The Dog-walking Club

Every dog walk brings new drama into the lives of these dogs and their people. A supermarket shelf-stacker, a stay-at-home dad, an elderly widow and a freelance photographer sound an unlikely bunch of friends but they have one thing in common: they all walk their dogs in Beauville Park at roughly the same time each morning.

And that’s enough for Angela, bored organiser without a cause, to get them together to form the Dog-walking Club.For Jock the Scottie, Benji the spaniel, Pixie the boxer, Mitzi the poodle and Bassett the … all sorts, walking each day with their friends is a dream come true. And it changes the lives of widowed Sybil who’s spent a lifetime hiding her secret sorrow, hopeless-with-women Jon who’s wandering almost unwittingly into an affair, freelance photographer Jemma who is at every wedding but her own, and Maggi who is frantically trying to save money to visit her family in Australia.

And for long-suffering Angela a nasty shock turns into a new start in disguise for her and her husband – and their love life.

 

 My review

This is a really delightful book: it’s uplifting, moving and friendly. That may sound an odd adjective to use but it is. It exudes such a sense of comradeship, loyalty and caring for others that it really warms the cockles of your heart! There’s humour, some suspense, things to think about and a wonderful story to enjoy within the pages.

We meet a wide variety of characters, both human and canine, in the book. Each is unique with their strengths and weaknesses, and all have something to contribute although that’s not always recognised by those around them.

This somewhat unlikely group are organised into a dog-walking club by Angela, who is the key person I think, although they become such a tight-knit team that they’re all indispensable. We really get to know each person well and we’re willing them on to get to grips with the assorted issues that face them and grab life with both hands.

Reading this novel is as therapeutic as going for a nice long walk with a dog!

 

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UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dog-walking-Club-Liz-Hinds/dp/1729286054

US – https://www.amazon.com/Dog-walking-Club-Liz-Hinds/dp/1729286054

 

Author Bio –

I’m a golden-retriever-loving granny, who enjoys walking by the sea or in the woods, who eats too much chocolate and gets over-excited when the Welsh team plays rugby.

 

Writing-wise, I am an experienced freelance writer – published in The Guardian, Christian Herald and various other magazines and newspapers – with an MA in Creative Writing (Trinity College, University of Wales). My short stories have been published in Cambrensis (the now sadly-defunct short story magazine of Wales) as well as in several anthologies including Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe (Parthian) and Catwomen from Hell (Honno). I am also the author of several non-fiction books published by Hodder & Stoughton, Scripture Union and Kevin Mayhew.

 

I have self-published two novels, This Time Last Year, and The Dog-walking Club.

 

I enjoy speaking about my writing to various gatherings and the media, and am an active blogger, facebooker and tweeter.

 

My everyday blog: www.liz-and-harvey.blogspot.com

 

My writing blog: http://notanotherwannabewriter.blogspot.com/

 

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Synopsis

They say every dog has his day.

Well, today I’ve certainly had mine.

Hey, I’m Albertus Eagle and it turns out I’m an unwitting pet detective. I haven’t always been such a successful legal beagle, but when I’m confronted with a case that is so personal I can’t ignore it, I discover I have a passion for finding those who don’t want to be found.

Cleo the cat. Well, she came along for the ride too.

So, sure I’ve had my day today, but not in the sense of being past my prime. To the contrary, the fun is just starting. And I am buzzing with a new purpose, mixed with a tiny amount of vindictive elation.

Why?

Because, I’ve not only found myself a new home after the untimely demise of my previous owner, but I’ve also made amends with the cat. It turns out she’s not that bad, really.

On top of that though, and this is what really sends shivers racing all the way down my spine to my paws, is that we’ve fingered a killer.

How?

Because you humans, you underestimate us animals. And while you go about your business ignoring our very existence, the cat and I are listening and taking notes.

This is the first full length novel in the Albertus Eagle detective beagle series of animal cozy mysteries, starring Albertus Eagle, and his two sidekicks, Cleo the cat and Bella Schuhmann, the smart human who actually understands him. In this wonderful full length book packed with humour and satire, we see the world of murder and intrigue set up through the eyes of a loyal dog turned amateur sleuth.

 

My review

Well, this is certainly a book with a difference! It’s a lively cosy mystery with a dog as the sleuth. In the cosy genre, there’s generally a dog or other pet animal in the mix somewhere, but they don’t often take centre stage. Albertus, or Albie for short, is our hero.

We generally associate talking animals with children’s literature or films, but when done well, as in this book, such characters are successful when aimed at an adult audience. There’s a tongue in cheek tone, but also some very sharp, to-the-point observations about our less-than-perfect human ways. Our canine companions don’t miss much, it seems.

They may have four paws, in most cases, but the characters we meet are rounded and convincing and with very distinct personalities. They’re a talented bunch too. Cleo the cat and Albie make for a formidable crime-fighting team. The plot is clever and interesting, and will keep you guessing to the end.

If you like a lively read from a whole new perspective, then this book will brighten your day. It certainly did mine!

 

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Author Bio – Chloe Grace is the cozy mystery pen name for romantic mystery author, Karen Botha. While she doesn’t understand animals quite as well as Bella in the Albertus Eagle Detective Beagle cozy mysteries, she does chat along to her rescue dog, Shadow, pretty much all day.

And she’s sure that he chats back.

Chloe lives with Shadow and her hubby in a small outpost of London city—funnily enough it’s a little like where Bella and Albie live. As a family they like to go on walks in the local woods and throw a tennis ball until their respective arms ache, which is usually before Shadow shows any hint of exhaustion.

While her first romance novels were inspired by true life events, the Albertus Eagle series are complete imagination – although her conversations with Shadow can’t be ignored.

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Synopsis

In 2020 the United Kingdom elects its own Donald Trump.

Bob Grant, former football hooligan, now the charismatic leader of the Britain’s Great party, has swept to power on a populist tide. With his itchy finger hovering over the nuclear trigger, Bob presides over a brave new Britain where armed drones fill the skies, ex-bankers and foreigners are vilified, and the Millwall football chant ‘No one likes us, we don’t care’ has become an unofficial national anthem.

Meanwhile, Bob’s under-achieving, Guardian-reading brother Zack gets a tap on the shoulder from a shady Whitehall mandarin. A daring plot is afoot to defy the will of the people and unseat the increasingly unstable PM. Can Zack stop his brother before he launches a nuclear strike on Belgium? And just what is ACERBIC, Britain’s most closely-guarded military secret?

A darkly comic political thriller, Time of Lies is also a terrifyingly believable portrait of an alternative Britain. It couldn’t happen here… could it?

 

My review

A Time of Lies makes for a very timely read as the Brexit insanity endures. It’s clever political satire, and, given recent events in the UK, seems all too worryingly possible.

You need to keep your wits about you reading the book. The author has us jumping around between different narrators, which makes for extra exciting and lively reading. We step alternately into the shoes of our good guy, our bad guy and an impartial narrator. This means we get different perspectives on the various and increasingly frantic and extreme events.

There’s lot of wry humour, sharp observation and some gentle and well-deserved savagery. The pace is lively to the point of rollicking and it’s a very entertaining and enticing read.

 

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Author Bio

Douglas Board is the author of the campus satire MBA (Lightning Books, 2015), which asked why so much of the business world is Managed By Arseholes. Time of Lies, his second novel, is a timely exploration of the collapse of democracy.

Born in Hong Kong, he has degrees from Cambridge and Harvard and worked for the UK Treasury and then as a headhunter. He has also had a distinguished career in public life, serving as treasurer of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund and chairing the British Refugee Council.

As well as writing fiction, he is the author of two applied research books on leadership, which was the subject of his doctorate. He is currently a senior visiting fellow at the Cass Business School in London. He and his wife Tricia Sibbons live in London and Johannesburg.

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Synopsis

Mina Scarletti is invited to ancient Hollow House to investigate reports of ghostly occurrences.

A determined sceptic, Mina’s main concern is for Kitty, whose health appears to be dramatically sinking under the strain of all that is going on.

With the help of her trusted adviser, Dr Hamid, and her lively friend, Nell, Mina must get to the heart of the mystery.

Have the maids merely been frightening themselves with tales of the macabre? Is there a rational explanation for what is being reported?

Or will Mina be forced to admit to the presence of a ghost in Hollow House?

 

My review

This book is part of the Mina Scarletti Mystery Series, one that I wish I’d discovered earlier since this novel is absolutely delightful. It works as a standalone but I’ve no doubt there will be added richness if you follow the series from the start.

The book is set in the Victorian era and that’s obvious at once from the clever use of language. Both the way the characters speak and the author’s own narrative reflect this, but never overdo it! An air of genteelness comes over well, and there’s also a hint of frustration on the part of the female characters who are rather constrained by their times. Our heroine Mina is also constrained physically by her scoliosis, but, as with the social mores of the time, this doesn’t affect her sharp mind and intelligence.

Kitty, a friend of a friend of Mina’s, has recently married and gone to live in Hollow House with her new, much older husband Mr Honeyacre. However, there are strange goings-on and whilst Kitty is largely sceptical, her servants are becoming worked up over the presence of ghosts. Mina has a track record in routing out fake spiritual mediums, and so she’s the ideal person to visit and work out what’s actually happening.

And she does, and it’s all thoroughly entertaining! Mina is also a novelist writing under the male pseudonym of Robert Neil, so we get to see not only Mina but also Robert at work. His version of events is a little different from what Mina experiences. This clever touch adds even more sparkle to this lively, interesting and very enjoyable cosy mystery. Definitely one to read.

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A Walking Shadow: synopsis

In 1871, Lillian Nolan accepts a small role in Macbeth, and finally fulfils her dream of becoming an actress. That is until the renowned, but venomous, female star of the production is murdered onstage opening night. When her enraged spirit haunts the theatre, Lillian is shocked to discover she can communicate with her. Offered a Faustian bargain in which she will be given talent and expertise way beyond her ability in exchange for uncovering the killer, Lillian can’t resist.

Her quest for the truth causes her to descend into the Underworld, the den of inequity below the streets of Chicago. What Lillian finds soon embroils her in a battle between her passion for performing and control over her own body as it all plays out in a supernatural game of good and evil.

My review

I was engrossed from the very start by this exciting and original novel.  It cleverly entwines fiction, the paranormal and actual historic events (namely the Great Chicago Fire of 1871). It’s thus very rich and incredibly atmospheric.

The book opens with us meeting Irene Davenport, a famous, demanding but very hardworking actress, who meets her untimely end during the first night of MacBeth, a play that is traditionally accompanied by unfortunate and unintended bad happenings. This is certainly the case here.

New actress Lillian, who is in the same play in a minor role, discovers supernatural powers she never knew existed, and makes a pact if not quite with the devil then with a decidedly vengeful ghost. The reader waits anxiously to see if this was a wise move or not.

Lillian is young but resilient. She’s already shown that characteristic by choosing to become an actress at a time when such people were considered to be not much better than harlots. She proves her mettle again when, alongside the deal she takes on with Irene, she’s also taking on powerful forces that might well prove to be beyond her control.

This is a fast, breathless read that brings a period of history to wonderful life through the imaginative story that unfolds. The author’s own love of the theatre (although ghostless, I hope!) shines through and adds an extra element to the book.

This is the first book in the Backstage Mysteries series. I’m really looking forward to reading the books that follow.

 

Purchase Links

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THE BACKSTAGE MYSTERY SERIES

Tagline: Life upon the wicked stage can be deadly.

Set against the backdrop of the Gilded Age, the Backstage Mystery Series stars Lillian Nolan, an unconventional member of Chicago’s upper class who dreams of a career of fortune and fame in the theater. Talented and ambitious, she possesses a hidden skill which she is extremely reluctant to use—the ability to communicate with those who have died and now live in the world of “The Beyond.”

The series chronicles her adventures in which she continually becomes enmeshed in solving mysteries which often require her accessing the realm of the paranormal. Filled with an incredible cast of characters—factual, fictional, and sometimes non-physical—who either help or hinder her quest for the truth, the stories take place during a a period considered to be the golden age of both acting and spiritualism in America.

About the author

Elizabeth Ireland discovered her passion for theatre early. After receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees in Theatre, she accepted a teaching position in a vibrant performing arts department at a college in northern Illinois. For ten years, she taught, directed and ran front-of-house operations. American Theater History—particularly that of the 19th century—has always been of particular interest to her.

She has been a quarter-finalist and a semi-finalist for the Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowship in screenwriting sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Two of her screenplays have been optioned, but remain unproduced. Her nonfiction work, Women of Vision: Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives, was published in 2008. Her work has also been published in a collection of paranormal short stories, Paramourtal: Tales of Undying Love and Loving the Undead. She lives in metro Atlanta with her ever-patient husband, and two quirky dachshunds.

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Trust Me

Sex. Power. Murder.

Dr. Gabriel Blackwell and his wife Sandra Blake have it all. He’s a brilliant thoracic surgeon. She’s a high-powered attorney with family money. Their lives are as loving as they are glamorous.

Or are they?

When a nurse Dr. Blackwell works with is brutally murdered, the questions fly. Who would want to kill this woman and why? When an autopsy reveals the woman was pregnant, all signs point to Dr. Blackwell. Just what was her relationship with him?

Whispers about a scandalous sex club surface. How many other lovers are there? Are any of them safe? How far would he go to protect his reputation?

Tragedy strikes again as Sandra Blake is found dead floating in their pool. Dr. Blackwell now finds himself on trial for two murders. Facing life in prison, Dr. Blackwell will grasp at any straw to preserve his freedom.

Any straw.

Is anyone innocent? Is anyone safe?

 

My review

I always really enjoy this author’s books. Every time she presents us with a new and fascinating background to the intriguing action. This time there’s a medical setting which is extremely interesting, and that’s not the only insider’s view we get. There are glimpses into the legal world, and also those of art and antiquarian books. I love how this talented author uses her experiences to add such richness to her writing.

 

As you’d guess from the title, the main theme is all about trust – about knowing who to trust and when, assuming you can at all. That applies to both the reader and the characters: who can either we or they depend on. Who is actually reliable? Furthermore, the various characters all face assorted trials which really test them as the ingenious plot unfolds. You simply can’t guess what’s going to happen, which keeps you completely riveted.

 

The pace is brisk with a lot going on, but the author still finds time to develop characters, give us detailed settings and throw in some beautiful imagery.

 

An extremely polished and enthralling novel, which is impossible to put down once you start reading.

 

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Author Bio –

K. J. McGillick was born in New York and once she started to walk she never stopped running. But that’s what New Yorker’s do. Right? A Registered Nurse, a lawyer now author.

As she evolved so did her career choices. After completing her graduate degree in nursing, she spent many years in the university setting sharing the dreams of the enthusiastic nursing students she taught. After twenty rewarding years in the medical field she attended law school and has spent the last twenty-four years as an attorney helping people navigate the turbulent waters of the legal system. Not an easy feat. And now? Now she is sharing the characters she loves with readers hoping they are intrigued by her twisting and turning plots and entertained by her writing

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This is a fun and lively cosy mystery, with two Flapper sisters as our amateur sleuths.

Diana applies for a job as secretary for a group of ‘Owls’ – professors, who, every year go on a jaunt to further their studies in a particular area. This time round they’ve arrived in Fort Worth to discover more about its Wild West days. Against Diana’s better judgement, and thanks to her sister, Pamina, interfering, the professors end up at a very dodgy bar and witness a kidnapping. They all have to go on the run to avoid danger, but will they?

There’s the wonderful counterpoint between our two thoroughly modern misses, at least for the era of the book, and the old-fashioned, bemused professors. The modern world has left them behind, but one of the group, Adler Behr who’s a banker rather than an academic, is aware of the times and the changes it brings and doesn’t approve. A woman should be at home cooking and cleaning, not doing a man’s work by being a secretary. He and Diana apparently have nothing in common apart from dislike for each other, but these are two characters who develop during the story.

It’s an energetic read with lots of humour and sparkle and it really brings the period to vibrant life. The plot is exciting and well-devised, our characters are fascinating and all in all it’s a very enjoyable, entertaining novel.  

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Synopsis

Diana Woods, a thoroughly modern woman of the 1920s, is thrilled to begin a secretarial job helping visiting professors research the Wild West days of Fort Worth, Texas. Things heat up when she and two of the profs witness the speakeasy abduction of a prominent citizen and realize they could be next.
The group hits the road to escape danger, and the professors send Diana to safety in the hometown of their former student Adler Behr, a grouchy banker who has no use for modern women and whose temperament resembles his bear namesake.
As Diana schools Adler in the allure of her twentieth-century skills, danger is never far behind. Adler learns that his future lies in the hands of a woman who can do more than cook and darn socks, and Diana finds even a grumpy Behr has a softer side.

Synopsis

Customs & Excise are tracking a gang of cigar-smugglers who operate on the quiet Kent coast near Plummergen, home to retired art teacher Miss Emily Seeton. Their attempt at a midnight ambush goes wrong, and a man is found dead.

As Miss Seeton sketches the most notorious tomb in Plummergen churchyard – the one built for 19th-century smuggler Abraham Voller – she meets a young American tourist. He claims to be a descendant of the Voller family, but is he a truly innocent ancestor-hunter, or do smugglers inherit their trade?

When the school concert includes a performance of Kipling’s “A Smuggler’s Song” it begins to seem that everyone is at it … but we can rely on Miss Seeton to ensure that the police will get their man, and the smugglers’ dreams will go up in smoke!

Serene amidst every kind of skulduggery, this eccentric English spinster steps in where Scotland Yard stumbles, armed with nothing more than her sketchpad and umbrella.

My review

Many critics claim that authors such as Virginia Woolf, James Joyce or Sylvia Plath are the masters, or mistresses, of the ‘stream of consciousness’ narrative technique. Stream of consciousness is a way of  depicting the many and various thoughts and feelings that flit through someone’s mind. And whilst those authors I mentioned might be rather good at at, by far best of all is Hamilton Crane.

I’ve read quite a few Miss Seeton stories by now and I love how we hop in and out of our characters. We see the world from their points of view – and trust me, those are always totally unique. How all these original takes on events meld together is one of the many fascinating facets of these novels.

Watch The Wall, Miss Seeton joyously combines such disparate elements as twitchers, smugglers’ descendants, metal thieves, a school concert and good old customs and excise. Of course, not forgetting the local police force of and Miss Seeton, complete with umbrella and sketch pad.

The plot is clever and entertaining, and the whole book is alive with nonsense, quirkiness and wit. The writing is fresh and lively, whisking us along at a spanking pace. The characters we meet, well, they really are characters in every sense of the word! There isn’t one you’d call boring!

Fabulous story, absorbing and never a dull moment!

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Synopsis

Don’t miss the new delightfully uplifting book from the author of A Recipe for Disaster!

A second chance at love…

When globe-trotting Emmy first fell for first-aider William on a freezing New Year’s Eve, she really believed that their love would go the distance.

 But when she returns to Australia, her letters start to go unanswered and her emails bounce back unread, Emmy decides it’s time to pick up the pieces of her broken heart and start afresh in London.

 So she’s shocked when William walks in on her very first day at her new job! Even worse, he’s hotter than ever. But why did he disappear for so long? What has he been hiding? And could this really be their second chance at falling in love…?

Perfect for fans of Carole Mathews, Mhairi McFarlane and Carrie Hope Fletcher.

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My Review

This is a really delightful romcom, set in Edinburgh, Australia and London. Our heroine and hero are William and Emmy who meet during Hogmonay. They are instantly attracted to each other, but Emmy is about to return to the other side of the world and Wiliam has a new job in London to go to. They keep in touch for a while, and we share their correspondence, but it’s not easy keeping love going when you’re tens of thousands of miles apart. Their relationship begins to sag and then dies. 

Fate has a part to play and years later they meet up again in the UK. Both have new partners, but there’s something still sparking between them. What should they do? There are moments of tension and drama which work well against a generally easy-going background.

There are many lively characters in this book who make for great company. William and Emmy are very sympathetic in that they’re as human as we are, with flaws and foibles, but ultimately they mean well. They make mistakes, they’re funny and they’re endearing.

A very enjoyable, gentle romcom. 

Author bio

Belinda Missen is an award-winning and best-selling author, screenwriter, and freelance writer from Geelong, Australia. She lives with her car-obsessed, but wonderful husband, two loopy cats, and more books than she cares to count.

In late 2017, Belinda signed a six-book contract with HQDigitalUK (HarperCollins). A Recipe for Disaster was released in August 2018. An Impossible Thing Called Love appeared by magic in November 2018.

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Synopsis

You can’t out-run murder…

When Lucy Lewis landed herself a reporting job on an idyllic Thai island, she thought she’d found paradise.

But one day her dream turns into a nightmare…

A bomb goes off outside her hostel and there is more than one fatality.

Although the local paper she works for is mainly a tourist guide, the phone is soon ringing off the hook with people desperate to hear news of their loved ones.

Together with her editor, Steve Boyd, Lucy finds herself drawn into the investigation.

And things become more complicated when the dead body of someone connected to the paper washes up on the shore.

Was the bomb planted by terrorists? Are the two incidents connected?

Lucy finds herself running in circles as she desperately searches for the key to the mystery…

RUNNING IN CIRCLES is a thrilling international mystery set in Thailand: a private investigation featuring an exciting new female lead.

My review

Running in Circles is the perfect title for this book as it leaves you breathless! There is an awful lot of intrigue and action packed into its pages.

Lucy Lewis is an English journalist working in Thailand working on a weekly English-language paper. She and her editor, Steve Boyd, are battling to keep it going. They very quickly find themselves battling to discover who’s behind the fatal bomb blast near Lucy’s hostel. And then another body washes up. The mystery deepens and becomes very complex, but never complicated. The author aims to keeps us busy rather than overwhelm us with events and events are clear and easy to follow.

The backdrop of Thailand is woven into the story, with its exotic scenery and the many backpackers who come to discover the country and often themselves. The violent events seem completely at odds with the beauty of the place but as Lucy and Steve discover, if you start to scratch the surface then you begin to reveal a seedier side of life.  

Lucy and Steve aren’t perfect as investigators, or people. They both have some emotional baggage to cart around with them, and it’s their flawed human-ness that makes them so likeable and so successful as our protagonists. However, they are genuine, committed and do their best.

The plot is clever and certainly keeps us guessing, which is what we want in a thriller. There are clues for us to notice or miss, along with Lucy, and the denouement is both exciting and satisfying.

A very enjoyable read.

About the author

Claire Gray lives in the South Lakes with her husband and two small children. She studied Creative Writing at the Cumbria Institute of the Arts, which no longer exists, having been absorbed by the University of Cumbria. She graduated in 2006 and then went on to complete a journalism course at Darlington College.

That same year, she won a Northern Promise Award from New Writing North, and her work was featured in their anthology, entitled Ten Years On. Claire now works as a freelance copywriter and continues to write short stories, some of which have been published in magazines and online.

Recently, she has been guest editor for the prose section of SpeakEasy Magazine, which showcases Cumbrian writing. In 2015, she received editing advice from The Literary Consultancy through their Free Read scheme. They felt that her manuscript, Running in Circles, showed potential, and began approaching literary professionals on Claire’s behalf. Sapere Books published Running in Circles in 2019 and Claire is really excited to have published her first novel!  

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The book is published by Sapere Books.

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