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Eve Rossi Thrillers by Stefanie Pintoff

Eve Rossi Thrillers by Stefanie Pintoff

I love character driven thrillers with a perfect sense of place.  Tight plotting.  Page turning.  I read thrillers to transport myself.  My love affair with (…the books of…) Harlan Coben, Lee Child, and David Baldacci is rooted in their characterizations of hero:  Everyman against the world.  Sinister sucks.  These seasoned writers are tough to compete… View more

Home by Harlan Coben

Home by Harlan Coben

Home is a desperate mix of loyalty, pain, family and friendship.  But it’s loyalty that takes center stage in Harlan Coben’s latest New York Times bestselling mystery.  Home stars Myron Bolitar and his lifelong friend, Windsor Horne Lockwood III (aka “Win”). When Myron gets a call for help from Win, the man who never asks for anything, he… View more

The Journey, by Francesca Sanna

The Journey, by Francesca Sanna

Ref·u·gee Noun: refugee; plural noun: refugees; a person or persons who have been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster. “Tens of thousands of refugees fled their homes”. According to the UN Refugee Agency there are 65.3 million people worldwide that have been forcibly displaced: fleeing from ethnic,… View more

I’m Traveling Alone by Samuel Bjork

Add Samuel Bjork to this list:  Jo Nesbo, Henning Mankell, Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom, and Stieg Larsson.  All of these Scandinavian authors write delicious thrillers, and Samuel Bjork’s American debut, I’m Traveling Alone, assures him a spot among the greats. If you’ve never read Nordic Noir – yes, that’s a thing – let me… View more

Dowager Countess Approved

The sixth and final season of award-winning costume drama, Downton Abbey, has come and gone.  For those of us following the adventures of the Crawley family, Sunday nights have become a bit of a lonely affair.  Cast adrift and clutching our teacups, we must now sit back and wait for writer Julian Fellowes to pen… View more

Mystery Monday: Agatha Christie

Today I have visions of tea, scones and arsenic dancing in my head. While scouring the stacks at the Cedar Rapids Public Library, I discovered that we have an incredible selection of Agatha Christie novels. For a mystery lover, this is a treasure indeed. Dame Agatha Christie, the doyenne of the proper English murder mystery,… View more

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