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He’s dead; she’s a widow.

Posted on: May 3rd, 2016

The WidowThe Widow by Fiona Barton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Her husband dies, falls under a bus and slowly a story of silence and crime unravels. Very suspenseful but not scary.

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father and son

Posted on: March 13th, 2016

The Perfect SonThe Perfect Son by Barbara Claypole White
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A family where the son has Tourettes Syndrome faces the mother’s health crisis. The son and his father must find a way to live and grow together. A tender father son book!

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Angel food delight

Posted on: March 13th, 2016

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)Angelfall by Susan Ee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There is trouble when the angels take over the earth. Penryn, 17, battles the angels to find where they have taken her little sister. She partners with an angel whose wings have been cut off and makes him her to the Aerie when she hopes to find her sister. She finds much more.
a new look at angels. At one point Raffe, the angel confesses that his major problem is that he is an agnostic. not sure of the existence of God and has never communicated with God……
In general, an interesting fantasy read.

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Olympia Brown!

Posted on: March 8th, 2016

A Deadly MissionA Deadly Mission by Judith Campbell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I started this book in the early evening and did not close the book till I finished it at 1am; a page turner! Olympia Brown, chaplain for a girls college knows there are bad things happening in a cult in Cambridge. She and her priest friend Jim try to save one of her students and expose the criminals running the cult. I can tell there will be more mysteries to come

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A mystery for lunch

Posted on: March 8th, 2016

The Coroner's Lunch (Dr. Siri Paiboun, #1)The Coroner’s Lunch by Colin Cotterill
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Good mystery. reminds me of Gorky Park with Martin Cruz Smith. The story takes place in Laos adter the take over of the communists, so the “rules” are a bit different. Siri, the coroner, and his assistant, Stui, and morgue attendant are faced with multiple deaths. He has friends who help and there is an element of the mystical in the dreams he has and the Hmong shamans. There are moments of humor and it ties up nicely in the end.

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friends forever

Posted on: March 4th, 2016

My Brilliant Friend (The Neapolitan Novels, #1)My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The complex story of a friendship between Elena and Lila. Beautifully written; I was taken in by the subtle way the author revealed the love, the jealousy, the competition and dependency of these two young girls. The beauty of the words and the characters drew me through the book, but it was not a fast paced read.

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Music in the air

Posted on: March 4th, 2016

The Magic Strings of Frankie PrestoThe Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a book. Magic Music.

The main narrator, music itself, relates the biography of a fictional classical guitarist. There are magic moments and in the end everything comes together. I listened to the book and the audio was superb. Frankie Presto was born in a cathedral in Spain and took music in from his very birth. The story is infused with musical moments in jazz, country, classical and rock. Loved it!

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The answer.

Posted on: December 10th, 2015

Lord of All ThingsLord of All Things by Andreas Eschbach
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

More than 4 stars really, but just nor 5.
When he is a teen, Hiroshi believe he has found the way to end poverty. Eventually he finds a way to make his dream a reality with Nanotechnology. But he never factored in the greed of humans or the intelligence of aliens.

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YA Love

Posted on: December 10th, 2015

Eleanor & ParkEleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

YA book, young love two kids who like typical teens, feel they don’e fit anywhere. Eleanor is in a house with five kids and an abusive step dad. Park is Asian trying to fit in with a rough crowd. There is love and angst. Good story written in two voices.

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Family Misfortune

Posted on: December 1st, 2015

Trail of Broken WingsTrail of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Heart breaking take of Indian Immigrant family in America. Father is in a coma, daughters and mother gather and a heartbreaking tale of abuse and abandonment emerges. A compelling read.

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