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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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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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