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On Winding Hill Road

On Winding Hill Road is a gothic romance in the classic mold. Diane Tyrrel ably captures the style and tone of the old gothics, delivering a story that should appeal to fans of the subgenre. <!-- var browName = navigator.appName; var SiteID = 1; var ZoneID = 4; var browDateTime = (new Date()) ...

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Midnight Harvest

This book has such an intriguing setting: the 1930s, first in Spain at the outset of the Civil War, and then in San Francisco. Sounds interesting, doesn’t it? I’m not necessarily a fan of vampire novels – I’ve read as many bad ones as good ones – but The Chronicles of Saint-Germain (of whi ...

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Couch World

With a keen sense of detail and a cast of vivid personalities, Cathy Yardley's Couch World offers a fascinating glimpse into San Francisco's club scene. The book details the lives of three very different women. The title refers to the life of P.J., a San Francisco DJ with no permanent home. ...

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On the Edge of the Woods

Gothics are back in vogue again, and I am certainly glad for that. Diane Tyrrel's debut certainly brings back hints of Gothic romances of earlier days, but still has a strong voice of its own. And though On the Edge of the Woods has a few rough spots, it is ultimately a very enjoyable and mildly chi ...

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The Dim Sum of all Things

I was very excited about The Dim Sum Of All Things. By reading the blurb I expected it to be witty and hilarious. But the problem with preconceived notions is that you generally expect too much and end up disappointed instead. My cousin, for example, once raved about a certain recipe, which I then t ...

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Yesterday's Flame

Jove has apparently halted purchases of new manuscripts for the Time Passages line, which suggests that the line itself is on the verge of cancellation. It may be that there are not enough quality time travel stories out there to carry a whole line devoted to them; however, the quality of this parti ...

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The House of Many Rooms

"Let's say that my character is a house of many rooms," says Michael Florio, the anti-hero of this thriller. Although I had heard raves about this book and knew of the level of suspense in the story, I wasn't prepared to be as engrossed as I was - for the first two-thirds of the book, that is. ...

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The Enchanted Land

Morgan Wakefield was taught by her embittered mother to trust no man. After her father's death, a father she has never known, his will is read. She will inherit only if she marries a man and lives in the New Mexico territory for one year. Her greedy uncle, who will get everything if Morgan does not ...

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Beautiful Lies

After a slow start Beautiful Lies picks up speed and draws the reader into a complex and engrossing tale involving two families and the Pearl of Great Price that has haunted and cursed them for generations. Most of the book takes place in contemporary San Francisco and the Australian O ...