Making It

Making It by Amanda Gibbs

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Balls: A Tale of Radical Feminism and a Girl

Balls: A Tale of Radical Feminism and a Girl by Simon Plaster

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The Meluhhan Oracle

The Meluhhan Oracle by I.J. Roy

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Black Scorpion

Black Scorpion: The Tyrant Reborn (Michael Tiranno The Tyrant) by Jon Land (Author) and Fabrizio Boccardi (Creator)

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Bully by Emme Dun

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Not in the Pink

Not in the Pink by Tina Martel

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Finding Flipper Frank

Finding Flipper Frank by Patrick Garry

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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 »

Making It by Amanda Gibbs

Making It

Reviewed by Timea Barabas

Love has many faces and Amanda Gibbs invites you to discover one of these through her book Making It. Her stories are not restricted to a single literary form, but take on whatever serves them best, so you can expect anything from prose and poetry to vignettes.

Actually, Making It is like a written photo album of a couple’s life. The chapters are like HD snapshots of adventures these two shared from the day they met to their 30th anniversary. The high-resolution imagery allows you to witness the smallest of details and the most intimate thoughts. What the reader sees about this couple is not restricted only to the material dimension, but it goes beyond that, to the magical and still largely unmapped minds of a woman and a man. The two main characters bare the burden of representing their gender, and they are both, in a sense the archetypal male and female. However, they bare the mark of our modern times. There is an interesting dynamic between what both of them think, say, and do. Their actions (just like ours) are not always smoothly linked to their thoughts and words. It takes time and dedication to get to truly know a person, sometimes it takes 30 years, and sometimes a lifetime is still not enough.

Gathering Prey by John Sandford (Audiobook)

Gathering Prey

Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

With a long running series, it is sometimes difficult for an author to keep coming up with new scenarios for a plot. In Gathering Prey, the twenty-fifth book in Sandford’s “Prey” series, the author chooses to have the protagonist’s adopted daughter step into the lime light. While Letty is often mentioned in the series, she really hasn’t been featured until now. The result is one of the most captivating books of the series.

Davenport’s daughter Letty, a student at Stanford, befriends a couple of “travelers” in San Francisco. She buys them a meal and gives them her phone number to call if they are ever in Minneapolis. She leaves the Bay area to return home to Minneapolis for the summer and really doesn’t give the two drifters another thought until the woman calls her to ask for help. Stranded in North Dakota and her boyfriend missing the young woman is afraid he’s been murdered and that she is next.

Among Thieves: A Novel by John Clarkson

Among Thieves

Reviewed by Teri Davis

James Beck, once falsely imprisoned and later winner of a False Imprisonment” suit against New York City, has reinvented himself into a fixer for the underdogs of the city. His character falls somewhere along the lines of Jack Reacher or the Equalizer. He met some interesting characters while in prison and has joined forces with some of them, created a sort of family which works out of a heavily protected warehouse/bar.

Longbourn by Jo Baker


Reviewed by Teri Davis

“Life was, Mrs. Hill had come to understand, a trial by endurance, which everybody, eventually, failed.”

In the memorable Jane Austen novel, *Pride and Prejudice*, we were introduced to characters of privilege who had servants who were to be agreeable and basically fulfill whatever their these people wished. Basically it was slavery of a sort where their opinions of the servants were not valued and being that jobs inside the houses were few and considered prestigious, the servants worked for low wages with their housing and meals were provided. In exchange, these same servants were granted little time-off or freedom to choose their own career. Granted that a few people who were servants became their own independent masters, that was unusual.

Cut and Thrust (Stone Barrington) by Stuart Woods

Cut and Thrust

Reviewed by Allen Hott

This is a very good and also a very fast read. For those of you who are familiar with Stuart Woods probably think of him as a good writer with a lot of sexual encounters playing a big part of the story. Not here! Not in Cut and Thrust. This story mentions sex but always in some sort of off handed way and does not dwell on nor detail any sexual encounters.

I would think we would all like to live a life similar to Stone Barrington. Born to rebellious parents Stone grew up pretty much the same way. Went to good schools working his way to a law degree and joined the NYPD as a patrolman. Later after becoming a detective he was forced from his position because of numerous disagreements with superiors. He went to work in a friend’s law firm and began living the good life.

The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook Edited by Kate White (Review #2)

The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook

Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

There is a lot of food in mysteries. There are protagonists who are chefs or food critics, characters with a regular breakfast spot and grandmas with a dish guaranteed to soothe the weary soul. There are books set in restaurants, cooking schools and shops selling just about every kind of food imaginable. And lastly there are protagonists of just about every ethnic background who savor their culture’s favorite dishes. Now the Mystery Writers of America have come out with a cookbook that gives readers some insight into where all of this food comes from.

The cookbook is set up much like any cookbook with separate sections for appetizers, salads and soups, main courses, side dishes, desserts and drinks. Each recipe comes with a little bit of history for the recipe and ends with a blurb about the author.

Rock with Wings by Anne Hillerman

Rock with Wings

Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

When Tony Hillerman died, the mystery community not only lost a great man, but mourned to loss of one of the most consistently stellar series around. The thought of not having a yearly fix of Leaphorn and Chee was just unbearable. Then his daughter Anne Hillerman took over writing about the Navajo Tribal Police using her father’s characters of Jim Chee, Joe Leaphorn and Bernadette Manuelito. While her father’s books were told from the perspective ot Leaphorn and Chee, Anne Hillerman has chosen to give Bernie Manuelito a voice. It works perfectly.

Inherit the Dead by Various Authors

Inherit the Dead

Reviewed by Allen Hott

A slightly different take on writing a novel. Inherit the Dead was written by twenty different authors. Each of the authors wrote one chapter and the introduction was written by Lee Child, another well-known author. Some of the writers include C.J. Box who is well known for his Joe Pickett series; Marcia Clark who besides being the prosecutor in the O J Simpson trial has written several books which have been optioned to television; and Mary Higgins Clark who is well known for her suspense novels plus some written with her daughter.

Perry Christo, a private investigator who was a NYPD homicide detective dismissed because of a corruption scandal, receives a phone call from a mother hunting her daughter. On calling on Julia Drusilla to take on the case he finds that she is in fact a very well to do older woman who lives in a penthouse on Park Avenue in New York City. Her financial standing was bestowed upon her by her parents, especially her father.

A Ghostly Grave: A Ghostly Southern Mystery (Ghostly Southern Mysteries) by Tonya Kappes

A Ghostly Grave

Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

Emma Lee Raines became a “Betweener” when she was hit on the head by a falling decorative Santa. Her friends and family call her communications with restless souls who have yet to pass over “funeral trauma,” but ghostly spirits in need of her services find her to be the perfect medium. And why not? Emma is after all the funeral director at the Eternal Slumber Funeral Home in Sleepy Hollow, Kentucky, so it only makes sense that she should be the one to help her clients achieve that eternal slumber. Because of her gift, Emma wasn’t surprised when Chicken Teater’s ghost appeared and started talking to her about his death, but she wasn’t happy about it. When a grave has to be opened up and a body exhumed it’s bad for business. With Chicken by her side, Emma begins her investigation into who sent Chicken to his early death.

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.