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Game of Thrones: A Guide to Westeros and Beyond: The Complete Series(Gift for Game of Thrones Fan) by Myles McNutt - Book Review

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$50.00
ISBN: 9781452147321
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Published: Chronicle Books - November 5th, 2019

This book is the PERFECT salve for the GOT fan who has read all the books and has been sorely missing the televised series. It is a must-have addition to any fan’s collection, no matter the degree of obsession. Sumptuously illustrated with gorgeous Helen Sloan photographs, it is complete with battle depictions, those necessary family trees, and in-depth character profiles. Even the most die-hard super fan will gain new insight and be able to answer the hardest trivia question! ~ Reviewed by Tamba Johnson Reap


One Day: The Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary 24 Hours in America by Gene Weingarten - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780399166662
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Published: Blue Rider Press - October 22nd, 2019

I picked this book up on a whim, and was NOT disappointed. What a thoroughly wonderful, entertaining, educating and utterly compelling read. WaPo columnist Weingarten wanted to write about a completely random day in US history, and after having various components literally picked out of a hat, spent 6 years researching and writing about December 28, 1986...a seemingly uneventful day but which, with the author’s encompassing research proves to be one of “...comedy, tragedy, implausible irony, cosmic comeuppances, kindness, cruelty, heroism, cowardice, genius, idiocy, prejudice, selflessness, coincidence, and startling moments of human connection, along with evocative foreshadowing of momentous events yet to come.” Many of these episodes were private dramas in the lives of private people, but were still connected to the world at large. All were completely engrossing and made me realize that maybe there is no such thing as an “ordinary” day. A MUST read. ~ Reviewed by Tambra Johnson Reap


Things in Jars: A Novel by Jess Kidd - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781982121280
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Published: Atria Books - February 4th, 2020

What can I say? I LOVED this book and did not want it to end. Somewhat Dickensian in flavor, it is the story of a female detective Bridie Devine and her search for a missing child who may, or may not, have unusual powers. Through the author’s incredibly lyrical and vivid prose, the reader will travel through Victorian London’s dark underbelly, searching for the child amongst body-snatching resurrectionists, amoral anatomical curiosity collectors (hence “Things in Jars”) and nefarious surgeons. She is aided among others by a devoted 7 foot tall lady’s maid and a mysterious tattooed, melancholic and lovelorn ghost named Ruby Doyle who is never far from Bridie’s side and whom only Bridie can see and whom I fell in love with myself. This novel is a joy to read and one you will long think of after you have finished. ~ Reviewed by Tambra Johnson Reap


The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780440000174
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Published: Berkley - February 18th, 2020

Although purely fiction, this fascinating, often frightening, mystery made me contemplate the actual possibility of ghosts. The author seamlessly interweaves the paranormal with the “normal” in this mystery of disappearance and possible murder of several girls in and around a run-down motel in a small town in upstate NY. Switching between 1982 and 2017, the story follows a young girl investigating the disappearance 35 years earlier of her aunt by following in her footsteps. From the first chapter, the reader will be completely engrossed in this haunting, creepy, and entirely absorbing mystery. ~ Reviewed by Tambra Johnson Reap


A Bitter Feast: A Novel (Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James Novels #18) by Deborah Crombie - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062271662
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Published: William Morrow - October 8th, 2019

The latest from an author that has become a favorite of mine. What starts as a simple, and rare, family vacation for the British detective couple morphs into a fatal accident that leads to murder. Set in idyllic Cotswolds with its gorgeous countryside replete with sheep and border collies, local pubs, amazing food and libations. The author has developed multiple storylines and points of view in the story which I never felt confused by, only intrigued. Marvelous storytelling, deep and complex characters. You will be absorbed in the story to the very end. ~ Reviewed by Tambra Johnson Reap


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