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The Receptionist, a novel

Review: The Receptionist by Kate Myles

June 10, 2021 11:47 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The Receptionist, Kate Myles, Thomas & Mercer - There are no heroes in Kate Myles’ novel, “The Receptionist.” Instead, her main characters are despicable, greedy and inhumane people whose sole aim is “monetizing the population” by illegally collecting medical data to sell products.


North Face of the Heart by Dolores Redondo

Review: The North Face of the Heart by Dolores Redondo

April 17, 2021 11:53 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The North Face of the Heart, Dolores Redondo, - Spanish author Dolores Redondo’s wildly popular protagonist, Investigator Amaia Salazar, is back for another adventure in Redondo’s just-translated thriller, “The North Face of the Heart.” This time, Salazar assists the FBI to track down a serial killer.


What Could Be Saved

Review: What Could Be Saved by Liese O’Halloran Schwarz

April 6, 2021 9:12 am Published by Leave your thoughts

What Could Be Saved, Liese O'Halloran Schwarz, Atria Books - The lingering quietness of Liese O’Halloran Schwarz’s mystery novel, “What Could Be Saved,” is also its driving energy. The narrative, bouncing between past and present, evolves around the disappearance of a child, and then, his re-appearance a half-century later.


At the End of the Matinee

Review: At the End of the Matinee by Kelichiro Hirano

March 17, 2021 8:46 am Published by Leave your thoughts

At the End of the Matinee, Kelichiro Hirano, Amazon Crossing - “At the End of the Matinee,” Japanese author Keiichiro Hirano’s new novel, depicts a torturous and suspenseful journey of two people in love whose lives bisect at the exact moment they are prepared to unite. It’s like two trains passing, each going in opposite directions.


Always A Song

Review: Always A Song by Ellen Harper

March 9, 2021 10:09 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Always A Song, Ellen Harper with Sam Barry, Chronicle Prism - Folk Singer Ellen Harper’s stirring memoir, “Always a Song,” begins with her birth, part of a musical family enjoying “fascist-free” post-World War II life in New Hampshire.


Tears of Amber

Review: Tears of Amber by Sofia Segovia

February 24, 2021 8:51 am Published by 2 Comments

Tears of Amber. Sofia Segovia, Amazon Crossing - You may have vowed not to read yet another war novel on human suffering, but Mexican author Sofia Segovia’s new book will change your mind. Segovia’s compelling “Tears of Amber,” focuses on females — mothers, left alone with their children to navigate war horrors.