‘Bark to the Future’ by Spencer Quinn about the intrepid Chet and Bernie investigative duo — man and dog

Bark to the Future by Spencer Quinn "Bark to the Future" is the latest doggie mystery featuring the charismatic narrator Chet, a distinctive black shepherd-mix dog with one white ear, who tells the story as only a dog might. And in the capable paws, er, hands, of author Spencer Quinn, we chuckle and nod our … Continue reading ‘Bark to the Future’ by Spencer Quinn about the intrepid Chet and Bernie investigative duo — man and dog

Picture books about our world and our universe that are perfect for libraries and classrooms

These three picture books are about the world around us and while two of them focus on our planet and what makes it special, the third book ventures outside our solar system and imagines what might happen if a black hole ended up in a student's desk. Only One by Deborah Hopkinson and Chuck Groenink … Continue reading Picture books about our world and our universe that are perfect for libraries and classrooms

‘The Couple at Number 9’ by Claire Douglas is a beautifully constructed mystery

The Couple at Number 9 by Claire Douglas Fans of mystery author Claire Douglas expect complex plots with many twists, and her latest murder mystery, "The Couple at Number 9," generously exceeds our expectations. Even the title, referencing the "couple" who live at Number 9 on the street with the creepy name, Skelton Place, in … Continue reading ‘The Couple at Number 9’ by Claire Douglas is a beautifully constructed mystery

‘What Jonah Knew’ by Barbara Graham is an emotional story of a life cut short and the young boy who knows too much

What Jonah Knew by Barbara Graham Although "What Jonah Knew" is Barbara Graham's first novel, she is a seasoned writer. That experience is ably reflected in the narrative -- we are invested in the story from the first page (I could not stop reading this book). We know something bad happens to Henry Bird, the … Continue reading ‘What Jonah Knew’ by Barbara Graham is an emotional story of a life cut short and the young boy who knows too much

‘Girl, Forgotten’ by Karin Slaughter a fabulous sequel to ‘Pieces of Her’

Girl, Forgotten by Karin Slaughter With "Girl, Forgotten," author Karin Slaughter pens a worthy sequel to "Pieces of Her," which became a huge hit as a Netflix series. My slight problem with "Pieces of Her" was that main character Andrea was, at times, an incompetent, insecure, fumbling fool. Well now, two years after the events … Continue reading ‘Girl, Forgotten’ by Karin Slaughter a fabulous sequel to ‘Pieces of Her’

‘Stay Awake’ by Megan Goldin is filled with mystery and suspense

Stay Awake by Megan Goldin The title of Megan Goldin's newest thriller, "Stay Awake," is important. We find out that those two words have been vital to the survival of the main character, Liv Reese, for two different reasons. Why must Liv Reese stay awake? Why has she written those words on her arms? On … Continue reading ‘Stay Awake’ by Megan Goldin is filled with mystery and suspense

‘Spy School: Project X’ by Stuart Gibbs: Not just action and humor, also a beautiful depiction of disinformation

Spy School: Project X by Stuart Gibbs "Spy School: Project X" might just be my favorite novel in the "Spy School" series by acclaimed children's author Stuart Gibbs. It has all of the action and humor that the previous books in the series do, but in this one, Gibbs centers the plot on a disinformation … Continue reading ‘Spy School: Project X’ by Stuart Gibbs: Not just action and humor, also a beautiful depiction of disinformation

‘The Second Husband’ by Kate White is an intriguing mystery with murders galore

The Second Husband by Kate White In "The Second Husband," Kate White presents us with an unusual murder mystery: the first murder in question happened over two years before the present time, in the "then," as she labels the flashbacks. Emma was married to Derrick, who was tragically murdered while at a conference in New … Continue reading ‘The Second Husband’ by Kate White is an intriguing mystery with murders galore

‘The Thread Collectors’ by Shaunna J. Edwards and Alyson Richman is Civil War historical fiction through the eyes of two women

The Thread Collectors by Shaunna J. Edwards and Alyson Richman In "The Thread Collectors," authors Shaunna J. Edwards and Alyson Richman combine their familial histories to create a fictional Civil War narrative that is about two women. Stella is a light-skinned woman who was bought to be the mistress of a plantation owner. She falls … Continue reading ‘The Thread Collectors’ by Shaunna J. Edwards and Alyson Richman is Civil War historical fiction through the eyes of two women

‘The Hotel Nantucket’ by Elin Hilderbrand is the quintessential beach read

The Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand Grab a copy of "The Hotel Nantucket" by Elin Hilderbrand, and head for the nearest beach or pool. This tale of sun and summer even has a spectre, the ghost who was killed in the hotel a century before in a fire. There are samples of star-crossed love, second … Continue reading ‘The Hotel Nantucket’ by Elin Hilderbrand is the quintessential beach read