A review of The Handsome Man's Deluxe Café by Alexander McCall Smith

In this fifteenth installment of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, Alexander McCall Smith treats us to the latest news in the lives of lead detective Precious Ramotswe, and her newly-promoted “co-director”, Grace Makutsi, of Gaborone, Botswana. Those familiar with the series will recognize Smith’s use of the detective genre as a vehicle for a lilting description of Botswana life, and a gentle morality that promises that everything will be okay if we are honest and pay attention more

Reviewed by Carra on
December 8, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Good Sister by Jamie Kain

The lives of the three Kinsey sisters have been shaped primarily by the knowledge that the oldest of them will die young.  However, it is not the life-long battle with cancer that does her in, but a fall off a cliff.  A fall which may or may not have been an accident.  As the younger Kinsey’s try to forge their own identities, independent of their sister and her illness, they must come to terms with the fact that their oldest sister may not have been what they thought. more

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December 5, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Never Judge a Lady By Her Cover by Sarah MacLean

I have been waiting for the final book to come out. I was excited when my colleague Jane got me a galley, which I finished just before it expired on my Nook. Sarah MacLean is wrapping up her Rule of Scoundrels series with the final book, Never Judge a Lady By Her Cover. This series is about fallen angels. These four aristocrats who have been exiled from society due to scandal are now powerful owners of the more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
December 4, 2014 | 0 comments
Librarian Picks If you've got readers in the family and are looking for gift ideas, fear not, librarians to the rescue. For ten days librarians will be naming their favorite reads of the year using the hashtag #libfaves14. They started yesterday and will add titles until Dec. 10th. I've already posted a couple, Empire of Sin by Gary Krist (which I reviewed here) and Meredith Duran's Fool Me Twice more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
December 2, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads by Bob Shea

“Drywater Gulch had a toad problem.” A band of thieving outlaws called the “Toad Brothers”, who would “steal your gold, kiss your cattle and insult your chili” had taken over the town.  Our hero rides in on a tortoise (“Give him a minute”) and uses his vast knowledge of dinosaurs to round up those pesky cattle kissn’ varmints and lock them up in the pokey.  Bob Shea’s western voice adds rip-snortin’ humor to Lane Smiths sepia toned illustrations without alienating the audience. more

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November 28, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Viscount Who Lives Down the Lane by Elizabeth Boyle

Elizabeth Boyle has written another charming historical romance in her "Rhymes With Love" series. The Viscount Who Lives Down the Lane is the delightful love story of the spinster and the wounded warrior, Miss Louisa Tempest and Pierson Stratton, Viscount Wakefield. It all starts with an invitation from the Louisa and Lavinia Tempest's godmother to spend the remainder of the season in London. The twins more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
November 25, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Blue Highways: A Journey into America by William Least Heat Moon

In 1978, after the loss of his job and a separation from his wife, William Least Heat Moon set out to explore America by way of its smaller roads (often noted in blue on maps). Driving a loop around the outer-edges of the States in almost 13,000 miles, Least Heat Moon traveled alone in a truck fitted with a bed, a refrigerator, and a camp stove, and for the most part parked on side streets and fed himself with local provisions along the way. When he grew lonely with his own thoughts, he more

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November 24, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Quest by Aaron Becker

Following the adventures in his first book Journey (a 2014 Caldecott Honor Book), Becker brings us another breathtaking story. Join two kids as they are caught up in the rescue of a kidnapped king while solving a puzzling map to save a kingdom from darkness. The second in the Journey trilogy is a wordless and thrilling tale of fantastical adventure in picture book form. It’s sure to be a classic. more

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November 21, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Purple and Black by K. J. Parker

I was looking through my recent reads to find a book I just loved. A lot of things lately have been solid, but not great. Except for this one. Purple and Black is brilliantly done. Tightly woven. Thought-provoking. And all of that in a slender 113 pages. This is a fantasy novel, but don't let that prevent you reading it. It's only a fantasy in that it has a made up country. Everything else about it reads like historical fiction.  The story is told through a series of letters more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
November 20, 2014 | 0 comments
Top 10 Religion Books It's that time of year for top 10 lists and best of lists. Booklist puts out a number of top 10 lists. If religion and spirituality are your areas of interest, then check out the Top 10 Religion and Spirituality Books of 2014. American Crucifixion: The Murder of Joseph Smith and the Fate of the Mormon more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
November 19, 2014 | 0 comments
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