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March 31, 2014 – 8:10 pm | 3 Comments

This review originally appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers and is reprinted here with permission.
The opening of Kristina Ohlsson’s The Disappeared is one of the most disturbing in recent memory. An unnamed woman watches an …

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Book Review: THE DISAPPEARED by Kristina Ohlsson

March 31, 2014 – 8:10 pm | 3 Comments
Book Review: THE DISAPPEARED by Kristina Ohlsson

This review originally appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers and is reprinted here with permission.
The opening of Kristina Ohlsson’s The Disappeared is one of the most disturbing in recent memory. An unnamed woman watches an …

Book Review: LOVE STORY, WITH MURDERS by Harry Bingham

March 10, 2014 – 9:41 pm | One Comment
Book Review: LOVE STORY, WITH MURDERS by Harry Bingham

This review originally appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers and is reprinted here with permission.
Welsh Detective Constable Fiona Griffiths returns for her second outing in Harry Bingham’s Love Story, with Murders (after 2012’s Talking to …

Nerdy Special List March 2014

March 6, 2014 – 10:07 pm | 14 Comments
Nerdy Special List March 2014

Gah, the first week of March is gone already? This list is a bit late because I worked on the Oscars most of last week (see picture below) and needed to do some major catching …

Book Review: BARK by Lorrie Moore

February 25, 2014 – 10:15 pm | 2 Comments
Book Review: BARK by Lorrie Moore

This review is by contributor Thuy Dinh, editor of Da Mau Magazine.
Lorrie Moore’s Bark is more like a dachshund’s whimper. An elegy to fifty-something baby boomers, this collection of short stories is listless despite the high-concept packaging: the notion of stories …

Book Review: ROMANCE IS MY DAY JOB by Patience Bloom

February 23, 2014 – 9:27 pm | 4 Comments
Book Review: ROMANCE IS MY DAY JOB by Patience Bloom

This book is a testament to how much a cover can help a book’s discoverability. I rarely read memoirs and never read romance novels, but when I received a pitch for this memoir by Harlequin …

Book Review + Giveaway: NORTH OF BOSTON by Elisabeth Elo

February 9, 2014 – 8:33 pm | 12 Comments
Book Review + Giveaway: NORTH OF BOSTON by Elisabeth Elo

In crime fiction, the protagonists can start to resemble each other after a while: tough FBI agent or military guy or cop or private eye, etc. I’m not saying books can’t be good with those …

Nerdy Special List February 2014

February 2, 2014 – 7:12 pm | One Comment
Nerdy Special List February 2014

Happy February! I have a feeling I’ll turn around and it’ll be September before I know it. But in the meantime, I’ll enjoy the shortest month of the year.
I’m happy to welcome a new contributor …

Book Review: THE LAST DEAD GIRL by Harry Dolan

January 29, 2014 – 12:01 am | 3 Comments
Book Review: THE LAST DEAD GIRL by Harry Dolan

This originally ran as a starred review in Shelf Awareness for Readers and is reprinted here with permission.
Fans of Harry Dolan’s Bad Things Happen and Very Bad Men will want to read the prequel The Last Dead Girl, which covers a …

Book Giveaway: SUSPECT by Robert Crais

January 9, 2014 – 9:20 pm | 20 Comments
Book Giveaway: SUSPECT by Robert Crais

Hello, dear PCN readers, are you still there?
In case anyone noticed, I have been away for a while, not just from this blog but from home. I spent the last 6 weeks of 2013 on …

A Peek Inside J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst’s S.

October 29, 2013 – 8:15 am | 2 Comments
A Peek Inside J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst’s S.

Some of you may have heard about the book called S. that J.J. Abrams collaborated on with Doug Dorst. Abrams came up with the idea and Dorst wrote it.
According to the press release, Abrams saw …

Book Review—BRIDGET JONES: MAD ABOUT THE BOY by Helen Fielding

October 24, 2013 – 11:38 pm | 6 Comments
Book Review—BRIDGET JONES: MAD ABOUT THE BOY by Helen Fielding

I really hated starting this book after I’d seen Entertainment Weekly‘s major plot spoiler in a headline on its homepage, with no spoiler alert or option to have the spoiler revealed only to readers who …

Book Review: THE OCTOBER LIST by Jeffery Deaver

October 17, 2013 – 11:48 pm |
Book Review: THE OCTOBER LIST by Jeffery Deaver

This review originally appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers and is reprinted here with permission.
In the foreword to The October List (or is it the afterword, since it’s at the back of the book?), Jeffery Deaver explains …

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