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Book Review: A Murder in Retrospect or The Five Little Pigs

. Author: Agatha Christie Publisher: Dodd, Mead and Companuy, 1942 The Five Little Pigs was first published with the title of Murder In Retrospect. This title is, in my opinion, a better description of the story. A young woman, Carla, asks Herculee Poirot to investigate the murder of her father, an event that happened fourteen […]

Book Review: The White Princess by Philippa Gregory

Publisher: Simon and Schuster, August 2013 There is a whole army of readers who live for these historical-English-monarchy-style books. I’m not one of them. I don’t know why, I guess I just never got started. But, thanks to my book club friends, I can now say I have read one – The White Princess. I’m […]

Book Review: Dangerous Denial by Amy Ray

Publisher: Barking Rain Press April, 2014 Denying the past proves deadly for BK Hartshaw and Trevor Mayhew in this gripping noir novel where nothing is as it seems. BK is a rising star at a public relations firm, and tonight’s charity ball should be a high point in her career. But a closely guarded secret […]

Book Review: The Goldfinch

Author: Donna Tartt Publisher: Little, Brown and Company, October 2013 Awards: Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (2014) Format: E-reader (Kindle) and Audiobook (Narrated by David Pittu) I’ll tell you right off the bat, I had trouble reading this book. Nearly everyone I know (online and off) told me I should read this book. So, of course, […]

Book Review: The Whole Enchilada

Author: Diane Mott Davidson Publisher: William Morrow 2013 I began reading Diane Mott Davidson’s culinary mysteries way back in the early 1990s when a culinary mystery was quite unique. It was pure fun to see Goldy bumble her way through her growing catering business while at the same time solving the mysteries of murdered bodies […]

Book Review: One Minus One

  Author: Ruth Doan MacDougal Publisher: Putnam, 1971 Format: Audiobook, Read by Amy McFadden (5hours, 34 minutes) One Minus One was a dip into the nostalgia pool. Back in the old days, magazines such as GoodHouekeeping, Redbook and Ladies Home Journal would run whole novels in the back of their magazines. I thought most of […]

Book Review: The Competition

  Author: Marcia Clark Publisher: Mulholland  July 2014 Genre: Crime Novel The Competition is Marcia Clark’s fourth novel in the Rachel Knight series. Fourth? Back in 2011 I read her first foray into the world of fiction, Guilt By Association. I liked it and told myself to watch for her next one. Well, while I […]

Book Review: The Collector

Author: Nora Roberts Publisher: Putnam 2014 Genre: Romantic Suspence Lila Emerson is an interesting and likable young woman. For one thing, she loves people. Within minutes of meeting a person they will find themselves telling Lila all about themselves. Lila isn’t nosey, she has a strong sense of curiosity. She really likes and understands people. […]

Book Review: The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly

Publisher: Little Brown and Co. 2008 I am a Michael Connelly fan, especially his Michael Haller/Lincoln Lawyer novels. I discovered there was one I missed — The Brass Verdict. This is the second book in the series, right after The Lincoln Lawyer. In this story Mickey has just “inherited” the entire caseload of an old […]

Book Review: Looking For Salvation At the Dairy Queen

Author: Susan Gregg Gilmore Publisher: Shaye Areheart Books, 2008 Genre: Southern Literary Fiction Format: Audiobook, Read by Tavia Gilbert From the time she was a child, Catherine Grace Cline’s main goal in life was to get out of Ringgold, Georgia. It’s not that her life was horrible. It wasn’t. There was just something inside Catherine […]