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Review: “I Let You Go,” Clare Mackintosh

Pros: Fascinating story with deep characters Cons: This needs trigger warnings; depressing Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Holy hell. Never has a book needed trigger warnings (for me personally, at least) more than Clare Mackintosh’s I Let You Go. This

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Review: “Dead Level,” Damien Boyd

Pros: Fascinating mystery solved by interesting characters Cons: Some unfamiliarity; got a little confused toward the end Rating: 4 out of 5 In Damien Boyd’s Dead Level (The DI Nick Dixon Crime Series), Lizzie, the (pregnant) wife of young politician

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Review: “The Quality of Silence,” Rosamund Lupton

Pros: The story is so beautiful that you won’t even mind the lecture Cons: Stumbles into lecturing toward the end Rating: 4.5 out of 5 In Rosamund Lupton’s The Quality of Silence, Yasmin has been told that her husband, Matt

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Review: “The Widow,” Fiona Barton

Pros: Fascinating mystery and characters Cons: Too many characters to keep track of Rating: 4 out of 5 The Widow, by Fiona Barton, is about a little girl named Bella, who disappeared from her yard one day. Except it’s also

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Review: “Point of Control,” L.J. Sellers

Pros: Interesting twist on an investigative main character Cons: Paid too much attention to that twist to the detriment of other characters Rating: 3 out of 5 Point of Control, by L.J. Sellers, is a thriller/mystery starring Andra Bailey, an

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

Pros: The Mira family; very dark; justice vs. vengeance Cons: … Rating: 4 out of 5 Brotherhood in Death is the latest in the fantastic ‘in death’ series by J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts). This time, Dennis Mira, the sweet and

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Review: “Flashpoint,” Lynn Hightower

Pros: Enjoyable serial killer mystery Cons: Somewhat predictable Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Flashpoint is book one of the Sonora Blair Mysteries by Lynn Hightower. Sonora is a homicide detective. The latest killing in her area beggars belief: someone stripped

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

Pros: Suspense Cons: “Meh” dialogue; didn’t really pull me in Rating: 3 out of 5 Expected publication date: September 15, 2015 Review book provided by publisher.   J.D. Robb’s (Nora Roberts’s) Devoted in Death is not the best example of

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Review: “The Informationist,” Taylor Stevens

Pros: Fantastic characters Cons: Gets a bit dark Rating: 5 out of 5 Vanessa Michael Munroe (she goes by Michael most often, and is androgynous enough to pass for either gender as she wishes) has a skill for learning the

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Review: “The Mask,” Taylor Stevens

Pros: Fascinating suspense with unusual cultural notes Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 The Mask: A Vanessa Michael Munroe Novel, by Taylor Stevens, is a delightful discovery for me–and one that will send me off looking to read earlier

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