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Meaghan Walsh Gerard
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writer. photographer. critic. aspiring woman of letters.
writer. photographer. critic. aspiring woman of letters.

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REVIEW: THE BEDLAM STACKS by Natasha Pulley

Pulley creates details with such ease that the reader quickly accepts the ethereal beauty of the deep Andean forest. And she does so while keeping one foot in the reality of colonialism, missionaries, Victorian exploration and commerce. The reader will…

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Fandorin is a character both completely familiar and refreshingly new. He shows shades of Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, James Bond, and Jack Ryan. Yet he is something altogether unknown to a Western audience. He is a Tsarist civil servant navigating the unending and nonsensical bureaucracy of 1880s Russia, while solving all manner of crimes and catching anarchists. http://mwgerard.com/review-state-counsellor/

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Each of the Fandorin novels takes a slightly different tone, on purpose, as Akunin pays homage to the Doyle, Christie, and Fleming (Murder on the Leviathan is a take on Death on the Nile). The State Counsellor chapters alternate between spies of the…

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REVIEW: THE WITCHES OF NEW YORK by Ami McKay

Upon Beatrice's arrival at the tea shop, she is quickly welcomed by the older women and their pet raven, Perdu. And she is equally quick to realize this will be no ordinary clerking position. Though she is not averse to magic, she has never really given…

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ACCENT: AMERICAN ECLIPSE by David Baron #solareclipse #liverightbooks

A total solar eclipse is coming on August 21, 2017. The last time America experienced one like it was 1878. In the days of the Industrial Revolution, the western expansion, and explosive empirical discovery, America was eager to show well-heeled European…

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Mules and Musings: An Interview with @SarahDomet

Described by the New York Times as "a deft and lovely debut," Sarah Domet's The Guineveres comes out in paperback on July 11. I sat down with Sarah over some delicious bourbon mules and homemade tater tots to talk.

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Yesterday I instantly remembered that it was Midsummer Eve, my very favorite day, and lay awake looking forward to it and planning my rites on the mound. …

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I am absolutely relishing these long days, and dreading when we swing back around the Sun and it gets darker earlier. Even as far south as I live, there is still a hint of light at 9 p.m. and I love it.  Here is what I am reading this week.  [spacer…

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The unlikely team of Adolphus "Nine Nails" McGray and Ian Frey are on the case again. It's not perfect, but it's a strong second outing for the new novelist. 

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Enter to win THE LAKE by Lotte & Søren Hammer from @bloomsburypub

Enter to win a copy of The Lake. In the new novel, the remains of a young Nigerian woman are found by a hunting dog, near a lake in Nordsjælland that the locals have nicknamed “Satan’s Bog.”
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