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THE TALE OF RAW HEAD AND BLOODY BONES, by Jack Wolf

April 8, 2013

SPOOKY HISTORICAL NOVEL mixes horror, legend, and Enlightenment science in a gory, kinky, unsettling tale.

Grade: SOLID B

THE TALE OF RAW HEAD AND BLOODY BONES
Penguin/Viking
2013

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THE BUGHOUSE AFFAIR, by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini

March 24, 2013

FAST-PACED MYSTERY YARN has a fine flavor of the 1890s San Francisco underworld and an appealing sleuth duo.

Grade: SOLID B

THE BUGHOUSE AFFAIR: A CARPENTER AND QUINCANNON NOVEL
Tor/Forge
2013

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THE CHILD’S CHILD, by Barbara Vine

March 21, 2013

NESTED TALES OF gay men and single mothers, complex characterizations, rich historical context…good stuff.

Grade: B PLUS

THE CHILD'S CHILD
Scribner
2012

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MY LAST EMPRESS, by Da Chen

March 5, 2013

DREAMLIKE TALE OF an 1890s New Yorker in China, haunted by the ghost of his first love in a time of strife.

Grade: SOLID B

MY LAST EMPRESS
Crown
2012

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IGNORANCE, by Michèle Roberts

February 27, 2013

TWO FRENCH WOMEN from very different backgrounds do what they must to survive World War II. Haunting, incisive.

Grade: A MINUS

IGNORANCE: A NOVEL
Bloomsbury
2013

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THE PIGEON PIE MYSTERY, by Julia Stuart

February 25, 2013

SWEET LATE-VICTORIAN COZY stars an Indian princess living at Hampton Court with seedy gentry for neighbors.

Grade: SOLID B

THE PIGEON PIE MYSTERY
Doubleday/Anchor
2012

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MISS DIMPLE SUSPECTS, by Mignon F. Ballard

February 16, 2013

COZY WWII-ERA MYSTERY set in rural Georgia features a spunky old-maid schoolteacher as sleuth. Nicely done.

Grade: SOLID B

MISS DIMPLE SUSPECTS
St. Martin's Press
2013

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THE TYPEWRITER GIRL, by Alison Atlee

February 11, 2013

MEMORABLY RESOURCEFUL HEROINE needs every bit of her fierceness to make her way in Victorian England. Engaging!

Grade: B PLUS

THE TYPEWRITER GIRL
Simon and Schuster/Gallery
2013

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A POSSIBLE LIFE, by Sebastian Faulks

February 10, 2013

FIVE STORIES, CONNECTED by big themes like luck, love, and identity, each deftly handled by Sebastian Faulks.

Grade: B PLUS

A POSSIBLE LIFE: A NOVEL IN FIVE PARTS
Henry Holt
2012

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LUCKY BUNNY, by Jill Dawson

February 5, 2013

A SHARP, QUICK-WITTED THIEF tells her story, from impoverished childhood through the London Blitz to motherhood.

Grade: B PLUS

LUCKY BUNNY
Harper Perennial
2012

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