Book Review: The House in the Pines by Ana Reyes
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by Doreen Sheridan
1h ago
Maya is just starting to get her life back on track when she sees a viral video, and learns that the man who got away with killing her best friend Aubrey when they were teenagers has done it again. The video itself seems fairly innocuous. Grainy security footage shows a man and a woman walking ..read more
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Alligator Alley by Mike Lawson: Featured Excerpt
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by Crime HQ
15h ago
Chapter 1 The Everglades—at midnight—was the last place twenty-three-year-old Andie Moore wanted to be. There was only a pale half-moon providing any light, and she could barely see where she was walking. She was also terrified of snakes and alligators, and there was no doubt that there were alligators all around her. She knew this ..read more
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Book Review: Picture In The Sand by Peter Blauner
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by Doreen Sheridan
1d ago
It’s 2014 when young Alex decides to ditch his plans of going to Cornell University in order to join a terrorist group fighting in Syria instead. As an Arab American kid growing up in the aftermath of  9/11, he’s long felt ostracized by his own nation. Too much unsupervised Internet time leads to his recruitment ..read more
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Cooking the Books: Cheddar Late Than Dead by Linda Reilly
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by Doreen Sheridan
1d ago
Restaurant owner Carly Hale isn’t exactly thrilled to be roped in at the last minute to serve refreshments at Klarissa Tadeo’s bridal shower. While they got along well enough when they went to high school together, Klarissa has turned into a total bridezilla now that her nuptials are impending. Carly would turn down the catering ..read more
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Knock, Knock. Who’s There? Trouble.
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by Hank Phillippi Ryan
2d ago
What is it about someone showing up at your house carrying a suitcase? Do you hear the Jaws music? There’s nothing quite as illustrative of what “point of view” means as when you view your home through the eyes of a guest. Why did you not see the spider webs on the chandelier? Why did ..read more
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Book Review: Bleeding Heart Yard by Elly Griffiths
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by Doreen Sheridan
4d ago
Of all the Elly Griffiths novels I’ve read and enjoyed, her Harbinder Kaur books are by far my favorite so far. Bleeding Heart Yard is the third in this not-a-series, as Harbinder is promoted to Detective Inspector and transferred to London from her relatively sleepy beachside home. It’s a sea change for her, with everyone ..read more
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Someone Had to Write It: Finding Our Distinct Thriller Voice
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by Amber and Danielle Brown
1w ago
It’s an understatement to say we love thrillers. It’s our favorite genre and has been for the longest time, more specifically ever since we became obsessed with Eric Jerome Dickey’s slick, sensual, fast-paced sagas back in the early aughts. Lit fic comes in as a close second because we are partial to long-winded character studies ..read more
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Cooking the Books: Against the Currant by Olivia Matthews
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by Doreen Sheridan
1w ago
Ever since she was a little girl, Lynds Murray has wanted to open a Caribbean-style bakery in her Brooklyn neighborhood. After a post-graduate degree and time in the marketing trenches, she’s finally saved up enough money to open the store of her dreams. With the help of her parents, her brother Dex, and her formidable ..read more
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Book Review: Nine Liars by Maureen Johnson
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by Michelle Carpenter
1w ago
In the summer of 1995, nine friends enter a manor in the English countryside, but only seven leave the next day. Two deaths, one axe, and seven potential suspects. In the end, the crime lacks evidence, the police stop looking and no one is ever charged for the murders. The story seemingly ends there ..read more
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Cozy Case Files as Classic Cocktails
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by Crime HQ
1w ago
What goes best with a good cozy? A mug of coffee, sure. A cup of tea, absolutely. But nothing beats a good cocktail! Here are our hand-picked cocktail pairings for each book in the sampler. Of Manners and Murder by Anastasia Hastings Pimm’s Cup: A London staple created in the 1800s, the same city and century this ..read more
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