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Review: “Come Sundown,” Nora Roberts

Pros: interesting ranching business; gets pretty dark in spots; good characters Cons: slow; too similar to some of Roberts’ other books; gets pretty dark in spots; too many characters Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Nora Roberts’ Come Sundown covers several

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Review: “Blonde Ice,” R.G. Belsky

Pros: Great characterizations Cons: One spot that confused me Rating: 4 out of 5 R.G. Belsky’s Blonde Ice: A Gil Malloy Novel follows (obviously) Gil Malloy, a hot-shot journalist who likes jumping into the middle of trouble. A woman named

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Review: “The Least of My Scars,” Stephen Graham Jones

Pros: Really fascinating Cons: confusing as hell Rating: 3 out of 5 Stephen Graham Jones’ The Least of My Scars is all about William Colton Hughes. He’s a serial killer, but he’d rather skip the stalking of his prey and

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Review: “A Darker Sky,” Mari Jungstedt, Ruben Eliassen

Pros: Great characters Cons: Some small loose threads Rating: 4.5 out of 5 In Mari Jungstedt and Ruben Eliassen’s A Darker Sky (The Canary Island Series), Erika is toward the beginning of a two-month yoga retreat. After going out one

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Review: “Play Dead,” Angela Marsons

Pros: I really like Kim as a character; mostly good plotting Cons: Really? We’re still on gender-identity trauma leading to psychopathic behavior? Rating: 2 out of 5 Angela Marsons’ Play Dead (Detective Kim Stone Book 4) focuses on Kim Stone,

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Review: “Everyone Pays,” Seth Harwood

Pros: Midly interesting plotting Cons: Awkward and stilted narrative and dialogue; female character issues Rating: 2 out of 5 In Seth Harwood’s Everyone Pays homicide officer Clara Donner is on a mission. Bodies are starting to pile up, but they’re

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Review: “Invisible,” James Patterson, David Ellis

Pros: Meticulously plotted for the most part Cons: Emmy’s stupidity Rating: 4 out of 5 Invisible is about Emmy Dockery, an FBI research analyst who’s convinced she’s detected a serial killer that everyone else has missed. He covers up his

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Short Take: “Santa Took Them,” William Malmborg

Pros: Fun, frenetic, crazy Cons: Small holes Rating: 4 out of 5 William Malmborg’s Santa Took Them is a fun and frenetic serial killer thriller. Years ago, most of the members of a family were killed, and the number one

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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: “Next Victim,” Michael Prescott

Pros: Some nice unusual tidbits Cons: Other not-so-surprising parts Rating: 4 out of 5 Michael Prescott’s Next Victim (Tess McCallum & Abby Sinclair Book 2) involves a serial killer from previous times (Mobius) and a new terror plot. Tess McCallum

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