Book Reviews

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The Girl with Kaleidoscope Eyes

David Handler's latest mystery features the elegant Stewart (Hoagy) Hoag, a one-time successful novelist, turned ghostwriter and amateur sleuth, who solves crimes with style and panache with the help of his faithful sidekick, his anchovy loving basset hound, Lulu. "The Girl with Kaleidoscope ...

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Cat Shining Bright

Shirley Rousseau Murphy's mystery series featuring the brave feline detective, Joe Grey, and his friends continues in "Cat Shining Bright" (William Morrow, 294 pages.) In the beautiful coastal city of Molena Point, California, a select group of human friends of Joe Grey and his beloved Dulcie ...

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The Quiet Child

John Burley's "The Quiet Child" (William Morrow, 288 pages) is a gripping, psychological thriller that will hold the reader's attention in this novel about suspicion within a family and among people living in a small town. Michael and Kate McCray live in a quiet hamlet in Northern California ...

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The Blinds

In ancient Greek mythology there are five rivers in the underworld. One of these rivers is the Lethe which imparts forgetfulness or oblivion to the soul after death. In Adam Sternbergh's novel "The Blinds" (Ecco Books/382 pages), the removal of memories is done to humans still very much ...

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Deep Black

Tom Locke must track a missing Saudi prince deep inside ISIS territory in “Deep Black,” the second military action thriller from the authors of Shadow War. (William Morrow, 322 pages). Disillusioned after a mission in Ukraine goes tragically wrong, military contractor Tom Locke is on the ...

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Every Day Above Ground

Glen Erik Hamilton has his third chapter in his much acclaimed Van Shaw series, "Every Day Above Ground." (William Morrow/ 365 pages) Van is the grandson of the late Donovan "Dono" Shaw, a man who had earned quite a reputation as a skilled thief. Mickey O'Hasson, a terminally ill ex-con who ...

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The Painted Queen

In 2013, Barbara Mertz died. Mertz had earned her doctorate in Egyptology from the acclaimed Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. Writing under the pen name Elizabeth Peters, she created the popular mystery series featuring archeologist Radcliffe Emerson and his wife, Amelia ...

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The Himalayan Codex

Bill Schutt and J. R. Finch continue the adventures of naturalist R. J. "Mac" MacCready in his latest trek which leads him on a search for the mythological Yeti in this well done science fiction thriller, "The Himalayan Codex." (William Morrow, 384 pages) In 1946, just after the devastating ...

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You’ll Never Know, Dear

Hallie Ephron's latest novel of suspense, "You'll Never Know, Dear" (William Morrow, 290 pages), blends elements of the macabre with a strong dash of soap opera. Elizabeth "Lis" Strenger, nee Lissie Woodham, has been haunted by the loss of her little sister Janey, who mysteriously ...

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The Force

No less an authority than New York Daily News columnist Mike Lupica heaps praise on “The Force” (William Morrow). “He comes out of Staten Island, Don Winslow does, as do so many of the cops do in his new novel, and will immediately take its place with the great police novels, about New ...

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“Letterman: The Last Giant Of Late Night”

What makes Dave Letterman tick? New York Times comedy critic Jason Zinoman makes a great attempt with the new book, “Letterman: The Last Giant Of Late Night” (Harper). Zinoman covers the quirky comedian and late-night television talk-show host from his college days in Indiana to his ...

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Price of Duty: Military novel from Dale Brown

The military novels of Dale Brown are noted for plots that are relevant and prescient in their assessment of world events. His latest thriller, "Price of Duty," (William Morrow, 440 pages) targets Russian cyber warfare. In "Price of Duty," the Russians are not merely hacking into the ...

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War Cry

Historical novelist Wilbur Smith has taken a departure from his Egyptian series and added another chapter featuring the Courtney family, an English family that have planted their roots in Kenya. His latest novel, "War Cry" (William Morrow, 496 pages), spans that pivotal era in world ...

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Book Review: Most Dangerous Place

James Grippando continues his popular attorney Jack Swyteck novels in his latest work, "Most Dangerous Place." (Harper, 356 pages.) Jack Swyteck is at the airport awaiting the arrival of an old friend from high school, Keith Ingraham, a successful investment banker in Hong Kong, who is ...

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Book Review: Bone Box

Faye Kellerman's best-selling series featuring ex-LAPD Detective Peter Decker and his wife, Rina Lazarus, continues in their latest case, "Bone Box." (William Morrow, 414 pages) Decker and his wife have moved from Los Angeles to a quiet college town in upstate New York in hopes of living a ...

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The Believer

Joakim Zander's latest work, "The Believer," is a follow up to his previous novel, "The Swimmer." (Harper, 378 pages) Yasmine Ajam and her family had fled the turbulence of the Middle East to begin life in Sweden, settling in the less affluent Bergort district of Stockholm which is home to ...

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The Seventh Plague

James Rollins continues his Sigma Force series in his latest thriller "The Seventh Plague." (William Morrow, 425 pages) The head of a British archeological expedition in the Sudanese desert, Professor Harold McCabe, vanished in the desert and was presumed to have been killed by Islamic ...

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The Wars Of The Roosevelts

William J. Mann has written a biography of the most influential family in early twentieth century America:  "The Wars of the Roosevelts:  The Ruthless Rise of America's Greatest Political Family."  (Harper, 609 pages) Mann's perspective is not a dry, political history of the Roosevelts; ...

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The Reykjavik Assignment

Adam LeBor's Yael Azoulay series continues in his latest work, "The Reykjavik Assignment."  (Harper, 454 pages) Yael Azoulay, former member of the Israeli special forces, handles the delicate, "top secret" negotiations of the United Nations. This intrepid agent has brought warlords and war ...

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The Flame Bearer

Bernard Cornwell has completed his 10th novel in his Saxon Tales series with "The Flame Bearer"  (Harper, 284 pages) Lord Uhtred, who was born a Saxon but raised by a Dane, dreams of recapturing his ancestral home of Bebbanburg, which was seized by his uncle and given to his cousin. The ...