Review: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey

In this classic of the 1960s, Ken Kesey’s hero is Randle Patrick McMurphy, a boisterous, brawling, fun-loving rebel who swaggers into the world of a mental hospital and takes over. A lusty, life-affirming fighter, McMurphy rallies the other patients around him by challenging the dictatorship of Nurse Ratched. He promotes gambling in the ward, smuggles in wine and women, and… Read more »

Review – Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

The zoo is nearly empty as Joan and her four-year-old son soak up the last few moments of playtime. They are happy, and the day has been close to perfect. But what Joan sees as she hustles her son toward the exit gate minutes before closing time sends her sprinting back into the zoo, her child in her arms. And… Read more »

My November Negalley Haul

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I’ve been blogging for about fifteen months, and I’ve been having so much fun.  Posting can be work, but interacting with other bloggers and blog readers is terrific.  Also, I’ve become acquainted with so many new books and authors.  Thanks to you all! While I work at my blog pretty much every day, I want to up my game.  Starting… Read more »

Three 2018 Book-Movie Crossovers that I Can’t Wait to See

I don’t have any hard and set rules about book/movie crossovers.  If I see the movie first or read the book first, it doesn’t matter to me.  Although, I will say that if I don’t like the book then I won’t see the movie and vice versa.  Also, there have been times when I’ve read the book and found the… Read more »

Review – The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens

On his 18th birthday, Wolf Truly takes the tramway to the top of the mountain that looms over Palm Springs, intending to jump to his death. Instead he encounters strangers wandering in the mountain wilderness, three women who will change the course of his life. Through a series of missteps he and the women wind up stranded, in view of… Read more »

Review – Nightblind by Ragnar Jónasson

Siglufjörður: an idyllically quiet fishing village on the northernmost tip of Iceland, accessible only via a small mountain tunnel. Ari Thór Arason: a local policeman, whose tumultuous past and uneasy relationships with the villagers continue to haunt him. The peace of this close-knit community is shattered by the murder of a policeman – shot at point-blank range in the dead… Read more »

Review – The Night Market by Jonathan Moore

It’s late Thursday night, and Inspector Ross Carver is at a crime scene in one of the city’s last luxury homes. The dead man on the floor is covered by an unknown substance that’s eating through his skin. Before Carver can identify it, six FBI agents burst in and remove him from the premises. He’s pushed into a disinfectant trailer,… Read more »

Review – Marrow Island by Alexis S. Smith

Twenty years ago Lucie Bowen left Marrow Island; along with her mother, she fled the aftermath of an earthquake that compromised the local refinery, killing her father and ravaging the island’s environment. Now, Lucie’s childhood friend Kate is living within a mysterious group called Marrow Colony—a community that claims to be “ministering to the Earth.” There have been remarkable changes… Read more »

Review – A Cold Day in Hell by Lissa Marie Redmond

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Lauren Riley is an accomplished detective who has always been on the opposite side of the courtroom from her nemesis, slick defense attorney Frank Violanti. But now he’s begging to hire her as a private investigator to help clear his client of murder. At first Lauren refuses, wanting nothing to do with the media circus surrounding that case—until she meets… Read more »

Two Must-Read Memoirs

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As a change of pace, I decided to trade in my mysteries and thrillers for a pair of memoirs (which I plan on teaching in the fall).  I’ve read both of these books before, but my re-readings were just as intense as my first readings.  White I didn’t exactly fall in love (both books deal with very difficult topics) I… Read more »