Book Review: Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny

Book Review: Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny

Louise Penny is the author of a series of mysteries about the magical village of Three Pines in Quebec, Canada. She is a delight to read, and her books keep getting better and better! The most recent, KINGDOM OF THE BLIND, has recently been nominated for an Agatha and a Lefty by the Left Coast…

Book Review: THE LAKE MICHIGAN COTTAGE COOKBOOK by Amelia Levin
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Book Review: THE LAKE MICHIGAN COTTAGE COOKBOOK by Amelia Levin

I love reading cookbooks because I get to enjoy all that great food without any calories! THE LAKE MICHIGAN COTTAGE COOKBOOK takes you on a road trip all around Lake Michigan, the only great lake that is entirely within the boundaries of the US. They say the trip, which encompasses parts of Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana…

Book Review: The Fox by Frederick Forsyth
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Book Review: The Fox by Frederick Forsyth

Envision, if you will, an aging, retired Spook and a young, fragile teenage genius. A perfect partnership! Together they lay siege to the bullies of the world, the North Koreans, Iranians, Middle Eastern terrorists. One has the wisdom and the master-chess-player ability to anticipate the opponent. The other has the ability to penetrate multiple, proven-impossible…

Book review: Elliot Ackerman, WAITING FOR EDEN
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Book review: Elliot Ackerman, WAITING FOR EDEN

It is a short book, 173 smallish pages. And it is “serious” literary fiction. Why on earth would I pick up such a book, promising to be a hard read? Don’t know. But I did. And luckily I started it early in the evening, because I couldn’t put it down. WAITING FOR EDEN, a finalist…

Book Review: Dawn McKenna – Forgotten Coast Florida Mystery Series
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Book Review: Dawn McKenna – Forgotten Coast Florida Mystery Series

Because I write mysteries that strongly identify with place, I am on the alert for other authors that do the same thing. The best I’ve found recently is the author of the Forgotten Coast Florida Suspense Series. I’d like to give a shout-out to Dawn McKenna! For example, here is a selection from the beginning…

Book review: Seeking Enlightenment, Hat by Hat by Nevada Barr
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Book review: Seeking Enlightenment, Hat by Hat by Nevada Barr

Book Review: Seeking Enlightenment Hat by Hat by Nevada Barr Because I like both mysteries and nature writing, I’ve always been drawn to the books by Nevada Barr. Her work features┬ástrong women who go against the odds, and win. Her heroine, Anna Pidgeon, a park ranger, has been trapped in a desert sinkhole, underwater in…

Book Review: Old in Art School by Nell Painter

Book Review: Old in Art School by Nell Painter

OLD IN ART SCHOOL by Nell Painter My rating: 5 stars What if you were ready to retire but not yet ready to devote your life to grand kids–or maybe there weren’t any. Your kids didn’t have any, or maybe you’d not had children yourself. What’s next? Become a full-time volunteer or a gardener or…

Book Review: Making History, a science fiction novel by Bruce Polky

Book Review: Making History, a science fiction novel by Bruce Polky

I grew up reading Asimov and Heinlein, but haven’t delved into too much current science fiction. That may change. I recently discovered this debut novel by Bruce Polky and I like it. It is a quiet novel that grew on me as I read it. I liked this book because the characters were realistic, searching…

Book Review: 100 years: Wisdom from Famous Writers on Every Year of your Life by Joshua Prager
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Book Review: 100 years: Wisdom from Famous Writers on Every Year of your Life by Joshua Prager

100 Years: Wisdom from Famous Writers on Every Year of your Life by Joshua Prager My rating: 5 of 5 stars Imagine if you could ask the most famous authors in the world their views on your age today. What would they say? Better yet, what advice could they give you as you enter your…

Book Review: The Art of French Pastry by Jacquy Pfeiffer
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Book Review: The Art of French Pastry by Jacquy Pfeiffer

The Art of French Pastry by Jacquy Pfeiffer My rating: 5 of 5 stars I love to read cookbooks. The good ones have yummy photographs, I get to “sample” meals that take days to fix, and best of all, there are no calories involved. So when I picked up The Art of French Pastry I…