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Book Review: Elephants Can Remember

Author: Agatha Christie Publisher: Collins Crime Club, November 1972 Genre: Mystery Source: Public Library Format: Audiobook, Read by John Moffatt My Rating: B Ariadne Oliver is one of Agatha Christie’s characters that she slips into her novels occasionally. I have liked every one of her appearances. In this one she had the lead. Hercule Poirot […]

A Fun Graphic Novel: Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong

Author: Prudence Sheen Illustrator: Faith Erin Hicks Publisher: First Secod, May 2013 Genre: Graphic Novel My Rating: B The bright cover of this graphic novel caught my attention at the library. I stood there and read the first few pages and was hooked. It’s the story of two high school boys plus a couple of […]

Agatha: Sad Cypress

Publisher: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1940 Genre: Mystery Source: Library My Rating: B I’m sure many of you have been wondering if I had given up on my quest to read all of Agatha Christie’s 87 novels. The answer is no – I haven’t given up, but my progress has stalled. I think I just […]

Book Review: Nobody’s Baby But Mine

Author: Susan Elizabeth Phillips Publisher: Avon Books, 1997 Genre: Romance Source: Purchased for my kindle My Rating: B Last week when I shared the First Paragraph of this book, I mentioned that I needed a “brain break” from some heavy reading. This book was my choice for that purpose. I’ve read many of Susan Elizabeth […]

Book Review: Below Zero

Author: C.J. Box Publisher: Putnum, 2009 Genre: Crime Fiction Source: Public Library My Rating: B When we were picking books to read this year one of the members in my book club suggested we read something by C.J. Box. She’d read almost all of his books because her nephew is a good friend of the […]

Book Review: Sight Reading

Author: Daphne Kalotay Publisher: Harper (May, 2013) Genre: Literary Fiction Source: Publisher My Rating: B Summary from the publisher: On a Boston street one warm spring day, Hazel and Remy spot each other for the first time in years. Although their brief meeting may seem insignificant, behind them lie two decades in which their life […]

Book Review: The Cottage at Glass Beach

Author: Heather Barbieri Publisher: Harper Perennial, 2013 Genre: Literary Fiction My Rating: B Summary from the publisher: Married to the youngest attorney general in Massachusetts history, Nora Cunningham is a picture-perfect political wife. But when she learns of her husband’s infidelity, Nora packs up her daughters and takes refuge on Burke’s Island, the craggy spit […]

Book Review: Kinsey and Me

Author: Sue Grafton Publisher: Penguin Audio Genre: Audiobook, read by Judy Kaye My Rating: B Somewhere in the 1980s I started reading Sue Grafton’s Alphabet series. Right from the beginning with A is for Alibi, I liked the character of Kinsey Millhone. She is like no other fictional detective. Others have tried to copy her, […]

Book Review: Calico Joe

Author: John Grisham Publisher: Doubleday, April 2012 Genre: General Fiction My Rating: B This is a book about old-time baseball. Now, I’m not a fan of baseball, but this is a great story, written with passion for the game and the characters involved. I stayed with it and it held my interest to the very […]

A Light Holiday Book: The Christmas Grandma Ran Away

Author: Nancy Warren Publisher: Ambleside Publishing, 2012 Genre: Holiday Story My Rating: B Here’s a nice little Christmas story that features a woman my age. Sandy Forbes is a long-time widow, the head of her family. But, after years (fifty-five to be exact) of hosting both Thanksgiving and Christmas, Sandy has finally had enough. I […]