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Nerdy Special List June 2016

June 9, 2016 – 9:52 pm | 6 Comments

I turned on the air conditioning and pulled out the tank tops two days ago, so you know what that means: I shouldn’t be opening the door to strangers.
It also means it’s time for the June Nerdy …

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Book Review: CITY OF THE LOST by Kelley Armstrong

May 26, 2016 – 11:10 pm | One Comment

I featured this book in May’s Nerdy Special List, but the full review below appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers and is republished here with permission.

5135xhS181L._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_” ‘I killed a man,’ I say to my new therapist.”

With this opening line in City of the Lost, Kelley Armstrong introduces homicide detective Casey Duncan. Casey makes clear her declaration is neither a metaphor, such as for breaking a man’s heart—“A bullet does break a heart”—nor a statement about a job-related incident. Nope. She killed a man while in college. And got away with it.

The only person who knows and has kept her secret is her friend Diana, and now Diana needs Casey’s help to escape from an abusive ex. Diana convinces Casey to relocate with her to a remote community called Rockton in the wilds of Canada. The residents there are all hiding from something; with no modern technology available—even electricity is limited—they can stay off the grid.

Casey soon realizes, however, that Rockton may be an even more dangerous place for her and Diana, because someone is murdering the inhabitants. As the town’s new detective, Casey has to hunt down the killer, but this time she might end up as prey.

Casey is a singular, riveting protagonist–tough but loyal, knowing the difference between taking risks and being irresponsible. There’s tantalizing romantic tension between her and Rockton’s sheriff and his deputy, though that element isn’t the focus.

The mystery is complex, takes unusual turns, and the setting of isolated territory surrounded by menacing woods is as breathtaking as it is unsettling. Looking for a captivating story? Escape to City of the Lost.

*****

Have a safe holiday weekend, everyone. What are you planning to read over the next three days?

Girl, You Need New Friends

May 10, 2016 – 9:17 pm | 5 Comments
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I’ve been reading a couple of books in which a woman experiences or witnesses something shocking and she tells someone or several people. And no one believes her, not even her closest family members and friends.
They suggest …

Movie Review: THE JUNGLE BOOK

April 13, 2016 – 9:41 pm | One Comment
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The first question I asked when I went into a screening of Disney’s live-action remake of The Jungle Book was: Is this a musical? The answer: No.
Fine by me.
My second question was: Will “The Bare Necessities” …

Nerdy Special List April 2016

April 4, 2016 – 10:06 pm | 4 Comments
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I’m so excited April is here, because not only is it my birthday month, about 93 people I know and love also have birthdays. There will be lots of celebrating ’round here! (With loads of cake …

Book Review: THE WATCHER IN THE WALL by Owen Laukkanen

March 30, 2016 – 8:38 pm | 2 Comments
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Adrian Miller, tired of being tormented at school, hangs himself while home alone. But there’s a witness to his act—someone watching via videocam on his computer. Not just watching but encouraging him to do it, …

Movie Review: BATMAN V. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

March 25, 2016 – 12:00 am | 4 Comments
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When I was a kid—heck, even now—nothing much could get me out of bed early on a Saturday morning. If something could, it was a BIG DEAL.
And so it was, the show Super Friends, which …

Nerdy Special List March 2016

March 8, 2016 – 1:51 am | 2 Comments
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So…it’s been an interesting month. For the past several weeks, I’ve been traveling a lot—all over California, into Nevada, and down under to Australia. Some of it was work-related, some not, but none of it was …

Book Review: THE SHUT EYE by Belinda Bauer

February 10, 2016 – 8:20 pm | 4 Comments
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Detective Chief Inspector John Marvel is obsessed with the disappearance of 12-year-old Edie Evans, who went missing more than a year earlier while riding her bike, but Marvel’s boss, the superintendent, wants the detective to …

Nerdy Special List February 2016

February 7, 2016 – 9:18 pm | 8 Comments
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I’m baaack!
I’ll wait until all 3 of you are done thinking, “Wait, she went somewhere?”
This past month was challenging because Mr. PCN had surgery, but he’s well on his way to recovery so life has returned …

Thoughts on the 73rd Golden Globes

January 10, 2016 – 11:02 pm | 5 Comments
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This was one of the weirder Golden Globes ceremonies in recent memory. Sylvester Stallone winning best supporting actor in a motion picture for Creed? Lady Gaga is the best lead actress in a limited series for American …

Q & A with Robert Crais

January 8, 2016 – 12:26 am | 8 Comments
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After a long wait for readers, Robert Crais released The Promise last November. I pounced on it like it was the last piece of bacon post-apocalypse. It’s billed as an Elvis and Joe novel but …

Nerdy Special List January 2016

January 5, 2016 – 11:23 pm | 5 Comments
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Happy 2016! Hope your holidays were beautiful and full of things that made you all fuzzy inside. Or on the outside, if that’s your preference. I don’t judge.
I had a wonderful time with family, mooching …

An INSIDE OUT Christmas

December 14, 2015 – 8:31 pm | 5 Comments
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This past weekend I attended my friend Mari’s annual holiday theme party. Long-time PCN readers might remember her incredible Harry Potter party and the Dr. Seuss one, among others. This year’s theme was:

In case you don’t …

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