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I know, I know, my break isn't quite over, but this episode is one I recorded at the end of last as a guest on Once Upon a Nightmare, it's book-related as we are talking about the first adaptation of Stephen King's 1980 novel, Firestarter, starring Drew Barrymore, David Keith, Martin Sheen and George C Scott.

So, what did we think? Did it do the novel justice?

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The Bookshop: Firestarter

This week is a little bit different as I had the opportunity to talk to Stacy Gold, author of contemporary, steamy romances about her latest novel, Wild at Heart. We chatted about her twist on the traditional when it comes to female and male protagonist roles, her writing inspirations, and the extreme outdoor sports she will never try! So check it out.

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Wild at Heart

Please note this is a HORROR novel and though we don't go into graphic detail it's likely not one to listen to with anyone of a sensitive disposition.

Welcome to part two of my Misery special. I am joined, again, by Lorraine from American Murder Stories and Once Upon a Nightmare to talk about the 1990 film Misery based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. This is the film that won Kathy Bates an Oscar. So, did we like it? Did we find the differences between the book and film were too much or did they make the film better? Join us to find out.

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Misery (book)

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American Murder Stories

Once Upon a Nightmare

Please note this is a HORROR novel and though we don't go into graphic detail it's likely not one to listen to with anyone of a sensitive disposition.

Misery is probably best known for the hobbling scene, gifs have been made of it - but just how accurate is that movie scene? Today I am joined by Lorraine, a friend and fellow podcaster (Once Upon a Nightmare and American Murder Stories) to talk about the 1987 book that spawned a film about stalkers and obsessed fans. What did we think? How did I convince Lorraine to join me to talk about a book? All of this is answered today.

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Once Upon a Nightmare

American Murder Stories

This week I am talking about the first George Smiley novel by John Le Carré, Call for the Dead with a special guest, Shane from What's Shakin' with Shaner. Though the topic is the first novel by this incredibly talented thriller writer, we also right the world as we talk about everything from Sherlock Holmes to the MCU.

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Chris Evans Season

The Thursday Murder Club

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What's Shakin' With Shaner

The Game is Afoot

Livestream for the Cure

Elektra, not the best known of the victims of the Trojan War, but she is the title character in the latest novel by author Jennifer Saint. Find out how she fares in this mythological tale told from a female perspective. And then find out what I thought of it. As always, 100% spoiler-free so you can go from this to the novel without any fear that I am going to tell you the twists and turns that get you from the start to the end.

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Ariadne

And don't forget that from 19-21 May Livestream for the Cure is taking place. you can show your support on the website.

Belle Nash and the Bath Soufflé is the first novel in The Gay Street Chronicles by new author William Keeling. Based in Regency Bath, it's a gentle cosy mystery that combines a sunken souffle into a tale of death, kidnapping and corruption at the heart of Bath politics. I was sent this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review, and that's exactly what you're going to find when you click play.

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Agatha Raisin: There Goes the Bride

Bombshell

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Eight Perfect Hours is a contemporary romance written by Hertfordshire based author Lia Louis. It was released in June 2021 and uses one of my favourite tropes ever, soulmates. Join me this week with my friend Debi, as we talk about this novel, as someone who isn't a fan of the genre, will I sway her to my way of thinking?

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Cursed Luck by Kelley Armstrong

Hook, Line, and Sinker by Tessa Bailey

Someone I used to know by Paige Toon

Paradise was released in 1994, it made the Booker Shortlist and then for some reason my county library had just one copy available county-wide. Since then, Gurnah has written 6 more books and in 2021 won the Nobel Prize for Literature. So, did I like this work that is said to define his talent?

Paradise follows the story of Yusuf from boy to man, in a country on the brink of political and cultural change. It's very different to other books I have reviewed, but I promise, it's worth it.

There Goes the Bride is the 20th book in the Agatha Raisin series by author MC Beaton. What do you get when a determined private detective attends her ex-husband's wedding to a younger, prettier and wealthier woman? Well, in Agatha Raisin's case, you get murder! In this review, I take a look at the book released in 2009 and the subsequent TV episodes produced in 2021. Which did I prefer? Which handled the story better? Listen to find out.

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Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death

The Thursday Murder Club

Murder at the Vicarage

Death in Paradise

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