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Darling Jim
3.53
Like his con artist storyteller, Jim Quick, Christian Moerk weaves a Gothic tale of suspense that draws its audience in, compelling us to find out how...more
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Mar 23, 2009
 
Farewell, Dorothy Parker
3.40
FAREWELL, DOROTHY PARKER by Ellen Meister turns out to be chick lit. I'm starting this review with a disclaimer that chick lit is not normally what I...more
Mar 24, 2013
Mar 21, 2013
 
The Last Word (The Spellmans, #6)
3.93
http://noranydroptoread.com/2013/10/2...

This is really a love letter to the entire Izzy Spellman series, which began with THE SPELLMAN FILES. Start th...more
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Oct 30, 2013
 
Potboiler
2.83
POTBOILER by Jesse Kellerman: I haven't read Jesse Kellerman's previous novels, which appear to be complex thrillers, but based on the cleverness he d...more
Jun 20, 2012
Jun 18, 2012
 
The Absence of Mercy: A Novel
3.64
http://noranydroptoread.com/2013/10/2...

THE ABSENCE OF MERCY by John Burley: I could subtitle this review “I was so bored.” The premise was enchanting...more
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Oct 28, 2013
 
The Disappearance
3.18
I was delighted to receive this novel through LibraryThing’s Early Reviewer program. From the first paragraph of lush, gorgeous prose, in which Sigel...more
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Jan 21, 2009
 
Curse of the Scarab (Big Honey Dog Mysteries, #1)
4.37
http://noranydroptoread.com/2014/01/2...

Honey, a big slobbery Great Dane, is the main character in this mystery-adventure, which begins with a rash of...more
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Jan 21, 2014
 
Antonia Lively Breaks The Silence
3.28
http://noranydroptoread.com/2013/10/2...

The blurbs compare this title to THE SECRET HISTORY and REBECCA, so perhaps my expectations were too high with...more
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Oct 28, 2013
 
Curse at Zala Manor
4.72
http://noranydroptoread.com/2014/01/3...

Lilah and I had a blast reading this funnier-than-scary homage to children’s horror/gross-out books. AJ Zanton...more
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Jan 30, 2014
 
The Siren (DC Gary Goodhew Mystery #2)
3.69
http://noranydroptoread.com/2014/01/1...

This is the second in the DC Gary Goodhew series, and I’m not inclined to pick up the first unless I get despe...more
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Jan 21, 2014
 
The Otter, the Spotted Frog & the Great Flood: A Creek Indian Story
4.04
http://noranydroptoread.com/2014/01/2...

What a gorgeous book. This is a retelling of the Creek Indian tale of the Great Flood and an origin story of h...more
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Jan 21, 2014
 
A No-Sneeze Pet (Pet Friends Forever)
3.36
http://noranydroptoread.com/2014/01/1...

I read this book aloud to my six-year-old (at the time) daughter, and she loved it. As far as read-alouds go,...more
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Jan 21, 2014
 
The Big Hairy Secret
3.83
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Flo Gardner has moved several times since her father died, but nowhere as creepy as Corman Towers, the ominous...more
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Jan 21, 2014
 
The History of Now
3.54
Daniel Klein's novel, The History of Now, is an ingenious philosophical examination of cause and effect and, at the same time, an engaging story of a...more
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Feb 24, 2009
 
The Land of Dreams
3.40
http://noranydroptoread.com/2014/01/1...

THE LAND OF DREAMS is positioned as a Norwegian mystery, and it is…sort of. Those who prefer action and tensio...more
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Jan 21, 2014
 
Operation Bunny (Wings & Co, #1)
3.90
http://noranydroptoread.com/2014/01/2...

This is the first book in the WINGS & CO series about a fairy detective agency, and Lilah and I both enjoy...more
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Feb 08, 2014
 
Death of a Nightingale (Nina Borg #3)
3.58
http://noranydroptoread.com/2014/01/1...

DEATH OF A NIGHTINGALE is the third in the Nina Borg series (after 2012′s THE BOY IN THE SUITCASE and 2013′s I...more
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Jan 21, 2014
 
The Mesmer Menace (Gadgets and Gears, #1)
3.62
http://noranydroptoread.com/2014/02/0...

If you’ve been desperate for middle-grade fiction with a steampunk theme, told from a dog’s point of view, loo...more
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Feb 08, 2014
 
Split Estate
3.37
Split Estate is a quietly powerful novel that examines the grief of the King family some time after Laura King jumped from their tenth-story New York...more
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Mar 16, 2009
 
A Year of Cats and Dogs
3.71
"Original" and "ambitious" can mean almost anything in a review, depending on context. Original ideas may be ill-advised, and an ambitious premise can...more
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Aug 07, 2009
 
Annie's Ghosts: A Journey Into a Family Secret
3.76
Annie's Ghosts is an ambitious part memoir, part investigative journalism effort by veteran reporter Steve Luxenberg, who discovers a family secret he...more
not set
Apr 28, 2009
 
Sinister Scenes (Joy of Spooking, #3)
3.83
As the third and final installment of the JOY OF SPOOKING trilogy opens, Joy Wells is haunted by an inexplicable recurring nightmare. "Even if her fea...more
not set
Sep 05, 2011
 
The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict (The Mysterious Benedict Society, #0.5)
4.31
THE EXTRAORDINARY OF NICHOLAS BENEDICT by Trenton Lee Stewart makes a compelling stand-alone novel, but for readers of THE MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT SOCIETY...more
Jun 12, 2012
Jun 18, 2012
 
The Stranger You Seek (Keye Street #1)
3.78
Opening line: "The sun had not even burned dew off the grass under the live oaks, but the air was thick and soupy already, air you could swim around i...more
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Sep 05, 2011
 
Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween
3.96
http://noranydroptoread.com/2013/10/2...


The subtitle for this chapter/picture book is “A Safety Guide for Scaredies.” If you’re familiar with Scaredy...more
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Oct 31, 2013
 
Wednesdays in the Tower (Castle Glower #2)
3.99
http://noranydroptoread.com/2013/11/0...

I read TUESDAYS IN THE CASTLE aloud with Lilah and we both loved it. That book introduces Castle Glower, which...more
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Nov 10, 2013
 
The Vanishing Act
3.30
http://noranydroptoread.com/2013/10/3...

This is a lovely little book. Since it begins with a girl finding the body of a boy washed up on the tiny isla...more
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Oct 30, 2013
 
The Girl Below
3.13
THE GIRL BELOW is an extraordinary first novel suffused with a creepy surrealism that makes the pages turn themselves. The main character, Suki Piper,...more
Jun 14, 2012
Jun 18, 2012
 
Black Swan
3.59
BLACK SWAN comes out in May, and I'm reviewing it now so you have a chance to read the first four books in the series before picking it up.

Sam Acquill...more
Mar 10, 2011
Aug 10, 2012
 
Internal Affairs (Mike Turner Mystery, #1)
2.89
In general, I'm more concerned with the story than the biography of the author telling it, but in this case, Dial's twenty-seven-year career in the LA...more
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May 18, 2009
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