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1st to Die (Women's Murder Club, #1)
Am I the only one that thinks that "Women's Murder Club" sounds not only hokey but juvenile and begging mockery?

The story: a psycho serial killer begi
Mar 17, 2008
Mar 18, 2008
The Uncommon Reader
Oh wow. If I could give this book six stars, or heck, even ten, I would. It is so great--there's a lot of subtlety in here that Readers' Advisory libr ...more
not set
Dec 21, 2007
My Ántonia
When I first arrived in Indiana in August 2004, I didn't know what I was expecting. My ancestors had first arrived in that Midwestern state in 1820, ...more
Sep 2006
May 25, 2007
Free for All
I've never met the author of this book; never been to his library, never even heard of him, but I am willing to swear to his honesty and authenticity: ...more
Feb 12, 2008
Feb 12, 2008
The Last Runaway
Simply put, this is one of the BEST historical novels I have ever read.

The plot: After being jilted by her fiance in England, Quaker woman Honor Brigh
Jan 28, 2013
Feb 05, 2013
The Favored Queen: A Novel of Henry VIII's Third Wife
Do yourself a favor and don't read this book. A nice alternative would be Plain Jane: a novel of Jane Seymour (Jun 2006), by Laurien Gardner. Although ...more
Oct 19, 2011
Oct 20, 2011
The Constant Princess (The Tudor Court, #1)
If King Henry VIII's wives have any consolation, it is that they are remembered and honored far more in death than they were in life--there were six w ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 29, 2008
The Friday Night Knitting Club (Friday Night Knitting Club, #1)
Oh dear. That's several hours of my life I will never get back.

The plot: Georgia Walker owns a knitting-yarn store in New York City. Between her and h
Apr 2008
Apr 24, 2008
A Thousand Splendid Suns
I tore through this book. Literally read it in about eight hours (my day off). It was an entertaining read, and sad, but I wasn't uplifted by it; it l ...more
May 2007
May 03, 2007
Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker
To me, historical fiction is like a Chinese buffet--for the most part, I will devour it. And sometimes it will be really, really enjoyable; usually it ...more
Jul 12, 2013
May 15, 2013
The Confession of Katherine Howard
This was such an annoyingly anachronistic read! GAAAAR! Phrases you will encounter: "I bet..." "Yup." "Kidding!" "It'll blow over." And my personal fa ...more
Jul 28, 2011
Aug 03, 2011
The People of Forever Are Not Afraid
I think my disappointment in this novel has much to do with what I enjoy in a novel, and little to do with the quality of the novel itself. I'm pretty ...more
Oct 30, 2012
Nov 01, 2012
The Never List
In the light of recent news events, the timing ofThe Never List’s release is a little unnerving, to say the least.

Currently, it’s the horror story of
Aug 12, 2013
Jul 12, 2013
Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard von Bingen
When I was fifteen, I discovered the beautiful music of Hildegard von Bingen. (Incidentally, the CD of her music that I discovered was a techno-trance ...more
Nov 25, 2012
Nov 27, 2012
If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans
Let me preface this by saying that I am not giving this a bad review because I disagree with everything Coulter says; that would be too easy. This boo ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 12, 2007
The Jester
I think the nicest thing I can say about this book--and possibly all of Patterson's books--is that it would be an excellent book for adult learners (e ...more
May 2008
May 07, 2008
Dispatches from the Edge: A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival
Is Anderson Cooper REALLY gay? It seems like I have heard this from different people. And if so, oh god. What a tragic waste of beautiful manflesh.

May 2007
May 29, 2007
The Darkest Evening of the Year
This is only the second Dean Koontz book that I have read, and I gave it three stars only because it was compelling, despite its flaws.

I believe it is
Dec 2007
Dec 04, 2007
Freddy and Fredericka
Woooo, doggy, this one was a dense one.

A spoof on the British royal family, Freddy and Fredericka tell the story of the Prince and Princess of Wales,
Feb 2008
Feb 19, 2008
Cavendon Hall: A Novel
In a nutshell: Downton Abbey meets Danielle Steel. Except…I enjoy both Steel and Downton Abbey more than this novel, a tome overstuffed with one very, ...more
Apr 12, 2014
Oct 31, 2013
A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France
This nonfiction piece lacked the same easy readability that other nonfiction authors (i.e., Laura Hillenbrand and Erik Larson) have achieved, so that' ...more
Feb 10, 2013
Feb 11, 2013
At Home: A Short History of Private Life
If ever you wanted to get a degree in British history, save yourself a few thousand in college tuition and indulge in a couple of Bryson’s tomes—speci ...more
Aug 21, 2013
May 17, 2013
The Watchman (Joe Pike, #1)
I think this is my first "Male Romance", if it can be considered that. Entertaining and enlightening, I suppose: the main character, Joe Pike, is ters ...more
May 2007
May 31, 2007
Holy crap. This book was so FREAKING GOOD.

The time and place: America, a few years down the road. Prime rates are at 18 percent. Inflation is at thirt
May 2007
May 24, 2007
The Little Way of Ruthie Leming: A Southern Girl, a Small Town, and the Secret of a Good Life
Someone has to stay home and tend to the family and the farm, and it sure wasn’t going to be Ron Dreher—since he was an adolescent, he had been yearni ...more
Jul 17, 2013
May 13, 2013
The Red Tent
Back in my churching days, I read a good bit of the Old Testament. Then as now, it struck me that the most salacious interesting parts of it were the ...more
Aug 04, 2013
May 10, 2013
The Year of Fog
A little more than a minute. That's all. Abby didn't look away for more than that, and perhaps it wasn't even that long. But that was all the time it ...more
Apr 2007
Apr 16, 2007
Every Man Dies Alone
If ever there was a book in which the title was also the spoiler, this would be the one.

The Quangels are a humble, working class couple in Nazi-ruled
Mar 09, 2013
Feb 28, 2013
The Secret Lives of Fortunate Wives
There's not a lot of words I can use to sum up this book. But I think I can use a few to give you an idea: A delightful romp. This book is like a Pop- ...more
Jun 2007
Jun 04, 2007
Phantom Evil (Krewe of Hunters, #1)
I wanted to like this book, I truly did. It has some great potential: a crew of ghost hunters! Set in New Orleans! But somehow, the author's matter-of ...more
Oct 2011
Oct 12, 2011
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