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Review: “Pretty Girls Dancing,” Kylie Brant

Pros: Very ‘real’ characters; made me tear up Cons: One character background Rating: 4 out of 5 Kylie Brant’s Pretty Girls Dancing concentrates on how devastating it can be to a family when the worst happens. Whitney DeVries disappears without

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Review: “Mink Eyes,” Max McBride

Pros: Slow unraveling of an interesting plot Cons: Some overwrought language Rating: 4 out of 5 NOTE: Publisher provided book for review.   First, I have to get this out of my system. I’ve read a fair amount of erotic

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Review: “Darkness at the Edge of Town,” Jennifer Harlow

Pros: Lots of interesting dysfunctional characters Cons: Undercover choice leads to some difficulties Rating: 4 out of 5 NOTE: Book provided by publisher for review   Jennifer Harlow’s Darkness at the Edge of Town: An Iris Ballard Thriller sees ex-FBI

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Review: “The Girl Who Lived,” Christopher Greyson

Pros: Fascinating and disturbing setup Cons: Faith is very self-sabotaging Rating: 4.5 out of 5 In Christopher Greyson’s The Girl Who Lived, Faith has been in and out of mental institutions ever since most of her family was killed. Her

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Review: “Killer Savant,” Ike Hamill

Pros: Bizarre and fascinating Cons: Weird gender not-really-theme? Rating: 4 out of 5 Ike Hamill’s Killer Savant mostly worked for me. I find the quality of his work varies wildly, but on the whole I love it and want to

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Review: “The Night of the Moths,” Riccardo Bruni

Pros: Great characters; interesting mystery Cons: A bit slow at times; some confusion as to time/PoV Rating: 4 out of 5 Riccardo Bruni’s mystery/suspense The Night of the Moths is translated to English from the original Italian, and the story

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Review: “Silent Fear,” Lance and James Morcan

Pros: Taut thriller with plenty going on Cons: Tone-deaf approach to girls and sex, especially at this time Rating: 4 out of 5 NOTE: free book provided for review by authors.   Lance and James Morcan’s Silent Fear (A novel

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Short Take: “The Unremembered Girl,” Eliza Maxwell

Pros: Raw, beautiful, vivid Cons: Depressing & painful Rating: 5 out of 5 Eliza Maxwell’s The Unremembered Girl sees a poor rural family take in a mysterious ‘stray’ who knows herself simply as ‘Girl’. She’s given the name Eve, and

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

Pros: Until the ending, it’s up to Robb’s usual quality and style Cons: Went from too many suspects to just one with a real leap of logic Rating: 3 out of 5 Secrets in Death: An Eve Dallas Novel (In

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Review: “Come Sundown,” Nora Roberts

Pros: interesting ranching business; gets pretty dark in spots; good characters Cons: slow; too similar to some of Roberts’ other books; gets pretty dark in spots; too many characters Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Nora Roberts’ Come Sundown covers several

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