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July 11, 2020

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James: Book Review

by Alison DeLuca



I've wanted to read Simone St. James' book, The Sun Down Motel, for months. The cover is gorgeous, a replica of dime-store pulp complete with worn edges and a kitschy motel sign blazing in front of a stormy sky.

July 10, 2020

The Peasant’s Dream by Melanie Dickerson ~ a Review

by MK French


As the youngest daughter of Duke Wilhelm, Adela was never let outside the castle walls. She sneaks out to the market and meets a handsome young man. Meeting Frederick makes her wonder about a simple life as a farmer’s wife rather than the complicated arrangements chosen for her. Frederick is poor and has to earn supplemental income by carving when he dodged his mother’s rages. He’s asked to kidnap Adela, and the two finally learn each others’ identity. What will they risk for love?

July 9, 2020

Of Dragons, Feasts and Murders by Aliette de Bodard ~ a Review

by MK French


Dragon Prince Thuan brings home his husband Asmodeus to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Instead of family gatherings, they're greeted by a body on their doorstep. Asmodeus is delighted to investigate a murder, while Thuan is pulled into the political arena he wanted to give up. At the same time, they still have to navigate their way through their relationship.

July 8, 2020

Big Book Summer Read: Hello, Summer by Mary Kay Andrews

by Donna Huber


Do you love big books? I cannot lie; I loved this big book. Hello, Summer by Mary Kay Andrews is a wonderful summer mystery read. If you didn't add it to your list when Susan review it, you need to put it on your summer reading list now.

July 7, 2020

The Good Luck Stone by Heather Bell Adams ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts


Wearing the brooch was a risk, but surely no one would recognize it. Audrey Thorpe lingered by the wall in the lobby of Savannah's Jepson Center for the Arts. Waiters circulated with trays of champagne and bite-sized crab cakes while the museum's donors mingled and congratulated themselves on another fine exhibition. (p. 3)

July 6, 2020

The Book of Dragons by Jonathan Strahan ~ a Review

by MK French


The Book of Dragons is a collection of stories and poems involving dragons, including the current masters of fantasy writing. It is also illustrated by award-nominated artist Rovina Cai, who has black and white line drawings accompanying each entry into this collection.

No One Saw by Beverly Long ~ a Review

by MK French


Five-year-old Emma Whitman disappears from her daycare without a trace, and A.L. McKittridge and his partner Rena Morgan think someone is lying. In a missing persons case, every second counts. The Whitman family has secrets, and the two detectives have to sift through them to find the girl.

July 5, 2020

The Key to Everything by Valerie Fraser Luesse ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts


"You can't follow any else's path, like I tried to do with Daddy - like Daddy thought he had to do with Granddaddy.  Somewhere along the way, you gotta draw your own map." (p 282)

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