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"Chimera," Rob Thurman

Pros: Gorgeous, cinematic story with a great deal of personality Cons: Might start a little slow for some; I wanted a little more about Jericho Rating: 4 out of 5 Visit Rob Thurman online.   Stefan Korsak is a bodyguard

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"You Belong to Me," Karen Rose

Pros: taut pacing and plotting; characters I want to see more of; suspenseful Cons: large cast of characters with plenty of dark secrets—pro or con depending on the reader (see review) Rating: 5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of

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"Babydoll," a non-review

Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   To recap: when I put up a “non-review,” it means I couldn’t finish a book. I’m not going to review it on Epinions or Amazon, and this isn’t going to be a full-on

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"Cold Touch," Leslie Parrish

Pros: Chilling, thrilling, and blood-stirring Cons: Some genre standard elements, but they’re handled very well Rating: 5 out of 5 Review book (uncorrected proof) courtesy of the author Expected release date: July 5, 2011   Olivia Wainwright, daughter of wealthy

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"Deadly Dreams," Kylie Brant

Pros: Nice slow buildup of both the murder plot and the romance Cons: Odd sudden appearance of psychic abilities in the series; somewhat predictable bad guy; too many haunted/”damaged” women in this series Rating: 3 out of 5 Review book

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

Pros: Fascinating plot, fun dialogue, and great characters Cons: Too many coincidental ties; too much angst and introspection Rating: 3 out of 5   Eve has to face the worst: not only was a cop killed in her city, but

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

Pros: Full-bore dive into the “dirty cop” plot; significant Peabody character development Cons: Some transparent excuses to let Eve go head-to-head with the bad guys Rating: 4 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group Expected publication date: 2/22/2011

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"The Other Side," J.D. Robb et. al.

Pros: An interesting variety of takes on the spiritual side of life Cons: Stories range from fantastic to awful Rating: 3 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   The Other Side is a book of five stories

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"Deadly Intent," Kylie Brant

Pros: Fascinating thriller; interesting characters Cons: As good as these books are, they’re too formulaic after four of them Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   Macy Reid, forensic linguist, is an expert on kidnappings

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

Pros: Dialogue and narrative are in snarky rare form! Great characters & fun plot Cons: Could use a little less of the now-repetitive introspection Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   Top New York murder

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