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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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In Other Affairs

August 24, 2013 – 12:32 am | 8 Comments
In Other Affairs

Just wanted to peek in on this Saturday to share a couple of things. I wrote about Marisha Pessl’s Night Film over at Criminal Element, and included some choice lines from the book, which I …

Movie Review: THE GRANDMASTER

August 22, 2013 – 10:37 pm | 2 Comments
Movie Review: THE GRANDMASTER

Last week, I attended a screening of Wong Kar-wai’s latest film, The Grandmaster (Aug. 23, limited release), starring Tony Leung Chiu-wai as Ip Man, who’s most well known for popularizing Wing Chun and training Bruce …

Gunpoint Review: THE HANGING by Lotte and Soren Hammer

August 21, 2013 – 8:41 pm |
Gunpoint Review: THE HANGING by Lotte and Soren Hammer

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 …

Movie Review: AUSTENLAND

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

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
Stalker Award Nominees 2013

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
Right to Refuse Service?

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
Book Review: THE NEVER LIST by Koethi Zan

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
Nerdy Special List August 2013

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
Book Review: CLOSE MY EYES by Sophie McKenzie

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
Book Review: THE LAST WORD by Lisa Lutz

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
Giveaway: The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

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
Book Review: LOYALTY by Ingrid Thoft

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 …

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