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Review: “Fiction River Presents: Racing the Clock,” ed. Allyson Longueira

Pros: Nifty thrillers Cons: Thematic issues Rating: 4 out of 5 Editor Allyson Longueira brings us the collection, Fiction River Presents: Racing the Clock (Volume 4). It’s an anthology themed around racing-the-clock thrillers. As with most anthologies, the editor’s particular

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Review: “Missing White Girl,” Jeffrey J. Mariotte

Pros: Very original Cons: Not entirely engaging Rating: 3 out of 5 Jeffrey J. Mariotte’s thriller Missing White Girl starts out seeming entirely ordinary, but it’s really a paranormal thriller. (This can feel discordant if you don’t know it up

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Review: “Death Takes a Diamond,” Dean Wesley Smith

Pros: Great concept! Cons: Everything might as well be magic Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Dean Wesley Smith’s novella/short novel Death Takes a Diamond: A Mary Jo Assassin Novel (Volume 2) is a fantastic concept. A couple of short, unassuming

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Review: “Silenced,” Nicole Givens Kurtz

Pros: Interesting worldbuilding Cons: Rough writing; needs another edit Rating: 3 out of 5 Nicole Givens Kurtz’s Silenced: A Cybil Lewis Novel (Cybil Lewis Mysteries) introduces us to Cybil Lewis, “private inspector and all around snoop”. This story takes place

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Review: “The Devil You Know,” Terry Tyler

Pros: Great concept executed well! Cons: Some stereotypes; a whole lot of misogyny Rating: 4 out of 5 Terry Tyler’s The Devil You Know approaches the serial killer thriller from a new direction. In a British town, there’s a serial

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Review: “The Third Mrs. Durst,” Ann Aguirre

Pros: The characters! The scheming! I’m floored! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 I came across Ann Aguirre’s The Third Mrs. Durst on Book-Twitter. Aguirre said she’d been told she should market it as “bisexual erotic murder ladies”, and

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Short Take: “The Long Sleep,” William Meikle

Pros: Delightful short mystery Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Mostly I’ve read William Meikle’s creature-features and cosmic horrors. This time I decided to read one of his Sherlock Holmes tales: The Long Sleep: A Weird Sherlock Holmes Adventure.

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Review: “The Exiled,” William Meikle

Pros: Original take on faerie abduction myths Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 William Meikle’s The Exiled is a creative mélange of horror, thriller, and a sort of quasi-urban fantasy. Police officer John Grainger is called to the scene

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Review: “Spectre,” Shiloh Walker

Pros: Hot, hot, hot! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Shiloh Walker’s character Spectre is a hard-hitting assassin-for-hire. Mob boss Tommy O’Halloran wants him to take a job, but when Spectre finds out the job is to kill the

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Review: “Koko,” Peter Straub

Pros: Extremely well-crafted Cons: I had a lot of trouble getting into it Rating: 4 out of 5 In Peter Straub’s thriller Koko (Blue Rose Trilogy), a handful of Vietnam vets in 1982 find themselves caught up in a mystery.

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