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Debra Hamel
North Haven, CT
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Luke Smitherd, Kill Someone The premise of this book appealed to me a lot. The doorbell rings, and our protagonist—21-year-old Chris Summers—is woken from a dead sleep into a nightmare. A pair of enigmatic villains at the front door introduce... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2017 at
So, for the last couple of months I've been working as an editor at, and it's really just a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2017 at DEBlog
Here's a ferret. via Instagram Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2017 at DEBlog
I wrote an answer to this question on Quora, and it's been seeing a lot of action. Check it out. Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2017 at DEBlog
Caroline Eriksson, The Missing The Missing begins with a nightmarish scenario. Greta goes out on a lake in a little boat with Alex and four-year-old Smilla. She stays in the boat while they get out to explore a small island.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at
Stone Creek Books © 2016, 374 pages [amazon] Brain Trust is the new stand-alone thriller by authors Lynn Sholes and Joe Moore, and I think it may be my favorite of theirs to date. The book tells the related stories... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2016 at
Victoria Helen Stone, Evelyn, After Evelyn, After is a romantic suspense novel that explores what happens after 40-something Evelyn Tester is woken in the middle of the night by a phone call. It turns out she has to stumble out... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at
Tim Tigner, Chasing Ivan Kyle Achilles is a former Olympic biathlete turned CIA operative. In this novella, which I scored for free from the author's website, he's tracking down an elusive Russian bad guy they call Ivan, a man who's... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2016 at
Penguin © 2006, 352 pages [amazon] I wrote of Clare Dudman's novel One Day the Ice Will Reveal All Its Dead that it is "equal parts science and poetry." Something similar could be said of her book 98 Reasons for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2016 at
Reinhard Engels, The No S Diet Reinhard Engels is a librarian turned computer programmer turned diet book author—an unlikely career trajectory. Some years ago, I guess in the mid-2000s, he put the system he'd devised for gaining control of his... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2016 at
Classical Art & Architecture High school juniors: Study Classical Art and Architecture in Italy with Calvin College and Professor David Noe. June 20-July 14, 2017 Earn college credit as you explore the Greek basis for Roman art and architecture and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2016 at Summer Classics
My friend Clare sent me a copy of her book 98 Reasons for Being, a historical novel set in a... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 10, 2016 at DEBlog
Feeling like I needed a change of focus and a change of venue, I've started a new blog over at... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2016 at DEBlog
AmazonCrossing © 2016, 426 pages [amazon] Teodor Szacki is a prosecutor in the Polish city of Olsztyn, a dreary, drizzly place beloved by locals and growing on Szacki, a transplant from Warsaw. Evidently prosecutors in Poland have investigative duties that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2016 at
Blake Crouch, Pines I read several books by Blake Crouch a number of years ago. (I've just realized with some shock that it's been 12 years since I read Desert Places.) They were very good, but I ultimately stopped because... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2016 at
David LaRochelle, The End -- 0439640113 Continue reading
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Posted Jul 31, 2016 at TwitrLit
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- 0545139708 Continue reading
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Posted Jul 30, 2016 at TwitrLit
Lauren Oliver, Curiosity House: The Shrunken Head -- 0062270818 Continue reading
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Posted Jul 29, 2016 at TwitrLit
Kennilworthy Whisp, Quidditch Through the Ages -- 0545850584 Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at KidderLit