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24 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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AN ALTERED LIGHT
by Jens Christian Grondahl
Reviewed by Mary Whipple

A 56-year-old Copenhagen lawyer, Irene Beckman, discovers that after more than thirty years, she is being divorced. Her husband Martin has fallen in love with another woman. The "light" by which she views her life has now been "altered," and she must figure out who she really is.

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THE BEWILDERED
by Peter Rock
Reviewed by Jana Kraus

Oddball teens and even odder adults people Rock's quietly mysterious latest novel.

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BY A SPIDER'S THREAD
by Laura Lippman
Reviewed by Jana Kraus

Tess Monaghan is back. This time out the determined reporter-turned-private detective agrees to help a handsome but off-puttingly rigid Orthodox Jewish furrier Mark Ruben find his missing wife and children.

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COMPANY MAN
by Joseph Finder
Reviewed by Sharon Simon

Nick Conover is a man whose life is about to take a nosedive in Joseph Finder's latest and, perhaps, best novel.


DIGGING JAMES DEAN
by Robert Eversz
Reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer

In Eversz's fast-moving fourth novel to feature ex-con Nina Zero, a Hollywood tabloid photographer for the Scandal Times—a tip sends Nina and her boss on a trip to Fairmount, Ind., where thieves have broken into James Dean's grave and stolen some of his bones.

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ELEANOR RIGBY
by Douglas Coupland
Reviewed by Mary Whipple

Like the famous Eleanor Rigby, Liz Dunn, an overweight and reclusive thirty-six-year-old woman, is lonely. While she is recuperating from oral surgery, Liz receives a surprising phone call from the police, summoning her to the hospital.

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GHOSTING: A Double Life
by Jennie Erdal
Reviewed by Olivia Boler

An engaging memoir about the fifteen years Ms, Erdal spent ghostwriting for the flamboyant personality she calls "Tiger."

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THE ILLUMINATOR
by Brenda Pickman Vantrease
Reviewed by Jana Kraus

A medieval illuminator with radical views finds himself sharing quarters with a widow struggling to preserve her independence in this enthralling historical novel set in the 14th century, a time of religious strife.

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LIGHTHOUSEKEEPING
by Jeanette Winterson
Reviewed by Mary Whipple

Jeanette Winterson's magnificently descriptive, impressionistic novel tells two interconnected stories, each of them asking who we are as humans, how we connect to the past, and what makes our lives worth living.

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LOADED DICE
by James Swain
Reviewed by Hagen Baye

Loaded Dice is the fourth book in this fine series that features his fictional character Tony Valentine, a retired Atlantic City cop who helps casinos catch gambling cheats.

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LOST LAKE
by Phillip Margolin
Reviewed by Kam Aures

Margolin's eleventh novel delivers plenty of action, suspense and danger while touching on some heavy issues: mental instability, perception versus reality and paranoia.

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MOST WANTED
by Michele Martinez
Reviewed by Jana Kraus

Melanie Vargas, a young federal prosecutor in New York City's US Attorney's Office, and a brand new mother, stumbles onto a crime scene one steamy summer night while she is out walking her daughter.

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REBELS OF BABYLON
by Owen Parry
Reviewed by Mary Whipple

New Orleans, 1863: the Civil War is raging, controversial Union General Benjamin Butler has just turned over his post to his successor, blacks are disappearing from their neighborhoods, horrific murders are occurring, voodoo ceremonies are taking place in the countryside, and terror is everywhere. Into this milieu comes Abel Jones, a major in the Union army who came to the US from Wales, by way of India, and whose rigorous moral code has brought him to the attention of President Abraham Lincoln.

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ROSA
by Jonathan Rabb
Reviewed by Carisa Richner

Taking place in Berlin just after World War I, Rosa is a murder mystery, political conspiracy novel and history lesson all rolled into one.

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THE ROTTWEILER
by Ruth Rendell
Reviewed by Sharon Simon

Inez Ferry owns an antique shop in Paddington and rents flats to an assortment of working-class characters, each with something to hide. A serial murderer is loose in London, and the police suspect the killer is living in Inez's house.

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THE SCHOPENHAUER CURE
by Irvin Yalom
Reviewed by Sharon Simon

Irving Yalom's marvelous new novel is a wide-ranging and exhilarating exploration of psychotherapy, philosophy, and humanity.

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THE SERPENT IN THE GARDEN
by Janet Gleeson
Reviewed by Carisa Richner

Full of period detail as in her first novel, The Grenadillo Box, this new novel takes place at an estate near London in the year 1765. Joshua Pope, a famous portrait painter, has arrived to paint a wedding portrait. Soon after his arrival, a dead body is found in the pinery.

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SHADOWBROOK
by Beverly Swerling
Reviewed by Jennifer LeBlanc

Set during the rarely touched French/Indian War, this sweeping story is packed with characters and the personal and political events that transform them.

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SMALL ISLAND
by Andre Levy
Reviewed by Mary Whipple

Set in London in 1948, it focuses on the diaspora of Jamaicans, who, escaping economic hardship on their own "small island," move to England, the Mother Country, for which the men have fought during World War II. Their reception is not the warm embrace they have hoped for, nor are the opportunities for success as plentiful as they have dreamed. Winner of the Uk's Whitbread Prize.

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VANISHING ACTS
by Jodi Picoult
Reviewed by Jana Kraus

Delia Hopkins makes a living finding lost people. She and her beautiful bloodhound, Greta, have a terrific track record for leading successful search-and-rescue missions. A sudden event and she finds herself doing a "search-and-rescue" on her own life.

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

Live Flesh by Ruth Rendell

From Doon with Death by Ruth Rendell

Angels & Demons by Dan Brown

Airframe by Michael Crichton

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Happy reading!

Judi Clark
MostlyFiction.com