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Review of Listed Dead by Jan Edwards

A compelling story of murder set in war-time Sussex In this, the third instalment in the Bunch Courtney Investigates series, Bunch becomes an consulting detective with the local constabulary for the first time, and gets to work in an official capacity with the tantalising Inspector Wright, who has some mysterious work of his own to […]

Review of The Daughters of Men by Carole McDonnell

The Daughters of Men by Carole McDonnell My rating: 5 of 5 stars I enjoyed this book very much and look forward to reading the sequel. It has a haunting quality that stayed with me after I finished, and I became attached to several of the main characters, who are complex and fascinating. The story […]

Goodreads giveaway begins!

The Goodreads giveaway for the paperback edition of Children of the Shaman starts today. Enter the giveaway to win one of three paperback editions of my first novel in the new version published by Kristell Ink. Goodreads Book Giveaway Children of the Shaman by Jessica Rydill Giveaway ends June 21, 2017. See the giveaway details […]

Review of The Flood Dragon’s Sacrifice by Sarah Ash

The Flood Dragon’s Sacrifice by Sarah Ash My rating: 5 of 5 stars I loved this book. Set in mediaeval Japan, it tells the story of rival clans whose blood feud has endured for many years, and the fate of their sons and daughters who have to choose between family loyalty with its rigid burdens […]

The Book Smugglers: Stash and News

Hello everyone and HAPPY SUNDAY! I mean, as happy as anyone who is currently living in the UK can be. I guess. Yes, I am still in shock over the Brexit referendum. But let’s get down to business and talk books because that will make me feel soooo much better. This Week on The Book… via […]

Review of Spark and Carousel by Joanne Hall

  This is the first in an occasional review series that I’ll be posting on this blog. A shorter version of this review has appeared on Goodreads and my other blog, Living in the Maniototo. I really enjoyed this book. It’s very different to a lot of fantasy I’ve read, and refreshingly so. It has […]

Michael Patrick Hicks reviews Kristin Dearborn

Review: Kristin Dearborn first came to my attention earlier this year with the DarkFuse release, Woman In White. I liked that one well enough, but noted in my review that, “I could have gone for some deeper character explorations…and I could have used way more of the supernatural aspect.” Apparently, Stolen Away was the Dearborn […] […]

Malarat reviewed at Black Gate

I am delighted that Malarat has received a review from Donald Crankshaw at Black Gate, as part of his series on self-published fantasy. Malarat is the third book in my Mir: shamanworld series, and the first to be self-published. Short extract from the review: Malarat’s cover says that it’s a “Novel of Love Beyond Death,” […]