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Claire is a young London doctor, living a solitary life that consists of work and little else. Then a detective inspector comes to her door and says simply, “There’s been a sighting.”
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Book Review: RAGE AGAINST THE DYING by Becky Masterman

March 26, 2013 – 9:09 pm | 4 Comments
rage against the dying

I’ve been raving about this book since I read it a couple months ago. My review ran in Shelf Awareness for Readers last week, so I can finally publish it here with permission.—PCN
The prologue of …

To Be Read

March 21, 2013 – 10:41 pm | 8 Comments

I often pester my pals on social media to post pics of their TBR stacks, or of their loot after they go book shopping, or attend a library sale. Pictures of books make me happy.
Then …

A Couple of Voting Thingies

March 20, 2013 – 11:03 pm | One Comment

I’m doing my taxes today so this will be a short post. Wanted to let you know about a couple of fun things you can vote for, if you feel so inclined.
The first is happening …


March 19, 2013 – 10:44 pm | 8 Comments
norma watching sign

I didn’t have much interest in watching A&E’s Bates Motel (Mondays, 10 p.m.) until I started hearing lots of good buzz about it, so I sampled the first episode, titled “First You Dream, Then You …

Gunpoint Review: THE HARD BOUNCE by Todd Robinson

March 17, 2013 – 10:20 pm | 4 Comments
hard bounce

Time for another guest review from my friend Lauren, whom I have to coerce into writing for me—hence, the “gunpoint”—by making her fill out the form below. This time, she offered to submit a review …


March 15, 2013 – 12:23 pm | 18 Comments
aline baby

I woke up to such exciting news today, I thought, “Beware the ides, my foot (I actually named another body part). This is a HAPPY day!” I was so thrilled, I got out of bed …

Book Review: SIX YEARS by Harlan Coben

March 13, 2013 – 10:29 pm | 4 Comments
six years coben

In Harlan Coben’s latest, Jake had watched the love of his life, Natalie, marry another man Six Years earlier. She made him promise to leave her alone and never contact her. He kept that promise, …

Book Review: TOUCH & GO by Lisa Gardner

March 10, 2013 – 8:32 pm | One Comment

This review appeared last month in Shelf Awareness for Readers, and is reprinted here with permission.
From the outside, Justin and Libby Denbe look like the perfect couple with the perfect life. He’s the head of a …


March 8, 2013 – 12:32 am | 8 Comments
williams as glinda

I last saw The Wizard of Oz many, many years ago and don’t remember specifics. I’ve seen it maybe twice in my life and it’s not on my list of all-time favorites or anything. This …

Nerdy Special List March 2013

March 3, 2013 – 10:45 pm | One Comment
rage against the dying

Every month, I eagerly await my contributors’ submissions for the NSL; I love seeing what new releases they found outstanding. For the first time, a nonfiction title made the list, and we have a new blogger …

Book Review: HAMMETT UNWRITTEN by Owen Fitzstephen, Afterword by Gordon McAlpine

February 26, 2013 – 9:56 pm | 4 Comments
hammett unwritten cover

This review originally appeared as a starred review in Shelf Awareness for Readers, and is reprinted here with permission.
One almost has to be a Pinkerton detective to unravel the double crosses and mystery surrounding the …

Thoughts on the 85th Academy Awards & Fashion Commentary

February 25, 2013 – 1:36 am | 8 Comments
ARGO producers: Grant Heslov, Affleck, George Clooney. Kevin Winter/Getty Images

I went into this year’s ceremony more excited than usual because many of the categories were not predictable. Yes, Daniel Day-Lewis and Anne Hathaway were sure things, but there was possibility for surprises in the …

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