Picks and Pans Review: The Author Confesses: Scottoline on Her Favorite Thrillers

updated 04/03/2006 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/03/2006 AT 01:00 AM EDT

STRANGE BUT TRUE by John Searles Philip Chase would rather write poetry, but he can't escape the kitchen at the Olive Garden or his crazy mother. Then a girl turns up pregnant. Who's your daddy?

THE JAMES DEANS by Reed Farrel Coleman Brooklyn PI Moe Prager traces a killer to Boca, but finds only Publix rugelach.

THE TYPHOON LOVER by Sujata Massey An antiques dealer is trapped in a house with her ex. Atmosphere you can cut with a Ginsu.

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