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reviewed Flowers At Midnight a book. September 07, 2012
Flowers At Midnight a book
This is the perfect book to fill in a lot of time when you are idle. Bella and Martin a pair of lovers are hired by Mona to get incrimating evidence on a Government Official (Alex) who is in line to be …
reviewed The Last Refuge. June 11, 2012
The Last Refuge
I was approached by the author of this book to provide a review and it is one time that I am glad I accepted. The book is very appropos to today's events in Iran and what might happen as they seek …
reviewed Defending Jacob a Novel. February 01, 2012
Defending Jacob a Novel
William Landay knocked my socks off with this thriller that grabbed me from the first page and didn't let go until the last sentence.  The book shows how the judgment of the most professional …
reviewed Need You Now a book. January 02, 2012
Need You Now a book
The usually dependable Grippando goes off course with this one and tries to cram too many ideas into one story (Maddoff, witness protection, government plots, corporate intrigue, computer hackers, terrorists, …
reviewed 11/22/63: A Novel. December 16, 2011
11/22/63 a book by Stephen King
Ever since King's early work (The Stand, Misery, The Shining) he seems to have been just a prolific writer of mediocracy.  This book is his big comeback!  In probably the best book of have …
reviewed You're Next. November 27, 2011
You're Next
This story sucks the reader in from the start and grips you most of the way. Mike Wingate was abandoned by his father and left in a schoolyard when he was four. Mike was in such shock of being left there …
reviewed Act of deceit. September 15, 2011
Act of deceit
This story had all the elements of a good tale. It had a catchy beginning; a former detective needs to track down the sister of a friend who recently died, even though it is an uncomfortable situation …
reviewed The Accident. August 17, 2011
The Accident
This was an excellent thriller/mystery until about the last 75 pages then it morphed into something that could have been the plot of Desperate Housewives. The story opens with two women looking for "knock-off" …
reviewed Cafe Libri. August 10, 2011
Cafe Libri
As reading is my number 1 passion it would make sense that a community with members that share similar interests would be my favorite one!  Adrianna has done a marvelous job keeping this community …
Machine Man(Vintage Contemporaries Original)
Max Barry is the master of the fun corporate farce! All his prior books were fun reads (Syrup, Company) and this one is no exception. Charles Neumann is a robotics type engineer who accidently loses one …
reviewed One Dog Night. July 30, 2011
One Dog Night
This book has all the elements that make Andy Carpenter such an enjoyable character. In this one he is asked to defend Noah Galloway, who is accused of having set a fire several years back that killed …
reviewed Black Swan (novel). July 25, 2011
Black Swan
I picked this book up based on it having nothing but good reviews on Amazon and was greatly disappointed. Sam Acquillo and girlfriend Amanda Anselma are forced to dock their boat in a "snobbish" …
reviewed A Cure to Die For. July 19, 2011
I was lucky to receive a reviewer copy of this book directly from the author. It has a good premise. Alex gets a call from his friend Maury to come to Montana. When he arrives he finds out that his friend …
reviewed The Genesis Key. July 11, 2011
The Genesis Key
This was an extremely interesting scientific thriller for the first two hundred pages or so. Kathleen Sainsbury's parents were archeologists in Iraq excavating an ancient temple during the late 1970's. …
Pacific Heights: A Novel
Fane is a private investigator who is hired by Vera, a psychologist to determine who has been stealing her customer records and what they are doing with them. It seems that two of her clients (Elise and …
reviewed Shut Your Eyes Tight. June 14, 2011
Shut Your Eyes Tight a book by John Verdon
This is an excellent follow-up to Think of a Number. David Gurney is once again pulled out of retirement to help the police solve a mystery of a butchered bride. Gurney is hired by the bride's mother …
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an
Larson again brings his special talent for writing an historical account that reads like a novel. Bill Dodd, historian was picked by FDR to fill a position that nobody wanted. That is, become the US ambassador …
reviewed The King's Speech. April 23, 2011
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The King's Speech
I was not familar with the story of George VI until I saw this amazing film. Apparently George had a terrible stuttering problem until one day his wife took him to the home of a commoner in the basement …
On Borrowed Time: A Mystery by David Rosenfelt
The book begins like a Twilight Zone episode (Think Richard Long as David Guerny, whom nobody could remember existing). Richard Kilmer is in love with a woman (Jen) and while staying with her at her parent's …
The Corruptible: A Novel (A Ray Quinn Mystery)
Ray Quinn is an ex-detective who has moved into the Private Investigator field. A felon's bullet had shattered Ray's pelvis thus ending his police career. He is hired by a sleezy businessman (Armon …
reviewed The Fifth Witness. March 25, 2011
The Fifth Witness
This engaging courtroom thriller is by far Mr. Connelly’s best Lincoln Lawyer tale to date! This time Mickey Haller has jumped on the foreclosure bandwagon and is servicing clients who are about …
reviewed Bad Things Happen. January 03, 2011
Bad Things Happen
David Loogan is a mysterious sort hiding a past. He recently moved to Ann Arbor and works on a novel in his spare time. As each revision is finished he takes a printed copy to a publishing house (Grey …
reviewed The Hole (book). December 24, 2010
The Hole (book)
This book is a modern day fable written by a psychologist to teach the reader the importance of being one with yourself and not needing the acceptance of others to lead the life you enjoy. Dirk and Dawn …
Frankenstein's Monster: A Novel
O'Keefe just an excellent job of capturing Mary Shelley's actual style in this sequel that you might be hard pressed to realize it is a different author. The book begins at the end of the original …
reviewed The Reversal (book). September 11, 2010
The Reversal (Book)
Mickey Haller is asked by the District Attorney's Office to cross the aisle and be the prosecutor in the retrial of Jason Jessup. Through use of DNA testing a key piece of evidence from the 1986 trial …
reviewed The Ark: A Novel. August 19, 2010
The Ark: A Novel
This is an excellent action thriller that has a "grab you" beginning where an archeologist has located the legendary "Ark" and lays dying before he can actually see it. With his last …
reviewed The Eyes of the Dragon. August 10, 2010
The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King
One of Kings better fantasy books!  Kind of patterned after the classic tale The Man in the Iron Mask, the true king is imprisoned in a tower (falsely accussed of murdering his father) and his brother …
The Bastard (The Kent Family Chronicles Book 1)
I picked up this book at a garage sale and made the mistake of buying this book and then reading it.  It was a mistake because this book is so good and addictive that I had to find the succeeding …
reviewed Fever 1793. July 02, 2010
Fever 1793
Interesting tale told by Mattie Cooke, a teenager living in 1793 Philadelphia. It is an era I did not know anything about. I had heard about Yellow fever hitting tropical places but was not aware that …
reviewed The Scarecrow. July 02, 2010
The Scarecrow
Connelly delivers again with one of his early characters (Jack McEvoy) now paired with Rachel Walling who we last saw with Harry Bosch. McEvoy is told he is being let go from the his paper and has two …
reviewed Lucy (book). July 01, 2010
Lucy (book)
Jenny is a scientist working in a remote part of Africa. She goes to visit a collegue who experimented with bonobo apes. She finds that he was murdered by raiders and that there is a young girl still …
Money to Burn: A Novel of Suspense
I was hooked on this book from the start all the way to the finish. Michael Cantella is on a cruise vacation with Ivy and they impulsively marry on the cruise. They decide to leave the cruise to go sailing …
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
When we last saw Lisbeth Salander, she was shot in the head and rescued from sure death by Mikael Blomkvist.  As this book opens, Salander is saved through emergency surgery to convalesce under armed …
Fever Dream (a Pendergast book)
   After the awful Cemetary Dance, Special Agent Pendargast successfully returns.  Through a chance gun cleaning, Pendergast realizes that his wife's supposed accidental death was …
The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death: A
I enjoyed the first hundred pages or so of this book and then the writing style just got too unmanageable for me to enjoy the rest of the book.  Web is a deadbeat roommate who is told by his roommate …
Down To The Wire (Book)
   What makes this thriller so frightening is that based on today's social and political climate, something like this could happen. Chris Turley is a reporter for a Bergen, NJ newspaper. His …
reviewed Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend. March 26, 2010
Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend
   As a true baseball fan and a child of the 60's I loved this book packed with such intricate detail and Willie expressions.  The reader gets a great understanding as to Willie the man …
Killing Mr. Griffin a novel by Lois Duncan
This is a scary novel in light of Columbine and other tragedies.  A university teacher, tired of the poor students he is receiving, decides that the only way to make a difference is to try to mold …
When Money Was In Fashion: Henry Goldman, Goldman
Written by Henry Goldman's granddaughter, this well researched tale does an excellent job of explaining the early days of Wall Street and how the Goldmans and the Sachs got together to form the most powerful …
reviewed Mystic River. December 18, 2009
Mystic River
The book presents us with three intriguing friends. Sean, Jimmy and Dave. Sean is the one with everything. Jimmy is the rough one and Dave is the "wierd" one who tags along with Jimmy and Sean. …
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