‘Conviction’ by Julia Dahl is a timely and thrilling murder mystery

In "Conviction," Julia Dahl has managed yet again to create a mystery that seamlessly ties past and present as well as different cultures. Rebekah Roberts grew up in Florida and never knew the Hasidic Jewish mother who abandoned her and her father when Rebekah was an infant. Rebekah moves to New York as an adult to … Continue reading ‘Conviction’ by Julia Dahl is a timely and thrilling murder mystery

Dog with Chain Attached Through His Skin Urgently in Need of Foster to Be Saved

Animal rescuers see some horrible things. But sometimes, the level of cruelty is astounding even to those who think they have seen it all. This dog had been so cruelly treated, so horribly abused, that NorCal Bully Breed Rescue couldn't turn their back on him. They wrote about that abuse in the Facebook post begging … Continue reading Dog with Chain Attached Through His Skin Urgently in Need of Foster to Be Saved

‘Rescuing Penny Jane: One Shelter Volunteer, Countless Dogs, and the Quest to Find Them All Homes’

    In her recent book, "Rescuing Penny Jane: One Shelter Volunteer, Countless Dogs, and the Quest to Find Them All Homes," author Amy Sutherland shares not only her personal experiences as a shelter volunteer, but also her investigations of other shelters, the practice of sending shelter dogs across the country to other shelters, and … Continue reading ‘Rescuing Penny Jane: One Shelter Volunteer, Countless Dogs, and the Quest to Find Them All Homes’

Dog Gets Loving Family and New K9 Friend After Long Journey to America

It's been a long journey for Chloe, a Shiba Inu mix, from the dusty streets of rural China to the spacious fenced-in backyard of a suburban Chicago home. But now she has a home and a best friend. When she was taken off the streets in rural China at six months of age, she had … Continue reading Dog Gets Loving Family and New K9 Friend After Long Journey to America

Gentle Giant One of Many Wonderful Dogs Needing Homes Who Need to Be Only Dogs

Buddy has been without the person he loved most in the world for almost a year now. The relationship he had with his human mom was one of mutual adoration. They loved each other completely and totally. So when she died, Buddy was bereft. He waited for her to get home every day so they … Continue reading Gentle Giant One of Many Wonderful Dogs Needing Homes Who Need to Be Only Dogs

‘Maxi’s Secrets (Or, What You Can Learn From a Dog)’ by Lynn Plourde is a Beautiful Book About the Love of a Dog

  In "Maxi's Secrets (Or, What You Can Learn From a Dog)," Lynn Plourde tells the reader, on the very first page, that the dog dies. Why, then, did this book reviewer -- who tells kids to stay far away from books like "Old Yeller" and "Where the Red Fern Grows" and, indeed, any book … Continue reading ‘Maxi’s Secrets (Or, What You Can Learn From a Dog)’ by Lynn Plourde is a Beautiful Book About the Love of a Dog

‘The Goldfish Boy’ by Lisa Thompson is a touching middle grade mystery

"The Goldfish Boy" by Lisa Thompson houses an unusual protagonist: a boy with severe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. He spends almost all of his time inside his home looking out one of two windows, either the window in his bedroom which looks out over the backyard or the window in the front room which still has … Continue reading ‘The Goldfish Boy’ by Lisa Thompson is a touching middle grade mystery

‘City of the Lost’ by Kelley Armstrong: Thrilling and action-packed fiction

Kelley Armstrong is no stranger to writing fast-moving, exciting fiction. With "City of the Lost," the start of a new series, Armstrong introduces readers to life in rural -- very, very rural -- Canada. Casey Duncan, the protagonist of the novel, is a tough homicide detective. The readers learn early in the story that she … Continue reading ‘City of the Lost’ by Kelley Armstrong: Thrilling and action-packed fiction

‘The Magician’s Key: Book Two in The Secrets of the Pied Piper’ by Matthew Cody

Matthew Cody's second book in the "Secrets of the Pied Piper" series, "The Magician's Key," is brilliant. This second-in-a-trilogy novel manages to be even more action-filled than the first book. This one takes place not only in the small town of Hamelin, where the Pied Piper led 130 children into a mountain eight hundred years … Continue reading ‘The Magician’s Key: Book Two in The Secrets of the Pied Piper’ by Matthew Cody

‘Six Minutes in Heaven’ by Eloisa James: Lovely historical fiction by the master romance writer

In "Seven Minutes in Heaven," Eloisa James continues to show through her clever and thoughtful writing that she is not only an extremely erudite professor of Shakespeare, but that she also possesses an abundance of creativity. Each of her female protagonists is uniquely talented and often successful. They have independent ideas and thoughts. In this … Continue reading ‘Six Minutes in Heaven’ by Eloisa James: Lovely historical fiction by the master romance writer

‘Killing Kate’ by Alex Lake is Fabulous Contemporary British Thriller

"Killing Kate" begins like many murder mysteries. There is a young woman, this one living in Great Britain, who has just broken up with her long-time boyfriend. She is on vacation and mysteriously ends up spending the night with a stranger. Even stranger is that he is from England, too, and lives near Kate. While … Continue reading ‘Killing Kate’ by Alex Lake is Fabulous Contemporary British Thriller