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Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich

In Brian Panowich’s Bull Mountain, Sheriff Clayton Burroughs is trying his best to be a better man than everyone else in his extended family of criminals.  He is not corrupt, he is married to a good woman, and he tries to be a good boss.  Burroughs has messed up occasionally because he loves to drink [...]

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I love heist movies and adore clever criminals. I suspect many others like them too, or “Robin Hood” would not continue to be such a beloved tale. So when I read the blurb for Six of Crows and understood that it was a novel about a dangerous heist undertaken by six young, clever people, I [...]

Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen

Imagine Louie L’Amour meets the paranormal. Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen has components of Native American myths, legends, and western history, as well as elements of the paranormal: werewolves, vampires, shape-shifters, and many others. Nettie Lonesome is an orphaned and abandoned half Native American, half African-American young woman. The family that “raised” her treated [...]

The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny

I discovered Louise Penny about five years ago, and she has quickly become one of my favorite mystery authors. The Nature of the Beast is Ms. Penny’s eleventh title in her Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series, and this is the best book yet. In The Nature of the Beast, we find Armand Gamache living in [...]

Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbo

I’ve always loved Jo Nesbo’s Harry Hole series so I thought I might as well try his stand alone Blood on Snow too and it was great.  Olav is a “fixer” (murderer for hire) for one of the two top criminal bosses in town.  He has never had a problem doing any job-the first person [...]

After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

A friend recommended the author Taylor Jenkins Reid to me. In 7 days, I had made my way through all 3 standalone books Taylor Jenkins Reid has written. I am buying my time until summer 2016 when her 4th book is supposed to comes out. I listened to the audio book, After I Do through [...]

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

The Great Library of Alexandria has survived to modern times.  This ancient repository of knowledge now keeps all original books in a world where private ownership of books is forbidden. Copies of books are provided to the masses through Alchemy, and those that try to smuggle books illegally are hunted down by Library Automata–fearsome robots [...]

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

Nora is a reclusive writer, and she likes it that way. Unexpectedly, she receives an invitation to attend the “hen,” or bachelorette party, for Clare, a friend she hasn’t seen in ten years. The invitation is puzzling and curiosity getting the better of her, Nora accepts. Soon, she finds herself in a glass house in [...]

The Winter Family by Clifford Jackman

I still fondly remember a violent western I read years ago called A Congregation of Jackals by S. Craig Zahler.  Although I have read lots of books I have loved since then (especially mysteries), I’ve never found anything similar.  Well, I’ve just finished The Winter Family by Clifford Jackman and although it’s not a western, [...]

Awakening by S.J. Bolton

Clara Benning, a veternarian who specializes in wildlife rescues in a small villiage in England, is reclusive by nature. Supremely self-concious of her appearance due to scarring left after a childhood accident, Clara avoids human contact whenever possible. Yet, when a neighbor is killed by a bite from a poisonous snake, Clara turns out to [...]

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