Thursday, May 28, 2015

A Sunless Sea by Anne Perry

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A Sunless Sea
Anne Perry

Publisher: Ballantine
Copyright: 2013
Pages: 400

A Victorian mystery that finds Commander of the River Police William Monk in the middle of a heinous murder on the docks.  Could this be the work of her benefactor's wife?  Could there be a connection to her benefactor's suicide?  Monk employs that help of his friend Rathbone and wife Hester to find the murderer.  The benefactor's wife goes on trial for the murder so Monk, Hester, and Rathbone are in a race against time to prove her innocence before she is executed.

I enjoyed this English mystery.  Like other English stories, there are many twists and turns and the reader is kept guessing until the end as to who did it.

Education of a Traitor by Svetlana Grobman

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The Education of a Traitor :
 A Memior of Growing Up In Cold War Russia


Svetlana Grobman

Publisher: Musings Publishing
Copyright:  2015
Pages:  298

This memoir is the story of Svetlana's memories as a child growing up in the Soviet Union following World War II and under the rule of Khrushchev.   Her family is one of the few Jewish families remaining in Moscow and struggling to make a living under Soviet rule.  Life was not easy for any family in Russia.  Choices, knowledge, and the needs for daily living were very limited for the Russian citizens. 

One story Svetlana recounts is how they country denied proper educaiton to their children.  Svetlana wanted to transfer to a different school because she believed she would get a better chance at going to college at the other school.  She took the test to get in and passed.  When she asked the principal for the papers needed to change school she was told that she was a "traitor" and the principal would not give them to her. Like transferring to another school - life was always a challenge.  

Growing up, I remember learning some things about the USSR but always was curious about how it really was since information between the USSR and the US was not shared and Svetlana's story filled in some of that information.   

Svetlana Grobman eventually does come to America and Librarians in Missouri may know Svetlana as a librarian at Daniel Boone Regional Libraries.

I enjoyed this book and look forward to learning more about life in the Soviet Union from Svetlana Grobman.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Unnatural History of Cypress Parish by Elise Blackwell

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The Unnatural History of Cypress Parish


Elsie Blackwell

Publisher :  Unbridled Books
Pages: 240
Copyright:  2010

As Hurricane Katrina is being predicted in New Orleans, Louis Proby tells his story of the flood of 1927 and the first flooding of New Orleans.

Louis is 17 in 1927 and he is working to earn money to go to school by driving around an important politician in the area.  He sits in on a meeting with local politicians and bankers that illustrates how things were decided in government.  They decided to flood Cypress Parish and Louis is sworn to secrecy.   Louis's home, his family's new home and where his friends live will be effect.  What should he do?  Can he do anything to change the outcome?  

I enjoyed the story - a story of family, betrayal, and a piece of Southern history.  

The Dead Will Tell by Linda Castillo

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The Dead Will Tell
Linda Castillo

Publisher:  St. Martin's Press
Pages:  352
Copyright:  2015

Linda Castillo has created another story for ex-Amish Police Chief Kate Burkholder.   Kate is called to the apparent suicide of a man hanging from the rafters of a barn.  The death does not look like a suicide to Kate and as she investigate this death - another dead man turns up in Painter's Mill.  Kate suspects that there is a connection to a long closed case of a death of an Amish man, his wife and four children.  To confuse the  situation, several other prominent members of the community have received cryptic messages similar to the dead men.

Kate and Tomasetti have continued their relationship and in fact have moved in together but Tomasetti is not around much to help Kate solve this mystery because he is once again reminded of the death of his wife and two children when the murderer is released from prision.

I enjoyed this book and will read more of the Kate Burkholder series.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Marriage Charm by Linda Lael Miller

 Melody has recently found success as a jewelry designer, and her work is the focus of her life. She's not exactly unhappy, but she wants more. She's always been attracted to Spence Hogan, the local chief of police, but she's convinced that Spence, a notorious charmer, isn't what you'd call husband material.
Spence is a good cop who isn't scared of anything—except love. And he's done everything he can to preserve his reputation as a womanizer—a reputation that keeps marriage-minded women, including Melody, at bay. And yet…there's something about Melody he can't forget. Something his heart can't ignore.

Good Romance!

350 pages

Forever after, by Deborah Raney

Product DetailsLucas Vermontez was a proud firefighter like his father. Now, not only has he lost his father and his best friend, Zach, in the fire at the Grove Street homeless shelter, but the devoted rookie can no longer do the work he loves after being crippled in the tragic event. When friendship with his buddy’s beautiful widow turns into more, he wonders, what could he possibly offer Jenna? Jenna Morgan is trying to grieve her husband’s death like a proper widow, but the truth is, she never really loved Zach. His death feels more like a relief to her. But that relief is short-lived when she loses her home and the financial support of her in-laws. Now the secrets of her past threaten to destroy her future.

Can the two forget the painful past and discover new reasons to live and love?
(Of course they can, it's a romance.)

414 pages