Monday, August 24, 2015

"Murder at the Brightwell" by Ashley Weaver

"Murder at the Brightwell" reminds one of the mystery novels by Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Josephine Tey, because it is set in post-World War I Britain, and the characters are members of the British upper class.  Amory Ames, tired of reading in the gossip column about her husband's exploits, joins her ex-fiance, Gil, on a trip to an elegant seaside resort.  There is a large cast of characters and one barely has a chance to tell them apart before the first murder occurs.  Amory's husband, Milo, joins her, and they form an uneasy truce as they try to prove the innocence of the main suspect. Of course, all is not what it seems.  I did not correctly guess the murderer, so I'll have to challenge myself again in the next book in the series, "Death Wears a Mask," to be published in October.  Reviewed by Amy @ Harris-Elmore Public Library.

PRETTY BABY

 
PRETTY BABY by Mary Kubica
 
 
 
What an excellent read!  This is one of those books that just keeps you guessing!  A married woman, Heidi, sees what appears to be a young, homeless teen with a baby standing in the pouring rain on a train platform.  She takes them into her home which she shares with her husband and twelve year old daughter.  Heidi becomes very attached to the baby.  Meanwhile, Heidi's husband is concerned with having this unknown teen in their home.  He decides to delve into the teen's background and when he does, things just keep getting more and more complicated!  Very suspenseful!  Loved it!
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library

Saturday, August 15, 2015

SOMEBODY I USED TO KNOW

 
SOMEBODY I USED TO KNOW by David Bell
 
 
 
I think this book is David Bell's best book to date.  I couldn't put this book down!  I read it in a day.  If you like thrillers with plot twists, you will love this book.  In this novel the main character, Nick, is in the grocery store when he sees a young girl that looks very similar to Marissa, a girl he dated in college.  Could it be her daughter?  Impossible because Marissa had died twenty years earlier in a house fire.  Still, Nick decides to ask the girl if she could be related to Marissa.  When he approaches her though, she looks frightened and runs out of the store.  The next day he finds out the girl in the grocery store has been murdered and his name and phone number are in her pocket! 
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library

THE BOY WHO TALKED TO DOGS, A MEMOIR

 
THE BOY WHO TALKED TO DOGS, A MEMOIR by Martin McKenna
 
 
 
I didn't really care for Martin McKenna writing style but his story is fascinating.  He grew up in Ireland in the 1970's in a family with an alcoholic father and 8 children.  He is an identical triplet but unlike his brothers, he had ADHD which hindered him from doing well in school.  Not only did his classmates taunt him, his teachers also cruelly ridiculed him at school.  Things were not much better for him at home.  Finally he ran away from home and lived with a pack of dogs.  He stole food or ate from garbage cans and he and his dogs slept in barns.  During this time, by watching and interacting with the dogs, he began to be able to understand their "language."  This also helped him understand human body language better.  Eventually, he was befriended by a boy who helped him get a job delivering coal and this helped turn his life around.  After three years of living as a transient, he finally went home. 
Reviewed by Mimi at Genoa Branch Library


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

"Killing Monica" by Candace Bushnell

This novel will appeal to those who love "Sex and the City."  The story centers around the improbably named Pandy, who created Monica, a character much like Carrie Bradshaw.  Pandy would like to leave Monica behind and write a more literary, historical novel.  But her publisher and the studio, not to mention the actress who portrays Monica, are unwilling to let Monica go.  The novel is a spoof of our celebrity culture, and it is impossible not to draw comparisons to "Sex and the City."  The writing is bright and breezy, but the climax seems more like a revenge fantasy than a natural outcome of the preceding events. There is a twist at the end, but there are plenty of clues for the attentive reader.  Reviewed by Amy @ Harris-Elmore P.L.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

THAT QUAIL, ROBERT

 
THAT QUAIL, ROBERT by Margaret A. Stanger
 
 
 
This little non-fiction book is just wonderful!  It tells the story of how Dr. Thomas Kienzle and his wife found an abandoned quail egg and brought it home and set it on the kitchen counter.  Amazingly the egg hatched!  Dr. Kienzle and his wife didn't expect the tiny little bird to survive but survive it did!  In fact, it thrived!  They named the little bird Robert.  Robert had a mind of his own and refused to ever be set free into the wild.  This book is so charming with the many adventures of Robert including the fact that eventually Robert laid an egg!
If you are an animal lover you will absolutely adore this book!
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library


Friday, July 17, 2015

HEAD CASE, MY BRAIN AND OTHER WONDERS

HEAD CASE, MY BRAIN AND OTHER WONDERS by Cole Cohen
 
 
At 26 years old, Cole Cohen, had struggled with learning disabilities all her life.  No one could seem to pin point what was causing her disabilities.  She couldn't tell left from right, she was horrible at math and telling time, and when an object was coming towards her she could not ascertain how fast it was moving.  As she planned to move out-of-state to study she decided to have one more battery of tests to see if the doctors could find out how to help her.  At this point she was unable to drive because of her disabilities.  Finally, after having an MRI (her first), Cole found out why she had such difficulties.  The MRI showed a fluid-filled hole taking up about one fourth of her brain.  Cole was relieved to finally have a diagnosis and hoped for a cure.  Unfortunately, there was no cure.  The book then chronicles how Cole learned to cope with her difficulties.  This is a well written book that is humorous and uplifting.  To me it is amazing that she does everything she does after seeing a picture of her MRI.  She really is a hero!
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library