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Granchester collage
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Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death

Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death is the first installment of James Runcie‘s Grantchester Mysteries series, featuring the title character as a vicar/detective who finds himself in the middle of some intriguing cases...
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The_House_of_Silk
The_House_of_Silk

Review: The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz

Sherlock Holmes first appeared in 1887 in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s mystery novel A Study in Scarlet. For decades Doyle entertained readers with the wit and cynicism of the famous Baker Street detective. Over a century lat...

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Almost Famous Women featured image
Almost Famous Women featured image

Almost Famous Women, Megan Mayhew Bergman

Megan Mayhew Bergman is the author of two short story collections, Birds of a Lesser Paradise (2012) and the forthcoming Almost Famous Women, which I had the chance to read early. Each of the stories in her new collection takes...
Big Stone
Big Stone
Big Stone

The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap

Anyone who has read my articles will have come to realize two things: first, that I love reading, and second, that I love visiting bookstores. Every time I go to a new place, I always check out the local bookstores. Not the big...

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Lives in Ruins featured image
Lives in Ruins featured image

Review: Lives in Ruins by Marilyn Johnson

Between the ages of about eight and 15, I was adamant that I wanted to be either an archaeologist or a paleontologist when I grew up. I can date the latter ambition to the first Jurassic Park movie, which I saw in the theater w...

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catnap
catnap

Review: The Great Cat Nap by A.M. Bostwick

She’s beautiful. She’s charming. She’s a star. But there’s this thing: Ruby the Russian is missing. Oh, and there is something else you should know: she’s a cat. A.M. Bostwick takes the standard detective novel and creates some...
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Wild Child T.C. Boyle image
Wild Child T.C. Boyle image

Review: Wild Child by T.C. Boyle

Each story in Wild Child by T.C. Boyle is assured, in-your-face, and perfectly executed; he is a master of the genre. The stories are so deep and insightful that I could imagine any one of them being extended into a full-length...

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127 Hours Ralston
127 Hours Ralston

Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Aron Ralston

Considering that: a) I already knew the full story of Ralston’s days trapped by a boulder in a remote canyon, b) I had already seen the brilliant 2010 film made of his experience (127 Hours, starring James Franco, a favorite of...
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Lonely Graves collage
Lonely Graves collage

Review: Lonely Graves by Britta Bolt

I love a good mystery, thriller, or crime series. In author Britta Bolt’s novel Lonely Graves, I get all three. One of the best novels I have read in a while, Lonely Graves offers a whopping dose of excitement, and becaus...

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cyber-storm
cyber-storm

Review: CyberStorm by Matthew Mather

As of the 2012 census, there are approximately 2.1 million farms in the entire United States, versus 8.3 million people living in New York City alone! It’s obvious that America has become a nation that expects to be taken...
Saint Brigids Bones
Saint Brigids Bones
Saint Brigids Bones

Review: Saint Brigid’s Bones, Philip Freeman

Early sixth century A.D. A monastery clinging to life. First a fire destroys the monastery’s outpost, then someone steals the bones of the monastery’s beloved saint. And on the trail of a deepening mystery is bard-turned-nun Si...

ForThoseInPeril
ForThoseInPeril
ForThoseInPeril

For Those in Peril on the Sea, Colin M. Drysdale

Eternal Father strong to save Whose arm has bound the restless wave Who bids the mighty ocean deep O hear us when we cry to Thee For those in Peril on the sea Can you imagine leaving port one sunny day on some rich person’...
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20442885

Review: Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Don’t we all wish for second chances? The dream to correct our past mistakes haunts many of us. Bryan Lee O’Malley, the creator of the popular Scott Pilgrim comic series, doesn’t have much to correct this time out since his fir...

MissPeregrines
MissPeregrines
MissPeregrines

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Author Ransom Riggs' debut novel "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" rocked 63 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list for a reason, it introduces a wondrously horrific world of splendor and terror. Riggs formed ...
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18641982
18641982

Review: The Vacationers by Emma Straub

“Leaving always came as a surprise, no matter how long the dates had been looming on the calendar.” Vacations are the time for relaxation and recuperation. At least, they are supposed to be. The greatly touted The Vacationers b...