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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, [...]

Half a King by Joe Abercrombie

In Joe Abercrombie’s latest fantasy, Half a King, we meet Prince Yarvi, born with a crippled hand. When his father and brother are killed, Yarvi unexpectedly finds himself king. Yarvi never wanted to be king and feels he is woefully unprepared to take on the role. A king should be able to swing a sword [...]

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Princess Kelsea is the heir to the Tearling throne, but she is raised in isolation and taught by a couple who were loyal to her mother, Queen Elyssa. When she turns nineteen, the Queen’s Guard arrive to take her to the capital; it is time for Kelsea to take the throne. She is unprepared for [...]

Muzzled by Eileen Brady

Veterinarian Kate Turner said she’d fill in for Doc Anderson for a year because she thought working in the small town of Oak Falls, New York would be relaxing. Battle-scarred from a relationship gone wrong, Kate needs a change of pace to regroup and heal. But on one of her house calls, she discovers an [...]

Mind of Winter by Laura Kasischke

When I was reading Mind of Winter, I thought I had figured out what was happening every couple pages.  Author Laura Kasischke tells the story of mother Holly and daughter Tatiana stuck at home on Christmas day during an unexpected blizzard.  Holly and husband Eric had been planning a big holiday party, but of course [...]

Deep Winter by Samuel W. Gailey

The bad guy in Deep Winter is Deputy Mike Sokowski, but although some people in town think of him as a bully, no one realizes just how bad he is until one winter night.  Except for his best friend Carl, he hides from everyone his drug and excessive alcohol use, and certainly, most people are [...]

Double Whammy by Gretchen Archer

Davis Way (her real name), from Pine Apple, Alabama (not “Pineapple,” for the uninformed) has bad luck with jobs. So when Mr. Sanders, CEO of the Bellissimo Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi offers her a job, she is beyond thrilled. But when parts of her job involve wearing disguises, playing video poker, working as [...]

Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey

Maud can’t find her friend, Elizabeth, and no one seems to be able to help her find her. Maud is challenged in her task, for Maud has dementia. Pieces and parts of her life have already gone missing, and she survives by clinging to those bits and snatches she still has left. Elizabeth is a [...]

Bad Things Happen by Harry Dolan

David Loogan needs a shovel, and as he considers the selection at the local garden center, we become aware that the shovel must meet certain requirements. David Loogan has to bury a body, and for that purpose, some types of shovels just won’t do.  At this point of the story, you might think David Loogan [...]

Montana by Gwen Florio

Lola Wicks, foreign newspaper correspondent to Afghanistan, is a victim of company downsizing. Her paper can no longer afford to let her work overseas, and so she’s brought Stateside. For Lola, who lives on adrenalin and coffee in the war zone, this is appalling. She has no wish to report on PTA meetings, neighborhood robberies, [...]

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