Close Your Eyes by Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen

Reviewed by Elaine Pasquali

Kendra Michaels spent the first twenty years of her life blind. Now sighted, she still utilizes the astute powers of observation that she developed while blind. Although she is uninterested in investigative work, Kendra becomes involved in an FBI investigation when former agent Adam Lynch tells her that her ex-boyfriend, Agent Jeff Stedler, is missing. The missing person investigation morphs into a murder investigation and then a conspiracy to kill the population of entire nations. A spellbinding, fast-paced book that held my interest from the first page.

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

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes

Reviewed by Evelyn Summers

This was a good book. It had a little bit of a slow start but got very interesting. The ending was not as romanticized as some recent books that I have read. I would definitely recommend it!!

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

Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand

Reviewed by Claire Daley

This novel invites you to follow the investigation of a young woman whose body was found dead on the beach. The location of the body is at the back of the house where her best friend was to get married. You read the police interviews of the suspects as they reveal their secrets. The author keeps you guessing as to who has done it.

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

A Fatal Chapter by Lorna Barnett

Reviewed by Claire Daley

A bookstore owner named Tricia Miles, while taking a walk in the park, dis-covers a body in the town gazebo. The strange circumstance of his death leads Tricia to believe it was murder. Tricia then decides to do some investing on her own. I found this book to be a quick read while on the beach.

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

A Caribbean Mystery by Agatha Christie

Reviewed by Elaine Pasquali

Miss Jane Marple vacations on St. Honore and stumbles onto three murders: two guests and an employee of the resort at which she’s staying. With the help of another guest, Mr. Jason Rafiel (who is wealthy, ornery, and very ill), she unravels many false leads and identifies the murderer. Once again, Ms. Christie, the Queen of Red Herrings, stumped this reader. One of Ms. Christie’s best mysteries.

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

Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World by Melinda Gates

Reviewed by Laura Caran

Melinda Gates has traveled extensively all over the world to some of the poorest countries to foster social progress for women and their families. Many stories are told of women treated poorly because of cultures that believe women are not equal to men. She shows how when we “lift” them up, we also get “lifted up”. She currently deals with urgent needs around the world, and she is actively setting up programs/resources to help with these needs, and has begun to change cultures to empower women.

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