The Murder Rule

🌟🌟🌟🌟 β€œThe Innocence Project did save lives. The debate was whether all of those lives deserved to be saved.” What happens when Hannah Rokeby, a third-year law student, manipulates her way onto the A-Team - a crackerjack trio of snappy young legal up-and-comers assisting Robert M Parekh - Professor UVA…

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Villager

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A gleeful romp, oozing with chaotic energy, magical realism, laugh-out-loud irreverence, dark warnings and so many insights that, if you’re at all like this reader, entire sections will be marked out and dog-eared for re-reading. In its essence a passionately-held treaty on our tremulous and vulnerable earthly communion, (an…

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The Wolf’s Story

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 An absolutely delightful picture-book re-telling of the fairy tale, β€œLittle Red Riding Hood”, from the perspective of the infamous Wolf, the much-maligned anti-hero who it may turn out, is not such a bad guy, after all. This fractured fairy tale is funny, charming, gorgeously illustrated, and is sure to…

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Cold Grave

🌟🌟🌟🌟1/2 The sixth installment of the addictive and immensely enjoyable DI Gaby Darin series, (the second this reader has had a chance to read so far) this story works well as a stand-alone novel. Based in North Wales, DI Gaby Darin is a petite yet fiercely-driven woman, a leader who…

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Only May

🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2 Lilting and lyrical, this book is a gothic tale of faeries, changelings, and the magical mystical moonlight, quietly illuminating truth, and half-truth, and all the shades of pearly-grey captured in a web of lies. May Harper is a May-day child, born on May 1, 1941 in the gentle…

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Faceless

🌟🌟🌟🌟1/2 A pulse-pounding, heart-racing ride with the faceless, homeless and forgotten - leftovers from life struggling to survive on the dangerous and desolate streets of Auckland, NewZealand - and in some cases, (perhaps very few) finding comfort and solace in numbers. Max Grimes, our third-person POV narrator, is destitute, living…

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The Burning Question

🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2 A tricky and twisty police-procedural that draws you into its web quickly, leading you down a complex path, leaving you convinced, at last, that you’ve figured it all out - until of course, you realize you haven’t. Not even close. Leading me astray not once, but twice, this…

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Never Coming Home

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A pure delight from start to finish, this fiendishly-clever thriller hooks its claws in sharply from page one, leading the reader down a twisty ever-deepening labyrinth of lies, murder, and intrigue, until the final dazzling drop - seemingly out of nowhere - into one of the most deliciously-diabolical endings…

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Peripheral Visions

🌟🌟🌟🌟 An affecting and poignant collection of short stories, each of them featuring strong characterization and a struggle, of some sort, with deep and emotional impact, arising out of the kinds of quandaries ordinary people - people just like us - can end-up finding themselves lost in. Several of the…

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