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Book Review: The Girl With a Clock For a Heart by Peter Swanson

William Morrow – February 2014 Book Desription from the publisher: An atmospheric tale of romantic noir with shades of Hitchcock about a man who is swept into a vortex of irresistible passion and murder when an old love mysteriously reappears George Foss, a forty-year-old employee of a Boston literary magazine, has passed the age when […]

Book Review: Storm Front by John Sandford

Putnam 2013 In the last couple of years, every time my husband and I have taken a road trip, we’ve done so with John Sandford. He’s one of the authors we both like and the audiobook’s narrator seems like an old friend. This past month we drove to and from Portland, a twelve-hour drive one […]

Book Review: How the Light Gets In

Author: Louise Penny Publisher: Minotaur Books, August 2013 Genre: Mystery Source: Public Library Format: Audiobook, Read by Ralph Cosham My Rating: A+ I’ve been reading Louise Penny’s series of mysteries two years ago when several fellow book bloggers recommended her to me. They are wonderful mysteries – well plotted and beautifully written. As you may […]

Book Review: The Stranger You Know

Author: Andrea Kane Publisher: Harlequin MIRA, September, 2013 Genre: Thriller Source: Publisher via TLC Book Tours My Rating: C+ Casey Woods is the president of an organization specializing in private investigations. She created Forensic Instincts (FI) ten years ago when her best friend’s murder was never solved. Her latest client wants FI to locate his […]

Book Review: Elephants Can Remember

Author: Agatha Christie Publisher: Collins Crime Club, November 1972 Genre: Mystery Source: Public Library Format: Audiobook, Read by John Moffatt My Rating: B Ariadne Oliver is one of Agatha Christie’s characters that she slips into her novels occasionally. I have liked every one of her appearances. In this one she had the lead. Hercule Poirot […]

Book Review: The Beautiful Mystery

Author: Louise Penny Publisher: Minotaur Books, 2012 Genre: Mystery Source: Public Library Format: Audiobook, Read by Ralph Cosham My Rating: A- This is Book #8 in the Inspector Gamache series. I have been so faithful to this series because I’ve loved every single book. Number 8, however is different. I know your eyes just went […]

Book Review: Lowcountry Bombshell

Author: Susan Boyer Publisher: Henery Press, September 3, 2013 Genre:; Cozy Mystery Source: The publisher via TLC Book Tours My rating: A I was pleased to be included in the book tour for this new mystery series. I’ve read lots of praise for the author and her first novel, Lowcountry Boil. A mystery can’t get […]

Book Review: Bad Blood

Author: John Sandford Publisher: Berkley, 2011 Genre: Crime/Mystery My Rating: B+ Last week my husband and I drove to the High Sierras to camp. It was about a five hour drive one way. Half of the trip was interstate/boring highways, so I took along this audiobook I’d just picked up from the library. It was […]

Agatha: Sad Cypress

Publisher: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1940 Genre: Mystery Source: Library My Rating: B I’m sure many of you have been wondering if I had given up on my quest to read all of Agatha Christie’s 87 novels. The answer is no – I haven’t given up, but my progress has stalled. I think I just […]

Book Review: Trick of the Light

Author: Louise Penny Publisher: Minotaur Books, 2011 Genre: Myatery Source: Library My Rating: A I know I said this the last time I reviewed book six in Louise Penny’s mystery series, but I can’t help it. Each book just gets better and better. This is the seventh book in the series and I found all […]