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Phonotonal’s book reviews cover mainly fiction titles and typically in thriller, crime, mystery, and horror genres. We work with publishers to obtain advance review copies and book reviews take a serious amount of effort; so we don’t take direct review submissions.

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  2. Crime Book Reviews

For those unfamiliar with Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw, they are the detective duo of the modern era. Like Holmes and Watson, or Poirot and Hastings, it’s the personalities of these two that really make this series of books rather special. However, no agony has been spared for the other details required for the very […]

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This year has seen an amazing and dazzling stream of new music and fiction, which we’re exited to review in our end of year highlights. It has also been a terrible year as we lost one of the most amazing humans we have ever met. As the singer and guitarist in Delays, Greg Gilbert made […]

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  2. Folklore Book Reviews

Collected gothic horror, ghost stories, and twisted tales have a long history. Damnable Tales is a century-spanning celebration of the tradition of opening up a book and finding ourselves sitting around the campfire with brilliantly dark inventive minds. There is a bit of everything here, from the literal demonic forms of Bernard Capes’ The Black […]

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The Sanatorium is a neat blend of detective fiction, psychological discomfort, and blizzard-swept house of horror. After a cinematic introduction that introduces the building and the horror element, we meet our protagonist, Elin. She’s a detective on a break following a rough case back home in the UK and her backstory forms the focal point […]

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  2. Thriller Fiction Reviews

It has become abundantly clear that Lauren North has insight and precision when it comes to crafting a psychological thriller. Landing in September 2021, ‘Safe at Home’ is an intense chest-pounder of a book with Anna and Harrie’s stories interwoven as the truth gradually spills out. The character treatments in particular are finely sculpted, so […]

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A tough year was improved beyond measure by some great writing and some awesome music. Here’s a quick dash through the parts that really got us through the panic buying, lockdowns, and meltdowns. There were some records that really stood out this year. Therapy? delivered their Abbey Road greatest hits album, which delivers a set […]

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  2. Crime Book Reviews

Following an earth-shattering cataclysmic event, civilisations resets minus a couple of hundred years of knowledge. Horses, steam, and clockwork drive a nineteenth-century society that has a brutal class divide between the upper-class Silkers and working-class Threaders. This is the backdrop for a superbly adventurous mystery novel featuring Michael Banyard and Josiah Mingle. The story follows […]