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The Vanishing Coin by Kate Egan

My family read The Vanishing Coin and its sequel, The Incredible Twisting Arm, in quick succession. The main character is a fourth-grade boy who has trouble concentrating and following up on his school work, and who generally seems to always be putting the wrong … Continue reading

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The Devil’s Workshop: a Novel of Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad by Alex Grecian

The Devil’s Workshop is the third in Grecian’s Murder Squad series. Inspector Walter Day, and his partner, Nevil Hammersmith are joined by Day’s former mentor, retired detective inspector Adrian March. After a train derails and sets loose convicted murderers on the London streets, these three inspectors … Continue reading

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The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

Jonathan Stroud’s latest book is a thrilling fantasy set in England in which ghosts roam the nights. Only the very young can see, hear, or otherwise sense spirits. As children near puberty, abilities to see or hear spirits surface, and they are … Continue reading

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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park is a really sweet love story. Eleanor, new to school, and a bit of a misfit has trouble finding friends. Park, who is trying to keep his head down, begrudgingly offers Eleanor a seat on the school … Continue reading

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Take Me Out to the Yakyu by Aaron Meshon

Take Me Out to the Yakyu is a favorite title in our family. My daughters love getting a glimpse of life in Japan. This story offers side by side comparisons between America and Japan of a familiar and fun topic: … Continue reading

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Black Postcards: A Rock & Roll Romance by Dean Wareham

Frontman for bands Galaxie 500 and Luna, Dean Wareham chronicles his life before, during and after the breakup of both of his bands, as well as his first marriage. Black Postcards is written simply, honestly, and Wareham is up front … Continue reading

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The Breaker by Minette Walters

Brutally raped and murdered, Kate Sumner’s body washes ashore on a remote bank in Southern England. Elsewhere, her 3-year-old daughter is found abandoned.  The police are left to figure out why Kate was murdered but Hannah, a witness to the … Continue reading

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The Absent One by Jussi Adler-Olsen

  Second in the Department Q series, The Absent One takes a darker turn The Keeper of Lost Causes. After solving a high-profile cold case, Carl, who is just back from a holiday, has a mounting pile of cases. As … Continue reading

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The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen

The first in a series by Danish author Adler-Olsen, the The Keeper of Lost Causes introduces us to Detective Carl Mørck, assigned to head up a newly created Department Q.  Carl is back at work, recovering from a gunshot wound … Continue reading

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Bangkok 8 by John Burdett

The mystery begins when we follow Thai police officer Sonchai Jitpleecheep as he and his partner tail an American marine. After losing their quarry, Sonchai and Pichai catch up with the marine, just in time to find him dead, in … Continue reading

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