Book Review


The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles

The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles is a historical novel set mostly in Brazil from the 1920s through the 1940s. Once I started reading this book, I couldn’t put it down. The writing is atmospheric and fantastic. The story is narrated by Dores, now age 95, who spends her days listening to old vinyl records, looking at…

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Dead Man Running by Steve Hamilton

Fans of Steve Hamilton’s Alex McKnight series have waited five long years for the eleventh installment in his popular series set in Paradise, Michigan. I, for one, thought Dead Man Running was worth the wait. It’s an absolute thrill ride that moves so fast you feel like you can’t keep up. Alex encounters a truly evil serial killer that takes…

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Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood

Rust & Stardust is truly amazing. It is not, however, for the faint of heart. It is the fictionalized account of a true crime story, one so famous in its time that it’s said to have been one of the inspirations for Vladimir Nabokov’s classic, Lolita. The story is set in 1948 Camden, New Jersey. Sally Horner has been dared…

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The Lost for Words Bookshop by Stephanie Butland

First let me just say that I adore the name Loveday Cardew. She is the voice of The Lost for Words Bookshop. Loveday spends her time surrounded by books to avoid facing her past and people. Living life this way has been working for her for several years until a poet- and three mysterious deliveries- arrive on the doorstep of…

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Us Against You by Fredrik Backman

Fredrik Backman has written another great book called Us Against You, a sequel to Beartown. Beartown was one of my favorite books last year and didn’t need a sequel, so the bar for this book was set high in my mind. In this story, a slick politician comes and stirs up trouble between Beartown and the neighboring rival town of…

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The Glitch by Elisabeth Cohen

I just finished reading The Glitch by Elisabeth Cohen, and I’m still laughing. Shelley Stone is the CEO of a company called, “Conch” that makes wearable high-tech devices that fit behind the user’s earlobe. The devices are referred to as a “conch”. She is also a wife and mother and an extreme workaholic. She wastes not a single moment of…

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Cruel is the Night by Karo Hamalainen

I love these dinner mysteries where everything takes place in a short span of time. In Cruel is the Night, four friends with a long history meet for dinner. One has come intending to commit murder. Told in the rotating voices of the four dinner guests, we learn that everyone has a motive for murder. By the end of the…

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The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

Heart wrenching romance novels have not been my genre of choice in years. When Reese Witherspoon chose The Light We Lost as her February Book Club pick, I decided to give Lucy and Gabe’s story a chance. Their thirteen year on-again off-again love story ripped my heart out. And then my heart was run over by a truck. The emotions…

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Gods of Howl Mountain by Taylor Brown

As readers we all encounter good authors, and often times we find great authors, but rarely do we discover an author like Taylor Brown. Brown is truly gifted. His writing literally transports you to a time and place where you can feel the vibes of the story, smell the atmosphere, see the events as they unfold, hear the tinkling of…

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The One by John Marrs

If you’re looking for a fast-paced thriller, you may want to read The One by John Marrs. Imagine there is a dating service where you send a saliva swab to a company and they test your DNA to find your “perfect match” – your soul mate. The story follows the dating lives of five people. Some of them are already…

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