The Coffin Tree

From Elaine Pasquali
Title: The Coffin Tree
Author: Gwendoline Butler
Commander John Coffin sets out to determine who killed his 2 young detectives and unearths a plot of interrelated murders. His actrist wife’s, insight into the human psyche helps Coffin understand the intrigue enmeshed in the murders, thus solving the case. Set in England. Engaging  mystery reading.

What I Saw at the Revolution: A Political Life in the Reagan Era

From Elaine Pasquali
Title: What I Saw at the Revolution: A Political Life in the Reagan Era
Author: Peggy Noonan
Ms. Noonan was a speech writer in the Reagan White House. She continually affirms her love and admiration for the President while describing him  as a man who did not lead but acceded to his advisors’ suggestions; did not stand up for those who were loyal to him; seemed to have no substance and a lack of curiosity behind the twinkle in his eyes. She admits she never could totally understand him, yet described him as the best President  since FDR. I remain confused as to why she so admired the President. Worth reading for the insight into the politics and in-fighting in the Reagan administration.