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The Big Over Easy (Nursery Crime, #1)
This was hard for me to love at first. I knew it was trying to be funny, but I kept taking it too seriously. Previous to chapter 16 I was prepared to...more
Jul 14, 2008
Apr 27, 2008
The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3)
2 1/2 stars

Dan Brown writes for the masses.

His story-lines are choked with forced dialogue and contrived situations. His characters are one-dimensiona...more
Sep 16, 2009
Sep 15, 2009
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce, #1)
I listened to this book on CD with my 11 and 14-year-old children as we spent a week commuting back and forth for a summer camp. They were both engros...more
Jun 22, 2013
Jun 18, 2013
Still Life (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #1)
3 1/2 stars

I read this well-titled selection at the recommendation of a good friend under the auspices that it was a mediocre gateway to an excellent...more
Jan 07, 2013
Jan 02, 2013
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Tales of Terror
Seriously brilliant!

A lesser man may have stretched this story into 700 pages (and it probably could have been done with finesse) but Robert Louis Ste...more
Sep 25, 2012
Sep 20, 2012
A horrifyingly beautiful and piteous paradoxical feast!

Frankenstein is a story told on many levels. Shelley’s story becomes Walton’s story, becomes Fr...more
Oct 09, 2012
Sep 20, 2012
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
(I cannot deal with such rigid structures, so I actually give this book 4 1/2 stars.)

I LOVE planning parties. I haven't quite done a party on the leve...more
Aug 24, 2008
Apr 07, 2008
Murder on the Orient Express
I might have rated this book one star higher had I not previously seen the movie and known the ending.

Clearly this novel was written for the general p...more
Sep 30, 2009
Jun 19, 2008
The Meaning of Night
The Meaning of Night is a nearly perfect specimen of writing unfortunately sandwiched between a sluggish start and a somewhat predictable finish.

Apr 08, 2011
Aug 26, 2009
Mistress of the Art of Death (Mistress of the Art of Death, #1)
Possibly 2 1/2 stars.

At the end of the novel, the author leaves her excuses for the "few" anachronisms she felt necessary to leave in while touting ho...more
Nov 17, 2009
Jan 15, 2009
The Turn of the Screw
Clearly, Henry James thinks that women talk too much...for that is how he has portrayed these incredibly verbose and chattery women. More plot and les...more
Sep 26, 2012
Sep 25, 2012
The Moor (Mary Russell, #4)
We listened to this on CD while on a family road trip.

Laurie King knows her characters. She is a fantastic writer, but her greatest strength is puttin...more
Aug 11, 2011
Aug 07, 2011
The Secret Keeper

Kate Morton books require a certain amount of patience as one wades through the uncertain details and flashbacking (newly invented verb) necessary to...more
Jul 25, 2013
Jul 07, 2013
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes, #3)
I had to remind myself that, though I could usually figure out the solution (or at least, the culprit), The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes was one of t...more
Dec 31, 2009
Jul 23, 2008
The Beekeeper's Apprentice (Mary Russell, #1)
Beautifully written and (do I daresay?) superior in depth and character to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

At times it seem...more
Jan 20, 2010
Sep 30, 2009
An incredibly fun and scandalous read! Perfect fodder for the Halloween season. Everything we know of Dracula stems from this book, thus we can approa...more
Sep 20, 2012
Jan 05, 2012
The Talented Mr. Ripley (Ripley, #1)
Ms. Highsmith's work is psychologically sophisticated and amazingly creepy. Within a few chapters, we begin to realize that this author is forcing us...more
Jun 24, 2012
Jun 25, 2012
The Prestige

I saw this movie months ago and I couldn't stop thinking about it. I had to own it and see it again.

The book, which I didn't know existed unt...more
Jul 30, 2008
Jul 02, 2008
The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings
Creepy. We read this with our children (ages 9 and 12).
Oct 20, 2011
Sep 17, 2012
A Monstrous Regiment of Women (Mary Russell, #2)
Laurie King's writing is phenomenal; articulate and sophisticated without being pretentious. Her ability to pace the plot without undertow nor hypercl...more
Jun 20, 2014
May 09, 2014
The Thirteenth Tale
(4 1/2 stars)
Haunting, complex and complete, Diane Setterfield does not rush this tale. She has masterfully created a mysterious and dysfunctionally...more
Apr 27, 2012
Jan 05, 2012
The Fairy-Tale Detectives (The Sisters Grimm, #1)
We listened to this book in CD during a road trip with our children.

Both my nine-year-old AND my twelve-year-old loved this book. For me, it was just...more
Jul 08, 2011
Jun 28, 2008
Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs, #1)
Sweet and intelligent; a wonderful light read. The characters are well developed and the content is well researched. This one, rightly so, feels more...more
Oct 28, 2013
Sep 17, 2013
The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sherlock Holmes, #5)
We read this as a family.

A chilling classic.

(My husband is a MASTER at voices.)
Aug 05, 2011
Jul 13, 2011
The Halloween Tree
We read this aloud as a family.

A fine story, with a Goonies, boy-book sort of feel, explaining some of the origins of our Halloween traditions. No gr...more
Oct 22, 2012
Oct 11, 2012
The Fourth Bear (Nursery Crime, #2)
Probably 3 1/2 stars... I liked it a little better than The Big Over Easy... maybe I was in a better mood this time. I've grown attached to the charac...more
Jul 23, 2008
Apr 07, 2008
The Westing Game
Cute and fun. I wondered at times about it being slightly contrived - fitting names and places into the story to make it "clever" - but for young adul...more
Feb 13, 2012
Jul 29, 2008
O Jerusalem (Mary Russell, #5)
Laurie King takes her time. While the tale is thrilling, the telling is thorough and purposeful.

When looking for a book in which to get lost, this is...more
May 13, 2011
Jan 18, 2010
The Spellman Files (The Spellmans, #1)
Fun and compelling light reading. Chock full of one liners. Fantastically dysfunctional and well-developed characters. (I could have done without some...more
Oct 26, 2012
Sep 07, 2012
The Mystery at the Ski Jump (Nancy Drew, #29)
Jan 1985
Apr 10, 2008
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