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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: Erin Kelly’s THE POISON TREE

February 16, 2011 – 1:54 am | 3 Comments
Book Review: Erin Kelly’s THE POISON TREE

The cover of Erin Kelly’s The Poison Tree is stunning, with its web of black branches against a blood red background. It conveys a sense of ominousness, daring me to peek inside and unravel its …

Ten Unexpectedly Romantic Movies

February 13, 2011 – 11:25 pm | 19 Comments
Ten Unexpectedly Romantic Movies

Today is Valentine’s Day, whether you like it or not. Since you’ve probably been bombarded by sentimental consumerism for a couple months, I thought I’d put together a list of movies that are romantic in …

Book Review: Sophie Littlefield’s AFTERTIME

February 11, 2011 – 1:42 am | 10 Comments
Book Review: Sophie Littlefield’s AFTERTIME

Before I get to the review, I want to mention I don’t normally read dystopian fiction, horror, or romance novels and I definitely don’t do zombies. I can handle aliens and Godzilla but zombies give …

Winners of THE LINCOLN LAWYER Paperbacks & Movie Posters

February 11, 2011 – 12:05 am |
Winners of THE LINCOLN LAWYER Paperbacks & Movie Posters

The randomly selected winners are:

Jann
Marjorie
Judy
Kathy P

Greg

Please send me your addresses by Sunday, February 13, 5 p.m. PST using this contact form. I’ll forward them to Hachette, who will ship the prizes to you. Thanks …

Book Review: Brad Parks’s EYES OF THE INNOCENT

February 8, 2011 – 9:24 pm | 4 Comments
Book Review: Brad Parks’s EYES OF THE INNOCENT

Though Brad Parks had Shamus and Nero awards thrown at his Faces—his debut novel, Faces of the Gone, that is— there’s no sign of the sophomore slump in his follow-up, Eyes of the Innocent, which …

TV Review: THE CHICAGO CODE

February 8, 2011 – 1:06 am | 8 Comments
TV Review: THE CHICAGO CODE

Though Shawn Ryan’s The Chicago Code (FOX, Mondays, 9 p.m.) isn’t the most innovative cop show ever, its style and content make it immensely watchable. Jennifer Beals stars as Teresa Colvin, the Chicago Police Department’s …

Thoughts on Super Bowl Ads & Post-Game GLEE

February 7, 2011 – 12:08 am | 28 Comments
Thoughts on Super Bowl Ads & Post-Game GLEE

Since I’m not a football fan, I reversed my viewing habit of DVR’d shows and only watched the commercials (after Christina Aguilera’s horribly overwrought and mangled version of the anthem, that is). I thought the …

Pop Culture Purge

February 4, 2011 – 2:26 am | 16 Comments
Pop Culture Purge

I have this habit where I’ll read something on the Internet and react by shouting at my computer as if it can hear me. Sometimes I’ll come to the dinner table and start rambling at …

Book and Movie Poster Giveaway: Michael Connelly’s THE LINCOLN LAWYER

February 2, 2011 – 11:28 pm | 11 Comments
Book and Movie Poster Giveaway: Michael Connelly’s THE LINCOLN LAWYER

Michael Connelly’s The Lincoln Lawyer is coming to the big screen March 18, 2011 and the generous folks at Hachette are letting me give away five copies of the tie-in paperbacks with Matthew McConaughey, who …

SAG Awards Roundup

January 30, 2011 – 10:38 pm | 10 Comments
SAG Awards Roundup

The show was so boring that when I looked down at my notebook after it was over, I saw I hadn’t written anything. The winners were predictable—Colin, Natalie, Melissa, Christian—and the speeches routine so I …

PCNews Roundup

January 28, 2011 – 11:27 pm | 10 Comments
PCNews Roundup

You know something’s off when I don’t have time to read and react to Oscar nominations. The Academy Awards are my Super Bowl, my Olympics, my…oh, you get the idea. But I was buried under …

Return of Seventies TV Heroines

January 23, 2011 – 11:45 pm | 7 Comments
Return of Seventies TV Heroines

Over the weekend, Deadline.com reported that David E. Kelley’s Wonder Woman script got a pilot pickup from NBC after the network passed on it a few weeks ago. The show is set in L.A., with …

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