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

Pros: Great suspense and drama Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Craig Foster, a well-liked young teacher, is found dead in his classroom, the victim of a horrific poisoning. He’s found by two young students, Melodie and Rayleen. The

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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: “The Dollmaker,” Amanda Stevens

Pros: Interesting New Orleans milieu Cons: A bit muddled; yet another ‘unusual sexuality = murderous deviant’ equivalency Rating: 1 out of 5 Claire and Dave’s daughter Ruby disappeared seven years ago, never to be seen again. Suddenly Claire catches sight

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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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"Delusion in Death", J.D. Robb

Pros: Trademark snappy dialogue; fascinating mystery; continuing character development Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   Eve’s latest case is a terrifying one. A toxic brew of chemicals was released into a bar,

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"Envy," J.R. Ward

Pros: Delicious romantic pairing; tense story; author does a great job of sounding like her characters Cons: Definitely read the series in order; even characters with depth have moments of seeming like raging stereotypes; some of the “voices” of her

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