Dead man’s grip

From  Eileen Effrat

Author:  Peter James

Title:   Dead man’s grip

The seventh and latest in the series of Detective Superintendent Roy Grace  mystery series by James is a stand alone that can be  read without a  prior reading of the previous books.  This is a police procedural that  you can’t put down. I could not.  Grace investigates a traffic accident in Brighton, Sussex where an American student dies from his injuries.  This is no ordinary kid.  He happens to be the grandson of  one of New York’s most prominent “godfathers”.  Not satisfied  with letting the law  take its course, the family of the deceased lets loose a brutal, innovative, and imaginative hit man  to unleash revenge on the motorists involved.  For a fast paced read with a smart plot this will keep you engaged from the beginning.


From Sandi Rosenthal
Title:  Thunderstruck
Author:  Erik Larson
I wrote this review last week, but did not see it in the reviews, so I will write it again.

Thunderstruck, like Devil in the White City, intertwines two stories. One story is about Guglielmo Marconi and how he struggled to develop wireless telecommunication at the turn of the 20th century. The second story is about Dr. Crippen, a man who murdered his wife in England. Their lives touch, when, during Crippen’s escape to Canada, his every move is watched by the world because of Marconi’s new technology.

The book is heavily detailed, especially about Marconi and his trials, but I do recommend it.

Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman

From  Elaine Pasquali
Title:  Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman
Author:  Elizabeth Buchan
Rose (Rosie) and Nathan have been married for years, have raised two children, and have satisfying careers.  One day, Nathan announces that he is leaving Rose.  His paramour is Minty, Rose’s assistant.  By the end of the week, Rose has lost her husband and her job to Minty.  What ensues is Rose’s plummet into despair, followed by a gradual realization that she can and will survive. An engaging journey of a woman who learns to look beyond her roles of wife, mother, and employee and discover her submerged self.


Jeeves & wooster. complete series [videorecording DVD]

From Ginny Pisciotta
Author:  P.G. Wodehouse
Jeeves & wooster. complete series [videorecording DVD].
Jeeves and Wooster is a fun, zany British series  based on stories by P.G. Wodehouse.  The 23 episodes are set in the 1930s and revolve around Bertie Wooster (Hugh Laurie), a likeable but feckless member of the idle rich, and his extremely competent valet Jeeves (Stephen Frye).

Bertie always seems to be involved in some wacky scheme, usually at the request of one his eccentric  friends or relations.  The unflappable and brilliant Jeeves is always working behind the scenes to fix the bumbling messes that Bertie puts himself in, all while  maintaining his professional image and duties.

There aren’t many series that my husband and I both love, but this is one fits the bill.  It is worth watching for the theme song alone – a toe-tapping original piece written in the jazz/swing style.  If you are looking for light-hearted entertainment this series is a must-watch.


Accidents of Providence

From Rosemarie Jerome
Author:  Stacia M Brown
Accidents of Providence
Rachel Lockyer is on trial for murdering her illegitimate infant. In 1649 England, if convicted, the sentence is death.  The investigator, Thomas Bartwain, who charged her with murder, is questioning the legal process. Rachel is not speaking in her own defense and the young prosecutor wants to make an example of her in this very public trial.  This is a story of forbidden love, guilt and innocence, and the peculiarities and brutality of the 17th century legal system.

Accidents of providence

From  Rosemarie Jerome
Author:  Stacia M Brown
Accidents of providence
Rachel Lockyer is on trial for murdering her illegitimate infant.  In 1649 England, if convicted the sentence is death.  The investigator, Thomas Bartwain, who charged her with murder, is questioning the legal process. Rachel is not speaking in her own defense. The young prosecutor wants to make an example of her in this very public trial.  This is a story of forbidden love, guilt and innocence, and the peculiarities and brutality of the 17th century legal system.

We bought a zoo

From Jackie Cantwell
Author:  Benjamin Mee
We bought a zoo
This is the remarkable true story of a successful journalist and married father of two who buys the dilapidated Dartmoor Zoo in southwest England. The book was made into a movie, in theatres now, starring Matt Damon. Benjamin is joined in this venture with his siblings and widowed mother, who sinks her inheritance into the purchase.  Ever media-savvy, Ben lands a TV deal to film the park being prepared to be reopened for the public. This book has it all: a love story, exotic animals, impatient creditors, indifferent bankers, demanding government officials, and a ragtag crew of zookeepers. The most exciting parts are when the most dangerous animals (such as Sovereign the jaguar) escape or almost escape their enclosures.   A fascinating section, which became known as the Day of the Dentist, was when a renowned animal dentist checked the teeth of all the animals in a marathon, costly session. The threat of danger always lurks, which makes the narrative so suspenseful. Will the park pass the inspection? Will it ever open to the public again? Will his family give up on his dream?

The house of silk : a Sherlock Holmes novel

From  Andrea  Kalinowski
Author:  Anthony Horowitz
The house of silk : a Sherlock Holmes novel
House of Silk is a good addition to the Sherlock Holmes mystique. Dr. Watson is as always, Sherlock’s faithful amanuensis. The House of Silk is a criminal enterprise which has its evil tentacles in the most unusual places. The whole trail begins when a client attempts to engage Sherlock in a case. The whole novel is a case of double crosses and false leads. Mycroft, Sherlock’s brother, who never stirs from his chair due to his corpulence, makes a guest appearance at Baker Street, to issue a warning to his brother, a warning which Sherlock disregards in a most blatant way. Sherlock is, as always, several steps ahead of the criminals and at the end of the novel, whatever remains, however improbable, is the solution. This book was very entertaining and demonstrated Anthony Horowitz’s understanding of Sherlock Holmes/Dr. Watson functionality. An excellent read for a wintery evening , when night is closing in and mimics England’s weather scene.

Blood harvest

From Rosemarie Jerome
author: Bolton, S. J.
Blood harvest
Warning:  Do not read this book at night, might cause palpitations and the urge to hide.

The moors are a scary place, as Reverend Harry Laycock soon discovers after becoming pastor in the small isolated village of Heptonclough.  It is a community seeped in dark rituals and even darker secrets where young children disappear or have mysterious deadly accidents and the truth is never discovered.  When the Fletcher children, who are Harry’s neighbors and newcomers to the area, begin to be “haunted,” Harry investigates and strange incidences start to happen in the church.  Is someone playing cruel pranks or will one of the Fletcher children be the next victim?  A chilling mystery that will keep you guessing and shivering.

The Good Wife

From Elaine Pasquali
author: Buchan, Elizabeth
The Good Wife
The title of this book caught my eye because of its similarity to the title of the popular TV program, The Good Wife.  The similarities continues with the main characters: a career politician and straying husband (Will) and a wife (Fanny) who sacrifices her own passions and career to the demands of being a “good” wife and mother.  Further complicating Fanny’s life are her ambivalent feelings about her live-in alcoholic sister-in-law.  When Fanny’s father dies and her daughter leaves the nest, Fanny sets off on a journey of self-exploration and personal fulfillment.  Set in England and Italy, this book flows easily and seamlessly as it navigates themes of imperfect marriage, family dynamics, and midlife crisis.