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Review: “Leverage in Death,” J.D. Robb

Pros: The usual fun world and characters; an interesting mystery Cons: So. Much. Talking. Rating: 3 out of 5 J.D. Robb’s (Nora Roberts’s) Leverage in Death: An Eve Dallas Novel (In Death, Book 47) is not her best work. In

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Review: “The New Neighbors,” Simon Lelic

Pros: Interesting mystery Cons: Structurally odd Rating: 4 out of 5 Simon Lelic’s The New Neighbors largely takes the form of a manuscript written alternately by Sydney and Jack, a couple who recently bought an old house stuffed with creepy

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Review: “The Broken Girls,” Simone St. James

Pros: Fascinating story Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Uncorrected proof provided by publisher for review. In Simone St. James’s The Broken Girls, the time period switches back and forth between 1950 and 2014, in the small town of

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Review: “Dark in Death,” J.D. Robb/Nora Roberts

Pros: Good length; plenty going on; lots of detail; multiple murders Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Dark in Death: An Eve Dallas Novel (In Death), by J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts), is book 46 in the “in Death” series

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Review: “The Memory Detective,” T.S. Nichols

Pros: What a great concept, executed brilliantly Cons: I wish there was already a sequel out! Rating: 5 out of 5 Uncorrected proof provided by publisher for review. T.S. Nichols’s The Memory Detective is about police officer Cole, also known

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Review: “Lie With Me,” Sabine Durrant

Pros: Fascinating plot weaving Cons: Main character is definitely not sympathetic Rating: 4 out of 5 Sabine Durrant’s Lie With Me tells the story of Paul, a selfish and self-centered novelist who’s still riding off of the reputation he gained

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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: “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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