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Noah’s Rainy Day (Liv Bergen Mystery #4), by Sandra Brannan (2013)

Trapped Inside a Beautiful Mind (nb: I received an Advance Review Copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley) Noah is twelve years old, and he wants to be a spy. He has the makings of a good one, … Continue reading

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The Owners Manual for Driving Your Adolescent Brain, by Terrence Deak, PhD; JoAnn Deak, PhD; illustrated by Freya Harrison

Adolescence is never easy. We know to expect many of the changes we encounter: girls growing breasts and curves, boys voices deepening, and everyone growing hair all over parts they used to be scared to wash. These are the “normal” … Continue reading

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Roadkill, by Alexandra Allred (2013)

(nb: I received an Advance Review Copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley) Juggling Diapers and Danger: Meet Allie Lindell Allie Lindell is not enjoying a halcyon movie relationship at the moment. She’s a stay-at-home mom for her … Continue reading

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Riptide Ultra-Glide, by Tim Dorsey (2013)

It’s been a bad year for Patrick and Barbara McDougall. The couple are both Wisconsin schoolteachers who get laid-off. Pat decides he and Bar need a vacation, and thus books a reservation for a reasonably priced motel along beautiful, beachfront … Continue reading

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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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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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Raising Innocence (Rylee Adamson #3), by Shannon Mayer (2013)

Shannon Mayer’s Rylee Adamson series is like any other really good paranormal series in the same way that a Formula One car is like a Prius: they’re both good for what they are, but one is a hell of a … Continue reading

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Alex, by Pierre Lemaitre (2013)

(nb: I received an advance review copy from the publisher via NetGalley) An Unputdownable Thriller Alex is a young woman in Paris, a pretty girl, full of life. One night, after she’s eaten a nice dinner, a giant of a … Continue reading

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