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Review: “Null Set,” S.L. Huang

Pros: Fascinating premise and execution Cons: Cliffhanger ending Rating: 5 out of 5 S.L. Huang’s Null Set: A Cas Russell Novel is an excellent sequel to her Zero Sum Game. Both books are about Cas Russell, “a supernaturally mathematical retrieval

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Short Take: “Dear Laura,” Gemma Amor

Pros: Horrifying! Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Gemma Amor’s novella Dear Laura introduces us to a woman on a mission. When she was 14, her best friend Bobby got into a mysterious car and disappeared, never to be

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Review: “Inspection,” Josh Malerman

Pros: So intense! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Josh Malerman’s Inspection: A Novel blew me away. We’re introduced to J, a boy who’s being raised in an isolated school for geniuses. He and his “brothers” are called the

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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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Review: “Beware of Wolf,” Geonn Cannon

Pros: Delightful story on several levels Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Geonn Cannon’s Beware of Wolf: An Underdogs Novel is a delightful urban fantasy-slash-thriller. Private investigator Ariadne (Ari) Willow is a werewolf, or canidae. Her partner and lover,

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Review: “The Luminous Dead,” Caitlin Starling

Pros: Intense! Cons: Mild confusion Rating: 5 out of 5 Caitlin Starling’s The Luminous Dead: A Novel is an intense psychological thriller that I couldn’t put down! Gyre is a caver, but she’s lied about how much experience she has.

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Review: “Into the Dark,” J.A. Schneider

Pros: Second half Cons: First half Rating: 3.5 out of 5 J.A. Schneider’s INTO THE DARK is a thriller/mystery about art history teacher Annie Lamb and her psychiatrist husband, Ben. Before Annie married Ben, he was married once before–and his

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Review: “Zero Sum Game,” S.L. Huang

Pros: Adrenaline-packed, high-intrigue, snarky adventure Cons: Didn’t go quite far enough Rating: 5 out of 5 S.L. Huang’s Zero Sum Game (Cas Russell) is a delightfully sardonic thriller with some unusual characters and relationships. Cas Russell is a retrieval artist–people

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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: “Connections in Death,” J.D. Robb

Pros: Vintage Robb style; wonderfully quotable text Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 My assessments of the “in Death” books by J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts) tend to range from 3 out of 5 to 5 out of 5; they

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