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Staying hidden has kept her alive…But now she’s been found.

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It's never too late for love in the small Texas ranch town of Silverlake.

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Laura Joh Rowland is back the case of a mutilated "Sleeping Beauty" washed ashore in London.

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Once she got away, but this time it's a dead end

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Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is back in the final installment of Darynda Jones’ New York Times bestselling paranormal series

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Sin may find the Saint she never knew she needed.


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Booking the Crook
by Laurie Cass
"Michigan in January - snow brings problems for the library bookmobile"
Posted January 8, 2020

Minnie Hamilton is a librarian in the town of Chilson, by the shores of Lake Michigan. A new library board director Graydon Cain arrives, intent on making changes. Minnie is currently the sole driver of the bookmobile which travels around bringing the library service to the community. Eddie, her Read more...

A Killer Carol
by Laura Bradford
"Murder strikes in Heavenly, Pennsylvania"
Posted January 8, 2020

An intelligent but gentle murder mystery set in Heavenly, Pennsylvania awaits in A KILLER CAROL. Claire Weatherly runs Heavenly Treasures, the local gift shop, and she is not only stocking up for Christmas but helping to organise a festival. The Amish community around her don’t go overboard Read more...

by Jennifer Beckstrand
"A thoughtful and entertaining romance with two very naughty little boys!"
Posted January 8, 2020

Having read a few thrillers lately, I found an ideal way to relax; with another great fun romance by Jennifer Beckstrand. The good folks of Honeybee Farm return to entertain us in the first of a new series about the ‘Petersheim Brothers’. We begin with the focus Read more...

Freeing Finch
by Ginny Rorby
"A lonely kid, a dog, and a search for identity"
Posted January 8, 2020

Morgan is a nice kid, but lonely. Mom passed away and now there’s just stepfather Stan and his new wife Cindee, and Maddy, the senior lady whose house is in the woods. And a stray dog. FREEING FINCH is a novel for every age group from middle Read more...

Tilling the Truth
by Julia Henry
"A nosy small town, committee work and double dealings"
Posted January 8, 2020

Goosebush, Massachusetts is the setting for a cosy mystery which will please anyone who enjoys nosy small towns, committee work and double dealings. Lilly Jayne is one of the senior residents in town and she is part of the Garden Squad the Read more...

Murder at Kensington Palace
by Andrea Penrose
"Scientific endeavours in the Regency days are the background to murder most foul"
Posted January 8, 2020

The third Wrexford and Sloane mystery set in Regency London brings trials and tribulations. No modestly behaved young lady should see murdered men and the innards of Newgate Gaol. Charlotte Sloane may be well born, but in MURDER AT KENSINGTON Read more...

In the Shadow of Vesuvius
by Tasha Alexander
"Another case for Lady Emily - among the ruins of Pompeii"
Posted January 8, 2020

Lady Emily Hargreaves and her husband Colin tour the antique city under excavation, Pompeii, at the turn of the twentieth century. Mrs Ivy Brandon, a good friend, has invited them to join her in Italy. No fictional British house party would be complete without a few titled people; we Read more...

An Alaskan Christmas
by Jennifer Snow
"When one search and rescue adventure isn't enough"
Posted December 5, 2019

Erika Sheraton is just the kind of heroine we need to see in romance novels. She’s a surgeon who works harder than anyone at Anchorage General Hospital. However, her punishing schedule causes the admin folks concern and Erika is tactfully ordered to take a vacation. She heads Read more...

What Rose Forgot
by Nevada Barr
"A guide to escaping a care home - but not safely"
Posted November 21, 2019

Nevada Barr is best known for her increasingly violent series about Anna Pigeon, National Park Ranger. Starting as murder mysteries set in the outdoors, they escalated to become tales of outwitting one murderous maniac after another. Put all that aside when you approach Read more...

The Dead Don't Wait
by Michael Jecks
"The crime-solving work of a coroner in Tudor London"
Posted November 13, 2019

The reliable author of English historical crime, Michael Jecks, returns with a story that reminds me of the Blackadder TV series. Tudor London in 1555 is the setting, studded with larger than life characters, cut-purses and alehouses. THE DEAD DON&rsquo Read more...

Christmas Angels
by Nancy Naigle
"Renovating a mountain inn is no picnic"
Posted November 13, 2019

Liz Westmoreland drives to Antler Creek because Angels Rest, the bed and breakfast inn once owned by her late grandparents, is for sale. Matt Hardy is an architect who grew up in town and he bids on the inn, but Liz beats him to the hammer fall. Read more...

Unbreak Me
by Michelle Hazen
"A contrast of characters on a Montana ranch"
Posted November 7, 2019

Andra Lawler is a horse trainer on her dad’s Montana ranch. She has her own beautiful, champion palomino mare, and competes in rodeos sometimes. UNBREAK ME refers to the fact that, while at college, she was abducted and Read more...

Island of Last Resorts
by Mary Ellis
"A new departure for author Mary Ellis, and a missed boat!"
Posted November 6, 2019

This unusual PI thriller reads like a cross between Agatha Christie and the Hunger Games. Kate Weller is a private detective in Savannah, Georgia, who is wondering whether her Italian chef boyfriend should give up the family restaurant and become a PI. They get invited to a work team Read more...

A Wife Worth Investing In
by Marguerite Kaye
"Open a London restaurant? Scandalous!"
Posted October 10, 2019

A small amount of this romance is set in Paris, where women and men dined together in establishments which boasted mercurial chefs. Our hero and heroine meet one evening, both adrift from England, and after discussing their hopes, plan to meet again in two years. Life intervenes and the Read more...

The Dog Who Took Me Up a Mountain
by Rick Crandall
"A small dog with a big heart proved an inspiration"
Posted October 3, 2019

Rick Crandall lived near Aspen, Colorado, and this memoir describes how his fearless Australian terrier Emme became his faithful hiking companion. Rick desperately needed a boost in his life after the tech bubble burst, and both he and his wife Pamela hoped adopting a puppy would help them focus Read more...

The Bookshop on the Shore
by Jenny Colgan
"Ready to take on new challenges? Move to Loch Ness."
Posted October 3, 2019

Loch Ness has shores too, and this cool, rainy part of Scotland isn’t busy enough to keep a regular bookshop in business. But a travelling bookshop, visiting a scattering of villages and tourist haunts, can capture trade. Until its owner has difficulties and needs someone to take Read more...

Below the Fold
by R.G. Belsky
"New York politics gets in the way of solving a murder"
Posted October 3, 2019

Clare Carlson works in a TV newsroom. New York City is no stranger to sudden death on the streets, but when a homeless woman named Dora Gayle is found murdered, this is hardly considered newsworthy. In newspaper parlance, BELOW THE FOLD or on the lower half of the folded Read more...

The Book Woman Of Troublesome Creek
by Kim Michele Richardson
"My pick for novel of the year"
Posted September 19, 2019

Troublesome Creek, Kentucky, in the hardscrabble 1940s is the setting for this social history tale, an extraordinary accomplishment by Kim Michele Richardson. THE BOOK WOMAN OF TROUBLESOME CREEK is one of those admirable, determined ladies who rode a horse or Read more...

The Unforgettable Miss Baldwin
by Gail Ingis
"A New York reporter is determined to write on women's suffrage - whatever the cost"
Posted September 19, 2019

Allie Baldwin is the daughter of a newspaper magnate in New York, and we meet her as she attempts to report on a Womens’ Suffrage protest. The first book in the Gilded Age Heiresses series introduces us to Read more...

The Wonder of Now
by Jamie Beck
"What to expect of someone finding their way again"
Posted September 10, 2019

Peyton Prescott is obliged to go on a book tour with her publisher's publicist Mitch Mathis. Heads up to readers; the memoir details her journey through breast cancer treatment. Not yet a year out of chemo, Peyton has been given little chance to let go of her stress Read more...

Clare O'Beara


I am a tree surgeon and author, living in Ireland. I write science fiction, crime, romantic suspense and Young Adult books. I have qualified in ecology and journalism.

Formerly I have showjumped my own horses at national level. I have been a member of the Royal Dublin Society's Forestry And The Environment Committee.


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