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The Inquisitor by Mark Allen Smith, narrated by Ari Fliakos

Geiger doesn’t remember his past but he knows what he does in the present—and he does it very well.  In the business of “Information Retrieval,” he’s known as The Inquisitor.  He has a talent for extracting the truth from reluctant … Continue reading

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Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

This book is one of those novels that makes you want to keep a notebook near you, so you can write down all the terribly witty and wonderful things people say (maybe in hopes of using them yourself someday and … Continue reading

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The Beginning of After by Jennifer Castle

It’s Passover and Laurel, a junior in high school, her little brother and parents celebrate at their neighbor’s home.  Following the meal everyone decides to go to the ice cream shop for dessert.  Laurel and David, the neighbor’s son, both … Continue reading

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Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

Rules of Civility is the highly acclaimed debut novel by New Yorker Amor Towles.  The cover of the August issue of Oprah magazine referred to this book as “the one we couldn’t put down.”  The first portion does take off … Continue reading

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Shut Your Eyes Tight by John Verdon

*review is an edited version* A headless bride. A missing gardener. A retired detective. This shopping list for John Verdon’s “Shut Your Eyes Tight” proves a deadly combination if you’re looking for an intriguing plot spiked with a well-written domestic … Continue reading

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Truly Engaging Debut Mystery

John Verdon’s debut novel, Think of a Number, is a rare treat that contains a fascinating plot and honest characters. I found myself drawn into the puzzle just like with an Agatha Christie novel, and I wasn’t disappointed. At the … Continue reading

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The New Yorkers by Cathleen Schine

I recall, as a fairly sheltered college student, traveling to New York City for the wedding of a distant relative. It hadn’t occurred to me that there could be neighborhoods in this crowded place of constant motion. When I supposed … Continue reading

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The New Yorkers by Cathleen Schine

I recall, as a fairly sheltered college student, traveling to New York City for the wedding of a distant relative. It hadn’t occurred to me that there could be neighborhoods in this crowded place of constant motion. When I supposed … Continue reading

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I had not experienced The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald before I read it this month for my book club. I didn’t know what I was missing! A great story about class and status, relationships, wealth, power, lost love, … Continue reading

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A Contract with God by Will Eisner

In the four short stories contained in A Contract With God, Eisner examines life in the 1930’s Bronx tenements that sprung up in New York after WWI. These neighborhoods accommodated the influx of immigrants and bred a close neighborliness ripe … Continue reading

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