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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: ANGEL BABY by Richard Lange

May 30, 2013 – 11:34 pm | One Comment
Book Review: ANGEL BABY by Richard Lange

This review originally appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers, and is reprinted here with permission.
Richard Lange’s Angel Baby starts with Luz literally busting out of the hellish life she has in Mexico with her abusive …

Book Review: SILKEN PREY by John Sandford

May 21, 2013 – 7:08 pm | 3 Comments
Book Review: SILKEN PREY by John Sandford

This review originally appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers, and is reprinted here with permission.
John Sandford’s Silken Prey finds Minnesota law enforcer Lucas Davenport entangled in deadly political machinations, when the governor asks him to …

Stalker Awards 2013—Submit Your Nominations!

May 19, 2013 – 7:08 pm | 5 Comments
Stalker Awards 2013—Submit Your Nominations!

May is Mystery Month and June is International Crime Month so it’s time to submit your nominations for the third annual Stalker Awards, given to crime novels you’re obsessed with and the authors who write them. …

Movie Review: IRON MAN 3

May 3, 2013 – 9:35 pm | 7 Comments
Movie Review: IRON MAN 3

I went into this movie not knowing what to expect, since I really enjoyed the first one, but thought IM2 was too loud and chaotic. And this time Jon Favreau handed over directorial duties to …

Nerdy Special List May 2013

May 1, 2013 – 10:49 pm | 2 Comments
Nerdy Special List May 2013

May always brings me a sense of excitement because it makes me think of possibilities, all the good things that May happen, and there are supposed to be flowers from all the April showers, right? …

Q&A with Authors Brett Battles and Robert Gregory Browne

April 29, 2013 – 2:35 pm | 3 Comments
Q&A with Authors Brett Battles and Robert Gregory Browne

Recently, Brett Battles and Robert Gregory Browne, two popular thriller writers, released their first collaboration, Poe, a first-in-series action adventure about a woman who infiltrates a prison as part of a deal to learn more …

Book Review: ICE COLD KILL by Dana Haynes

April 25, 2013 – 12:07 am | One Comment
Book Review: ICE COLD KILL by Dana Haynes

This review originally appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers, and is reprinted here with permission.
Daria Gibron, the formidable ex-agent for Shin Bet (Israeli Secret Service) from Dana Haynes’s Crashers and Breaking Point, gets to be …

Creepy Covers

April 22, 2013 – 10:13 pm | 14 Comments
Creepy Covers

Several weeks ago, while on Twitter, I saw Jon Jordan of Crimespree Magazine mention that a book he was reading had a really creepy cover. He had a picture link so of course I clicked on …

Everything I Needed to Know I Learned While Paddleboarding

April 19, 2013 – 12:54 am | 11 Comments
Everything I Needed to Know I Learned While Paddleboarding

My birthday was last week, and every year, I do something that scares me a little. I figure if I get through that, I’d be able to handle whatever else comes my way the rest …

Book Review: THE HOUSE AT THE END OF HOPE STREET by Menna van Praag

April 15, 2013 – 11:21 pm |
Book Review: THE HOUSE AT THE END OF HOPE STREET by Menna van Praag

Yesterday’s horrific events left me desolate, so I thought it’d be appropriate to republish—with permission—this review of mine, which ran in last week’s Shelf Awareness for Readers. The three lead characters in this novel have …

Nerdy Special List April 2013

April 2, 2013 – 11:05 pm | 2 Comments
Nerdy Special List April 2013

Spring has arrived, as has a deluge of new releases. The number of March and April titles I received increased dramatically from what came in for the first two months this year.
So let’s jump right …

Book Review: RECONSTRUCTING AMELIA by Kimberly McCreight

March 31, 2013 – 11:00 pm | One Comment
Book Review: RECONSTRUCTING AMELIA by Kimberly McCreight

Kate Baron is a Manhattan lawyer and single mom to fifteen-year-old Amelia, an academically superior student at a Brooklyn prep school. Imagine Kate’s shock, then, when she gets a phone call from the school asking …

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