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Assassins Anonymous by Rob Hart - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780593717394
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - June 11th, 2024

A very fast paced,enjoyable “mystery” about a former assassin known as The Pale Horse, who has decided to quit the business and join Assassins Anonymous (which is based on the 12 Step Program we are all familiar with.) He is about 2 weeks away from getting his one year chip when he is suddenly attacked and has to defend himself without killing the attacker. Unwillingly pushed back into his dark past of betrayal and assassination, on the run between New York, Singapore and London, he has to figure out who is after him and why, and somehow find resolution without sliding back to his old life…if he can. Lots of twists and turns, it is captivating and fast paced. It is also full of humor and surprising depth, with the Pale Horse looking deep into himself and trying to figure out why he did what he did and how to find redemption. ~ Reviewed by Tambra Johnson Reap

Family Family: A Novel by Laurie Frankel - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250236807
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - January 23rd, 2024

“Not all stories of adoption are stories of pain and regret. Not even most of them. Why don’t we ever get that movie?”
Frankel is known to address somewhat difficult topics with grace and compassion, and in this poignant, thought provoking novel she tackles adoption. With vibrant characters and witty dialog she illustrates with warmth and humor that not every adoption story is a byproduct of trauma, as it is so often portrayed in the media. She shows that instead it is so very often a beautiful and giving solution for both the biological parent(s) as well as the adoptee. This wonderful novel is about the meaning of family, and about committing to and holding fast to one’s beliefs, no matter the push back. I LOVED this book and will be thinking about it long after I’ve finished it. ~ Reviewed by Tambra Johnson Reap

The Art Thief: A True Story of Love, Crime, and a Dangerous Obsession by Michael Finkel - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525657323
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Published: Knopf - June 27th, 2023

Perfect for both the lovers of art and of true crime mysteries!!
From the author of the equally fascinating “The Stranger in the Woods” comes a true story of perhaps the world’s most prolific art thief. Between 1995 and 2001 Stéphane Breitwieser, along with his girlfriend, (and parents who turned a blind eye to his activities) carried out robberies of more than 200 objects from 172 museums, castles and cathedrals all over Europe. What makes him even more unique is that he never stole for money but instead was an obsessed art addict who collected for the thrill of ownership, often on the spur of the moment and in broad daylight. What makes this book so enthralling is how meticulously the author researched Breitwieser’s life, delving into the many psychological theories about his mental and emotional state and personality; and covering the many investigations and court cases upon Breitwieser’s spectacular fall. The author also includes many first person interviews that bring the reader even more deeply into the life and psyche of this truly unique human being. You’ll be astonished, angry, sad, and stunned all at the same time. Loved it!! ~ Reviewed by Tambra Johnson Reap

Murder Your Employer: The McMasters Guide to Homicide by Rupert Holmes - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781451648218
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - February 21st, 2023

SO MUCH FUN!! A thoroughly entertaining and very unique entry into mystery fiction. We follow three protagonists who for very different reasons want/need to become “deletists” (NEVER “murderers”), and follow them as they learn secrets of the craft at the McMasters Conservatory of Applied Arts. You will find yourself not only becoming fully immersed into a unique worldview but totally rooting for all (well, almost all) the classmates attempting to finish their theses while following the Four Enquiries: Is this deletion necessary? Have you given your target every last chance for redemption? What innocent person might suffer by your actions? Will this deletion improve the life of others? You will love it from the very beginning. What a romp!! ~ Reviewed by Tambra Johnson Reap

The Lost Van Gogh: A Novel by Jonathan Santlofer - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781728260174
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - January 2nd, 2024

A very well done historical thriller involving Nazi-looted art and a missing Van Gogh self-portrait which was lost, then found, then lost again. A follow-up to the author’s previous outing, The Last Mona Lisa, this multilayered novel has the same duo trying to figure out if the painting they found accidentally is real, and once it was immediately stolen from them what happened to it. There are many characters and each one of them is hiding something…lots to figure out! Additionally the novel contains fascinating information about repatriation and restitution of looted art…and a very interesting story of how it was not only created, but of the attempt to hide it from the Germans during WWII, and then its ultimate journey to being recovered. If you like complex mysteries about art and forgeries, with a little Van Gogh history thrown in, this is the book for you. ~ Reviewed by Tambra Johnson Reap


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