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?: ☆☆☆

Marilyn Monroe: the Final Years by Keith Badman

Reviewed by Diane Phillips

The book concentrates on the last years of Marilyn Monroe’s short life. The author separates the myths and rumors from the facts of what happened at the end of Marilyn Monroe’s life. I was surprised at some of the things that did happen to her since she was in that famous circle. Very interesting read.

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

Jaws by Peter Benchley

Reviewed by Diane Phillips

Revisited a classic from childhood — Jaws! The book was an awesome read and it does keep you on the edge of your seat as you can put yourself right into the story. The book had a couple of differences from the movie but both in my opinion were excellent.

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

A Shattering Crime by Jennifer McAndrews

Reviewed by Paulette Aspesi

A Shattering Crime, which is part of the Stained Glass mystery series, belongs to the cozy mystery genre. I like this series. The story deals with a woman, Georgia, who was forced to leave her big city job when problems erupted and her fiance threw her over. Georgia returns to the small town where she came from to live with her grandfather and takes all kinds of odd jobs to make a living, but her passion is making stained glass. This particular book involves the death of a local activist who is against a big mall going up and who dies but we are not sure from what — was it an untraceable poison? Liked her love interest or could be interests. Will never win a Pulitzer, but great to pick up and put down when finished. So far as stars go, if you’re looking for meat, a 1, otherwise a very strong 2.

How many stars does the book deserve?: ☆☆

Heart Songs by VC Andrews

Reviewed by Kristin Rasnick

Heart Songs by VC Andrews was a very captivating to read. When her parents didn’t want her, other people stepped up and took on responsibility to do the best they could for a child even though she was not theirs.

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

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Reviewed by Kristin Rasnick

Romeo and Juliet is the story of n age-old vendetta between two powerful families that erupts into bloodshed. A group of masked Montagues risk further conflict by gatecrashing a Capulet party. A young lovesick Romeo Montague falls instantly in love with Juliet Capulet, who is due to marry her father’s choice, the County Paris. This book was very uplifting and I would read it again soon.

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