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Review: “Leverage in Death,” J.D. Robb

Pros: The usual fun world and characters; an interesting mystery Cons: So. Much. Talking. Rating: 3 out of 5 J.D. Robb’s (Nora Roberts’s) Leverage in Death: An Eve Dallas Novel (In Death, Book 47) is not her best work. In

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Review: “Day 9,” Robert Jeschonek

Pros: Vivid and original Cons: Pointlessly bizarre; plot holes; unlikable characters Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Robert Jeschonek’s Day 9: A Novel is certainly… original. There are two parallel narratives going on. In one, an author named Dunne has teamed

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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 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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Short Take: “Lullaby Road,” James Anderson

Pros: Fascinating little desert town Cons: Ending loses its mooring a bit Rating: 4 out of 5 Lullaby Road, by James Anderson, centers around truck driver and somewhat-thug Ben. He becomes babysitter for a day when someone leaves a child

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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: “Lie With Me,” Sabine Durrant

Pros: Fascinating plot weaving Cons: Main character is definitely not sympathetic Rating: 4 out of 5 Sabine Durrant’s Lie With Me tells the story of Paul, a selfish and self-centered novelist who’s still riding off of the reputation he gained

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Review: “Two Girls Down,” Louisa Luna

Pros: Love the quirky and messed-up characters Cons: Vega’s too-perfect hacker plot device, I mean, colleague Rating: 4 out of 5 Uncorrected proof provided by publisher for review. In Louisa Luna’s Two Girls Down, two young sisters, Kylie (10) and

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Review: “The Chalk Man,” C.J. Tudor

Pros: Fascinating Cons: I was left with a few confusions Rating: 4.5 out of 5 C.J. Tudor’s The Chalk Man is a fascinating tale of a decades-old maybe-solved murder and a new danger. In 1986, a group of friends (Eddie,

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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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