Reading Club

I assume you're here at this website because you like my books. Good. And that also means you might like the books I enjoy reading, and that all of us might enjoy the books that you read, so this is simply a place where we can exchange news of books - any books - not just historical novels. Tell us if you've read something wonderful and entertaining, and we'll post your recommendations and reviews here. And, please, let us know what you think of these recommendations!

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THE KILLING KIND

Written by: John Connolly

Published by: Coronet

Submitted By: Debbie

This is the third Charlie Parker book by John Connolly and is just as gripping and exciting as the previous two (Every Dead Thing and Dark Hollow). The books are very descriptive, imaginative and I defy you to put it…

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THE FALLS

Written by: Ian Rankin

Published by: Orion Trade

Submitted By: Bernard

Ian Rankin and Inspector Rebus don’t need any introduction to British readers who know that this dour Edinburgh detective is the brightest thing to hit crime fiction in a long time. He’s becoming better known in the Sttes too, which…

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THE TRUTH

Written by: Terry Pratchett

Published by: HarperCollins

Submitted By: Brandon Lewis

Being a fan of Bernard’s historical fiction (Harlequin is the best book I believe I have read yet) it may seem odd to move so far over to the Pratchett area of fiction, but they are great. This book (The…

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FLASHMAN

Written by: George MacDonald Fraser

Published by: New American Library Trade

Submitted By: Brandon Lewis

I was recommended to the Flashman series by a friend who told me that if I like Sharpe I would like these. I have only read Vol I and it is very amusing, a different take to Sharpe but a…

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DARK HOLLOW

Written by: John Connolly

Published by: Simon and Schuster

Submitted By: Bernard

I read John Connolly’s first novel (Every Dead Thing) in paperback on an aeroplane and, on landing, immediately bought it in hardback. He writes creepy, tense, hugely imaginative thrillers and, because he’s just starting, you have a chance to collect…

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FIREBREAK

Written by: Richard Stark

Published by: Mysterious Press

Submitted By: Bernard

American readers probably won’t need any introduction to the Parker novels by Richard Stark (who is actually the thriller writer Donald Westlake), but Parker is not as well- known in Britain and he deserves to be. If you like your…

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PREY SERIES

Written by: John Sandford

Published by: Berkley Pub Group

Submitted By: Bernard

This series, like the Parker books, are hugely popular in the States, but for some reason have not made the same impact in Britain. I adore this series – Lucas Davenport is a great hero, a detective in Minneapolis-St Paul,…

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MYSTIC RIVER

Written by: Dennis Lehane

Published by: HarperCollins

This is a suspenseful, psychological thriller set in Boston that starts with a friendship between three 11-year old boys – one day changed forever – then brings them together again 25 years later. It’s a great book!

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