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A review of The Little Lady Agency by Hester Browne

What do you get when you cross Mary Poppins with Brit chick lit?  Hester Browne's Little Lady Agency.  In this sharp and witty ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
January 4, 2007 | 0 comments
A review of Her Husband: Hughes and Plath: A Marriage by Diane Wood Middlebrook

I was enthralled by the new James Bond movie, Casino Royale. Or, I should say, I was enthralled by the new James Bond, a.k.a. British actor Daniel Craig.  After watching the movie, I resolved to track down every film he's ...read more

Reviewed by Sarah - Alicia Ashman on
January 3, 2007 | 3 comments
A review of Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook by Martha Stewart

I can honestly say that Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook:  The Essential Guide to Caring for Everything in Your Home is one of the fanciest books I have ever seen about a terribly unfancy topic.  There are no gold gilt pages or jewels imbedded in the cover, but the quality of paper is very fine.  The photographs of place settings and cleaning supplies are arty.  The shiny acetate ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
January 2, 2007 | 1 comment
A review of Heart of the World by Linda Barnes

In her book Heart of the World, Linda Barnes moves her series character, P. I. and part-time cab driver Carlotta Carlyle, from Boston to an ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
December 29, 2006 | 0 comments
A review of The Underachiever's Manifesto by Ray Bennett

You've got to like a book that opens with the comforting statement: "Congratulations!  Opening this book is the best decision you've ever made.  There, that was easy, wasn't it?  The pleasures of underachievement are many, but they are all too often lost in the pressure for success.  (Or, SUCCESS!)" (p. 12.) And there's a lot to like in ...read more

Reviewed by Sarah - Alicia Ashman on
December 28, 2006 | 0 comments
A review of Cruciverbalism by Stanley Newman

The creating of crosswords is called 'cruciverbalism', derived from the Latin for 'cross' and 'word'.  Cruciverbalism:  A Crossword Fanatic's Guide to Life on the Grid by Stanley Newman, shares some of the tips and tricks of the trade.  Creating crossword puzzles takes a bit of finessing and some serious ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
December 21, 2006 | 0 comments
A review of The Merlot Murders by Ellen Crosby

In the Merlot Murders, Lucie Montgomery has been living in France following a car accident that left her scarred and somewhat lame.  Then she is called to home by her brother following the death of their father.  She returns to find the family winery in danger of going ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
December 19, 2006 | 0 comments
A review of Messenger of Truth by Jacqueline Winspear

In Jacqueline Winspear's fourth Maisie Dobbs mystery The Messenger of Truth, the private ...read more

Reviewed by Lesley - Central on
December 16, 2006 | 1 comment
A review of Blind Submission by Debra Ginsberg

Ever wondered how a book goes from a writer's desktop to the library bookshelves?  If you're unfamiliar with the path a manuscript takes in its' journey from galley to bestseller, this story will give you a behind the scenes peek at what it takes for a book to make it in the publishing world.  This is a work of fiction, but left me wondering if perhaps the book industry is as seedy as this story makes it out to be. The novel ...read more

Reviewed by Katharine - Central on
December 11, 2006 | 1 comment
A review of All Mortal Flesh by Julia Spencer-Fleming

Julia Spencer-Fleming's latest mystery novel, All Mortal Flesh is listed in the recent Publisher's Weekly list of the 100 best books of 2006 and it deserves the honor. This is the fifth in this ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
December 9, 2006 | 0 comments
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