An engaging crime story by a native Clevelander set in the far west side of Cleveland. A story about the evil that can lurk in the midst of the most unassuming of suburbs. Our hero Chris, recently unemployed, has just learned that a sexual predator lives across the street.
Though my favorite series of all time may be the Laurie R. King Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes books, sometimes I want fluff. Believe me, there is nothing wrong with sitting down and reading a good romance book. In fact, it is one of my favorite pastimes. I love to escape, and the Fool’s Gold series by Susan Mallery will hopefully make you want to escape to this California town near the Sierras too. And if you continue, you will have lots of escaping, with 18 regular books in the series (so far), along with novellas, stories, and Christmas books galore.
This intertwining of fairy tales, suspense, and mystery is the second novel by writer Carol Goodman, published in January 2003. Though it has aged a little, it is still an enticing read, and winner of the 2003 Hammett Prize, given by the International Association of Crime Writers, North American Branch (IACW/NA) each year since 1991 to a Canadian or US citizen or permanent resident for a book in English in the field of crime writing.
This book is the first in the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness, and was published a few years ago in 2011. I had the privilege of meeting the author when she visited another area library in 2012 around the release of the second book, Shadow of Night. I had been pulled into the book by online reading group friends at the time, so I was very excited to meet her and hear her speak. I was not disappointed, and left with a great picture with the author and a signed trade paperback of A Discovery of Witches.
Ready for a fun, romantic, and laugh-out-loud read? Then come join me for a walk with royalty as you might revisit Princess Mia from Cabot’s famous and delightful teen series, The Princess Diaries. While you don’t have to have read the series to enjoy the new adult novel, it certainly helps to understand some of the characters, their histories, and their motivations.
Dr. Robert Putnam begins this analysis of our changing America with his childhood memories in Port Clinton, Ohio at a time when the American dream of opportunity was well within reach.
Sometimes I read to be entertained. Sometimes to learn. And once in a while, I read to relax. Pick up this book and turn the page, and I promise you will be drawn into warmth and calm.