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Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia

Of Women and Salt tells the story of several women spanning several generations. With one important exception, the men in the story are more a source of pain, an impetus to drastic action, anger, or addiction. We don't know their... Continue Reading →

Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano

Finlay Donovan Is Killing It begins with one of those mornings, Finlay is in a frenzied rush trying to make an appointment while her nanny is late and her kids are not cooperating, to say the least. She is in extremis,... Continue Reading →

My Brilliant Life by Ae-Ran Kim

My Brilliant Life is the story of Areum who is approaching his sixteenth and likely his last birthday. Born with progeria, the disease that causes a child to age rapidly, Areum wants to give his parents a final gift, the story... Continue Reading →

Tales from the Hinterland by Melissa Albert

Tales from the Hinterland is a perfect companion to The Hazel Wood  and The Night Country, two books about the adventures of Alice and her friend Atticus Finch as she explores the world of her grandmother, the author of Tales... Continue Reading →

Tsarina by Ellen Alpsten

Tsarina is a historical novel that tells the story of Catherine I of Russia. The arc of her life is amazing. She was born a serf and became the Tsarina of Russia, ruling in her own name for two years... Continue Reading →

Don’t Look for Me by Wendy Walker

Don't Look for Me is a suspenseful thriller that becomes increasingly complex as the story advances. It begins with Molly Clarke driving home after visiting her son's school to watch him play football. He ignored her presence, another sign of... Continue Reading →

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars begins on a happy day in Kira Navárez's life. She and her fellow pre-colonization expedition are wrapping things up after studying a planet to verify it is safe for colonization. They're ready to... Continue Reading →

The Darkest Evening by Ann Cleeves

The Darkest Evening is the ninth in the Vera Stanhope series. It begins during a blizzard. Vera is driving home and mistakes her turn. She finds a car has driven off the road. The driver is gone, the door of... Continue Reading →

The Eighth Detective by Alex Pavesi

The Eighth Detective is a clever book, both an anthology of short mysteries and a novel at the same time. The conceit is that long ago, mathematics professor Grant McAllister developed a set of mathematical rules for murder mysteries, writing... Continue Reading →

The Night Swim by Megan Goldin

The Night Swim is one of a new amateur detective genre inspired by the success of Serial, the podcast that captivated America.  True crime podcasts have become a thing as people vie to be the next big thing. Seriously, Marie... Continue Reading →

The Cabinets of Barnaby Mayne by Elsa Hart

The Cabinets of Barnaby Mayne is a historical mystery taking place in 1703 when colonization and exploration had sparked a mania for collecting from around the world. Sir Barnaby Mayne was the collector's collector. Few could indulge his furious collecting of... Continue Reading →

Axiom’s End by Lindsay Ellis

Axiom's End is the story of humanity's first contact with alien life. The first thing that makes this a completely fresh story is that it has already happened. The story begins in 2007 with Cora Sabino, a twenty-something who is... Continue Reading →

From the Grave by David Housewright

From the Grave  is the seventeenth mystery in the detective series featuring Twin Cities detective Mac McKenzie. It all starts when a friend of Mac's goes to a psychic reading and a malevolent ghost shows up and promises the secret... Continue Reading →

The Second Home by Christina Clancy

The Second Home tells the story of three siblings coming together after the death of their parents. There are two sisters, Ann and Poppy, and their adoptive brother Michael, and they have not been together as a family for eighteen... Continue Reading →

Cut to the Bone by Ellison Cooper

Cut to the Bone is the third book in the Sayer Altair series, but the first for me. It begins with a double murder, that of a cop who stumbled on the killer while he laid his first victim out... Continue Reading →

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