Anatomy of Evil: A Barker and Llewelyn Novel

May 22, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Horror
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By Will Thomas Minotaur Books, $$19.44, 336 pages Barker and Llewelyn are back – and we are faced with an evil that most of us already are familiar with. Indeed, for mystery and suspense readers, the expectation (or, at the least, hope) …

Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral

May 22, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Fiction
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By Mary Doria Russell Ecco, $27.99, 592 pages Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral shows the events leading to the showdown in Tombstone, Arizona, on October 26, 1881. In thirty seconds, three officers are wounded and three citizens killed in a shower …

The First Wife

May 22, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Crime Fiction
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By Erica Spindler St. Martin’s Press, $25.99, 352 pages In the suspense novel, The First Wife, Bailey Browne finds herself living her dream as the new wife of the handsome Logan Abbott. When they meet on vacation and fall in love, Bailey’s …

The Rabbit Back Literature Society

May 22, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Fiction
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By Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen Thomas Dunne Books, $25.99 This novel is about a secretive literature society in a small town in Finland, and the ending does not really work. The town of Rabbit Back is home of a popular children’s author, …

Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke

May 22, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Teens
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By Anne Blankman Balzer + Bray, $17.99, 416 pages Gretchen Whitestone and her beau, Daniel Cohen, have managed to escape Germany and are now residing in England. She lives with her newly adopted family, Dr. Alfred Whitestone, his wife, and their children, …

Love by the Book: A Novel

May 22, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Fiction
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By Melissa Pimentel Penguin Books, $16.00, 336 pages Lauren Cunningham moved to London to escape everything about her old life that was making her miserable, including her husband. She’s not looking for commitment, yet she’s having a hard time finding men who …

Random Body Parts: Gross Anatomy Riddles in Verse

May 22, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Kids' Books
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By Leslie Bulion, Mike Lowery (illustrator) Peachtree Publishers, $14.95, 48 pages Let’s see. How could one go about getting kids interested in science, specifically anatomy, and poetry? That can’t be an easy assignment, yet author Leslie Bulion and illustrator Mike Lowery took …

Chu’s Day at the Beach

May 22, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Picture Books
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By Neil Gaiman, Adam Rex (illustrator) HarperCollins, $17.99, 32 pages The cute, little, giant panda Chu jumped on the scene in Chu’s Day to the delight of parents and children alike in a fun board book as a circus suffered the deleterious effects …

The LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Idea Book: 181 Simple Machines and Clever Contraptions

May 22, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Nonfiction
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By Yoshihito Isogawa No Starch Press, $24.95, 232 pages There are lots of books out now highlighting the rich community of amateur LEGO master builders on the Internet, showing off their incredible creations and showcasing the seemingly endless ways LEGOs can be …

Beautiful LEGO 2: Dark

May 22, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Nonfiction
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By Mike Doyle No Starch Press, $39.95, 340 pages I’ve always found reviewing art books challenging. And, mark my words, this is an art book. The LEGO creations featured within the pages of Beautiful LEGO 2: Dark are absolute masterpieces, highlighting immense skill …

A Good Place to Hide: How One French Village Saved Thousands of Lives During World War II

May 22, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:History
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By Peter Grose Pegasus, $26.95, 352 pages At first, there is an air of normalcy. In the early years of World War II, holidaymakers and children at the summer school relax in the small hotels on the plateau in eastern France. Gradually, …

A Deadly Affair at Bobtail Ridge: A Samuel Craddock Mystery

May 22, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Crime Fiction
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By Terry Shames Seventh Street Books, $15.95, 250 pages Samuel Craddock is a part-time police chief of a small Texas town. When his neighbor and friend Jenny Sandstone calls and says her mother is in the hospital, Samuel is quick to come …

A Buzz in the Meadow: The Natural History of a French Farm

May 22, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Nonfiction
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By Dave Goulson Picador, $25.00, 288 pages Dave Goulson’s fascination and expertise with bumblebees led him to further his research by purchasing 33 rural acres in central France. His meadow is a treasure trove where he recognizes and documents the comings and …

Schubert’s Winter Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession

May 22, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Nonfiction
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By Ian Bostridge Knopf, $29.99, 528 pages “Winterreise” (Winter Journey) is a cycle of twenty-four songs, poetic verses Franz Schubert set to music two hundred years ago that have compelled listeners ever since. Author Ian Bostridge has performed this cycle more than …

Shark Skin Suite

May 22, 2015 0 Comments the_category Category:Crime Fiction
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By Tim Dorsey William Morrow, $26.99, 336 pages Homicidal adventurer, trivia buff, and advocate for all things Floridian, Serge A. Storms has once again found a new focus for his life and boundless energy. This time around, he’s tackling the legal system, …