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February 23, 2018 – 12:07 am | One Comment

Mick Herron’s standalone This Is What Happened begins in medias res, with 26-year-old Maggie Barnes hiding in a bathroom in a high-rise building during a dangerous spy mission.
Until recently, she was working in the corporate …

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Book Review: LOVE STORY, WITH MURDERS by Harry Bingham

March 10, 2014 – 9:41 pm | One Comment
Love story, with murders

This review originally appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers and is reprinted here with permission.
Welsh Detective Constable Fiona Griffiths returns for her second outing in Harry Bingham’s Love Story, with Murders (after 2012’s Talking to …

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Nerdy Special List March 2014

March 6, 2014 – 10:07 pm | 14 Comments
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Gah, the first week of March is gone already? This list is a bit late because I worked on the Oscars most of last week (see picture below) and needed to do some major catching …

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Book Review: BARK by Lorrie Moore

February 25, 2014 – 10:15 pm | 2 Comments
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This review is by contributor Thuy Dinh, editor of Da Mau Magazine.
Lorrie Moore’s Bark is more like a dachshund’s whimper. An elegy to fifty-something baby boomers, this collection of short stories is listless despite the high-concept packaging: the notion of stories …

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Book Review: ROMANCE IS MY DAY JOB by Patience Bloom

February 23, 2014 – 9:27 pm | 4 Comments
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This book is a testament to how much a cover can help a book’s discoverability. I rarely read memoirs and never read romance novels, but when I received a pitch for this memoir by Harlequin …

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Book Review + Giveaway: NORTH OF BOSTON by Elisabeth Elo

February 9, 2014 – 8:33 pm | 12 Comments
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In crime fiction, the protagonists can start to resemble each other after a while: tough FBI agent or military guy or cop or private eye, etc. I’m not saying books can’t be good with those …

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Nerdy Special List February 2014

February 2, 2014 – 7:12 pm | One Comment
road to reckoning

Happy February! I have a feeling I’ll turn around and it’ll be September before I know it. But in the meantime, I’ll enjoy the shortest month of the year.
I’m happy to welcome a new contributor …

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Book Review: THE LAST DEAD GIRL by Harry Dolan

January 29, 2014 – 12:01 am | 3 Comments
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This originally ran as a starred review in Shelf Awareness for Readers and is reprinted here with permission.
Fans of Harry Dolan’s Bad Things Happen and Very Bad Men will want to read the prequel The Last Dead Girl, which covers a …

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Book Giveaway: SUSPECT by Robert Crais

January 9, 2014 – 9:20 pm | 20 Comments

Hello, dear PCN readers, are you still there?
In case anyone noticed, I have been away for a while, not just from this blog but from home. I spent the last 6 weeks of 2013 on …

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A Peek Inside J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst’s S.

October 29, 2013 – 8:15 am | 3 Comments
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Some of you may have heard about the book called S. that J.J. Abrams collaborated on with Doug Dorst. Abrams came up with the idea and Dorst wrote it.
According to the press release, Abrams saw …

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Book Review—BRIDGET JONES: MAD ABOUT THE BOY by Helen Fielding

October 24, 2013 – 11:38 pm | 6 Comments
mad about the boy

I really hated starting this book after I’d seen Entertainment Weekly‘s major plot spoiler in a headline on its homepage, with no spoiler alert or option to have the spoiler revealed only to readers who …

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Book Review: THE OCTOBER LIST by Jeffery Deaver

October 17, 2013 – 11:48 pm | No Comment

This review originally appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers and is reprinted here with permission.
In the foreword to The October List (or is it the afterword, since it’s at the back of the book?), Jeffery Deaver explains …

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My Life According to Books 2013

October 14, 2013 – 8:55 pm | 22 Comments
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For the past few years, I’ve been making up sentences for a fun meme in which you tell others about yourself using only titles of books you’ve read during the current calendar year. I first …

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