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1 11, 2015

Review: The Last September by Nina de Gramont

By | November 1st, 2015|Categories: Family Saga, Genre Fiction, Gift Ideas, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Mysteries/Thrillers, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance|Tags: , , , , , , |5 Comments

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the last september book coverReviewed by Meg Massey

As The Last September opens, readers are introduced to Brett, who has stumbled upon the unthinkable. Her husband Charlie has been murdered in their seaside Cape Cod home, with his mentally ill brother Eli present at the scene. Eli disappears, and Brett and the readers are left to wonder: did Eli murder his brother? And what led him to it?

Author Nina de Gramont begins Brett’s story in the middle, and takes readers back and forth through time. Brett and Eli were best friends in college, but on the night she met his free-spirited brother Charlie, their relationship changed forever. Months later, Brett watched in horror as Eli experienced a mental breakdown.

At the time of her husband’s murder, Brett and Charlie have a young daughter. Charlie is unemployed and their marriage is under great strain.

14 12, 2013

Review: Inferno by Dan Brown

By | December 14th, 2013|Categories: Action & Adventure, For Men, Genre Fiction, Gift Ideas, Literature & Fiction, Mysteries/Thrillers, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments

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Inferno-coverReviewed by Sara Drake

Robert Landon (hero of The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and The Lost Symbol) returns for another adventure. He wakes in a hospital with no memory of why he is in Italy or what day it is – then someone comes to kill him. Racing through Italy, Robert attempts to solve the mystery of his lost memories, avoid those trying to find him, and save humanity. Of course, he has help. The beautiful and mysterious Dr. Brooks.

Dan Brown offers another book with all his trade mark charm. Like most Dan Brown books, you will either enjoy this fast paced adventure or you will hate it. In Inferno, Dan Brown shifts his focus to overpopulation while chasing the symbology found in art and Dante’s Divine Comedy. The insights into Divine Comedy were absolutely fascinating

10 12, 2013

Review & Giveaway: Innocent Blood by James Rollins & Rebecca Cantrell

By | December 10th, 2013|Categories: Action & Adventure, Contemporary, For Men, Genre Fiction, Gift Ideas, Giveaways, Literature & Fiction, Mysteries/Thrillers, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , , , |18 Comments

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9780061991066_p0_v2_s260x420Reviewed by Jenna Arthur

Be sure to enter the giveaway below! Five winners will receive a copy of The Blood Gospel, the first book in the series, and a grand prize winner will receive both The Blood Gospel and Innocent Blood!

In Innocent Blood, by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell, not everything is as it seems. Erin is a curious and brilliant archaeologist determined to delve into the words of the Blood Gospel, thought to have been written by Christ himself. After a horrible attack in California, Erin is driven back to the order of the Sanguines – an order founded on Christ’s blood – where she must find the missing link that holds the key to this darkness. The only problem is that she is not alone in this pursuit. Another, more sinister man is also in pursuit of this object for his own

20 09, 2013

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Returned by Jason Mott

By | September 20th, 2013|Categories: Contemporary, For Men, Gift Ideas, Giveaways, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Mysteries/Thrillers|Tags: , , |20 Comments

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The-Returned-by-Harlequin-author-Jason-Mott-TV-SeriesPlease join Jason Mott, author of The Returned, as he tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours.

Enter to win a copy below – open to US and Canada!

Reviewed by Colleen Turner

A sad yet universal truth seems to be that, as humans age and interact and grow, they inevitably face the sadness and loneliness of losing someone they love. We lose friends, parents, spouses, children, sometimes under devastating circumstances and nearly always before we are ready to let go. Many of these losses leave us completely bereft or riddled with guilt of one kind or another. But what if we were able to see those loved ones again, given the chance to make different choices or simply appreciate them in a way we didn’t the first time around? Would we be able to finally find the closure denied us in

8 04, 2013

Blog Tour: Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

By | April 8th, 2013|Categories: Gift Ideas, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Mysteries/Thrillers, Women's Fiction|Tags: , |4 Comments

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15776309Please join Kimberly McCreight, author of Reconstructing Amelia, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Krystal Larson

How would you react if your teenage daughter supposedly committed suicide? How much do you really know about other people? No one is a mind reader, but surely parents know their own children well enough to know when they are thinking of killing themselves, right? When Kate receives a call that her daughter, Amelia, has been caught cheating, she can’t quite believe the accusations. Amelia isn’t the type to cheat. She is hard-working, secure, and bright. As Kate leaves to go address the issue of cheating with the school, Amelia appears to jump from the school building, instantly killing herself. Is Amelia’s desperate jump an act born out of extreme pain and embarrassment? Or is there an

7 03, 2013

Review: The Burn Palace by Stephen Dobyns

By | March 7th, 2013|Categories: Gift Ideas, Literature & Fiction, Mysteries/Thrillers, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: |5 Comments

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the-burn-palace-dobynsReviewed by Jessi Buchmann

I’ve never read a Stephen Dobyns novel. Let me give you the long and short of it-if his other novels are anything like this, I’m hooked. Stephen Dobyns has a way with imagery that makes The Burn Palace flow like a song. One gripping example exists immediately on page 4, ‘In the moonlight, the shadows of the maples planted along the driveway to replace the dying elms swing back and forth across the body of the ambulance like predatory cobwebs, while the blowing leaves are like fluttering bats, and dark forms skitter past like goblins…’ I had no choice but to be engrossed immediately. You aren’t reading about the town of Brewster, Rhode Island-you’re entering it. And upon entering, you meet a cast of rich, thrilling, thought-provoking characters.

The story begins with a bird’s eye view of Brewster-Any town USA. Cinematically we

4 08, 2011

Review: Iron House by John Hart

By | August 4th, 2011|Categories: Contemporary, Gift Ideas, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Mysteries/Thrillers, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , , , , , , |7 Comments

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Reviewed by Jodi Horsley

Michael and Julian are brothers, abandoned as infants and put in an orphanage – the Iron House. An orphanage that is more of a prison then a home, has no authority and is run by the bullies. Those who live at the Iron House either become strong and learn how to survive, or fall victim to the bullies.

Just as Michael and Julian are about to get adopted into a new life by the Senator’s wife, someone is murdered and Michael takes the blame. Michael runs away from the Iron House while Julian gets adopted and lives a life of wealth and privilege, and torment. Michael learns how to survive on the streets and is ultimately brought under the wing of a major Mob boss – who becomes a “father” to him and teaches Michael how to be

14 03, 2011

Review: The Night Season by Chelsea Cain

By | March 14th, 2011|Categories: Gift Ideas, Literature & Fiction, Mysteries/Thrillers, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , , , , , |4 Comments

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Reviewed by Elizabeth Talbott

Gretchen Lowell, the Beauty Killer, is finally safely locked up so Archie Sheridan can focus on other things. Their love-hate relationship is finally laid to rest and Archie has become much healthier. He no longer pops pills as if they were candy and attends his therapy sessions religiously.

There isn’t much time to relax as the torrential, heavy rains cause the Willamette River to rise to the cusp of flooding. As a result, drownings are becoming a more frequent occurrence; upon closer analysis, the drownings seem to be linked by a strange mark found on the palm of each victim. Archie is on the case with quirky, nosy, indomitable Susan Ward. The increasingly unruly weather makes it harder for them to do their job and easier for the killer to disguise his actions. Can Susan and Archie catch

7 02, 2011

Review: The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino

By | February 7th, 2011|Categories: For Men, Gift Ideas, Literature & Fiction, Mysteries/Thrillers, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |7 Comments

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Reviewed by Mac M.

In The Devotion of Suspect X, Keigo Higashino, one of Japan’s bestselling novelists, beautifully creates a Holmesian atmosphere and still manages to portray the frustration inherent in trying to sift through the inner workings of a criminal mind.

Ishigami, a once promising math scientist, teaches high school math during the day and works on nearly unsolvable mathematical problems alone in his apartment through the night. His only pleasure is watching his neighbor, Yasuko, the woman he loves, from afar. Every day, on his way to school, he stops at the lunch box shop where she works, hoping to find the courage to speak to her intimately, hoping that she will notice his fondness for her.

When Yasuko kills her ex-husband in a passionate act of self-preservation, Ishigami is listening next door, and he finally finds a way

24 01, 2011

Review: The Sherlockian by Graham Moore

By | January 24th, 2011|Categories: For Men, Gift Ideas, Literature & Fiction, Mysteries/Thrillers, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , , , , , |4 Comments

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Reviewed by Nina L.

Whether you’re a fan of Sherlock Holmes stories, reimagined history, or a good mystery, The Sherlockian by Graham Moore is a fun and fulfilling read. In the novel, Moore brings together a blend of fictionalized literary history and contemporary Sherlock enthusiasm to create an indelible story of past and present.

The story jumps from present to past as the reader is led deeper into the two mysteries. There is the tale of Harold White, obsessed with the study of Sherlock Holmes. He is the youngest member of the renowned Baker Street Irregulars, an exclusive group of Sherlockians. Harold is determined to solve a mystery and bring to light the long missing diary of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. As his search intensifies, Harold discovers that he must call upon everything he’s ever learned from Sherlock Holmes not just