A spellbinding historical novel

The Huntress

The Huntress by Kate Quinn

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Amazing. Thrilling. Frightening. All of those words apply to this extremely well done historical novel.

Kate Quinn weaves the stories of three main characters with grace and excellent detail. We have a female Russian bomber pilot who must face her greatest fear to survive, a team of Nazi hunters from Britain and America who are driven to find justice. And a young woman from Boston who sees evil in the flesh and has the courage to confront it.

Well worth the read folks, I highly recommend this book!





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A very suspenseful story

The Silent Patient

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


A chilling mystery with lots of twists and turns.

Alicia was charged with murdering her husband and hasn’t spoken a word since that day. An accomplished artist, their marriage was thought to be perfect. Why would she kill him? Unless maybe she didn’t?

As her psychotherapist digs deeper to understand her silence he uncovers others who could very likely have done the deed. The more we learn about Alicia, the more we learn about her doctor, who is human and flawed as well.

This was intriguing and I didn’t see the ending until it hit me. Good stuff, Alex!!



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History repeats itself, let’s all hope not

Red Menace

Red Menace by Lois Ruby

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Well done, Lois Ruby. This story is compelling and tells about a time in our history (1950’s McCarthyism) that could easily be compared to what’s happening today.

Marty Rafner loves baseball, Micky Mantle and is preparing for his bar mitzvah. That’s plenty for a 13-year-old to deal with, but when paranoia and prejudice rear its ugly head his family is accused of being communist spies.

This is the time when the Rosenberg’s execution is fast approaching. Rumors are enough to get people fired and Marty kicked off the baseball team. Life will never be the same for this family or the little berg they live in Kansas.

There’s a lot going on in this book and the suspense builds with every page. What would you do if your mother was accused of being a spy? It’s pretty hard for Marty to take, but he’s made of stern stuff and finds it in himself to help others even during this turmoil.



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Her Royal Spyness is great fun

Her Royal Spyness (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #1)

Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


If you enjoy British humor and settings you will love this fun story. The heroine is young, smart, 34th removed from the throne and broke. Having had her allowance cut off when she turned 21 she now has to venture out in the world and make a living. But how does one do that when one has had servants all one’s life, you ask? It isn’t an easy task.

With a host of interesting cousins and men vying for her royal hand, Georgiana is determined to find love and a job, not necessarily in that order. What she discovers is a dead body and the distinct impression that someone is trying to kill her, too. You’ll enjoy this fun romp, I certainly did.



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A book you can sink your teeth into…

Bite Me (Demon Underground, #1)Bite Me by Parker Blue
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sometimes you need a little fantasy in your life. A wee bit of butt-kicking, a girl with a few drops of demon blood to ramp up her skills. Killing vampires seems to help Val keep the demon under control, but it leads to unforeseen consequences. After being kicked out of the house for supposedly endangering her younger sister Val is bereft, but soon finds solace and a furry partner who is part Terrior and part hellhound, and does a mean job of grabbing for the dangly bits on vampires.

This was great fun to read and no doubt I will read more in the series. Parker Blue makes the dark and seedy side come to life with humor and just the right amount of tension. I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

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Jillie finds the ultimate treasure

JillieJillie by Olive Balla
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow. This story is packed with interesting characters and suspense. It’s a story about sisters, family ties, survival and obsession.

Jillie, the main character, is a spunky eleven-year-old, who while defending her sister as she is being beaten to death, kills a man. Forced into an unbearable situation she runs away, trying to get back to her sister in the hospital. What Jillie encounters on her journey should never be experienced by someone so young.

Along the way, she meets elderly twin sisters, one the polar opposite of the other. Frankly, these characters are funny and amazing and just as likable as Jillie. I’ve always been interested in the bonds between siblings, and twins especially. Balla captures these relationships with elegance and humor.

When a rumor is started about a found treasure by Jillie’s now dead father, some very nasty people are determined to find it, no matter who gets in their way.

Thanks for a great read!

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A Stranger in the House – you never know!

A Stranger in the HouseA Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow. There’s a lot of twists and turns in this suspense novel. It kept me turning the pages! While I suspected a couple of things (like the nosey neighbor), I didn’t expect the ending. Thanks for a thrill ride, Shari Lapena. This was a very good read.

A seemingly normal housewife receives a call that sends her dashing out of the house. It’s obviously an emergency because she forgot to lock the door, take her purse or her cell phone. None of which are at all like her.  When the police call hubby to say her car has been in an accident he rushes out to see if the woman in her car, in a very hinky part of town is really his wife. Not only is it his wife, but the police suspect her of no good. Why was she there, otherwise? And when a dead body is found near where she lost control of her car she becomes a suspect. There’s just one problem. She doesn’t remember anything that happened that night.

This lady gets into deeper and deeper trouble as they investigate, her and her husband’s “perfect” record. Nothing sticks out, which in itself seems strange. Add a nosey neighbor, a stalker and you have a bit of suspense that will keep you reading all night.

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Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads SingWhere the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Stunning first novel. The prose is vivid, as are the characters and setting. One by one, Kya has been abandoned by her family, so she carries on living alone in the shack in the marsh. The townspeople don’t understand who she is and dubs her the marsh girl. She is strong and a survivor. She gets a little help from a few others, but she spends her life isolated. A friend of her brothers realizes how smart she is and teaches her to read. He also shares textbooks about biology, because he is also a child of the marsh. The sense of nature, the lack of nurture, the stunning scenes and tension of being alone and different are a poignant part of the story. I loved this book. I could smell the fetid water and hear the cicadas. I could sense Kya’s heartbeat as it matched time with the waves coming into the shore of North Carolina.

Thank you, Delia Owens for writing such a compelling book.

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