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Dying to Read by Lorena McCourtney

All she wanted was a paycheck. What she got was a murder.

Cate Kinkaid’s life is . . . well, frankly it’s floundering. Her social life, her career, her haircut–they’re all a mess. Unemployed, she jumps at the chance to work for her PI uncle, even though she has no experience and no instincts. After all, she is just dabbling in the world of private investigating until she can find a “real” job.

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Light Under the House by Aaron L & Donna Dawson

Light Under the House by Aaron L & Donna Dawson Genre: Christian Historical Mystery/Suspense Pages: 356 ebook Date Published: June 2011 Publisher: Ravensbrook Press, PublishGreen Light Under the House is the saga of an American family—the Levis, a family of secrets. None greater than the secret of what lies under their house, a secret that could destroy them. A secret that an ancient evil will stop at nothing to uncover. The novel follows the Levi family line for a generation, creating a story that explores lives lived in the aftermath of the cultural rebellion of the late 1960’s. It is a historical fiction novel that shows the power of consequence and the redemption that overcomes evil. Most of all, it is a story about fathers and their children. While it is still in my reading pile… right now I’m 44% done with Light Under the House: I’m confused. At some. . .

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Dark Road to Darjeeling by Deanna Raybourn

After eight idyllic months in the Mediterranean, Lady Julia Grey and her detective husband are ready to put their investigative talents to work once more. At the urging of Julia’s eccentric family, they hurry to India to aid an old friend, the newly-widowed Jane Cavendish. Living on the Cavendish tea plantation with the remnants of her husband’s family, Jane is consumed with the impending birth of her child—and with discovering the truth about her husband’s death. Was he murdered for his estate? And if he was, could Jane and her unborn child be next?
The Brisbanes uncover secrets and scandal. In this remote and exotic place, exploration is perilous and discovery, deadly. The danger is palpable and, if they are not careful, Julia and Nicholas will not live to celebrate their first anniversary.

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New Suspense Imprint

Little, Brown & Co announces Mulholland Books Contact: Miriam Parker, Marketing Director (212) 364-1161 / miriam.parker@hbgusa.com Little, Brown and Company announces new suspense imprint’s name and launch list June 15, 2010, NEW YORK—Little, Brown and Company announced today the name of its new imprint devoted to publishing suspense fiction: Mulholland Books The name is taken from Mulholland Drive, a winding stretch of road in the Hollywood Hills. Its hairpin turns, sharp cliff faces, and breathtaking views of Los Angeles have long made it synonymous with drama and suspense. The mysteries of Mulholland have inspired countless novels and films, from the classic mysteries of Raymond Chandler and James M. Cain to the voices of James Ellroy, Michael Connelly, Michael Mann, and David Lynch. Little, Brown Publisher Michael Pietsch said, “There is an extraordinary body of suspense fiction being written today— novels and stories whose goal is to entertain and surprise at. . .

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Review: The Dead Travel Fast by Deanna Raybourn

The Dead Travel Fast by Deanna Raybourn A husband, a family, a comfortable life: Theodora Lestrange lives in terror of it all. With a modest inheritance and the three gowns that comprise her entire wardrobe, Theodora leaves Edinburgh — and a disappointed suitor — far behind. She is bound for Roumania, where tales of vampires are still whispered, to visit an old friend and write the book that will bring her true independence. She arrives at a magnificent, decaying castle in the Carpathians replete with eccentric inhabitants: the ailing dowager; the troubled steward; her own fearful friend, Cosmina. But all are outstripped in dark glamour by the castle’s master, Count Andrei Dragulescu. Bewildering and bewitching in equal measure, the brooding nobleman ignites Theodora’s imagination and awakens passions in her that she can neither deny nor conceal. His allure is superlative, his dominion over the superstitious town, absolute — Theodora may. . .

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Guest Review: Sand Sharks

Sand Sharks by Margaret Maron When Judge Deborah Knott travels to Wrightsville Beach for a summer conference for North Carolina District Court Judges, she stumbles upon the body of one of her colleagues. Meanwhile, Deborah’s husband, Sheriff’s Deputy Dwight Bryant, is in Virginia with his son, tying up loose ends left by the death of his first wife. When another judge is found murdered at the conference, it soon becomes evident that Deborah may be the killer’s next target. Her relaxing trip to the seaside soon transforms into a harrowing experience, and she must summon all of her strength and investigative expertise to track down the culprit before she becomes the next victim. My rating: 3 of 5 stars Review by my mother: Sand Sharks is the newest in the Margaret Maron series based on the very likeable, youthful, female judge Deborah Knott. In this novel Deborah is attending a. . .

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Death’s Half Acre by Margaret Maron (a guest review)

Death’s Half Acre by Margaret Maron Unchecked urbanization has begun to eclipse the North Carolina countryside. As farms give way to shoddy mansions, farmers struggle to slow the rampant growth. In the shadows, corrupt county commissioners use their political leverage to make profitable deals with new developers. A murder will pull Judge Deborah Knott and Sheriff’s Deputy Dwight Bryant into the middle of this bitter dispute and force them to confront some dark realities. Review written by my mother: Once again Margaret Maron has written a Deborah Knott mystery which is well plotted, is full of likeable characters and touches on relevant social issues in a subtle and constructive way. Her rural, but becoming urban, North Carolina setting and her characters who respect the past but move gracefully into the present and future are a pleasure to read and give her series consistency. I have read everything I can find. . .

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