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Review: The Woman in Black by Rene Natan

Having read Susan Hill's horror classic some time ago, the back of my mind considered The Woman in Black as a kind of horror piece; but it's not - it opens with the story of a woman impersonating a call girl to help a detective  solve a mystery that has kept his investigation at arm's length. But her mission is about to become a lot more complicated; not only because a new speech emulation program is enabling her to pull off the switch so far, but because she is also becoming more involved…


Added by Diane Donovan on December 20, 2014 at 2:23am — No Comments

Review: The Laced Chameleon

The Laced Chameleon was a standout in several ways: it included more than a casual dose of New Orleans atmosphere, it packed in some history I didn't know about, and it presented a strong female protagonist: all elements that make this more than your usual genre read.

The novel is set in 1862 New Orleans during the Civil War, when the Union Army occupied New Orleans, and delves into the social and racial structure of the city by presenting the life of a 'quadroon' (a person resulting…


Added by Diane Donovan on November 26, 2014 at 4:11am — No Comments

Review: Susan Fleet's Natalie's Art

I read so much in the area of mystery/detective/thriller novels, it's hard to pick a standout - but one of my more recent reads was Natalie's Art - and because it's a series title that truly stands alone, it's a fine recommendation.

To call Natalie's Art a 'mystery' would do it a disservice, though mystery is one element of its story. To call it a 'thriller' would be too vague, though there are many plot twists and plenty of intrigue that would appeal to fans of this…


Added by Diane Donovan on November 25, 2014 at 3:56am — No Comments

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