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Debra Hamel
North Haven, CT
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Nancy Boyarsky, The Swap This book has a promising premise. An American couple, Nicole and Brad, swap houses with a couple from London for the summer, and unpleasantness ensues--Nicole is followed and threatened and soon swept up in an alarming... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2017 at
Joseph Finder, Extraordinary Powers I've read a number of Joseph Finder's novels, and normally I'm hooked on them. He writes very good page turners, often weaving in technical or spycraft-y details in just the right measure. This early novel was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at
Thomas Christopher Greene, The Headmaster's Wife The book opens with a mystery: Why does the esteemed headmaster of an elite New England boarding school take off his clothes and walk naked through Central Park? Arthur Winthrop's explanation to the police,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2017 at
Elizabeth Edmondson, A Question of Inheritance As I was reading this pleasant, "Very English" cozy set in small-town, post-war England, I found that for the life of me I couldn't remember how the first book in the series--which I reviewed... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2017 at
Claire North, The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August imagines a world in which a small percentage of the population are ouroborans or kalachakra--individuals who loop through time, reliving their lives indefinitely against... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2017 at
Jimin Han, A Small Revolution A Small Revolution was one of Amazon's Kindle First selections a few months ago. I grabbed it because it was free, although I probably wouldn't have otherwise. The book's description had things that appealed and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at
Blake Crouch, Good Behavior Good Behavior is a collection of three connected novellas about Letty Dobesh. She's a talented thief with demons--an unhappy childhood and a drug addiction that keeps sidelining her and that has separated her from her six-year-old... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at
I created this flip thing today to showcase Hodge the Unicorn, the first product released by Gift Wrap Labs. Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at DEBlog
Tim Tigner, Pushing Brilliance Pushing Brilliance introduces Kyle Achilles, a former Olympic biathlete and CIA operative, who runs into some serious trouble when he goes to his father's 60th birthday/retirement party. Achilles ultimately has to prove himself and save the... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at
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
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