Book Review: Miranda Warning

What an interesting plot!

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mirandawarning_fc_smallChild of the Appalachian mountains, Tess Spencer has experienced more than her share of heartache. The Glock-wielding, knife-carrying housewife knows how to survive whatever life throws at her. But when an anonymous warning note shows up in her best friend Miranda’s mailbox — a note written in a dead woman’s handwriting — Tess quickly discovers that ghosts are alive and well in Buckneck, West Virginia. Hot on a cold trail, she must use limited clues and her keen insight into human nature to unmask the killer…or the next victim might be Tess herself. Tinged with the supernatural and overshadowed by the mountains’ lush, protective presence, this twisting psychological mystery is the first in A Murder in the Mountains series.

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artsy-outside1Heather Day Gilbert writes character-driven novels that go beyond the vows, capturing the triumphs and heartaches unique to married couples. A graduate of Bob Jones University, she’s been married…

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Insurgent Sidekick by Katherine R. Miller – review

Insurgent Sidekick ReviewMy Review

Perceptive, Thought Provoking and Informative

The sidekick to Insurgent grabs your attention immediately with trauma and descriptive settings. Within only a page you are brought into a world of the future that captures your interest and the need to read more. Miller depicts a fabulous portrait of Insurgent’s author, characters, theme and symbolism.

The author raises fabulous questions about the characters motives and alternate actions. She invites the reader to ponder more on solutions for all involved in the conflict and destruction of Chicago’s futuristic world. It is a world where society is controlled by different serums except the Abnegation who do not depend on drugs. Miller artfully points out the several controlling substances like truth serum, death serum, simulation serum and fear serum.

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Mystery Novels – Feeding My Reading Sweet Tooth

Fabulous review!

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mystery1What genre of fiction brings you the most genuine enjoyment?

I find that, although I sincerely and successfully attempt to read broadly, I possess a “default setting” in my literary taste; one that inevitably draws me back to mystery novels and I give in to with periodic binges.

It all started twenty-five years ago when I stumbled upon Masterpiece Mystery airing on Sunday night television. My local public broadcasting station was showing the Brother Cadfael mysteries, wonderful productions starring British actor Derek Jacobi and based on the novels of Ellis Peters. I rushed to the library and gobbled up the series. A Morbid Taste for Bones (1977) being the first novel.

Why do I love mysteries so much?

Sometimes the mystery novel is “delicious” due to its fascinating setting. In the case of the Brother Cadfael mysteries, all the action take place in 1137 A.D. Britain as a retired Crusader…

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Island Fog — Book Review and Author Interview

Fabulous Review! So good that I definitely want to read the book now!

Books on the Table

Island FogThe future draped before him like an island fog: dank, listless, and inscrutable. Possibly even dangerous. Only his next step was visible, nothing beyond.
“Island Fog”

The air feels more wet and more cold than even five minutes ago, a thicker texture of gray. You are in the high tide of afternoon fog.
“How Long Will You Tarry?”

Strange things happen in John Vanderslice’s Island Fog, sometimes under the mysterious cover of fog and sometimes out in the open. The eleven linked stories in Island Fog all take place on Nantucket, a small island (49 square miles) 30 miles off the coast of Massachusetts. The haunting, often surreal stories are tied together by the island’s unique history and geography. The collection begins with a story set in 1795, “Guilty Look”, and ends with “Island Fog”, a story that takes place in 2005. In both stories, the protagonist is nightmarishly…

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A Holiday Book List

Fabulous List!

Joseph's Reviews

Holiday hot gifts list

Looking for a book to gift someone? Here’s a list of a few interesting, recommended books. Not all of these are 2014 releases (why restrict ourselves to a calendar year?). Some will be found at Amazon, some at Barnes & Noble, and some can be ordered through your local bookstore. But you can and should find a way to purchase any of them that may be of interest. Joseph Arellano

The Nobodies Album (trade paper)

The Nobodies Album: A Novel by Carolyn Parkhurst

A major rock star from San Francisco is accused of murdering his girlfriend. It’s a uniquely told story that’s worth reading and re-reading.

Everything I Never Told You (nook book)

Everything I Never Told You: A Novel by Celeste Ng

A Chinese-American girl tries to find out how and why her older sister died. There’s both more and less here than meets the eye.

Five Days Left (kindle edition)

Five Days Left: A Novel by Julie Lawson Timmer

A woman intends to kill herself…

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The Children’s Book, or My Descent into Insanity

A superb review!

Book Snob

There is a well known saying, meant to encourage those going through times of immense hardship and suffering. ‘What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger’. This is, by and large, an accurate assessment of most of life’s trials; you come through them having learnt a little more about yourself, your capacity for endurance, and your own inner strength.

This is how I feel today. I have been lost in the wilderness, my friends. For two long, long, weeks, I have been trapped in a dark tunnel of quiet despair, otherwise known as The Children’s Book. There were moments, especially around pages 250-300, in which I feared the end would never come. But today I am walking in the light. The light of a world that no longer has The Children’s Book in it. And this world is good. So good.

Reading this book has been an experience fraught with…

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