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A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham

Rating: 3 out of 5.

3.5 stars

This is a pretty good mystery/thriller that is a quick and easy read. When Chloe was 12 years old six young girls went missing in her small Louisiana town. Chloe’s father was ultimately arrested for the crime and sentenced to prison. Twenty years later Chloe is a psychologist in private practice in Baton Rouge and engaged to get married.

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The Starless Crown (Moon Fall #1) by James Rollins

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This is the first book in a new Fantasy/SciFi series about a prophecy that a young girl born to an exiled couple will bring about an apocalypse. The Kingdom is on the brink of war with another nation. The King orders his second son to hunt down a species of bats in order to get their venom for weapons. He also orders the Prince to capture the young girl. Meanwhile, in another part of the Kingdom, a thief escapes prison along with a life sized bronze woman that has come to life. The thief’s intricate escape plan goes awry when the woman indicates she has a destiny to fulfill.

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In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a fun, fast-paced contemporary mystery/thriller set during a 10 year college reunion at Duquette University. Jessica Miller has been planning her triumphant return to college after the death of her roommate Heather during her senior year. After Heather’s death, everything Jessica had planned for her life fell apart, including her dream graduate program, the friendship with her six best friends, and her dream boyfriend.

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Lightning Strike (Cork O’Connor, #0) by William Kent Krueger

Rating: 4 out of 5.

4.5 stars

This is a touching, well-written historical fiction mystery/thriller set in 1963 Minnesota. Twelve-year-old Cork O’Connor has a good life. He is half Native American (on his mother’s side) and half Irish (on his father’s side) and is being raised to honor both heritages. His small town of Aurora is near a reservation, and tension is high between the Native Americans and white residents that live in the area.

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I Have Something to Tell You by Susan Lewis

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This is a pretty good contemporary mystery/thriller. Jessica “Jay” Wells is a high-profile criminal defense attorney outside of London. She is married to Tom, a criminal barrister, and they have two college-aged children. When Edward Blake, a well-known architect and developer, is arrested for allegedly killing his wife, Jay is hired by the family to represent him. The family insists that there is no way that Ed killed his wife, and are desperate for Jay to free him.

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Billy Summers by Stephen King

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is yet another fantastic book by Stephen King. I’m too chicken to read horror books, so I’ve only read King’s non-horror ones. Reading his books are effortless, even ones with over 500 pages.

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The Widow by K.L. Slater

Rating: 4 out of 5.

3.5 stars, rounded up to 4

This is a pretty good mystery/thriller set in a tiny village in northern England. Kate Shaw’s husband Michael stepped in front of a lorry after being questioned by police in the disappearance of a young mother that lived on the estate he managed. To the outside world, it appears Michael committed suicide rather than be caught for the crime. But Kate knows her husband and doesn’t believe he’s done anything wrong.

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The Grimrose Girls (Grimrose Girls #1) by Laura Pohl

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This is an ok YA Fantasy Mystery/Thriller set in an elite boarding school in Switzerland. When the new school year starts, three best friends discover that their fourth best friend drowned in a lake on school grounds. The police rule it a suicide, but the girls believe differently.

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1979 (Allie Burns #1) by Val McDermid

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This is a good historical fiction mystery thriller set in 1979 Scotland. Allie Burns is an investigative journalist at a newspaper in Glasgow, Scotland. She’s living in a “man’s world” and struggles to make her way and write the kind of stories she wants to write. Allie teams up with a co-worker to follow the trail of an illegal tax evasion scheme. From there the story escalates to much bigger issues that could cost Allie her life.

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