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November 23, 2015 – 12:27 am | 4 Comments

Like last year, many of this year’s batch of award-baiting movies are based on real people or stories. I’m not a big fan of this genre because unless you know very little about the subjects, …

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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 …

Movie Review: AUSTENLAND

August 16, 2013 – 12:02 am | 11 Comments

When I received the invitation to a screening of Austenland (limited release, Aug. 16), I didn’t know much about it, other than it’s a comedy starring Keri Russell as a Jane Austen super fan who …

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 …

Right to Refuse Service?

August 9, 2013 – 11:53 pm | 6 Comments
O, The Oprah Magazine, Hosts A Special Advance Screening Of "Lee Daniels' The Butler" At The Hearst Tower - Arrivals

When I saw this article yesterday about Oprah being discriminated against in a Swiss shop, at first it was just something I glanced at…until I got to the store owner’s response. It touched a nerve …

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 …

Giveaway: The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

July 22, 2013 – 10:07 pm | 11 Comments

I really enjoyed Liane Moriarty’s What Alice Forgot two years ago, so when Lydia at Putnam Books offered me the chance to host this giveaway of the author’s new novel, The Husband’s Secret (July 30), I thought …

Book Review: LOYALTY by Ingrid Thoft

July 17, 2013 – 9:43 pm | 3 Comments

This originally appeared as a starred review in Shelf Awareness for Readers, and is reprinted here with permission. 
Fina Ludlow is a private investigator for her family’s law firm, but the case she gets assigned in …

Winner of Luanne Rice’s THE LEMON ORCHARD + Tote Bag

July 17, 2013 – 9:32 pm | No Comment

The randomly selected winner was:
Kim Roberts
Congrats! Kim, please use this contact form to let me know where the publisher should send your prizes. Thanks so much for entering, and letting me know what you still …