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Karen Rigby, Book Reviewer

Book Review

The Rubicus Prophecy

by Karen Rigby

"The Rubicus Prophecy" is an immersive and empowering fantasy. Alane Adams’s entrancing middle grade fantasy series returns to focus on Abigail Tarkana, a plucky second-year student at Tarkana Witch Academy. "The Rubicus Prophecy"... Read More

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I.Am.Elizabeth.

by Karen Rigby

"I.Am.Elizabeth." is an unusual novel in which a woman learns to forgive herself with the help of an otherworldly royal. In Kathi Haacke Morehead’s historical fantasy "I.Am.Elizabeth.", Elizabeth of York is an otherworldly companion to... Read More

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Moonlocket

by Karen Rigby

Peril and Victorian steampunk meld in Peter Bunzl’s winsome middle grade novel, "Moonlocket". Lily, her mechanical fox Malkin, and their friend, Robert, return for a personal mission that highlights London’s old-world mystique. Jack... Read More

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The Time for Murder is Meow

by Karen Rigby

Local politics mask a killer’s identity in T. C. LoTempio’s cozy "The Time for Murder is Meow", a case set in a Connecticut town that is the buoyant start to a new series. TV actress Crishell McMillan has just returned to Fox Hollow... Read More

Book Review

Mom's Perfect Boyfriend

by Karen Rigby

Crystal Hemmingway’s charming romantic comedy and AI fairy tale, Mom’s Perfect Boyfriend, is about a California mother and her daughters who discover that love can overcome a few secrets—and a lot of meddling—and that it’s... Read More

Book Review

Sophie Halaby in Jerusalem

by Karen Rigby

Little known outside of Palestine, Sophie Halaby was a Russian-Arab painter, Jerusalemite, and member of a prominent Christian family. Laura S. Schor’s "Sophie Halaby in Jerusalem" is a careful, elegant portrait that highlights the... Read More

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One and One Is One

by Karen Rigby

"One and One Is One" is an unsettling, deterministic story in which a boy suffers cruelty but displays resilience. In S. T. Byra’s dark coming-of-age tale "One and One Is One", a boy proves his talent for survival. Eight-year-old Grady... Read More

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Gillyflower

by Karen Rigby

"Gillyflower" is an intelligent romance about frustrated encounters. In Diane Wald’s meditative literary novel "Gillyflower", a fan is beguiled with an actor. In 1984, Nora watches an Irish “actor’s actor,” Hugh, perform in a... Read More

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