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Packshot of The Root of all Evil: Commissario Balistreri Trilogy (Book 2)

The Root of all Evil: Commissario Balistreri Trilogy (Book 2)

Roberto Constantini

Translated from Italian, this is the second in the Commissario Balisteri trilogy, weighing in at 675+ pages. It falls into two parts - Balisteri's teenage life ...

Reviewed by Hilary White - Montrose

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Florence Seyvos

A beautifully illustrated children’s book written by a well known French writer. A young tortoise moves into a house with her tortoise boyfriend, who ...

Reviewed by Carole Fitzgeorge - les plans

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The UnAmericans

Molly Antopol

This collection of short stories is vivid and engrossing. Molly Antopol lives in San Francisco and Tel Aviv and the people in her stories are Jewish, ...

Reviewed by Dorothy Anderson - Wickhambrook

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Midnight in Europe

Alan Furst

Alan Furst takes us to Paris in 1938 - it is a tense time politically and war has already started in Spain where Franco's Nationalists are locked in civil war ...

Reviewed by Graham Newby - Nuneaton

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The Vatican Cellars

André Gide

The Pope has been imprisoned in the cellars under the Vatican, an imposer has been put in his place so that no one realises he is missing. Vatican Cellars is a ...

Reviewed by Emma-Dawn Farr - Bedfordshire

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The Living

Léan Cullinan

Cate is daughter, niece and employee of ardent Republicans in contemporary Ireland. She has no issue with dating an Englishman she meets at her local choir but ...

Reviewed by Clare Donaldson - Peebles

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The Dress Thief

Natalie Meg Evans

The period and setting of this novel really appealed to me and it does give a fascinating insight into the world of haute couture in Paris in the late 1930s. I ...

Reviewed by Berwyn Peet - Llangadog

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Losing Touch

Sandra Hunter

Arjun has brought his family to West London from India in search of a better life, only to realise, as they adjust to their surroundings, he has become ...

Reviewed by Dorothy Flaxman - Bude,Cornwall

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