Maine

From Marie K. Schulken
author: Sullivan, J. Courtney
Maine
 This is the first book I have read by J. Courtney Sullivan and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  The story evolves around multiple generations of an Irish family who summered at their cottage in Maine.  A definite cast of characters beginning with the Matriarch, Alice, who rules the roost.  A great beach read and a nice respite from my spy novels.

Portrait Of A Spy

From Marie K. Schulken
author: Silva, Daniel
Portrait Of A Spy
 I thoroughly enjoy all of Daniel Silva’s books and this one is no exception.  Gabriel Allon is a truly fascinating character and his adventures tie in with current events.  Would definitely recommend earlier books of Daniel Silva as well.

From splendor to revolution : the Romanov women, 1847-1928

From Eileen Effrat
author: Gelardi, Julia P
From splendor to revolution : the Romanov women, 1847-1928
Vividly portraying the lives and turbulent times of four Romanov women—-an empress, a queen, and two duchesses, this thoroughly researched  book chronicles their lives from unimaginable wealth and grandeur to their deaths in relative poverty. The four leading ladies—-Empress Marie Feodorovna, mother of Tsar Nicolas II, Marie Alexandrova, daughter of Tsar Alexander II and wife of Queen Victoria’s son, the Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Olga of Greece, a nieceof Tsar Alexander II and  grandmother of Prince Philip, the present Duke of Edinburgh, and Marie Pavovna, wife of Grand Duke Vladimir, son of Tsar Alexander II. This is a very readable narrative account of four women who dominated royal society for seventy years. I also enjoyed  reading Gelardi’s previous book, In Triumph’s Wake:Royal Mothers, Tragic Daughters, and the Price They Paid For Glory.

A Knife in the Back

From Elaine Pasquali
author: Crider, Bill
A Knife in the Back
This is a fast moving, engaging, light summer read.  English Department Chairperson, Dr. Sally Good, once again teams up with her colleague, Jack Neville, to solve a crime.  Only this time, Jack is the prime suspect.  Having just finished reading a rather dark novel, A Knife in the Back was the perfect antidote.