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First Impressions—Flashback Edition

May 31, 2012 – 11:10 pm | 6 Comments

I couldn’t find any exceptional openers among the ARCs I received this week, so I decided to go back and look at the opening passages from three of my favorite novels to see whether each was …


Stalker Award Nominees 2012

May 28, 2012 – 10:43 pm | 3 Comments
city of secrets

Happy Tuesday after a long weekend! Hope you’re all well rested, sun-kissed, loaded up on burgers and potato salad, and caught up on your reading. Me, I’m still pasty, but I did manage to ingest …


First Impressions 5.25.12

May 25, 2012 – 12:13 am | 7 Comments
facility lelic

I received nine books this week, and only two had interesting openers. The others began with descriptions of weather (blue sky, sunny day, rain, humidity), scenery (lake, houses), or people doing mundane things (walking, driving, …



May 24, 2012 – 12:39 am | 2 Comments
jack w. fauxamanda

*Don’t read any further if you haven’t seen the finale!*
I’m sitting here in a neck brace typing with only one hand because the other one arm isn’t working and the doctor says I really shouldn’t …


Reaction to HOUSE Series Finale (SPOILERS)

May 22, 2012 – 12:15 am | 15 Comments
house series finale

Throughout most of the episode, I was reading a magazine, checking my Twitter account, and watching videos of my baby niece learning how to roll over because all the navel gazing happening on TV was …


A Few Thoughts on SHERLOCK: “The Reichenbach Fall”

May 21, 2012 – 12:30 am | 8 Comments
Sherlock & moriarty, Reichenbac

OK, just finished watching the season 2 finale of BBC’s SHERLOCK, and spent some time with Mr. PCN trying to figure out how Sherlock survived that fall. We came up with a reasonable theory, I …


First Impressions 5.18.12

May 18, 2012 – 2:09 am | 5 Comments
dead scared bolton cover

I had a hard time this week finding three really strong openers, even in the books I enjoyed. These were among the better ones (I haven’t read any of them).
Guilt by Degrees by Marcia Clark, …


All Holmes, All the Time

May 17, 2012 – 1:16 pm | 6 Comments

As many of you know, I’m a bit of a Holmesian nut, so I thought I’d point out a few upcoming Sherlock Holmes-related things.
CBS announced last Sunday that it had picked up the pilot Elementary, …


Book Review: OVERSEAS by Beatriz Williams

May 16, 2012 – 1:56 am | 2 Comments

After four disappointing crime fic novels in a row, I decided I needed a change of pace, and was happy to fall into Overseas, an engrossing fairy tale by debut author Beatriz Williams.
Twenty-five-year-old investment banker …


Stalker Awards Nominations 2012

May 13, 2012 – 10:00 pm | 8 Comments

Since May is Mystery Month, it’s time for the second annual Stalker Awards! I created these last year so that crime fiction readers at large can nominate and vote for their favorite novels and authors …


First Impressions 5.11.12

May 10, 2012 – 11:53 pm | 14 Comments

Time for another sampling of opening passages from the books in my TBR pile, a regular Friday feature here at PCN. As some of you know, I go straight to the first page of the …


Book Review: BLACKBIRDS by Chuck Wendig

May 8, 2012 – 11:09 pm | 4 Comments
Blackbirds cover

This originally ran in Shelf Awareness for Readers, and is republished here with permission.
Miriam Black, the protagonist of Blackbirds, has the Dead Zone-ish ability to see a person’s future when she touches him or her, but Chuck …

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