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Book Review: Tryst at the Brighton Inn by Alicia Rasley

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Book Review: Tryst at the Brighton Inn by Alicia Rasley

Title: Tryst at the Brighton Inn Series: Regency CSI Book One Author: Alicia Rasley Genre: cozy mystery Publisher: Kindle Press Release Date: February 23, 2016 Format: Kindle Pages: 185 Source: http://www.amazon.com/Tryst-Brighton-Inn-Alicia-Rasley-ebook/dp/B01AGZVJ1C/ It’s a decade after Napoleon’s defeat, but the war still haunts even the victors. Linked by family and by grief, divided by social class, Russian émigré Natasha and ship’s doctor Matthew have lived for years in mutual distrust. But when she’s suspected of killing a man from her...

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Book Review: The Grace of the Gingko by Michael R. Hardesty

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Book Review: The Grace of the Gingko by Michael R. Hardesty

Title: The Grace of the Gingko Author: Michael R. Hardesty Genre: General fiction Publisher: Old Stone Press Release Date: January 29, 2016 Format: Paperback Pages: 288 In The Grace of the Gingko, author Michael R. Hardesty gives us an all-too-human protagonist in David Foley. Post-divorced, David raises his boy alone. When his son is killed during the Gulf War, he moves to Louisville, Kentucky to be near his only remaining family, his pregnant daughter-in-law. When she dies during childbirth, David finds himself guardian of a newborn. Like...

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Book Review: Ruined Days by Guinotte Wise

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Title: Ruined Days Author: Guinotte Wise Genre: action/thriller Publisher: Black Opal Books Release Date: December 19, 2015 Format: ebook Pages: 253 Ruined Days by Guinotte Wise takes the conspiracy theory paranoia surrounding the assassination of John F. Kenneday and drives it to a whole new level. I made the mistake of starting this book at 11PM and was immediately sucked in and stayed up half the night reading it. Ruined Days’ protagonist is Travis Meachem, a soldier of fortune, and his stable of crazy rednecks who whirl through the...

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Book Reviews: A Canticle for Leibowitz, Haw, and Dustlands

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Book Reviews: A Canticle for Leibowitz, Haw, and Dustlands

Title: A Canticle for Leibowitz, Haw, and Dustlands Author: Walter M. Miller, Jr., Sean Jackson, Moira Young Genre: Post-apocalyptic books The first post-apocalyptic book I read was A Canticle for Leibowitz byWalter M. Miller, Jr. Though originally published in 1960, I read it ten years later when I started college. Set in a Catholic monastery in the southwestern United States, Leibowitz spans millennia and documents mankind’s efforts to rebuild civilization after twentieth century civilization is destroyed by a global nuclear war,...

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Book Review: All This Life by Joshua Mohr

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Book Review: All This Life by Joshua Mohr

Book Review: All This Life by Joshua Mohr Having read all of Mohr’s books, this is definitely my favorite, a five star read, for sure. As someone who kept a bust of Albert Einstein on my desk in college, I was hooked by the first line of Joshua Mohr’s All This Life with it’s rephrasing of Einstein’s famous equation into E = mc despaired. Mohr does a wonderful job capturing life in San Francisco. What follows is a story that is darkly cynical, yet jauntily humorous, as well as an anthropological dissection of our lives and social media....

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Book Review: The Fruit of the Fallen by J. C. Burnham

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Book Review:  The Fruit of the Fallen by J. C. Burnham

Book Review:  The Fruit of the Fallen by J. C. Burnham A dying nun thrusts a baby into the arms of Dr. Jonathan Keats. His life alters dramatically from that point. All he know is that the child’s name is Serenity, and she must be protected at all costs. His quest for answers leads him to Europe where he discovers intrigue within the Vatican involving an ancient secret religious faction. A story laced with prophecies, angels, demons, hellhounds, The Fruit of the Fallen pulls motifs from Christian theology and mixes it with murder and...

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Book Review: The Rug Bazaar by Marylee MacDonald

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Book Review: The Rug Bazaar by Marylee MacDonald

Book Review: The Rug Bazaar by Marylee MacDonald In The Rug Bazaar, Marylee MacDonald gives us two short stories set in contemporary Turkey. Ms. MacDonald nails the setting from the Boshorus seaside to the rug bazaars. Cultural differences, sexual differences, and financial and power differences punctuate these stories. Two single American women are vacationing separately in Turkey. Both are lonely, seeking refuge from the dullness of their lives in the States. Angela’s brother is in prison and she hasn’t seen him for years.  Bonnie is...

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Book Review: Montpelier Tomorrow by Marylee MacDonald

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Book Review: Montpelier Tomorrow by Marylee MacDonald

Book Review: Montpelier Tomorrow by Marylee MacDonald Montpelier Tomorrow by Marylee MacDonald is a subtle, carefully crafted novel that captures the struggles of a family disrupted by Lou Gehrig’s disease. Colleen, the mother, attempts to “save” her daughter by becoming caregiver to the son-in-law, Tony, as his disease progresses. Colleen is an admirable character for such self-sacrifice, yet MacDonald captures her moments of being less than likable—and all too human—when Tony’s self-centered behavior infuriates her,...

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Book review: Lamentation, a novel by Joe Clifford

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Book review:  Lamentation, a novel by Joe Clifford

Book review:  Lamentation, a novel by Joe Clifford Lamentation is filled with true-to-life characters living in the sordid underbelly of small-town America, the places Leave it to Beaver never dealt with. Jay Porter, a troubled young man, remains tied to his hometown by his own lack of get-up-and-go and memories of his once-happy childhood. His parents died when he and his brother Chris were young. Jay is leading a fairly miserable life, working odd jobs, barely making ends meet, behind on child support, separated from his one true love with...

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