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The Blacklist - The Complete First Season

 The Blacklist is brilliant!  James Spader (Boston Legal) is superb as Raymond “Red” Reddington; a former top-ranking member of the U.S. Navy who has been off the grid since 1990.  For years he has gained access to and brokered deals with extreme cold-blooded criminals, so subversively deadly and notorious that even the FBI is unaware of their existence.Red is wanted, and dangerous.  In the show's pilot, he stuns the agency simply, yet with great fanfare, and turns himself in.A chilling, ... More

In The Red

 Touted as a “darkly erotic novel about a good girl gone bad”, In the Red, by Elena Mauli Shapiro focuses on the destructive path that a young Romanian-born, but American-raised young woman takes when she leaves her adoptive parents to attend college. Irina is literally and figuratively seduced into an oddly comfortable world of anonymity and subservience by Andrei Vadrescu, an older man who meets her at a fountain. He tells her stories of her homeland, and ... More

Watching You

 Watching You by Michael Robotham is an engaging psychological thriller.Marnie Logan is in a bad space.  Added to financial difficulties, caring for a son with health problems, and an independence-seeking teenage daughter has its challenges.  Haunted by gambling debts, her “love at first sight” husband Daniel has vanished, and has been missing for a considerable time.  His whereabouts are a mystery.  Is he dead?  How could he leave her?  Did he just save himself and leave her to clean up ... More

The Farm

Its film rights already sold, The Farm is an intriguing new mystery by Tom Rob Smith.Very interesting and exciting from the get-go, it plunges deeply into the secrets and lies of the family of Daniel and his parents Tilde and Chris, who have blissfully retired to Sweden.  Kindle at Amazon   All illusions are shattered when Daniel receives a call from his uncharacteristically hysterical father who is distraught that Tilde is not only missing, but psychotic.  She is seriously ill and ... More
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The Girl With All the Gifts

 The Girl With All the Gifts is a post-apocalyptic novel by M. R. Carey. Not generally being enamoured by this genre, I surprisingly found myself immediately hooked and totally enthralled by Carey's book.  I admit I would not have picked up this self-described thriller, had I known what it was about.  Fortunately, the title, the cover, and the brief, only vaguely informative synopsis intrigued me. Kindle version.The girl is Melanie, an innocent, intelligent and highly inquisitive ten year-old who is ... More

The Skin Collector - A Lincoln Rhyme novel

The Skin Collector is an excellent thriller by Jefferey Deaver. It features series regulars Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs and though knowledge of previous novles like The Bone Collector helps with some background details, you do not need to be familiar with the series to enjoy this latest installment. This is a perfect novel for the summer months.  Kindle at AmazonThis is a detective versus serial killer thriller so there is a certain formulaic feel to The Skin Collector. Readers ... More

You Should Have Known

 The year is young, but You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz is the best novel I have read to date.  It will likely remain at or near the top.  Kindle version at Amazon.Gifted New York psychotherapist Grace Reinhart-Sachs has it all:  An amazing 15-year career, a successful paediatric oncologist husband Jonathan who she indulges and protects, a delightful, intelligent young son, and membership in a community of “friends” dripping with money, pretension and clout.She is ready to catapult ... More

The Lady of Sorrows

 First published in 2010, The Lady of Sorrows by Anne Zouroudi is the fourth of her Seven Deadly Sins Mysteries.  2014 marks the premiere North American edition of the book.There is a legend that in1863, a group of sailors is saved from a terrible storm when The Virgin Mary appears in human form to guide them to safety to the Greek Island of Kalkos.  Left in her place is a beautiful icon.  It was a miracle!A church is erected in ... More

Cold Comes the Night - Bryan Cranston

Cold Comes the Night is an excellent thriller starring Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston as Topo, a Rooshian gangster who one day stop at  a small town motel. The gangster and his driver are on their way to making a delivery and they stop for a few hours to get some shut-eye. That is when things go very wrong. This is a movie that keeps you guessing and interested to the very last scene once you get over Cranston's fake accent.Chloe ... More

The Stolen Ones

 Exciting from the get-go, The Stolen Ones is a complicated and intriguing mystery by Richard Montanari that you definitely want to keep reading. Kindle version.A gruesome and elaborately staged murder is the first of a series of interconnected killings.  Detectives Jessica Balzano and Kevin Byrne of Philidelphia's Special Investigations Unit are on the case.Luther, a man who inhabits and adeptly navigates the hidden tunnels beneath the city is a formidable, frightening, and calculating predator, whose disturbed and distorted past and ... More

She s Leaving Home

 Named after a Beatles' song—those of a certain age will remember it when you hear it—She's Leaving Home is the debut police thriller by William Shaw.  It is set in England in 1968, at the time of the Fab Four, when society was caught in the throes of racism, sexism, and irreversible social change.  (We've certainly come a long way, baby!  The book's depiction of past times and mores illustrates that.) Kindle at AmazonA body is found in a burned ... More

Bonnie & Clyde

 Though nothing will ever top the Arthur Penn version with Faye Dunaway and Warren Beattie, this Bonnie & Clyde is fun to watch. Aired in two parts on A&E, this one stars Holliday Granger and Emile Hirsch. Hirsch is competent but it is Granger who really shines as Bonnie. At 174 minutes, there are a couple of repetitive moments but overall this drama moves right along. It is not quite as gory as the movie version but it has its ... More