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Every Little Step She Takes

November 19th, 2010

Every Little Step She Takes Author: Carolyn Steele Agosta http://www.carolynagosta.com Reviewed by Anne Holmes for the NABBW Warning: This is a “can’t put down” story, so don’t start reading it unless you have time in your schedule to finish it quickly. Every Little Step She Takes is the story of Amanda Long, an 18-year-old ballet student, whose family has been torn apart by their inability to handle the sudden and unexpected death of her brother. Her parents can’t seem to talk about it – and she’s feeling quite alienated, living away from home for the first time. In short, she... Read More

The Reindeer Keeper: Believe Again

October 19th, 2010

The Reindeer Keeper: Believe Again Barbara Briggs Ward with illustrations by Suzanne Langelier-Lebeda www.thereindeerkeeper.com Reviewed by:  Anne Holmes for the NABBW This story about kindergarten teacher Abbey, her lumberyard owner husband Steve and what happens to them when they move into a turn-of-the-century farmhouse  located on more than 120 acres “somewhere off County Route 12” is a Hallmark movie waiting to happen. As we meet them, they are walking their newly acquired property for the first time. It is a few days before Christmas, and they are hunting for the perfect Christmas... Read More

Murder in the Pit

July 7th, 2010

Author: Erica Minerwww.ericaminer.com Reviewed By: Georgia Richardson Erica Miner\’s reputation for engaging the reader was sealed with her two previous novels, “Travels with My Lovers” and “FourEver Friends.” An award-winning author, screenwriter, and lecturer, Erica Miner used The New York Metropolitan Opera house as the backdrop for this intriguing new work of fiction, “Murder in the Pit.” Drawing from her own experience as a former violinist with the same, Miner details the day-to-day operations of the Met, and also defines each employee\’s assigned task,... Read More

Eyelash

June 22nd, 2010

Author: Mary Anne Benedettowww.awriterspresence.com Reviewed By: Anne Holmes This is a fun, quick read, exactly the sort of book to pack as you head off on a summer vacation. The story begins in an Upper East Side Manhattan apartment, where empty-nesters Laina and Dan Strickland have happily moved, after raising a family in suburban Connecticut. Laina loves their eighth-floor view of Central Park and delights in big-city life. We quickly learn that the Strickland\’s, a physically attractive couple, both tall, sandy haired, blue eyed and fitness obsessed, have each been employed at their... Read More

Say Nothing

May 25th, 2010

Author: Carol Bergmanwww.carolbergman.net Reviewed By: Anne Holmes Say Nothing is Carol Bergman’s first foray into the murder mystery genre, but since the cover indicates that is “A Margaret Singer Murder Mystery,” I suspect she has plans to write more about her 58-year old private investigator, who prefers to be called Peg. Readers learn from page one that Peg is a strong, independent woman who’s oblivious to her age, lives in upstate New York, has been unmarried for 20 years and is happily encumbered with a 30-something daughter whom she loves dearly. It’s 2008 as we’re quickly... Read More

Sand Castles

April 12th, 2010

Author: Nancy Gotter Gateswww.nancygottergates.com Reviewed By: Sand Castles Author Nancy Gotter Gates is no stranger to weaving stories of murder, mayhem, and intrigue. Sand Castles, however, was a different route for this seasoned author, and a heart-warming one at that. Baby boomer Ginny went from home to marriage with nothing in between. Her 38-year marriage had given her one son, a work-alcoholic husband who made all of the decisions for both of them, a handful of friends, doting siblings, but not much else. Saying her life’s routine was cast in stone is an understatement. This all... Read More

Chancey Double-Back

April 7th, 2010

Author: Pam Ingebritsonwww.oaktara.com Reviewed By: Georgia Richardson CHANCEY DOUBLE-BACK, set in a sleepy little town in New Mexico, is the story of two families from the opposite side of the tracks. However, when murder occurs, even sleepy little towns must face the facts, and in this case…the past. The town’s most evil of men, Dan Sullivan, is found murdered and suddenly the underworld of corruption, deception, and betrayal are front and center. This death brings to light the sins of the father which were before, only whispered among the neighbors and town folks. Murder most foul, yet... Read More

www.queenmotorhome.com

February 10th, 2010

Author: Patt Ferowww.queenmotorhome.com Reviewed By: Georgia Richardson What do best friends, a homeless woman with a mysterious past, a good-hearted trucker, an intuitive dog, a misguided young man, and a neglected young girl have in common? The Silver Queen Screamer for starters. With a cast of wildly opposite personalities, plus a host of many others, this was one of the most hilarious and heart-warming adventures I\’ve read in a long, long time. Leslie, a highly intelligent, professional baby boomer seemed to have it all; good job, plenty of money, the perfect husband (although a bit... Read More

FourEver Friends

February 1st, 2010

Author: Erica Minerwww.ericaminer.com Reviewed By: Melinda Cianos Author Erica Miner dips into the adolescent\’s world and fashions a tale of love, learning, and loss in FourEver Friends. Set in the 1960s, Miner\’s story follows the lives of four young women: their heartaches and disappointments; their shared dreams and aspirations. Hefty doses of drama usually riddle the teenage years; the lives of Miner\’s young women follow suit, providing the backdrop for tears and frustration but with plenty of room leftover for love and laughter. FourEver Friends explores the uncertainty... Read More

Retirement Can Be Murder

November 12th, 2009

Author: Susan Santangelowww.babyboomermysteries.com Reviewed By: Melinda Cianos Jim Andrews is approaching retirement age and his wife, Carol, is more than a little concerned. The vision of a dawdling husband, with more than enough time on his hands, replays itself until she becomes resolute in her quest to keep him either working as long as possible, or with unmistakable, clear-cut plans for his retirement. She meddles, with a slight hand, hoping for some desirable results, but instead exacts more change than she ever thought possible….and it’s not all that positive! Jim lands in the middle... Read More