Monthly Archives: July 2010

Solemnly Swear by Nancy Moser

In Solemnly Swear, Nancy Moser offers not only mystery and suspense, but inspiration. Patti McCoy, a naïve dishwasher is on trial for her life, accused of killing her boyfriend. Brett Lerner was an arrogant opportunist with his share of dark … Continue reading

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Truly Engaging Debut Mystery

John Verdon’s debut novel, Think of a Number, is a rare treat that contains a fascinating plot and honest characters. I found myself drawn into the puzzle just like with an Agatha Christie novel, and I wasn’t disappointed. At the … Continue reading

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3 Days of the Condor

3 Days of the Condor is a classic 70’s film that had somehow escaped my attention until now. Although I’m not a big fan of Robert Redford, he is adequate in this part. Faye Dunaway is fine. The real star … Continue reading

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

Having read Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and enjoyed it tremendously, I was looking forward to his next book. When I first started Abraham Lincoln I found it a little off-putting because Pride had followed Austin’s book and Abraham … Continue reading

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The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story by Diane Ackerman

I enjoy reading WWII stories about everyday citizens who risked their own lives in order to shelter Jews during the war. The courage these people possessed and the risks they took amazes me. I ask myself would I have acted … Continue reading

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The Passage by Justin Cronin

You may have heard Justin Cronin’s The Passage billed as the vampire novel to read this summer, but to classify this book as a mere vampire novel is to put it in a small, easily-defined box when the scope is … Continue reading

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The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard

There’s something about reading stories set in your region of the world. Another Kansas Story from Pickard – this time in the small town of Rose. When she was three years old, Jody’s father was murdered and her mother disappeared. … Continue reading

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Faculty Club by Danny Tobey

Wowee!! What a great novel! Jeremy Davis is a young Texan who recently graduated from a Texas University and has been accepted to attend the ‘greatest law school in the world’. Jeremy leaves home to go to this wonderful New … Continue reading

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Literary Mystery with a French Flavor

The philosophical discourse at the heart of The Strange Case of the Composer and his Judge by Patricia Duncker is wrapped in just enough mystery to keep the reader pursuing the answers to the puzzling mass suicides committed by followers … Continue reading

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The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr

Some of you may remember Nicholas Carr’s Atlantic article “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” that was published back in 2008.  I recall reading the article and leaving somewhat skeptical of Carr’s overall argument.   Since then Carr has expanded his argument … Continue reading

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