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Book Review: CASEBOOK by Mona Simpson

May 1, 2014 – 9:04 pm | No Comment
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This review originally appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers and is reprinted here with permission.
At the beginning of Casebook, from PEN/Faulkner Award nominee Mona Simpson (Off Keck Road), teenage narrator Miles Adler-Hart and his twin sisters …

Giveaway: THE COLD NOWHERE by Brian Freeman

April 22, 2014 – 6:34 pm | 11 Comments
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Just popping in to give you a chance to one of three copies of Brian Freeman‘s The Cold Nowhere from Quercus. I haven’t had a chance to read this one yet so the review will …

Book Review: THE INTERN’S HANDBOOK by Shane Kuhn

April 20, 2014 – 10:43 pm | 3 Comments
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This originally appeared as a starred review in Shelf Awareness for Readers and is reprinted here with permission.
Shane Kuhn’s The Intern’s Handbook may have an innocuous title, but the titular instruction manual is far from …

Book Review: THE DISAPPEARED by Kristina Ohlsson

March 31, 2014 – 8:10 pm | 3 Comments
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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
Love story, with murders

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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 …

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