Posts tagged Florida

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Mysterious Book Report Spirits of the Heart

Spirits of the Heart by Frances Brown writing as Claire Gem Erato Publishing, PB, $13.95, 312 pages, ISBN 978-0-9974326-4-0 As the by-line shows, this will be a different—and special—MBR.  It’s not within our usual purview of crime and punishment, or murder and mayhem, nor even an exploration of the dark side of human nature.  Instead, […]

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Mysterious Book Report The Cuban Affair

The Cuban Affair by Nelson DeMille Simon & Schuster, $28.99, 429 pages, ISBN 978-1-5011-0172-4 Who doesn’t dream of sunny, warm days with an ample supply of cold drinks and an ocean to play in, when we’re up to our ear-muffs in icy roads, snow and sub-freezing temperatures, day, after day, after day . . . […]

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Mysterious Book Report Rise The Dark

Rise The Dark by Michael Koryta Little, Brown and Company, $26.00, 385 pages, ISBN 978-0-316-29383-9 We Americans have lived in peace, prosperity and plenty for so long that we pretty much take certain things for granted. There’s exceptions, certainly. And they are unfortunate for a fact. But in the main, we’re guaranteed basic human services, […]

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Mysterious Book Report Last Words

Last Words by Michael Koryta Little, Brown and Company, $26.00, 420 pages, ISBN 978-0316-12263-4 There ought to be a special word for novels that have more than one theme, more than one story arc, and a tricky, psychologically-twisted plot interwoven with numerous backstories blended together into a complex and genre-defying literary stew that you just […]

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Mysterious Book Report Run You Down

Run You Down by Julia Dahl Minotaur Books, $25.99, 278 pages, ISBN 978-1-250-04340-5 The word Haredi is literally translated from the Hebrew as “One who trembles in awe at the word of God.” The Haredim are “Members of any various Orthodox Jewish sects characterized by strict adherence to the traditional form of Jewish Law and […]

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Mysterious Book Report World Gone By

World Gone By by Dennis Lehane William Morrow/Harper Collins, $27.99, 309 pages, ISBN 978-0-06-000490-3 Doesn’t it seem that the older we get, the more complicated our lives become . . . and the more complex our lives . . . the more we yearn for the good old days when things ran better, life was […]

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Mysterious Book Report The Girl With A Clock For A Heart

The Girl With A Clock For A Heart by Peter Swanson William Morrow/ Harper Collins Publishers, $25.99, 292 pages, ISBN 978-0-06-226749-8 Have you ever known someone who was so infatuated with another person, so head-over-heels and goofy in love that they would do anything—endure any hardship or humiliation—just to be around that other person . […]

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Mysterious Book Report Going Dark

Going Dark by James W Hall Minotaur Books, $25.99, 295 pages, ISBN 978-1-250-00500-7 My old friend Caywood was opposed to modern technology.  He hated microwave ovens and cell phones, but most of all he hated computers.  He’d say, only half joking, “Computers are the work of the Devil, and when we’re totally dependent on ‘em […]

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Mysterious Book Report The Blood of Heaven

The Blood of Heaven by Kent Wascom Grove Press, $25.00, 455 pages, ISBN 978-0-8021-2118-9 In 1804, the United States was partitioned, with Spain, France and Great Britain, a young America and numerous Indian Nations laying claim to various parts of her.  It was a time when America was in its formative stage, when new land […]

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Mysterious Book Report Live By Night

Live By Night by Dennis Lehane Wm. Morrow, $27.99, 402 pages, ISBN # 978-0-06-000487-3 Happy New Year to you and yours. I’m looking forward to a year filled with new and exciting thrillers, mysteries, and whodunits of every kind; from police procedurals to courtroom dramas, from hard case crime to a couple of science fictions, […]