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Silver on the Road by Laura Ann Gilman

Imagine that the Devil holds a large territory in the Old West, and runs his holdings from a bar. Izzy, who has worked cleaning and serving in the bar, turns sixteen and makes a bargain with the devil: she will serve as his Left Hand, traveling his territory with a circuit rider. Izzy is given [...]

Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell

Falcio val Mond is the the first Cantor of the Greatcoats, the the head of the king’s special Magisters who up uphold the king’s law. The problem? The king has been dead for five years. This means that Falcio and the rest of the Greatcoats no longer have a king’s law to uphold. Yet, Falcio [...]

The Dinner Party By Joshua Ferris

The characters in these eleven stories are all on the edge of making some pretty rotten decisions. Most of them go over that edge, some in a very big and darkly comic way. In The Valetudinarian Arty’s plans of enjoying his retirement were derailed. On their second day in Florida his wife was killed in [...]

Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman

Fredrik Backman’s central characters, flawed, prickly individuals, slowly reveal themselves as people to be cherished. I truly love his books, and whole-heartedly recommend them to everyone. Britt-Marie Was Here is no exception. An older woman who has devoted her entire life to her husband, only to discover that he is unfaithful, sets out to make [...]

Daisy in Chains by Sharon Bolton

Maggie Rose is a true crime writer and a lawyer. She uses her experience with the law to find enough doubt about convictions that the conviction is overturned the the prisoner is freed. And, of course, she writes about what she finds to earn her livelihood. Hamish Wolfe is a convicted serial killer, found guilty [...]

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

In A Court of Wings and Ruin the reader starts almost right where the second books ends with Feyre returning to the Spring Court to find out what she can about Tamlin’s alliance with the King of Hybern and to invoke a bit of revenge for what Tamlin has done to her, her family, and [...]

Abandon by Meg Cabot

Pierce died, then she met a boy. In that exact order. When Pierce first saw and met John Hayden, she thought he was a murderer. She wasn’t entirely wrong, he does take lives, but not in the same sense. After the accident, Pierce is just trying to forget and move on. But, even with a [...]

Rusty Puppy by Joe Lansdale

Rusty Puppy is another hilarious Hap and Leonard novel by Joe Lansdale that is both easy reading and hard to put down.  This time, Hap and Leonard are hired by a black woman to find out the circumstances of her son’s murder.  The son was a good kid who was never involved in anything illegal [...]

Desert Noir by Betty Webb

Lena Jones hears screams and old instincts kick in, even though she is no longer a police officer. She then finds her friend, Clarice Kobe, dead on the floor of Clarice’s art gallery. She had been beaten to death. Clarice’s estranged and abusive husband is arrested for the murder. But then his lawyer asks Lena [...]

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

“It is important, when killing a nun, to ensure that you bring an army of sufficient size. For Sister Thorn of the Sweet Mercy convent Lano Tacsis brought two hundred men.” This is the opening line for Red Sister, by Mark Lawrence, and that one sentence alone gives you a very good idea of the [...]

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