The Island

From Elaine Pasquali
author: Graham, Heather
The Island
The island is a beach paradise until Beth Anderson discovers and then loses a human skull. Beth tries to look into the mystery  of the gone-missing-skull while protecting her own, her niece’s, and her brother’s lives.  Everyone who weekended on the island is suspected by Beth,  including Keith Henson, who is drop-dead handsome and a sex magnate. There’s a number of red-herrings. acts of piracy, and deaths before the mystery of the missing skull is solved.  A good summer read.

The Collected Stories of Chester Himes

From Andrea Payne
author: Himes, Chester
 The Collected Stories of Chester Himes
This book has many of the author’s short stories from the late 1920’s through the late 1960’s.  Some of the writing was a little difficult to
understand because of the terminology used in the 1920s.  I am biased towards Himes because he is one of my favorite authors in general and I love reading about his tales of life during those times because it gives a great deal of historical insight into how things were during those days.  He is very profound and has a unique style that has never since been duplicated.

The Help

From Andrea Payne
author: Stockett, Kathryn
The Help
To me, this book was a page turner and fascinating.  It is not simply a book about a bunch of African-American domestics in the south during the
pre-Civil Rights era.  This book is also about the group of Southern society ladies for whom these women worked and how one woman who belonged to this elite group eventually had to choose between her society friends and formulating her own life based on her own ideals, especially with regards to Civil Rights.  Some parts of this book were funny and some were sad.  It was very profound and I thought an
excellent read for Ms. Stockett’s first novel.

Royal Mess

From Jody Bassuk
Davidson, Mary Janice
Royal Mess
This is apparently a series of books about the “kingdom” of Alaska. The royal family has just gotten larger when this books starts off with an illegitimate daughter.  Her romance with the head body guard is a lot of fun to read.  This author has a lot of fun writing about the royal family  and how “non-royal” they act.   Very quick read.  Fast paced and fun.