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The Latest Look at Harry Bosch

. I like whatever Michael Connelly writes. I’m particularly fond of his Lincoln Lawyer series, but I also enjoy the Harry Bosch series. The Burning Room is the 19th book in the series. You would think the author would run out plot ideas by now, but you would be wrong. Harry has been working cold […]

Agatha Christie: The Moving Finger

In the small village of Lymstock someone is writing very nasty poisoned pen letters. Nearly everyone has received one. As you can imagine, the whole village is gossiping about it. The person who gets the letter says there is no truth in the letter, but everyone says “where there is smoke, there is fire.” Naturally, […]

A Tour Book: A Dangerous Placed

Author: Jacqueline Winspear Publisher: Harpers, March 17, 2015 Genre: Historical Mystery I’m not sure why I have never read any of the books in the Maisie Dobbs series before, but here I am with the eleventh book. Several of my reading friends have told me I really should give the books a try. I know […]

2015 Award Winner: The Crossover

Author: Kwame Alexander Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014 Genre: Middle Grade Fiction (Ages 9 to 12) Award: Newbery Medal Winner for 2015 Twelve-year-old twins Josh and J.B. not only love the game of basketball, they’re very good players. They come by it naturally as their father was a championship-level, professional player. Dad and mom, a […]

Book Review: Night Is the Hunter

Author: Stephen Gore Publisher: William Morrow 2015 Genre: Crime Fiction Harlan Donnally is a former San Francisco homicide detective, now living in northern California in a small town near beautiful Mount Shasta. An old friend, Judge Ray McMullen has come to see him so he can fish — or so he says. Harlan knows the […]

Book Review: Gray Mountain

 . Author: John Grisham Publisher: Doubleday, October 2014 Genre: Legal Thriller Gray Mountain is a fictional mountain in the Appalachian Mountains. It was one of those mountains that had it’s entire top cut off so coal could be extracted easier than mining for it. This practice has ruined not only the beauty of this part […]

Book Review: Pack of Dorks by Beth Vradel

. I hope you don’t mind if I do a little grandmotherly bragging. My granddaughter, Lou (age 9), has well-rounded interests. She’s a good friend, a good soccer player, and is quite the reader. Lou has already read most of the Newberry winners, all the Harry Potter’s, the Lemony Snickets, plus all sorts of other […]

Book Review: Ryder: American Treasure by Nick Pengelley

Author Nick Pengelley has created a set of very smart mysteries. I’m telling you this right up front because I want you to pay attention. I say smart because these Ayesha Ryder mysteries will make various parts of your brain hum. And — they are new so I want you to read them now before […]

Book Review: An Innocent Client

I’ve discovered a new-to-me author: Scott Pratt. I just finished reading the first book in his Joe Dillard series and I’m excited. You know I love good legal thrillers and, in An Innocent Client, Scott Pratt has given me one. Now I want to read the rest of the series (there are six more) and […]

Book Review: A Quilt for Christmas

Author: Sandra Dallas Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, October 2014 I usually read several Christmas-themed books, but this year I only found one that fit my mood. This one isn’t actually about Christmas, but it is warm and loving and there is a Christmas quilt involved. The year is 1864. Eliza Spooner and her two children […]