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A Time for Mercy (Jake Brigance #3) by John Grisham

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I’m a sucker for a John Grisham novel, and this one delivers everything you expect from one of his books. Once again we visit Jake Brigance, who has been assigned to represent Drew Gamble, a 16 year old boy accused of killing a Sheriff’s deputy. The trial tears the town apart, and Jake and his family are thrust smack in the middle of the controversy.

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Take It Back by Kia Abdullah – Blog Tour

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a tense and twisty mystery/thriller that involves sexual assault, immigrants, religion, disparities in wealth, the ever-present blood-thirsty media, drug dependency, physical disabilities, and the inequity of the justice system. It sounds like a lot, and it is, but the author does a fantastic job of weaving it together into a well-written, cogent story that you won’t want to put down.

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Daylight (Atlee Pine, #3) by David Baldacci

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is another good book in the Atlee Pine series. There is plenty of action, intrigue and danger. The book is a quick, easy read and a solid mystery.

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The Inheritance Games (The Inheritance Games #1) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a thoroughly enjoyable YA mystery/thriller/romance book. It’s creative and a lot of fun to read.

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Consolation (Paul Hirschhausen #3) by Garry Disher

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This is an ok mystery set in Australia. The story moves slowly and there are irrelevant storylines that detract from the main mystery. This is the third book in the series, but it’s a stand alone mystery so you can read this book without having read the other two.

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Little Cruelties by Liz Nugent

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Ugh. This book was really hard to read and I was so glad when I finished. It’s a depressing mystery/thriller about a dysfunctional family of selfish, narcissistic people. None of the characters had any redeeming qualities.

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All the Devils are Here (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #16) by Louis Penny

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is another fantastic mystery/thriller in this wonderful series. The story is set in Paris, where Armand and his wife are visiting as they await the birth of another grandchild. Walking through the city after dinner, Armand’s godfather, the billionaire Stephen Horowitz, is intentionally run down in the street and critical injured. And so, the mystery begins.

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The Girl She Wanted by K.L. Slater

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This is an ok mystery thriller about the relationship of two sisters and what happens when mistrust is sowed by outside forces.

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Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Huh. I’m not quite sure what I just read. It was a mash-up of several genres, including gothic, horror, mystery, LGBTQ romance and historical fiction. This is a unique book that won’t be for everyone.

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