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My Brilliant Son’s Brilliant Book: The Resilient Investor: A Plan for Your Life, Not Just Your Money

I have found it hard to be objective when talking about my children. As much as I try, I can’t help but see them as good-looking, socially well-adjusted, brilliant, and so on. And now, here I am with a copy of my son’s recently published book, and I’m trying to write an objective review. Again […]

Book Review: The View From Here

. Author: Cindy Myers Publisher: Kensington, 2012 Genre: Literary Fiction Maggie was a recently divorced woman living in Houston. The divorce was not Maggie’s idea, but her ex-husband was such a jerk that I think she should be off somewhere rejoicing. But instead, as often happens with some women, Maggie felt that, somehow, she had […]

The Latest Look at Harry Bosch

. I like whatever Michael Connelly writes. I’m particularly fond of his Lincoln Lawyer series, but I also enjoy the Harry Bosch series. The Burning Room is the 19th book in the series. You would think the author would run out plot ideas by now, but you would be wrong. Harry has been working cold […]

Book Review: The Godforsaken Daughter

Author: Christina McKenna Publisher: Lake Union Publishing, March 17, 2015 Genre: Literary Fiction I agreed to read and participate in the TLC Book Tour for this book as I was reading Maeve Binchy’s A Week In Winter. I loved the whole feel of Ireland and the rural Irish people I met in that novel. I […]

Book Review: Kill Shot by Nicole Christoff

Published by Alibi, March 17, 2015 Jamie Sinclair is 38, single, the owner of her own security firm, and the daughter of a very powerful senator. The senator is not the best of fathers but, when he asks her to do him a favor, she just says yes. What the senator wants is for Jamie […]

Agatha Christie: The Moving Finger

In the small village of Lymstock someone is writing very nasty poisoned pen letters. Nearly everyone has received one. As you can imagine, the whole village is gossiping about it. The person who gets the letter says there is no truth in the letter, but everyone says “where there is smoke, there is fire.” Naturally, […]

A Tour Book: A Dangerous Placed

Author: Jacqueline Winspear Publisher: Harpers, March 17, 2015 Genre: Historical Mystery I’m not sure why I have never read any of the books in the Maisie Dobbs series before, but here I am with the eleventh book. Several of my reading friends have told me I really should give the books a try. I know […]

Two Books Featuring a Joe

This week I indulged myself by listening to two audiobooks I picked up at the library. They were both thrillers which is good escapism for me. So as not to feel too guilty about my indulgence, I managed to clean out some dresser drawers and a few shelves while I listened. (Goodwill and the library […]

2015 Award Winner: The Crossover

Author: Kwame Alexander Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014 Genre: Middle Grade Fiction (Ages 9 to 12) Award: Newbery Medal Winner for 2015 Twelve-year-old twins Josh and J.B. not only love the game of basketball, they’re very good players. They come by it naturally as their father was a championship-level, professional player. Dad and mom, a […]

Book Review: Night Is the Hunter

Author: Stephen Gore Publisher: William Morrow 2015 Genre: Crime Fiction Harlan Donnally is a former San Francisco homicide detective, now living in northern California in a small town near beautiful Mount Shasta. An old friend, Judge Ray McMullen has come to see him so he can fish — or so he says. Harlan knows the […]