Enter to Win an Amazon Gift Card

Hello, readers! I hope you’re spending these summer days reading by the pool, on the beach, or out on your back porch. To thank you for all your support and give you a chance to feed your book addiction, I’m holding a give-away of one $10 Amazon giftcard. To be entered in the drawing, all […]

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Book Review: After the Storm

After the Storm by Linda Castillo My rating: 3 of 5 stars I really wanted to love this book. Many mystery fans whose opinions I respect love Linda Castillo, and I had never read her work. After reading a glowing review of After the Storm, I decided to take the plunge. The novel starts with […]

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Book Review: The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins My rating: 2 of 5 stars Stupid women making bad choices with abusive men. That’s my one sentence synopsis for this book. Yet again, a mystery is compared to GONE GIRL because it has a hard-to-like protagonist. What everyone who makes that comparison seems to miss is […]

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What’s in a name?

Imagine if you gave birth to a beautiful baby, perfect in every way. You nurtured her and watched her grow and she became more precious to you with every passing day. You gave this beautiful baby a beautiful name: Cassandra. Then one day your baby went off to school and the teacher told you she […]

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Book Review: Live to Tell by Lisa Gardner

Live to Tell by Lisa Gardner My rating: 4 of 5 stars Lisa Gardner reliably delivers smoothly written, fast-paced thrillers. After having given up on a book that put me to sleep four nights in a row, I was happy to dive into LIVE TO TELL and fly through the chapters. Our heroine, Boston PD […]

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Stop Saying Awesome! 25 Alternatives

Everything is awesome: my new boots, the Grand Canyon, Chunky Monkey ice cream, God, the latest Essie nail polish color. Can all those things be great in the same way? Time to liven up your writing (and your speech) with a few new adjectives to express all the different nuances of greatness. [Note: They’re not […]

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Book Review: Everything You Never Told Me

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng My rating: 3 of 5 stars Celeste Ng has written a book about family members who genuinely love one another, but nevertheless manage to do terrible harm to one another. This would seem to be very fertile territory indeed, but somehow the book lacks emotional impact. The […]

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Book Review: The Blackhouse by Peter May

The Blackhouse by Peter May My rating: 4 of 5 stars The Blackhouse is an atmospheric mystery set on the bleak Isle of Lewis in Scotland’s Hebrides Archipelago. Edinburgh Detective Fin McLeod returns to the island of his childhood to investigate the murder of a childhood schoolmate which bears a strong resemblance to a case […]

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Book Review: The Lost Ones by Ace Atkins

The Lost Ones by Ace Atkins My rating: 3 of 5 stars I took this Edgar-nominated mystery on vacation with me to while away the hours on a trans-Atlantic flight. It served that purpose well enough–the writing is good, the characters of Sheriff Quinn Colson and Deputy Lillie are appealing, and there is some snappy […]

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