CAIN by Jose Saramago

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Cain by Jose Saramago, Translated by Margaret Jull Costa Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Release Date:  October 4, 2011 ISBN:  978-0547419893  ▬ᴥ▬ Portuguese writer Jose Saramago, winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature, died in June 2010. One of his last published novels is Cain, a retelling of the story of Adam and Eve’s firstborn son. [….]

THE LOST ANGEL by Javier Sierra

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The Lost Angel by Javier Sierra Released by Atria Books October 4, 2011 ISBN 978-1451632798 Action thrillers based in ancient history and complicated prophecy have been especially popular since The Da Vinci Code. The premise for Javier Sierra’s The Lost Angel intrigued me, and I looked forward to reading it. “Cutting-edge science, ancient mysteries and [….]

THE WINTERS IN BLOOM by Lisa Tucker

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The Winters in Bloom A Novel by Lisa Tucker Atria Books September 13, 2011 ▬ᴥ▬ The epigraph that opens The Winters in Bloom, by Lisa Tucker, fits the novel perfectly:  T. S. Eliot’s “Little Gidding,” Four Quartets, arriving where you’ve begun to “know the place for the first time.” The novel is about so many [….]

THE TAKER by Alma Katsu

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The Taker by Alma Katsu, Released 9/6/11 by Gallery Books ISBN:  978-1439197059 ▬ᴥ▬ Lanore “Lanny” McIlvrae is unlike any patient Dr. Luke Findley’s seen before, especially in his northern Maine hometown, St. Andrew. Brought into the ER on the midnight shift, Lanny is a prisoner of the local sheriff and covered with blood, not her [….]

QUEEN OF KINGS by Maria Dahvana Headley

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Queen of Kings by Maria Dahvana Headley Released May 12, 2011, by Dutton Adult ISBN:   978-0525952176 ▬ᴥ▬ Queen of Kings, by Maria Dahvana Headley, has all the elements needed for a thrilling alternate history and supernatural novel:  immortal love, dark goddesses, witchcraft, intrigues, and larger-than-life characters. Cleopatra – Mark Antony – Caesar Augustus – the [….]

THE LEGACY by Katherine Webb

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The Legacy Katherine Webb Harper Release Date:  August 30, 2011 ISBN:  978-0062077301  ▬ᴥ▬ Caroline grew up orphaned and unloved in her Aunt Bathilda’s household, but she had all the privileges and luxuries early 1900s New York City offered. She was expected to marry money and position. When she married Corin Massey instead, her aunt refused [….]

ADRENALINE by Jeff Abbott

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Adrenaline Jeff Abbott Grand Central Publishing ISBN-13:  978-0-446-57517-1  ▬ᴥ▬ Adrenaline certainly got mine pumping. Every time I picked up this Jeff Abbott novel, my heart beat a little faster as my eyes raced across the pages. Sam and Lucy Capra are CIA agents, married, and expecting a baby. They live and work in London. Sam [….]

MICE by Gordon Reece

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Mice Gordon Reece Viking ISBN 978-0670022847 ▬ᴥ▬ From page one of Mice by British author Gordon Reece, I found the main characters sympathetic, yet repulsive. Fortunately, this was the author’s intention, otherwise why show  teenaged Shelley and her mother in that light? Shelley tells us they never assert themselves. She says they are mice. “Mice [….]

WHITE HEAT by M. J. McGrath

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White Heat M. J. McGrath Viking ISBN-13: 978-0670022489 ▬ᴥ▬ White Heat by M. J. McGrath has the usual mystery novel elements:  murders, hidden agendas, police procedures, and an amateur sleuth. The novel opens with the murder of a hunter named Wagner, a qalunaat (white) man. He and his partner, Andy Taylor, hired half-Inuit Edie Kiglatuk [….]