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Book Review: Blue Heaven by C.J. Box

Minotaur Books 2008 I just discovered C.J. Box’ books last year. This is already my third book. I really love the action, characters and the storylines. Best of all, they are set in the part of the U.S. that I love – the West, primarily Wyoming. So far, this one is my favorite, even though […]

Book Review: Moving Target by J.A. Jance

Publisher: Simon & Schustee, Feb. 18, 2014 Fellow bloggers, particularly Barbara at Views From the Countryside, have been singing the praises of J.A. Jance. They love her mysteries, especially those in series format. I promised myself I would read one in 2014. Then I learned that Ms. Jance was about to publish her 50th novel. […]

Book Review: Shock Wave by John Sandford

Putnam – 2011 Virgil Flowers is my favorite character from all of John Sandford’s long line of character-rich novels. Lucas Davenport is good, but Virgil is just plain fun. In Shock Wave Virgil’s assignment is to figure out who is building and setting off bombs. Pye-Mart (think WalMart) is a new big-box store coming to […]

Book Review: Under the Wide and Starry Sky

 Ballantine Books – January 2014 Summary from the  publisher: At the age of thirty-five, Fanny van de Grift Osbourne has left her philandering husband in San Francisco to set sail for Belgium—with her three children and nanny in tow—to study art. It is a chance for this adventurous woman to start over, to make a […]

Book Review: The Girl With a Clock For a Heart by Peter Swanson

William Morrow – February 2014 Book Desription from the publisher: An atmospheric tale of romantic noir with shades of Hitchcock about a man who is swept into a vortex of irresistible passion and murder when an old love mysteriously reappears George Foss, a forty-year-old employee of a Boston literary magazine, has passed the age when […]

Book Review: The Racketeer

Author: John Grisham Publisher: Doubleday, 2012 Genre: Legal Thriller Source: Public Library My Rating: B+ Attention all old John Grisham fans: The Racketeer is a book in the the old Grisham form. It’s complicated, with lots of twists and turns. It took me down one track only to make me wish later I’d taken another […]

Book Review: Bad Blood

Author: John Sandford Publisher: Berkley, 2011 Genre: Crime/Mystery My Rating: B+ Last week my husband and I drove to the High Sierras to camp. It was about a five hour drive one way. Half of the trip was interstate/boring highways, so I took along this audiobook I’d just picked up from the library. It was […]

A New Series From David Baldacci

My husband and I have been David Baldacci fans since the 90s. We checked an audiobook of his from the library and have been reading/listening ever since. A couple of his books have been disappointing, but I always like to come back and try every new one. For some reason I really like this new […]

Book Revies: Starting Now

Author: Debbie Macomber Publisher: Ballantine Books, 2013 Genre: Women’s Fiction My Rating: B+ For me it all began in 2004 when Debbie Macomber introduced The Shop on Blossom Street. The owner is Lydia Hoffman, a cancer survivor and an excellent knitter. In her new shop Lydia starts a class for begining knitters. It attracted women […]

Book Review: Untold Damages

Author: Robert K. Lewis Publisher: Midnight Ink, April 2013 Genre: Crime Fiction My Rating: B+ Summary: Mark Mallen had been a devoted cop, husband, father and friend. He lost it all while working undercover for the narcotics division of the San Francisco Police Department. He began using heroin because he thought he’d look more authentic […]