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21 07, 2015

Review: Bhalla Strand by Sarah Maine

By | July 21st, 2015|Categories: Literary, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , |4 Comments

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bhalla strand book coverReviewed by Alyssa Katanic

Sarah Maine has studied archaeology in Great Britain, and she pours her knowledge of the subject and passion for following the clues of the past that our ancestors leave behind into her new work of fiction, Bhalla Strand. Published by Freight Books in Glasgow and set, mainly, on a remote island in an area known as the Hebrides during both the 1910’s and 2010, it is full of the charm of British English, as well as names of characters, such as Ruairidh and Aonghas, which I am still quite unsure as to how to pronounce.

Slotted as a mystery, Bhalla Strand is so much more sophisticated than the usual “Who done it?” mysteries that I tend to stay far from. Instead, it is a very well written piece of literature that applies the author’s knowledge of

17 07, 2015

Review: Newport by Jill Morrow

By | July 17th, 2015|Categories: Genre Fiction, Ghosts, Historical, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Occult|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments

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newport book coverReviewed by Vera Pereskokova

Attorney Adrian De la Noye arrives in Newport with his associate Jim Reid in tow. His mission: draft a new will for a very wealthy client, the elderly Bennett Chapman. In his golden years, Bennett has finally decided to enter the state of matrimony again and wants his will to reflect his upcoming marriage to the beautiful, and much younger, Catherine Walsh.

Adrian and Jim’s arrival at Liriodendron, Chapman family Newport estate, coincides with the arrival of Bennett’s grown-up children, Lady Chloe Dinwoodie and Nicholas Chapman. The pair is there not to celebrate the wedding but to prove that their father is not in his right mind and cannot legally change the will.

At first, Adrian is confident that Bennett is of sound mind – if not body – and that his children are only there to serve their

16 07, 2015

Review: I, Ripper by Stephen Hunter

By | July 16th, 2015|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

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i ripper book coverReviewed by Jenna Arthur

From 1885 until 1891 a brutal serial killer sent the entire district of Whitechapel and the rest of the world reeling in mortal terror and carnal apprehension. There wasn’t a place in Whitechapel that was safe, especially for the “Judys”, known prostitutes roaming the Whitechapel area. Jack the Ripper appeared from the shadows, leading women of the night into dark corners where, unseen, he could kill, mangle, and dissect their lifeless corpses. I, Ripper gives us two views into this killer’s mind, one from The Ripper’s journal and another from an account by a journalist named Jeb.

In The Ripper’s diary, we see his mind go darker and darker, delighting in each kill, finding endless gratification in the very bafflement of the police each and every time he kills. With each kill more grisly than the rest, The

9 07, 2015

Review: Cold Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff

By | July 9th, 2015|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

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cold moon book coverReviewed by Amanda Schafer

Roark finally has Cara Lindstrom behind bars and seems to be finding his way again after nearly dying himself. But now, all of a sudden the person who they thought would be their witness in Cara’s trial has disappeared. Without her, Cara’s case is circumstantial. Then a pimp ends up dead in almost the exact same manner that Cara was killing people. Is there a copycat, or do they have the wrong person? Cara’s lawyer manages to get her freed because of these additional killings and it doesn’t take Cara long to disappear. Cara has a plan and very quickly puts her plan into motion. She still sees It and knows that It has to die. Apparently she isn’t the only one who can see It, though. Someone else is out there killing pimps and sex

2 07, 2015

Review: The Circle by Mario Escobar

By | July 2nd, 2015|Categories: Genre Fiction, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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the circle book coverReviewed by Jessa Larsen

Solomon Lewin is a renowned psychiatrist and has recently left India to take over as chief psychiatrist at the Center for Psychological Illness in London, England. The move is a drastic one and, although his wife and children seem to have taken to the new scenery, Lewin finds himself bored and mildly unhappy in his new position.

In an attempt to spice things up, Solomon begins to look into a few of the more intriguing cases he hasn’t become acquainted with yet. He soon comes across the chart of Maryam Batool, an orphaned Pakistani woman who has been at the center for the past seven years. She came to stay at the center in 2007 after an attempted suicide following a financial crisis. Now she keeps to herself, rarely speaking, and constantly drawing one shape, a circle.

On

29 06, 2015

Review: Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

By | June 29th, 2015|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments

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luckiest girl alive book coverReviewed by Carrie Ardoin

Luckiest Girl Alive is the first book I have read in a long time where the synopsis doesn’t do the book justice. Just when you think you have a bead on what a character is all about and where the plot is going, you are thrown for a loop. That made this book very good for me.

Our main character is TifAni FaNelli (yes, her name is really spelled like that, and it killed me too). She is the only child of parents who want to portray that they are richer than they really are. Her story is told through flashbacks of her high school life, when she was still known as TifAni, and a view into her now seemingly perfect life, where Ani is engaged to a man of high standing and living her dream

28 06, 2015

Review: Exquisite Corpse by Penelope Bagieu

By | June 28th, 2015|Categories: Comics & Graphic Novels, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

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exquisite corpse book coverReviewed by Nina Longfield

Exquisite Corpse by Penelope Bagieu is a difficult novel to place. Chic lit, crime fiction, suspense, comedic, graphic (as in novel); it fits so many slots along the bookstore shelves. Exquisite Corpse, at first, appears simply written and modestly illustrated. That is just the veneer to set up the main character Zoe. As Zoe mixes with and grows to know famous author Thomas Rocher, the story deepens and nothing is simple.

Exquisite Corpse is set in Paris. Zoe is a disgruntled product representative; she is more or less a model at trade shows or, as Zoe puts it “booth babe”. She is in a poor relationship with a man who barely talks to her. It is during a lunch break away from her most recent product show that Zoe accidentally meets world famous author Thomas Rocher.

27 06, 2015

Review: Dry Bones by Craig Johnson

By | June 27th, 2015|Categories: Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Westerns|Tags: , |3 Comments

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dry bones book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

Dry Bones is the 11th book in the Longmire mystery series. This is the first I’ve read and there is even a TV series (which I hadn’t heard of but would like to watch!). The good news is that even though there are 10 preceding books, they don’t need to be read to enjoy this one. However, I hope to find the time and start at the beginning now!

In this book, dry bones refer to a recently discovered dinosaur. More specifically, one of the largest and most intact Tyrannosaurus Rex found to date. The problem, of course, is that everyone seems to think they have a claim on the beast which causes a lot of trouble. On top of that, the owner of the ranch where the T-Rex was found is himself found floating facedown in in a reservoir.

At

18 06, 2015

Review: They Call Me Crazy by Kelly Stone Gamble

By | June 18th, 2015|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Women's Fiction|Tags: , |6 Comments

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they call me crazy book coverReviewed by Amanda Farmer

They Call Me Crazy is a debut novel by Kelly Stone Gamble and I was pleasantly surprised after reading it. The story grips the reader and takes you on a journey through what really happened the night Roland Adams died. It opens up with Cass Adams, Roland’s wife, burying him in his garden in the rain. The story takes place in Deacon, Kansas and everyone in the small town knows that Cass is crazy–it runs in her family after all. As the sheriff looks into Roland’s murder, it is evident that everyone in the town has secrets and they don’t stay buried just like Roland’s body didn’t.

They Call Me Crazy is told from many different character viewpoints and it works for the story. We get to hear from everyone and it quickly becomes obvious that Roland

11 06, 2015

Review: The Stranger by Harlan Coben

By | June 11th, 2015|Categories: Literary, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , |7 Comments

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the stranger book coverReviewed by Melanie Kline

You are approached by a stranger – it can happen anywhere, any time – and suddenly life as you know it is no longer the same. The words he whispers into your ear – brief and to the point – somehow hit a nerve, ring true and bring life to a screeching halt. You don’t know how he knows this information – or why he has chosen to share it now – but you do know that nothing will ever be the same for you again. Welcome to The Stranger, a psychological thriller of unimaginable secrets, twist and turns, and edge of your seat thrills.

When Adam Price is approached by the stranger, his life, his family and everything relating to his wife, Corrine, is turned upside down. He doesn’t want to believe what he has