Crimson Lake by Candice Fox

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My Rating:  4 Stars

I was fortunate to receive an audiobook version of Crimson Lake from the publisher, Macmillan Audio, and I’m so glad I did.  I’m not sure I would have picked up this unique, delightful,  complex, well-plotted mystery otherwise. Continue reading

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Gateway To The Moon by Mary Morris

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My Rating:  4.5 Stars

Gateway to the Moon is a compelling book set in a small community in 1990s New Mexico but also alternates back in history to the Spanish Inquisition, Columbus’s adventures, and the history of the families who descended from the Jews who left Spain during the Inquisition. I love books with interesting and unique stories where I also learn something new.  I learned a lot about the Spanish Inquisition and Columbus’s travels.
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The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

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My Rating:  2.5 Stars

Well, I think I’ve gone from almost one extreme to another. After loving the last book posted, I, unfortunately, cannot say the same about The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend. I don’t like being negative about a book, but for me, this one wasn’t one of the best.  I thought it was just me because I had recently read two exceptional books and was having a hard time getting into it.  I realized it was a different type and lighter than the others and thought that was the part of the reason, but my book group felt the same way I did.  No one in my group particularly liked the book, but the person who recommended it, did so because her mother’s group loved it. Continue reading

Double Whammy by Carl Hiaasen

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My Rating:  4.5 Stars

If you are looking for a book with humor, a madcap mystery, and unique, interesting characters, and/or love bass fishing, then pick up a copy of Double Whammy.  This was my mystery book group’s selection this past month and was a big hit with everyone.

R. J. Decker is a former photographer who is now down-on-his-luck and working as a private detective.  He is hired by a wealthy bass fisherman who wants him to find proof that Lance — the champion bass fisherman and star of the Ocean Christian Network’s popular fishing tv program is cheating at the tournaments.  When Decker arrives in the Florida town, he learns that one of the fishermen has been found dead.  As he starts looking into things he finds out there is a lot more going on than meets the eye.  He is helped by one of the most interesting characters I’ve run across in a while – Skink.  He is a hermit with a fondness for roadkill that seems to know a lot about what is going on around them.

In this book, you’ll learn all about bass fishing in a very humorous and enjoyable way.  A lot of his books have an environmental interest to them, and this is one of them.  It is full of corrupt politicians, dishonest religious leaders, corrupt big developers, and a cast of memorable characters like no other.

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Print Length:  320 pages
Published:  January 15, 1988 by Putnam Adult (First Published 1987)

 

 

 

 

 

 

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

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My Rating:  5 Stars

I read Tayari Jones’ previous novel, Silver Sparrow, and enjoyed the book and her writing style, so I was eager to read her latest novel, American Marriage.  Both books are set in Atlanta, and I seem to have strange little connections to both books.  In this most recent one, she mentions a street I used to live on, a date that was my Dad’s birth date, a majorette (I was one in high school), and there was another odd one that I can’t remember now.  Even without the odd connections, her beautiful writing grabs my attention. Continue reading

Destiny of the Republic by Candace Millard

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My Rating:  5 Stars
I have an interest in reading more books about Presidents, but they often seem to be too lengthy for the amount of time I have at this point in my life to devote to one book.  I was glad, though, when my neighborhood book group chose Destiny of the Republic about President Garfield to read.  This book-length was a good fit, and the book was entertaining.

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The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson

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My Rating:  3 Stars

I have a confession.  I have never read any books by Bill Bryson, although, my husband and many others have loved and recommended his books.  So when one of my book groups selected his memoir, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, for our selection this month, I was excited to read it.   Continue reading