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by / on March 9, 2017 at 2:46 pm / in The Twisted Library

The Thruway Killers Slays

The Thruway Killers is the seventh of nine novels by Harvey Havel, a former SUNY Albany and Bergen Community College writing instructor and novelist. Droogan McPhee is the unemployed, unsympathetic son of a wealthy curmudgeon who owns a chain of liquor stores in the Northeast. In tandem with his adulteress stepmother (who is closer to Doogan’s age then his father), […]

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by / on February 22, 2017 at 12:35 pm / in The Twisted Library

Discover Your True Self in Beyond The Good-Girl Jail

Within the first paragraph of the introduction to Beyond the Good-Girl Jail: When You Dare to Live from Your True Self by Sandra Felt, the author describes the meaning of the book’s title. A “good-girl jail” is the state of mind in which one locks herself, by trying always to be “good,” instead of just being the genuine human being she […]

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by / on August 10, 2016 at 1:40 pm / in The Twisted Library

The Blood Led Her: A Religious Thriller

Al Campo is trying to avoid falling back into bed with government work when he stumbles across a mystery of his own. After a stint in the Middle East as an FBI consultant, Campo is on his way to a safe house in Pennsylvania when he narrowly misses running over a small girl, and succeeds in hitting a ginger haired […]

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by / on August 1, 2016 at 11:35 am / in The Twisted Library

The Torch is Passed: A Harding Family Mystery

Andrea Harding has just graduated from Princeton and is preparing to spend her summer traveling through Europe before starting law school at Duke in the fall. She’s just your average twenty-something when a knock at her door in the middle of the night turns her world upside down. Her father, Nicholas, and Uncle Michael have been shot, and New Jersey […]

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by / on June 29, 2016 at 1:00 pm / in The Twisted Library

Ritual of the Savage: A Romp Around Tiki-Noir in 1950’s Los Angeles

Set in the 1950’s, this film noir style detective drama by Jay Strongman lightens up the literary scene with a clever who-done-it. Ritual of the Savage stars former Marine and Iwo Jima survivor Johnny Davis, a womanizing private eye attempting to acclimate to Los Angeles thirteen years after World War II. As you comb through this novel, you stumble upon […]

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by / on May 24, 2016 at 11:40 am / in The Twisted Library

The Bookseller: An Unpredictable Paranormal Thriller

The Bookseller, by C. Robert Cales, tells the stories of three different people from completely different walks of life. George Saunders lives with his wife Elizabeth above their rare book store in a small town outside of Boston. They are visited by an old friend, Frank Richter, who owns a funeral home and comes to visit to gift them a […]

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by / on May 18, 2016 at 11:30 am / in The Twisted Library

The Glittering Court Sets Sail for New (Fantasy) Worlds

“I’d never planned on stealing someone else’s life.” Richelle Mead‘s new book, The Glittering Court, takes readers on a journey of hidden identities and ambitions in the new fantasy worlds of Osfrid and Adoria. To avoid a horrible arranged marriage (and an even more horrible future mother-in-law), the young Osfridian Countess of Rothford jumps at her first opportunity to escape: impersonate a […]

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by / on May 17, 2016 at 3:45 pm / in The Twisted Library

Former: A Novel About What It Means to be a Zombie and What It Means to be a Human

Before I opened the covers of the science fiction novel Former, written by A.E. Stueve, I sat for a while with it in my lap, just staring silently down at the cover. It features a dark silhouette of a man’s profile, cigarette in mouth, then within this image is another image of what looks like a forest, a very foggy […]

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by / on April 19, 2016 at 11:50 am / in The Twisted Library

Suspense, Mystery, and Romance Make “Aztec Midnight” a Must-Read

If you had told me to sit down and read a book that was a few parts Mexican drug cartel, one part archaeological mystery, one part international politics, with a couple dashes of romance and suspense to top it off, I would have looked at you like you were crazy. Needless to say, those types of books don’t often fall […]

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by / on March 9, 2016 at 11:35 am / in The Twisted Library

Paris Cocktails: French Twists On Your Favorite Drinks

The first thing I should probably mention about Paris Cocktails, a book by Doni Belau, is how it looks on the outside (all “don’t judge a book by its cover” arguments aside). This small, hardcover collection of recipes features a martini-shaped cut-out on the front, revealing a map of Paris underneath. It is extremely pleasing to the eye, to say […]

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