Indie book reviews

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Our Reviewers won’t judge your book as compared to other self-published titles, but against other books, period. Our ratings are based on the following criteria, although reviewers are able to award partial stars (i.e. a 1.3 or a 4.7), rather than rounding up or down to a whole or half number.

1/5

Really bad 
Work on it.

2/5

Mediocre
1-2 bright spots.

3/5

Good
Worth reading.

4/5

Very Good
1-2 spots that need work

5/5

Excellent!
Must-read.

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A SCANDAL OF THE PARTICULAR

By Steve Hamilton
Rating:
3.1 / 5.0

Drunken legal ace Hyman Kazan’s relationship hits the skids when his ex takes up with a murderous judge.

IR Approved

THE MARLOWE MURDERS

By Laura Giebfried, Stanley R. Wells
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Psychology graduate student Alexandra Durant, dismissed from her program for being “unlikable,” is hired by her former professor as a servant – but when he's...

SANS STABILITY MINUS SEX

By Chris Leite
Rating:
2.9 / 5.0

An aspiring screenwriter pulled from the brink of suicide by mysterious events embarks on a strange road trip to fulfill his lifelong Hollywood dreams.

THE RAYBRIGHT CAPER

By B.B. Teeter
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

When Harvey Grant recruits a kid named Mark Hatcher to help him with a complex heist, he knows exactly what he’s getting. Mark, a bisexual...

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TOKYO ZANGYO

By Michael Pronko
Rating:
4.7 / 5.0

Detective Hiroshi returns to investigate a Japanese executive's apparent suicide in TOKYO ZANGYO, a web of fraud, revenge, and murder.

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THE ZARAGOZA CHRONICLES: Beginnings

By A.J. Ayeni
Rating:
4.4 / 5.0

Selected for a scholarship that feels too good to be true, a resourceful student uncovers a disturbing secret involving his once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and the many...

A PLAGUE AMONG US: A Chautauqua Murder Mystery

By Deb Pines
Rating:
3.8 / 5.0

The eighth in Deb Pines’ Chautauqua Mysteries series, A PLAGUE AMONG US finds Mimi Goldman helping to track down the murderer of Shannon Martin's brother...

IR Approved

MR. SIMPSON AND OTHER SHORT STORIES

By Stephen Maitland-Lewis
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Stephen Maitland-Lewis' MR. SIMPSON AND OTHER STORIES include tales that range from droll slice-of-life to high-octane suspense,

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OPHELIA’S ROOM

By Michael Scott Garvin
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

In an aftermath of an unimaginable loss, newlyweds Delia and Charlie Mull struggle to rebuild their life. Living in a small Kansas town populated by...

IR Approved

COLDWATER REVENGE

By James A. Ross
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

When successful big-city lawyer Tom Morgan visits his hometown, he doesn’t realize he’ll end up investigating a murder of a childhood friend. Aiding his brother...

DON’T KILL ME BECAUSE I’M BEAUTIFUL

By H. Gewirtz
Rating:
3.8 / 5.0

DON’T KILL ME BECAUSE I’M BEAUTIFUL uncovers the less-than-glamorous truth behind the glitz and glitter of Hollywood, with the story of a young woman haunted...

LEFT FOR DEATH

By Joseph D'Aquisto
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

LEFT FOR DEATH is a mystery procedural featuring a tenacious detective near retirement who becomes embroiled in a perplexing crime that expands into one of...

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