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A Swedish thriller without crazed serial killers (0)

The Lost Boy (Fjällbacka #7), by Camilla Läckberg @@@@@ (5 out of 5) If you read Scandinavian noir but have had your fill of deranged serial killers, pick up a copy of The Lost Boy by Camilla Läckberg. Like the preceding novels in her bestselling Fjällbacka series, The Lost Boy shines with in-depth characterization and complex plotting that offers surprises to… Read More ›

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Nonfiction »

A very funny book about words, grammar, and dictionaries (0)

Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries, by Kory Stamper @@@@@ (5 out of 5) When you think of dictionaries, chances are good the ones that would come to mind are the Merriam-Webster Collegiate and the Oxford English Dictionary (as well as whatever comes up online). Did I get that right? Certainly, those are… Read More ›

Trade Fiction »

A powerful feminist story in a dystopian landscape (0)

The Book of the Unnamed Midwife, by Meg Elison @@@@ (4 out of 5) Meg Elison‘s debut novel, The Book of the Unnamed Midwife, won the prestigious Philip K. Dick Award and was included among the Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, 2016, and Amazon Best Books of the Year, 2016. It’s another sign that science fiction has… Read More ›

Mysteries & Thrillers »

A Swedish thriller without crazed serial killers (0)

The Lost Boy (Fjällbacka #7), by Camilla Läckberg @@@@@ (5 out of 5) If you read Scandinavian noir but have had your fill of deranged serial killers, pick up a copy of The Lost Boy by Camilla Läckberg. Like the preceding novels in her bestselling Fjällbacka series, The Lost Boy shines with in-depth characterization and complex plotting that offers surprises to… Read More ›

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My 1000th post: revisiting my 10 most-read book reviews

Seven and a half years after I launched this blog, I’ve reached a milestone: this is my 1000th post. Nearly 900 of those posts are book reviews. I’m listing here the 10 most popular over the past three years. Four of those 10 books are mysteries and thrillers, two are trade novels, and four are works of nonfiction…. Read More ›