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The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna
The In-Between by Rebecca Ansari
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Long Island Iced Tina by Maria DiRico
Moriarty the Patriot, Volume 2 by Ryōsuke Takeuchi and Hikaru Miyoshi
Negative Image by Vicki Delany
Nothing O'Clock by Neil Gaiman
Nubia: Real One by L.L. McKinney and Robyn Smith
Oddity by Eli Brown and Karin Rytter (illustrator)
The Old Boat by Jarrett Pumphrey and Jerome Pumphrey
Paladin's Strength by T. Kingfisher
Plantation Shudders by Ellen Byron
The Raconteur's Commonplace Book by Kate Milford

Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett
Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor
Restaurant to Another World Volume 3 by Junpei Inuzuka and Katsumi Enami (Illustrations)
Séance Tea Party by Reimena Yee
Stray Bullets by Robert Rotenberg
These Unlucky Stars by Gillian McDunn
Tin by Candace Robinson and Amber R. Duell
Victor and Nora: A Gotham Love Story by Lauren Myracle and Isaac Goodhart
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
Wicked Weaves by Joyce Lavene and Jim Lavene
The Year Shakespeare Ruined My Life by Dani Jansen

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Negative Image: 03/02/21

Negative Image

Negative Image by Vicki Delany is the fourth Constable Molly Smith mystery. A photographer is found shot to death in a hotel and John Winters's wife Eliza is the primary suspect. The damning evidence is a thirty year old photograph of her.

As with the previous books in the series, Molly is preoccupied with a secondary mystery — a series of robberies. How the B&Es are related to each other is key to solving the murder. It's a fun puzzle, tricky but not impossible to solve.

On the personal front, Molly is hit from two fronts. Her stalker is turning violent. Her father is in hospital. On the work front there's a rumor going around that she and Detective Winters are having an affair. There's a lot to take in but it all comes together into a satisfying mystery and more broadly, a compelling novel.

The fifth book is Among the Departed (2011).

Five stars

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