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Book Review: The American Heiress

. Author: Daisy Goodwin Publisher: St. Martins Press, 2011 Genre: Fiction Set around the turn of the twentieth century, the American heiress in this novel is Cora Nash, the daughter of an extremely wealthy, industrialist father and a social climbing mother. The strongest influence on Cora is her obsessive mother. In today’s world the mother […]

Book Review: A Week in Winter

. Author: Maeve Binchy Publisher: Orion, 2012 Genre: Fiction Format: Audiobook, Narrated by Rosalyn Landor I feel as if I’ve just had a week’s vacation in Ireland. I spent a week listening to the lilting voice of Rosalyn Landor as she read Maeve Binchy’s last novel. I swear I saw the craggy landscape and smelled […]

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: I’ll Give You the Sun

Author: Jandy Nelson Publisher: Dial/Penguin/Brialliance Audio, September 2014 Genre: Young Adult Literature Format: Audiobook Narrated by Julia Whelan and Jesse Bernstein As the story opens, twins Jude and Noah are 13. They’ve always been competitive with each other, but now that the teen years are upon them, it seems to be ratcheted up a couple […]

Book Review: Reconstructing Amelia

Author: Kimberly McCreight Publisher: Harper 2013 Genre: Literature/Women’s Fiction Format: Audiobook Narrated by Khristine Hvam Kate is a junior partner in a big New York law firm. She is always under a lot of pressure and feels she must work long, long hours. Kate is also a single mom to Amelia, a smart, level-headed teenager. […]

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: The Valley of Amazement

Author: Amy Tan Publisher: Ecco, November, 2013 Avid readers usually say they love to read because it takes them to places they’d never go in person. That is so true of The Valley of Amazement – at least for this avid reader. The story centers around a high-class courtesan house in Shanghai back in the […]

Book Review: All That Glitters

Publisher: Alibi, 2015 A couple of months ago I read The Yankee Club (my review). It was set in New York city in the 1930s. Jake Donovan, a former detective, now a mystery writer, investigated the death of a good friend. While investigating he uncovered a conspiracy to overthrow FDR’s new government. Now in All […]

Book Review: Four Mystery/Romances from Lisa Jackson

A few weeks ago Audible had this great sale on audiobooks and I grabbed quite a few. I’ve been wanting to read some of Lisa Jackson’s mystery novels. To tell you the truth, I just grabbed the first two in a series of four without even checking out the plot. I know, kind of a […]