Murder and Mayhem

Murder and Mayhem

  Last weekend I went to my first Murder and Mayhem conference. If you were sober in Chicago on St. Patrick’s Day, this was absolutely the place to be. As a regular attendee of other writing conferences like Bouchercon and AWP, I’m always frustrated that I...
Review: Behind Her Eyes

Review: Behind Her Eyes

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book has been listed in my “Currently Reading” bucket for six months because I couldn’t decide how to review it. The twist ending lives up to the hype, to say the least. I finished it...
Review: The Green Line

Review: The Green Line

The Green Line by E.C. Diskin My rating: 5 of 5 stars A debut legal thriller that delivers. Abby Donovan is an associate at a prestigious law firm in Chicago working 80+ hour weeks on her quest to become partner, when she accidentally takes the Green Line train on her...
Review: Good as Gone

Review: Good as Gone

Good as Gone by Amy Gentry My rating: 5 of 5 stars In a word: wow. This tightly written psychological thriller would Not. Let. Me. Go. I sped through it in two days tops. Sleep? Overrated when you’ve got Amy Gentry’s novel on your e-reader. In the prologue,...
The Art of the Last Minute Gift (Hint: It’s a book.)

The Art of the Last Minute Gift (Hint: It’s a book.)

It’s the week before Christmas. Four shopping days left and if you’re anything like me, you’ve got a few hard-to-buy-for folks left on your list. Don’t worry! I’ve read some amazing new releases this year that will make perfect literary gifts. Let’s break them down by...
Review: The Vanishing Year

Review: The Vanishing Year

The Vanishing Year by Kate Moretti My rating: 5 of 5 stars Confession: I hated the first 80% of REBECCA. Who cared about Manderley? Why didn’t this irritatingly passive narrator even give herself a first name? Frankly, I was ready for Mrs. Danvers to torch the place...
Review: Hot Season

Review: Hot Season

Hot Season by Susan DeFreitas My rating: 4 of 5 stars Three undergrads navigate relationships, ideologies, and the call to activism in this beautifully-written debut from Susan DeFreitas. My full review is posted at Ecolitbooks.com. View all my...
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