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Ziskin’s Ellie Stone investigative reporter series just keeps getting better and better with each book. The third title, Stone Cold Dead, once again showcases Ziskin’s mastery of language. Ellie is my kind of gal—she’s witty, relentless, and doesn’t apologize for throwing back a whiskey after a rough day. But underneath that tough exterior is a young lady who’s haunted by her past and still aches for her late father’s acceptance. This shared vulnerability and sense of loss is what connects Ellie to Darleen Hicks, a local fifteen-year-old girl who turns up missing. Ellie’s investigation takes her on an emotional rollercoaster ride of her own as she peels back the layers of a young teenage girl’s tragic journey. This smart eloquent thriller with its nostalgic 1960s upstate New York setting will make every reader an Ellie Stone fan if they’re not already. – Sarah
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Mystery & Suspense
Hostile Takeover, the sequel to the darkly amusing The Intern’s Handbook might also be called The War of the Roses, because assassin John Lago faces his most deadly target yet-his wife Alice! Filled with murder, mayhem and more than a dash of sarcasm, Hostile Takeover begins with just that: their workplace, Human Resources, Inc. coming under the control of John and Alice. Husband and wife assassins working together, training new employees to infiltrate corporations under the guise of interns and kill high profile targets can put a real strain on a marriage. Can John and Alice survive (literally) the inter-office conflicts and find true love again? If they manage to avoid killing each other, can they also survive outside sources who want them dead? For fans who like their thrillers on the dark side, with a splash of twisted humor – Linda