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Book Review: Left Turn at Paradise: A Rare Books Mystery by Thomas Shawver

Publisher: Alibi/Random House, August 26, 2014 All it took was for me to read the first sentence of the book’s description and I said, “I want to read this one!” Read it and see what you think: Michael Bevan is barely scraping by with his used bookstore and rare book collection when he discovers a […]

Book Review: Rooted In Love: An Amish Garden Novella

Beth Wiseman Published by Thomas Nelson, June 2014 Every once in a while I like reading a good Christian Romance. Back in 2009 I read Beth Wiseman’s debut novel, Plain Perfect. It was a well written, thoughtful Amish story, but I lost track of her writing in the intervening years. When I saw her latest […]

Book Review: The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion

Author (and narrator): Fannie Flagg Publisher: Random House 2013 I’ve been “reading” a lot of audiobooks. I particularly like the ones where the author reads her/his own work. There’s an occasional dud, but usually I like how they come across. It’s the way I think they came out of the author’s head. It feels personal. Such […]

Book Review: The Glassblower of Murano by Marina Fiorato

Publisher: St. Martins Griffin, 2009 The Glassblower of Murano is a lovely historical fiction that tells two stories with great similarities. Set in Murano, a suburb of Venice, it intersperses the stories of a gifted glassblower, Corradino, in the seventeenth century with modern-day Leonora, an apprentice glassblower. Corradino is Leonora’s ancestor. She appears to have […]

Book Review: The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger

Published by: Crown/Random House, 2014 An epistolary novel is a rare thing for me. I can only remember reading two other ones. I wanted to try The Divorce Papers because it seemed a little different, an interesting look behind the scenes, or should I say, in the locked file cabinets, at a law firm. It […]

Agatha: Easy To Kill or Murder Is Easy

As you know, I’ve been working my way through all of Agatha Christie’s novels in publication order. After reading her first thirty-seven books, I was getting a little tired of Hercule Poirot. I have a hunch Agatha (after thirty-eight books we are on a first name basis) was feeling the same way. I say that […]

Book Review: Sackett’s Land

There’s nothing like good historical fiction set in the “Old West.” Many of those stories were written by one of that genre’s legends, Louis L’Amour. That was back in the hey-day of the Western. In Mr. L’Amour’s one hundred plus novels he featured lots of different characters plus the characters in at least three different […]

Agatha Christie: One, Two, Buckle My Shoe

Dodd, Mead & Company, 1941 Hercule Poirot had an appointment with his dentist. It seems to be a fairly normal busy day for the dentist, Dr. Morley. Poirot sees several people come and go while he is there. As it turns out, this is important. Somewhere in the middle of all of this the dentist […]

Book Review: At the River’s Edge by Mariah Stewart

Ballantine Books, 2014 At the River’s Edge is Book #7 in Mariah Stewart’s Chesapeake Diaries series. I have read them all. There are a couple of reasons I’ve stuck with the series. First of all, Mariah Stewart is a blog-friendly author. Secondly, I love the way she writes. She logically presents her characters and the […]

Book Review: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Morrow, 2013 Orphan Train is the story of two girls who have a lot in common. They don’t meet until Vivian is 91 and Molly is 17. It’s 2011 when we first meet Molly. As defined by parental presence, Molly is an orphan. Her dad is long-gone and her mom is in prison. She’s been […]