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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 drinks, two double cheeseburgers, fries and onion rings surrounded a droopy two-tiered cake with off-white icing. It was decorated on the sides with neon-blue flowers...

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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 Harbor Haven, on the Jersey Shore, inhabited by her and her precocious eleven-year-old daughter, as...

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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 protagonist. He is a no-longer-young baseball player, 35 to be exact, thirteen years in the...

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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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