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The Lemon Orchard

The Lemon Orchard is an intensely touching book that immediately transports the reader from wherever they are to the balmy California coast. It's almost possible to feel the Santa Ana winds, smell the lemons and experience the spray of the ocean in the breeze.


Beautiful Day

Elin Hilderbrand is a master of the “summer beach read.” Her characters are likable and fairly complex, and she is a wonderful storyteller. As in all her novels, BEAUTIFUL DAY pays homage to her love for and deep connection to the island of Nantucket.


Never Forget

NEVER FORGET is an impressive debut and I look forward to hearing more about Nina.


Hunting Eve

I like all these characters, and Johansen does a superb job of keeping their stories blending with the main story, which is finding Eve. They all come to their own conclusions about locations and situations, but being a master storyteller, Johansen keeps it all on track.


Massacre Pond

Do yourself a favor and order a copy of Massacre Pond by Paul Doiron; it’s not only a thrilling read, but a nuanced one, as well, and as a native of this state, I can assure you – it’s about as close as you can get to the Maine wilderness without leaving your couch.


The Ocean at the End of the Lane

The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a small thing with much joy and heartache, sacrifice and friendship, beautifully crafted and as lonesome as the ocean.


Lost Girls

Kolker’s detailed examination of the cases and his gentle descriptions of the women and their families is a worthwhile read.


The Silent Wife: A Novel

The Silent Wife is the perfect literary summer page turner.


Cold Steel

A satisfying and strong conclusion to the Spiritwalker trilogy.


The Executioner's Heart

Excellent storytelling; intriguing mystery; well-drawn antagonist; progresses longer story arcs; characters undergo changes; un-put-downable final chapters; serves as a fine standalone novel.


The Executioner's Heart

Part Sherlock Holmes, part Steampunk, part supernatural fantasy, and part gory murder mystery, The Executioner’s Heart is, if nothing else, enjoyable.


Letters from Skye: A Novel

By turns lyrical and flirtatious, Brockmole’s debut charms with its wistful evocation of a time when handwritten, eagerly awaited letters could bespell besotted lovers.


A Treacherous Paradise

Hanna’s adventures, based on elliptical hints from the journal of a real-life Swedish madam in 1905 Mozambique, make a story as magical as a fairy tale and just about as brutal too.


Nemesis
Kirkus Reviews : Nemesis (July 09, 2013)

Smooth, readable, not top-notch Pronzini, but better than much of the noir material out there.


Bombshell
Kirkus Reviews : Bombshell (July 09, 2013)

The latest addition to Coulter’s FBI series (Whiplash, 2010, etc.) uses a run-of-the-mill mystery to bring together some of her fans’ favorite characters.


Nearer Home

Joy Castro’s unique storytelling style adds a layer of electricity that serves to elevate her novel, placing it heads and shoulders above the typical thrillers with which it shares a shelf.


The Twelfth Department

I’m in awe at the amount of research which must have gone into making this book appear so realistic and of its time. The dark, oppression of life in Russia under Stalin lurks in the shadows of every page.


The Cat Sitter's Cradle

If you’ve never read a Dixie Hemingway book, The Cat Sitter’s Cradle is a great place to start.


Nemesis

Nemesis delivers a good thought-provoking mystery without exploiting gory crime scenes and unnecessary violence.