‘Bad Day Breaking’ by John Galligan is filled with nonstop action

"Bad Day Breaking" is author John Galligan's latest entry in his popular Bad Axe County series. While the title of the novel is "Bad Day Breaking," the novel actually covers several really bad days for the local county head of law enforcement, Sheriff Heidi Kick. She is a native of the area, and that means … Continue reading ‘Bad Day Breaking’ by John Galligan is filled with nonstop action

“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

“The Madness of Crowds”: A Brilliant Mystery

The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny Louise Penny, author of "The Madness of Crowds," is a literary artist. This latest work, a worthy addition to her "Inspector Gamache" series, exhibits all the brilliance that characterizes her every mystery novel. It's exceedingly thoughtful, potentially controversial, and incredibly reflective of the contemporary issues which most of … Continue reading “The Madness of Crowds”: A Brilliant Mystery

‘Tips for Magicians’ by Celesta Rimington is a superb middle grade book that deals with overcoming loss, family and friendship

Tips for Magicians by Celesta Rimington To be honest, I wasn't expecting much from "Tips for Magicians," a new middle grade book by Celesta Rimington. The title sounded cute—but I realized the book is much more than "cute." It's a powerful and touching story of a boy who loses his mother in an unexpected accident, … Continue reading ‘Tips for Magicians’ by Celesta Rimington is a superb middle grade book that deals with overcoming loss, family and friendship

L. M. Elliot’s ‘Walls’ and the Wall of Oppression

Walls by L. M. Elliott Throughout the history of humankind, The Wall has most often been a symbol of alienation and separation, of hostility and rage, of the stubborn and destructive refusal to recognize the oneness of our race. L.M. Elliot's latest young adult historical novel, "Walls," deftly deals with the story of one twentieth … Continue reading L. M. Elliot’s ‘Walls’ and the Wall of Oppression

‘The Hummingbird’s Gift’ by Sy Montgomery is a jewel of a book about a fascinating bird

The Hummingbird's Gift by Sy Montgomery Like its subject, the hummingbird, "The Hummingbird's Gift: Wonder, Beauty, and Renewal on Wings" is a little jewel of a book. Author Sy Montgomery is renowned for her books on animals. As an educator, I have valued her many quality nonfiction books on animals for children and used them … Continue reading ‘The Hummingbird’s Gift’ by Sy Montgomery is a jewel of a book about a fascinating bird

‘The Princess Spy: The True Story of WWII Spy Aline Griffith, Countess of Romanones,’ is a thrilling tale of espionage and danger that reads like fiction (it’s not)

The Princess Spy by Larry Loftis Almost everybody loves reading nonfiction that reads like a novel. "The Princess Spy: The True Story of WWII Spy Aline Griffith, Countess of Romanones" is pure nonfiction, but it's also a really enjoyable read. Author Larry Loftis keeps the excitement going from the first page of the Prologue. We … Continue reading ‘The Princess Spy: The True Story of WWII Spy Aline Griffith, Countess of Romanones,’ is a thrilling tale of espionage and danger that reads like fiction (it’s not)

D: A Tale of Two Worlds

D (A Tale of Two Worlds) by Michael Faber Author Michael Faber's "D (A Tale of Two Worlds") is a fascinating, fantastical fever-dream of a novel. References and homages to other literary pieces, films, political figures and events, and philosophical observations abound. But every element of this marvelous work merges into an imaginatively constructed plot … Continue reading D: A Tale of Two Worlds

‘The Zealot and the Emancipator’ by H. W. Brands is an enlightening history of abolitionist zeal vs Republican caution

The Zealot and the Emancipator H.W. Brands, the author of this superb study, "The Zealot and the Emancipator," has presented us with a fascinating, authoritative, carefully researched account of the activities and beliefs of two figures who might accurately be described as men who changed America; who forced Americans to examine their minds and hearts … Continue reading ‘The Zealot and the Emancipator’ by H. W. Brands is an enlightening history of abolitionist zeal vs Republican caution

‘Eli’s Promise’ by Ronald J. Balson: A double dose of corruption

Author Ronald J. Balson's new novel, "Eli's Promise," is a superb piece of historical fiction that features three interlocking and interweaving plot threads, each of which offers fascinating views of epochal eras in world and American history. Plot number one takes place in the mid-1940s, as Jews are being rescued from the concentration camp called … Continue reading ‘Eli’s Promise’ by Ronald J. Balson: A double dose of corruption