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Spider Woman’s Daughter by Anne Hillerman — review

August 20, 2015
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Until now, only Felix Francis has prominently authored novels in a series created by his father. Other series, like those of Robert B. Parker, have been authored by writers unrelated to the deceased creators. However, Anne Hillerman now joins Felix in the distinguished company of an offspring continuing a popular series, undertaking to continue...

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Personal by Lee Child — review

August 16, 2015
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This is the 20th book in the Jack Reacher series and, no surprise, it is just as terrific as one would expect. Reacher at this point is a retired military cop. But as he soon discovers, “you can leave the army, but the army...

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FICTION: The Postman Cometh by Paul D. Brazill

August 9, 2015
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I jumped a red light and jerked my battered and rattling ex-post office van into one of the darkened streets that led to the Rift Manor Estate. None of the streetlights was working, of course, but there was a little light from the occasional...

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FICTION: Wheelchair Seating For the Apocalypse by Q DiFulvio

July 29, 2015
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Everyone has some sort of survival plan in case of The Uprising. Technology becomes self-aware and detonates all the bombs, aliens make contact with earth and enslave us all,...

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Deadout by Jon McGoran — review

July 26, 2015
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A three-day visit to Martha’s Vineyard to visit an old friend who is working there, keeping track of bees needed to pollinate crops, turns out to be more than...

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Stone Cold by C. J. Box — review

July 23, 2015
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The 14th Joe Pickett novel is quite different from preceding entries in the series. It is less involved with the environment, which, though never completely ignored, one has become...

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Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin — review

July 22, 2015
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When the Cold Case Group in which Rebus has been working is eliminated, he lucks out by being taken back with a spot in CID, albeit with a demotion....

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FICTION: Katy Came Calling by D. A. Davenport

June 29, 2015
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Right from the start, you knew Katrina was a contender, a brawler of a hurricane who left nobody standing in her wake. Her first match and she laid New...

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Windigo Island by William Kent Krueger — review

June 27, 2015
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When the body of a 14-year-old Ojibwe girl washes up on Windigo Island, a rocky outcrop on Lake Superior, Cork O’Connor and his daughter, Jenny, embark on a crusade...

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Herbie’s Game by Timothy Hallinan — review

June 23, 2015
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In an Afterword to his newest book, the author discloses that he was asked by the publisher to write a 30,000-word Junior Bender novella, which started out being a...

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The Hollow Girl by Reed Farrel Coleman — review

June 22, 2015
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The final novel in the Moe Prager series demonstrates again why these books and their protagonist are so popular with readers. Moe, a dyed-in-the-wool Brooklynite, ex-cop, PI and homespun...

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FICTION: Moving On by J. E. Seymour

May 28, 2015
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Sally knew this was a bad thing when she saw the news. “This is Tiffany Edwards at the Burntwood WalMart, where a quick-thinking customer stopped a robbery.” The big...

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The Farm by Tom Rob Smith — review

May 21, 2015
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This novel has many of the aspects of banality, but it is anything but trite. In fact, it bristles with originality. The plot centers on Daniel, the homosexual son...

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Killer by Jonathan Kellerman — review

May 20, 2015
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After many years of training and working in hospitals, followed by establishing his private practice, Dr. Alex Delaware was contacted by a family court judge with a new approach:...

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Moving Target by J.A. Jance — review

May 18, 2015
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The usual setting of an Arizona mystery is not enough to keep Ali Reynolds and B. Simpson busy, so in this entry in the long-standing series, they have to...

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FICTION: Jenny by Angel Luis Colon

May 4, 2015
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Billy showed up at Eric’s double wide around four in the morning with a mule and a rucksack full of dildos. “Ain’t a mule.” Billy tied the animal to...

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The Stranger on the Train By Abbie Taylor — review

April 27, 2015
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We first meet Emma Turner as she and her 13-month-old son, Ritchie, are returning from a trip across London to the East End. They are waiting for a train...

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FICTION: A Special Occasion by Raymond Walker

April 13, 2015
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Dale Smithson clasped his hands under his triple chin and licked his thin lips as he surveyed the food crowding his kitchen table. A bucket of chicken, two soft...

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Inspector Specter by E. J. Copperman — review

April 11, 2015
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Alison Kerby returns in the newest Haunted Guesthouse Mystery series by E.J. Copperman. Alison, a single mother in her late thirties, runs a guesthouse in her childhood hometown of...

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The Setup Man by T. T. Monday — review

April 8, 2015
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The book is equal parts mystery and baseball. There is enough action in both aspects to keep the reader involved and turning pages quickly. Johnny Adcock is a terrific...

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Murmurs of Insanity by Gerrie Ferris Finger — review

April 7, 2015
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This is the fourth and newest entry of the Moriah Dru/Richard Lake mystery series. Lake, a detective lieutenant in homicide with the Atlanta Police Department, asks Dru (her preferred...

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FICTION: Force of Habit by W. B. Cameron

March 27, 2015
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Any sequence of mental action which has been frequently repeated tends to perpetuate itself. –William James Albert buttoned his overcoat and picked his way down the snowy steps. Behind...

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The Fire Dance by Helene Tursten — review

March 25, 2015
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Fifteen years is a long time between police investigations involving the same person, but that is what Inspector Irene Huss finds as she investigates the death of a young...

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Black Horizon by James Grippando — review

March 23, 2015
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Jack Swyteck, the book’s protagonist, is an accomplished defense lawyer, demonstrated in numerous previous novels in the series. However, in this entry his role as an attorney, bringing suit...

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The Skin Collector by Jeffery Deaver — review

March 23, 2015
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A typical Lincoln Rhyme novel is built on an accumulation of facts or clues to be analyzed and repeatedly summarized at the end of each chapter, as the criminologist...

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A Few Drops of Blood by Jan Merete Weiss — review

March 18, 2015
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Venice has Donna Leon and her Commissario Guido Brunetti, and now Naples has Jan Merete Weiss and her Captain Natalia Monte of the Carabinieri. The author brings fully to...

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Wolf by Mo Hader — review

March 16, 2015
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The first several pages are in the third person, with pov being that of Amy, a five-year-old with verbiage typical of a child that age (a bit disconcertingly). Early...

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FICTION: The Custodian by William E. Wallace

March 5, 2015
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“Line 23,” the bailiff said, reading the last entry on the printout. “Kettzinger, James Eron. For arraignment and setting.” “Kent Wales for the people, your honor,” said the deputy...

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Blind Spot by Reed Farrel Coleman — review

March 3, 2015
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When an author is asked to write a novel continuing a series originated by someone else, much less a master like Robert B. Parker, fundamental questions must be decided:...

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Ruin Falls by Jenny Milchman — review

March 3, 2015
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Liz Daniels, her husband, Paul, and their children, Ally, six, and Reid, eight, are taking a rare and unexpected vacation, to visit the remote home in the Adirondack Mountains...

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The Black-Eyed Blonde by Benjamin Black — review

February 28, 2015
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John Banville, the Irish author here writing under his pen name of Benjamin Black, has written a book certain to give exquisite pleasure to the many fans of Raymond...

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Borderline By Lawrence Block — review

February 27, 2015
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“Borderline” introduces its main characters in the first few dozen pages, none of them being very likeable, I hasten to add. There is Marty Granger, a professional gambler; Meg...

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FICTION: Pulse by Shannon Connor Winward

February 25, 2015
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Brian closed the bathroom door, shutting her in darkness. Kara’s eyes flew to the alarm on the night-stand. 11:07. He started the shower running. Took a long, loud piss....

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FICTION: Incident on the High Line by Debbie Mumford

November 17, 2014
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Tom Easton patrolled the weathered boards of the Breckenridge railway station platform. Tall pines and whispering aspens rose behind the narrow gauge steam engine, the whole scene framed by...

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FICTION: Aberrant by Eric M. Bosarge

October 27, 2014
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I shower in my clothes sometimes. I don’t know why. I just do. My wife, Janet, pounds on the door and yells, “What are you doing in there?” The...

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FICTION: Quandary at the Topless Carwash by Joshua Dobson

October 9, 2014
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Didi always hated thongs, (so naturally her job required her to wear one.) She’d just as soon go naked. Only minutes into her shift at the topless carwash and...

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