When I read these stories, I can feel the energy, whimsy, and upbeat personality of the author. They are full of life. A combination of fiction and real life, humor and pathos. Such a delightful read that I even re-read it.
Mystery and Ghosts!
A mystery that kept me reading and kept me guessing. The author took me to a quieter time and place in small town Florida and Georgia, but the ghosts were not quiet. Reporter, Molly Martindale, urged on by those ghosts from the past, is determined to uncover the hidden secrets of her town.
Gone in a Flash by Susan Rogers Cooper. I don’t usually comment on books I don’t like but I picked up a book that was supposed to be funny and a mystery. A good combination – I like both. But I felt like I was reading a bad TV sitcom that needed a laugh track. Everyone was insulting everyone else, yelling a screaming, running around doing stupid things. The bad guys were like “Dumb and Dumber.” I read a few chapters and didn’t finish it. It went back to the library. I don’t like most TV sitcoms either. So it could be something you would enjoy if you’re a fan of that sort of humor.
Laugh out loud.
Few writers can make me laugh out loud. Bob Sanchez is one of them. His characters are hilarious and the story even has a plot. I want to read more from this author.
Intense reading. Great characters. Great writing!
This book is a page-turner. It held my attention from beginning to end. The characters are so alive you can see them. I liked the way the story gave us present and past flashbacks of the group of friends growing up together. I want more from this author.
Nita DeWeese covers a range of subjects with humor and with heart. She captures your imagination in her very short pieces and tells a full story in the longer ones. Many of her stories end with a twist. I thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of the “Stories Through Stained Glass.”
Anonymous Sources is Mary Louise Kelly’s first novel. Kelly is an insider of the news media and her protagonist, Alexander James, is a reporter who becomes obsessed with the death of a young man at Harvard University. James is convinced it is murder. She follows a strange tale that takes her from Massachusetts to Cambridge, England, and back to Washington, DC. She tangles with British and US spies and stumbles onto a terrorist scheme.
The book is fast-paced and fun. Kelly’s plot keeps you reading. You will find intrigue, humor, interesting characters, and insight into news reporting and the intelligence world. It’s one of those books I read in a couple of nights.
This story is a romp through Florida with the feel of “The Perils of Pauline.” The heroin, Lizzy, is a somewhat naïve, sexy, young woman who keeps `getting caught with her pants down,’ literally. She has a romantic interlude with the villain before she realizes he is a villain.
She stumbles over illegal aliens who are being shipped into Florida. She finds they are treated like slaves by a farmer who believes he is doing the work of God. She is shot at, kidnapped (twice), rescued by an old mafia don, later by her hero, and even once by a Florida panther. Although, she is pretty adept at rescuing herself.
It is fast paced and an easy read. There is plenty of violence and some romance. A little taste of everything for everyone.
Great writing! I finished Accident in one night. The author must have done a lot of research for this book – alcoholism, women’s prisons, legal issues…on and on. But more important to me, her characters are up close and personal – you get right into their heads. The book holds the reader’s attention from start to finish. I’m delighted that I bought it.
Good food for all seasons.
I’m not much of a cook, but I enjoyed this book. Some of the recipes brought back memories of my own. I could smell and taste the food as I read. The book has an interesting mix of recipes – from winter comfort food to summer salads, spring tonic to fall apple pie. The author even includes what to do with leftovers and gluten free goodies. (This is special to me being gluten free.)
Along with the food she gives us glimpses of her life, her family, her gardening, and her love of the outdoors – and life!