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'Blind Fury' fascinates with twists, turns

Someone is killing girls and dumping their bodies close to a highway service station near London. The authorities launch a massive investigation, but it's an unlikely source who begins to piece the clues together. It will be up to London’s finest to...

'The Mermaid Garden' enchants

Author Santa Montefiore offers a spellbinding tale of regret, resolve and resolution, and how all is tied together by love, with her enchanting novel “The Mermaid Garden.” The story begins in the past. Floriana, a lovely little girl from Tuscany, is...

Noah Boyd will gain new readers with 'Agent X'

Shame on me. I should have read Noah Boyd’s first novel on former FBI agent Steve Vail, “The Bricklayer,” before I read his follow-up, “Agent X,” now out in paperback. As a book critic, if I’m introduced to a series, I try to read as many earlier...

Dugard's 'Stolen Life' horrifying and inspiring

In “A Stolen Life,” Jaycee Dugard, who writes in the first person, has a voice that at first surprised me in its relative immaturity. She shows a lot of wisdom, but the voice frequently is that of an 11-year-old girl. And then the light dawns: In...

'Finding Sarah' part self-help, part memoir

Sarah Ferguson has had a hard time finding herself. Best known as the Duchess of York, former wife of England’s Prince Andrew, Ferguson has faced a lifetime of ups and downs, culminating with a recent disastrous encounter with a journalist who...

Slaughter's 'Fallen' more suspense than romance

Romantic suspense is not my thing (well, except for the excellent novels of my buddy Joyce Lamb, plug, plug, plug), but Book Nook Grand Exalted Leader Lindsey keeps sending ‘em my way, and for some reason I keep reading them. And in the case of...

Tim Tebow credits faith, family for success in memoir

Tim Tebow is considered one of the best college quarterbacks who has come along in quite a while. While playing for the University of Florida, Tebow was awarded the Heisman trophy as a sophomore — a feat never accomplished by such a young player...

Baldacci's 'Hell's Corner' a heavenly read

Just when we think Oliver Stone is at least down, if not out, he proves otherwise. No, that’s not a spoiler, because it’s the least we can expect (now, isn’t it?) from Stone, the hero of David Baldacci’s Camel Club thrillers. In case you’re not...

Friends reunite in 'Threading the Needle’

Author Marie Bostwick focuses on the power of friendship in her heartwarming story “Threading the Needle,” the fourth book in her Cobbled Court series. When they were young girls growing up in New Bern, Conn., Madelyn Beecher and Tessa Kover were...

Gerritsen's 'Silent Girl’ chilling, thrilling

How can a cold murder case out of Boston’s Chinatown be connected to a puzzling homicide in the same area 19 years later? That's what Detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles must figure out after a young woman is found dead in Tess...

Friendships weather loss in 'Summer We Came To Life’

Summertime is usually all about friends and fun, and in “The Summer We Came To Life,” Deborah Cloyed explores the power of friendship in a charming novel that spans two generations. Since childhood, Samantha Wheland looked forward to the annual...

Characters come alive in 'The Queen's Rival’

In nearly every written version of Henry VIII’s life, the name of Elizabeth “Bess” Blount usually finds its way into the story. Her place in Tudor history is owed to the fact that for 17 years she was the only person to give Henry what he wanted...

Don't presume anything about Turow's 'Innocent'

“Innocent” is Scott Turow’s sequel to “Presumed Innocent,” his blockbuster first novel that revealed him as a genius of court/crime fiction. If it seems like “Presumed Innocent” was published a long time ago, that’s because it was — in 1987. Much...

'Frostbound' an intriguing supernatural mystery

Life is never dull when you’re around Talia Rostova. And in a town such as Fairview, where the supernatural is commonplace, sometimes too much excitement can be a bad thing — especially if someone is out to kill you — again. The newly turned...

Anita Shreve's 'Rescue' now out in paperback

It’s been said that opposites attract, and this is true in Anita Shreve's “Rescue,” now out in paperback. Shreve takes her readers on an emotional journey as she tells the story of one man who struggles to raise his teenage daughter while fighting...