Category Archives: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense

The Border by Steve Schafer

TJ Burns — August 2017 Pato, Arbo, Gladys, and Marco are such genuine, well-developed characters, I feel I know them — really know them. I had a stake in their fate – I needed to see them through their trials, … Continue reading

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The Pearl Thief (Code Name Verity 0) by Elizabeth Wein

TJ Burns — March 11th, 2017 The characters in The Pearl Thief are so vivid and each is unique! I really feel that I know them. The writing is amazing! …and the mystery! I couldn’t stop reading. Julie is a … Continue reading

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Lou Lou and Pea and the Mural Mystery by Jill Diamond

TJ Burns — February 11, 2017 I had a wonderful time reading this with my 9-year-old daughter! We both loved the mystery and the puzzle-solving. I was so proud that my daughter solved the riddle, and the mystery, before the … Continue reading

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Friday Barnes Under Suspicion by R.A. Spratt

TJ Burns — October 14, 2016 My daughter and I loved this second book in the Friday Barnes series even more than the first. Friday’s eccentric, quirky personality shines through as she develops more self-confidence and gets used to being … Continue reading

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Friday Barnes, Girl Detective (Friday Barnes Mysteries) by R.A. Spratt

TJ Burns – September 20, 2016 Clever, entertaining, and educational. I buddy read this book with my 9-year-old daughter — and we both had to constantly look up words to keep up with 11-year-old Friday Barnes! Between the wacky and … Continue reading

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The Girl I Used to Be by April Henry

TJ Burns –August 18, 2016 Exciting! The Girl I Used to Be pulled me right into the action and that’s what I like. I couldn’t wait to start digging for answers. The sentences are short and crisp, moving the action … Continue reading

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Three Truths and a Lie by Brent Hartinger

TJ Burns — July 21, 2016 Suspenseful, interesting, mysterious. Three Truths and a Lie had me guessing, second-guessing, assessing, reassessing, building hypotheses only to discard them — throughout the entire book. I became immediately interested in the characters. The four … Continue reading

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Frayed by Kara Terzis

TJ Burns — May 3, 2016 Frayed kept me guessing throughout — and that’s a huge plus. I cared enough about the characters to get involved. I didn’t guess the “whodunit,” though I really tried. Many potential suspects are offered, … Continue reading

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Zero Day by Jan Gangsei

TJ Burns — March 19, 2016 Thrilling, well-written, and suspenseful, Zero Game pulled me right into the drama and kept me guessing at every turn. Ms. Gangsei gave me just enough tidbits of information that I could make some educated … Continue reading

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