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Aphrodite's Kiss

A DIKlassic review review originally published on May 6, 2001 Following on the heels of her The Cat's Fancy, her delightful single title contemporary debut romance, Aphrodite's Kiss has made Julie Kenner's books an autobuy for me. I found this book a total delight and absolutely unique. For those ...

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Burn for Me

A combination of urban fantasy, alternate history, and paranormal romance (minus the werewolves or vampires), Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews marks the first in a new series following an in-debt private investigator attempting to negotiate a world where her targets possess magical powers. For some quic ...

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Spies & Prejudice

Girl detectives have always been a big thing in the reading world. From Nancy Drew to the more recent Flavia de Luce, we can’t seem to get enough of youthful sleuths. This novel channels Veronica Mars a bit, combining that character very gently with Austen’s Pride and Prejudice to deliver a fun, ...

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True to the Law

After reading The Last Renegade, the first book in this series, I couldn’t imagine how Goodman could possibly follow up such a delightful and enjoyable tale with anything better. Now I know since she’s outdone herself with this book. Set again in Bitter Springs, Wyoming, the story ...

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Home is Where the Bark Is

This is a follow-up to an earlier book and features the best friend of the author's previous heroine. I didn’t catch the first book, but this one had me laughing from the start, filled with some funny dialog and hilarious situations. Despite that, I never felt the humor was over-the-top, nor did i ...

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First Grave on the Right

"I see dead people" has got to be one of the most famous movie lines of all time. Recounting the number of puns I have seen made of this infamous line would be nigh on impossible. But imagine if you actually did see dead people. All the jokes probably wouldn't be as funny then. Charley Davidson r ...

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Dark Road to Darjeeling

Filled with complex adult characters, beautifully evocative prose, and an intriguing mystery, the latest entry in the Lady Julia Grey series does not disappoint. If you’re a fan of historical mysteries with a strong romantic thread, I highly recommend you read Silent in the Grave, the first book i ...

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Silent on the Moor

Note: This review contains series spoilers. We get many review submissions here at AAR and sometimes a book will slip under the radar of both reviewers and readers and, with a series this good, that's almost a crime. I discovered Deanna Raybourn’s Silent series late last year and quickly read S ...

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Satisfaction

Several months ago, I picked up Marianne Stillings' Arousing Suspicions based on Lisa Gardineer's DIK review. Satisfaction picks up several months after its predecessor, featuring the brother of that book’s hero. This is a fun and suspenseful read, but don't be fooled; there's a surprising amount ...

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Witch in the House

Witch In the House is the promising beginning of a series about three best friends whose husbands mysteriously disappeared after an ice storm six years earlier. Though the circumstances that put the hero and heroine together are quite sad, this is a story in which I truly believe in the couple's HEA ...