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“A great read! It captures the flavor and the feeling of the Catskills mountains, and in addition to which, a highly entertaining book!”
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“The book held my interest to the very last moment, with quite a few chuckles along the way. I predict a demand for more! Warmest regards to that very smart Mrs. Risk . . . oh, yes, Rachel, too.”
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<em>–Mrs. Helen Kutsher, owner of Kutsher’s Country Club in Monticello, New York</em>
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“Rachel rather reminds me of the Demi Moore character in The Butcher’s Wife and the story has much of the same whimsical air.
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“Rachel is a delightful Watson to the unpredictable Mrs. Risk who matches Holmes’ deductions with her semi-magical insights.”
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<span id=”internal-source-marker_0.3″>Angela Zeman’s book, </span>
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<span id=”internal-source-marker_0.4″>If you want a great new murder mystery novelist, think Angela Zeman. If you want a refreshing new book, think </span>
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. Mrs. Risk and Rachel are the most hilarious team I’ve met.
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Dorothy Cannell fans rejoice! Angela Zeman writes a witty and often times-humorous mystery that has enough twists and turns to baffle a maze builder.
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5 Stars. –Margaret Marr,
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Rachel is our everyman in this series. Rachel is funny, ambitious, smart, and passionate–a wonderful foil for Mrs. Risk’s unsinkable, calm intellect. The mystery was very well done–I had a hard time figuring out who was the guilty one, and watching Mrs. Risk and Rachel at work was a lot of fun. Angela Zeman has set this up as a series, although this book is completely stand-alone. I look forward to the further adventures of Mrs. Risk and Rachel.
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<span id=”internal-source-marker_0.7″>Ms. Zeman describes her mysteries as “cozy,” and that seems apt to this reader. </span>
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doesn’t have horror or sex to hang the tale by; instead, it has an intricate puzzle and a cast of very human, sympathetic, and not-so-sympathetic people. Well written, The Witch and the Borscht Pearl is certain to provide several entertaining hours.
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You will find yourself unwilling to put the story aside until you learn who is the killer. A very enjoyable read that I recommend highly. What will Mrs. Risk do next?
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<span id=”internal-source-marker_0.9″>The heyday of the great hotels in the Catskills, where working class Jewish families would go to spend a week out of the city, probably lasted only a generation or so, from the late 1940s until about 1960, but it produced some of our greatest performers…Sam Levenson, Red Buttons, Milton Berle, Alan King, Mel Brooks, and even Woody Allen. </span>
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<span id=”internal-source-marker_0.10″>Sometimes I forgot this story took place in contemporary times as the language and style of Ms. Zeman evoke writing from an earlier era. For those seeking a mystery that is cozy yet smart, </span>
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Zeman has written an intricate puzzle, constructing a vivid, imaginative world for the reader.
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<em>Toxicology</em>
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Jessica Hagedorn (Penguin)
<p>This month’s picks define eclectic, especially this one. Hagedorn offers an authentic look at NYC’s West Village. It’s the story of a failed female film maker and a notorious older writer of lesbian erotica, their chaotic lives, their traumatic pasts and the mystery of one man’s drug death and another’s disappearance.</p>
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<em>Mr. Churchill’s Secretary</em>
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Susan Elia MacNeal (Bantam)
<p>Fans of Jacqueline Winspear and Charles Todd will enjoy this paperback original debut introducing Maggie Hope – secretary to the British Prime Minister in 1940 as the Blitz threatens London. This promises to be a great historical series.</p>
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<em>Death of Sweet Mister</em>
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Daniel Woodrell (Back Bay)
<p>This early novel from the master of rural noir is the Southern gothic coming-of-age tale of an observant obese teen, his drunken and sexually inappropriate mother, her latest abusive husband and a flashy new man in town.</p>
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<em>The Pack</em>
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Jason Starr (Ace)
<p>An unemployed stay-at-home dad, whose marriage is on the skids, makes contact with a trip of like-wise stay-at-home dads, all living in Manhattan’s Upper East Side and all of whom seem to have a heightened level of animal-like awareness. Starr, known for his hip hardboiled novels, takes a sudden turn to the supernatural but taps into something bigger than just the obvious. He takes the werewolf cliché and transforms it into a fascinating metaphor for masculinity in crisis. As his male characters become more emasculated by society at large, the beast within each of them seems to grow. It’s a great concept and promises to be a terrific series.</p>
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<em>The Savage City</em>
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T. J. English (William Morrow)
<p>This remarkable non-fiction book was nominated for the 2012 Edgar Best Fact Crime. It’s the story of the NYPD in the late 1960′s and early 1970′s when it was at its most corrupt and overtly racist even as they dealt with the most radical period in modern American history. It’s also the story of the civil rights movement giving birth to the militant Black Panthers and its aftermath. Focusing on three principals, and told like a police procedural, this is one absorbing read and refreshingly authentic.</p>
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<em>The Family Fang</em>
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Kevin Wilson (Ecco)
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Fans of dysfunctional family novels will love this one. It really takes the cake. Husband and wife
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performance artists who’ve used their children as props in their subversive work since they were babies. Needless to say the children are now real pieces of (art) work. Deliciously wicked and oddly touching.
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<em>The Rat on Fire</em>
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George Higgins (Vintage)
<p>A Dracula landlord, angered by his angry rent-striking tenants’ complaints about their rat-infested apartments, decides that arson may be the answer to his problems and shut them up once and for all. Filled with corrupt Boston cops and fire fighters, this is one bleakly compelling world-view.</p>
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<em>The Reincarnation of Peter Proud</em>
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Max Ehrlich (North Atlantic)
<p>A California professor has strange dreams where he murders a woman named Marcia. He becomes convinced he is having visions of a past life only to eventually meet a still living “Marcia” who is convinced he is her dead husband brought back to life. A creepy psychic thriller, 1970′s style, and happily back in print.</p>
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