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The 229 Books Reviewed in 2005

Matches by Alan Kaufman (12-12-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

The Work of Wolves by Kent Meyers (12-12-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly (12-12-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon (12-12-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

Ordinary Heroes by Scott Turow (12-12-05) (reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky)

The Mysterious Secret of the Valuable Treasure by Jack Pendarvis (12-12-05) (reviewed by Debbie Lee Wesselmann)

The Stranger House by Reginald Hill (12-12-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

Ash and Bone by John Harvey (12-12-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Lord Byron's Novel: The Evening Song by John Crowley (12-12-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch (12-12-05) (reviewed by Debbie Lee Wesselmann)

Out by Natsuo Kirino (12-12-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

Vanish by Tess Gerritsen (12-12-05) (reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky)

The Jungle Law by Victoria Vinton (12-12-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

Florida by Christine Schutt (12-12-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Red Leaves by Thomas Cook (12-12-05) (reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky)

The Oxford Murders by Guillermo Martinez (12-12-05) (reviewed by Debbie Lee Wesselmann)

The Inner Circle by T. C. Boyle (12-12-05) (reviewed by Judi Clark)

A Wedding in December by Anita Shreve (12-12-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie and Eleanor Bukowsky)

Lux by Maria Flook (12-12-05) (reviewed by Judi Clark)

Being Mrs. Alcott by Nancy Geary (12-12-05) (reviewed by Carisa Richner)

A Zoo in My Luggage by Gerald Durrell (12-12-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

The Order of the Poison Oak by Brent Hartinger (12-12-05) (reviewed by Josh Aterovis)

The Phoenix by Ruth Sims (12-12-05) (reviewed by Josh Aterovis)

The Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula LeGuin (12-12-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

Perdido Street Station by China Mieville (12-12-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

Blue Belle by Andrew Vachss (12-12-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

Dermaphoria by Craig Clevenger (10-30-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

The Point of Fracture by Frank Hollon (10-30-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

Deadly Slipper by Michelle Wan (10-30-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

Origin of Haloes by Kristen Den Hartog (10-30-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

Envy by Kathryn Harrison (10-30-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

Exposure by Kathryn Harrison (10-30-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

The Kiss by Kathryn Harrison (10-30-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

The Seal Wife by Kathryn Harrison (10-30-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

Spell of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning (10-30-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

Dancing in the Dark by Caryl Phillips (10-30-05) (reviewed by Debbie Lee Wesselmann)

The Nature of Blood by Caryl Phillips (10-30-05) (reviewed by Debbie Lee Wesselmann)

Freshwater Road by Denise Nicholas (10-30-05) (reviewed by Debbie Lee Wesselmann)

Garner by Kirstin Allio (10-30-05) (reviewed by Debbie Lee Wesselmann)

The Price of Silence by Kate Wilhelm (10-30-05) (reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky)

The Color of Law by Mark Gimenez (10-30-05) (reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky)

The Other Shulman by Alan Zweibel (10-30-05) (reviewed by Carisa Richner)

Watch Your Back! by Donald E. Westlake (10-30-05) (reviewed by Hagen Baye)

The Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman (10-30-05) (reviewed by Judi Clark)

The March by E. L. Doctorow (10-30-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Joplin's Ghost by Tananarive Due (10-30-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

The Matter of Desire by Edmundo Paz Soldán (06-12-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Half Broken Things by Morag Joss (10-30-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

The Ghost Writer by John Harwood (10-30-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

The Painted Drum by Louise Erdrich (10-30-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Shalimar the Clown by Salman Rushdie (10-30-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

The White Wolf's Son by Michael Moorcock (10-30-05) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

The Serpent and the Crown by Elizabeth Peters (10-30-05) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

Lifeguard by James Patterson (10-30-05) (reviewed by Kam Aures)

Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk (9-5-05) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

Death's Little Helpers by Peter Spiegelman (9-5-05) (reviewed by Chuck Barksdale)

Willful Creatures by Aimee Bender (9-5-05) (reviewed by Debbie Lee Wesselmann)

The Secret Purposes by David Baddiel (9-5-05) (reviewed by Debbie Lee Wesselmann)

A Long Stay in a Distant Land by Chieh Chieng (9-5-05) (reviewed by Debbie Lee Wesselmann)

To Darkness and to Death by Julia Spencer-Fleming (9-5-05) (reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky)

Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde (9-5-05) (reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky)

Life Sentences by Alice Blanchard (9-5-05) (reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky)

The Vanished Hands by Robert Wilson (9-5-05) (reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky)

Witch Hunt by Ian Rankin (9-5-05) (reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky)

The Great Inland Sea by David Francis (9-5-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

The Night Garden by Pamela Holm (9-5-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

What Happened to Henry by Sharon Pywell (9-5-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

Pretty Birds by Scott Simon (9-5-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

Birds Without Wings by Louis de Bernières(9-5-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

The Politics of Truth by Joseph Wilson (9-5-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

The Company of Strangers by Robert Wilson (9-5-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyemi (9-5-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

The Swimmer by Zsuzsa Bank (9-5-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Desertion by Abdulrazak Gurnah (9-5-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

By the Sea by Abulrazak Gurnah (9-5-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Paradise by Abulrazak Gurnah (9-5-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy (9-5-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Dead at Daybreak by Deon Meyer (9-5-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Dark Harbor by David Hosp (9-5-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Cerulean Sins by Laurell K. Hamilton (7-31-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton (7-31-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

The Laughing Corpse by Laurell K. Hamilton (7-31-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullin (7-15-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

The Optimists by Andrew Miller (7-15-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Natives and Exotics by Jane Alison (7-15-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Acts of Faith by Philip Caputo (7-15-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

The Dragon Scroll by I.J. Parker (7-15-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (7-15-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

The Watcher in the Pine by Rebecca Pawel (7-15-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

Death of a Nationalist by Rebecca Pawel (7-15-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

Law of Return by Rebecca Pawel (7-15-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

Killer Swell by Jeff Shelby (7-15-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

Arc of Justice by Kevin Boyle (7-15-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

The Hot Kid by Elmore Leonard (7-15-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

Blue Moon by Laurell K. Hamilton (7-15-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

Club Dead by Charlaine Harris (7-15-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

Lost Souls by Poppy Z. Brite (7-15-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

Sudden Death by David Rosenfelt (07-15-05) (reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky)

Dearly Devoted Dexter by Jeff Lindsay (07-15-05) (reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky)

Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay (07-15-05) (reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky)

Close Case by Alafair Burke (07-15-05) (reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky)

Rain Storm by Barry Eisler (07-15-05) (reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky)

Trace by Patricia Cornwell (07-15-05) (reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky)

Cape Perdido by Marcia Muller (07-15-05) (reviewed by Chuck Barksdale)

To Have To Hold by Jane Green (07-15-05) (reviewed by Olivia Boler)

The Traveler by John Twelve Hawks (07-15-05) (reviewed by Carisa Richner)

The Forgotten Man by Robert Crais (07-15-05) (reviewed by Hagen Baye)

4th of July by James Patterson (07-15-05) (reviewed by Sebastian Fernandez)

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss (06-12-05) (reviewed by Jennifer LeBlanc)

Zorro by Isabel Allende (06-12-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

The Mourning Sexton by Michael Baron (06-12-05) (reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky)

Alibi by Joseph Kanon (06-12-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

In a Temple of Trees by Suzanne Hudson (06-12-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

In the Dark of the Moon by Suzanne Hudson (06-12-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

Borges and the Eternal Orangutans by Luis Fernando Verissimo (06-12-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Falls the Shadow by William Lashner (06-12-05) (reviewed by Chuck Barksdale)

The Inside Ring by Michael Lawson (06-12-05) (reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky)

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (06-12-05) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

Rules for Old Men Waiting by Peter Pouncey (06-12-05) (reviewed by Bill Robinson)

False Profits by Patricia Smiley (06-12-05) (reviewed by Kam Aures)

In the Company of Cheerful Ladies by Alexander McCall Smith (06-12-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Give Me (Songs for Lovers) by Irina Denezhkina (06-12-05) (reviewed by Olivia Boler)

Towelhead by Alicia Erian (06-12-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

Suspect by Michael Robotham (06-12-05) (reviewed by Sebastian Fernandez)

The Closers by Michael Connelly (06-12-05) (reviewed by Chuck Barksdale)

The Little Guide to Your Well-Read Life by Steve Leveen (06-12-05) (reviewed by Carisa Richner)

If Andy Warhol Had a Girlfriend by Alison Pace (06-12-05) (reviewed by Jennifer LeBlanc )

Fleshmarket Alley by Ian Rankin (06-12-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

The Portrait by Iain Pears (06-12-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Storyteller by AmyThomson (06-12-05) (reviewed by Josh Aterovis)

Living to Tell the Tale by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (06-12-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

Mobita's Tattoos by Mira Kamdar (06-12-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Paris Trout by Pete Dexter (06-12-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

The Fencing Master by Arturo Perez-Reverte (06-12-05) (reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky)

Lighthousekeeping by Jeannette Winterson (05-07-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

The Schopenhauer Cure by Irvin D. Yalom (05-07-05) (reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky)

Most Wanted by Michele Martinez (05-07-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

Rosa by Jonathan Rabb (05-07-05) (reviewed by Carisa Richner)

Small Island by Andrea Levy (05-07-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

The Bewildered by Peter Rock (05-07-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

Loaded Dice by James Swain (05-07-05) (reviewed by Hagen Baye)

The Illuminator by Brenda Rickman Vantrease (05-07-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

Ghosting: A Double Life by Jennie Erdal (05-07-05) (reviewed by Olivia Boler)

Company Man by Joseph Finder (05-07-05) (reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky)

By a Spider's Thread by Laura Lippman (05-07-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

Shadowbrook by Beverly Swerling (05-07-05) (reviewed by Jennifer LeBlanc )

An Altered Light by Jens Christian Grondahl (05-07-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland (05-07-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

The Rottweiler by Ruth Rendell (05-07-05)(reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky)

Rebels of Babylon by Owen Parry (05-07-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult (05-07-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

Lost Lake by Phillip Margolin (05-07-05) (reviewed by Kam Aures)

Digging James Dean by Robert Eversz (05-07-05) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

The Serpent in the Garden by Janet Gleeson (05-07-05) (reviewed by Carisa Richner)

Live Flesh by Ruth Rendell (05-07-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

From Doon with Death by Ruth Rendell (05-07-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

Angels & Demons by Dan Brown (05-07-05) (reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky)

Airframe by Michael Crichton (05-07-05) (reviewed by Judi Clark)

Old Boys by Charles McCarry (4-3-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

Death in Danzig by Stefan Chwin (3-27-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Saturday by Ian McEwan (3-27-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

April Fool's Day by Josip Novakovich (3-27-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

War Trash by Ha Jin (3-27-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

The Staggerford Murders by Jon Hassler (3-27-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Prince of Fire by Daniel Silva (3-27-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

How to Be Lost by Amanda Eyre Ward (3-27-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

Drama City by George Pelecanos (3-27-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

Bloodlines by Jan Burke (3-27-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

Blue Horse Dreaming by Melanie Wallace (3-27-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

French Women Don't Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano (3-27-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

Night Fall by Nelson Demille (3-27-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

Extreemly Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonanthan Safran Foer (3-27-05) (reviewed by Poornima Apte)

Honeymoon by James Patterson & Howard Roughan (3-27-05) (reviewed by Kam Aures)

All the Flowers Are Dying by Lawerence Block (3-27-05) (reviewed by Hagen Baye)

Metro Girl by Janet Evanovich (3-27-05) (reviewed by Hagen Baye)

Waxwings by Jonathan Raban (3-27-05) (reviewed by Carisa Richner)

Heart of the Hunter by Deon Meyer (3-27-05) (reviewed by Sebastian Fernandez)

The Bend in the River by Susan Gibbs (3-27-05) (reviewed by Judi Clark)

A Killing Rain by P.J. Parrish (3-27-05) (reviewed by Judi Clark)

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins (2-19-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

The Confesson by Domenic Stansberry (2-16-05) (reviewed by Hagen Baye)

Little Girl Lost by Richard Aleas (2-16-05) (reviewed by Hagen Baye)

Grifter's Game by Lawrence Block (2-16-05) (reviewed by Hagen Baye)

Fade to Blonde by Max Phillips (2-16-05) (reviewed by Hagen Baye)

Dangerous Women edited by Otto Penzler (2-16-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

Kiss Me, Judas by Will Christopher Baer (2-16-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

The Seas by Samantha Hunt (2-16-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

The Plot Against America by Philip Roth (2-16-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

Case Histories by Kate Atkinson (2-16-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Valley of Bones by Michael Gruber (2-16-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Scream Queens of the Dead Sea by Gilad Elbom (2-16-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Casanova in Bolzano by Sandor Marai (2-16-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Kreutzer Sonata by Margriet de Moor (2-16-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

The Broker by John Grisham (1-16-05) (reviewed by Sebastian Fernandez)

The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig (2-16-05) (reviewed by Carisa Richner)

Men and Cartoons by Jonathan Lethem (2-16-05) (reviewed by Olivia Boler)

Citizen Girl by McLaughlin/Kraus (2-16-05) (reviewed by Jennifer LeBlanc )

Going Postal by Terry Pratchett (2-16-05) (reviewed by Judi Clark)

Native Tongue by Carl Hiaasen (2-16-05) (reviewed by Chuck Barksdale)

Empire of the Wolves by Jean-Christophe Grangé (1-16-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

Wives and Sisters by Natalie R. Collins (1-16-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

Downtown by Pete Hamill (1-16-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler (1-20-05) (reviewed by Jana L. Perskie)

Jane Austen in Boca by Paula Marantz Cohen (1-20-05) (reviewed by Jenny Dressel)

Big Breasts & Wide Hips by Mo Yan (1-16-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

The Persistence of Memory by Tony Eprile (1-16-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Hedwig and Berti by Frieda Arkin (1-16-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

The Red and the Green by Iris Murdoch (1-23-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)

Baker Towers by Jennifer Haigh (1-16-05) (reviewed by Olivia Boler)

Improbable by Adam Fawer (1-16-05) (reviewed by Judi Clark)

State of Fear by Michael Crichton (1-16-05) (reviewed by Judi Clark)

Double Shot by Diane Mott Davidson (1-16-05) (reviewed by Shannon Bloomstran)

Perhaps She'll Die by M.K. Preston (1-16-05) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

Muletrain to Maggody by Joan Hess (1-16-05) (reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer)

A Spectacle of Corruption by David Liss (1-16-05) (reviewed by Sebastian Fernandez)

Double Play by Robert B. Parker (1-16-05) (reviewed by Hagen Baye)

The Falls by Joyce Carol Oates (1-16-05) (reviewed by Olivia Boler)

Marilyn's Last Words by Matthew Smith (1-16-05) (reviewed by Jennifer LeBlanc )

The Snow Fox by Susan Fromberg Schaeffer (1-10-05) (reviewed by Mary Whipple)



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