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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: 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: 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 …

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 …

My Life According to Books 2013

October 14, 2013 – 8:55 pm | 22 Comments
My Life According to Books 2013

For the past few years, I’ve been making up sentences for a fun meme in which you tell others about yourself using only titles of books you’ve read during the current calendar year. I first …

Hanging at the White House

October 10, 2013 – 12:30 am | 8 Comments
Hanging at the White House

If you’re a long-time PCN reader, you’re probably familiar with my niece Aline Dolinh, who has contributed reviews of books, movies, and even plays. Four years ago, she and her sister, Mena, reported on their …

The Winners of the 2013 Stalker Awards Are…

August 20, 2013 – 9:47 pm | 5 Comments
The Winners of the 2013 Stalker Awards Are…

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 …

Favorite TV Theme Songs Ever

May 23, 2013 – 10:50 pm | 40 Comments
Favorite TV Theme Songs Ever

Yesterday, I heard that actor Steve Forrest had passed away on May 18 at the age of 87. Even though he appeared in many TV series, to me he’s best remembered for the mid-seventies show S.W.A.T., …

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