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The Passage

Though it covers some ground that has been done to death (and in some cases done better), The Passage still felt fresh and interesting, mostly because the scope is so broad, the characters are so well-developed, and the writing is a bit more on the literary side than you usually see in books about vampires. […]

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I heard Jan Burke speak a couple years ago at the NC Literary Festival and purchased one of her mysteries. “Bones” won the Edgar Award and is a suspenseful, police-procedural featuring cadaver dogs. I enjoyed the gutsy reporter Irene Kelly and the surprise awaiting me at the end. Most of all, I was fascinated by […]

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Devil in the Grove

This Pulitzer Prize winning book reads like a crime novel, except that, sadly, it’s non-fiction. The book tracks the legal proceedings of four African-American men accused of raping a white woman in 1949 central Florida. Thurgood Marshall represented one of the four in his 1952 re-trial. What happened to the other three men will break […]

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Thank You For All Things

A series of unfortunate events result in two children, their single mother and their new-ager grandmother moving into the house where their estranged grandfather and father is dying. The story is told through the voice of eleven-year old Lucy McGowan who believes her time in the area where the McGowan story began will reveal the […]

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The Secret Papers of Madame Olivetti

A slow read with a slow moving plot. After her husband Paul dies very unexpectedly, 52-year-old, Lily Crisp feels she needs a brief respite from everyday responsibilities to ponder the future, but mostly to think about the past. Her destination is France, to the house called La Pierre Rouge, an inheritance from her mother-in-law. There, […]

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Isabel’s Bed

Harriet Mahoney is 42, an aspiring novellist and looking for a way to escape New York and the end of a long-term relationship. She applies for a position ghost-writing Isabel Krug’s scandalous life story. I enjoyed the flamboyance of Isabel, watching Harriet develop some gumption, and the relationships among all the characters. The ending had […]

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