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26 new reviews were recently posted to MostlyFiction.com. Click on the book cover to read the review; click on reviewer's name to learn more about the reviewer.

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THE HISTORY OF LOVE
by Nicole Krauss
Reviewed by Jennifer LeBlanc
Reviewed by Jana Kraus
Reviewed by Mary Whipple

In an unprecedented move, I am publishing three reviews of the same book on MostlyFiction.com, since each reviewer impressed upon me how highly they recommend this novel. So much, so, that I couldn't help but read it myself. And obviously agree.

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ZORRO
by Isabel Allende
Reviewed by Jana Kraus

The transformation of Diego de la Vega into the legendary great hero, Zorro.

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THE MOURNING SEXTON
by Michael Baron
Reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky

St. Louis Attorney David Hirsch is the protagonist in this thoughtful, touching, and suspenseful legal thriller.

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ALIBI
by Joseph Kanon
Reviewed by Mary Whipple

Set in Venice in the immediate aftermath of World War II, the author creates a stimulating mystery about crime and punishment that turns the city itself into a major character.

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IN THE DARK OF THE MOON
by Suzanne Hudson
Reviewed by Jana Kraus

Underlying this compelling novel set in southwest Georgia during the 1940's, 50's, and 60's is the brutal racism endemic to the Deep South during that period, and the hope of change brought by the burgeoning civil rights movement.

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IN A TEMPLE OF TREES
by Suzanne Hudson
Reviewed by Jana Kraus

Cecil Durgin, a twelve-year-old African-American orphan, witnesses the perverse buildup to a brutal murder at an exclusive hunting camp in 1958. Decades later, the shame and guilt are still haunting him when fissures start forming in the lives of several characters unwittingly connected by a young woman's body buried deep in the West Alabama woods.

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BORGES AND THE ETERNAL ORANGUTANS
by Luis Fernando Verissimo
Reviewed by Mary Whipple

One of the most original and delightful novels of the year, it is simultaneously a literary thriller, a parody of the detective story, and an anti-detective story.

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FALLS THE SHADOW
by William Lashner
Reviewed by Chuck Barksdale

The fifth Victor Carl book, is another excellent legal thriller set in the Philadelphia area.

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THE INSIDE RING
by Michael Lawson
Reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky

Michael Lawson’s debut political thriller features Joe DeMarco, a lawyer and troubleshooter for the powerful Speaker of the House, who is asked by the Homeland Security chief to look into an assignation attempt on the president.

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NEVER LET ME GO
by Kazuo Ishiguro
Reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer

All children should believe they are special. But the students of Hailsham, an elite school in the English countryside, are so special that visitors shun them, and only by rumor and the occasional fleeting remark by a teacher do they discover their unconventional origins and strange destiny.

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RULES FOR OLD MEN WAITING
by Peter Pouncey
Reviewed by Bill Robinson

MacIver is an 80-year-old retired Colombia University history professor. He was easy-to-anger, a “crotchety old Scotsman” who did not, as they say, suffer fools gladly. He is dying in stoic solitude. A widower with no immediate family, he has retreated alone to a small family cottage on Cape Cod.

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FALSE PROFITS
by Patricia Smiley
Reviewed by Kam Aures

Here's a new one for fans of "Janet Evanovich-like" novels.

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IN THE COMPANY OF CHEERFUL LADIES
by Alexander McCall Smith
Reviewed by Mary Whipple

The latest in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. If you are new to this series, as I am, you'll be surprised to find out that it is set in Botswana!

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GIVE ME (SONGS FOR LOVERS)
by Irina Denezhkina
Reviewed by Olivia Boler

Irina Denezhkina is something of a literary star in Russia. At the age of 20, after her short stories were published on the Internet, she came to prominence, and has since become an international sensation, writing about youth.

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TOWELHEAD
by Alicia Erian
Reviewed by Jana Kraus

A tale of burgeoning adolescence, narrated by thirteen year-old Jasira Maroun, the product of an inter-cultural marriage. Her mother, an American Irish Catholic and her father, a Lebanese Christian, now divorced.

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SUSPECT
by Michael Robotham
Reviewed by Sebastian Fernandez

A complex and intricate plot. Joe O'Loughlin is a psychologist with secrets. He is trying to hide his Parkinson's disease from the world, and his wife suspects he's having an affair. That the psychologist consistently withholds key information from the police, his wife--everyone--and all evidence points at him -- makes him the key murder suspect.

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THE CLOSERS
by Michael Connelly
Reviewed by Chuck Barksdale

LAPD detective Harry Bosch is back on the force after a two-year retirement. Assigned to the Open Unsolved (cold cases) unit and teamed with former partner Kiz Rider, Harry's first case back involves the killing of a high school girl 17 years before, reopened because of a DNA match to blood found on the murder gun.

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IF ANDY WARHOL HAD A GIRLFRIEND
by Alison Pace
Reviewed by Jennifer LeBlanc

Twenty-seven year old Jane Laine is the manager of a New York art gallery; she has the boss from hell, a mother with four miniature Schnauzers, a boyfriend who is about to stray, and the man of her dreams right under her nose.

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FLESHMARKET ALLEY
by Ian Rankin
Reviewed by Jana Kraus

A Kurdish refugee's death in a dreary housing estate leads Edinburgh's Insp. John Rebus into a labyrinthine plot involving a modern-day version of the slave trade.

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THE PORTRAIT
by Iain Pears
Reviewed by Mary Whipple

A novella-length study of an artist painting a three-part portrait of the most famous art critic in England in the years of 1910 - 1913, a man with whom he has had a significant history over many years.

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THE LITTLE GUIDE TO YOUR WELL-READ LIFE
by Steve Leveen
Reviewed by Carissa Richner

“I have come to believe that living your well-read life is measured not by the number of books read at the end of your life but by whether you are in book love today, tomorrow, and next week," writes author Steve Leveen.


Also, these reviews of paperback books, which have been out for awhile but well worth the read:

Storyteller by AmyThomson (reviewed by Josh Aterovis)

Living to Tell the Tale by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (reviewed by Jana Kraus)

Mobita's Tattoos by Mira Kamdar (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Paris Trout by Pete Dexter (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

The Fencing Master by Arturo Perez-Reverte (reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky)

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Happy SUMMER reading!

Judi Clark
MostlyFiction.com