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Deborah Crombie provides her fans a mystery that spans all the way back to WWI.      The intricate story tells of Lydia Brooke, a poet. When she was a student at Cambridge in the …
at the water's edge
Sara Gruen's new novel mixes history with a moving love story.      Ellis and Maddie Hyde are at Ellis's parents house and we see the aftermath of a New Year's Eve party …
The night of the dance
All seems quiet in the Texas town of Brenham until some men digging a well find the body of Sissy Fletcher. She's the Preacher's daughter who disappeared ten years ago. She hated the town of Brenham …
reviewed American Sniper -. March 18
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Chris Kyle has a philosophy of life where his priorities are God, country and family.      In "American Sniper" we learn of his four deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and …
American Sniper
According to the book jacket, Chris Kyle recorded the most career kills in the United States military history from 1999 to 2009.      The autobiography tells of Chris growing up in …
Second Street Station
I'm sure I won't be the only one who picks "Second Street Station," as one of the best mystery novels of the early part of this year. It really was a special story and I was sorry to …
reviewed Blue Labyrinth. February 26
Blue Labyrinth
I'm sure I won't be the only one who compliments this book on the intricacies of the plot and cleverness of the characters.   Special Agent is one of the most original characters in mystery …
reviewed Laughing Boy. February 22
Laughing Boy
"Laughing Boy," published in 1929, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1930. Oliver La Farge 1901-1920 is the writer.   The story is a good depiction of Navajo life and the coming of age of "Laughing …
reviewed redemption key. February 20
redemption key
I hadn't read the previous books by S.G. Redling and was surprised with the action and the predicament that the protagonist, Dani Britton, found herself in. Dani is attempting to get away from a …
reviewed Little Big Man. February 16
Little Big Man
Thomas Berger is a serious storyteller. His novel, "Little Big Man," was both an excellent novel and movie starring Dustin Hoffman.      In the story, we read the reminiscences …
reviewed The burning room. January 25
The burning room
LAPD Detective Harry Bosch returns from retirement to work in the LAPD Open-Unsolved Unit.      He's teamed with and eager rookie, detective Lucia Soto, who has just been honored …
reviewed Remember me like this. December 24, 2014
Remember me like this
In "Remember Me Like This," we follow the Campbell family from a different point of view. Many novels conclude when a kidnap victim returns home. In this well conceived story, it is the start. …
reviewed One plus one. December 17, 2014
One plus one
I thank my wonderful wife for recommending this entertaining book.      It tells the story of Jess Thomas, a gutsy woman with a never say die attitude about life.      …
reviewed The Forsaken. November 22, 2014
The Forsaken
In a novel that takes place in Jericho, Mississippi, there were occasions when I felt that I was reading a John Grisham story.   Ace Atkins has talent for dialogue and description that goes together …
Looking for a good read, I found "The Reckoning A John Madden Novel" by Rennie Airth. I've enjoyed that author's books since his "River of Darkness."   This story turned …
reviewed The Great Bridge. November 11, 2014
The Great Bridge
   David McCullough's richly detailed account of the inception and  building of the bridge is an expertly compiled history.   Not only does the reader learn what the Bridge …
reviewed The Great Bridge. November 09, 2014
The Great Bridge
   David McCullough's richly detailed account of the inception and  building of the bridge is an expertly compiled history.   Not only does the reader learn what the Bridge …
reviewed Tragic Ground. November 09, 2014
Tragic Ground
"Tragic Ground" was written in 1944, WWII is over and many manufacturing plants that made war goods, close. Spence Douthit moved to this Southern community to work in the manufacturing …
reviewed Silent Joe. November 05, 2014
Silent Joe
"Silent Joe" tells the story of fatherly love and admiration mixed with a strong desire to be accepted and to succeed.   Joe's face was scarred as a baby when acid was thrown in …
reviewed A wasteland of Strangers. November 05, 2014
A wasteland of Strangers
Bill Pronzini is an entertainer. Through the entire book, "A Wasteland of Strangers," I had a smile and warm feelings that I was experiencing the lives of a group of characters who had a tale …
reviewed Haunted. September 28, 2014
Haunted
Hannah Smith is a fishing guide and part time investigator in the Sanibel Island area of Florida. She's invited to her friend, Birdy's wealthy aunt's home.   When Hannah meets Aunt …
reviewed Passion Power & Sin. September 24, 2014
Passion Power & Sin
Mike Wells has created a clever, interesting financial drama where one victim decides not to take her misfortune lying down.      Heather Bankfort is a young woman trying to find success …
reviewed Texasville. September 01, 2014
Texasville
Texasville" is the sequel to "The Last Picture Show" and the book the author wrote after "Lonesome Dove."      The story picks up 30 years after the events …
reviewed Barracuda. August 29, 2014
Barracuda
This is a coming of age novel about Danny Kelly. We are introduced to Danny as a young adolescent with a remarkable swimming ability. He dreams of becoming an Olympic gold medal winner for Australia.   …
In the Company of Cheerful Ladies (No. 1 Ladies'
  "In the Company of Cheerful Ladies" is a story of a short time in Ma Ramotswe's life.      Ma Ramotswe is surprised when she comes home after a trying day …
reviewed Vertigo 42. August 16, 2014
Vertigo 42
This is an absorbing, character driven novel that kept me satisfied as I followed the well developed plot.      The story begins with Tom Williamson, a friend of a friend of Superintendent …
reviewed "The Panther". December 17, 2012
John Corey and his wife, Kate Mayfield, are asked to be part of a group to go to Yemen and find a terrorist and then either arrest the terrorist or kill him.      The Panther is a …
A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel
Dealing with a health issue and wanting a good story I could listen to, I tried "A Wanted Man," written by Lee Child and read by Dick Hall. The result was an unexciting, boring story.   …
In "The Thieves of Legend: A Thriller," Richard Doetsch provides a well written story dealing with greed, master thieves, and family relationships,set in the exotic worlds of Beijing …
reviewed Haunted Ground: A Novel. December 01, 2012
Haunted Ground: A Novel
Picture a place in Ireland where a farmer is cutting turf in a peak bog on a chilly April morning. Something catches in the man's cutting tool and when he finds it is the head of a young woman. The …
reviewed The White Road. December 01, 2012
The White Road
P.I. Charlie Parker is living in Maine with his lover, Rachel. She is happily pregnant with Charlie's child.      Charlie is asked by Elliot Norton, an old friend from …
The Charlemagne Pursuit: A Novel
Cotton Malone wants to learn more about how his father died. He knows that his father was the captain of an experimental sub that went down in Antarctica with all aboard.      …
reviewed The Beautiful Mystery. November 21, 2012
The Beautiful Mystery
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir are called to investigate a murdered body at a cloistered monastery.      The choir director has been murdered …
reviewed Flowers At Midnight a book. November 19, 2012
Flowers At Midnight a book
In a fast moving, noir, crime novel, the action begins when an exotic dancer has a romantic liaison with a wealthy, high ranking politician. She agrees to his sexual fantasy and her boyfriend …
reviewed The Rule of Four. November 17, 2012
The Rule of Four
Tom Sullivan is about to graduate from Princeton. He has an obsession inherited from his father, about the book, "Hyperotomachie Polyphile" which was published in 1499. Tom's father's …
reviewed Luther: The Calling. November 12, 2012
Luther: The Calling
Neil Cross is the creator and writer for the BBC crime series "Luther" for which he has won an Edgar Award.      "Luther: The Calling" is the first book in a series …
reviewed swann dives in. November 12, 2012
swann dives in
Henry Swann is a skip tracer and tries to find people who have jumped their bail.      A wealthy attorney hires him to find his rebellious daughter who he hasn't heard from. She's …
reviewed A Rendezvous to did for. November 09, 2012
A Rendezvous to did for
Photographer Cassie Cassidy goes to a rendezvous where she hope to get photos of American Indians in action.      Unfortunately, she meets a reporter who gets into an argument with …
reviewed Night Blind. November 05, 2012
Night Blind
The story opens in France where a rogue French agent gets a lead on hidden wealth in Canada. He's also told it's time to go into hiding from France.      In Seattle, Blake …
reviewed The art of breaking glass. November 03, 2012
The art of breaking glass
Bill Kaiser is a man motivated by social justice. He also has a unique set of skills, from computer knowledge, to chemistry and explosives. He also could be crazy.      He has a particular …
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