New Books

The Very Smart Pea and the Princess-To-Be by Mini Grey

Modern version of the fairy tale as told by the Very Smart Pea.  Fun!

The Mangle Street Murders by M.R. C. Kasasian

Amazon reader review:  ”How do I love this book? Let me count the ways. I love its sharp, witty voice. Its brisk pace. Its mordant humor. Its vision of 1880s London, a place of huge energy and just as huge contrast. Its echoes of the penny dreadfuls of the Victorian period, and its marriage of them with a sensibility that is entirely satisfying to a modern reader. Its perfectly matched pair of sleuths, who spar constantly yet share a genuine affection. Its wonderful secondary characters, notably Harriet Fitzgerald and Inspector Pond. Its sardonic homage to Doyle (who makes a cameo appearance) and Holmes (who is modeled, the book posts, on its own detective, Sidney Grice). Its unexpected plot twists and its evolving backstory.”

James Patterson’s The Murder House by David Ellis

Amazon reader review: ” This book was so suspenseful that I actually tore off a couple of fingernails. One of the best stand alone books so far! I did not guess the ending. I also didn’t get much housework done because I could not put the book down. Excellent writing style, good character development and fast paced just the way I like my books to be.”

Tom Clancy Commander in Chief: A Jack Ryan Novel by Mark Greaney

Amazon reader review:  Though it remains difficult not to compare Greaney’s novels to original Clancy works, he has done a surprisingly good job of reinvigorating the franchise. They hit on many of the Clancy trademarks: thrilling writing, plot twists, espionage, and some good old fashioned butt kicking. Commander in Chief (also known as the 11th Jack Ryan novel) hits just as well.

The Crossing by Michael Connelly

“A classic whodunit…an extra treat for the reader is being able to follow the case from the dual perspectives of the prosecution and the defense… Brothers Bosch and Haller may be, but at times they seem a lot like an ego and its id.”
Marilyn StasioNew York Times Book Review

Make Me by Lee Child review – “The reigning champ ups the ante. . . . Yes, there’s breakneck action, but what gives this one its zing is the multilayered plot. . . . The beguiling Chang offers a new treat for series fans as well, and a surprise at the end will keep readers short of breath until the next installment begins.”Booklist (starred review)

The Scam by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg review – This series is absolutely amazing! Its cast of characters range from of course FBI agents to criminals but also everything in between, including a B rated actor that believes that he’s the best and can’t believe that he’s never made it in the big time yet, a retire special forces operative that believes that leaving home without a rocket launcher is a bad as leaving the house undressed, a special effects specialist that makes blowing things up an art form and even a pirate, yes you read that right, a pirate

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler review – “Graceful and capacious . . . Quintessential Anne Tyler, as well as quintessential American comedy. Tyler has a knack for turning sitcom situations into something far deeper and more moving. Her great gift is playing against the American dream, the dark side of which is the falsehood at its heart: that given hard work and good intentions, any family can attain the Norman Rockwell ideal of happiness . . . She’s a comic novelist, and a wise one.”New York Times Book Review

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

“Don’t let ‘Go Set a Watchman’ change the way you think about Atticus Finch…the hard truth is that a man such as Atticus, born barely a decade after Reconstruction to a family of Southern gentry, would have had a complicated and tortuous history with race.” (Los Angeles Times)

Hope to Die by James Patterson review.  It’s no mystery why James Patterson is the world’s most popular thriller writer: his uncanny skill in creating living, breathing characters we truly feel for and seamless, lightning-fast plots. I do this for a living, and he still manages to keep me guessing from the first to last page. Simply put: Nobody does it better.”―Jeffery Deaver