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Short Take: “Come Twilight”, Tyler Dilts

Pros: Interesting mysteries Cons: Some confusions; hard to like some of the characters Rating: 3.5 out of 5 In Tyler Dilts’ Come Twilight (Long Beach Homicide book 4), homicide detective Danny Beckett is having a really bad day. He catches

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Review: “Labyrinth Lost,” Zoraida Cordova

Pros: Fascinating Cons: Powers become generic Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas), by Zoraida Cordova, is billed as a young adult book (not surprising, given the themes of finding oneself and growing into our power), but it’s

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

Pros: Enjoyable story and characters; thank heavens that Eve and Roarke are not mixed up in this one. Cons: Nothing terribly new Rating: 3.5 out of 5 In J.D. Robb’s Apprentice in Death, New York is in a panic. There’s

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Review: “The Black: Outbreak,” Paul E. Cooley

Pros: LOTS of tension and action Cons: Want more! Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Paul E. Cooley’s The Black: Outbreak (book three) follows on the heels of The Black: Arrival (book two) and just The Black (book one). One thing

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Short Take: “The Girl From the Sea”, Shalini Boland

Pros: Really annoying characters Cons: Interesting wrap-up Rating: 3 out of 5 Shalini Boland’s The Girl from the Sea is not the “gripping psychological thriller” it says it is. A young woman washes up on a beach with retrograde amnesia–she

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Short Take: “Die For You,” Lisa Unger

Pros: Quite a few interesting characters Cons: Isabel is stupidly stubborn Rating: 3 out of 5 Lisa Unger’s Die for You follows a writer, Isabel, and the disappearance of her husband, Marcus Raine. However, the farther she heads down that

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Review: “Black Out,” Lisa Unger

Pros: I can follow this one (mostly)! Fascinating characters Cons: PoV does weird stuff Rating: 4 out of 5 I recently read Lisa Unger’s Beautiful Lies and Sliver of Truth. The tales cavorted through a minefield of lies and deception

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Review: “THEM: Gabby’s Run,” M.D. Massey

Pros: As a short story, it’s good Cons: … Rating: 4 out of 5 M.D. Massey’s THEM Gabby’s Run: A Them Paranormal Post-Apocalyptic Novel (Volume 4) is ‘volume four’ of the THEM series by publication order, but this short story

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Review: “The Black,” Paul E. Cooley

Pros: Good female character; fascinating backdrop; scary enemy Cons: That good ol’ “Chekhov’s Gun” problem Rating: 4 out of 5 In Paul E. Cooley’s The Black: A Deep Sea Thriller, a team with new and advanced equipment heads off to

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Review: “A Time of Torment,” John Connolly

Pros: Wonderful characters; fascinating locale; I clearly need to read more about Charlie and his… associates Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 John Connolly’s A Time of Torment: A Charlie Parker Thriller is fantastic. It’s a comparatively long read,

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