Labyrinth by Catherine Coulter

Reviewed by Paulette Aspesi

Labyrinth is the latest installment in Coulter’s FBI series. Two plots intertwining. Loved them both. Typical Coulter — which means well-written, fast-paced and engrossing. Looks like another romance/marriage might be on the horizon. If you are looking for deep meaning and a discussion book, this is not it. Another great summer read. Four stars only if you like “candy” books.

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

Say When by Elizabeth Berg

Reviewed by Elaine Pasquali

Frank and Ellen Griffin were a happily married couple, or so Griffin (as his friends called him) thought, until Ellen revealed her affair with a younger man, asked for a divorce, and moved out of the house. Ellen remained a loving parent to daughter Zoe and shared custody with Griffin. What sets this novel apart from other mid-life crises stories is that it is Griffin who describes the demise of his marriage as he experiences it. A fast and engaging read that shares the husband’s perspective told by a female author.

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

Final Catcall by Sofie Kelly

Reviewed by Paulette Aspesi

A cozy mystery. Part of a continuing series about Kathleen Paulson, a small-town librarian, whose mother and father are famous actors, and whose cats Owen and Hercules, are special powers. Owen can disappear at will and Hercules can walk through walls. They also seem to understand her with human qualities. This book deals with the death of a director, Hugh Davis, who was in the area for a special festival production. Not that well plotted or interesting. A lot better of its type out there.

How many stars does the book deserve?: ☆

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

Reviewed by Elaine Pasquali

In The Husband’s Secret, three woman (Cecilia, Tess, and Rachel) reside in a small town in Australia and are connected, in one way or another, to the “secret” Cecilia’s husband harbors. The secret, if revealed, will affect all their lives. The women are forced to examine the dynamics of their families and their roles in their families’ lives. This page-turner is very well written and keeps the reader wondering how it all will unfold.

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

Silver Bells by Luanne Rice

Reviewed by Elaine Pasquali

Christy, a widower, lives in Nova Scotia and runs a Christmas tree farm. Every December, he and his children, Danny and Bridget, travel to New York City, to sell their trees. Last year, sixteen-year-old Danny bolted to live on the streets of New York. Catherine, a widowed librarian, hired Danny to photograph NYC landmark angels and bells. When Christy returns to the City to sell his trees and search for Danny, Christy’s and Catherine’s paths cross. Except for Ms. Rice’s deft story-telling skill, this would have been a maudlin book. Instead, it was a refreshing read.

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

Future Shock by Alvin Toffler

Reviewed by Paulette Aspesi

This is a must-read book for anyone who is stressed out by life today and is trying to make sense out of what is going on around us. Written in 1970, I think is is more relevant now than when it was originally published. Toffler explains how with the fast pace of life and the constant changes that humans have to adjust to, we are not emotionally equipped to deal with them. The predictions that he made are understated as to what has actually happened.

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

A Time to Scatter Stones by Lawrence Block

Reviewed by Paulette Aspesi

Matt Scudder is now in his waning years. Once a cop & then a PI, he was good at what he did. His wife, Elaine, was once a prostitute, and now is part of a group of women called the Tarts who get together to help one another stay out of that life. When one young girl is “scaringly” pursued by a past client, she asks Elaine for advice. What follows is not at all predictable. Loved the characters. Can not understand how I have never heard of or read Block before. A little too “noir” for me, but I think I will read more of him.

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