Reviews by Shannon Dyer

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The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence: A Story of Botticelli

The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence is the story of Simonetta Cattaneo, a young woman who moves to Florence in order to marry the rich and potentially powerful Marco Vespucci, but ends up finding love in the arms of another man. It's a richly drawn historical novel, filled with art, intrigue, love, ...

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One Perfect Lie

One Perfect Lie is the latest standalone thriller from bestselling author Lisa Scottoline. I've enjoyed many of her legal thrillers in the past, especially those in her Rosotto and Associates series, but have had a bit less luck with her standalones. Unfortunately, I have to add this one to the colu ...

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Wanted and Wired

Sci-fi romances are kind of hit or miss for me. Still, the synopsis of Wanted and Wired, the first book in Vivien Jackson's Tether series, really grabbed my attention. Who doesn't love action-packed, futuristic romances featuring competent leads falling in love while on the run? I know I certainly d ...

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Almost Missed You

Almost Missed You is Jessica Strawser's début novel, and it's one I'm finding it difficult to describe. Some reviewers say it's best to go into this novel knowing as little about the plot as possible, but personally, I’m not one to pick up a book I know nothing of, so I'll do my best to summarize ...

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It Happens All the Time

In It Happens All the Time, author Amy Hatvany takes a closer look at a story we've all heard time and time again. Date/acquaintance rape is an issue that receives relatively little attention in fiction, and Ms. Hatvany has done a stellar job of drawing our attention to this very serious problem. ...

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Mississippi Blood

Mississippi Blood is Greg Iles' sixth book featuring former prosecutor Penn Cage, but because it’s also the conclusion to the story begun in Natchez Burning and The Bone Tree, readers will not want to pick it up without suitable knowledge of prior events. I recommend starting with Natchez Burning, ...

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Never Let You Go

I can always count on Chevy Stevens to deliver a taut, gripping psychological thriller. Her books delight and terrify me in equal measure, so I was keen to read her latest, Never Let You Go. Eleven years ago, single mother Lindsay Nash took her young daughter and fled her abusive husband, who end ...

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Wait for Dark

In the early 2000s, I discovered the work of author Kay Hooper. I was especially drawn to her books featuring Special Agent Noah Bishop and his team of FBI agents with psychic abilities. Over the course of a few years, I read six or seven of those books and loved them all. Then, as so often happens, ...

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One Blood Ruby

One Blood Ruby is the follow-up to Melissa Marr's Seven Black Diamonds, published in early 2016. This second installment picks up shortly after book one ended, and I definitely recommend starting at the beginning of the series in order to have a full understanding of the characters, the world they i ...

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The Orphan's Tale

World War II is a period in history that fascinates me. Every time I read a book set during this bleak period, I learn something new. In The Orphan's Tale, author Pam Jenoff explores the role German circuses played in hiding Jewish people and smuggling them out of Germany. Since I absolutely love ci ...