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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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Review: “The Girl Who Lived,” Christopher Greyson

Pros: Fascinating and disturbing setup Cons: Faith is very self-sabotaging Rating: 4.5 out of 5 In Christopher Greyson’s The Girl Who Lived, Faith has been in and out of mental institutions ever since most of her family was killed. Her

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Review: “The Night of the Moths,” Riccardo Bruni

Pros: Great characters; interesting mystery Cons: A bit slow at times; some confusion as to time/PoV Rating: 4 out of 5 Riccardo Bruni’s mystery/suspense The Night of the Moths is translated to English from the original Italian, and the story

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Review: “Pacific Homicide,” Patricia Smiley

Pros: I definitely enjoy a good mystery Cons: Things that have already been done to death Rating: 3 out of 5 Pacific Homicide: A Mystery (A Pacific Homicide), by Patricia Smiley, introduces us to a detective Davie (Davina) Richards. A

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Review: “After Atlas,” Emma Newman

Pros: Fascinating detail Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Emma Newman’s After Atlas (Planetfall Novel, A) is a follow-on to a previous novel I haven’t read, but I didn’t find that made this hard to follow at all. When

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Review: “Gilt Hollow,” Lorie Langdon

Pros: Decent mystery Cons: Stupidity that’s easy to fix and drawn out too far Rating: 3 out of 5 In Lorie Langdon’s thriller Gilt Hollow (Blink), Ashton, now eighteen years old, is being released from Juvenile Detention. Everyone in his

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Review: “Anything for Her,” Jack Jordan

Pros: Easy to get wrapped up in Cons: So many horrible people! Rating: 4 out of 5 Don’t read Jack Jordan’s Anything for Her if you are already feeling depressed. It’ll just make it worse. This book is filled with

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Review: “In the Clearing,” Robert Dugoni

Pros: Fascinated by the investigation into the cold case. Cons: Modern-day mystery felt superfluous Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Robert Dugoni’s In the Clearing (The Tracy Crosswhite Series) is an interesting investigation into a cold case. In 1976, in Klickitat

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Review: “Don’t Say a Word,” Jennifer Jaynes

Pros: Fascinating to follow along Cons: The surprises aren’t really surprises Rating: 4 out of 5 Jennifer Jaynes’ Don’t Say a Word (Strangers Series) introduces us to twelve-year-old twins Zoe and Carrie. Their parents were killed, and they’ve been taken

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Review: “Decanting a Murder,” Nadine Nettmann

Pros: A mystery made for wine lovers Cons: Some foolishness and unlikable characters Rating: 3.5 out of 5 In Nadine Nettmann’s Decanting a Murder (A Sommelier Mystery), Katie Stillwell is a sommelier who’s just failed her certified sommelier exam. She’s

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