‘Overkill’ by Sandra Brown is about finding love when confronted with the worst of humanity

Overkill by Sandra Brown We often read in the most salacious of news pieces that the scions of the ultra wealthy are prone to arrogance and delusions of grandeur. They act entitled, as if the laws and rules that apply to "normal" people don't apply to them. And very often, they are correct. Those who … Continue reading ‘Overkill’ by Sandra Brown is about finding love when confronted with the worst of humanity

‘One Woman’s War: A Novel of the Real Miss Moneypenny’ by Christine Wells is about a real WWII event and the women who participated

If you enjoy learning about real historical events through gripping fiction, read "One Woman's War: A Novel of the Real Miss Moneypenny" by Christine Wells. It's about the famous WWII espionage operation called Operation Mincemeat. I first read about it in a children's nonfiction book about spy stuff, and Netflix has a new movie, Operation … Continue reading ‘One Woman’s War: A Novel of the Real Miss Moneypenny’ by Christine Wells is about a real WWII event and the women who participated

‘Furysong’ by Rosaria Munda is the conclusion of a brilliant fantasy trilogy

With her latest novel, "Furysong," the last fantasy in the trilogy that began with "Fireborne" and continued with "Flamefall," author Rosaria Munda has claimed her place as a first class writer who can plan, plot, and execute a series of books wherein each approaches 500 pages—not one page of which feels unnecessary. Yes, the novels … Continue reading ‘Furysong’ by Rosaria Munda is the conclusion of a brilliant fantasy trilogy

‘Killers of a Certain Age’ by Deanna Raybourn is humorous, thrilling, and written for a woman like me

I love the concept of "Killers of a Certain Age," perhaps because I am "of a certain age." Deanna Raybourn certainly writes authentically about women in their 60s and these particular women who have been assassins for decades, working for an organization nicknamed "The Museum." Their job has been killing bad guys, beginning with Nazi … Continue reading ‘Killers of a Certain Age’ by Deanna Raybourn is humorous, thrilling, and written for a woman like me

‘Santa’s Little Yelpers’ by David Rosenfelt is a mystery which provides plenty of suspects in addition to the plethora of puppies

True to form, "Santa's Little Yelpers" features not only a myriad of doggie characters, but also David Rosenfelt's favorite wants-to-be-retired lawyer, Andy Carpenter. This is the 26th mystery featuring that self-deprecating, wise-cracking, extremely dog-loving attorney who really doesn't want to work anymore. Most of the mysteries in this series are more thriller than legal procedural, … Continue reading ‘Santa’s Little Yelpers’ by David Rosenfelt is a mystery which provides plenty of suspects in addition to the plethora of puppies

‘Odder’ by Katherine Applegate is a poignant and thoughtful story filled with joy

Odder by Katherine Applegate In her newest novel, "Odder," we see why children's writer Katherine Applegate is a Newbery medalist and New York Times bestselling author—it's because her writing touches readers' hearts, fills us with emotion, and often shows us a new way of observing the world around us. In "Odder," we meet a sea … Continue reading ‘Odder’ by Katherine Applegate is a poignant and thoughtful story filled with joy

Middle grade fiction about pressing problems, prejudice, and social inequality

Good teachers and librarians know that literature can help inform children about social justice and other issues around the world. And there are many authors and many thoughtful middle grade books that open readers' minds about such problems. Here are some excellent choices that should be a part of classroom and school libraries. Two Degrees … Continue reading Middle grade fiction about pressing problems, prejudice, and social inequality

‘The Girl from Guernica’ by Karen Robards is a stunning and powerful historical fiction

The Girl from Guernica by Karen Robards Guernica is the small Basque town in Spain that was made famous by Pablo Picasso in his huge painting of the devastation that town endured during the Spanish Civil War. The Germans destroyed the town and slaughtered men, women, children, and animals at the behest of the rebel … Continue reading ‘The Girl from Guernica’ by Karen Robards is a stunning and powerful historical fiction

‘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

‘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