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Mystery

Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Accident

Wow! Paragraph after paragraph, page after page, Chris Pavone’s new novel, The Accident, just keeps coming at the reader, not like a runaway freight train

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Children’s early and middle readers
Joanne Mallari

When Did You See Her Last?

When Did You See Her Last? All the Wrong Questions To stop publishing Lemony Snicket—now that would be an unfortunate event. Fortunately, Little, Brown and

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Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Thief

Whenever I read a book in translation, I always wonder whether I’m reading exactly what the author intended. Or is the translator getting in the

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Fiction
Ann Ronald

Ghostman

Without hesitation I can say that Ghostman is as powerful a thriller as I’ve read in a long time. Roger Hobbs has developed a nameless,

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Fiction
Ann Ronald

Pirate King

Pirate King is Laurie R. King’s eleventh Sherlock Holmes novel, starring Mary Russell. My Bantam trade paperback copy of the book contains a special treat—the

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Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Boy in the Suitcase

Let me begin this review with a glittering generality. I find contemporary Scandinavian murder mysteries to be graphic, violent, unsettling, and almost off-putting. I try

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Fiction
Sunny Solomon

The Technologists

For those of you who like your reading beefy, in other words more than four hundred pages, and likewise find Matthew Pearl’s take on mystery

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Mystery
Ann Ronald

Blood of the Prodigal

If you have seen many of my “Bookin’ with Sunny” reviews, you’ll know I prefer books that not only are delightful to read but that

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Historical Fiction
Sunny Solomon

Malice of Fortune

I think Michael Ennis is in love with Italy. Not the Italy of today’s grand sweep from the Alps down to the tip of the

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Fiction
Ann Ronald

Eye of the Raven

Duncan McCallum, one of two major characters in Eliot Pattison’s pre-American Revolutionary War novel, Eye of the Raven, is a Scotsman whose Highland clan was

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Fiction
Ann Ronald

Bloodmoney

David Ignatius writes novels about what he knows best. As a Wall Street Journal reporter for ten years, he covered the Department of Justice, the

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Fiction
Ann Ronald

River of Darkness

I recently reviewed Louise Penny’s Armand Gamaché mystery novel, A Trick of the Light, for ‘Bookin’ with Sunny.’ Because it was the seventh in a series

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Mystery
Ann Ronald

A Trick of the Light

If I were asked to name my favorite murder mystery writer of today, I think I’d choose Louise Penny. Elizabeth George would be a close

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Fantasy/Sci-Fi
Dan Erwine

The Name of the Star

Maureen Johnson’s latest YA novel, adds a few new wrinkles to the expanding mythology of Jack the Ripper. The myth-making began in 1913, just 25

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