A review of Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

I've been hearing chatter among the bookie libarians I know about this debut novel - and many have commented about how this is a book for fans of The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. That alone made me interested since I loved Fikry and since I had a 4-hour plane trip to get through, I took it with. Smart idea more

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May 18, 2015 | 0 comments
Books to Movies There are a lot of movies I look forward to, but I'm always most interested to see what Hollywood does with adaptations. Lately the best ones seem to be happening on tv. I'm loving Game of Thrones and Outlander. And I'm cautiously optimistic about MTV doing a Shannara series - yes it's MTV, but they do seem to be putting a big push on it, so fingers crossed? So TV is doing readers proud more

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April 29, 2015 | 2 comments
A review of Invisible City by Julia Dahl

Rebekah Roberts is happy to have her first job as a stringer reporter for a tabloid in New York. Each morning she heads out to whatever story she's been assigned. Some are interesting, some not so much, but at least she's using her journalism degree. When she's sent to a scrap yard because of the discovery of a murdered woman's body, Rebekah has no idea that the story will lead her to discover things about her own past. The murdered woman is Rivka Mendelssohn, a member of New York's Hasidic more

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April 27, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of This Gun for Hire by Jo Goodman

Though western romances were for a long time a no-go for me, I'm a fan of Jo Goodman and have followed her switch from English set historicals to her western ones. A decision I haven't regretted once. And her newest featuring bounty hunter Katherine "Calico" Nash and former cavalryman Quill McKenna is going right up the list as a favorite. Calico and Quill meet in a bordello where she's more

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April 13, 2015 | 0 comments
Recent Reads I've been reading across the genres lately and have found some great reads for spring. First up is The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (best known for their fashion, pop culture, and royal watch blogging as the Fuggirls). Their re-imagining of the Kate and William romance is "part fairy tale, part cautionary tale" ( more

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March 31, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of The Anatomist's Wife by Anna Lee Huber

I just finished reading the first three books in Anna Lee Huber's mystery series featuring Lady Darby and each book got better then the last. The series is set in 1830s Scotland and The Anatomist's Wife introduces the widowed Lady Darby. Lady Darby has been hiding out at the home of her sister and brother-in-law in Scotland since the death of her husband. Her husband was a physician and an anatomist, but he did not have the talent to draw the bodies he dissected. After his death more

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March 16, 2015 | 0 comments
Domestic Thrillers Gone Girl was a huge success, both as a book and a movie, and that success means one thing. It means that publishers have become determined to find that next breakout hit. And that push has spawned a sub-genre. Let's call them Domestic Thrillers. The underlying theme to the genre is the knowledge that everyone has secrets (big and small) and that sometimes what you don't know about the person who is closest to you might get you killed. A book that's been getting a lot of buzz more

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March 5, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of A Murder of Magpies by Judith Flanders

Flanders' debut mystery does everything just right. Her protagonist, Samantha Clair, is a forty-something editor for a publishing house in London. Sam is smart and funny and more then a little cynical, a combination that warms this cynic's heart. When Kit Lowell, one of her top authors, goes missing, she's concerned. But when she finds out his disappearance may be tied to the death of a bicycle messenger killed in a hit and run, Sam becomes frightened. Kit had just finished a manuscript about a more

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February 16, 2015 | 0 comments
My Top Ten For the first ten days of the month librarians around the country counted down their top ten books read for 2014 and listed them on Twitter using the hashtag #libfaves14. The top title was The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry which I loved and reviewed. Though I really enjoyed Fikry, it didn't more

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December 22, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Silent Murders by Mary Miley

Jazz Age Hollywood and murder, it doesn't get more fun then this.  Jessie Beckett, aka Leah Randall (read my review of The Impersonator to find out about this), has come to Hollywood in the mid 1920's after a career as a child actor in Vaudeville. She's working as an assistant script girl more

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December 9, 2014 | 0 comments