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Review Policy

I receive many free copies of books to be considered for review (Berkley, NAL, Dutton, Minotaur, TLC Book Tours, Bantam, and Midnight Ink.) I am set up on NetGalley and prefer that whenever possible.  It is my decision whether to post a review or not. I receive no monetary compensation for any reviews I post and I give my honest opinion of the book.  And I review other books such as library finds and an occasional self-published author.

I have a huge backlog of books to read (an entire book case), so I truly RARELY take self-published authors - simply because I am swamped with so many books I am planning on reading...and I am a slow reader. 

Remember - it MUST be a mystery/suspense fiction.  I will not even reply to other book genres.  NO ROMANCES, which includes romantic suspense.  Please look at what I have already reviewed and liked, to gauge if your work is similar.  I will be honest that I am very burned out on small-town Southern settings, so don't even bother with those
IF it meets the above criteria and falls in line with what I have liked previously, you may email me at mysterysuspense1(at)gmail(dot)com to pitch your book.

I will give a personal recommendation with general terms at the end of reviews. The basic phrasing is below, but it may vary a smidgen depending on the situation. 

I also take into consideration the specific genre of the book.  What is near perfect for a cozy is completely different than near perfect for a suspense or police procedural.  


Near Perfect - Buy two copies: one for you and one for a friend. 

Excellent - Loved it! Buy it now and put this author on your watch list 

Good - A fun read-it was good. It wasn't great, but it wasn't bad. I would recommend based on certain tastes. Maybe read an excerpt before buying.

Okay – A few good points but this book needed something pretty different for me to fully enjoy it.  

 Poor - I had to force myself to finish it. Fatally flawed in my eyes on multiple levels or simply not for me at all. 

I am hoping that this is better than just a rating and yet still provides a level of recommendation.  
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