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reviewed "Die Again". December 21, 2014
Tess Gerritsen, a physician, has written a long string of well written and entertaining novels about the exploits of Boston Homicide Detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner, Dr. Maura Isles.   …
reviewed Deadline. December 18, 2014
Virgil Flowers, chief investigator of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, is asked to come to Tripton, Minnesota to investigate a scheme where someone is stealing dogs. Many of these dogs …
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 Blue Labrynth a book. December 16, 2014
Blue Labrynth a book
I can always count on Messrs Preston and Child to deliver a tale to keep me rapt for a while. I never tire of Agent Pendergast tales. In this one his life is threatened and it is up to the supporting …
reviewed A Touch of Nerves. December 11, 2014
A Touch of Nerves
Army Captain Ben Hawkins is ordered to follow up on a report of possible missing material from the Tupelo Chemical Research Facility. He thinks it's going to be a simple matter but he's wrong. …
reviewed The Cabinet of Curiosities. December 06, 2014
The Cabinet of Curiosities
"The Cabinet of Curiosities" is an exceptional read and an intelligent literary accomplishment.      In New York, a tunnel at a construction site leads to a storage area …
reviewed Wildfire Loose: The Week Maine Burned. December 06, 2014
Wildfire Loose: The Week Maine Burned
"The fires that swept Maine in 1947 were the greatest disaster in the state's 127 year history, and as one native said in retrospect, `Everybody knew somebody who knew somebody else. It was a family affair'." …
reviewed Worthy Brown's daughter. December 06, 2014
Worthy Brown's daughter
Phillip Margolin is one of those special authors who, when a reader picks up their book, they know they are in for an entertaining experience.      I was sent this book from Amazon …
reviewed The Pity Party: A Mean-Spirited Diatr.... December 06, 2014
The Pity Party: A Mean-Spirited Diatribe Against Liberal Compassion
"The liberal argument posits an imperative for an American to constantly weaken his particularist attachment to his own spouse, children, siblings, parents, neighbors, community, coworkers and coreligionists …
reviewed Spirit of Steamboat. November 25, 2014
Spirit of Steamboat
Walt Longmire is listening to Christmas music and getting ready for a quiet Christmas when he has an unexpected guest.   The woman appears to know Walt and asks about his predecessor, Sheriff …
reviewed Speed Metal Blues a book. November 24, 2014
Speed Metal Blues a book
This review is based on a free reviewer copy I received by reflects my own opinion.      Having read and having highly enjoyed Stateline and Dying for the High Life, I looked forward …
reviewed "The Executioners". November 23, 2014
"The Executioners" has been sitting on my bookshelf for ages. Something made me pick it up for a new reading. It was such a big hit and the basis for the thrillers, "Cape Fear," in …
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 …
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 I shall be near to you: A Novel. November 05, 2014
I shall be near to you: A Novel
In Flat Creek, New York, feelings of patriotism filled the land in 1862.      Young Rosetta Edwards falls in love with Jeremy Wakefield. They discuss his enlisting in the army as a …
reviewed Wayfaring Stranger. October 11, 2014
Wayfaring Stranger
In a departure from his Dave Robicheau detective series, James Lee Burke brings his readers a riveting historical novel. Weldon Holland's life is described in a manner that parallels many important …
reviewed 1969: Once Upon a Time in Montreal. October 09, 2014
1969: Once Upon a Time in Montreal
This is a personal look, through the lens of a camera, at 1969 Montreal.      As a young man, the author became almost obsessed with photographing people, places and events around …
reviewed The Untarnished Badge. October 08, 2014
The Untarnished Badge
For fans of the novels about the Old West, "The Untarnished Badge," provides a quick and easy read.      The plot seems like old stuff; there is a crooked council running …
reviewed Starship Troopers. October 06, 2014
Starship Troopers
I would never ever suggest that my take on any particular novel should be considered either (A) definitive or (B) set in stone.  Why?  Well, in my fifty odds years on this big blue marble, I’ve …
posted a Quick Tip about all the light we cannot see. October 05, 2014
all the light we cannot see
When reading "All the Light we cannot see" the story jumps around from the past to the present. It would be helpful to write down the dates of the different parts so it reminds you where you are in the …
reviewed all the light we cannot see. October 05, 2014
all the light we cannot see
This well written novel tells the parallel story of two young people at the start of WWII.      Marie-Laure LeBlanc is age six when she goes blind. She lives with her father, David, …
reviewed Silent Partner a book. October 03, 2014
Silent Partner a book
This review is based on a free copy received from the author but reflects my own opinion.      Frankie Ryan is a detective called to a murder scene. A man and woman are brutally murdered …
reviewed An officer and a spy. October 02, 2014
An officer and a spy
This is an excellent retelling of the Alfred Dreyfus affair that was the subject on most Frenchman's minds in the mid 1890s.      As tensions worsen between France and Germany, …
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