The Body in the Attic by Katherine Hall Page

The Body in the Attic

If you read Faith Fairchild mysteries, you’ll want to read this book, which gives us a glimpse at the “old” Faith, pre-marriage, along with a very disturbing glimpse into the past. (Disturbing enough that I almost didn’t give it a “highly recommended” rating.) Lots of character depth and development, that keeps me coming back to this series.

Read Jane’s review of The Body in the Moonlight.

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Review Submitted by: Jane Kostenko
Rating: Highly Recommended

The Alpine Quilt by Mary Daheim

The Alpine Quilt

 

Another in the Emma Lord series, The Alpine Quilt wraps up unfinished business (that we didn’t even know was unfinished). I do enjoy a series that delves into the characters’ past! The ending will surely surprise you.

Read Jane’s review of the Alpine Nemesis.

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Review Submitted by: Jane Kostenko
Rating: Highly Recommended

Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie

Ancillary Sword
Ancillary Sword
continues the story of the ancillary soldier, Breq, immediately after the resolution of Ancillary Justice. Like Ancillary Justice, this book continues to dive deep into the Imperial Radch universe. The world building is still top-notch. Unfortunately this book gets bogged down by multiple subplots of intrigue and political maneuvering. Alongside her own storyline, Breq ‘observes’ two other storylines. These separate plots seem mostly unnecessary and have very little effect on the main story. Once again, Leckie leaves all the action for the final pages of the book. In this case though, the slow pacing makes it a slog to even get there.

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Review Submitted by: Andrew Polgreen
Rating:  Recommended

Flesh and Blood by Patricia Cornwell

Flesh and Blood

Good beach read. Nonstop action, all over the east coast. Now I’m eager to read the next Kay Scarpetta novel but looks like I will have a while to wait before it is published. Read a review of an earlier book in the long running Kay Scarpetta series, The Bone Bed.

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Review Submitted by: Lisa Grossman
Rating:  Recommended

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

Ancillary Justice
Ancillary Justice is an ambitious character driven work of science fiction. The story follows the artificially intelligent ship named Justice of Toren and its soldiers during the annexation of a planet. That is all in the past, in the primary timeline of the book, the ship’s consciousness has been sealed into a human, ancillary body. This highlights the primary technological innovation of the book, ships control human bodies as if they were an appendage.

While the pacing of this book is a bit slow, it is a very imaginative piece of world building. The universe that Leckie has created obviously has a ton of depth to it and could be mined endlessly for stories. The action is minimal until the final pages, but the fascinating world and the mystery behind how a ship became a human kept me engaged throughout

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Review Submitted by: Andrew Polgreen
Rating: Highly Recommended

Lies that Chelsea Handler Told Me by Chelsea Handler

Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me
I’ve read other stories by Chelsea Handler before and found them light, entertaining and above all humorous. This book encompasses none of the above. I picked this up as an easy vacation/airplane book and quickly found myself forcing each page to turn. The book is a compilation of stories from comedian Chelsea Handler’s friends and family. Her friends and family are not great storytellers and many of the stories are less than funny. Most stories drag on and all carry the same theme: Chelsea loves her friends, but also loves a good prank. Save yourself some time and skip this book in her series.

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Review Submitted by: Sarah Polgreen
Rating: Not Recommended

The Sugar House by Laura Lippman

The Sugar House

I didn’t like this one as much as the author’s previous book but it was still a fun summer read and I’m still determined to read the whole Tess Monaghan series.

Interested in the Tess Monaghan series? Read reviews of In Big Trouble and Butchers Hill.

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Review Submitted by: Lisa Grossman
Rating:   Recommended