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Review: “The Hangman,” Louise Penny

Pros: Simple mystery Cons: Not much tension Rating: 4 out of 5   One of the difficulties of getting a book from the library or getting an e-book copy is that I don’t necessarily know as much about a book

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Non-Review: “A Death in Eden,” Paul J. Heald

NOTE: Review book provided by author   I do a “non-review” when I couldn’t finish a book. I won’t review it on Amazon or GoodReads, but I don’t mind telling you here why I chose not to finish. If there’s

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Review: “Spectrum,” Alan Jacobson

Pros: Nice mystery with good twists, turns, and tensions Cons: Really confusing PoV; jumps around a lot in time Rating: 3 out of 5 Review e-book provided by Open Road Integrated Media Expected release date: October 7, 2014   Description

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Review: “Brimstone,” Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Pros: Engrossing read with plenty of tense scenes Cons: Some flat, stereotyped suspects Rating: 3.5 out of 5 A most unusual murder has occurred: a man appears to have been burned from the inside out. A print of a cloven

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Review: “Festive in Death,” J.D. Robb

Pros: Plenty of nice twists & turns; fun character stuff built around Christmas Cons: Not as much tension as I’d like Rating: 4 out of 5 Review book provided by Penguin Group Expected release date: September 9, 2014.   Festive

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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: “Concealed in Death,” J.D. Robb

Pros: The usual fun, interesting ride Cons: One seeming intelligence breakdown; not the best of the series Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   Concealed in Death, by J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts), is the latest

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"Thankless in Death", J.D. Robb/Nora Roberts

Pros: Unusual antagonist and lots of Eve curmudgeonliness Cons: The antagonist is also annoying; a few too many unwanted accolades get thrown at Eve’s feet Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Release date: September 17, 2013 Review book courtesy of Penguin

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"Bronze Gods," A.A. Aguirre

Pros: Fantastic character interplay; gorgeous world-building. I think I’m falling in love with Ritsuko and Mikani. Cons: Occasional difficulty telling which of the partners is speaking Rating: 5 out of 5 Release date: April 30, 2013 Review book courtesy of

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"Calculated in Death," J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts)

Pros: Fun tale with some intriguing twists, enjoyable turns, and interesting characters Cons: The “impulsive” bad guy was a little too predictable at the end Rating: 4 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   Eve has a

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