Daily Archives: March 8, 2011

Angel Lost by F.M. Meredith

Angel LostReviewed by Patricia Reid

The small town of Rocky Bluff in Ventura County is abuzz with excitement. An angel is sighted in the window of a downtown store. Residents gather to view the angel and give their opinion as to the reason the angel has appeared. Most agree that it is a miracle but no one knows how the angel happened to appear.

There’s also a lot of excitement regarding the forthcoming marriage of Officer Stacey Wilbur and Detective Doug Milligan of the Rocky Bluff Police Department. The wedding has been planned down to the smallest detail with Stacey’s family and friends all pitching in to make Stacey’s wedding a day to remember.

Abel Navarro, Stacey and Doug’s fellow worker, has a lot on his mind. Abel’s mother is beginning to show signs of Alzheimer’s. The new addition to the Rocky Bluff Police Department, Vaughn Aragon, a transfer from Los Angeles, is having a second thoughts about requesting the transfer to Rocky Bluff. Vaughn is haunted by a shooting that happened in Los Angeles but is not comfortable enough to share his experience with his fellow officers.

Tiger Hills by Sarita Mandanna

Tiger HillsReviewed by Caryn St. Clair

Taking readers to the Coorg District of Southern India during British Rule, Mandanna uses vivid writing to really give the reader a sense of time and place. The setting of the book both its time period and location are the real strengths of Tiger Hills and what sets it apart.

Although the pacing of the story is fairly slow for about the first third of the book, the descriptive phrasing made the story truly come to life. The tale itself is a common one of a love triangle between the well bred daughter, Devi, the first girl born in the family for several generations, her childhood friend, Devanna, a boy whose family situation has placed him outskirts of polite society and Muthi, a much older man known for having killed a tiger. As the plot becomes more complicated, the pace picks up quite a bit. While the outcome of the plot won’t come as any surprise to readers, the author has done a fairly good job of spinning an interesting tale of how the it all plays out.

The third part of the book focuses on the next generation of the characters. I really wish the author would have ended the book before this part and perhaps made this “Book Two” in a series. It is not as well written either in plot of descriptiveness. In some ways, it had a rushed feeling to it as though the author felt she needed to flesh the book out by following through with what happened next. For me she didn’t and shouldn’t have. As it stands though, the third part is fine, just not up to the rest of the book.

What is almost unforgiveable though is the epilogue which seems to be almost a “do over” for a fairly significant plot line in the book. I would strongly suggest skipping the epilogue altogether.

61 Hours by Lee Child

61 HoursReviewed by Allen Hott

Very interesting! This guy can write. 61 Hours is one of the latest (but not the latest yet) Jack Reacher novels that Lee Child has written. This one is a true classic. There may be one slight problem for the reader (which he will discover at the end) but it certainly is not a problem for Child. Whatever it takes to get the reader to go out and get the next book, right?

Jack Reacher is the tall, tough, former MP/CID agent with a heart of gold when it comes to helping good people. But if the people are bad they had better beware because Reacher is hell on wheels. Strangely enough in the Child books however there is very little profanity and little or no sex. Just plain hard-nosed investigating, chasing, fighting, and moving on.

Yes Reacher does move on and in 61 Hours he has moved into South Dakota. Strangely enough he moves into a small town of Bolton by way of hitching a ride on a half empty tour bus carrying senior citizens on their way to see Mount Rushmore. However a bus wreck forces all of them including Reacher into Bolton at least for the night. It turns out the weather becomes a real nightmare with snow, wind, and temperatures down to 28 degrees below zero.