A Private Face

A Private Face by Annie Henry

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Unholy Bargain

Unholy Bargain by Travis Hallden Holt

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Why Marx Was Wrong by Lawrence Eubank

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Making It

Making It by Amanda Gibbs

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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 »

Dying Wish (Jeff Temple) by James Raven

Dying Wish by James Raven

Reviewed by Danita Dyess

In Dying Wish by James Raven, a gruesome story of sadomasochistic deaths starts to unravel quickly. Grant Mason is the author of five books about New Forest National Park — a lovely, historical forest. As he was conducting a book signing, he collapsed of a heart attack. His trusted assistant, Hilary Dyer, comforts him. But as the ambulance wails in the background, Mason is only concerned about one thing: demanding that Dyer burn down his house. Why?

Jeff Temple, a detective, learns about his dying wish. Apparently, Mason’s hideaway is a repository of pornography, hunting knives, stun guns, a camcorder and a map that identifies 15 points for 15 dead people. And Grant Mason is really Trevor Grant Mason, a sexual offender imprisoned for five years.

A Private Face by Annie Henry

A Private Face

Reviewed by Dianne Woodman

A Private Face is a heartfelt story about a rebellious teenager and a loving mother who never gives up hope that she can get her son to alter his impertinent attitude and stop making bad choices that get him into trouble both at school and at home.

Kate’s life has been turned upside down. She has recently separated from her husband, Simon, and her sixteen-year-old son, James, is testing the boundaries of her patience with his rebellious behavior. When Kate and Simon attend a parent-teacher conference at James’s high school, they find out that James has been skipping classes and not turning in his homework. James blows it off as no big deal to his parents’ consternation. Kate is unsure how to get James to change his behavior, especially since her eighteen-year-old daughter, Isabel, never gave her any problems while growing up. Will James straighten up if she and Simon get back together? Does she even want to?

Death of an English Muffin (A Merry Muffin Mystery) by Victoria Hamilton

Death of an English Muffin

Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

Merry Wynter has inherited a castle. Though she eventually plans to sell the monstrosity, it needs a good bit of work, so she has temporarily taken in boarders from New York who are looking for a bit of time away from the city. None of the group is particularly pleasant and Merry has taken to referring to them as “The Legion of Horrible Ladies.” This group of crabby old ladies is a perfect cast of characters for what turns out to be a house party gone terribly wrong. When Cleta Sanson, the very worst complainer of the group, is found dead, there is no shortage of suspects. Each and every one of the “Legion of Horrible Ladies” has a dark secret buried in her past and Cleta knew them all.

Linger 5: The Death of Dreams (A Linger Thriller) by Edward Fallon (Kindle Edition)

Linger 5

Reviewed by Gina Metz

Linger 5 takes the team to a tiny town in Southeast Michigan in the dead of winter. Christopher, Weston and Kate all feel a pull unlike anything they’ve felt before that leads them to this town. They have no idea what the source is that has brought them here.

They enter a diner where an old man introduces himself to them and explains that they are drawn to the town as others have been before them by a house that’s been the site of numerous murders. He warns them away but the pull is too strong and they soon find themselves trapped in the house fighting for their lives during a huge snow storm.

Linger 4: Here There Be Monsters (A Linger Thriller) by Edward Fallon (Kindle Edition)

Linger 4

Reviewed by Gina Metz

After coming up empty handed in Texarkana, Texas, Kate persuades Weston and Christopher to head to Austin. Kate uses her contacts from her past in law enforcement to obtain a speedy private investigator license that allows her to carry concealed weapons.

While in Austin the team is drawn to the Texas Killing Fields where countless bodies have been discovered dumped since the 1970’s. When they get to Austin, Christopher begins having seizures and crying out about “Monsters”. This leads to Kate investigating on her own while Weston cares for Christopher which puts Kate in grave danger.

To Catch Snowflakes: Memoir of a polio survivor, an adoptive parent, a high school principal, and a father of an addict by Lawrence J. Schulenberg

To Catch the Snowflakes

Reviewed by Teri Davis

What happens to teachers when they retire?

For former Council Bluffs’ public school teacher, Larry Schulenberg he decided to reflect upon his life, his challenges and successes by penning a short story of his life. This isn’t a person who only tells of his success, he speaks of his struggles, failures, and his “snowflakes”.

“Maybe not now, but someday soon, you’re going to have to decide if you want to spend your life sitting inside watching the snowflakes fall…or do you want to go out and…catch the snowflakes. If you choose to go out into the snow…you will surely fall…but that’s life…we all fall… Do you want to be a part of life? Or do you merely want to watch?”

The Book of Madness and Cures: A Novel by Regina O’Melveny

The Book of Madness and Cures

Reviewed by Teri Davis

Life in Venice, Italy in the year 1590, Gabriella Mondini is a well-respected doctor with many patients who appreciate her care as a female doctor. She was accepted as a physician in Venice because of the well-respected influence of her father who is also a physician. However brilliant, her father leaves the city, with his absence, Gabriella is no longer allowed to practice medicine.

Her father seems to be own personal quest. This might simply be an excuse for his mental illness. He frequently suffered from fits of manic behavior and times of withdrawal and depression. He views his travels as an opportunity to complete his resource book of maladies and cures.she is no longer allowed to practice medicine.

The Man Who Would Not Be Washington by Jonathan Horn

The Man Who Would Not Be Washington

Reviewed by Allen Hott

For those of you who have any interest in our country and leaders from our beginning through the Civil War this is truly an interesting read.

Many of us I am sure are not aware of the fact that Robert E. Lee, who became the military leader of the Southern armies in that Civil War, was in fact married to the daughter of George Washington’s adopted son.

There are many relationships between the Lees and our early leaders perhaps because there were so many Lees. Two of them signed the Declaration of Independence and Robert’s own father had been one of Washington’s top aides during the revolution.

As Night Falls: A Novel by Jenny Milchman

As Night Falls

Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

The Tremont family has recently moved from town to an isolated rural area. While the new house is Ben Tremont’s dream home and Sandy has all the latest features a woman could want, Ivy Tremont hates the new house and even more hates being stuck out in the middle of nowhere. Even though Sandy is a counselor by profession, she is at a loss to parent her increasingly morose teen. So when Ivy pitches a fit stomps off up stairs to her room refusing to eat with her parents, Sandy is not surprised. Truth be told, a nice quiet evening alone with her husband is not unwelcome. Unfortunately, the suggested trip upstairs for some after dinner activity never comes to pass. Before the dinner dishes can be cleared, the Tremonts’ life is turned topsy-turvy when two escaped convicts invade their home and take them captive. It is not long after this that readers begin to get an inkling that this home invasion is not a completely random act.

Memory Man (Amos Decker series) by David Baldacci (Review #2)

Memory Man

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Another great story from Mr. Baldacci. He really puts together some many things, places, and people into one great story. This has to be one of his best.

Amos Decker is a savant that became one because of an earlier football hit wherein he survived but his mind was completely altered. He had very little feelings left but he had memories galore. He is able to tell people who were around him where and when they were to the exact minute regardless of when they were in fact with him. His memory for the past is completely incredible but also completely accurate. He also has picked up some type of anomaly in that he often remembers numbers as colors and vice versa. This is sometimes a help and sometimes a hindrance.

The Body in the Birches by Katherine Hall Page (Review #2)

The Body in the Birches

Reviewed by Vickie Dailey

The Body in the Birches is the 22nd installment in the Faith Fairchild mystery series. This is the first novel that I have read in the series. I thoroughly liked it.

There are many characters in this book including Faith’s family and a large supporting cast. It is the Fourth of July weekend on Sanpere Island. Paul Mitchell has been tasked by his late wife to pick the family member most likely to take care of their family estate. Most of the family believes they deserve the inheritance. After the Fourth of July fireworks, Faith discovers her first body of the story – the maid from the estate.