Book Review: The Cuckoo’s Calling

Author: Robert Galbraith (Pen name of J.K. Rowling) Publisher: Mulholland Books 2013 Format: Audibook narrated by Robert Glenister Why I Read This Book: It was a book club selection, but I told myself I’d read only the first chapter. I really didn’t want to read it as I’m not a Harry Potter fan. Although the […]

Book Review: That Chesapeake Summer by Mariah Stewart

This is the sixth year in a row Mariah Stewart has given us a touching summer romance set in the small town of St. Denis. Thanks to her previous nine novels, I already know most of the prominent citizens. I always enjoy touching base with those people and then meeting a new two-some. In That […]

A Summer Reading Classic: Coming Home by Rosamund Pilcher

For years my summer reading always included a novel by Rosamunde Pilcher. Her character-rich stories always took me off to the English countryside to meet interesting people who would soon become my friends. Now that the author is no longer writing, I decided to go back and re-read one of my favorites. Coming Home is […]

A Golden Age Mystery: The Sussex Downs Murder by John Bude

Originally Published in 1936, Re-published by Poisoned Pen Press in 2015 There isn’t much I enjoy more than reading mysteries written during the Golden Age of Mystery, the time period between the two world wars. It’s the reason I’m so obsessed with Agatha Christie’s books. This time period is a less harried time, the plots […]

Book Review: Madame President

Author: Nicolle Wallace Publisher: Atria Books, April 28, 2015 Genre: Literary Fiction Nicolle Wallace is one of the co-hosts on TV’s The View. Ms. Wallace has also been a communications director for George W. Bush and an advisor to Sarah Pallin when she was running for the vice-presidency. Obviously, Ms. Wallace knows a bit about […]

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 […]