Genre: Mystery

Trell by Dick Lehr

Trell by Dick Lehr

Romero Taylor is a wrongfully accused man. He knows this, his wife knows this, and his daughter Van Trell Taylor knows this.  Everyone knows this, but nobody is speaking up about it.  Why not?  Because the crime he is accused of is horrific:  a twelve-year-old girl was shot.  Furthermore, someone is keeping people quite. Van Trell is going to get down to the truth and get justice for her daddy. This book is trying to tell an important story, but it’s doing it wrong. This book is based on an actual case that author Dick Tell worked on when he was […]

Posted November 2, 2017 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Aza is almost definitely probably for sure going to die of C. diff. She doesn’t have it yet.  Or maybe she does.  She doesn’t think so.  But she could.  Probably.  Her mind is an ever-tightening spiral of reminders that her body isn’t her own but really she’s just an animated corpse and everything she does is actually at the whim of the millions of microorganisms that make up the physical being that is her.  Meanwhile, her best friend Daisy is in a new relationship and this guy she knew as a kid has recently lost his father.  And by lost – […]

Posted October 16, 2017 in Reviews // 8 Comments //
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

This book is an October tradition for me. I love book traditions.  As a kid, I knew the story of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman, but I had never read the book until Audible gave it away to its subscribers in 2014.  It’s about a scrawny school teacher who falls in love with the wealthy Katrina Von Tassel and begin to woo her – even though she is already being courted by Brom, one of the rowdy boys of the town.    Fortunately for Brom, Crane is run out of town by the apparition of the Headless Horseman. Tom Mison’s […]

Posted October 15, 2017 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

  A few years ago, I picked up Treasure Island and absolutely loved it.  I figured, hey!  Jekyll & Hyde is also a classic, and written by the same author, I’ll like this one too!  Unfortunately, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde just didn’t hit home for me.  Actually, I’m sort of preparing myself to be pummeled with tomatoes because out of all classics, this one seems to be the one most people like… eek!  Here goes…. Characters We spend the book trailing a man called “Utterson” who appears to be a prominent lawyer and in service to all […]

Posted July 18, 2017 in Reviews // 1 Comment //
Pistols & Petticoats by Erika Janik

Pistols & Petticoats by Erika Janik

  Disclaimer: I received this book for free from LibraryThing Early Reviewers and Beacon Press in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Erika Janik seems to me like the type of person who learns a fact, then gets really excited about it and learns everything possible about the subject.  She is clearly enthusiastic and while I found Pistols and Petticoats interesting, it was a little too ambitious and scattered for my tastes. Delivery There are several ways to format any non-fiction work.  My experience in historical works is that they […]

Posted July 17, 2017 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos by R.L. LaFevers

Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos by R.L. LaFevers

  Oh Theo. I wanted to love you.  You have such a fun cover.  And Egyptian magic! Yes please!  Why must you be such an insufferable brat? To be fair to R.L LaFevers, this book is intended for grades 2-5… and I am about 17 years above the targeted audience.  The things that bother me in this book are likely to delight someone the age of my best friend’s daughter.  Alright.  Fair. But, but! I believe a well-written children’s book should be accessible (if a bit juvenile) to any age.  I still adore Harry Potter.  Lemony Snicket still makes me chuckle.  I […]

Posted January 24, 2017 in Reviews // 1 Comment //