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The Ever-Changing Climate of Book Reviewing

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A good friend of mine (who started her career more or less at the same time) reminded me the other day how it used to be when a writer of literary fiction published a book. All the reviews would appear within a couple of weeks, and there were quite a few of them at that. I remember, for example, whenever I had a book out in the UK, it would get reviewed the day of publication, and often that same day, in several different places at once. Now, except for the most prominent of writers, the climate has changed. Due to declining revenues, the space for newspaper and magazine book reviews has considerably shrunk while the number of books published…

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Scotland Yard Detective Duo Take on Murder in Crombie’s ‘Garden of Lamentations’

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A new shipment from Texas transplant Deborah Crombie, brings another powerful thriller featuring the Scotland Yard detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James. The most interesting aspect of Crombie’s novels, and this one (her 17th) does not fail to hit the high mark, lies in their characterizations. No two thriller writers write alike, but two schools stand out. One that accentuates plots and actions, while the other emphasizes characterization and, indirectly, intimacy. We travel through life with the protagonists outside of the investigation. We meet their families and evolve within their domestic spheres, their marriage, children, and personal problems. It goes without saying that this latter category makes for a different kind of reading and novel experience. Crombie is neither one…

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