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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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"To the Power of Three", Laura Lippman

Pros: A complex murder mystery involving a remarkable web of personalities Cons: Not really the “suspense” the book cover would have us believe; most of these characters are seriously non-likable Rating: 4.5 out of 5   Kat, Perri, and Josie

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"If You See Her," Shiloh Walker

Pros: So totally in tears! An emotional roller-coaster tied to a dark mystery and some wonderful characters Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5   Hope Carson is a survivor of domestic abuse, still battling her demons and trying to

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"Broken Pieces," Carla Cassidy

Pros: Gets better and better as it goes, with a tear-jerker climax Cons: Rough start, with some too-perfect characters and stilted writing Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   Mariah Sayers fled the small town

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"Celebrity in Death," J.D. Robb

Pros: Good rationale for personal involvement this time; backs off of the dark personal stuff a bit; enjoyable murder mystery Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   A movie is finally being made

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"New York to Dallas," J.D. Robb

Pros: Interesting bad guy and race against time; some great side characters; we get to see the original case that made Eve the cop she is Cons: Too many coincidences; too much small world syndrome; too much Eve trauma Rating:

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