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  • Book: A Quiet Death in Italy
  • Location: Bologna
  • Author: Tom Benjamin

"Bologna never seems to get a real look-in on the tourist trail around Italy. People travel through on the high speed..."

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  • Book: The Sideman
  • Location: Glasgow
  • Author: Caro Ramsay

"3.75* This is Book 10 in the Anderson and Costello series, firmly set around Glasgow and environs. Abigail and Malcolm Haggerty,..."

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  • Book: Dear Child
  • Location: Bavaria
  • Author: Romy Hausmann

"“This thriller starts where others end…” 13 years ago, 23 year old Lena Beck went missing. Now, in the present, a..."

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  • Book: Hamnet
  • Location: Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Author: Maggie O'Farrell

"The book opens with: In the 1580s a couple living in Henley Street, Stratford, had three children: Susanna, then Hamnett and..."

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  • Book: The Waiting Rooms
  • Location: South Africa, United Kingdom
  • Author: Eve Smith

"You might think this novel is set at some point in the future. Fiction set in a dystopian world. But it..."

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  • Book: It Happened in Tuscany
  • Location: Denver, Tuscany
  • Author: Gail Mencini

"I don’t know whether to begin this review with the compelling storyline, the authentic and engaging characters, or the amazing narrative..."

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  • Book: It Happened in Tuscany
  • Location: Denver, Tuscany
  • Author: Gail Mencini

"The book opens as a platoon, during WW2, is fighting for survival at Riva Ridge in the Apennines. Will Mills is..."

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  • Book: Venetian Gothic
  • Location: Venice
  • Author: Philip Gwynne Jones

"The chilling opening of ‘Venetian Gothic’ in a cemetery on the Day of the Dead sets the scene for the rest..."

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  • Book: Little
  • Location: Bern, London, Paris
  • Author: Edward Carey

"‘The wry, macabre, unforgettable tale of an ambitious orphan in Revolutionary Paris, befriended by royals and radicals alike, who transforms herself..."

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  • Book: Murder on the Downs
  • Location: Whitstable
  • Author: Julie Wassmer

"Read Julie Wassmer’s latest outing for private detective and restaurant owner Pearl Nolan, and you’ll conjure up an image of Kent’s..."

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