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March 19, 2018 – 8:31 pm | 4 Comments

In Kelley Armstrong’s This Fallen Prey, third in the Casey Duncan series (after A Darkness Absolute), the detective and the off-the-grid town of Rockton remain as fascinating as ever.
Rockton, situated in the Canadian Yukon, is …

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Book Review: THE WATCHER IN THE WALL by Owen Laukkanen

March 30, 2016 – 8:38 pm | 2 Comments
watcher in the wall

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, …


Headed for Hogwarts: Experiencing the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Hollywood

March 28, 2016 – 12:20 am | 4 Comments

The new Wizarding World of Happy Potter isn’t officially open at Universal Studios Hollywood until April 7, but Mr. PCN and I received invitations to take an early peek this past weekend. (We’re not that special; …


Nerdy Special List March 2016

March 8, 2016 – 1:51 am | 2 Comments
jane steele

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
the shut eye

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
back blast

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 …


Q & A with Robert Crais

January 8, 2016 – 12:26 am | 8 Comments

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
even dogs in the wild

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 …


Nerdy Special List Year-End Edition

December 7, 2015 – 12:42 am | 3 Comments
little black lies

Instead of a December list, I thought I’d post a list featuring outstanding books from any month this year, titles that weren’t on previous lists because we didn’t read them before pub date or whatever other reason. This isn’t a best-of or …


Gift Book Reviews: Ghostbusters and Hollywood Fashion

December 1, 2015 – 7:13 pm | One Comment
creating the illusion

Many of us have probably already started Christmas shopping—well, maybe you have; I usually wait until Dec. 24 and then panic-buy random things next to cash registers in stores—so I thought I’d help by reposting my …


Nerdy Special List November 2015

November 2, 2015 – 12:01 am | 11 Comments
the promise

Happy November! Hope everyone had a fun Halloween weekend. I dressed up as Princess Leia. Does that surprise anyone? Not slave Leia but the I’m-gonna-keep-my-bits-warm Hoth version.
From here on out, we might as well coast into …


Book Review: THE KILLING KIND by Chris Holm

October 23, 2015 – 7:37 am | One Comment
killing kind

Hit man Michael Hendricks stares through his rifle’s scope at a man in Miami. Crack. Hendricks’s target is rubbed out. Which makes Hendricks the bad guy, right? Wrong.
Hendricks, the protagonist of Chris Holm’s The Killing …


Guest Post & Giveaway from Author Laura Benedict

October 13, 2015 – 10:28 pm | 5 Comments

I’m thrilled to have Laura Benedict here today because she’s one of my favorite people in the crime-fiction community. She’s as nice as can be, entices you with cookies and tea, but when you read her suspense thrillers, …

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