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Little Century
I read this primarily because it was the 2014 Whidbey Reads selection. I was pleasantly surprised! Set in the high desert of Oregon, the story is stee...more
Apr 02, 2014
Mar 25, 2014
Grandad, There's A Head On The Beach (Jimm Juree, #2)
I haven't laughed so hard at murder and mayhem in some time.

Jimm finds herself enbroiled in a mystery on the very first page. Cotterill's descriptions...more
Jul 18, 2012
Jan 12, 2012
Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son. by Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez
The balance of input from Sheen and Estevez was wonderful. It was interesting to see the development of the relationship between this famous father an...more
not set
Aug 31, 2012
Murder by Suicide (Ellie Quicke, #2)
Ellie is a bit of a doormat. I will probably try one or two more, but if she doesn't grow a spine soon, I'm done with her.
Oct 30, 2010
Oct 22, 2010
Death Cloud (Young Sherlock Holmes, #1)
One never knows quite what might happen when an author attempts to resuscitate the timeless character of Sherlock Holmes. Readers have expectations!

Jul 16, 2012
Jul 09, 2012
Schottenfreude: German Words for the Human Condition
Dec 11, 2013
Dec 08, 2013
I expected so much more from this legendary author. This was rather juvenile. Perhaps that is King's typical style - I wouldn't know, since this was m...more
Aug 20, 2014
Aug 15, 2014
I really wanted to like this book. I've never read anything by Allende before and was looking forward to it. But all the Navy seal he-man stuff and hi...more
Mar 11, 2014
Mar 09, 2014
The Mountain Massacres: A Bomber Hanson Mystery
This was okay, but I think men may enjoy this more than I did. There were several sexist comments that actually made the main character look as though...more
Jan 18, 2011
Jan 19, 2011
Before I Go To Sleep
I got through half of this in the audio version, which is a considerable investment of time, but honest to goodness, if I had to hear about Ben's "bob...more
Feb 23, 2012
Feb 17, 2012
Ghost at Work (Bailey Ruth, #1)
I have been a fan of Carolyn Hart's Death on Demand series (if I do grow tired of hearing how hot Max is...). I couldn't take another minute of this b...more
not set
Sep 17, 2010
Blue Lightning (Shetland, #4)
My God, but I love Ann Cleeves" work. Gripping, human, and enthralling. I am thrilled that there is a fifth book in the series that had previoulsly be...more
Jan 24, 2013
Jan 13, 2013
A Trick of the Light (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #7)
Penny's characters keep growing, and in unexpected ways, and I care deeply about them. The team is still reeling and healing from the warehouse debacl...more
Mar 25, 2014
Mar 17, 2014
The Axe Factor (Jimm Juree #3)
Erstwhile jounalist Jimm Juree wrangles an interview with an American writer whose much-younger wife has suddenly departed the home, and of whom there...more
Jun 11, 2014
Jun 03, 2014
The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #13)
What I love about this series is the cultural window and McCall Smith's oblique, dry wit. His characters are imminently human - yet so forgiving of hu...more
May 13, 2012
May 02, 2012
Good Stuff: A Reminiscence of My Father, Cary Grant
While I loved Cary Grant as an actor and a truly classy man, this work by his daughter smacked more than a little of name-dropping. However, how can y...more
not set
Aug 15, 2011
Island 731
I listened to this on audiobook. The author seemed to be going for the flavor of a Michael Crichton or Clive Cussler thriller. I just got sick of all...more
May 2013
Apr 22, 2013
Alpine for You (Passport to Peril, #1)
From the beginning, it was a laugh-a-minute. It petered out a bit for me. I'm no exactly sure why. For one thing, it's a big mistake to write exactly...more
Jan 23, 2012
Jan 18, 2012
The Brown Betty Cookbook: Modern Vintage Desserts and Stories from Philadelphia's Best Bakery
This is as much a family history as it is a scrumptious cookbook, and it's full of inspiring photos of recipes. Lest you think the recipes are all cal...more
Jul 20, 2014
Jul 19, 2014
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce, #1)
Flavia is a fabulous protagonist. She's precocious and brilliant for her age, yet still has childish moments, as one would expect of an eleven-year ol...more
Feb 12, 2011
Feb 03, 2011
An Elegant Solution
Set in Basel in the time of the Black Plague, this is an understated yet gripping mystery. Straddling the positions of Student and Master, Leonhard Eu...more
Jun 26, 2014
Jun 12, 2014
A Murder of Crows
A man sits, crippled, in a chair while the husband of his ex-wife is murdered before him. He shows up at said ex-wife's home to "protect" her. The cri...more
Mar 12, 2012
Oct 02, 2010
Vertigo 42: A Richard Jury Mystery
Richard Jury is asked to look into a 17-year old case which ended in an open verdict. Was it suicide or just a tragic accident? While he's in the area...more
Aug 06, 2014
Jul 24, 2014
Tilly Witch
This book gets five stars for its staying power in my memory. Our family owned a copy of this and I recall using my mother's typewriter to copy all th...more
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Oct 18, 2012
Green Smoothie Joy: Recipes for Living, Loving, and Juicing Green
There are some great recipes in this, no doubt. I just don't agree with the idea of "juicing" veggies (or fruit, for that matter). Pureeing, yes, juic...more
Apr 10, 2014
Apr 01, 2014
Bones in High Places: A Reverend Oughterard Mystery
I would normally shun any book in which I am privy to the musings of any animal other than those of the human variety. Not so with Hill's fabulous ser...more
Aug 24, 2010
Aug 20, 2010
Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton
While I found the story of Payton compelling, the use of no less than four pseudonyms for contributors took a bit of the edge off the content. I'm alw...more
Jan 05, 2012
Dec 21, 2011
Deer in the Headlights: My Life in Sarah Palin's Crosshairs
I hesitate to admit to reading this, but I must if I want to save others from my fate. There were interesting bits in this bio, but mostly it was just...more
not set
Nov 28, 2011
Did I Do That?: The Best (and Worst) of the '90s - Toys, Games, Shows, and Other Stuff
Silly romp through the 90s. Since my children were growing up during that decade, I was, by default, subjected to much of the popular culture. Some of...more
Mar 28, 2013
Mar 19, 2013
Regretsy: The World's Oddest, Most Ridiculous, and Most Disturbing Crafts
Do not read this until you have a box of tissues and there is no one around to hear (or care if) you snort. It's not enough to look at the pictures, y...more
not set
Jun 20, 2012
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