Book ReviewThe Case of the Missing Marquess

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4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
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Penguin Group, 2006

I am partial to historical mysteries especially when those tall tales count females in the leading role. You can imagine my bliss when I found this junior fiction series about a much younger sister to Mycroft and Sherlock Holmes setting about to solve her own puzzles. With the resurgence of interest in Sherlock Holmes via feature films and TV series (the BBC TV version is top notch) we are a market of readers primed and ready for a London mystery. Overall I highly enjoyed...

Book ReviewThe Little Lady Agency

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4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
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Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2005

Snap this book up if you can. That's my advice when it comes to this series by Hester Browne. I thoroughly enjoyed the premise of this story and what fun it was to vicariously put on a wig with Melissa and become the strict, 'Honey' putting everyone's lives in order...except her own. I also loved that this is a main character with curves – for once a break from the usual willow-thin female, Melissa is yanking up her spanx thinking about her roommate’s excellent shortbread cookies she ate the night before...

Book ReviewThe Little Lady Agency

Reviewer's Rating: 
4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
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Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2005

Snap this book up if you can.  That's my advice when it comes to this series by Hester Browne.  When I first got my hands on, The Little Lady Agency, I noticed it was a big thick book...this meant one of two things.  1. A sloppy editing job that left in extra dialogue/scenes that would drag the flow of the story down or 2. Lots and lots of juicy plot twists that required a chunky bunch of pages.  I was pleasantly surprised to be wrong on both counts.  The reason this book has so many pages is because it's a solid, good read!

Book ReviewAustenland

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5
This book was so good I'm going to throw a brick through the bookstore window so I can have my own hardcover copy RIGHT NOW!
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Bloomsbury, 2007

I loved, loved, loved this book and the movie recently made (perfectly cast with Kerri Russell and JJ Field). I love the entire concept of this book and think it would be a grand success should someone actually run with the idea and build Austenland for real. Maybe Stephanie Meyer is the girl for that trick - she and her Twilight millions were the pushing force behind turning this 2007 sleeper book into a feature film. To put my own personal light on this review, yes, I do...

Book ReviewThe Chase

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4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
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Bantam Books, 2014

This book was a pleasant surprise. Teaming together for, The Heist, the first book in the O'Hare and Fox series, Janet and Lee were, for me, a disappointment. As a seasoned reader of Janet's I could easily see where Janet had contributed with her fast-paced savvy style and where Lee had written his history loving (plot slowing) style. I guess I wasn't alone in my early criticisms because this second venture between Janet and Lee was a much smoother and much better read. The Chase is a nicely plotted book with something new around every corner. I liked how the...

Book ReviewBetter Read Than Dead

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5
This book was so good I'm going to throw a brick through the bookstore window so I can have my own hardcover copy RIGHT NOW!
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Penguin Group, 2005

This book is a zinger! I enjoyed the first book in this series, Abby Cooper: Psychic Eye, but this second book had me sitting on the edge of my seat. I loved the ramped up intensity and how delicately Abby had to tip toe her way through all the plot twists. This book reads like a ride at a...

Book ReviewThe Nightmare Affair

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4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
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Tom Doherty Associates, 2013

What prompted me to try this new author and book was a recommendation from Marissa Meyer - famed author of the Lunar Chronicles which both my daughter and I adore. Though both series are found on the Young Adult genre shelves, I won't be letting my 12 year old daughter read this series just yet. But more about that later....What I liked about The Nightmare Affair was...

Book ReviewAbby Cooper, Psychic Eye

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4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
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Penguin, 2004

This author was a bit of a shot in the dark for me as I am not a super keen mystery reader, but the lure of a psychic private investigator and a little side dish of hot detective made me wonder if it might work out after all. Yes it does, dear readers, it definitely does! I knew nothing about the author as I started this book and was duly impressed with her research. I am somewhat familiar with psychic stuff - not by personal experience but...

Book ReviewThe Shadow Throne

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4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
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Scholastic Press, 2014

Sometimes in a book you will have a mixed cast of characters that you love, or a certain relationship is written so well you read to see where they go and what happens with the people you hope always stay friends. The Shadow Throne is neither of these things to me. It is all Jaron. This one, singular character has pulled me through the entire trilogy. Though there is a whole stage of players, the spotlight is firmly hooked to our one main guy who entertains, perseveres and as usual, triumphs. I loved the intensity of this book and the gripping, non-stop action. Jaron, as I mentioned above, is a...

Book ReviewCress

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5
This book was so good I'm going to throw a brick through the bookstore window so I can have my own hardcover copy RIGHT NOW!
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Fiewel and Friends, 2014

Life outside of the pages of Cress is like molasses - thick, slow and unimportant because once you open the cover of this book adventure takes hold of you like lightening. It flashes before you in unexpected places that make you gasp, blink with wonder and thrill for where it could possibly appear next! If like...

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