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reviewed The Lincoln Lawyer. August 22, 2011
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The Lincoln Lawyer
Matthew McConaughey proves he's not just a pretty face in The Lincoln Lawyer. It's difficult to translate books to the silver screen, and this is no exception. Based upon the novel by John Connelly, …
The School of Night: A Novel
Disgraced Elizabethan scholar Henry Cavendish first learned about The School of Night from his close friend Alonzo Wax. In the 1600's, a group of English freethinkers, among them Christopher Marlowe, …
reviewed Proof Positive. June 05, 2011
Proof Positive
The handling - and mishandling - of forensic evidence take center stage in Proof Positive. Evidence tampering, wrongful convictions and executions, and flagrant cover-ups converge to destroy lives, and …
Witches on the Road Tonight
The oddly titled Witches on the Road Tonight opens with an accident. Tucker Hayes is working on a WPA project, collecting information for travelers in the Appalachian Mountains, when 8 year old Eddie …
reviewed I Can See You. May 30, 2011
I Can See You
Eve Wilson, a victim of a vicious assault that left her scarred for life, literally and figuratively, is now a grad student in psychology. She's based her dissertation on a study of participants in …
Death of a Valentine (Hamish Macbeth Mysteries)
The most legendary bachelor in the Highlands, Sgt. Hamish Macbeth, has at long last consented to be led to the altar. The lucky lassie? Policewoman Josie McSween, Hamish's new assistant. She's …
Death of a Bore (Hamish Macbeth Mysteries, No. 21)
M.C. Beaton's Hamish Macbeth series is as cosy as they come. Hamish is the constable in the small highland village of Lochdubh, and, while he's a good enough cop to warrant offers of promotion, …
Victory at Yorktown: The Campaign That Won the Revolution
Richard Ketchum certainly knows the War for Independence, having authored well-received books on Bunker Hill, Saratoga, New York, and Trenton. In Victory at Yorktown, he offers a detailed, well researched, …
reviewed Bent Road. May 20, 2011
Bent Road
Arthur Scott left rural Kansas for the big city shortly after the death of his sister Eve. Now husband to Celia and father of three, he decides that Detroit holds too many dangers for his children, and …
The Six Sacred Stones
The plot is simple. Not deceptively simple. Just simple.  A team of highly skilled people, who have given themselves names like Scimitar and Wizard, must garner all their high tech resources and …
reviewed The Fallen Angel. May 14, 2011
The Fallen Angel
As a teen, Rome detective Nic Costa was fascinated with the sensational story of Beatrice Cenci, a young woman who in the 16th century was executed for killing her abusive father. Now Nic, on "stay-cation" …
reviewed Killer Smile. May 14, 2011
Killer Smile
The focus is on Atty. Mary diNunzio in Ms. Scottoline's ninth novel featuring the all-woman law group, Rosato & Associates. Mary takes on a pro-bono case at the request of family friends, that …
reviewed The Wordy Shipmates. May 13, 2011
The Wordy Shipmates
Sarah Vowell is a popular commentator on PBS's "This American Life". A self-proclaimed history geek, she's known for her essays, in which she examines and draws witty, often acerbic …
reviewed Taken (2008). May 12, 2011
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Taken
Parents, if you're tempted to allow your teenagers to travel on their own to Europe, watch Taken before you decide. Today's Europe is a far cry from the romantic picture that many Americans still …
Manassas (The Civil War Battle Series, Book 1)
Manassas is the introductory volume of an 8 part Civil War series, built around the Brannon family of Culpeper, VA. Their scion died several years earlier, leaving Will, the eldest of 4 brothers and a …
reviewed One Step Behind. May 10, 2011
One Step Behind
Three apparently unrelated crimes keep Wallander and his team frantically on their toes throughout the entirety of One Step Behind. Kurt is operating at far less than 100%, because a couple of decades …
reviewed Betrayal. May 07, 2011
Betrayal
Second Lieutenant Evan Scholler has been called up for duty in Iraq, and a more naive individual with less common sense you'd be hard pressed to find. That he is way out of his league is instantly …
The Fifth Woman: A Kurt Wallander Mystery
Chief Inspector Kurt Wallender is moody by nature, but as The Fifth Woman opens, he's feeling pretty positive. Kurt's elderly father has always wanted to see Rome, and Kurt agreed to …
reviewed The Queen's Sister. April 28, 2011
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The Queen's Sister
Decades before Diana, Britain's royal family had another "people's princess", Queen Elizabeth's sister Margaret. When Elizabeth ascended to the throne upon her father's death, …
reviewed Port Mortuary. April 23, 2011
It's often said that a good novel should be shown, not told, and that's the main problem with Port Mortuary. The first person narration by Kay Scarpetta turns what should have been a compelling …
reviewed Oskaloosa Moon. April 23, 2011
Oskaloosa Moon
Moon has a regular name, but no one remembers what it is. He came by his nickname when a mean spirited classmate laughed at him, saying his facial deformity caused his head to look just like a half moon. …
reviewed Dead Irish. April 20, 2011
Dead Irish
Dead Irish is the introduction, published in 1989, to the now popular Dismas Hardy/Abe Glitsky series. Diz is down and out, holding things together by tending bar, drinking, and perfecting his darts game. …
reviewed Antietam. April 18, 2011
Antietam
The 2nd year of the Civil War serves as the setting for the story of the Brannon brothers, Will and Mac, fighting for the Confederacy in the Army of Northern Virginia. Right off the bat, it needs to be …
reviewed Ball of Fire. April 17, 2011
Ball of Fire
Barbara Stanwyck struts her stuff and steals the show in Ball of Fire. Born Ruby Stevens in Brooklyn, she was right at home in the role of sexy New York nightclub performer Sugarpuss O'Shea. Unaware …
reviewed The Peach Keeper. April 17, 2011
The Peach Keeper
Among all their high school contemporaries, only Willa Jackson and Paxton Osgood still live in their small hometown, Walls of Water, North Carolina. Willa, nicknamed "The Joker" for the pranks …
reviewed Love You More: A Novel. April 14, 2011
Love You More: A Novel
Two Boston policewomen, Sgt. D.D. Warren of the Boston police department, and Massachusetts State Trooper Tessa Leone, go head to head on a case involving the murder of Tessa's husband, Brian, and …
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel (Random
In the tradition of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, or the film Last Chance Harvey, Helen Simonson tells the story of Major (ret.) Ernest Pettigrew, a fine old English gentleman doing his best not to fade …
reviewed Year of Disunion. April 11, 2011
Year of Disunion
Year of Disunion opens with preparations for the first battle at Bull Run, but it is told less from the military perspective than from the point of a view of an extended family from Vermont. Sisters Roxana …
reviewed Say Goodbye. April 09, 2011
Say Goodbye
Special agent Kimberley Quincy is five months pregnant, and struggling with the question of whether she can or should continue her work with the FBI. She doesn't want to quit, but her husband feels …
reviewed The Pied Piper. April 07, 2011
The Pied Piper
A serial kidnapper, dubbed the Pied Piper because of the tin whistle he leaves as his signature, has been snatching young children to sell them on the adoption black market. Lou Boldt, now a lieutenant, …
reviewed The Reapers. April 05, 2011
The Reapers
The Reapers, though part of the Charlie Parker series, isn’t really about Charlie. Instead, it’s Louis’s tale. Louis and his partner, in all senses of the word, Angel, are highly skilled …
reviewed Stardust (2007 film). April 05, 2011
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Stardust (Widescreen Edition) (2007)
Let me start by stating that if you watch Stardust the movie hoping that it achieves the aura of Stardust the book, you will be disappointed. That, however, is the fate of most book into movie productions. …
reviewed The Night Season. April 02, 2011
The Night Season
History repeats itself in The Night Season, when the Willamette River rises nearly as high as in 1948, when it swept away an entire town in less than an hour. Now the city of Portland itself is threatened, …
reviewed Girl Missing. March 29, 2011
Girl Missing
Drug addicts from the projects are dying of overdoses of an unidentifiable substance. Those who run the city are not especially concerned, but medical examiner Kat Novak, who grew up in that neighborhood, …
The Gothic Enterprise: A Guide to Understanding the Medieval Cathedral
My husband and I enjoy visiting Gothic cathedrals whenever we take a trip to Europe. The very first, and one of the oldest, cathedrals that we experienced was in Salisbury, England. I’ll never forget …
reviewed Practical Magic. March 28, 2011
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Practical Magic
Sisters Gillie (Kidman) and Sally (Bullock) were born into a family of witches, but they couldn't be more different in their approach to this condition. Gillie's the wild one, who thinks being …
reviewed 13, rue Therese. March 28, 2011
13, rue Therese
Opening the covers of 13, rue Therese is an enchanting experience. Remember the books you loved so well as a child, filled with captivating illustrations? I've always wondered why most books for adults …
The White Lioness: A Kurt Wallander Mystery (3)
There's a rumor going around that Henning Mankell has written his final novel in this popular series, and in The White Lioness, we see Wallander beginning to burn out of police work. The mystery begins …
reviewed Then She Found Me (2008). March 25, 2011
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Then She Found Me (2008)
Helen Hunt, who has grown as an actor, directed herself in Then She Found Me. Loosely based on the novel of the same title, Ms. Hunt plays April Epner, a woman who has made a late marriage that fails …
Secrets of Eden: A Novel
A small church in rural Vermont. A battered woman, her abusive husband, and their teenage daughter. A nationally known author of books about angels on earth. The town of Haverill is shattered when a murder/suicide …
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