Month: September 2011

Joanne Proulx, Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet

Joanne Proulx, Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet

Anthem Of A Reluctant Prophet by Joanne Proulx My rating: 5 of 5 stars The StoryWhile hanging with friends, Luke suddenly turns into “Chatty Cathy” and predicts the death of one of their group. He only thinks he’s making it up. What follows is a persecution of Luke by news media, people in town who recognize him, and religious nuts who believe he is stained by Satan. Even his friends betray him somewhat when they consent to media interviews. Retreating into himself, rejecting his parents’ efforts, it takes months for Luke to come to terms with truth. A truth he comes to through the efforts of a girl/woman he considers not his, an unexpected neighborhood friend, and one of his teachers, the persistent caring of his family, and the unexpected encounter with Pastor Ted. The CharactersLuke is a good kid and the reluctant prophet. So dubbed by the media when his friends “out” him to the media when one of his friends does die in exactly the conditions Luke specified. Fang, Todd Delaney, has been Luke’s best friend since they were 5. His drunk of a mother is never there for him and Luke’s family has always been his backup. […]

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Fern Michaels, Vendetta

Fern Michaels, Vendetta

Vendetta by Fern Michaels Series: Sisterhood, 3 My rating: 3 of 5 stars Third in the Sisterhood suspense series which is focused on righting the wrongs done each of the seven women. The StoryIt’s Myra’s turn for justice and Charles and the Sisterhood plot to kidnap John Chai, the diplomat’s playboy son who ran Barbara down, from Hong Kong. The ladies aren’t into killing anyone and, I must say, they do find a particularly nasty way of punishing Mr. Chai that is very much in keeping with his vanity and his and his father’s viewpoints. The CharactersI like the ladies for the most part. Charles is amazing…I want him cooking in my kitchen! But Michaels keeps slipping shoddy writing in that makes them too stupid for words. There are times I just want to smack Myra for being such a doddering old woman! The worst of it is that Michaels could write them so much better instead of slacking through their actions/speech. Julia Webster is doing much better on her experimental HIV treatment in Switzerland. Jack Emery has quit his district attorney job and Mark Lane has quit his FBI job and together they’ve opened up their own business, the […]

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Alice Kimberly, Ghost and the Haunted Mansion

Alice Kimberly, Ghost and the Haunted Mansion

The Ghost and The Haunted Mansion by Alice Kimberly Series: Haunted Bookshop, 5 My rating: 4 of 5 stars Fifth in the Haunted Bookshop mystery series set in an old bookstore, Buy the Books, in Quindicott, Rhode Island. One of the owners, Penelope McClure, has an odd partnership in detecting…with the ghost of a private detective, Jack Shepard, who was murdered in the bookstore in 1949. The StoryWhile delivering a parcel of books, Pen stumbles over the dead body of her buyer, a Miss Todd, who lived as a recluse in her old mansion. Seymour Tarnish is on the hot seat for this one…mostly because Chief Ciders and Bull McCoy have a hard-on for hurtin’ Seymour and they’re both stupider than bricks. And when Pen tells them she saw Seymour running across the road with a bloodied shirt and Miss Todd’s will is read and Seymour inherits just about everything, well…even if the medical examiner says she died of natural causes, Ciders will do just about anything to put Seymour away even if Pen still thinks Miss Todd was frightened to death. The CharactersI suspect we may have a couple of new characters in the series: Emory Stoddard is/was Miss […]

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Lili St. Crow, Strange Angels

Lili St. Crow, Strange Angels

Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow Series: Dru Anderson, 1 My rating: 3 of 5 stars First in the Dru Anderson urban fantasy, young adult series about a teenage girl with special powers. The StoryWe are introduced to Dru Anderson in the Dakotas where she and her dad have landed after spending time in Florida. From Florida to the Dakotas in winter, Dru is just not prepared for the cold and snow, especially when a zombie attacks in her own home. A zombie she knows very well. Grief-stricken and terrified, Dru attempts to come to terms with who she killed by hanging out at the mall where Graves, a fellow student from the high school, finds her. In helping Dru, Graves is attacked and his refuge is compromised forcing Dru to take him along thereby introducing him to a lot more than Graves could ever have imagined. The CharactersDru Anderson has had a strange upbringing learning folk magic from her Granmama and survival from her dad: tai chi and moving through her katas, shooting, knifework. She knows a lot about the paranormal world; just not as much as she thinks she does. Until her maternal grandmother, Granmama, died, Dru stayed […]

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Georgette Heyer, Sylvester or the Wicked Uncle

Georgette Heyer, Sylvester or the Wicked Uncle

Sylvester by Georgette Heyer My rating: 5 of 5 stars The StoryHorse-intrepid, but people-shy Phoebe Marlow is terrified of her stepmama and the threat of receiving an offer from the Duke of Salford has her fleeing in the dawn into an oncoming blizzard with childhood friend, Tom Orde. In an unfortunate turn of events, their curricle suffers an accident leaving Tom with a broken leg and both of them prey to recapture. Fortunately for them, the duke has made his escape from Austerby, Phoebe’s home, in time to find and aid them. In a weak moment, Tom lets it slip that Phoebe was actually fleeing him and that puts the light of battle in Sylvester’s eye. He fully intends to make Phoebe fall in love with him before he dumps her. Sylvester, however, hasn’t yet met the real Phoebe… My TakeI adore Georgette Heyer’s Regency romances. They’re funny, passionate [without sex], and clever with a lovely insight into human nature. She also does a lovely job of conveying the manners, mores, and style of the time period. Her characters are so individual and Heyer makes you care for them. The most impressive part is how well she writes the entire […]

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