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The Android's Dream by John Scalzi
At Ease by Evan Bachner
The Avenue of the Dead by Evelyn Anthony
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How to Crash a Killer Bash by Penny Warner
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff
Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Waking Up? by Bill Martin Jr.
Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart by Beth Pattillo
The Neddiad by Daniel Pinkwater
The New Gay Teenager by Ritch C. Savin-Williams
The Nightmarys by Dan Poblocki
The Octonauts and the Only Lonely Monster by Meomi
The Octonauts and the Sea of Shade by Meomi
Olivia Helps with Christmas by Ian Falconer
The Phone Book by Ammon Shea
Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton
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The World at Night by Alan Furst
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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
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The Avenue of the Dead 05/21/11

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The Avenue of the Dead by Evelyn Anthony is the second of the Davina Graham series of books. The first book, The Defector, I haven't read. I'm also not quite sure how I heard about this series or why I added this particular book to my wishlist. Mystery books (meaning those I no longer remember adding to my list) are the reason I'm now making an effort to read and review books from that list while I can still remember adding them!

This book opens with the death of Davina Graham's lover, an ex-KGB agent. Her desire for closer puts her on a case involving the ambassador's wife who insists she's in danger. Everyone around her says she's just high strung. Davina's investigations though give credence to her story and leads her to a small town in Mexico.

The book is a complex thriller and in the vein of an Ian Fleming or Robert Ludlum novel. There are times when it feels dated but it's well paced that those moments don't matter.

I liked it well enough that I want to go back and read the book that started the series.

Four stars.

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