Review: The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

☆☆➹⁀☆ 4.5 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

About the Book:

On the faded Island Books sign hanging over the porch of the Victorian cottage is the motto “No Man Is an Island; Every Book Is a World.” A. J. Fikry, the irascible owner, is about to discover just what that truly means.

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. His wife has died, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. Slowly but surely, he is isolating himself from all the people of Alice Island—from Lambiase, the well-intentioned police officer who’s always felt kindly toward Fikry; from Ismay, his sister-in-law who is hell-bent on saving him from his dreary self;

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Review: NYPD Red & by Marshall Karp

☆☆➹⁀☆ 5 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

About the Book:

Finding a single assassin in a city of nine million is daunting.Finding five is a nightmare.Join the NYPD Red team in their most explosive case ever.

Lower Manhattan: A sniper’s bullet ends the life of a high-profile New Yorker. Five miles uptown, a second prominent victim has his throat slashed.And that’s only the beginning.

A network of professional assassins is on the loose in New York City. Trained by the US military, they’re on their own now, with a new unit called Kappa Omega Delta. Killers On Demand. NYPD Red detectives Kylie MacDonald and Zach Jordan are called in to hunt them down,

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Review: Beasts of the Earth by James Wade

☆☆➹⁀☆ 4 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

About the Book:

Beasts of the Earth tells the story of Harlen LeBlanc, a dependable if quiet employee of the Carter Hills High School’s grounds department, whose carefully maintained routine is overthrown by an act of violence. As the town searches for answers, LeBlanc strikes out on his own to exonerate a friend, while drawing the eyes of the law to himself and fending off unwelcome voices that call for a sterner form of justice.

Twenty years earlier, young Michael Fischer dreads the return of his father from prison. 

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Review: The Zero Night by Brian Freeman

☆☆➹⁀☆ 5 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆
☆☆➹⁀☆ 5 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

About the Book:

A woman has been kidnapped.Now Jonathan Stride must decide if her husband wants her back … dead or alive.

After nearly dying of a gunshot wound, Jonathan Stride has been on leave from the Duluth Police for more than a year. When his partner, Maggie Bei, gets called about a suspicious abduction involving a local lawyer, she tells Stride it’s time for him to come back.

Attorney Gavin Webster says he paid $100,000 in ransom money to the men who kidnapped his wife. Now they’ve disappeared with the cash, and she’s still missing.

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Review: Confess, Fletch by Gregory McDonald

☆☆➹⁀☆ 4 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

About the Book:

The flight from Rome had been pleasant enough, even if the business he was on wasn’t exactly. His Italian fiancée’s father had been kidnapped and presumably murdered, and Fletch is on the trail of a stolen art collection that is her only patrimony. But when he arrives in his apartment to find a dead body, things start to get complicated. 

Confess, Fletch

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