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Short Take: “The Copycat Murders,” William Meikle

Pros: Taut and intriguing Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 William Meikle’s work always seems to migrate to the top of my TBR pile. His novella The Copycat Murders is no exception! It starts several steps into the story,

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Short Take: “The Craving,” Steve Hudgins

Pros: Halfway-decent action Cons: Awkward style; ‘meh’ twist Rating: 2 out of 5 Steve Hudgins’s novella The Craving introduces us to The Man in Black, who wakes up in a rainy field with no idea of who he is or

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Short Take: “The Fading Place,” Mary SanGiovanni

Pros: Tense! Cons: Starts out a little slowly, but it works Rating: 4 out of 5 Mary SanGiovanni’s novella The Fading Place immediately sees Charlie Van Houten carjacked by Simone. Charlie has her baby Hayley in the back seat, and

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Review: “The Cabin at the End of the World,” Paul Tremblay

Pros: This story broke my brain Cons: Truly bizarre perspective/PoV switching Rating: 5 out of 5 Paul Tremblay’s The Cabin at the End of the World: A Novel introduces us to little girl Wen and her Daddy Eric and Daddy

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Review: “The Silent Corner,” Dean Koontz

Pros: Detailed world-building; tension Cons: Too depressing for me right now; starts out a bit slow and rambling Rating: 4 out of 5 I’d heard of Dean Koontz’s Jane Hawk novels, and I am overall a fan of his work,

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Review: “The New Neighbors,” Simon Lelic

Pros: Interesting mystery Cons: Structurally odd Rating: 4 out of 5 Simon Lelic’s The New Neighbors largely takes the form of a manuscript written alternately by Sydney and Jack, a couple who recently bought an old house stuffed with creepy

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Review: “The Beloveds,” Maureen Lindley

Pros: Weird, shifting tale Cons: Weird, shifting tale Rating: 4 out of 5 Maureen Lindley’s The Beloveds focuses on Elizabeth, who feels mightily aggrieved. As far as she’s concerned her life has always gone wrong. Her younger sister Gloria appropriated

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Review: “The Broken Girls,” Simone St. James

Pros: Fascinating story Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Uncorrected proof provided by publisher for review. In Simone St. James’s The Broken Girls, the time period switches back and forth between 1950 and 2014, in the small town of

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

Pros: Good length; plenty going on; lots of detail; multiple murders Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Dark in Death: An Eve Dallas Novel (In Death), by J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts), is book 46 in the “in Death” series

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Review: “The Memory Detective,” T.S. Nichols

Pros: What a great concept, executed brilliantly Cons: I wish there was already a sequel out! Rating: 5 out of 5 Uncorrected proof provided by publisher for review. T.S. Nichols’s The Memory Detective is about police officer Cole, also known

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