The Drowning (Patrik Hedström, #6) by Camilla Lackberg

Rating: 5/5 stars. Recommended!

Published: 2012 by HarperCollins

Genre(s): Crime mystery thriller

Pages: 489 (Paperback)

Christian Thydell’s dream has come true: his debut novel, The Mermaid, is published to rave reviews. So why is he as distant and unhappy as ever? When crime writer Erica Falck, who discovered Christian’s talents, learns he has been receiving anonymous threats, she investigates not just the messages but also the author’s mysterious past. Meanwhile, one of Christian’s closest friends is missing. Erica’s husband, Detective Patrik Hedström, has his worst suspicions confirmed as the mind-games aimed at Christian and those around him become a disturbing reality. But, with the victims themselves concealing evidence, the investigation is going nowhere. Is their silence driven by fear or guilt? And what is the secret they would rather die to protect than live to see revealed?

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The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas

Rating: 4/5 stars

Published: 12 February 2019 by Crooked Lane Books

Genre(s): Speculative science fiction; Time travel mystery; Women’s fiction

Pages: 336 (Kindle)

In 1967, four female scientists worked together to build the world’s first time machine. But just as they are about to debut their creation, one of them suffers a breakdown, putting the whole project—and future of time travel—in jeopardy. To protect their invention, one member is exiled from the team—erasing her contributions from history.

Fifty years later, time travel is a big business. Twenty-something Ruby Rebello knows her beloved grandmother, Granny Bee, was one of the pioneers, though no one will tell her more. But when Bee receives a mysterious newspaper clipping from the future reporting the murder of an unidentified woman, Ruby becomes obsessed: could it be Bee? Who would want her dead? And most importantly of all: can her murder be stopped?

Traversing the decades and told from alternating perspectives, The Psychology of Time Travel introduces a fabulous new voice in fiction and a new must-read for fans of speculative fiction and women’s fiction alike

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Lost Library (#1) by Kate Baray

Rating: 3/5 stars

Published: 14 April 2014 by Marty Thornley

Genre(s): Paranormal Romance; Urban Fantasy

Pages: 262 (ebook)

Lizzie led a normal life…until the Book arrived.

Author Kate Baray begins her new paranormal romance series with Lost Library, a tale of werewolves, magic, adventure and romance.
John Braxton arrives unannounced on Lizzie’s doorstep. Little does she know that when she invites him for a drink on the porch, Lizzie opens the door to a secret world of Lycan, magic, spelled books, and a power hungry mastermind. Caught up in one man’s search for power, Lizzie soon begins to uncover surprising secrets about her own past and powers—but not before stumbling upon a library like no other. And romance with a serious but sexy Lycan? It might just happen…

Take a romp through the life of the quirky and well-meaning Lizzie as she discovers exactly what it means to live with magic.

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Painless by Marty Thornley

Rating: 4/5 stars

Published: 12 January 2018 by Marty Thornley

Genre(s): Horror; Mystery Thriller

Pages: 284 (eARC)

The debut psychological-horror novel from author Marty Thornley is a page-turning ride, a front row seat to a clinical trial gone horribly wrong. 

For Greg Owens, this was supposed to be a chance to end years of back pain and escape his reliance on pain pills. If it all worked out, he could maybe even get back the life he left behind as the pills took control.

Instead, as the patients are cured of their physical pain, they encounter a different sort of pain building inside them – obsessive thoughts, depression, self-destruction. The side-effects grow worse, and the suspense ratchets tighter. The patients want answers and violent revenge, setting them on a collision course with a crazed doctor, determined to protect his life’s obsession.

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You’ve Got Tail (Peculiar Mysteries, #1) by Renee George

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Rating: 3/5 stars

Published: 7 September 2015 by Barkside of the Moon Press

Genre(s): Cozy mystery; Paranormal Romance; Fantasy

Pages: 315 (ebook)

Welcome to Peculiar, Missouri!

Sunny Haddock, an animal-loving vegetarian psychic, is stoked to leave California behind to start a new life in the Ozark town of Peculiar with her best friend Chavvah Trimmel. She ups the moving date when Chav goes missing, and Sunny high tails it to the small town. What Sunny doesn’t realize is that she’s moving into a community of were-shifters, and they don’t want a human resident. Especially one dumb enough to arrive a couple of days before the full moon — the only night of the month shifters have to take their pure animal forms.

When the gorgeous Babel Trimmel, Chav’s younger brother, (along with the sheriff, the mayor, and some other nice folk) suggests Sunny haul her U-haul and butt back out of town, she’s undeterred. Her psychic abilities might be out-of-whack, and blood makes her faint, but she’s not a quitter. Besides, she’s not about to go anywhere until she finds out what happened to Chavvah.

But Sunny has more to deal with than unfriendly townsfolk… like disturbing killer visions and the dog-like animal no one else sees that seems to be stalking her every move. To make matters worse, she is finding Babel to be more irresistible than crack on a donut.

Sunny needs to get her ability and her hormones under control if she wants to solve the mystery and save her best friend.

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The Speed Reading Book by Tony Buzan

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Rating: 5/5 stars. Recommended!

Published: July 25th 2006 by BBC Active (First published 1971)

Genre(s): Non fiction; Self help; Psychology; Education; Productivity

Pages: 221 (Paperback)

Dealing with speed reading, this work enables you to apply it to various aspects of your life. It is useful for students, teachers, executives – indeed, anyone eager to improve the speed, comprehension and quality of their reading.

Do you love results? I do too, especially when I can see it with numbers. That’s all I’m expecting out of this book. And I got it.

Why am I reading this? I’m taking a leaf out of Unlimited Power by Tony Robbins and that is to model successful people. Simply put, I want to read more than what I’m currently doing right now. At my previous pace, it’s average, it’s fair. I want to be more than average. If in a month I can finish the equivalent of, let’s say, at least 2 more books, that’s 24 more per year and hundreds in a lifetime. That’s a whole lot of information and knowledge I could be missing out on. So, continuing on the journey I’ve embarked on in bettering myself – The Speed Reading Book seems like the perfect step.Read More »

Judge Walden: Back in Session by Peter Murphy

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Rating: 4/5 stars

Published: October 1st 2018 by Oldcastle Books

Genre(s): Fiction; Mystery

Pages: 416 (eARC – Kindle)

Resident judge Charlie Walden is back, to preside over five new cases from the Bermondsey Crown Court. Retired resident judge Peter Murphy takes us back to the world of criminal trials in South London, with Charlie keeping the peace between his fellow judges—Marjorie, “Legless” and Hubert—while fighting off attacks of the Grey Smoothies, the civil servants who seem intent on reducing the court’s dwindling resources to vanishing point in the name of “business cases” and “value for money.” Fortunately, he has Jeanie and Elsie’s lattes and ham and cheese baps, and newspaper vendor George’s witty banter, to sustain him in the mornings; and in the evenings, the Delights of the Raj, or La Bella Napoli, to enjoy with the Reverend Mrs. Walden.

This book was entertaining in a charming way. To give you an idea, I would describe it as having the Old English feel. At least, that’s what I think as an outsider but I’m no expert.

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