Monthly Archives: July 2015

The Melody Lingers On by Mary Higgins Clark

The Melody Lingers On

Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

Parker Bennett handled money. A lot of money. And all of that money belonged to other people. Shortly after he goes missing while sailing in the Caribbean it is discovered that nearly five billion dollars has also disappeared from the accounts he managed. Although he is presumed to be both alive and a thief, there is no hard proof of either. Living with the disgrace of Parker’s apparent crime hanging on them, his wife and son try to go about their lives. Both are adamant that Parker is innocent and hope to prove it. Anne Bennett and her son Eric move from their palatial Connecticut home to a townhouse in Bergen County, New Jersey and Anne hires a design firm to redecorate their new home. Lane Harmon is the designer that is sent on the job. Before long, Lane is attracted to Eric and she gets caught up in the family’s effort to prove Parker’s innocence. Has she put herself and her young daughter in harm’s way?

Neighing with Fire by Kathryn O’Sullivan

Neighing with Fire

Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

Colleen McCabe is the fire chief of Corolla, North Carolina, a small community located on the Outer Banks. The island is also home to a band of wild ponies and the nesting grounds for an endangered species of shore bird. Because it is on a beach, developers are gobbling up land as fast as they can and not overly concerned with the preservation of either the ponies or the bird nests. For that matter, the tour companies who bring large bus tours through aren’t particularly respectful of the very animals they are coming to see or the developers’ sites. That makes for a lot of potential conflicts.

Ghost in the Guacamole (Ghost of Granny Apples) by Sue Ann Jaffarian

Ghost in the Guacamole

Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

Lucy and Rikki Ricardo have inherited their family restaurant and food business. Lucy wants to sell the entire operation and live her life doing what she loves. Rikki feels a deep connection to the business, especially the restaurant half, and does not want to sell. The sisters are at war over this and so Emma is asked by Rikki Ricardo to try and contact her father’s ghost. Rikki is sure her father would be devastated if the business left the family and thinks if her father’s ghost says to keep the business it might help persuade Lucy. Lucy thinks Emma is a con artist and wants nothing to do with the plan. However, before long it is Rikki who accuses Emma of working Lucy and orders Emma to leave. Oh what twisted secrets families hide-and this family has a couple of doozies!

The Dust Will Answer by Richard Risemberg

Reviewed by Jud Hanson

The Dust Will Answer by Richard Risemberg is the author’s first attempt to become a mainstream author. Unfortunately, it is not a memorable attempt. One might even call it forgettable. I made it through less than half the book before giving up. The main shortcoming of the book is that it has no real hook to keep the reader’s interest for just over 200 pages. The plot consists solely of two guys searching for a girl. Neither of the three are particularly remarkable and that is what hurts this book the most.

Endangered: A Joe Pickett Novel by C.J. Box


Reviewed by Allen Hott

Joe Pickett is a Wyoming game warden who is the center of many of Box’s stories. He is somewhat of a favored individual in Wyoming because the current governor is a believer in governmental involvement in the state’s wildlife. He is a fan of Pickett and uses him quite extensively in trying to keep things orderly.

As Endangered opens Joe is surveying the remains of LEK 64. A LEK is a state designation of annual gatherings of sage grouse or prairie chicken which are a protected species. It appears that someone destroyed these grouse as nothing appears to be left except a few feathers and some truck tire marks. After searching for survivors Joe begins putting what evidence he finds into his truck.

The Four Horsemen of the Investor’s Apocalypse: The Four Evils That Will Crush Your Portfolio, and How to Fight Them by Robert J. Klosterman, CFP

The Four Horsemen of the Investor's Apocalypse: The four evils that will crush your portfolio, and how to fight them

Reviewed by Douglas R. Cobb

The Four Horsemen of the Investor’s Apocalypse by Robert J. Klosterman, CFP, is a book that all investors should read and learn from, as it deals with four of the deadliest hindrances to investors finding success in their efforts to preserve wealth and maintain growth over time. The book is rightly subtitled “The Four Evils That Will Crush Your Portfolio, and How to Fight Them,” because the four hindrances that Klosterman details have often caused the best laid plans of investors to go terribly astray.

Judgment Call: A Brady Novel of Suspense (Joanna Brady Mysteries) by J.A. Jance (Review #2)

Judgment Call

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Jance is a good writer who keeps the reader very definitely entwined with her twists and turns. She has done it again in Judgment Call. This time she is using Joanna Brady, the sheriff in an out of the way Arizona area. Brady is a recurring character in Jance’s work and has earned quite a following.

Brady’s own daughter, Jenny, is involved in this one as she is the person who finds the first murder victim who happens to be the high school principal. Not so bad that she finds the body but then like any normal teenager she posts a picture of it to the internet!

Bum Rap by Paul Levine

Bum Rap

Reviewed by Jud Hanson

Jake Lassiter is back and this time he’s trying to help the lover and law partner of Victoria Lord, Steve Solomon. Solomon gets himself charged with murder while trying to do a good deed and the one person who can clear him is also wanted by the Feds and on the run for her life. Jake and Victoria must team up to bring this witness out of hiding and keep her alive long enough to testify.

A Ghostly Grave (Ghostly Southern Mysteries) by Tonya Kappes (Review #2)

A Ghostly Grave

Reviewed by Vickie Dailey

A Ghostly Grave is the 2nd book in the Ghostly Southern Mystery series.

Emma Lee Raines owns the Eternal Slumber funeral Home and now that she can see ghosts (due to a freak accident from A Ghostly Undertaking), which has left her as the ghosts like to call her a between, a previous client is now asking for her help in discovering who killed him and while he knows he was murdered, he does not know who did it.

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.