Review: THE GUILTY ONE

The Guilty One by Lisa Ballantyne My rating: 5 of 5 stars All summer, I’ve been longing for a book that would draw me in completely and make me ignore my responsibilities to keep reading. Finally, I found it in THE GUILTY ONE. Let’s get one thing straight: this is not a mystery/thriller even though […]

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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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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: 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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