Category Archives: Review

Review: Woman with a Gun by Phillip Margolin

Hardcover: 304 pages Publisher: Harper; 1St Edition edition (December 2, 2014) ISBN: 9780062266521 Source: Publisher Stacey Kim saw the photograph at an art museum in New York City.  She’s immediately fascinated by the image:  a black and white photo of a woman in a wedding dress, on the beach. Behind her back she holds a six-shooter. […]

Review: The Unimaginable by Dina Silver

Paperback: 264 pages Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (December 1, 2014) ISBN: 9781477824962 Source: BookSparksPR After her mother passes away, twenty-eight year old Jessica Gregory packs her bags and leaves her small town Indiana home for Phuket, Thailand, where she’ll work at a school teaching English to the native children.  Her relationship with her mother was less than healthy; […]

Review: Home of the Braised (White House Chef Mystery) by Julie Hyzy

Series: A White House Chef Mystery (Book 7) Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages Publisher: Berkley; First Berkley Prime Crime Edition edition (January 7, 2014) ISBN: 9780425262382 Source: Personal copy (ebook) With the White House staff adjusting to a new chief usher and plan for a state dinner, there is little time for executive chef Olivia Paras to even […]

Review: The Silence of the Llamas (Black Sheep Knitting Mysteries) by Anne Canadeo

Series: Black Sheep Knitting Mysteries Paperback: 304 pages Publisher: Gallery Books ISBN: 978145164479 Source: Publisher Ellie and Ben Krueger moved to Plum Harbor to fulfill their dream of raising llamas.  As hosts of a grand opening fiber festival, they are thrilled at the exposure the crowds bring. Their enthusiasm turns terror quickly, however, when someone attacks their prized llamas. This […]

Review: By Cook or by Crook (Five-Ingredient Mysteries) by Maya Corrigan

Series: A Five-Ingredient Mystery Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages Publisher: Kensington (November 4, 2014) ISBN: 9781617731389 Source: Personal copy   RECIPE FOR A DELICIOUS FIVE-INGREDIENT MYSTERY Take a burned-out cookbook publicist. Stir in a crusty codger. Toss with a large helping of murder. Add a dash of romance. Serve with a twist of humor. When Val Deniston, […]

Review: Paging the Dead (Family History Mystery) by Brynn Bonner

Series: A Family History Mystery Paperback: 304 pages Publisher: Gallery Books; Original edition (March 12, 2013) ISBN: 9781451661866 Source: Publisher Sophreena McClure and her business partner,  Esme Sabatier, make it their business to research the family history and genealogy of  their clients. Esme is a gifted medium and often uses her “talent” to get answers to […]

Review: Murder at the Book Group by Maggie King

  Series: Book Group Mysteries Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages Publisher: Pocket Books (December 30, 2014) ISBN: 9781476762463 Source:  Publisher Hazel Rose and her friend Carlene formed Murder on Tour, a mystery book group,  to discuss books set in a specific geographic area. It was never their intent to form their own investigation, but when […]

Review: The Voices by F.R. Tallis

Hardcover: 352 pages Publisher: Pegasus (December 14, 2014) ISBN: 9781605986562 Source: Publisher It’s the summer of 1976, the hottest on record. Christopher Norton, his wife, Lauren, and their infant daughter Faye move in to their new home in North London.  The Norton’s put a lot of money into refurbishing the old Victorian home.  Christopher, a composer of […]

Review: The Heart Does Not Grow Back by Fred Venturini

Paperback: 320 pages Publisher: Picador (November 4, 2014) ISBN: 9781250052216 Source: Publisher Dale Sampson has become quite used to being a less than remarkable person. He’s just an average kid attending high school in a small Midwestern town. He earns decent grades and survives the torturous four years of social torture by riding on the coattails […]

Review: Brutal Youth by Anthony Breznican

Hardcover: 416 pages Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; 1ST edition (June 10, 2014) ISBN: 9781250019356 Source: Publisher Saint Michael’s is a crumbling Catholic high school, both structurally and figuratively.Freshman Peter Davidek’s first experience at the school is of an upperclassman that finally reacts to the abuse he received. On the large part, the faculty ignores the tormenting […]