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David Lazar by Robert Kalich

David Lazar is a fictionalized memoir. Many of the key achievements in the main character's life are similar to the author's life from being a sports handicapper to writing a book about racism. Of course, it's is still fiction. Otherwise,... Continue Reading →

Scatterbrain by Henning Beck

Scatterbrain is a reader-friendly exploration of how the "failures" and "mistakes" of our memory and thinking processes are actually beneficial. In fourteen chapters addressing different aspects of memory, imagination, creativity, and even motivation, Henning Beck explains why what seems a... Continue Reading →

Secret Service by Tom Bradby

In Secret Service, Kate Henderson, a MI6 agent enlists a young undocumented immigrant to work as a nanny for a Russian oligarch's son and has her plant a listening device. From the little they were able to intercept, they learn... Continue Reading →

Blues in the Dark by Raymond Benson

Blues in the Dark begins when indie film producer Karissa Glover finds a rental offer she can't refuse. It's the mansion of the long-dead Blair Kendrick, still furnished, her clothes still in the closets, untouched since 1949, when she was... Continue Reading →

Renia’s Diary by Renia Spiegel

Renia's Diary is a valuable historical document, the diary of a Jewish girl's life under both Soviet and Nazi occupation She was just fourteen when she began writing in her diary where she was very frank about her feelings. Most... Continue Reading →

The Spotted Dog by Kerry Greenwood

The Spotted Dog is the seventh in Kerry Greenwood's Corinna Chapman mystery series. I love her Phryne Fisher series and was so excited to discover a new series to read. This series features a baker, a woman who owns the... Continue Reading →

Harley Merlin and the Stolen Magicals

Harley Merlin and the Stolen Magicals picks up right where Harley Merlin and the Mystery Twins ends. The mystery twins stole several magicals and now Harley and her friends are sent to find them with the aid of a couple... Continue Reading →

Roman Count Down by David P. Wagner

Roman Count Down is the sixth in David P. Wagner's Rick Montoya series. The story opens with Count Umberto Zimbardi taking a bus home for the first time in his life only to get murdered. His murder will occupy the... Continue Reading →

Sync by K. P. Kyle

Sync begins on a dark and stormy night as Brigid is driving home after visiting her mother in a nursing home. She is distraught because her mother failed to recognize her, her Alzheimer's exacerbated by the late time of day.... Continue Reading →

A Question of Trust by Jonathan Pinnock

"A Question of Trust" is the second in A Mathematical Mystery Series by Jonathan Pinnock that continues right after "The Truth About Archie & Pye" ends. PR guy Tom Winscombe is sharing an apartment with business partner Ali and looking for his missing girlfriend... Continue Reading →

The Bookshop of the Brokenhearted by Robert Hillman

The Bookshop of the Brokenhearted begins beautifully with simple prose that reminds me of Kent Haruf's Plainsong. I was in love by the end of the first chapter. Tom Hope is a farmer besotted with his wife Trudy and their child... Continue Reading →

Forget You Know Me by Jessica Strawser

Forget You Know Me begins like a thriller. Liza is on a video call with her life-long best friend Molly, a desperately needed catch-up after a too-long hiatus. Liza has moved to Chicago and these two who have been in each... Continue Reading →

The Feral Detective by Jonathan Lethem

Even some 20 years after reading "Motherless Brooklyn" I can still remember the enchantment of reading it. Since then I have been a devoted Jonathan Letham reader. Despite being in the midst of a couple other books, I dropped everything... Continue Reading →

The Ancient Nine by Ian Smith

In The Ancient Nine, Dr. Ian Smith, author of many books on diet and health, tries his hand at crafting a mystery rooted in historical fact. Spencer Collins, our fictive hero, is a Harvard freshman, a young black man from the south... Continue Reading →

The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is perfectly timed for the Halloween season, a Gothic Groundhog Day thriller with a twist as our hero starts each new day in a different one of the house guests attending a week-long country manor... Continue Reading →

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