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Deanna Raybourn vs. Tasha Alexander

First of all, I don’t want to give the impression I am pitting these authors against each other. Anytime I see “vs.” between two names, I think of an anticipated boxing match. My goal here is to compare, non-violently, these two historical romantic suspense authors and help readers decide if one or both of these […]

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You’re (Not) The One by Alexandra Potter

Lucy and Nate kiss under the famed Venice “Bridge of Sighs” which has years of legend and mysticism about it, saying anyone who kisses under it is sealed for a lifetime.  After the couple loses touch, years later they reconnect.  Can the legend be true?  At first, Lucy thinks it might be, but then things […]

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The Dark Enquiry by Deanna Raybourn

OK — I LOVE this series but some of the more recent ones of the series have been just so-so. As with all of them in the Lady Julia Grey series, Raybourn pairs Grey with her now-husband, private investigator Nicholas Brisbane, who is trying his best to control Julia’s wild and un-ladylike impulses. In this […]

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Burning the Map by Laura Caldwell

This is my first novel from Chicago-area novelist Laura Caldwell and I loved it.  It’s fun and light, but it has enough oomph to surpass romances and other lighter chick lit fair.  Caldwell’s writing style is easy going and breezy, just like the story here, which revolves around three friends who have been pals for […]

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London Calling by James Craig

A new London crime detective takes to the big city streets with a vengeance.  There is a little political intrigue mixed up with the murders John Carlyle is investigating…the case involves a former Cambridge University club filled with future politicos who are being killed off one by one years later. Carlyle is a believable London […]

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Niles Adult Fiction STAFF PICKS of the Best Fiction from 2011

Allison Will—Long Drive Home Atkinson, Kate—Started Early, Took My Dog Barclay, Linwood—The Accident Barnes, Julian—Pulse: Stories Benjamin, Melanie—The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb Berg, Elizabeth—Once Upon a Time, There Was You Bradley, Alan—A Red Herring Without Mustard Brooks, Geraldine—Caleb’s Crossing Brown, Eleanor—Weird Sisters  Clowes, Daniel—Mister Wonderful: A Love StoryCraig, James—London Calling Crais, Robert—The Sentry Ebert, […]

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