Book Review: Longhorn

Author: Jo Baker Publisher: Knopf, 2013 Format: Audiobook, Narrated by Emma Fielding Longbourn is the title of this book. If you are a Pride and Prejudice fan, you’ll recognize Longbourn as the setting for Jane Austin’s famous novel. The author, Jo Baker, took the setting and turned it into a completely different story. Many have […]

I Just Met Agatha Raisin

I don’t know what took me so long, but while visiting blogs a couple of weeks ago I discovered the world of Agatha Raisin. It’s actually a great world to spend time in. Agatha’s world is, at times, laugh-out-loud funny, thought provoking and generally good entertainment. Her world is found is fairly short novels, so […]

Book Review: The Silkworm

Author: Robert J. Galbraith/J.K. Rowling Publisher: Mulholland Books, 2014 Format: Audiobook narrated perfectly by Robert Glenister The Silkworm is the second book in Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling’s detective series featuring Cormoran Strike and his eager secretary Robin Ellacott. This book starts up at what seems to be six to eight months after the first novel. This […]

Book Review: The Spider Woman’s Daughter

Author: Anne Hillman Publisher: Harper Collins 2013 Format: Audiobook, Read perfectly by Christina Delaine My husband and I “discovered” Tony Hillerman’s books back in the 1980s when we were driving back and forth between our home in the Kansas City area and Santa Fe, New Mexico where are two oldest children were going to college. […]

Book Review: Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspeare

Author: Jacqueline Winspeare Publisher: Penguin Group 2003 Format: Audiobook read by Rita Barrington Earlier this year I read the latest book, A Dangerous Place, in this Maisie Hobbs series. It was the twelfth book in the author’s series, but I liked it so much that I suggested to one of my books clubs that we […]

Book Review: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

The purpose of the More Diverse Universe Challenge is to draw attention to authors of color. As you can see, I’m a few days late in celebrating my second author in this challenge. (See my post celebrating Zora Neale Hurston HERE.) So even though I’m late, I’m posting anyway. I don’t think it hurts to draw attention […]

Book Tour: Murder and Other Natural Disasters

Author: Lida Sideris Publisher: The Wild Rose Press Inc. September 2015 Why I Read This Book: I do subscribe to this theory: You can judge a book by it’s cover. I do it all the time without picking loads of disastrous stories. When I saw the cover (and the title) of this book I immediately […]

Book Tour: The Art of Crash Landing by Melissa DeCarlo

Published by Harper Paperbacks, September 2015 Why I Read This Book: I haven’t read a debut novel in quite some time. I was overdue. When I read the blurb and saw that the heroine wasn’t a squeaky-clean good girl, I was intrigued. A little variety is a good thing, so I agreed to join the […]

Book Review: The Wrong Girl

. Author: Hank Phillippi Ryan Publisher: Forge Books, 2013 Format: Audiobook Narrated by Ilyana Kadushin Awards: 2013 Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel Do you like reading the books that win awards? If so, you’ll like reading this author. Hank Phillippi Ryan seems to have the award people watching her. She won an Emmy for […]

Book Review: Their Eyes Were Watching

The purpose of a More Diverse Universe Challenge is to draw attention to authors of color. For my first book in the 2015 challenge I’d like to highlight a woman from the Harlem Renaissance era: Zora Neale Hurston Born in Alabama in 1891, Ms. Hurston attended Howard University where she was one of the founders […]