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Another thriller to keep you reading late at night!

Book Cover - Criminal Enterprise

I devoured Owen Laukkanen's debut novel The Professionals last year - it was one of those page turning thrillers that I love.

And you always wonder after such a strong debut, can the author repeat that success? I have to tell you, Laukkanen did - and actually, I think he did an even better job with this second novel - Criminal Enterprise.

Unique detective series

Peggy Blair introduced readers to Inspector Ricardo Ramirez of the Havana Major Crimes Unit last year with her first novel The Beggar's Opera. I loved it and so did a lot of other folks. It was the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize Reader's Choice Winner, the CBC Bookie Award Winner for Best Canadian Crime Novel and was shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger Award!

Needless to say, I was very eager to pick up the second book  - The Poisoned Pawn. Did it live up to the first? Absolutely - and more!

Silver Birch Fiction Review: The Grave Robber's Apprentice

Think creepy, crabby old grave diggers and then think tiny little baby.  How do these two come together?  You will have to read The Grave Robber's Apprentice to find out.  There is also a princess and an evil necromancer to keep things moving.  If that weren't enough to entice you to pick up this book, what about being lost from

Read local!

Book Cover Image - Astray - Emma Donoghue

My first Emma Donoghue book was The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits - a short story collection built on historical tidbits and facts that was released in 2002. I've enjoyed many more

Cozy "Christmas" mystery

Eleven Pipers Piping Book Cover ImageAha! I know what you're thinking - it's another Christmas book review. Well....yes and no.

The main character is Tom Christmas - a vicar in England - you could refer to him as Father Christmas. The book is set during the winter. And the title - well, the first book in this series was titled Twelve Drummers Drumming.  And if you're looking for a great book for the reader on your Christmas list this year, Eleven Pipers Piping would be a really good choice.

WWII mystery

Beware This Boy book cover image

I know Maureen Jennings's name. I know she's Canadian. I know she's an award winning author. I know that the television series The Murdoch Mysteries is based on her best selling historical detective series. (I've watched every episode - and season six starts in January '13.) But, I have never physically read a book by Jennings.....until now....and I wish I had done so sooner!

Bloody Justice

Book CoverThe most sensational murder trial in Canada happened in London and it focused on a biker gang called The Bandidos. Anita Arvast spent a year in our city following the trial and on Thursday November 8th, she is returning to tell her story.

Heartbreakingly good

I knew The Deception of Livvy Higgs was going to break my heart from the opening chapter. Canadian author Donna Morrissey has done it to me before - her prize winning first novel Kit's Law, is a favourite of mine.

Livvy Higgs is an eighty year old woman living alone in Halifax. Livvy is growing tired, she seems to be losing track of time and can't keep up with her day to day chores. As a winter storm batters the city, Livvy lies down just to rest a bit. But Livvy is more than just tired - in fact she is having a series of mini heart attacks. And as she drifts in and out of consciousness, she dreams....