“Dear Philomena”, M.S. Spencer

  Chincoteague is one of a pair of barrier islands off the coast of Virginia.  Its eastern sister, Assateague, is the actual home of the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and of the ponies made famous in Marguerite Henry’s children’s books (remember Misty of Chincoteague?). Chincoteague has a long, colorful history. First settled possibly by freed... Continue Reading →

“Athene’s Prophecy” by Ian J. Miller

Book 1 of trilogy: Gaius Claudius Scaevola Ian J Miller has a creditable base on which his works sit comfortably –  BSc (Hons 1), PhD; a hundred scientific papers, a “life-long fascination with theories in physical sciences”. Much of the early reading covers the main character's preparatory learning, a challenge worth taking on for both... Continue Reading →

What’s coming up – #NZ_Authors

Wayhoo! I have unearthed older review files from a heap of back-up devices and clouds. I intend promoting the N Z authors for whom I have written reviews by re-posting them, with updated Buy Links and links to their web presence from which readers here can catch up on their more recent works. First reincarnated... Continue Reading →

In the Cold, Dark Ground, by Stuart MacBRIDE

With the imminent death of Aberdeen’s crime boss, McRae is drawn into the takeover battle between crime leaders from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Liverpool and Birmingham. But he is compromised by a financial deal made years ago. Faced also with the inevitable prospect of taking life support from his girlfriend, his mind in in a mess.... Continue Reading →

Close To the Bone, by Stuart MacBRIDE

The lovely DCI Steel is at it again – overloading McRae and the station’s crew with cases as fast as they arise: missing tramps, a missing teenage couple, a film crew obsessed with their production in the “magic witch” genre, drug bosses and drug gang wars, victims rolling out of the dark – left, right... Continue Reading →

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