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Review: “H.G. Wells, Secret Agent,” Alex Shvartsman

Pros: Fun, silly light reading material Cons: Fairly reader-dependent Rating: 3 out of 5 In Alex Shvartsman’s H. G. Wells, Secret Agent, it’s an alternate history spy-vs-spy world, where all the truly brilliant inventors work for one government or another.

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Review: “Shadow of Night,” Deborah Harkness

Pros: Better than volume 1 Cons: Mary Sue; inconsistent details Rating: 2.5 out of 5   Witch Diana Bishop and her husband (vampire Matthew de Clermont) have time-walked back to the 1500s in order to find a book and a

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Review: “In the House of Leviathan,” B.D. Bruns

Pros: Fascinating locale and time period Cons: Occasional word salad Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Review ebook provided free by publisher via NetGalley.   B.D. Bruns’s In the House of Leviathan takes place in 1860s Amalfi, Italy. Giuseppe, whose nickname

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Review: “Seductive Supernaturals,” various authors

Pros: Some interesting ideas Cons: Stories that don’t stand on their own Rating: 3 out of 5 Review copy provided free by Full Moon Books, LLC via NetGalley.   SEDUCTIVE SUPERNATURALS: 12 Tales of Shapeshifters, Vampires & Sexy Spirits is

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Review: “A Grave Matter,” Anna Lee Huber

Pros: I’m not a historicals person, and I loved it Cons: I’m not a historicals person… Rating: 4 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group Expected release date: July 1, 2014   In 1830s Scotland, Lady Darby has

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Review: “Coalescent,” Stephen Baxter

Pros: Fascinating story Cons: Misleading back cover text; confusing ending; non-obvious that it’s a series book Rating: 4 out of 5   George Poole’s father has died. This sends him on a slow path to ferret out family secrets that

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"Heartbreak Creek," Kaki Warner

Pros: Heart-warming romance/family story Cons: Some loose ends and a shaky start Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   Edwina Ladoux is losing her home—and truth be told, it’s been in ruins ever since the

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Jo Goodman’s "The Last Renegade," a short take

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   Lorraine Berry owns the Pennyroyal Saloon and Hotel, and she’s worried about her little town of Bitter Springs, Wyoming. So worried that she’s sent word to a gunslinger,

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"Angel's End," Cindy Holby

Pros: Super sweet and fun Cons: Predictable and a little over-the-top in places Rating: 4 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   Cade Gentry is, more or less, a bad guy. His life has led him to

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"The Anatomy of Death," Felicity Young

Pros: Interesting look back at the movement for women’s right to vote in England Cons: For me, there seemed to be some tonal and genre confusion Rating: 4 out of 5 (3 for me personally) Review book courtesy of Penguin

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