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Review: “The Chalk Man,” C.J. Tudor

Pros: Fascinating Cons: I was left with a few confusions Rating: 4.5 out of 5 C.J. Tudor’s The Chalk Man is a fascinating tale of a decades-old maybe-solved murder and a new danger. In 1986, a group of friends (Eddie,

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Review: “Mercury’s Son,” Luke E. T. Hindmarsh

Pros: Interesting milieu and plot Cons: Navel-gazing and info dumps Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Luke E. T. Hindmarsh’s Mercury’s Son depicts a totalitarian, dystopian future Earth (not too unusual these days). In this case, wars between the Earth and

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Review: “Academic Affairs: A Poisoned Apple,” Peter Likins

Pros: Nice whimsical mystery Cons: Rape does not go with whimsical Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Peter Likins’s Academic Affairs: A Poisoned Apple takes place in 1930s Alabama at a religious university. The opening is a bit rushed and confusing,

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Review: “Paradox Bound,” Peter Clines

Pros: An unusually good time travel tale Cons: One plot device that could have been a plot point instead Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Peter Clines’s Paradox Bound is my new favorite time travel tale. There are just so many

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Review: “Pretty Girls Dancing,” Kylie Brant

Pros: Very ‘real’ characters; made me tear up Cons: One character background Rating: 4 out of 5 Kylie Brant’s Pretty Girls Dancing concentrates on how devastating it can be to a family when the worst happens. Whitney DeVries disappears without

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Recipe: Eggnog Gelatin

I am an eggnog fiend. I love making it, but I find that there are decent brands available in the supermarket too if I’m not up to doing it from scratch. For this recipe you’ll need four cups (one quart)

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Review: “Terminal Alliance,” Jim C. Hines

Pros: Hilarious, riveting, moving; fantastic characters and world-building Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Jim C. Hines’s Terminal Alliance (Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse Book One) is every bit as fun and fascinating as his other series (the Princess novels,

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Review: “Into the Drowning Deep,” Mira Grant

Pros: Fantastic tension, characters, and attention to detail Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Mira Grant’s Into the Drowning Deep is a follow-on to her Rolling in the Deep. In that installment, a ship called the Atargatis sets sail

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Review: “Mink Eyes,” Max McBride

Pros: Slow unraveling of an interesting plot Cons: Some overwrought language Rating: 4 out of 5 NOTE: Publisher provided book for review.   First, I have to get this out of my system. I’ve read a fair amount of erotic

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Review: “Darkness at the Edge of Town,” Jennifer Harlow

Pros: Lots of interesting dysfunctional characters Cons: Undercover choice leads to some difficulties Rating: 4 out of 5 NOTE: Book provided by publisher for review   Jennifer Harlow’s Darkness at the Edge of Town: An Iris Ballard Thriller sees ex-FBI

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