Sunday, February 28, 2016

Review: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A simply written, beautiful story about a lady, Precious Ramotswe, who opens a detective agency with money that she inherited from her father. She was his only child and he wanted her to open a business for herself, but she decided on the detective agency.

Her little part of Botswana in Africa is her pride and she is very successful in her escapades with many different types of detecting jobs.

A thoroughly enjoyable read. It is the first in a series and I will be looking for and reading the next books in the series.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Review: Leaving Time

Leaving Time Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Alice is an elephant researcher who goes missing for several years after a horrific incident at the sanctuary. Eventually her 13 year old daughter goes looking for her with the help of a PI and a psychic. There is a lot of information about elephants, which is very interesting and with the mystery added in, the story was readable.



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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Review: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I loved the first 15 or so percent of this book with its lush descriptions of Savannah. So good were they that you could feel and smell it. As the story went on though, it became (to me) a series of small episodes which didn't seem to frame a story.

It didn't grab my attention the way I had wanted it to.

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Review: Cracks in the Sidewalk

Cracks in the Sidewalk Cracks in the Sidewalk by Bette Lee Crosby
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Get your box of kleenex out for this read. A young mother has two children and expecting a third when she becomes ill with a terminal brain tumor. This leaves a young father to cope with the children and he is not equipped emotionally, or any other way for it.

The grandparents are left to cope with their loss of their daughter on their own, without the help and support of their son in law and his children.

A very good story that I did enjoy, but I leave a warning along with my recommendation, that you will be very sad while reading this book.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Review: Simon Ships Out A heroic cat at sea. Based on a true story

Simon Ships Out A heroic cat at sea. Based on a true story Simon Ships Out A heroic cat at sea. Based on a true story by Jacky Donovan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A wonderful true story about Simon, a heroic little cat who was found by a sailor and smuggled aboard a ship, The Amethyst, that was seeing active duty. While under heavy fire from the communist Chinese, the ship ran aground and was stranded for 101 days.

The story is told from the perspective of the cat and you really feel that you are right there on the ship right along with him.

This is a good and descriptive story of a battleship at war and a wonderful story for cat lovers. Highly recommended.

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Review: The Alice Network

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn My rating: 5 of 5 stars In an enthralling new historical novel from nati...