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Pride's Prejudice
really liked it
A fun contemporary re-telling of Jane Austen's masterpiece. Half the fun of reading this is picking out which modern characters are based on Ms. Auste ...more
Aug 16, 2013
Jul 16, 2013
The Assassin's Mark
really liked it
Although The Assassin's Mark reads superficially like a murder mystery (there was that unfortunate accident at the hotel..), I think the greater myste ...more
Apr 15, 2013
Mar 14, 2013
Always a Cold Deck (The Harry Reese Mysteries, #1)
really liked it
I've read this series backwards, from Kalorama Shakedown and Crossings, so it's good to get back to the first book in this amusing mystery series set ...more
Jan 25, 2014
Jun 26, 2013
A Flight of Raptors (Paws & Claws, #2)
really liked it
I entered the Goodreads First Reads giveaway for A Flight of Raptors expecting a cozy mystery read featuring the Three Dog Detective Agency solving ...more
Jul 09, 2013
Jun 27, 2013
The Pinecone: The Story of Sarah Losh, Forgotten Romantic Heroine--Antiquarian, Architect, and Visionary
it was ok
I received this as a Good Reads giveaway, and though I found many things of interest in this book, I was surprised at how little Sarah Losh appears in ...more
Jul 23, 2014
May 21, 2014
Amidst Dark Satanic Mills (Folkestone & Hand, # 2)
really liked it
A welcome return for Captain Robert Folkestone, Sergeant Felix Hand and the indomitable Lady Cynthia Barrington-Welles. Perfect summer reading, and so ...more
Jun 27, 2015
Jun 29, 2015
A Charm of Powerful Trouble
really liked it
Murder as an anniversary present? Only Emmie would think that's an appropriate gift, and it turn out in this amusing tale that she's right.

I love this
May 16, 2014
May 10, 2014
Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening: How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of a Green Thumb and an Open Heart
really liked it
I received this memoir from GoodReads as a First Reads giveaway. I thought it was a lovely recounting of a unique friendship between a middle class wh ...more
Feb 10, 2014
Jan 10, 2014
Fair Play's a Jewel (The Harry Reese Mysteries, #5)
really liked it
It's a red-letter day when a new Harry Reese mystery arrives on my bookshelf. Harry always has a new insurance fraud case to investigate while his wif ...more
Jul 25, 2015
Jul 28, 2015
The Harvest Killings
liked it
This promising debut novel was a Good Reads giveaway. The Ugandan setting was a real plus for this novel which allowed for a few unexpected plot twist ...more
Sep 24, 2014
Jun 29, 2014
The Pursuit of Pearls (Clara Vine, #4)
did not like it
I was happy to win The Pursuit of Pearls in a First Reads giveaway because I was intrigued by the premise of this book. In the end, after picking it a ...more
Mar 14, 2016
Jan 04, 2016
Posing in Paradise
really liked it
I can always feel myself smiling when I spend time with Harry and Emmie Reese, a most unlikely couple. This time Emmie has gone home to Northampton Ma ...more
Feb 13, 2017
Feb 16, 2017
Lookaway, Lookaway
really liked it
My land, what a read! Even the structure of this Southern novel is a sly poke at the ambitions and failed dreams of the characters. Each chapter is to ...more
Jul 21, 2013
Jun 27, 2013
Equal of the Sun
really liked it
I was really excited when I received an Advance Reader copy of Equal of the Sun by Anita Amirrezvani as a GoodReads First Read. I had read and loved h ...more
May 02, 2012
Apr 04, 2012
Kicking The Habit
really liked it
A very cute mystery about an ex-nun (although she never did take her final vows!) and a handsome ex-Army Ranger detective assigned to nun-sit her afte ...more
Jan 05, 2014
Dec 26, 2013
Christmas at Harmony Hill (Shaker, #5.5)
it was ok
I was happy to win this book as a GoodReads First Read because I love Christmas stories, and the idea of it being a Shaker story intrigued me. I have ...more
Dec 05, 2013
Oct 30, 2013
First Blush : A Meegs Miscellany
really liked it
This diverting collection of stories is tied to the the turn-of=the-century Harry Reese mysteries. M.E. Meegs is the pen name used by his wife, the in ...more
May 17, 2017
May 18, 2017
Shades of Gray
liked it
In this paranormal romance there's only one shade of gray and it's a malevolent one. Paige Malone, best-selling crime writer, has bought a haunted hou ...more
Dec 19, 2013
Nov 04, 2013
What in God's Name
really liked it
What if God got bored with the human race and decided to destroy the world, and take up something really interesting, like opening a new restaurant? W ...more
Aug 21, 2012
Jul 01, 2012
The Uninvited Guests
really liked it
I received The Uninvited Guests as a GoodReads First Read. What a great book to add to your summer reading pile!

It begins as what seems a straight-fo
May 30, 2012
Apr 13, 2012
The Merchant's Daughter (Hagenheim, #2)
liked it
Thanks to the good folks at Zondervan Publishing for sending me Melanie Dickerson's The Merchant's Daughter in a First Reads giveaway. Aimed at a Youn ...more
Jun 21, 2012
Dec 01, 2011
The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken (Vish Puri, #3)
really liked it
I received "The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken" as a GoodReads First Reads giveaway. I had previously read "The Case of the Missing Servant", and s ...more
Oct 02, 2012
Jul 20, 2012
The Dovekeepers
really liked it
I read a blurb somewhere on GoodReads that said this book was "about Masada". That was enough for me to ignore the cover and enter the First Reads giv ...more
Jun 08, 2012
Dec 17, 2011
My Thomas: A Novel of Martha Jefferson's Life
liked it
My Thomas is author Grimes' own love letter to Thomas Jefferson, a man of strong convictions, principles and contradictions. Using the device of his w ...more
Apr 18, 2014
Feb 08, 2014
The Captured Girl: A Novel of Survival during the Great Sioux War
really liked it
Though I found the first couple of pages of this novel disturbing, since I won this book in GoodReads First Reads giveaway, I decided to soldier on, a ...more
Dec 17, 2016
Dec 09, 2016
The Salinger Contract
really liked it
If you're not a J.D. Salinger fan (like me!) don't be put off by the title. You'll miss a great read. I thought twice about entering the Giveaway for ...more
Sep 25, 2013
Aug 28, 2013
Double Daggers
liked it
I won this book in a GoodReads First Reads giveaway. The idea of a curse tied to a coin minted in ancient Rome by Brutus to commemorate his part in th ...more
Jan 20, 2014
Dec 21, 2013
Classified (The Godmothers #6)
did not like it
A number of my friends are Fern Michaels fans, so I was glad to dip into this book as a GoodReads First Reads. Unfortunately, the thing I liked best a ...more
Oct 28, 2013
Sep 16, 2013
A Foreign Country (Thomas Kell, #1)
really liked it
Thomas Kell isn't enjoying his forced retirment from Britain's MI6 Intelligence Agency. Nor is he particularly pleased when his former boss calls him, ...more
May 29, 2012
Apr 26, 2012
Dog Medicine: How My Dog Saved Me from Myself
liked it
I won this book in a First Reads giveaway. Thanks, GoodReads!

A memoir that deals with clinical depression, I must admit that I found the first part o
Oct 2016
Sep 08, 2016
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