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"The Grave Tattoo," Val McDermid

Pros: Beautiful, immersive, taut mystery with fascinating historical underpinnings Cons: Takes a few pages to get into if you’re lacking the background Rating: 5 out of 5   After reading Val McDermid’s The Torment of Others recently, I was eager

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"The Torment of Others," Val McDermid

Pros: Fascinating mystery and characters; taut psychological thriller Cons: Doesn’t pull its grotesque punches Rating: 5 out of 5   A few years ago I discovered and fell absolutely in love with a British mystery TV series called ‘Wire in

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After the Honeymoon (BTT)

Today’s Booking Through Thursday: Here’s something for Valentine’s Day. Have you ever fallen out of love with a favorite author? Was the last book you read by the author so bad, you broke up with them and haven’t read their

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"The Flawless Skin of Ugly People," Doug Crandell

Pros: Unusual read about love, family, and beauty Cons: Some tough subjects and scenes to handle Rating: 5 out of 5

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"The Painted Messiah," Craig Smith

Pros: Fascinating premise and story; wonderful characters; strong adventure Cons: Some confusion; one or two stereotyped characters Rating: 4 out of 5

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"Dark Resurrection," John A. Karr

Pros: Fascinating and engaging premise and plot Cons: Characters left me a little flat; more action than what I think of as horror Rating: 3 out of 5 Review book courtesy of John A. Karr.   Doctor Victor Galloway has

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"The Perennial Boarder," Phoebe Atwood Taylor

Pros: Quirky, cozy, funny mystery Cons: Not for everyone Rating: 5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of The Countryman Press.   The Perennial Boarder is a republication of a 1941 mystery by Phoebe Atwood Taylor. As the back of

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"Thirteen," Sebastian Beaumont

Pros: Incredibly ‘real’ and fascinating story Cons: Very difficult to classify Rating: 5 out of 5

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"The Gift of Rain," Tan Twan Eng

Pros: Utterly beautiful and heartbreaking Cons: Not for everyone Rating: 5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Myrmidon Books.   I have a phobia of history. This is probably a result of the way my teachers taught it: purely

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Horrors!

Earlier today I wrote a blog post dealing with the definition of horror fiction. Read it, and then write, outline, or brainstorm a horror story in which not a single drop of blood is shed, and that in no way

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