Monthly Archives: April 2013

Ghost Trio, by Lillian Q. Irwin (2013)

(nb: I received a review copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley) When NYC-based pianist Lee Howe’s partner, mezzo-soprano Devorah Manikian, moves to California, the couple is separated by more than just physical distance. Lee feels personally and … Continue reading

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Watched (Watched #1), by Cindy Hogan (2011)

(nb: I received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley) Christy is fifteen, and she’s always been the smartest kid in her class. So when she ignores the little voice telling her not to go inside The Norton Hotel, … Continue reading

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Double Feature, by Owen King (2013)

Owen King’s debut novel, “Double Feature,” is a sprawling, sometimes uneven novel that takes awhile to penetrate. Once you get into it, the story and characters move in a memorable dance between absurdism and apple pie America, blurring the lines … Continue reading

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Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell Is This?, by Marion Meade (1987, 2006)

The phrase “exhaustively researched” has never applied more to a book I’ve read than it does to Marion Meade’s splendid biography “Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell Is This?” Mrs. Parker had a career spanning five decades. She wrote short stories, … Continue reading

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Hooked: When Addiction Hits Home, by Chloe Shantz-Hilkes (2013)

(nb: I received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley) “Hooked: When Addiction Hits Home,” edited by Chloe Shantz-Hilkes, is not intended to entertain teens like “The Hunger Games” or the latest YA series. What it does is provide … Continue reading

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Unpredictable, by Eileen Cook (2007)

In Eileen Cook’s “Unpredictable,” Sophie Kintock finds herself at a low point. Her boyfriend of six years, Doug, has moved out, and Sophie is having a difficult time letting go. This is why she finds herself in his new, chic … Continue reading

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Domino (The Domino Trilogy Volume One), by Jill Elaine Hughes (2013)

4 of 5 stars bookshelves: (nb: I received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley) Be forewarned: “Domino” has some very erotic scenes. I mean, seriously, SERIOUSLY, capital-E erotic, complete with BDSM elements (BDSM=Bondage, Domination, Sadism, Masochism). It’s not … Continue reading

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