Book review: Working Fire

Working Fire Author: Emily Bleeker Taut, tensile, Emily Bleeker’s Working Fire bursts into a conflagration of hot plot and stark, contagious characters; i.e., Working Fire combusts! Fire Chief Brown and his daughters Amelia Brown and Ellie Brown live in Broadlands, Illinois, a small sleepy town where Dad is the fire chief.  Now, Chief Brown has […]

Children’s book review: Surprise

Author: Mike Henson   Occasionally, I adore reading a good children’s book.  Surprise! By Mike Henson was a shout out for me from the cover page: Rabbit is having a surprise birthday party planned by his little party animal friends.  As the lights go off and on, Rabbit discovers…. His friends, raccoon, porcupine, fox and […]

Book review: The Art of Keeping Secrets

The Art of Keeping Secrets Author: Rachel Johns Everyone keeps secrets — don’t they? Three mothers whose sons attend a swank private school are outliers; they are not moneyed nor are they in the Junior League.  Neve, Emma and Felicity (Flick) form a warm and strong friendship as they live their lives in Western Australia […]

Review: The Woman from Prague

The Woman from Prague Author: Rob Hart (an Ash McKenna Novel) Samantha, the woman from Prague is brash, dangerous, miasmic and a clean mean fighting machine.  Personally, I would have made her a little more weird, like Lisbeth Salander, the protagonist in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but I’m not the author.  Rob Hart […]

The Streets of Paris

The Streets of Paris A Guide to the City of Light Following in the Footsteps of Famous Parisians throughout History Author: Susan Cahill Ever since The Accidental Tourist, I have been entranced with quirky, and/or simply interesting guide books.  The Streets of Paris – A Guide to the City of Light Following in the Footsteps […]

Book Review: The Children

The Children Author: Ann Leary Leary (The Good House, 2013, etc.) writes about nutty, pedigreed New Englanders in this noirish comedy in which financial wrangling and emotional secrets are kept under wraps within a well-born Connecticut family until the arrival of an interloper from west of the Rockies. Single, childless 29-year-old narrator Charlotte is a […]

Book Review: The Trial of Prisoner 043

The Trial of Prisoner 043 Author: Terry Jastrow Terry Jastrow’s debut novel – simultaneously fictional and historically compelling – pulsates with a throbbing plot and quintessential questions of the criminality of the Iraq War – and the guilt or innocence of ex-president George W. Bush regarding crimes for starting a war with Sadam Hussein, who […]

It’s Not Yet Dark – a review

It’s Not Yet Dark (A Memoir) Author: Simon Fitzmaurice Daringly, brutally poignant, It’s Not Yet Dark is the closest thing to pure love that I have read since The Shack and just as memorable.  As Simon Fitzmaurice, an award winning writer, screenwriter and film director tells how he has lived with his wife and children since […]

Book review: Code 7

Code 7 Cracking the Code for an epic Life Author: Bryan R. Johnson This children’s book is animated and productive, as seven elementary school friends decide to empower themselves with a code word to help themselves be real and to help their community. Flint Hill elementary is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary and Principal Cooler asks […]

Ava sits back & reads: Without Fear or Favor

Author: Robert K. Tanenbaum   Looking for a crime novel to burn your boots off in the summer sizzle (it’s 105 degrees and climbing in Salt Lake City)?  With DA Butch Karp and his wife, Marlene combining to catch a killer who has already shot two cops, Without Fear or Favor sears across our reading […]