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Amy's Bookshelf Reviews review of B.P. Smythe - Mavis Bone and the Fledgling Killer

B.P. Smythe - Mavis Bone and the Fledgling Killer


4 Stars


Enjoyed this story!


What a grand story in Mavis Bone and the Fledgling Killer by B.P. Smythe. This is the first book of this author that I've read, and I have become a fan. I like how it shows a bit of the backstory of not just Mavis, but the killer. Everyone has a reason why they do things, even if it doesn't make sense to others. I really liked Mavis, and she is a strong, and "knows what she wants" kind of a person, and somehow, that led her to being a private investigator. This author brings the story to life. The characters had a lot of depth, and were very realistic. It is a very well-written plot, and I enjoyed it. It was a honor to read this book. Definitely an unpredictable story, my favorite kind! This book is on a list of banned, burned, challenged or controversial. The author brought this book to my attention, and I was intrigued to want to read it. Mavis Bone and the Fledgling Killer is a definite recommendation by Amy's Bookshelf Reviews. I hope to read more books by this author.



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Note from author:

Message Details:

Name: Barry Smythe


Message: Banned by Waterstones Hi Amy, for the attention of your readers and reviewers.


Due to Waterstones homophobic stance, the thriller `Mavis Bone and the Fledgling Killer` by B.P.Smythe ISBN: 9781800464087 has now been removed from Waterstones database and shops.


They state this is for its character driven explicit lesbian sexual scenes. (See copy of Waterstones banning order letter below) Should Waterstones censor what we read? Maybe they'll ban Val McDermid with her lesbian sleuths. Is this the first time a national book seller has reacted to transgender lifestyles because of its readers and customers opinions?


February 2022 "Re: Mavis Bone and the Fledgling Killer Dear Mr Smythe, In response to your enquiry and the reason why your book `Mavis Bone and the Fledgling Killer` by B.P.Smythe ISO 9781800464087 has been removed from the Waterstones online database and bookstores. Our customer support team have received numerous complaints concerning your books explicit lesbian sexual scenes. Although you highlight this is character driven and not gratuitous. We still have to consider our reader and customer opinions, while maintaining the integrity of the Waterstones brand name throughout the book seller business. Therefore, our decision to withdraw your book from all Waterstones outlets is final. Yours sincerely"

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