Long Island’s Most Haunted: a Ghosthunter’s Guide by Joseph Flammer and Diane Hill

Reviewed by Diane Phillips

This book is specifically about haunted places and cemeteries on Long Island so the reader can go investigate on their own if they like. Each chapter is about a different place and the authors’ experience at each place as they did their investigations. It is a fascinating and quick read if you are really interested in the subject.

How many stars does the book deserve?: ☆☆☆☆

Stress-Free Retirement by Patrick Kelly

Reviewed by Marc Aspesi

In Stress-Free Retirement, I learned it is never too early to start thinking about retirement. If you are a conservative investor, this book tells you the pluses of buying into fixed annuities. The book is very well-written and really explains the ins and outs of this type of investment. Gives great anecdotes to back up what he believes.

How many stars does the book deserve?: ☆☆☆☆

18th Abduction by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Reviewed by Paulette Aspesi

As usual, James Patterson gives us his short chapters, fast-paced, and a hard to put-down book. His villains are evil as can be – this time in the guise of a former Serbian leader who massacred thousands before being brought to justice, but then released because he ratted out on those more powerful than him. However, he had to keep his hands clean – which of course he could not do – and he finally gets what he deserves. This book is part of the Women’s Murder Club series.

How many stars does the book deserve?: ☆☆☆

Sisters Weiss by Naomi Ragen

Reviewed by Elaine Pasquali

Ms. Ragen, an American ex-patriot living in Jerusalem for more than forty years, has written one of the most engaging novels that I have ever read. Two young sisters, Rose and Pearl, raised in a conservative Orthodox Jewish family, are estranged for forty years. The cause: Rose’s decision to run away from her family and her religious community and the constraints that she feels are stifling her. Forty years later, Pearl’s daughter, Rivka, makes the same decision. But with freedom come decisions and consequences. Ms. Ragen seamlessly intertwines Orthodox religion and family dynamics,

How many stars does the book deserve?: ☆☆☆☆

Sleeping Murder by Elaine Pasquali

Reviewed by Elaine Pasquali

Once again, Miss Jane Marple helps solve a murder — this time a murder that occurred eighteen years ago. Newlyweds, Gwenden and Giles move into a house where Gwenden lived when she was three years old. The house triggers memories of the murder of her stepmother, Helen. However, Helen’s body was never found and she wrote her brother twice after her “murder.” Was Helen murdered or did she run away? If she was murdered, who did it? An engrossing and fast read.

How many stars does the book deserve?: ☆☆☆☆

Spymistress: the Life of Vera Atkins, the Greatest Female Secret Agent of WWII by William Stevenson

Reviewed by Paulette Aspesi

Recently read Sarah Helm’s A Life in Secrets: Vera Atkins and the Missing Agents of WWII: a Story of the Men and Women Who Waged Churchill’s Secret War published in 2005, and thought Spymistress: the Life of Vera Atkins ,,, by William Steven-son published in 2007, would be largely redundant, but if anything they compli-mented each other and both should be read to understand so much of what was going on at that crucial time in world history. William Stevenson was the man that Atkins designated to be her official biographer when she died and he did an excellent job. Wish I could write so much more about the book.

How many stars does the book deserve?: ☆☆☆☆

Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon

Reviewed by Terry Gustafson

The 8th novel in the popular Outlander series tells the continuing story of Claire Randall Fraser and her beloved 2nd husband, Jaime Fraser, a Scottish Highlander. The time period is the American Revolution, Jaime is an officer in the army under General George Washington. It’s very interesting to me how the author intertwines their personal story with actual historical events.

How many stars does the book deserve?: ☆☆☆