‘Grave Reservations’ by Cherie Priest is a cleverly amusing paranormal murder mystery

Grave Reservations by Cherie Priest "Grave Reservations" by Cherie Priest is a perfectly charming paranormal mystery that features a slightly flaky but very personable main character. There's nothing that says self-deprecating like a travel agent who calls herself "ninety-nine percent worthless as a psychic." Leda Foley runs Foley's Far-Fetched Flights of Fancy, a travel agency. … Continue reading ‘Grave Reservations’ by Cherie Priest is a cleverly amusing paranormal murder mystery

‘Playing the Cards You’re Dealt’ by Varian Johnson is a wonderful middle grade read about life, family, and dealing with challenges

Playing the Cards You're Dealt by Varian Johnson Varian Johnson has written some fabulous books for middle grade readers. My students loved "The Parker Inheritance," and my first experience with his writing was reviewing "The Great Greene Heist," both novels sparkling examples of witty middle grade reads. With "Playing the Cards You're Dealt," Johnson gives … Continue reading ‘Playing the Cards You’re Dealt’ by Varian Johnson is a wonderful middle grade read about life, family, and dealing with challenges

“State of Terror”: a unique political/mystery novel co-authored by Louise Penny and Hillary Rodham Clinton

State of Terror by Louise Penny and Hillary Clinton The new novel by Louise Penny and Hillary Rodham Clinton, "State of Terror," is a fascinating read in so many ways and in so many directions that it's difficult to decide exactly where to begin the review. Since the genre of the piece, however, is aptly … Continue reading “State of Terror”: a unique political/mystery novel co-authored by Louise Penny and Hillary Rodham Clinton

‘A Blizzard of Polar Bears’ by Alice Henderson is a combination of mystery, thrills, and wildlife adventure

A Blizzard of Polar Bears by Alice Henderson It's not often that a novel can combine thrilling action with fascinating characters and a setting that is depicted so precisely that we shiver while reading about venturing out onto pack ice in Northern Canada. Alice Henderson accomplishes all that and more in "A Blizzard of Polar … Continue reading ‘A Blizzard of Polar Bears’ by Alice Henderson is a combination of mystery, thrills, and wildlife adventure

‘Flamefall’ by Rosaria Munda is the sequel to the thoughtful and thrilling ‘Fireborne’

Flamefall by Rosaria Munda You don't want to miss reading "Flamefall" by Rosaria Munda, the sequel to "Fireborne" and the second book in "The Aurelian Cycle" trilogy. In the first novel, Rosaria Munda created an alternate world populated by overlords and serfs. The overlords could do—and did do—anything they wanted to the peasant families they … Continue reading ‘Flamefall’ by Rosaria Munda is the sequel to the thoughtful and thrilling ‘Fireborne’

‘Daughter of the Deep’ by Rick Riordan is thrilling and hugely entertaining

Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan In an exciting leap that is just as thrilling as any twist Percy Jackson might encounter, Rick Riordan brings us a slightly different kind of adventure with "Daughter of the Deep," his book about a group of students in a maritime academy who end up on the run … Continue reading ‘Daughter of the Deep’ by Rick Riordan is thrilling and hugely entertaining

‘Right Behind Her’ by Melinda Leigh is the newest mystery featuring county sheriff Bree Taggert

Right Behind Her by Melinda Leigh While "Right Behind Her" might be the fourth installment in the mystery series featuring Bree Taggert, a former Philadelphia homicide detective turned county sheriff, author Melinda Leigh masterfully manages to give readers the backstory in a manner that is natural and part of each new story. We learn about … Continue reading ‘Right Behind Her’ by Melinda Leigh is the newest mystery featuring county sheriff Bree Taggert

‘Best in Snow’ by David Rosenfelt is the 24th Andy Carpenter mystery

Best in Snow by David Rosenfelt In the Andy Carpenter mysteries, author David Rosenfelt has created an irascible yet lovable attorney and dog lover who only agrees to represent accused murderers after much kicking and screaming. He's inherited a lot of money from his father, so he doesn't need to work, and he certainly doesn't … Continue reading ‘Best in Snow’ by David Rosenfelt is the 24th Andy Carpenter mystery

‘Billy Summers’ by Stephen King is a brilliant study about what makes a “good” person

Billy Summers by Stephen King How do we know whether an individual is a good person or a bad person? Children like my five-year-old grandson know that there are heroes and villains -- interestingly, he chooses to be the villain in his fantasy play. But we adults know that there is more to "goodness" than … Continue reading ‘Billy Summers’ by Stephen King is a brilliant study about what makes a “good” person