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Book Review: Thursday at Noon: A Mideast Political Thriller

Author: William F. Brown   –   Narrator: Eddie Frierson I want to start off by gushing and saying OMG, Thursday at Noon is AMAZING!! I won’t do that because, well, I am a mature woman and gushing is unseemly behavior. So I will simply tell you that I thought this book was a REALLY great […]

Agatha: Easy To Kill or Murder Is Easy

As you know, I’ve been working my way through all of Agatha Christie’s novels in publication order. After reading her first thirty-seven books, I was getting a little tired of Hercule Poirot. I have a hunch Agatha (after thirty-eight books we are on a first name basis) was feeling the same way. I say that […]

Book Review: Blue Heaven by C.J. Box

Minotaur Books 2008 I just discovered C.J. Box’ books last year. This is already my third book. I really love the action, characters and the storylines. Best of all, they are set in the part of the U.S. that I love – the West, primarily Wyoming. So far, this one is my favorite, even though […]

Book Review: The Accident by Chris Pavone

Crown Publishing, March 11, 2014 I was really excited to be included in the TLC Book Tour for this new Chris Pavone book. And then, when I learned the plot revolved around the publishing industry, I was really over the moon. The author worked for over twenty years in publishing so I knew he would […]

Book Review: Moving Target by J.A. Jance

Publisher: Simon & Schustee, Feb. 18, 2014 Fellow bloggers, particularly Barbara at Views From the Countryside, have been singing the praises of J.A. Jance. They love her mysteries, especially those in series format. I promised myself I would read one in 2014. Then I learned that Ms. Jance was about to publish her 50th novel. […]

Book Review: Shock Wave by John Sandford

Putnam – 2011 Virgil Flowers is my favorite character from all of John Sandford’s long line of character-rich novels. Lucas Davenport is good, but Virgil is just plain fun. In Shock Wave Virgil’s assignment is to figure out who is building and setting off bombs. Pye-Mart (think WalMart) is a new big-box store coming to […]

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 […]