Monday, November 23, 2009

Ladies of the Lake

Ladies of the Lake
by Haywood Smith

The Barrett sisters, Dahlia, Violet, Iris, and Rose recently learn their grandmother, Cissy Howell, passed away and they inherited Hilltop Lodge at Lake Clare. But, the inheritance came with one stipulation - they have to live together at the lodge for three months. You would think this would be a simple request since they are sisters. Wrong! Dahlia and Iris have been bickering since they were little while Violet and Rose have been the peacemakers.

Learn about the family’s past, the “skeletons” the sisters find while cleaning the root cellar, and if Dahlia and Iris ever settle their differences.

- Rose

Monday, November 16, 2009

The Dead Man

The Dead Man
by Joel Goldman

This is the second installment of Joel Goldman's Jack Davis series. Jack is a "retired" FBI agent - he was forced to leave the bureau due to a severe movement disorder that momentarily paralyzes him and makes him twitch. In this episode, he reluctantly takes a job as security director for billionaire Milo Harper's dream research institute. Subjects in a dream study begin dying in exactly the same way they did in the nightmares that were being studied. Jack's efforts to catch this brutal serial killer get tied up with his personal life and his former life on the job with the FBI. Shakedown is the first title in this series. I enjoyed them both.

- Linda

Friday, November 13, 2009


by Joseph O'Neill

Hans, a banker from Holland, lives in New York City just after 9/11. His wife has taken their son back to England, her homeland. Adopted by his fellow cricket players, Hans gets drawn into the world of Chuck Ramkissoon. Chuck is a small time dreamer & gangster with high hopes for cricket in NYC.

This immigrant tale has been compared to The Great Gatsby because of its elegant prose. It's lovely with wit and bite. I recommend it highly.


Monday, November 9, 2009

The Housekeeper and the Professor

The Housekeeper and the Professor
By Yoko Ogawa

This book was recommended to me by my sister-in-law. After she read it, she thought to herself 'Who do I know that would enjoy this book?' I am so glad she thought of me. I have never read anything like this book. Besides being delightful, it forces you to think about many things that that probably never occurred to you to consider. The fragility of the human mind is not often considered in our day to day thoughts, it may be after reading this novel.

I think you will agree with me after you read this highly enjoyable, original, charming book.

- Beckie

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Sworn to Silence

Sworn to Silence
by Linda Castillo

Set in an Amish community in Ohio , this book is an excellent fast paced crime drama/thriller featuring a female cop. The author starts the book off with a nasty homicide and the pace never slows down from there. A serial killer is loose in a peaceful Amish community, and the chief of police, Kate Burkholder must work quickly to find the killer.
I highly recommend this book for suspense, crime drama, and just enough romance to keep it interesting without distracting from the mystery.

- Kathy S.

Monday, November 2, 2009

There Goes the Bride

There Goes the Bride
By M. C. Beaton

Agatha Raisin takes time away from her successful detective agency in the Cotswolds to attend the wedding of her ex-husband, James Lacey, to the beautiful Felicity Bross-Tilkington. Felicity is murdered before she can say "I do", and Agatha is named the prime suspect! Read this fun and cunningly plotted mystery to find out how Agatha and her sleuthing sidekick, Toni, clear her name.

- Ann