Town Kid by Frank Prem

*Short Stories More Glimpses by Hugh W. Roberts

*-Mystery – Braxton Campus Mysteries 1 -Academic Curveball by James J. Cudney

* Fantasy; The Beast Within – Mended Souls Book two by Jacquie Biggar

*-Fairies Myths and Magic by Colleen M. Chesebro

*-Historic Adventure – Born in a Treacherous Time by Jacqui Murray

* Fantasy: The Glowing Pigs by Teagan Geneviene

*Paranormal thriller – The Contract by John W. Howell and Gwen Plano

*-Contemporary Fiction – Mourning Dove by Claire Fullerton

*Memoir – Twenty Years After ‘I Do’ by D.G. Kaye

*Post Apocalyptic – Project Renova Book Three UK2 by Terry Tyler

*Post Apocalyptic – Project Renova Book Two Lindisfarne by Terry Tyler

*-Thriller – Circumstances of Childhood by John W. Howell.

*#Memoir – Words We Carry by D.G. Kaye

*Myrtle the Purple Turtle by Cynthia Reyes

*One Hundred Tiny Threads by Judith Barrow

*Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Dough Bees Story and Cookbook by Robbie and Michael Cheadle

*Yellow Hair by Andrew Joyce

*Tipping Point – Project Renova Book One by Terry Tyler


Some of the books I reviewed were part of the Cafe and Bookstore updates or were before 2017 but if you go to Goodreads you will find a complete list of books and their reviews… I hope these have given your TBR’s something to think about….thanks Sally.