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Someday, Somewhere
  Eileen Ramsay
Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN 0 340 82572 3
Review by Jean Currie
 
Erskine's Box
  Kym Lloyd
Sceptre, 2003
ISBN 0 340 82429 8
Review by Christopher North
 
Pebbles, Debris
  Jim Dening
ISBN 1840979992 Arcade, Archive Editions, 7 Ashley House, The Broadway, Farnham Common Slough SL2 3P
Review by Christopher North
 
The Diarist’s Journal, Issue #1
  Hollie Rose (ed.)
Available from: Java Goddess Books PO Box 60, Middlefield CT 06455USA 48.95
Review by Christopher North
 
A Sixties Prodigy and Other Stories
  Peter G. Mackie
e-book prepared by Writers Online Services (www.woservices.com).
Review by Gwyneth Box
 
Staying Alive: Real Poems for Unreal Times
  Edited by Neil Astley
Northumberland: Bloodaxe, 2002 496pp, £10.95
Review by Deborah Tyler-Bennett
 
The Guests at the Gate
  Anthony Piccione
Rochester: BOA editions, 2002
72pp, $13.95
Review by Deborah Tyler-Bennett
 
Nothing I Touch Stands Still
  Jane Spiro
Crucible, 2002
ISBN 1-902735-04-5
Review by Christopher North
 
Crow Steered Bergs Appeared
  Lucas Myers
Procters Hall Press, 2001
Review by Christopher North
 
Translation of Racine's Phèdre
  Ted Hughes
Faber 1998
Review by Christopher North
 
The War Against Cliché
  Martin Amis
Vintage, 2001
Review by Christopher North
 
MacDiarmid's Disciple
  Henry Mair
Kilwinning: Westward, 2001
£6.95
ISBN 0-9540474-0-0
Review by Deborah Tyler-Bennett
 
The Blackbirder
  Dorothy B. Hughes
Duell, Sloan and Pearce. 1943
Reissued 2000 by Chivers Press (Black Dagger Crime)
ISBN 0 7540 8558 9
Review by Marian Hussenbux
  This review first appeared in the American Magazine I Love a Mystery.
A Tooting Idyll
  Val Warner
Carcanet, 1998
Review by Christopher North
 
Freezing
  Penelope Evans
Soho Press, 1998
ISBN 1-56947-196-7
Review by Marian Hussenbux
  This review first appeared in the American Magazine I Love a Mystery.
Close to me and Closer... (The Language of Heaven)
Désamère
  Alice Notley
'O' Books, San Francisco, 1995
Review by Christopher North
 
The Club of Queer Trades
  G.K. Chesterton
Wordsworth Classics
Iwordsworth Editions Limited
SBN: 1-85326-260-9
Review by Gwyneth Box
 
Ariel's Gift
  Erica Wagoner
Faber, 2000
Review by Christopher North
 
Burnt Diaries
  Emma Tennant
Canongate, 2000
paperback
Review by Christopher North
 
My Dark-Eyed Girl
  Wendy Robertson
Headline
ISBN 074 722 170 7
£17.99
Review by Jean Currie
 
The Waterlog, Autumn 2001
 
Published by Two Rivers Press
Supported by the National Lottery through the Arts Council of England
ISBN 1-901677-31-1
£10
Review by Gwyneth Box
 
Timon of Athens
  William Shakespeare
Arden, 1969
Review by Christopher North
 
Spanish Lessons
  Derek Lambert
Ebury Press, 2001
Review by Christopher North
 
Black Earth City
  Charlotte Hobson
Granta, 2001
Review by Christopher North
 
The Door Into Summer
  Robert A. Heinlein
Gollancz SF Collectors' Editions, 2000
£9.99
ISBN 0 57507 054 4
Review by Gwyneth Box
 
The Self-Made Woman
  Wendy Robertson
Severn House
£17.99
ISBN 0 7278 5408 9
Review by Jean Currie
 
The Angel Gateway
  Jane Adams
Macmillan,
£16.99
ISBN0 0 333 90169 X
Review by Jean Currie
 
Enemy Within
  Christiane Heggan
Mira Books (Harlequin),
£5.99
ISBN0 1 55166 577 8
Review by Jean Currie
 
Hunting Badger
  Tony Hillerman
Harper Collins - £5:99
ISBN 0 00 651496 0
Review by Jean Currie
 
Marrying the Mistress
  Joanna Trollope
Bloomsbury, £9.99
ISBN 0 7475 4936 2
Review by Jean Currie
 
The Bird in the Tree
  Elizabeth Goudge
Published Coronet Books, 256pp,
paperback, £5.99,
ISBN 0-340-02683-9
Review by Gwyneth Box
 
Daughter of Shame
  Gwen Madoc
Published by Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN 0 340 792779
Review by Jean Currie
 
The Apple Barrel
  Susan Sallis
Published by Transworld (Corgi)
ISBN 0 552 14747 8
Review by Jean Currie
 
Water Under the Bridge
  Susan Sallis
Published by Transworld (Bantam)
ISBN 0 593 03849 5
Review by Jean Currie
 
The Early McCloy
  Helen McCloy
Published by Gollancz Detection 1973,
ISBN 0 575 01675 2
Review by Marian Hussenbux
 
The Kitty Rainbow Trilogy
  Wendy Robertson
Published by Headline
Review by Jean Currie
 
The New Sonia Wayward
  Michael Innes
First published by Victor Gollancz 1960,
Published in Penguin 1964
Review by Marian Hussenbux
  This review first appeared in the Californian magazine I Love a Mystery
Night's Black Agents
  David Armstrong
Published by HarperCollins
ISBN 0 00647968 511 0
Review by Jean Currie
 
Dead Keen
  Denise Ryan
Published by Judy Piatkus, Aug. 3, 2000
paperback 357pp
ISBN 0 7499 3180 9
Review by Marian Hussenbux
 
Untouchable
  Mukh Raj Anand
ISBN 0-14-018395-7
Review by Dashini Ann Jeyathurai
 
Fasting, Feasting
  Anita Desai
ISBN: 0-099-28472-3
Review by Dashini Ann Jeyathurai
 
A Strange Desire
  K Mitchell
Published by Constable
ISBN 0 340 61340 811 0
(Published in US by St Martin's Press as Roots of Evil)
Review by Jean Currie
 
File Under Deceased
  Sarah Lacey
Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN 0 340 58874811 0
Review by Jean Currie
 
File Under Arson
  Sarah Lacey
Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN 0 340 60787 411 0
Review by Jean Currie
 
Let's Shout About It!
  Edited by Alan Carter
Published Q.Q. Press (COLLECTIONS),
86pp, paperback, £6.00
ISBN 1-903203-023
Review by Gwyneth Box
 
The Cat Who Knew Shakepeare
  Lilian Jackson Braun
Headline Book Publishing, 1989,
£16.99
Review by Marian Hussenbux
 
The Disaster
  John Summers
Published New English Libary 1970,
222pp, paperback
ISBN: 45000492 9
Review by Gwyneth Box
 
Sarum
  Edward Rutherfurd
Published Century Hutchinson Ltd,
897pp, hardback
ISBN: 0-7126-1447-8
Review by Gwyneth Box
 
A Small Town is a World
  David Kossof
Published Robson Books, 1979
188pp, hardback
ISBN: 0 86051 057 3
Review by Gwyneth Box
 

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