‘The Sweet Spot’ by Amy Poeppel is a novel about revenge and forgiveness — and finding family

Amy Poeppel doesn't write thrillers or mysteries with stunning twists that surprise. Rather, as with her new release, "The Sweet Spot," she writes about people who are like you and me. She creates people who suffer and act accordingly; people who do stupid things and regret it. In this novel, she introduces us to a … Continue reading ‘The Sweet Spot’ by Amy Poeppel is a novel about revenge and forgiveness — and finding family

‘Lie to Her’ by Melinda Leigh is another satisfying murder mystery in the ‘Bree Taggert’ series

While the mysteries in Melinda Leigh's "Bree Taggert" series all work as stand alone novels, those who start the series with the latest addition, "Lie to Her," will miss out on some great backstories which are shared in the previous novels. Such readers will still enjoy the twists and turns that Bree Taggert, the female … Continue reading ‘Lie to Her’ by Melinda Leigh is another satisfying murder mystery in the ‘Bree Taggert’ series

‘Seventeen: Last Man Standing’ by John Brownlow is filled with thrilling, nonstop action

In "Seventeen: Last Man Standing," author John Brownlow creates an assassin whose exploits are legendary, whose skill is apparently unsurpassed, and who explains the tricks of his trade to us as we follow his latest assignment in Berlin. It's what happens after that job that forms the basis for the action that is so engaging … Continue reading ‘Seventeen: Last Man Standing’ by John Brownlow is filled with thrilling, nonstop action

‘Killer Story’ by Matt Witten is a brilliant look at journalism, ethics, and blind determination to get the story

While journalists are finding it more and more difficult to obtain employment that is financially secure, in these turbulent times, broadcasting the truth about our world and politics is perhaps even more crucial than ever. In "Killer Story," author Matt Witten explores that subject through the eyes of Petra Kovach, a journalist who has been … Continue reading ‘Killer Story’ by Matt Witten is a brilliant look at journalism, ethics, and blind determination to get the story

‘The Widow’ by Kaira Rouda is a chilling look into elected officials… and their wives

In "The Widow," Kaira Rouda uses multiple points of view as she plots a novel that, by turns, grips us and repels us. The main character, Jody Asher, is the wife of one of Ohio's congressmen, Martin Asher. She and Martin met in law school, and while she had hoped for him to reach higher … Continue reading ‘The Widow’ by Kaira Rouda is a chilling look into elected officials… and their wives

‘The Prisoner’ by B. A. Paris is a clever mystery with several surprises

B. A. Paris kept the identity of the title character of her last novel, "The Therapist," a mystery for much of the story. In her latest mystery, "The Prisoner," we know exactly who the prisoner is. In fact, we read in the first chapter how Amelie has been taken prisoner. While we know that there … Continue reading ‘The Prisoner’ by B. A. Paris is a clever mystery with several surprises

‘Flight Risk’ by Cherie Priest is her second murder mystery featuring a psychic travel agent

A quirky travel agent who also has psychic talents is the star of "Flight Risk," the stand alone sequel to "Grave Reservations" by Cherie Priest. These fast-paced and clever mysteries feature Leda Foley, the aforementioned travel agent whose paranormal abilities are sometimes an asset and sometimes a frustration. In this novel she continues working with … Continue reading ‘Flight Risk’ by Cherie Priest is her second murder mystery featuring a psychic travel agent

‘The Dressmakers of Prospect Heights’ by Kitty Zeldis is about the bonds we form and finding family

In "The Dressmakers of Prospect Heights" Kitty Zeldis sweeps us back to experience a time after the Great War, when women not born with a silver spoon in their mouths were limited in their options. This lovely historical fiction presents us with strong female main characters who all also have flaws that make them very … Continue reading ‘The Dressmakers of Prospect Heights’ by Kitty Zeldis is about the bonds we form and finding family

‘The Winners’ by Fredrik Backman is a heartfelt conclusion to the ‘Beartown’ trilogy

The first thing you notice about "The Winners," Fredrik Backman's conclusion to the "Beartown" trilogy, is that it's huge—over 650 pages. But that's because Backman has a lot to tell us, and we are immediately immersed in the small towns of Beartown and Hed, it's neighboring town, watching as hockey brings the townspeople together and … Continue reading ‘The Winners’ by Fredrik Backman is a heartfelt conclusion to the ‘Beartown’ trilogy

‘Never Meant to Meet You’ by Alli Frank and Asha Youmans is a charming story of friendship, loss and love

In "Never Meant to Meet You," authors Alli Frank and Asha Youmans tell the story of two women, both of whom are single and both of whom most definitely did not want to be alone. Marjette Lewis relates the tale in first person narrative, so all we learn about her and her neighbor, Noa Abrams, … Continue reading ‘Never Meant to Meet You’ by Alli Frank and Asha Youmans is a charming story of friendship, loss and love

‘So Long, Chester Wheeler’ by Catherine Ryan Hyde is an exploration of what lies underneath our outward personas

We all know that how we present to the outside world is not how we necessarily feel about ourselves inside; in "So Long, Chester Wheeler," veteran author Catherine Ryan Hyde explores just that concept. Lewis Madigan is a young software developer who, instead of receiving the generous raise he had been told to expect, receives … Continue reading ‘So Long, Chester Wheeler’ by Catherine Ryan Hyde is an exploration of what lies underneath our outward personas