The Devil for Sure: “The Devil’s Hand” by Jack Carr

The Devil's Hand by Jack Carr Author and ex-Navy Seal Jack Carr's latest action novel, "The Devil's Hand," boasts something for everyone -- that is, something for everyone who loves books filled with violence, war, gore, and the thirst for revenge. But this very authoritative and authentic-sounding novel is about much more than the taste … Continue reading The Devil for Sure: “The Devil’s Hand” by Jack Carr

‘The Newcomer’ by Mary Kay Andrews brings Florida, small beachfront motels, and a mystery to brighten our summer reading

The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews Mary Kay Andrews is the queen of writing mysteries that take us to the South and often to the beach. In "The Newcomer," we travel from New York to Treasure Island, Florida, a small beachside town near St. Petersburg. When Letty grabs her niece and flees the city, she … Continue reading ‘The Newcomer’ by Mary Kay Andrews brings Florida, small beachfront motels, and a mystery to brighten our summer reading

‘Even and Odd’ by Sarah Beth Durst is a middle grade fantasy about family, love, and sacrifice

Even and Odd by Sarah Beth Durst The middle grade fantasy "Even and Odd" adds to Sarah Beth Durst's shelves of fantasy books—from middle grade to young adult to adult. And in this magical story, sisters Emma and Olivia become the title characters, Even and Odd, because they share their magic. Each gets to have … Continue reading ‘Even and Odd’ by Sarah Beth Durst is a middle grade fantasy about family, love, and sacrifice

‘The Seat Filler’ by Sariah Wilson is a charming modern romance

"The Seat Filler" by Sariah Wilson hit the spot after giving up on an overly wordy, tediously description-filled narrative that had been sent to me. I picked up this romance and within a few pages, I cared more about Juliet Nolan, the main character, than I had after reading more than 100 pages of the … Continue reading ‘The Seat Filler’ by Sariah Wilson is a charming modern romance

‘Black Coral’ by Andrew Mayne is a detective series with an underwater twist

Black Coral by Andrew Mayne "Black Coral" by Andrew Mayne is the second book in a new detective series, "The Underwater Investigation Unit Series." While that's not exactly a snappy name for a series, it certainly describes what makes this new group of law enforcement officers — the small group that works in law enforcement … Continue reading ‘Black Coral’ by Andrew Mayne is a detective series with an underwater twist

‘Band of Sisters’ by Lauren Willig is a stunning story, based on real history, of a group of intrepid women during WWI

Band of Sisters by Lauren Willig One of the hallmarks of good literature is a story in which things — and people — are not as they appear. In "Band of Sisters," author Lauren Willig effectively accomplishes this and more: she writes about women who are not as they appear, but she additionally writes about … Continue reading ‘Band of Sisters’ by Lauren Willig is a stunning story, based on real history, of a group of intrepid women during WWI

‘Connect the Dots’ by Keith Calabrese is a wonderful middle grade novel

Connect the Dots by Keith Calabrese Want to get your child a fabulous novel to read over the summer that's filled with relatable characters, a genius who has disappeared, and a mystery that is solved by three intrepid children? "Connect the Dots" is Keith Calabrese's second novel, and it's filled with the same wonderful messages … Continue reading ‘Connect the Dots’ by Keith Calabrese is a wonderful middle grade novel