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by Cynthia Chow
& Eileen Brady



Spending a year as a veterinarian in upstate New York Oak Falls Veterinary Hospital seemed to be the perfect solution for Meryl Streep lookalike Kate Turner. Kate spent nearly eight months mooning over her boss as he was going through his divorce, only to have to endure his impregnating and then proposing to their twenty-something receptionist.

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Prism By Katie Perry: CD Review

IN THE May 24 ISSUE

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by Sarah Peterson



Since her 2008 launch as One of the Boys, Katy Perry has been evolving.
The flippant sexual experimentation of “I Kissed A Girl” and the relationship rollercoaster that was “Hot N Cold” gave way to full-blown Willy Wonka status on 2010’s Teenage Dream, a candy-coated Pleasure Island featuring party anthems “TGIF” and “California Gurls.”

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by Cynthia Chow



After some incredible adventures in Scotland, San Francisco university historian Jaya Anand Jones was ready to settle into her normal sedate life of research and paper writing, where the most excitement stemmed from too much caffeine intake. Those rather unrealistic hopes are dashed when she meets Steven Healy, a former attorney with a treasure map and assertions that letters from Jaya’s great-grandfather could both provide clues and dash her family’s legend of her honorable relative. Jaya may have left India when she was seven and been raised mostly by her hippy-ish American father, but she has immense loyalty to her heritage, despite the jocular declarations of her friends that Jaya is the “worst Indian ever.”

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by Cynthia Chow



A rare genetic disease has cost psychiatrist Mark Angelotti most of his eyesight within the last two years, and while he has adapted, he definitely has not accepted his fate. A trial for an experimental drug offers the slim chance of hope to regain his vision, and Mark’s not above lying to doctors concerning his mental state if that means getting accepted into the program.

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Stone Cold By Devon Monk

IN THE May 17 ISSUE

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


At the end of Devon Monk’s final Allie Beckstrom novel, Magic to the Bone, magic was tamed. There wasn’t much you could do with it, unless you were a Soul Complement, a pair of magic-users who could break magic, go beyond the limits of its power.

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by Sandra Murphy



If you like action, suspense and intrigue, you’ll love this book. It starts with a letter from Ren LaFleet to his granddad, detailing the injuries he’s suffered lately and tells that the good guys survived and the bad guy killed. He says, “Just when you think you know a person, they turn out to be a prolific serial killer.” That line sets the tone for the book–humor mixed with a lot of dead bodies, stretched from Iraq’s war to current day, in and out of the Church with personal lives mixed in.

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Blood Tango By Annamaria Alfieri

IN THE April 26 ISSUE

FROM THE 2014 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andSunny Frazier
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by Sunny Frazier



It is impossible to write a mystery set in Argentina in 1945 without pulling in the politics of the period. It’s also hard not to have the larger-than-life figures of Juan Peron and Evita Duarte dominate other characters. Author Annamaria Alfieri manages to juggle all these elements and still keep the story of a young woman’s murder in the forefront.

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by Roy Runnels



I never thought that out of all of the Marvel movies, Captain America: The Winter Soldier would be the one to change everything. I walked into the theater expecting an average experience, and walked out being blown away at how good it actually was. Not to mention the huge ramifications that it will have on the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Even without the huge twist, the movie still would have been extremely enjoyable, thanks to directors Anthony and Joe Russo. Who would have thought directors of the show Community could make one of the best Marvel movies?

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Night Broken By Patricia Briggs

IN THE March 15 ISSUE

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by Mary Anne Barker


Night Broken is the eagerly awaited eighth novel of the Mercy Thompson series and Patricia Briggs does not disappoint. I have been enjoying the development and progression of the relationship between Mercy and Adam since the beginning.

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by Cynthia Chow


The Chase literally starts off with a bang in the explosive sequel by new best-selling writing team, Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg. Following the events from The Heist, FBI agent Kate O’Hare and internationally infamous art thief, Nicholas Fox, have been teamed up by her superiors for covert and highly illegal operations swindling criminals and protecting the government from embarrassment.

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RoboCop: Movie Review

IN THE March 3 ISSUE

FROM THE 2014 Articles,
andJesus Ibarra,
andMovies
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by Jesus Ibarra


Robocop, a remake of the cult classic 1980s movie of the same name, stars Joel Kinneman as the titular hero who is turned into a cyborg to combat crime. This movie shares only two things with the original, the transformation of Joel Kinnaman’s Alex Murphy into RoboCop, and the corporation that makes him. Other than that it is a pretty good reboot of the franchise with a look at more contemporary views about technology, corporate control, and what those things mean for people and government.

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by Cynthia Chow



It’s only fitting that the marriage between the unlikely couple of former CIA agent and Sheriff Ike Schwartz and university president Dr. Ruth Harris would occur after a drunken night of revelry in Vegas. While the two do not regret their unconventional nuptials, breaking the news to the nosy friends and family is definitely unpleasant. Luckily, Ike has several murder investigations to keep both himself and the townspeople occupied.

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The Monuments Men: Movie Review

IN THE February 17 ISSUE

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by Mary Anne Barker


The Monuments Men starts with Frank Stokes (George Clooney) making a presentation to President Franklin D Roosevelt. A plea to save the art, pictures, sculptures, historic buildings. Near the end of World War II curators, directors and artists were concerned about the art that the Nazi’s had stolen and historic places being destroyed. There is an ongoing debate, one side saying art is not worth dying for and the other saying that this art should be saved.

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The Undead Pool By Kim Harrison

IN THE February 15 ISSUE

FROM THE 2014 Articles,
andFantasy & Fangs,
andJesus Ibarra
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by Jesus Ibarra



Rachel Morgan returns in the addictively soon to be ending Hollows series by Kim Harrison. Yes folks this is the penultimate book in the Hollows series with the grand finale coming in book thirteen, which hopefully comes next year. The Undead Pool definitely feels this impending end, because a lot of stuff happens in this book that moves a lot of pieces in this universe.

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