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The Art of Selling Movies – John McElwee

It’s an absolute joy to see newspaper ads for film going back to the beginning of the medium. It’s like sifting through archaeological strata of the country’s culture. The birth of film, all the pre–Hayes–Code ads (!), the tremendous hype … Continue reading

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Enemy Action – Mike Hollow

Just going to get this out of the way at the beginning: as a former fan of Mad Men, I got a giggle from the name of one of the main characters here. There. Now then. This is the tale … Continue reading

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Shadow Wrack – Kim Thompson

I wasn’t sure what to make of this one for quite a while. It’s a sequel – the middle book of a trilogy, actually – and I didn’t read the first one (I keep telling myself to check these things … Continue reading

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Stillhouse Lake – Rachel Caine

I have loved everything I’ve read by Rachel Caine, and I can’t figure out why I haven’t read more. I’ll have to. Soon. I just need to clear my calendar and read nothing but Rachel Caine (and Seanan McGuire) for … Continue reading

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Abigale Hall – Lauren A. Forry

This book is full of dreams and madness. That sounds like it could be great, doesn’t it? Well … no. A common piece of advice for aspiring writers is “never start a book with a character’s dream”. And Lauren A. … Continue reading

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The Tell-Tale Tarte – Maya Corrigan

This wasn’t awful. It wasn’t great, either, but it was entertaining, and a basically easy read. It’s the fourth in a cozy series, and it does a good job at it: I pretty much got the gist of what I … Continue reading

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Thorn Jack – Katherine Harbour – Kate Rudd

When I started listening to this book, I resisted a little. Teenage urban fantasy, I sighed, and tried to remember what prompted me to buy it. (Ah – I’d gotten the ebook on the cheap, and there was a special … Continue reading

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Seducing Mr. Sykes – Maggie Robinson

I am so deathly tired of the abuse of the English language in books. If I want to hear the language butchered I can take out my earbuds at work and listen for five minutes. It’s not just in early … Continue reading

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Blood and Circuses – Kerry Greenwood

In my review of [book:The Green Mill Murder] I did a little bit of exploration of how very different the Miss Fisher tv episodes are from the books they’re based on. I was about to say that the changes didn’t … Continue reading

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The Incredible Crime – Lois Austen-Leigh

Much is made in the introduction to this reissued Golden Age novel that Lois Austen-Leigh is the granddaughter of Jane Austen’s nephew. And there were moments, reading this, that I caught a glimpse of the wit and language style of … Continue reading

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