Pack Your Bags and Visit Some ‘Novel Destinations’ [REVIEW]

Heather in Concord MA

We love traveling to “novel destinations,” just like we did on this excursion to Concord, Massachusetts, former home to the Alcott sisters, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Ralph Waldo Emerson. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

Greg Iles’ Natchez. Mark Twain’s Mississippi River. John Steinbeck’s Salinas. Heather and I love to travel, and oftentimes our wanderlust takes us to places we have only encountered in books. There is something inspiring about walking in a favorite writer’s footsteps, seeing where he lived, or exploring a place that ignited his creative spark and ultimately fueled the imaginations of countless readers. If this type of travel appeals to you, then you’re going to love National Geographic’s new book, Novel Destinations!   Read more of this post

Iain Reid’s ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’ Is Seriously Creepy [REVIEW]

Farmhouse in winter

In Iain Reid’s I’m Thinking of Ending Things, a ramshackle farmhouse in the middle of nowhere may be the creepiest home since Norman Bates took up residence at the top of the hill in Psycho. (Photo by Teresa Alexander-Arab, Flickr)

Have you ever read a book that was brilliantly written, and yet so shocking in its denouement, it left you feeling so ponderous you simply had to talk about it with friends to make sense of it all? Iain Reid’s debut novel, I’m Thinking of Ending Things, is one such book. Read more of this post

Will Eve Duncan Survive Iris Johansen’s ‘Night and Day’? [REVIEW] 

Eve Duncan by sea

Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan will do anything to protect a young girl. But what will she do when she becomes a killer’s next target? (Photo designed by Rob Grom)

Night and Day is the third installment in Iris Johansen’s latest Eve Duncan trilogy that began with Shadow Play and continued with Hide Away. This time out, Eve is joined by Joe Quinn, Jane MacGuire and friends, each with their own unique talent, as they race against the clock to save a young girl named Cara Delaney from the evil clutches of her sociopathic mother and deceptively innocent grandfather, Sergai Kaskov. Read more of this post

Even Eve Duncan Can’t Save Iris Johansen’s ‘Hide Away’ [REVIEW]

Eve Duncan in the Scottish highlands

Eve Duncan hides a young girl in the Scottish highlands. But is it enough to keep her safe from her enemies?
(Photo designed by Rob Grom)

Iris Johansen’s Hide Away is the second installment in the author’s current trilogy that began with Shadow Play. Here, forensic sculptor Eve Duncan and Joe Quinn continue to protect a young girl named Cara Delaney from her sociopathic mother, Natalie Castino, and those on her payroll. Read more of this post

Linda Lael Miller’s ‘Christmas In Mustang Creek’ Is More Than Just Holiday Fare [REVIEW]

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Will Charlotte Morgan and hunky veterinarian Jaxon Locke be able to make their romance last?
(Photo by iruven moonflower, Flickr)

With Christmas in Mustang Creek, award-winning novelist Linda Lael Miller has once again written a sweet, believable story about two people looking for love, only to find that bad timing and family responsibilities wreak havoc on their romance.   Read more of this post