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The Bones Beneath by Mark Billingham

Settling into a new book in Mark Billingham’s Tom Thorne series is like finally relaxing in your favorite chair after a hard day. In Billingham’s latest book, The Bones Beneath, Detective Thorne is assigned the mentally arduous task of accompanying one of the worst murderers he ever caught, serial killer Stuart Nicklin, to the supposed [...]

Ruin Falls by Jenny Milchman

In Ruin Falls by Jenny Milchman, Liz Daniels is living a happy life juggling a mini organic farm and business, two kids, and a husband, Paul, who is a professor at the local college. Liz is all for sustainable living and does her best to follow her beliefs 90% of the time, but her husband [...]

The Transcriptionist by Amy Rowland

Amy Rowland’s The Transcriptionist is a small and delightful novel about the power of language, changing technologies, media ethics, and human relationships. The protagonist, Lena, is one of the few remaining transcriptionists at the thinly veiled Record (aka the New York Times). As a refuge from the academy, Lena spouts quotations instead of repartee, forms [...]

Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach

Deviana Morris has one goal: to become a Devastator, an armored guard and fighter under the direct command of the Sainted King of Paradox. But to become a Devastator, a girl has to get a serious reputation, so Devi sets out to do just that. With her own Lady Gray armor, Devi can kick ass [...]

Two Emily Dickinson Titles

I enjoy fiction about literary persons so I was intrigued by the reviews of two juvenile titles involving Emily Dickinson. See those New York Times reviews here: Another Day as Emily by Eileen Spinelli is written for the 9-12 female audience, featuring the spunky Suzy, a tween who loves to read, is passionate about [...]

Lock In by John Scalzi

In the near distant future, a new virus takes its place on the world stage; the majority of those who are infected suffer flu like symptoms, and a smaller percent suffer meningitis-like symptoms. While many of the smaller group die, a few survive and find that they are “locked in” to their own body, fully [...]

Dry Bones in the Valley by Tom Bouman

Officer Henry Ferrell works in Wild Thyme, Pennsylvania, a rural northern town whose economy and landscape is slowly being changed by encroaching gas drilling operations. When the body of a young man is revealed by the March snow melt, Henry and his deputy, George Ellis, start an investigation. When George Ellis winds up dead, Henry [...]

Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman

Brigid Quinn is 59 and happily enjoying her first marriage to a wonderful man named Carlo. They read together. They collect rocks. They have pugs. Life is good, and Brigid knows it; before marrying Carlo, Brigid led a completely different life. She was an FBI agent who specialized in catching violent criminals. Brigid loved her [...]

Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls

Lily Casey, oldest of three children, was a tough young girl. Born in 1903 in West Texas, Lily had to be tough to help her family live daily life. By eleven, she was in charge of hiring help for her father, who raised carriage horses. At fifteen, she rode 500 miles alone on horseback to [...]

Invisible City by Julia Dahl

Invisible City is Julia Dahl’s debut novel. Dahl is a writer/reporter for CBS news based in New York City. Invisible City‘s protagonist is Rebekah Roberts, a young journalist trying to break into the business as a newspaper stringer. When a Hasidic woman is found brutally murdered, Rebakah’s backstory (born to and abandoned by her mother, [...]

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