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August 7, 2017 – 1:37 am | 7 Comments

Summer is almost over and I’m relieved because I’m melting. But I’ve had more excellent reads this summer than I did in the past few years, and many of the standout books are August releases.
Here are our recommendations this …

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Nerdy Special List October 2013

October 6, 2013 – 7:45 pm | One Comment
the double

October is here, which means Valentine’s Day decorations should be going up soon. This year has flown! Hope you’re enjoying the fall weather, though it’s 87 degrees outside as I write this. I try to …

Book Review: NEVER GO BACK by Lee Child

September 17, 2013 – 11:59 pm | 8 Comments

This review appeared last week in Shelf Awareness for Readers, and is reprinted here with permission.
After trying for several books to get to Virginia, Jack Reacher finally makes it there in Lee Child’s Never Go …

Book Review: THE GIRL YOU LEFT BEHIND by Jojo Moyes

September 6, 2013 – 12:17 am | No Comment
girl you left behind

This review appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers last week, and is reprinted here with permission.
Jojo Moyes follows her word-of-mouth hit Me Before You (one of my top three 2012 reads) with The Girl You Left Behind, a …

Nerdy Special List September 2013

September 3, 2013 – 10:15 pm | 2 Comments
never go back

September is finally here, which makes me happy, because fall is one of my favorite seasons, though it’s been ridiculously hot, so I may have to wish winter would hurry.
It didn’t help at all that …

In Other Affairs

August 24, 2013 – 12:32 am | 8 Comments

Just wanted to peek in on this Saturday to share a couple of things. I wrote about Marisha Pessl’s Night Film over at Criminal Element, and included some choice lines from the book, which I …

Gunpoint Review: THE HANGING by Lotte and Soren Hammer

August 21, 2013 – 8:41 pm | No Comment
the hanging cover

It’s time for another Gunpoint Review, when I force my friend Lauren into reviewing something for me, using the following template. She may grumble about the free labor, but her posts are hugely popular, and …

The Winners of the 2013 Stalker Awards Are…

August 20, 2013 – 9:47 pm | 5 Comments

With roughly 1,900 hits, this year’s Stalker Awards got twice the votes as last year’s. This was no doubt because so many of you helped spread the word about voting. I thank you profusely for …

Stalker Award Nominees 2013

August 11, 2013 – 9:22 pm | 3 Comments
femme cover

Three months ago, I asked for nominations for the third annual Stalker Awards, submitted by crime-fiction fans at large. The awards are given out to novels and authors they’re obsessed with, but you know, in …

Book Review: THE NEVER LIST by Koethi Zan

August 7, 2013 – 12:03 am | 2 Comments
the never list

This review originally appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers, and is reprinted here with permission.
The title of Koethi Zan’s The Never List refers to what Sarah and her best friend Jennifer kept as a reminder of …

Nerdy Special List August 2013

August 5, 2013 – 12:39 am | 4 Comments
night film

I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking, It’s August already?? I think I fell into a time machine and accidentally hit the fast-forward button.
Well, summer might be wrapping up for those going back to school, …

Book Review: CLOSE MY EYES by Sophie McKenzie

July 29, 2013 – 10:30 pm | 3 Comments
close my eyes

Sophie McKenzie’s first thriller for adults, Close My Eyes, begins eight years after the protagonist Geniver gave birth to her stillborn baby, Beth, whom Gen is still mourning. She has undergone in vitro fertilization multiple …

Book Review: THE LAST WORD by Lisa Lutz

July 24, 2013 – 9:26 pm | One Comment
last word cover

This originally appeared as a starred review in Shelf Awareness for Readers, and is reprinted here with permission.
After her hostile takeover of the family detective agency in 2012’s Trail of the Spellmans, Izzy Spellman is now the …

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