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Winner of Signed Galley of Kathryn Casey's BLOOD LINES

June 16, 2009 – 1:58 am | 13 Comments
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Instead of using random.org, I chose this very scientific method for the giveaway drawing: I wrote names of interested parties on folded strips of paper, put them in a hat, mixed them up, walked over …

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THE ANGEL’S GAME Is a Dangerous One

June 16, 2009 – 1:46 am | One Comment
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Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s international phenomenon, The Shadow of the Wind, is a luscious epic about how the love of books can transform and even save lives. Zafon could’ve been writing about readers’ feelings towards Shadow …

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SHUTTER ISLAND Trailer

June 14, 2009 – 4:03 pm | 16 Comments
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Here’s another one to put on your must-see/must-read list (sorry, Shelley P and Julien, for making your stack so tall!). When Dennis Lehane’s Shutter Island first came out in 2003, I wrote the review below …

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THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE Trailer and Poster Revealed (Video)

June 14, 2009 – 1:24 am | 20 Comments
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If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you might know I’ve been keeping tabs on the movie version of Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife since it’s one of my absolutely favorite books …

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Free Stuff: Giveaway of Autographed Galley of Kathryn Casey's BLOOD LINES

June 8, 2009 – 8:00 pm | 14 Comments
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Kathryn Casey, true crime writer and novelist, is generously offering a signed, personalized galley of her upcoming mystery, Blood Lines, to one of my readers, even if you’re outside the U.S.! The book is the …

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Javier Bardem Will LOVE Julia Roberts

June 7, 2009 – 11:17 pm | 11 Comments
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I’m trying not to drool as I write this. Variety reports that Javier Bardem has been cast in the movie version of Elizabeth Gilbert’s monster bestselling memoir Eat, Pray, Love as “Felipe” (his real name …

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Jim Kelly's DEATH WORE WHITE Has Dark Edges

May 28, 2009 – 7:51 pm | 6 Comments
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I love a good locked-room mystery and that’s essentially what Jim Kelly’s Death Wore White (out June 9) is, except it takes place outdoors. One winter evening during a blizzard, eight drivers are trapped after …

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Giveaway: Free Tickets to Bookstock 2009

May 27, 2009 – 11:13 am | 7 Comments

Do you live in the San Francisco area and are looking for something cool to do next weekend? Check out Bookstock 2009, a music, art and music festival held next Saturday, June 6, at AT&T …

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Jack Reacher Will Not Be GONE TOMORROW

May 18, 2009 – 11:02 pm | 9 Comments
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The title of Lee Child’s 13th Jack Reacher novel, Gone Tomorrow (out today), is misleading since Reacher ain’t going anywhere any time soon. He’s back, this time in New York City, kicking asses like always …

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Ayelet Waldman's Annoying BAD MOTHER

May 12, 2009 – 11:24 pm | One Comment
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This review was written by contributing writer Thuy Dinh, a practicing attorney and an editor of the webzine Da Mau. She is also a mother of three.
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Ayelet Waldman, wife of Michael Chabon, is no stranger …

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George Pelecanos's THE WAY HOME Is Worth Taking

May 11, 2009 – 10:32 pm | 6 Comments
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This review was written by contributing writer Eric Edwards.
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I’ve never read any of George Pelecanos’s novels so I was very surprised to finish The Way Home (out today) in a single sitting. The book’s lean …

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Mystery and Mirth Mingle at Malice Domestic 2009

May 8, 2009 – 11:30 am | 5 Comments
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Malice Domestic is a mystery convention that takes place every year in the D.C. area., honoring the traditional mystery (no explicit sex or violence). The organization hands out the Agatha Awards, named for Agatha Christie. …

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