Bury Your Dead, by Louise Penny

October 9, 2010

Bury Your Dead: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (Three Pines Mysteries) By Louise Penny Minotaur Books 384 Pages List Price: $24.99; Amazon Price: $14.35 In the sixth mystery featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, Penny starts the story with a bang, then quickly fast forwards to Gamache in Quebec City during Carnival. Gamache is not there […]

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Diamond Ruby: A Novel, by Joseph Wallace

July 3, 2010

Joseph Wallace’s debut novel, Diamond Ruby, would make a terrific movie. It has all the elements: a historically interesting setting (Brooklyn in the 1920s) a savvy, talented teenage heroine and baseball. Throw in a few shady characters, the Ku Klux Klan along with Babe Ruth and Jack Dempsey, and you have a blockbuster.

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The Lion, by Nelson DeMille

June 22, 2010

The Lion By Nelson DeMille Grand Central Publishing 437 Pages List Price: $27.99; Amazon Price: $15.11 [Editor’s Note: Review first appeared in Dan’s Papers on June 17, 2010] Anti-Terrorist Task Force officer and former NYPD detective John Corey is back in full force in Nelson DeMille’s latest release, The Lion-a sequel to the author’s 2000 […]

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Spies of the Balkans, by Alan Furst

June 4, 2010

Spies of the Balkans: A Novel by Alan Furst Random House 288 pages List price: $26.00; Amazon price: $17.47 (Editor’s Note: Reviewed appeared in Dan’s Papers] Alan Furst is back with a powerful new espionage thriller, Spies of the Balkans. This time he ventures out of Eastern and Central Europe and transports readers back to […]

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The Season of Second Chances, by Diane Meier

May 28, 2010

The Season of Second Chances: A Novel By Diane Meier Henry Holt and Company 304 pages List Price: $25; Amazon Price: $16.50 [Editor’s note: Review written for Dan’s Papers] If you’re in the market to remodel your home and need interior decorating ideas, Diane Meier’s The Season of Second Chances might be the book for […]

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Twelve Rooms with a View, by Theresa Rebeck

May 14, 2010

Twelve Rooms with a View: A Novel by Theresa Rebeck Shaye Areheart Books 335 pages List Price: $24.99; Amazon Price: $16.49 [Ed note: I recently started a weekly book review column in Dan’s Paper’s. I’ll post my review here as a well.] New York City apartment owners might recognize their neighbors, co-op board members, or […]

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The Ashes of Innocence, by Alexandra Tesluk

May 7, 2010

The Ashes of Innocence By Alexandra Tesluk Tesluk Publications 2008 349 pages $21.95 Reviewed by Randall Radic Written by Alexandra Tesluk, The Ashes of Innocence relates the story of a child (Alexandra), whose father vanished at the end of World War II.  Alexandra’s mother – who makes Cinderella’s stepmother look like a saint – decides […]

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Self-Editing For Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself Into Print, by Renni Browne and Dave King

April 4, 2010

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition: How to Edit Yourself Into Print By Renni Browne and Dave King Harper Paperbacks 288 pages List Price: $13.99; Amazon Price: $10.07 At the Internet Writing Workshop’s writing list there have been several animated emails going back and forth about the best books for editing. One writer always writes […]

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Bang the Keys: Four Steps to a Lifelong Writing Practice, by Jill Dearman

March 21, 2010

Bang the Keys by Jill Dearman Alpha Books, 2009 238 pages List price: $16.95; Amazon price: $11.53 I received this book last summer and it was in my ever-growing backlog of books until I managed to dig it out from the pile this past January. I was in a rut and I thought perhaps Jill […]

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Authors Beware

March 19, 2010

I am nice, really I am. However, there are times when I read a book that I can get a bit annoyed. Why? Well, it could be for a number of reasons–the overall story didn’t seem plausible, the characters weren’t fully developed, the plot seemed too convoluted, or it was poorly written. When I come across […]

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