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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 …

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Book Review: THE ABSENT ONE by Jussi Adler-Olsen

August 26, 2012 – 11:14 pm | 10 Comments
Book Review: THE ABSENT ONE by Jussi Adler-Olsen

This appeared last week in Shelf Awareness for Readers, and is reprinted here with permission.
In this second installment in the Department Q series (after last year’s excellent The Keeper of Lost Causes), Jussi Adler-Olsen wastes …

First Impressions 8.24.12

August 23, 2012 – 10:30 pm | 17 Comments
First Impressions 8.24.12

I’m back to sampling openers of new books to see which ones I should read first. Because of busy stuff, I went about five days last week without reading for pleasure and was getting twitchy, …

Book Review: WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE by Maria Semple

August 21, 2012 – 11:42 pm | 3 Comments
Book Review: WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE by Maria Semple

After I finish a book, I often need some time to process it before reviewing it. But then life sometimes gets busy and I don’t get around to it and next thing I know it’s …

Book Giveaway: WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE by Maria Semple

August 19, 2012 – 11:10 pm | 11 Comments
Book Giveaway: WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE by Maria Semple

This last week was a really good, busy one, in case any of you were worried I’d been snatched by bears. I did a commercial for Wells Fargo, finished a couple editing jobs, and continued …

A Few Thoughts on THE CLOSER Series Finale & MAJOR CRIMES

August 14, 2012 – 12:44 am | 5 Comments
A Few Thoughts on THE CLOSER Series Finale & MAJOR CRIMES

*SPOILERS AHEAD: Stop reading if you haven’t watched the finale*
 
Going into the finale, the only things I hoped for were that Brenda wouldn’t die in the line of duty, and that she’d leave with dignity, …

Lee Child Reads from Gregg Hurwitz’s THE SURVIVOR

August 7, 2012 – 10:30 pm | 2 Comments
Lee Child Reads from Gregg Hurwitz’s THE SURVIVOR

I’ve been rehearsing a play six days a week while still editing and reviewing books, so my blog posts will probably be short—but hopefully not boring—for the next month or so.
I got a kick out …

Book Giveaway: THE ABSENT ONE by Jussi Adler-Olsen

August 6, 2012 – 9:25 pm | 9 Comments
Book Giveaway: THE ABSENT ONE by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Before I get to this giveaway, I want to announce the two winners of Karin Slaughter’s Criminal:

Tom Piccirilli
Sarah RH

Congrats! Please fill out this contact form with the address where you’d like the publicist to ship …

Book Review & Giveaway: CRIMINAL by Karin Slaughter

July 29, 2012 – 11:20 pm | 9 Comments
Book Review & Giveaway: CRIMINAL by Karin Slaughter

I originally reviewed this for Shelf Awareness for Readers, and am reprinting it here with permission.
Fans of Karin Slaughter’s Will Trent series know that his boss at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Amanda Wagner, is …

First Impressions 7.27.12

July 27, 2012 – 2:17 pm | 3 Comments
First Impressions 7.27.12

I hope you all have had a good week. I was out of town, though not on vacation, and in a mostly no-Wi-Fi area. It’s good to unplug once in a while, but it’s also …

Book Review: THE PRISONER OF HEAVEN by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

July 18, 2012 – 10:37 pm | 6 Comments
Book Review: THE PRISONER OF HEAVEN by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

I originally reviewed this for Shelf Awareness for Readers, and am reprinting it here with permission.
Fans of Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s Cemetery of Forgotten Books series finally have another installment to enjoy with The Prisoner of Heaven, …

How Much Do Book Covers Matter?

July 16, 2012 – 2:56 pm | 21 Comments
How Much Do Book Covers Matter?

I saw this beautiful cover for Michael Frayn’s book, Skios, this morning and was immediately attracted to it.

My trip to the Greek islands remains my favorite so far, and I have fond memories of the …

First Impressions: PULP INK 2 Anthology

July 12, 2012 – 11:54 pm | 4 Comments
First Impressions: PULP INK 2 Anthology

I thought I’d do something different this week. Instead of featuring three openers from three books, I decided to post the openers of three short stories from a recently released crime fiction anthology called Pulp …

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