Book Genre: Fiction

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Charles Bock
Leslie Y
4

I heard Charles Bock (the author) interviewed on Fresh Air, and was intrigued by what he said about the book.  I found it incredibly tough to get through - so sad - but couldn't give up on it.  I imagine that writing the book was very helpful to him in processing his wife's death, and...

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Julia Keller
Leslie Y
5

Summer of the Dead is the third book in Julia Keller's Bell Elkins series.  As always, things are hopping in Acker's Gap.  Keller usually starts out with a mysterious murder and this book is no exception.  The characters we've come to know in her other books make appearances, and...

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Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
Leslie Y
5

I read this book on the beach in Puerto Vallarta, but felt like I was in St. Jude, Ohio, living through Cassie Danvers' search to find out why she had been named the sole heir to legendary matinee idol, Jack Montgomery.  Raised by her grandmother, June, and living in her ramshackle house,...

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Sarah McCoy
Leslie Y
5

Sarah McCoy does a great job of meshing the two stories told in this book - one of Elsie Schmidt who is a teenager in Germany in 1945, and the other of Reba Adams, a reporter in El Paso, Texas in 1995.  

While Elsie's family has been largely sheltered from the worst of the...

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Anne Tyler
Leslie Y
5

I've been reading Anne Tyler for years, and have liked her older titles (Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant is probably my favorite), but I really enjoyed this book.  Based on The Taming of the Shrew, Vinegar Girl is the story of Kate Battista, her sister, Bunny, and their father, Dr....

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Suzanne Rindell
Leslie Y
4

Suzanne Rindell seems very comfortable in writing about the past, and takes her readers with her on the journey.  The characters in Three Martini Lunch are well-drawn, and the description of the publishing industry was very interesting.   The main characters are Cliff Nelson (whose...

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Stephen King
Leslie Y
5

The second book in the Bill Hodges' Trilogy begins with murder, but not the random destruction of life seen in Mr. Mercedes.  In Finders Keepers, a famous author, John Rothstein, is murdered because a crazed fan of his novels, Morris Bellamy, feels that Rothstein sold his character, Jimmy...

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Stephen King
Leslie Y
5

Stephen King is one of my all-time favorite teller of stories.  Definitely some better than others, but almost always very entertaining, and creepy.  Mr. Mercedes continues this tradition.  In the first book of the Bill Hodges trilogy, King tells the story of Mr. Mercedes (Brady...

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Umberto Eco
lisab
3

Colonna, the main character has been hired work on a newspaper that isn’t being printed – yet. Still it has reporters that are going out scooping news stories and who are practicing their trade of journalism especially stories that might be slightly sensational. The newspaper may not be real but...

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Nnedi Okorafor
lisab
4

Lagoon is science fiction with a dose of magic realism.  The novel tells the tale of aliens who arrive in the ocean off of Lagos in Nigeria and how this effects the residents and their surroundings.  There are a number of characters who are central to the story with 3 in particular...

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Anna Quindlen
Leslie Y
5

Anna Quindlen is one of my favorite authors - if I see a new title of hers, I know I will read it and enjoy her storytelling.  Miller's Valley is no exception.  There are no surprises in what happens to Miller's Valley, but Quindlen's narrative is wonderful at fleshing out...

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Ruth Ware
Leslie Y
5

Another great psychological thriller!  If you read my reviews, you'll know this is my favorite kind of fiction.  Leonora (sometimes Lee, sometimes Leo, mostly Nora) is a writer who keeps to herself.  She is invited, out of the blue, to a "hen" (a bachelorette party in our world)...

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Julia Keller
Leslie Y
5

Last Ragged Breath is the third book in the series, and continues the story of prosecutor, Bell Elkins.  A dead body is found in a creek near a shack inhabited by a recluse, Royce Dillard.  It turns out to be a man who has been badgering Dillard to sell a piece of property to make way...

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Alison Gaylin
Leslie Y
5

What Remains of Me is a spellbinding novel of psychological suspense, set in the glamorous, wealthy world of Hollywood—a darkly imaginative and atmospheric tale of revenge and betrayal, presumed guilt and innocence lost, dirty secrets and family ties.  The story shifts between time periods...

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Victoria Schwab
Stacey G.
4

The followup novel to A Darker Shade of Magic, this second novel in the series concerns itself less with the different elements of the magical Londons and more with the people who live within the cities. A tournament is the driving force of the book, pushing Rhy, Kell, and Lila toward...

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Julia Keller
Leslie Y
5

In the next novel in the Belfa Elkins series, a pregnant teenager is found dead at the bottom of a river, and the victim didn't drown—she was dead before her body ever hit the water.  With a case like that, Bell knows the coming weeks are going to be tough.  Her daughter has moved in...

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Neil Gaiman
Bailey
5

The town Wall is named after the large wall that resides there. This wall only has one opening, which is guarded day and night by the townspeople as no one is allowed to go through from either side. The other side is not a competing neighbor, but a magical land called Faerie. Ordinary folks,...

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Julia Keller
Leslie Y
5

A friend had recommended Last Ragged Breath by Julia Keller, but Keller had two previous books, which I decided to read first.  I am a big fan of reading an author’s books in order to get the whole story of how her characters have developed.  A Killing in the Hills is...

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Harlan Coben
Leslie Y
5

Harlan Coben is one of my all-time favorite authors.  I am always excited to see a new title by him, and Fool Me Once definitely lives up to his reputation.  Coben grabs the reader from the first page, and the suspense doesn’t let up until the very surprising (at least, to me...

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Bradley P. Beaulieu
Stacey G.
5

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai is a beautifully built fantasy novel. It’s a fresh read in the fantasy genre, which usually relies heavily on the familiarity of creatures such dragons, elves, and witches. Instead, Twelve Kings is set in the desert and follows the journey of Çeda as...

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Elizabeth Bonesteel
Stacey G.
4

An innocent man is accused of a murder and the whole thing may be related to a catastrophe 25 years earlier that destroyed a starship and killed hundreds of people.

This debut novel successfully mixes several genres, including science fiction, mystery, and romance. Why is the planet’s...

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Naomi Novik
lisab
4

Uprooted is the story of a wizard who every 10 years chooses a girl from the village of Dvernik. The latest is Agnieszka, who turns out to be a witch with a lot of unique powers.  Along with the wizard she must protect the land from the Wood which corrupts and can swallow people in what are...

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M. L. (Mary Lou) Longworth
lisab
4

Mystery of the Lost Cézanne is the fifth in the Verlaque and Bonnet series. Antoine Verlaque is a judge with the Aix-en-Provence police and Marine Bonnet is a law professor (just so you know they are a couple).  In this mystery, Verlaque is asked to visit a retired post office worker who...

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Jacquelyn Mitchard
Leslie Y
5

The stories that Jacquelyn Mitchard tells are always engaging, and Two If By Sea doesn't disappoint.  Set during the Christmas Eve tsunami in Brisbane, the novel follows the path of Frank Mercy, who loses his wife, and her entire family in the disaster, but, as a volunteer firefighter...

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Jojo Moyes
Angelita
4

After reading this book, I am looking forward to the movie, even though the movie could totally be different. At times the story can be heart breaking, but I like the dose of reality it offers. From the most part, the story is told from the perspective of Louisa Clark, but there are few chapters...