Melancholy Baby

From Nicole Simon

Title: Melancholy Baby

Author: Robert B Parker

An oldie but goodie read. I recently started on the Sunny Randall series. Book #3 in the series that follows PI Randall through various case adventures with the help of her dog Rosie and family/friends to solve complex cases.

The Judas Strain

From Nicole Simon

Title: The Judas Strain

Author: James Rollins

#4 in the Sigma Force series, this book journeys through a deadly viral strain that threatens humankind. It begins with Marco Polo in the year 1293, and the horrific secret he leaves on an island in Southeast Asia. Multiple plot lines carry the reader through the outbreak of a flesh-eating plague, the dispatch of a hospital ship which is subsequently hijacked by terrorists, a hunt for clues that leads to Venice, Istanbul, and Angkor Wat.

Just Take My Heart

From Elaine Pasquali

Title: Just Take My Heart

Author: Mary Higgins Clark

Natalie Raines, a Broadway star, is murdered. Gregg Aldridge, her accused soon-to-be ex-husband, and Emily Wallace, the prosecuting district attorney who recently had a heart transplant, comprise the central characters.. Throw in a next store neighbor who is a serial killer and Emily’s morally questionable colleagues and you have an interesting mystery. However, I wish Ms. Clark would have more deeply developed the heart transplant link to the murdered woman. It might have given this mystery the compelling intensity characteristic of Ms. Clark’s mysteries that I found lacking in this one.

The LIfe-changing magic of tidying up: the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing

From Sandi Rosenthal

Title: The LIfe-changing magic of tidying up: the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing

Author: Marie Kondo

I really enjoyed this book. She goes through an order of tidying, and how to get rid of items that you don’t need and that “do not give you joy”. Then she goes through storage and organizing, complete from how to fold socks and stockings and the best way to storage things.

Nights in Rodanthe

From Patricia Wagner

Title: nights in Rodanthe

Author: Nicholas Sparks

This book was about a romance that occurred after sixty years of age. Two mature adult person found each other at the beach inn during a strong, violent northeaster. The newly divorced woman is the heroine because she protected her three high school children from family disruption by withholding the story of her true love for a man she knew three days. Over ten years later, the heroine Adrienne tells her story to her widowed daughter Amanda. The story tells the reader how she managed the loss, how she lived thru the pain. She shared her pain with her non verbal father who was in a nursing home. Adrienne states, “… He listened and that is what I needed…there was nothing he could say to relieve my pain if he could have spoken.” This was a story of people comforting each other.