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My Best Friend and Loyal Companion

My Best Friend and Loyal Companion
by Nancy Eaton

About six months ago, I had to have my Shih Tzu euthanized. She was very ill and did not want to eat. No one wants their beloved pet to suffer. I was devastated. Today, I am still not over the hurt I feel over her loss. When I tried to More »

The Circuit

The Circuit: Executor Rising by Rhett C. Bruno

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Higgledy Piggledy

Higgledy Piggledy: A Tale of Four Little Pigs by B. Seymour Rabinovitch with Rebecca Treger and Mari Stein, Illustrator and Edited by Ruth A. Rabinovitch

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The Circuit: Executor Rising
by Rhett C. Bruno

The Circuit

Reviewed by Timea Barabas

“There are no monsters… only different perspectives” says one of the characters from Rhett C. Bruno’s the The Circuit: Executor Rising. In this sci-fi dystopia there is no supreme good or evil, only humans caught somewhere in between. The author presents us with a captivating tale of human resilience and determination.

Mankind has exiled itself from Earth and created colonies spread throughout the solar system. Our home planet has become a harsh and unforgiving wasteland; it was turned uninhabitable by human curiosity and greed. A newly discovered element in the Earth’s unstable mantle, called Gravitum, was the catalyst to humanity’s exile from home. However, it became the core of the new system.

Even if people no longer walk the face of the Earth, it is still part of our race and that connection is not easily severed. This bond, this overwhelming yearning to return home is the foundation of the New Earth Tribunal. Both a religious sect and the government, the Tribunal tapped into a way to keep humans docile and obedient. Giant screens throughout the settlements repetitively display the same message, which promises mankind’s return home. They give people hope for a better future, so they can comply with the present. Still, there are those who oppose the current leadership.

Closed Doors by Lisa O’Donnell

Closed Doors

Reviewed by Diane Pollock

The poison of secrets and the pain of knowing complicate Michael’s coming of age.

With this great new young adult novel, Lisa O’Donnell cements her reputation as the premier author of serious fiction for today’s youth. Always witty, she lightly teases you into a tale that you will not soon forget.

Michael, feisty and likeable, hangs with his friends, fights with “Dirty Alice” and admires the beautiful woman next door. But then tragedy hits his family and a devastating secret eats at their core. This book deals with difficult concepts with a light hand, and is a must read for children who have had to deal with such traumas.

Laughing in the Rain: Self-Care for the Storms of Life by Hillary Saffran

Laughing in the Rain

Reviewed by Lisa Brown-Gilbert

Permeated with challenges life often presents those moments when the stress rains down on you, drenching you in anxiety, fears, and woes. Instead of drowning in your personal sorrows, why not be your own savior and at least have the necessary knowledge for weathering the stress deluge. One fantastic place to start with your self–help, stress-relieving journey is by reading Hillary Saffran’s Laughing in the Rain – Self Care for the Storms of Life. This book is a creative, relatable, fun filled read that sparks many laugh aloud moments, combined with sagacious advice, and reasonably viable stress relief tips.

Cop Town by Karin Slaughter

Cop Town

Reviewed by Patricia Reid

Kate Murphy is a young widow from a well-to-do family. Her husband was killed in the service and Kate has made the decision to join the Atlanta Police Force. Her first day on the job leaves her wondering if she has made an error in judgment and needs to rethink her decision.

Nothing is easy on the first day. The legs on her uniform are too long; her cap is too big and falls down in her face and her shoes fall off with every step. It seems the Atlanta PD could care less if the uniform fits the female officers. The male officers enjoy painting a penis on the women’s bathrooms and the colored women police officers have a separate dressing room divided by a curtain.

The Devil’s Violin by Art Johnson (Review #2)

The Devil's Violin

Reviewed by Jud Hanson

Clarke is hunting the assassin known only as “The Man in Black.” When a tip comes in that the assassin has been seen in Cremona, Italy, near the scene of a murdered violinist, Clark packs his bags and heads for the Old Country. At the same time, a violin belonging to a famed 19th century violinist has resurfaced and Gus Edward Happy has been hired to steal it. Though they start out on different paths, Clarke and Happy’s destinies will ultimately meet at the “Devil’s Violin.”

The Jaffa Resonance by Patrick Delaney

The Jaffa Resonance

Reviewed by Dianne Woodman

The Jaffa Resonance begins with two thieves parasailing into the Cathedral of St. Martin in Lucca, Italy, and stealing a scared artifact, the Volto Santo, which dates back to the time of Jesus. It turns out the priceless relic is a fake, and the daring robbery triggers a series of events that have life-altering consequences for some of the parties involved in trying to locate the genuine artifact.

When archaeologist Jose Santiago, who has conducted extensive research on the Volto Santo, finds out about the theft he immediately notifies his fellow archaeologist, Dr. Johann Krugel. The two archaeologists fear that someone with a personal connection to the Vatican has accessed data about the relic. It becomes imperative to the archaeologists to retrieve the artifact before it falls into the wrong hands. So Jose travels to the Guatemalan Jungle to examine an ancient temple that he believes was built by the same culture that created the Volto Santo in an effort to track down the artifact.

Unfortunately, Jose is murdered before he can complete the mission. His death is the catalyst that draws Jose’s sister, Alexis, and Dr. Sean Casey, a neurologist and friend of Jose, into the center of a deadly high stakes game with the Volto Santo as the coveted prize. Casey and Alexis retrace Jose’s footsteps into the Guatemalan Jungle to try and find evidence backing up Jose’s belief that the ancient temple and the Volto Santo are inexplicably tied together. The lives of Casey and Alexis are placed in peril as they are spied upon and trailed by unknown assailants.

Patrick Delaney has artfully told a masterful and riveting cliffhanger that hooks readers on the very first page and keeps them on the edge of their seats until the end. The characters and settings are portrayed in such exquisite detail that readers feel as if they have a vested interest in the outcome of the story.

The author shows superb flair as a mystery writer in this book by the skillful use of a convoluted plot encompassing ancient Mayan culture, thought provoking theories about the timeframe of Jesus’ life, and the interspersing of historical scenes dating back to the time of Jesus’s death and its pertinence to the origin of the Volto Santo.

The Jaffa Resonance is a well-researched book about Mayan culture and the links to modern society intertwined with an engrossing and suspenseful mystery that leaves a reader interested in reading more from this author.

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Ice Cold: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel (Rizzoli & Isles Novels) by Tess Gerritsen

Ice Cold

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Tess Gerritsen is certainly capable of taking readers on mind-boggling jaunts as she uses Detective Jane Rizzoli and Boston Medical Examiner Maura Isles as primary characters in another exciting mystery.

This one is really far reaching as it all begins with Isles away from Boston on a medical conference in Wyoming. As usual she is having man problems in her love life so this break might bring her around to what should she do with her secret love affair with a priest. However knowing Gerritsen and Isles and their modus operandi chances are in a future story Isles will again be having problems with some man in her life.

The Garden of Burning Sand by Corban Addison

The Garden of Burning Sand

Reviewed by Book Bug

It’s almost midnight in Lusaka, Africa. A young girl wanders off from absent babysitters.
She skitters to a dark and quiet alleyway. She is then kidnapped by an unknown assailant.
Taken to an unknown location where she is raped. She is dropped off in a dark and unfamiliar neighborhood where she is found and the proper authorities are alerted.

Kuyeya is examined by a doctor. She has been assaulted in the worst possible way. She also has down syndrome.

Then Zoe Fleming comes in…Zoe is an American lawyer that has made her home in Africa.

Tiger Shrimp Tango by Tim Dorsey

Tiger Shrimp Tango

Reviewed by Book Bug

Paradise.

That one word makes one think of all kinds of words: palm trees, sand, water, waves, fruity drinks, etc, etc but not scams. No way. The last think you want to think about or have happen to you in paradise are scams or being a victim. That’s exactly what is happening in the state of Florida or at least in this book.

In Tiger Shrimp Tango, Serge Storms is a vigilante. He just really doesn’t like bad people, like scam artists. Who can blame him, right?

Hell to Pay by Garry Disher

Hell to Pay

Reviewed by Elizabeth Sheehan

The story takes place in today’s Australia. Constable Paul Hirschhausen has been transferred to the extremely small town of Tiverton. His transfer is due to his taking part in an investigation in which he refuses to support some fellow police that are corrupt. His new chief is of the opinion that no one squeals on a fellow officer; which makes him hated by his new fellow officers.