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Opinionated Book Reviews.

Sinister Graves by Marcie R. Rendon

Sinister Graves is the third book in the series featuring Cash Blackbear by Marcie Rendon. Cash is from White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota. Cash, unfortunately, grew up in a series of foster homes before Sheriff Wheaton, whose initial report... Continue Reading →

Going to Beautiful by Anthony Bidulka

Going to Beautiful is a story of loss, mourning, and awakening to a new and completely unimagined life. Jake and his partner Eddie are living the life. Both have ridden the reality-television road to fame and fortune. Eddie in a... Continue Reading →

The Guest House by Robin Morgan-Bentley

Jamie and Victoria have been trying to have a baby for a long time. When they finally succeed they decide to go off for the last holiday with just them shortly before the baby is due. So of course they... Continue Reading →

South Central Noir ed. by Gary Phillips

South Central Noir is a spectacular addition to the Akashic Noir Series. Here's the thing. I always know each volume in the Noir Series will be interesting and enjoyable, but some locations simply are more noir than others. In some... Continue Reading →

Unlikely Animals by Annie Hartnett

Emma Starling is coming home after several years away at college and med school. Well, not really at med school, but her family thinks that is where she has been. Born with a healing touch, Emma's mother assumed she would... Continue Reading →

They Want to Kill Americans by Malcolm Nance

They Want to Kill AmericansĀ is a wide-ranging investigation into the movements that coalesced into the January 6th insurrection and their continuing efforts to take over the government, preferably, it seems, by force. They are unified in their white nationalist disdain... Continue Reading →

It All Comes Down to This by Therese Anne Fowler

It All Comes Down to This is the story of three very different sisters who come together after their mother's death. Beck is a freelance writer with kids and a seemingly happy marriage though she suspects her husband might be... Continue Reading →

Murder at the Victoria & Albert Museum by Jim Eldridge

Murder at the Victoria & Albert Museum begins with the newly married Daniel Wilson and Abigail Fenton are commissioned by Queen Victoria to solve the murder of Andrew Page, a curator whose body was found near the foundation stone she... Continue Reading →

The Lost Kings by Tyrell Johnson

The Lost Kings explores the boundaries of memory, trauma, and family ties. When Jeanie King's mother died in an accident, she and her brother Jamie were raised by their aunt and uncle until their father came home from the war... Continue Reading →

And There He Kept Her by Joshua Moehling

And There He Kept Her begins when two high school students try to burgle a house and are caught by the owner. Unfortunately, the homeowner Emmet Burr had secrets that would prevent him from ever calling for the police so... Continue Reading →

Alias Emma by Ava Glass

Alias Emma is an espionage thriller with the story's central plot taking place during one very long night in London. Emma is a relatively new MI-5 agent when she is assigned to persuade Michael Primalov, the son of Russian defectors,... Continue Reading →

The Patron Saint of Second Chances by Christine Simon

The Patron Saint of Second Chances seems a perfect novel to turn into a movie which would be perfect because it would become a book about making a movie about making a movie. Signor Speranza, or Mr. Hope, is the... Continue Reading →

Police Brutality and White Supremacy by Etan Thomas

Police Brutality and White Supremacy is a collection of interviews by Etan Thomas of people in the movement for police reform and accountability, in the press, and even in the police. Thomas approaches each person with warmhearted openness that inspires... Continue Reading →

Neruda on the Park by Cleyvis Natera

Neruda on the Park looks at the effects of gentrification and the efforts to combat it. The Guerreros live in Nothar Park, a New York City neighborhood with many immigrants from the Dominican Republic. There's a strong sense of community... Continue Reading →

Pryor & Cummings by Rod Pennington

Pryor & Cummings one-ups the locked-room mystery with an entire locked building where a scientist is murdered. There is no gun and no suspect despite the building being locked up and the high-tech surveillance security reveals no one coming or... Continue Reading →

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