Category Archives: Mysteries/Thrillers

Escaping Reality (The Secret Life of Amy Benson #1), by Lisa Renee Jones (2013)

Steamy Suspense Amy Reynolds is enjoying a fundraiser at the New York museum where she works. She goes into the ladies room, and there’s an envelope taped to the mirror. Inside is a key with a cryptic note. She’s in … Continue reading

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The Shining Girls, by Lauren Beukes (2013)

It’s 1931 Chicago, and like so many Americans during the Great Depression, Harper Curtis has it rough. Harper lives in one of the many “Hoovervilles,” small villages of tarpaper shacks and tents where those with nowhere else to go try … Continue reading

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Exile on Slain Street (Clancy Parker Mysteries #2), by P.J. Morse (2013)

(nb: I received an Advance Review Copy from the publisher) “Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.” This immortal line—often misattributed to Shakespeare—comes from William Congreve’s play, The Mourning Bride. … Continue reading

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The Clockwork Scarab (Stoker & Holmes #1), by Colleen Gleason (2013)

If the names Stoker and Holmes sound familiar, they should. Evaline Stoker comes from a long line of vampire hunters. She has incredible strength, courage and agility, as well as a sort of recklessness. The Stokers are among high societies … Continue reading

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Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel, by Lee Child (2013)

(nb: I received an advance review copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss) One of my favorite things about Jack Reacher is his combination of intelligence and toughness. He has wits, training, and experience—as former Commander of the … Continue reading

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Top Down, by Jim Lehrer (2013)

(nb: I received an Advance Review Copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss) I made one huge mistake with Jim Lehrer’s new book, “Top Down.” I started reading it with the idea that I’d get through a few … Continue reading

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The Boy Who Could See Demons, by Carolyn Jess-Cooke (2013)

“The Boy Who Could See Demons” is named Alex Connolly. He’s ten-years-old, and lives in a decrepit council house in Belfast, Northern Ireland. His mother, Cindy, has serious problems. She loves Alex, but she can barely take care of herself. … Continue reading

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