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Review; I Flew for the Führer by Heinz Knoke

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Ages ago, I recieved a digital press copy of the book I Flew for the Führer by Heinz Knoke through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review. Description from Goodreads Heinz Knoke was one of Nazi Germany’s outstanding pilots, and this dramatic record of his experiences, illustrated with personal photos, has become a classic among aviation memoirs. He joined the Luftwaffe at the outbreak of the war, rose to the rank of commanding officer, and received the Knight’s Cross. Knoke’s account crackles with vivid accounts of air battles; and captures his utter desolation at Germany’s defeat. My Thoughts on the Book Although I am no fan of nazism to say it the least, I Flew for the Führer was still a fascinating read considering that it was informative about how it was to be a pilot on that side of the war. While reading, I also noticed a few familiar lines, so I suspect the documentary series Nazi Megastructures used this book as inspiration in one of their ep

Review; Bag of Bones - Book Three of Low Country Dog Walker Mystery series by Jackie Layton

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the cosy mystery novel Bag of Bones - Book Three of Low Country Dog Walker Mystery series by Jackie Layton through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards, but I haven't published my review until now. Description from Goodreads Does one good turn deserve a murder? Despite all her good intentions to focus on a healthy lifestyle and leave crime solving to the professionals, Andi Grace Scott has run right smack into another investigation--literally. Who'd have thought caring for stray cats and a healthy morning beach run could lead to murder? Andi Grace has found another body and a young woman who needs help. Solving this puzzle will come with a cost. This time, catching the killer will require Andi Grace to confront her past relationships and truths about her deceased mother. My Thoughts on the Book Bag of Bones is one of those books with likeable characters, fun character dynamics and a few cute dogs. It's a well crafted

Top Five Wednesday; Haunted House Horror Novels Written By Female Authors

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It's Wednesday and perhaps time for a new Top Five Wednesday post, courtesy of the Goodreads group with the same name. The theme of the week was favourite tropes, so I decided narrowing it down to the haunted house trope often found in horror novels, but focusing on books written by female authors. Here's my picks. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill Description from Goodreads Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor in London, is summoned to Crythin Gifford to attend the funeral of Mrs Alice Drablow, and to sort through her papers before returning to London. It is here that Kipps first sees the woman in black and begins to gain an impression of the mystery surrounding her. From the funeral he travels to Eel Marsh House and sees the woman again; he also hears the terrifying sounds on the marsh. Despite Kipps’s experiences he resolves to spend the night at the house and fulfil his professional duty. It is this night at Eel Marsh House that contains the greatest horror for Kipps. Kipps lat

Top Ten Tuesday; Crime, Mystery and Thriller Novels With Nature On Cover

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It's Tuesday and time for a new Top Ten Tuesday post, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl . The theme of the week was books with nature on cover and I decided narrowing it down by focusing on crime, mystery and thriller novels. Here's my picks. Why Did You Lie? by Yrsa Sigurdardottir The Boy in the Headlights by Samuel Bjørk I Will Miss You Tomorrow by Heine Bakkeid The Girl Without Skin by Mads Peder Nordbo Tracking Game by Margaret Mizushima The Body in the Mist by Nick Louth Coffin Road by Peter May The Nidderdale Murders by J. R. Ellis Dead Wicked by Helen H. Durrant The Marsh King's Daughter by Karen Dionne

Omtale; Den gylne tigeren by Hanne Eik

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I fjor var jeg såpass heldig at jeg mottok et leseeksemplar av romanen Den gylne tigeren by Hanne Eik fra forlaget. Nå har jeg lest boka og i dag kommer omtalen. Beskrivelse fra forlaget Eksotisk underholdningsroman om å møte det man frykter. Singapore, 2014. I lang tid har Julie strevd for å holde fasaden, men ryktene om ektemannens sidesprang sprer seg stadig i omgangskretsen, og til slutt klarer hun ikke finne mening i alt som skjer. Hun blir reddet – av den minst sannsynlige redningsmann – og havner så langt unna sin vante verden hun kunne komme. Hvordan skal hun klare å finne tilbake til den hun er, i en dampende jungel full av truende dyr og ukjente mennesker? Den gylne tigeren er en bok om å finne sin plass i en verden man ikke forstår. Om rikdommen i ulike kulturer og om magien i det mellommenneskelige. Det er en bok om kjærlighet. Og ikke minst: om en gyllen tiger. Mine tanker om boka Den gyldne tigeren er en hjertevarmende og tankevekkende bok om relasjoner, kul

#SixForSunday; Pastel Coloured Covers

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It's Sunday and time for a new #SixForSunday post, courtesy of  A Little But A Lot and the theme of the week was pastel coloured covers. Here's my picks. My Life in Transition: A Super Late Bloomer Collection by Julia Kaye The Saffron Trail by Rosanna Ley The Little Bookshop of Love Stories by Jaimie Admans A Pair of Silver Wings by James Holland Wed, Read & Dead by V. M. Burns Booked for Death by Victoria Gilbert

Review; Hope, Faith, and a Corpse: A Faith Chapel Mystery by Laura Jensen Walker

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the cosy mystery Hope, Faith, and a Corpse: A Faith Chapel Mystery by Laura Jensen Walker through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review. Description from Goodreads In the tradition of M. C. Beaton, Hope Taylor, pastor of a small-town California church, tries to find out who sent a church elder to Heaven. Hope Taylor arrives in Apple Springs to start her new life as the first female pastor of Faith Chapel Episcopal Church. The northern California town's quaint cottages, bungalows, and shops promise a fresh start for the 42-year-old widow and Bogie, her scruffy black Labrador. But where is Father Christopher? The kindly old rector who hired Pastor Hope was supposed to meet her upon her arrival, but he's nowhere to be seen. Hope's faith springs eternal, so she explores the little white church hoping to find Father Christopher. But when she enters the columbarium, she instead finds church

Let's Talk Bookish; What Makes You Continue Picking Up YA/Middle Grade?

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It's Friday and time for a new Let's Talk Bookish, courtesy of  Eternity Books and Literary Lion . The theme/questions of the week was " What makes you countinue picking up YA/middle grade? Or why don't you? ". I'm not going to deny that I sometimes pick up YA and middle grade books from time to time. Some YA and middle grade books are actually very well written and they occasionally deal with various topics in a different manner than "regular adult" books, which makes it a bit more interesting. It's not like I want to limit myself to only read adult books just because I'm in my early thirties. Also, YA and middle grade books can be a bit refreshing after reading some really heavy books and I want something that's a bit lighter (although some YA and middle grade can be really dark too, don't get me wrong here). If I didn't read YA and middle grade books, I would have missed out on books such as Small Spaces by Katherine Arden, B

Book Tag; The Quarantine Book Tag

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I came across The Quarantine Book Tag over at  Sav's Review  and created by  Words About Words and I decided to play along. Rules: Pingback to, @ WordsAboutWords , so they can see all your answers. Tag the person you found this from. Don’t stress and have fun! (& also stay safe!) The Questions: 1. Favorite reading spot at home? My couch 2. An unread book in your physical TBR? Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara 3. A book you’ve actually read from your physical TBR pile? Bannockburn 1314 by Lynette Nusbacher 4. Next book release you’re hyped for? Brothers in Arms by James Holland 5. Favorite bookish world to escape to? Narnia 6. A bookish world you would NOT want to visit? Westeros 7. Favorite author to follow on Twitter? Bryce Gibson 8. A bookish craft you’d like to try? DIY Book Page Vintage Botanical Prints 9. Something you’d like to practice/get better at? I'd love to practice my flute more. 10. How many times has your reading been interrupted by a famil

Review; Peachy Scream (Georgia B&B #2) by Anna Gerard

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC for the cosy mystery Peachy Scream (Georgia B&B #2) by Anna Gerard through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review. Description from Goodreads To die or not to die? Georgia B&B proprietor Nina Fleet struts and frets to bring the curtain down on a Shakespearean actor's killer. It's nothing short of inevitable that Cymbeline, GA, hosts an annual Shakespeare festival. But stage-struck Nina Fleet is about to learn that putting on an amateur theatrical production can be murder. Nina's anticipating showbiz glamour and glitz when a community Shakespearean troupe arrives for a two-week stay at her B&B. But the lights dim when she learns the company's director is her nemesis, struggling actor Harry Westcott--who still claims to be the rightful heir to Nina's elegant Queen Anne home. Meanwhile, the troupe members are not content to leave the drama upon the stage. Accusati

Top Ten Tuesday; My Ten Most Recent Reads

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It's Tuesday and time for a new Top Ten Tuesday post, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl . The theme of the week was simple enough as it's my ten most recent reads.  Here's my most recent reads. Filipino Ghost Stories by Alex G. Paman Harkworth Hall by L. S. Johnson Bookishness: Loving Books in a Digital Age by Jessica Pressman Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden The Dead Don't Drink at Lafitte's by Seana Kelly Murder on the Moorland by Helen Cox Death Awaits in Durham by Helen Cox Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake Death in D Minor by Alexia Gordon

Mailbox Monday; May 3rd 2021

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It's Monday and time for a new Mailbox Monday post, courtesy of the blog with the same name . Here's some of the books I've recieved in the mail recently. The Halloween Store and Other Tales of All Hallows' Eve by Ronald Kelly The Monster Mash by Angie Fox Wench by Maxine Kaplan Heathcliff's Tale by Emma Tennant Confessions of a Curious Bookseller by Elizabeth Green Little One by Sarah A. Denzil Bookishness: Loving Books in a Digital Age by Jessica Pressman Murder by the Minster by Helen Cox Murder on the Moorland by Helen Cox Death Awaits in Durham by Helen Cox Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston

Smakebit på Søndag; Beyond the Tracks av Michael Reit

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Det er på tide med en ny Smakebit på Søndag, som Betraktninger og Flukten fra virkeligheten har ansvaret for. Boka jeg vil ta for meg i dag er den historiske romanen Beyond the Tracks av Michael Reit, som forteller om Jacob Kagan, familien hans og bestevennen, og de alle bor i Berlin rett før andre verdenskrig. Da flere og flere jøder forsvinner under nattlige raid, vet de at de må komme seg vekk før de selv sitter i en lastebil på grunn av de nattlige raidene. Smakebiten jeg skal ta for meg er fra togstasjonen i Berlin, da Jacob og bestevenne, samt familiene deres skal flykte fra Tyskland. “Halt! Stop that man!” one of them shouted through the crowded hall. But most of the people in the station were Jewish and not about to help the SS. The young man was now close to the exit, and though the SS men were gaining on him, it became clear they wouldn’t catch him before he reached the doorway.  One of them stopped and drew his pistol. His compatriot turned and quickly moved out of the wa

Review; Night Shift (A Helping Hands Mystery #2) by Annelise Ryan

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Last year I recieved an ARC of the cosy mystery Night Shift (A Helping Hands Mystery #2) by Annelise Ryan through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review. Description from Goodreads When social worker Hildy Schneider commits to an after-hours side job, she finds herself drawn into the darker side of small-town Sorenson, Wisconsin—and the twisted mind of an unnamed killer . . . Strange things have been happening since Hildy started moonlighting with local police, but a desperate late-night call involving a former patient from Sorenson General Hospital tops the list. Although Danny Hildebrand has been tormented by hallucinations for years, he swears he’s being haunted for real by the victim of a grisly murder . . . The rambling ghost story seems like another delusion. But after a body turns up in a neglected farmhouse crawling with secrets, Hildy and the magnetic Detective Bob Richmond rush to explain Danny’s knowledge of the incident. As the cr