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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 →

The Paradox Hotel by Rob Hart

The Paradox Hotel is a delightful blend of mystery and science fiction. It takes place at a hotel that serves the wealthy who come to time travel. It's beautifully designed with outstanding service and January Cole is hotel security. Part... Continue Reading →

City of the Dead by Jonathan Kellerman

City of the Dead begins with a bit of misdirection as we follow a couple of movers as they go about their job just long enough to think one of them is going to be the murderer or the victim... Continue Reading →

The Accomplice by Lisa Lutz

The Accomplice is the story of Luna and Owen, two friends since they started college. They are resolutely friends, not lovers, and have always been. Both of them are married to other people but remain close confidantes. Their relationship is... Continue Reading →

The Maid by Nita Prose

The Maid is a charming mystery that revolves around Molly Gray, a dedicated maid at Regency Grand Hotel. She loves her job and does it well until one day she discovers the wealthy, and not very nice, Charled Black dead... Continue Reading →

The Spectacular by Zoe Whittall

The Spectacular, by Zoe Whittal, is the story of three women who struggle with the demands placed on women as mothers. The story begins with Missy, a cellist and rock band musician who is desperately seeing a tubal ligation before... Continue Reading →

Who Did You Tell? by Lesley Kara

Who Did You Tell? is a thriller of the someone-knows-your-secret variety. Astrid is an alcoholic who is 192 days sober. She has hit what she thinks is her rock-bottom, has come home to live with her mother whose disapproval and... Continue Reading →

The New Girl by Harriet Walker

Women know that in spite of all the advances they have made toward professional equality, they still risk falling behind by taking maternity leave. Margot is terrified she will find herself replaced in her much-loved and high-power job editing a... Continue Reading →

The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri

The Beekeeper of Aleppo is the story of the times we live in–a time when upheaval around the world is driving people from their homes in search of safety elsewhere, usually in neighboring countries. Turkey, Pakistan, Lebanon, Jordan, and Ethiopia... Continue Reading →

The Rumor by Lesley Kara

The Rumor takes place in a sleepy seaside town outside New York. Jo is a single mom whose son Alfie has been bullied in the past . She hopes by going home, not only will she be close to her... Continue Reading →

Keep You Close by Karen Cleveland

Keep You Close is a thriller that takes real events and puts a spin on them. Our society is seeing the fallout of young people being radicalized online into supporting hate groups and even carrying out violent terroristic attacks. Throughout... Continue Reading →

Ill Will by Dan Chaon

4:52 A. M. That's what time I finished Dan Chaon's Ill Will and turned out the light to try to sleep. Ill Will is disconcerting, an exploration of memory and its unreliability, family and its unreliability, and narrative and its unreliability. On the surface,... Continue Reading →

Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parmar

Vanessa and Her Sister is a very readable historical fiction by Priya Parmar about the Vanessa and Virginia Stephen, two accomplished women better know to the world as Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf. The story beings, as it should, the... Continue Reading →

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