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Sons of Fortune (Archer, Jeffrey)
Fletcher Davenport and Nat Cartwright are two successful young men - but they also happen to be twins separated at birth as a result of the unscrupulous actions of a well-meaning nurse in the hospital …
reviewed Aztec. April 03, 2011
Aztec
In a word, Jennings' monumental work on the Aztec empire is outstanding. A simultaneous success on multiple fronts, Aztec is a gut-wrenching drama, a romance, an epic family saga, a titillating R-rated …
reviewed Mind Games. April 02, 2011
Mind Games
Dr Timothy Dare is a forensic psychiatrist working as a consultant for the criminal courts in Vancouver. His wife, unquestionably the light of his life, has just left him and is having an affair with …
reviewed The Last Juror. March 29, 2011
The Last Juror
Mississippi's Ford County local weekly newspaper hangs on the edge of bankruptcy and Willie Traynor, a rather shiftless ne'er do well college dropout, hears from a chum that a publication like …
Barnes and Noble books
The marriage, property and inheritance laws of the late 18th and early 19th century, by today's standards, can be considered cruelly misogynistic.      The Bennett family estate …
Digital Fortress: A Thriller
TRANSLTR is perhaps the most powerful multiple parallel processor computer on the earth, run by the National Security Agency, dedicated solely to the process of brute force code breaking. An extraordinary …
reviewed Mr. Timothy. March 22, 2011
Mr. Timothy
Timothy Cratchitt, now fully grown with his crippling childhood infirmity reduced to a limp and a chronic ache in bad weather, is sadly mindful of his financial dependence on his uncle. Somewhat disappointed …
reviewed Ship of Magic. March 19, 2011
Ship of Magic
Vivacia is a liveship - a seagoing vessel made of wizardwood sailing out of the trading hub Bingtown - that has magically come alive into self-awareness after the death of Ephron Vestrit, patriarch of …
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Like JACK AND THE BEANSTALK, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, HARRY POTTER, THE WIZARD OF OZ and so many other children's stories that have entered the realm of literature classics, THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE …
reviewed The Search (Eve Duncan). March 06, 2011
The Search (Eve Duncan)
John Logan, ultra-rich businessman, entrepreneur and power broker, has a serious problem. Devastated by the recent death of his Korean wife, Chen Li, from leukemia, he pulls out all the stops on the development …
Hound of the Baskervilles (Aladdin Classics)
When Henry Baskerville, the last remaining scion of the family, travels from Canada to England to take up residence in Baskerville Hall after the puzzling violent death of his uncle, Sir Charles, he is …
Freakonomics
Freakonomics is a refreshing, thoroughly enjoyable, easy reading, fast paced, witty and cynical breath of fresh air! Levitt and Dubner offer up a series of pointed, thought provoking essays composed in …
reviewed Silent Witness. February 26, 2011
Silent Witness
Having enjoyed the recent addition of England's Simon Beckett's to the intensely crowded North American forensic pathology thriller field, I was looking forward to another rural mystery with that …
reviewed Derailed. February 23, 2011
Derailed
I put it to you that there isn't a single forty- or fifty-something man on the planet that hasn't found himself in Charles Schine's shoes at some point!      You have a …
reviewed Dissolution. February 19, 2011
Dissolution
It's 1537, the height of the English Reformation, and Thomas Cromwell, vicar general for the court of Henry VIII, is absolutely bent on the systematic ruthless dismantling of England's feudal …
reviewed Shatter. February 18, 2011
Shatter
Joe O'Loughlin, practicing clinical psychologist, and his wife, Julianne, a strikingly beautiful woman and an up-and-comer in the high-flying world of international corporate finance, moved to Somerset, …
Blind Justice (Sir John Fielding)
In 1768, a recently orphaned Jeremy Proctor arrives in London and promptly finds himself in the dock facing false charges of theft under the gavel of the blind magistrate, Sir John Fielding. The justice, …
reviewed The Wind in the Willows. February 15, 2011
The Wind in the Willows (first edition; 1908)
... As history-books have showed;   But never a name to go down to fame   Compared with that of Toad!"      THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS, a turn-of-the century …
The Dead Secret (Oxford World's Classics)
Mrs Treverton, who is not expected to live through the night, summons her lady's maid, Sarah Leeson, to her side. Their hushed conversation reveals that, many years ago, Sarah and Mrs Treverton conspired …
2nd Chance (The Women's Murder Club)
"The Women's Murder Club", introduced to legions of new fans in "1st To Die", is an intelligent, plausible, modern idea whose time has come. It's also appealingly warm and …
Carved in Bone: A Body Farm Novel
In CARVED IN BONE, forensic anthropologist Bill Brockton obviously is the fictionalized version of his creator, Dr Bill Bass, the founder of the real-life Body Farm, a research facility that he runs in …
reviewed The Fiend in Human: A Victorian Thriller. January 26, 2011
The Fiend in Human: A Victorian Thriller
With no small amount of national pride, I'm thrilled to report that mere superlatives somehow seem insufficient to convey Gray's debut success with The Fiend in Human.     Edmund Whitty …
reviewed The Egyptologist: A Novel. January 25, 2011
The Egyptologist: A Novel
The Egyptologist is an extraordinary, lush piece of literature that trots across the mummy-crazed globe of the 1920s and witnesses Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter's seminal discovery of the vast …
Roadside Crosses: A Kathryn Dance Novel
Most thriller fans will pick up a Michael Connelly novel expecting that it's going to be about Harry Bosch. Similarly, most Jeffrey Deaver fans (and I expect there's a whole pile of crossover), …
Dr. Mortimer and the Barking Man Mystery
In the opening paragraphs, Dr Mortimer teases lovers of the great Sherlock Holmes and introduces himself with flair referring fleetingly to Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles, "I am …
reviewed Secret Daughter: A Novel. January 17, 2011
Secret Daughter: A Novel
SECRET DAUGHTER tells two heartbreaking stories, worlds apart but inseparably linked. The first is about infertility in North American woman and the extreme lengths that some hopeful mothers- and fathers-to-be …
Taliesin (The Pendragon Cycle, Book 1)
Stephen Lawhead's storytelling is certainly ambitious. In Taliesin, he has proposed nothing less than a fanciful, fluid blending of three mythologies into a single epic history - the twilight and …
reviewed Deception Point. January 15, 2011
Deception Point
President Zachary Herney, the incumbent in a hotly contested presidential race, is a strong supporter of a publicly funded NASA, open to the scientific community at large. His opponent, Senator Sedgewick …
Mystery Writers of America Presents The
Linda Fairstein, herself a prosecutor in Manhattan for 25 years, has compiled an anthology of legal shorts written by some of the most well known and most exciting members of the Mystery Writers of America. …
The Face of Deception (Eve Duncan)
Eve Duncan, the finest forensic sculptor in the world, just can't seem to get past the grief of losing her daughter to a serial killer who was executed without disclosing the location of the body. …
Come Here...and I'll Show You
One of the other reviews that I read used the term escapist "lad-lit". I love it! If the ladies can use the genre term "chick lit", then "lad-lit" for this type of novel …
reviewed 3rd Degree. January 07, 2011
3rd Degree
"The Women's Murder Club", introduced to legions of new fans in "1st To Die" and continued to wonderful effect in "2nd Chance", is an intelligent, plausible, modern idea …
reviewed The Secret of Chimneys. January 03, 2011
The Secret of Chimneys
Anthony Cade is a typical good-natured, rather shiftless upper crust British gentleman drifter. He always seems to have enough cash for smokes, a drink or two and a little travel and adventure but he …
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
I'm having a difficult time deciding whether John Berendt set out to make mock of Savannah from the get-go or whether he was trying to write a sincere travelogue/murder story about a city that just happens …
Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival
WINTER WORLD provides an overview of the amazing evolutionary adaptations in both physiology and behaviour that the members of the animal kingdom have made to ensure their survival through bitter northern …
reviewed Maltese Falcon. December 31, 2010
Maltese Falcon
Private eye, Sam Spade, and his erstwhile partner, Miles Archer, are having a slow day. Spade rolls a cigarette from his stock of Bull Durham. When a beautiful young dish introduces herself with an alias …
Skeletons in the Closet & Other Creepy Stories
Cheryl Kaye Tardif's SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET is nothing like Henry James' classic, THE TURN OF THE SCREW.      Here's a prediction you can take to the bank! Years from …
reviewed Extreme Measures. December 27, 2010
Extreme Measures
In one sense, a jaded reader might accuse Michael Palmer of repeating the oft-used medical thriller plot framework of the single heroic physician standing up against some sort of nefarious conspiracy …
Ice Cold: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel
Despite the fact that ICE COLD is the 8th entry in the now mature Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles series, Gerritsen has continued to keep her plotting fresh and exciting and allows her two protagonists to …
Murder in Grub Street (Sir John Fielding)
Recently orphaned Jeremy Proctor, "adopted" by blind magistrate Sir John Fielding and dutifully installed in the position of his assistant, protégé, jack-of-all-trades and utilitarian …
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