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THE DOWNLINE by N. Kelsey

October 18, 2021

STYLISH, SHARP MYSTERY set in the world of multi-level marketing offers a relatable amateur sleuth and a clever critique of the deceptive lures of “direct sales” organizations. B PLUS

THE DOWNLINE
Independently published
2021

Grade: B PLUS

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FUZZ by Mary Roach

October 16, 2021

WHEN HUMANS AND NATURE CLASH: Mary Roach’s latest is an entertaining look at wildlife law enforcement, from leopard hunting in the Himalayas to bear patrols in Aspen, Colorado. B PLUS

FUZZ
W. W. Norton & Company
2021

Grade: B PLUS

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WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN HERE by Lena Nguyen

October 14, 2021

A SPACESHIP’S PSYCHOLOGIST DISCOVERS mysterious dreams among its human crew, and disturbing changes to its android staff as well. Taut science-fiction thriller set on an enigmatic ice planet captures the imagination. B PLUS

WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN HERE
DAW
2021

Grade: B PLUS

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ARRIVAL (THE KYRON INVASION BOOK 1) by Jasper T. Scott

October 11, 2021

A NEAR-FUTURE ALIEN INVASION threatens all of humanity. Tense thriller mixes science fiction and prepper apocalypse for a high-energy page turner. B PLUS

ARRIVAL (THE KYRON INVASION BOOK 1)
Anthem Press
2021

Grade: B PLUS

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WAYWARD by Dana Spiotta

October 9, 2021

A WOMAN NAVIGATES MIDLIFE, menopause, political alienation, her mother’s aging and her daughter’s growing up. Cleverly observed comedy of manners takes on white liberal culture and its discontents. B PLUS

WAYWARD
Knopf
2021

Grade: B PLUS

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MIRRORLAND by Carole Johnstone

October 7, 2021

DAZZLING SCOTTISH THRILLER with a touch of the classic Gothic shines most in its characterization and psychological suspense. B PLUS

MIRRORLAND
Scribner
2021

Grade: B PLUS

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MONA by Pola Oloixarac

October 2, 2021

CYNICAL, SEXY, SATIRICAL novel set at an international writers’ festival skewers the pretensions of the literary community, but asks bigger questions about meaning and connection as well. B PLUS

MONA
Straus and Giroux
2021

Grade: B PLUS

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WITH TEETH by Kristen Arnett

September 30, 2021

THE NEAR IMPOSSIBILITY OF LOVE, dissected in this pitch-perfect tale of a gay Florida mom who finds it hard to connect with her son, and even harder to connect with herself. Rich in observation and gorgeous prose. B PLUS

WITH TEETH
Riverhead Books
2021

Grade: B PLUS

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COMING UP ROSES – A COZY MYSTERY (WITH DRAGONS) by Kim M. Watt

September 27, 2021

AN ENGLISH COZY WITH DRAGONS, and talking cats, and all sorts of paranormal foes and friends. But also with a marvelous troupe of older lady sleuths somewhere between Agatha Christie and Agatha Raisin. Charming and fun! B PLUS

COMING UP ROSES – A COZY MYSTERY (WITH DRAGONS): A BEAUFORT SCALES MYSTERY, BOOK 6
Kim M. Watt
2021

Grade: B PLUS

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THE UGLY CRY by Danielle Henderson

September 25, 2021

HILARIOUS AND HEARTBREAKING MEMOIR of a difficult childhood and a complicated family, invigorated by a sharp eye for the everyday details of how a rebellious Gen X childhood played out for a Black girl in a mostly white community. B PLUS

THE UGLY CRY
Viking
2021

Grade: B PLUS

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