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Review: Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff

Review: Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff

  On November 5, 1942, a U.S. C-53 cargo plane on a routine flight crash-landed on the Greenland ice cap. All five men aboard initially survived the crash and sent out distress calls. Four days later, a B-17 involved in the search-and-rescue for the missing C-53 and its crew got caught in a nasty storm and also crashed. All nine men on that flight initially survived. While trying to save the surviving men of the B-17, an amphibious Coast Guard […]

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Review: Deadly Harvest by Michael Stanley

Review: Deadly Harvest by Michael Stanley

  In Botswana, Africa, young girls are going missing after getting into cars with mysterious men. Detectives David “Kubu” Bengu and Samantha Khama have been charged with finding the girls…or finding out what has happened to them. Have they been abducted for sale as servants or sex slaves, or have they been murdered for muti–a traditional African medicine made by witch doctors, usually derived from plants and sometimes animals? Recent evidence suggests the latter, but it is almost impossible to […]

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Review: The Missing File by D.A. Mishani

Review: The Missing File by D.A. Mishani

The Missing File is a good, solid crime fiction novel. Told from two perspectives–that of Detective Avraham, and that of Zeev Avni–it not only provides a good mystery; it’s also a good portrayal of suburban life, proving that lots of things about suburban living are universal. I’m not sure that I like Detective Avraham, though. I don’t necessarily dislike him as a character, but he didn’t exactly win my heart over, either. He is portrayed as kind of incompetent concerning […]

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Review: The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin

Review: The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin

In 1857, when Talmadge was just nine years old, his mother took him and his sister to Washington after their father was killed in a mining accident in the Oregon Territory. In Washington, his mother started growing apples in a small orchard. Three years later, Talmadge’s mother died of a respiratory disease, and five years after that Talmadge’s sister disappeared in the surrounding woods and was never found. When Talmadge’s story opens in The Orchardist, he has been growing apples […]

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Review: The Tale of Lucia Grandi by Susan Speranza

Review: The Tale of Lucia Grandi by Susan Speranza

  Lucia Grandi is 110 years old and living in a nursing home (?) when she is asked by a young graduate student to tell the story of her life. Lucia goes on to recount what it was like to grow up in the suburbs of Long Island, NY, with a not-so-great-family in the 1950’s and 60’s. Each chapter is memoir-ish, with Lucia describing an incident from her childhood, and how it affected her views of herself and life in […]

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Review: No Mark Upon Her by Deborah Crombie

Review: No Mark Upon Her by Deborah Crombie

Like Proof of Guilt, No Mark Upon Her is another crime fiction novel that’s part of a series, and I don’t think I was aware of that going in. No Mark Upon Her also works as a stand-alone novel, for the most part. There were a lot of references to previous novels in the Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series that I didn’t get, though, and they distracted me quite a bit at the beginning until I just decided to pay no […]

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Review: Proof of Guilt by Charles Todd

Review: Proof of Guilt by Charles Todd

When I accepted this book for review, I hadn’t read anything by Charles Todd before and I didn’t realize that Proof of Guilt is #15 in a long line of Ian Rutledge mysteries. Thankfully, the book reads well as a stand-alone (as I’ll bet the rest of the mysteries do, too), but I do wonder if I would have gotten more out of it or would have been more into it if I had been a long-time reader of the […]

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Review: The Tell by Hester Kaplan

Review: The Tell by Hester Kaplan

Mira and Owen live in Providence, RI, where Mira owns and runs a community art center and Owen is a middle school (high school?) teacher. They’re both doing what they love and they both feel like what they do makes a difference in their community. But neither one of them is entirely happy, and their marriage isn’t as wonderful as it seems. Both of them are keeping things to themselves that periodically put a strain on their relationship. When Wilton […]

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Review: A Train in Winter by Caroline Moorehead

Review: A Train in Winter by Caroline Moorehead

Like me, I’m sure many of you have read a ton of stuff about World War II and Nazi Germany: the horrible way people were treated, the labor camps, the death camps, and the millions of people who were murdered in the name of purification. I think this is the first book I have read that makes the story so personal, though. In A Train in Winter, Caroline Moorehead writes about the women who were major players in the Resistance […]

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Review: Falling Together by Marisa de los Santos

Review: Falling Together by Marisa de los Santos

Falling Together is a story about friendship and love and the ways in which relationships can evolve. It’s a story about holding on and letting go, and knowing when to do so. The main theme of Falling Together seems to be the idea that even when we need to let loved ones go from our lives physically, we can still hold on to them in our hearts and our memories, where they can live indefinitely if we so choose–“gone but […]

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