Nice to find a Western written by a woman. And the main character is a woman who is out to avenge her fathers death. She heads out west by train to California to find the deed for the gold mine her father left her. Other people are interested in the mine so she has hired a young drifter, Ace Diamond, to protect her since her life is always at risk. I enjoyed the train ride and also the main character was very determined and ready to defend herself.
This is one of those “what if” books about the Civil War. What if Grant and Lee signed a paper that formed a military coup called the Glory Warriors. When part of the paper is unearthed in modern times it starts the Glory Warriors on a mission to take over the government by killing the top three in power. History Professor Nick Journey has part of the document and finds himself on the run to find the rest of the papers. Fortunately he has help with some people in high places.
Sixeen year-old George Carole, uncommonly gifted at the piano, falls in with a strange troupe — and under the watchful eye of the enigmatic figure of Silenus, George comes to realize that the members of the troupe are more than they appear to be.
This book was very confusing or maybe it was just I’m not use to reading fantasy. It started out interesting following a troupe of vaudeville performers. I skipped a bit of the fantasy part.
Hit man Keller is a serious stamp collector. His hit man job finances his stamp collecting. Since he collects expensive stamps he needs a lot of money. He’s not really a bad guy, the people he is hired to kill are usually not very nice. Does that make it right, he figures somebody else will eventually do it so it might as well be him. You also learn a lot about stamps in this book.
Always fun to read a Lord Peter Wimsey mystery. He has so many friends to help him solve crimes. In this book he helps a mystery writer, Harriet Vane, who is accused of poisoning her ex boyfriend with arsenic. Unfortunately she has just written a novel that involves poisoning. But Peter is convinced she didn’t do it and he also falls in love with her.
Not only is this a good source for the history of Jazz but it also discusses the record industry. How and why the 78 record evolved into the 45 and 33 long playing albums. Why ASCAP was started and how World War II helped musicians learn more and find jobs. The economy and geography of America had a lot to do with Jazz and still does.
Kate Morton really knows how to tell a story. This one was hard to put down. So many twists and turns. World War II in London with all the bombs falling and young people falling in love is a perfect setting for this novel. It’s hard to describe but it keeps you on the edge til the last chapter. Secrets and second chances. You have to read it, I don’t want to give anything away.
Look around your kitchen at all your gadgets and cooking tools and there is a reason they were all invented. Since eating is the most important part of living these tools made our cooking chores easier. Depending on what your culture and lifestyle is you may use different tools then the Chinese and French. Cooking was a dangerous job early on mostly because of fire and metal pots that might poison you. Bee Wilson did a lot of research finding out why our everyday utensils, like the wooden spoon, was invented. If you like to cook and eat this book is for you.
This book was a lot of fun, not to be taken seriously. The rich elite in Victorian England usually don’t have a real job. They invest money they don’t have or money they inherited from the wife’s family. When things go wrong with the investments they try to marry their eldest son into money. The family in this series has a title so they try to set up the son with a young American lady who’s father is rich. Everyone has a secret that could be scandalous but there are ways to keep it covered up. Can’t wait for the next book.
This is the first V.I. Warshawski book I have finished. I started one years ago but lost interest. This one held it longer but it was full of too much detail and too many characters. It’s the typical female PI with a cop as a boy friend. She is trying to help people but everyone is telling her she needs to let everyone help her so she won’t get hurt. I got tired of hearing that so I skipped a lot and read the ending to find out who the murderer was.
Loretta Boskovic is a single parent of two kids in a small country town in Australia. Her neighbor Norm owns a scrap yard and discovers that a new development is secretly being planned for the area. Loretta is already involved in a save-our-school project. She tries to be a good mother and help out the community but things and people get in the way. You can’t help but like her outlook on life and her daydreaming about meeting the perfect man. This story is funny and sometimes sad but a enjoyable read.
Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini, both well known mystery writers, have written this interesting detective novel. The two main characters live in San Francisco in the 1890′s and own a detective agency. Sabina Carpenter and John Quincannon have been hired to find a pickpocket and a burglar. They are a team but work separately since they both have their own way of doing things. During the investigations they meet a man who claims to be Sherlock Holmes although he supposedly died in a waterfall accident in Europe. John takes an instant dislike in him but it’s mostly about competition. I liked this setting in San Francisco and it wasn’t a long complicated story so it was easy to follow. Hope they do another one.
The cover is very creepy and the village the story is set in is full of jealous and vengeful people.
Four young people narrate the tale, two girls and two boys. They all witness death and destruction in Hammersmoor Germany. After the war the village doesn’t have a lot to offer young people so they listen to the folk stories and superstitions and let their imagination take over. It could be any village in the world.
I really enjoyed this ghost story. I learned a lot of folklore superstitions about spirits and how to keep them away. This book is told by five different women. Their lives have all been effected by Hobbs Pritchard an evil man who lives on Black Mountain. It begins during the Depression and continues til modern times. It’s also about mothers trying to protect their daughters from the wrong man.
The author of this book was fortunate to have several friends who own weekend homes in Sonoma and Napa California. While he was there during the week he got to know some of the people and learn about the politics going on with these two touristy spots. I found the politics of Sonoma boring but loved reading about the history of both wine producing spots. The author discovered that Napa is for the super rich who can afford the expensive wines and 5 star restaurants while Sonoma is mostly bohemian organic foodies.
Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: You got the wrong guy. Then he says: Get Reacher for me. And sure enough, from the world he lives in—no phone, no address, no commitments–ex–military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. In Lee Child’s astonishing new thriller, Reacher’s arrival will change everything—about a case that isn’t what it seems, about lives tangled in baffling ways, about a killer who missed one shot–and by doing so give Jack Reacher one shot at the truth.… The gunman worked from a parking structure just thirty yards away–point-blank range for a trained military sniper like James Barr. His victims were in the wrong place at the wrong time. But why does Barr want Reacher at his side? There are good reasons why Reacher is the last person Barr would want to see. But when Reacher hears Barr’s own words, he understands. And a slam-dunk case explodes. Soon Reacher is teamed with a young defense lawyer who is working against her D.A. father and dueling with a prosecution team that has an explosive secret of its own. Like most things Reacher has known in life, this case is a complex battlefield. But, as always, in battle, Reacher is at his best. Moving in the shadows, picking his spots, Reacher gets closer and closer to the unseen enemy who is pulling the strings. And for Reacher, the only way to take him down is to know his ruthlessness and respect his cunning–and then match him shot for shot.
This wasn’t as good as some of the other Reacher books but I enjoyed it. Always has an exciting ending and an unexpected complication. Can’t wait to read the next one.
In Lee Child’s astonishing new thriller, ex-military cop Reacher sees more than most people would…and because of that, he’s thrust into an explosive situation that’s about to blow up in his face. For the only way to find the truth-and save two innocent lives-is to do it the way Jack Reacher does it best: the hard way….
Jack Reacher was alone, the way he liked it, soaking up the hot, electric New York City night, watching a man cross the street to a parked Mercedes and drive it away. The car contained one million dollars in ransom money. And Edward Lane, the man who paid it, will pay even more to get his family back. Lane runs a highly illegal soldiers-for-hire operation. He will use any amount of money and any tool to find his beautiful wife and child. And then he’ll turn Jack Reacher loose with a vengeance-because Reacher is the best man hunter in the world.
On the trail of a vicious kidnapper, Reacher is learning the chilling secrets of his employer’s past…and of a horrific drama in the heart of a nasty little war. He’s beginning to realize that Edward Lane is hiding something. Something dirty. Something big. But Reacher also knows this: he’s already in way too deep to stop now.
Couldn’t put this one down at the end as usual. All the Jack Reacher books are about helping the victims of bad guys. If you are lucky enough to find Reacher, he has no address or bank account. He likes it that way. He admits he is missing the remorse gene from his DNA. But he grows on you.