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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 […]

Book Review: Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel

Author: Lee Child Publisher: Delecorte Press, September 2014 Genre: Crime Fiction/Series A long time ago I read a couple of books in the Jack Reacher series. I really liked them, but for some reason, I stopped reading them. Now my husband and son are reading them, starting back at the beginning. When I saw that […]

THE AMERICAN WAY OF EATING

. Subtitle: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table Author: Tracie McMillan Publisher: Scribner 2012 It’s that time of year when we think a lot about special food. Most of us will eat well at our holiday dinners. Unfortunately, there are many more in our country who struggle to eat healthy on […]

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 […]