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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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Non-Review: “Blood and Fire,” Shannon McKenna

Review book provided by Penguin Group   I do a “non-review” when I couldn’t finish a book. I won’t review it on Amazon or GoodReads, but I don’t mind telling you here why I chose not to finish. If there’s

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Review: “True Shot,” Joyce Lamb

Pros: Great sexual chemistry; fun characters; nice tension Cons: Certain plot aspects and the villain are a bit florid Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   Samantha Trudeau is a psychic FBI operative capable of

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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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"No One Left to Tell," Karen Rose

Pros: Larger-than-life blend of action, romance, and mystery Cons: Larger-than-life and melodramatic Rating: 4 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   PI Paige Holden took on a pro bono client—a woman she knows who believes that her

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