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I've just uploaded my 3rd 5* rated book for 2017. Brilliant way to start the year!

This is a psychological thriller called The Silent Wife by Kerry Fisher. It's about what it is to be a second wife, and includes tricky questions about what to do when secrets are discovered.

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My first book review of the year is
The Drowning Game by LS Hawker
Its a fast paced thriller with lots of twists and cliff hangers. Great! I rated it 5* - unusual for me to rate a thriller this high!


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Continued from Parts 1, 2 and 3 ...

At the night of the Lit Club Book Swap, books completely swathed in brown paper accumulated on a long table. The idea was that club members would bring a wrapped disguised book and would pick up another. They could broaden their exposure to literature, selecting something they might not ordinarily choose. Grace couldn't help trying to guess the contents of them. She picked up one paper-wrapped book and lifted it up and down. “This is a Bantam Classic.” She picked up another, studying its dimensions. “And this is a Penguin Classic.” Bantams and penguins. What was it with birds and books?

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Continued from Part 1 ...

Grace did go get coffee at Beatnik Beans, a hangout for the artsy and Bohemian students, where the walls were covered in poetic graffiti. She also fixed her hair so that it was halfway between Gibson girl and uptight librarian.

She took a sip of her Kerouac kaffee and pondered the mystery of the message in the book. She sat alone in her favorite spot, the right rear corner near the wall, with a small leather-bound journal and pen, alternating between doodling roses, notes on the Brownings, and, on the flip side of the page, notes on the mystery of the book. Was that really intended to be a message? Why, in this modern world of emails, text messages and social media, would it be necessary to communicate by this strange method? Maybe the careful person was simply fond of puzzles. ...

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My latest podcast interview with author Twist Phelan and an invitation to the Crime Cafe Stories Project Facebook Party! #crimefiction   #crimecafe   #podcast  

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When the ninth young girl falls into the clutches of a serial killer, maverick detective, David Temeke, faces a race against time to save her life.

The Duke City Police Department in Albuquerque, New Mexico is no stranger to gruesome murders, but this new serial killer on their block keeps the body parts of his eight young victims as trophies and has a worrying obsession with the number 9. The suspect is incarcerated in the state's high security penitentiary but Unit Commander Hackett is faced with a dilemma when another teenage girl goes missing.

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What people are saying about THE 9TH HOUR:

The 9th Hour cometh! Despite - or because of - knowing so many writers, I still feel the magic when a book comes out that makes the hairs on my arm tingle because I think it's GOOD. I read MANY books and I only review and recommend those I really like, so of course this shows my taste as a reader. If you like modern detectives, think Ian Rankin set in New Mexico, you'll love this. A new detective walks the mean streets of my bookshelves - Temeke. The 13thSign Publishing.

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Can Tom and Andi save themselves, and their families, after their brother dies, leaving his dangerous problems for them to fix. 

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488 pages of non stop excitement based in the London Underground.

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Reading Chapter 1 of my mystery comedy novel, "Action Men with Silly Putty."

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Some of the highlights of my reading this past year: mystery fiction, true crime, history, biography, classics, science fiction (time travel), poetry, fantasy ...
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