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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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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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