January 24, 2023

The Caligula Curse

Author Andrei Kozyrev, who served as Foreign Minister of Russia from 1990 to 1996, brings his experience to bear in The Caligula Curse, a novel about a deep-seated conspiracy running through Russia’s past and into the story’s present.

American doctor Pat flies to Russia as part of a humanitarian effort and, in making friends, falls […]

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January 24, 2023

Mantle of the World Ruler: The Lost Wells Trilogy, Book Two

Prophecies are mutable in Mantle of the World Ruler, Kate Gateley’s compelling second installment of The Lost Wells Trilogy.

In the first book, 30-year-old linguistics student Julia Harrison learns of her status as a witch, as well as a love connection with Irish scholar and warrior Dom O’Brien that’s spanned countless lifetimes. The pair work […]

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January 24, 2023

Out of Wedlock

The third installment in Larry Lockridge’s Enigma Quartet—four standalone but interconnected novels—is set largely in 1990s Greenwich Village and chronicles the life of a plastic surgeon not only searching for meaning in his life (via exploration into his sexuality) but also, ultimately, his identity and purpose as a human being.

Although Jess Freeman is a […]

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January 24, 2023

The Residents’ Voice: From a Dementia Unit

Physiotherapist Pieta Valentine based her novel, The Residents’ Voice, on more than ten years of experience working with geriatric patients, many of whom had dementia.

The story’s protagonist, Daisy, is a former physiotherapist who takes a job as a “diversional therapist” in a locked unit at a retirement village in Christchurch, New Zealand. Through Daisy, […]

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January 19, 2023

When All Hope is Lost

Alyce Elmore’s dystopian suspense novel, When All Hope is Lost, follows the political and social shifts that emerge in a female-dominated society after a widespread catastrophe.

The year 2029 marks the onset of a devastating global pandemic that annihilates the world’s male population within three years. Following the desolation, subsequent male generations don’t survive either; […]

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January 17, 2023

A Scandal of the Particular

Steve Hamilton’s crime thriller, A Scandal of the Particular, explores gay relationships steeped in a world of drugs and sex and the stigma surrounding AIDS. We follow Hymen Kazan, a middle-aged lawyer, as he becomes tangled in a murky case.

The police discover the dead body of a young man near a safe injection site […]

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January 17, 2023

Dark Blood Awakens

Michelle Corbier’s Dark Blood Awakens is an inventive paranormal urban fantasy, the first in the Mwindaji series.

Protagonist Makeda Crawford, 23, and her family live in Black Ridge, North Carolina. Her two brothers help Dad in the family furniture trade, Makeda is a nurse, and Mom is a teacher. However, they are also mwindaji — […]

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January 17, 2023

Sins of the Father: Justice?, Part II

Revenge is on the menu in this mafia-based thriller set in New South Wales and Naples, Italy.

When Marcello Di Paulo, clan consigliere to mafia boss Pietro Giordano, privately investigates the death of Giordano’s daughter Sophia, he learns that an Australian doctor, Bria Palmer, is guilty of her murder. Bria and her husband Mathew discover […]

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January 17, 2023

Eliza and the Alchemist

Playwright and actor Carlos Lacámara’s novel, Eliza and the Alchemist, is a mystical, madcap trek through worlds presumably real and realistically etheric, where a young woman becomes the bearer of supernatural powers.

In this far-reaching, light-hearted fantasy, Eliza is an intelligent UCLA student who has been unsuccessful in love or even friendship with men. She […]

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January 17, 2023

Beneath the Purple Dawn

This thrilling, well-executed tale of international espionage pits a small group of independent fighters against a mastermind terrorist.

After the events of Brett Andrew Strange’s former book, Against the Dusk, Katya Volkova is training herself to fight the shadowy villain Perses, who tortured her after killing her family. Her lover, American war veteran Paul Drake, […]

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