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REVIEW: I WAS JACK MORTIMER by Alexander Lernet-Holenia

This deceptively small book reads like a layered film noir. An innocent cab driver is drawn into a labyrinthine plot when his fare is shot and killed in the back seat. The driver, Sponer, is perhaps of less than average …
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Three Odd Books – via Futility Closet

Three Odd Books – Futility Closet. B.S. Johnson’s 1969 “book in a box” The Unfortunates consists of 27 unbound sections, ranging in length from a single paragraph to 12 pages. The first and last chapters are specified, but the 25 in between …
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No, it’s not about that duel. It turns out the two worked as lawyers defending a young man accused of murder in 1800 New York City. It’s a bizarre and expertly-told story that sheds light on life when our country …
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This is an updated, modern take on the supernatural gothic tale. Set in present day, a young British man (only identified as A.) inherits an estate in rural Virginia. The house is over a century old and it seems each …
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“The Orient—including present-day Turkey, Greece, the Middle East, and North Africa—exerted its allure on the Western artist’s imagination centuries prior to the turn of the nineteenth century.” Jennifer Meagher, Dept. of European Paintings, The Metropolitan Museum of Art The cover alone …
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BOOKS for July

  As summer heats up, reading on the porch, with a tall glass of lemonade is a must. Here are some titles to dive into while you relax to the drone of a faraway lawnmower and the flash of lazy lighting …
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SUMMER OF CHRISTIE: And Then There Were None

It’s the first book in our Summer of Christie! We are counting down until Sophie Hannah releases Agatha Christie’s Monogram Murders. I watched Hitchcock and read Poe, Christie and Sherlock at a young age. Weird, I know. It’s just that …
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ACCENT: BLISS HOUSE by Laura Benedict

Laura Benedict refreshes the typical Gothic story with this novel. Set in present day Virginia, a recently widowed mother and disfigured daughter move in to the ancestral home. The house is nestled in an uncomfortable middle ground between Southern sensibilities …
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Centered around the brutal and shocking assassination of the Duke of Orleans, brother to the King of France.Returned home one night, he was set upon by a gang of mounted ruffians who bashed in his skull and left him for …
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Crimes Dark & English

  This is a brilliant behind-the-curtain novel. It pulls together known facts in such a way as to make it nearly believable. Here, the famous writer Thomas De Quincey (who wrote The Confessions of an English Opium-Eater) comes to life, along …
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DreamingFreudKohler has an exceptional ability to imagine point-of-view in a realistic and enlightening way. Though this book is a novel, it is heavily researched and quite plausible. In it, the reader is treated to the inner thoughts of “Dora”, one …
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It's a Summer of Christie!

This summer, (re)read some of your favorite Poirot stories in anticipation of The Monogram Murders‘ release this September. Here is the schedule, posted by Book Club Girl: Here’s a schedule of when I’ll post questions to discuss for each of …
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Books for June

 Time to dive into refreshing summer reads…   FURTHER JOY by John Brandon In a collection of thirteen new stories, John Brandon gives us a stunning assortment of men and women at the edge of possibility—gamblers and psychics, wanderers and priests, …
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ARMCHAIR BEA 2014 - Young Adult Suggestions

Our final genre of discussion is books for the younger crowd, from middle grade to young adult.  When I was growing up, I don’t remember much in the way of a Young Adult genre. Or maybe I passed through the …
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ARMCHAIR BEA 2014 - Giveaways Galore

Many of the fine publicists I work with all year round were kind enough to offer the following titles for giveaway during Armchair BEA. Please support their kindness and enter to win these great books. My sincere thanks to Catherine, …
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