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Book Review: The Widow’s Son

. Author: Thomas Shawver Publisher: Alibi July 2015 Genre: Mystery My Reason For Reading This Book: I read the first two books in the series and enjoyed them. I like the main character, Michael Bevan. He’s very flawed which makes him seem more realistic. Michael always wants to take a short-cut to success, so he’s […]

Two “English” Books: English Creek and The English Girl

Two of the books I read this past month have the word “English” in their titles. English was also important within the stories. In English Creek by Ivan Doig (Scribner 2005), it’s all about a whole forestry division in northeastern Montana during the 1930s. Fourteen-year-old Jick McCaskill’s father was a Forest Ranger responsible for this […]

Book Review: That Chesapeake Summer by Mariah Stewart

This is the sixth year in a row Mariah Stewart has given us a touching summer romance set in the small town of St. Denis. Thanks to her previous nine novels, I already know most of the prominent citizens. I always enjoy touching base with those people and then meeting a new two-some. In That […]

A Legal Thriller: Reasonable Fear: A Joe Dillard Novel

This year I discovered this Joe Dillard series, legal thrillers by Scott Pratt. After four books, I have to say I’m truly enjoying them. What I enjoy the most is seeing legal problems from a wide variety of viewpoints. Joe is an attorney in Northeastern Tennessee. He used to be a defense attorney, but then […]

A Summer Reading Classic: Coming Home by Rosamund Pilcher

For years my summer reading always included a novel by Rosamunde Pilcher. Her character-rich stories always took me off to the English countryside to meet interesting people who would soon become my friends. Now that the author is no longer writing, I decided to go back and re-read one of my favorites. Coming Home is […]

Book Review: The Graveyard Book

. Author: Neil Gaiman Publisher: HarperCollins, 2008 Genre: Children/Middlegrade Format: Audiobook Narrated by the author Awards: Newberry Medel Winner 2009 I’m on a course to read all of the Newberry Medal winners that I missed over the last couple of busy decades. I must tell you that I put off reading this book earlier because, when […]

Book Tour: The Case of the Invisible Dog

. Author: Diane Stingley Publisher: Alibi 2015 Genre: Cozy Mystery In the start of a charmingly imaginative cozy series sure to delight fans of Carolyn Hart and Diane Mott Davidson, Diane Stingley introduces a blundering detective who believes herself to be the great-great-granddaughter of the legendary Sherlock Holmes. After failing to launch her career as […]

Book Review: The Rhyme of the Magpies

Author: Marty Wingate Publisher: Alibi, June 2, 2015 Genre: Cozy Mystery / Series: Bird of a Feather Mystery Today its my turn to host Marty Wingate on her TLC Book Tour. Her latest book, The Rhyme of the Magpie, is the first book in a new series. Let’s start with a description of the story: […]

A Golden Age Mystery: The Sussex Downs Murder by John Bude

Originally Published in 1936, Re-published by Poisoned Pen Press in 2015 There isn’t much I enjoy more than reading mysteries written during the Golden Age of Mystery, the time period between the two world wars. It’s the reason I’m so obsessed with Agatha Christie’s books. This time period is a less harried time, the plots […]

Book Review: Let Me Die In His Footsteps by Lori Roy

Publisher: Dutton, June 2, 2015 This novel is already creating a lot of buzz and I’m honored to be one of the stops on it’s TLC Book Tour. The buzz is well deserved as it truly is one of those books that makes you just keep turning the pages. Here’s what its all about: Annie […]