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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 […]

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: Gray Mountain

 . Author: John Grisham Publisher: Doubleday, October 2014 Genre: Legal Thriller Gray Mountain is a fictional mountain in the Appalachian Mountains. It was one of those mountains that had it’s entire top cut off so coal could be extracted easier than mining for it. This practice has ruined not only the beauty of this part […]

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: 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 […]

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 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. […]