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Seventh Daughter
I started reading this book with more than a little excitement. It's concept of the power of a seventh daughter of a seventh daughter born in the shad ...more
Dec 31, 2008
Jan 01, 2009
The Silver Needle Murder (A Tea Shop Mystery, #9)
I wanted to wait until I read the entire series before adding a review -- but oops there is another one just released. But I am going to review now an ...more
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Apr 07, 2009
Murder by the Slice (A Fresh-Baked Mystery, #2)
I don't know if it is a case of 'overkill' on my part (no pun intended) but "Murder by the Slice" seems to be nothing but a knock off of the Laura Chi ...more
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May 14, 2009
JonBenet: Inside the Ramsey Murder Investigation
Recently I saw the new movie THE CHANGLING with Angelina Joli. I was totally horrified that such unethical and corrupt behavior could exist within a p ...more
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Jun 19, 2009
The Editorial
I really hate to give such a low rating, and I usually reserve it for especially difficult books. I don't mean level of difficulty in reading. At time ...more
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May 30, 2009
Ordinarily I am particularly fond of historical novels, the Civil War being one of my favorite subjects. Unfortunately my enjoyment of this book was p ...more
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Apr 12, 2012
The Confession
I have three critera for a book I read for pleasure. Was it entertaining? Was it readable (ie. did it move along) and did it make me 'feel' something? ...more
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Feb 27, 2011
The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America
Who would have thought that an entire book devoted to the events of one week in history could be so totally engrossing! But it is true, and I think th ...more
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May 07, 2010
The Changeling (Daughters of England, #15)

The Changeling is not a mystery, nor is it a good historical novel, both of which are genres I love. Instead it is a stereotypical romance novel that
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Jan 11, 2011
Q is for Quarry (Kinsey Millhone, #17)
I am usually an avid fan of Sue Grafton's alphabet series, but Q seemed to drag. A great deal of unnecessary detail and description of meals, eating h ...more
Jul 15, 2008
Jul 15, 2008
Beetle Creek
This is a charming and touchingly nostalgic view of a Ficticious town in rural Australia in the mid nineteen fifties. But don't let that fool you. Muc ...more
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Mar 15, 2010
Spider Woman's Daughter (Navajo Mysteries, #19)
The problem with attempting to borrow characters from another author - in this case from her father - is that the author probably does not "know" the ...more
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Aug 15, 2014
Loops: The 7 Keys to Getting the Right Things Done with Your Small Business
I don't usually read business management books for pleasure, so I was a bit taken back when I was asked to read this book with an eye to making it int ...more
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Dec 22, 2009
The Load: An Over-the-Road Mystery
I picked this little volume up as part of my current study of the mystery genre because the sub title said 'An Over-the-Road Mystery. What a pleasant ...more
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May 20, 2009
Spotted Flower and the Ponokomita
This short tale of how the Blackfoot came to have the horse is written the way I think all children's stories should be written. It never 'talks down' ...more
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Sep 17, 2009
Dream Chasers of the West: A Homestead Family of Glacier Park
While interesting in the details of the physical hardships faced by these people, the book suffered, and suffered badly, from careless publishing. The ...more
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Aug 17, 2009
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
I believe that my two stars are generous. The underlying idea of a good vampire has some merit - some I said - but not enough to carry the entire book ...more
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Dec 03, 2009
The Killer Angels
I am not usually a fan of 'war' stories. I find the 'good guy vs. enemy' and blatant brutality of the conflict is usually overdone. It becomes ultimat ...more
Aug 05, 2009
Aug 05, 2009
The Third Life
Way too contrived for my taste. The 'structure' of the story was repetitive to the point where it became boring. It would have been an interesting con ...more
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Sep 22, 2009
The Book of the Dead: Lives of the Justly Famous and the Undeservedly Obscure
Someone at Associated Press put on the outside cover "...dare to ask questions I stopped aking when I supposedly learned to know better." One of thos ...more
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Nov 29, 2010
When I first heard of this book I was told how hilarioulsy funny it was. I was told it was 'a first person account of the NFL.' I am a football fan so ...more
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Feb 16, 2009
The Associate
I never thought I would ever be unable to finish a Grisham novel. And for the first several chapters I had extremely high expectations for this one. H ...more
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Feb 11, 2009
Closed for the Season
I don't usually read books intended for young people, but after being prodded by my young neighbor, I relented. I was pleasantly surprised that Ms. Ha ...more
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Dec 31, 2011
The Eagle and the Raven
I have always admired Michener's ability to write historical novels in which the reader hardly realizes that they are - in fact - reading history. How ...more
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Jan 13, 2010
Rosa and the Prince: The Love Story of Rosa and Crown Prince Rudolph of Habsburg
I picked up the book with a lot of antaicipation because I love fiction that is based on historical fact. And I must say that Ms. Braund researched th ...more
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Nov 23, 2009
Death by Darjeeling (A Tea Shop Mystery, #1)
I have just discovered this author and found this mystery to be gentle and charming. Set in the historic section of Charleston, the heroine is the pro ...more
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Mar 13, 2009
God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World--and Why Their Differences Matter
The idea of an objective examination of the major religions was a good one. Unfortunately, the author did not always remain objective. His personal ed ...more
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May 04, 2011
Scottish Murders
I was really disappointed in this book. When I picked it up, I thought it would be a series of murder mysteries along the gothic lines usually associa ...more
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Apr 30, 2009
Size 12 Is Not Fat (Heather Wells, #1)
I began reading this book with the sole intent of seeing what interested my granddaughter. Much to my surprise I found myself intrigued and entertaine ...more
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Jun 05, 2008
This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind
I suspect that one should never read a book that is another persons view of a land where the reader has himself spent considerable time. The book was ...more
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Jul 24, 2008
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