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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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