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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. […]

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: 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 […]

Book and TV Review: Walt Longmire is Back

The first time I read this book, I devoured it. I loved the setting and the main character, Sheriff Walt Longmire. I was excited when TNT picked up Craig Johnson’s novels and made them into a TV series called Longmire. So far, the TV series has kept close to the original books as far as […]

Newberry Award Winner 2012: Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

This week is National Children’s Book Week. I’m happy to share the word and throw a little light on a group of books that has given me so many pleasurable reading hours. I didn’t leave those books behind when I became an adult. I find many of them to be among the most entertaining books […]

Book Review: Delicious!

Author: Ruth Reichl Publisher: Random House, May 6, 2014 Genre: Literary/Food Fiction Source: The publisher via TLC Book Tours I’ve been anticipating this book for a long time. I knew I would love it before I even had it in my hands. There was, however, one question: after decades of nonfiction writing, could the author […]