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Susan Rogers Cooper – Gone in a Flash

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.

Mary Louise Kelly – Anonymous Sources

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.

Steve Ruediger – P.S.: I’m Innocent

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.

Joanne Simon Tailele – Accident

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.

Alice Oldford – Recipes and Life

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!