Rather Be The Devil

By: Ian Rankin

This was a discovery at my library. I was looking for a good mystery to sink my teeth into. This book featured a retired detective named John Rebus. Now that he has all this free time, he asks an associate (on the sly) to bring him a cold case file about a socialite who was killed, over thirty years ago, in a hotel the same night a famous rock star and his entourage stayed there. There is also a current day investigation which ties into this past mystery.

This book is part of a much larger series. I give the author credit for making me feel a part of these character’s lives even though I haven’t read any of the other books in the series. Continue reading

Hearts of Sand

By Jane Haddam

Lately, I seem to have a knack of picking books that img_0082don’t satisfy me.

My last few reviews have been all over the place. Maybe it’s me. (deep sigh) This book is a mystery. The main character is an  ex-FBI profiler named Gregor Demarkian. He is called in as a consultant on hard to solve cases. Jane Haddam has written a whole series of books with this character. Each novel is a stand alone however characters from the books appear in each novel. Continue reading

The Reader

By: Bernhard Schlink


This was a book club choice. I’m fairly torn about how I feel about it. On one hand, it is a short two hundred and eighteen pages of stripped down prose that is a delight to read in its own right, but on the other, it lacked emotion and failed to engage me enough to care for the protagonist.

I feel like this was more of a “thinking man’s” book than a truly engaging piece of literary fiction. It raises a host of questions about guilt, shame, love, and morality. And yes, it was made into a movie starring Kate Winslet. Continue reading

First Star I See Tonight

By: Susan Elizabeth Phillips

This book was a lot of fun. I have favorite authors in the romance genre, so it’s pretty hard for me to let go and take a chance on a new author. All I can say is that Susan Elizabeth Phillips must be a fire cracker in real life, because this book had a certain zing to it.

Now, before I get into the book, I want to say I checked some online reviews on Amazon. I’m always curious to see what other readers think of a book, especially if I enjoyed it.  Unfortunately, some long time Susan Elizabeth Phillips or SEP fans were not pleased with this book. They felt it was one of the weaker entries in her catalog.

Really? All I can think is that her good stuff must be phenomenal because this book, in my opinion, was pretty great.

Let’s get into it! Continue reading

Nantucket Sisters

Author: Nancy Thayer

Novell by Nancy Thayer Nantucket SistersEvery so often I go on the hunt for a new author. I’m looking for an author who can provide me a good light read but also offer some depth of character.

Unfortunately, I can never remember the dozens of authors or titles recommended to me when crunch time hits. (I know, I really should write them down.)

Recently, I picked up “Nantucket Sisters” by Nancy Thayer. It was a random pick off the book shelf at my library. (which I love doing by the way) I’m always hopeful when I see a catalog of titles by an author because it means if I really enjoy this one, I will have more to choose from. So, how did I do?

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The Woman in Cabin 10

Author: Ruth Ware

I love a good “locked room” mystery, but I had some problems staying engaged in this story, at least in the beginning.

I borrowed this book from my local library. It’s part of their Express Collection, which means you only get to keep the book for a week. If you are late, it’s a dollar-a-day fine, which can really rack up if you’re not paying attention.

I can usually plow through a good book in a few hours ( if I have the time), if not, then in a couple of days. Unfortunately, this book was slow out of the gate for me, which kept me struggling to finish it within the week deadline. Continue reading

A Man Called Ove

Author: Fredrik Backman

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What can I say? I love this book! Sometimes you just find a story that hits all your emotional buttons. That’s what A Man Called Ove did for me.

Unbiased, objective, not this time. If you like a story about a curmudgeonly, old man with a heart of gold than this book is for you.  If you’ve checked out the reviews on Amazon then you know there are some people who strongly dislike this book.

I think the reason I like this book so much is because I’ve known a few Oves in my lifetime. Continue reading