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Review: “Cold Hollow,” Emilie J. Howard

Pros: It could have been worse–maybe? Cons: Where should I start? Rating: 1.5 out of 5 Emilie J. Howard’s Cold Hollow (Cold Hollow Mysteries Book 1) is listed under horror on Amazon, but I’m not sure why. Her townspeople’s greatest

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Review: “Screams in the Woods,” Michael R. Martin

Pros: Perfect for readers who want lots of expository puzzling-out Cons: Long with lots of exposition Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Michael R. Martin’s Screams in the Woods is one of a certain kind of books: there’s a dark mystery

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Review: “Pacific Homicide,” Patricia Smiley

Pros: I definitely enjoy a good mystery Cons: Things that have already been done to death Rating: 3 out of 5 Pacific Homicide: A Mystery (A Pacific Homicide), by Patricia Smiley, introduces us to a detective Davie (Davina) Richards. A

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Review: “Breaking Wild,” Diane Les Becquets

Pros: Completely sucked me in Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Diane Les Becquets’s Breaking Wild is about two very different women, Amy Raye and Pru, on opposite sides of a search and rescue operation. Amy goes out elk

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Review: “The Troop,” Nick Cutter

Pros: Surprisingly fascinating Cons: Starts out a little awkwardly Rating: 4 out of 5 Nick Cutter’s The Troop kicks off with a troop of Scouts and their Scoutmaster off by themselves on an island for several days. An extremely emaciated,

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Review: “The Catch,” Taylor Stevens

Pros: Love watching Michael’s schemes take shape Cons: Slow through one part Rating: 4 out of 5 Vanessa Michael Munroe looks very androgynous, and she takes great advantage of that. She can be male or female depending on the temporary

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Review: “The Mask,” Taylor Stevens

Pros: Fascinating suspense with unusual cultural notes Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 The Mask: A Vanessa Michael Munroe Novel, by Taylor Stevens, is a delightful discovery for me–and one that will send me off looking to read earlier

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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: “Fanatic,” Jamie Lohmeyer

Pros: Tension increases later on Cons: Slow start Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Jamie Lohmeyer’s Fanatic is a suspense in which author Michael Viola returns to his home town and finds himself embroiled in a murder case. Richard, a high

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Review: “Thunderhead,” Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

Pros: Enjoyable archaeology thriller Cons: Stock characters; no real surprises Rating: 3 out of 5 Archaeologist Nora Kelly has found an old letter from her father, one that indicates he’d found the lost Anasazi city of Quivira, the fabled city

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