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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 […]

Book Review: The Long Way Home by Louise Penny

One of the top reasons I love Louise Penney’s books is the quality of her continuing characters. Armand Gamache, the main character, is for me, the rock at the center. The supporting characters, circle around Gamache as they play various roles in the drama. The other top reason I love these books is that each […]

Book Review: The Buddha In the Attic by Julie Otsuka

Publisher: Anchor Picture brides, in The Buddha in the Attic, refers to Japanese girls and women who sent their pictures to Japanese men living in California. The men sent letters to the females offering marriage and life in America. Very few of the accompanying stories about themselves were true. They weren’t bankers or lawyers or […]

Book Review: Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

Author: Rebecca Wells Publisher: Harper, 1998 I’ve just spent nearly 15 hours with a group of female friends who live in central Louisiana. It wasn’t actually a physical visit. It was a mental and emotional visit via my iPod, but it felt so real that you can’t tell me those people aren’t still alive. Vivi, […]

Book Review: One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson

Publisher: Anchor, October 2013 Prior to reading this book I could recall a couple of things I might associate with the late 1920s. My mom was born in 1920 and she talked a lot about her childhood, so I thought I knew the important stuff. But, once I started in on One Summer: America, 1927, […]

Book Review: Left Turn at Paradise: A Rare Books Mystery by Thomas Shawver

Publisher: Alibi/Random House, August 26, 2014 All it took was for me to read the first sentence of the book’s description and I said, “I want to read this one!” Read it and see what you think: Michael Bevan is barely scraping by with his used bookstore and rare book collection when he discovers a […]

Book Review: Rooted In Love: An Amish Garden Novella

Beth Wiseman Published by Thomas Nelson, June 2014 Every once in a while I like reading a good Christian Romance. Back in 2009 I read Beth Wiseman’s debut novel, Plain Perfect. It was a well written, thoughtful Amish story, but I lost track of her writing in the intervening years. When I saw her latest […]