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Stuck in TV limbo while waiting for the new season of your favourite show? Or, even worse, has the series finale come and gone and now you're at a loss? Never fear! We've got your next read all sorted – based on your favourite TV show!

9780141037448Love Downton Abbey? Try Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford.
“Love indeed - whoever invented love ought to be shot.”
Love in a Cold Climate is filled with drama, glittering wit, and a cast of wonderfully eccentric characters. Be transported back to 1930s Britain, where the aristocratic Montdore family is stubbornly self-assured of their own superiority, and are in for the shock of their lives.

rsz_9781743317884Love Better Call Saul? Try The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly
“You're a sleazy defense lawyer with two ex-wifes and an eight-year-old daughter and we all love you.”
Mickey Haller is a lawyer who doesn't waste time worrying if his clients are innocent or guilty. For him, the law is a matter of manipulation and negotiation, and he's not too picky where the paycheck is coming from. The Lincoln Lawyer is impossible to put down, with a cast of likeable characters and a gripping thrill-ride of a plot.

revolutionary-roadLove Mad Men? Try Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
"Everything is selling. Nothing happens in this world, nothing comes into this world, until somebody makes a sale."
Set in the American 'Golden Age' of 1955, Revolutionary Road follows the pursuits of a glamorous young couple who move to suburbia with their young children, and assume that greatness is just around the corner. Just like Mad Men, be prepared for characters who enjoy love affairs, whiskey drinking, cigarette smoking, and fast talking.

9780552772761Love The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt? Try Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella
"Jeez Louise. I know why rich people are so thin: it's from trekking around their humongous houses the whole time."
Have you ever wished you would suddenly wake up one day and your whole life will have sorted itself out? That's what happened to Lexi: one minute, she's 25 and struggling through life and love, the next minute, she's waking up in a hospital bed, three years later, to find out she's got her dream job and is married to a millionaire! In between watching her trying to navigate her new life and being bombarded with revelations of the events of the past three years, we get treated to hilarious gems like watching her devastation at the break-up of Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, and her excitement at a new Harry Potter novel. This novel is funny, warm, and uplifting.

Reviewsday: The Spy Who Came In From The Cold

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John Le Carre's third novel, and the one which first put his name onto the lips of literary circles, is a cold, grey spy thriller which has well-earned its place on the 'classics' shelf. Set during the Cold War, in a world before the assassination of JFK and the fall of the Berlin Wall, British Agent Alec Leamas has just watched the last surviving agent under his command be shot on his doorstep.

Recalled to London, Leamas is anticipating retirement, and is surprised to learn that Command has a different idea entirely: revenge. Leamas is given the opportunity to go undercover and bring down the man behind these killings, the ruthless and elusive Mundt, the Head of East German Intelligence. Here ensues a long con, as Leamas throws himself in deep cover, and commits to the role of a burnt out, alcoholic, disgraced former Agent. But will the Germans take the bait?

The Spy Who Came In From The Cold thrusts the reader into a world of suspense, intrigue, romance, and cold-blooded deception. With devastating plot twists and a cold, hard heart, this is spy drama at its greatest.

QBD Reviews: The Unquiet by John Connolly

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This novel was my first dipped-toe into the world of John Connolly, and it has convinced me to dive right on in. Even if the water is a little chilly...

Private Detective Charlie Parker has taken on the case of Rebecca Clay, a single mother with a stalker, a sinister man demanding answers regarding her father. Once-respected psychiatrist Daniel Clay has been missing for years, after suspicions came to light that he was involved in the continuing abuse and harm of children under his care. Merrick, the stalker, has reason to believe Daniel was involved in his own daughter's disappearance.

This book is a chilling game of cat-and-mouse, as Detective Parker discovers that this hunt for revenge is fed by darker forces, working behind the scenes to ensure their own form of justice. A perfect blend of crime thriller and horror, this novel kept me on the edge of my seat right up to the final page. With a labyrinth of shocks and twists to hook every reader, Connolly is a force to be reckoned with.

Reviewsday: Watching You by Michael Robotham

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Marnie Logan is a woman in trouble; a single mum with two children, a husband who has disappeared and left her indebted to the wrong people, and the constant feeling of being watched, followed. Feeling angry and abandoned, she turns to psychologist Joe O'Loughlin for help.

One day, Marnie discovers a book prepared by her husband Daniel for her upcoming birthday, with photos and interviews with past friends and family. While Marnie is ecstatic at finding hard proof that her husband did love her, she is unprepared for what Daniel discovered while contacting the people from her past. Anyone who ever became close with Marnie has paid a harsh price. And it appears Daniel finally caught up with this fate. Suddenly, that shadow out the corner of her eye, that tingling feeling of being watched, seems a lot more sinister and deadly.

This is the kind of novel you want to talk about with friends, and can't wait for them to finish so you can compare notes. As it is, I'm finding it hard to write this without giving anything away! Prepare yourself for a rollercoaster ride, with enough plot twists to keep you guessing right up to the end. Who has been secretly killing, threatening, and destroying lives for Marnie? And why?

Reviewsday: JFK: The Smoking Gun by Colin McLaren

blog_jfkBefore I start telling you about JFK: The Smoking Gun, it's important to talk about the author. Colin McLaren is a former police detective sergeant and task force leader, who spent four years researching the JFK cold case. He gained access to, and thoroughly analysed, the full 27 volumes of the Warren Commission Report, the transcripts of the House Select Committee on Assassinations, and the records of the Assassination Records Review Board, combined with the pioneering ballistics work of American firearms expert Howard Donohue. In short, all the official documents ever made available regarding the death of JFK.

Before reading this book, I knew very little of the death of JFK. I knew the killer was said to be Lee Harvey Oswald, but most people believed something about a grassy knoll..? I had no idea. I also like to believe myself to be an intelligent human being, with little compulsion to be swept up in conspiracy theories. As such, I decided to take whatever conclusions this book presented with a grain of salt, and not get too carried away. But McLaren paints a pretty convincing picture of that day in Dallas.

While at times the book can get bogged down in witness testimonies (if I read the words “three shots, two of them really close together” one more time, I might lose my mind), this book is incredibly eye-opening. The evidence presented leaves little room for doubt. While I still have questions about certain aspects presented, the overall theory has cemented itself in my mind. I truly believe McLaren has uncovered to truth as to who killed President John F Kennedy, and has presented his findings in a convincing, hard-hitting book that is a must-read for any true crime fans.