The Invited

The Invited is a ghost story of multigenerational family drama rather the mystery I expected. Helen and Nate decide to quit their teaching jobs and move to rural Vermont. They buy a large parcel of land and begin building their house. The land includes a bog where a suspected witch,Continue Reading

Antiques Ravin

Antiques Ravin’ is a humorous cozy mystery with unique characters. Meet Brandy and her mother, Vivian. Vivian was elected County Sheriff in the preceding series entry when everyone else running was disqualified. Vivian has a revoked driver’s license for driving while not under the influence—of her bipolar medicine—so Brandy isContinue Reading

Hacking Darwin

Hacking Darwin presents an evenhanded look at the future of genetic intervention from a non-scientist’s point-of-view. The first “test tube baby” was born using IVF in 1978. The human genome was fully sequenced in 2003. CRISPR, a method to cut and paste different genetic code into DNA, was developed inContinue Reading

Mother-in-law

The Mother-in-law is a fine domestic thriller that also touches on some hot button social topics. Lucy’s mother-in-law, Diana, is not her favorite person though she adores her father-in-law, Tom. Diana is not demonstrative, even toward her two children, Ollie and Nettie. She is more concerned with her work withContinue Reading

Soul Remains

In Soul Remains, the hapless and unlucky accountant, Sloot, is still trying to save his beloved city, Salzstadt, from everything bad. Everything bad now includes the walking dead and goblin multitudes plus the increasingly bizarre inability of city residents to see that anything is wrong. You can’t keep Sloot down.Continue Reading

Alice's Island

Alice’s Island starts out with a mystery that quickly turns into an obsession. Chris is killed on a road he shouldn’t have been on while traveling home to his very pregnant wife, Alice. Alice obsesses about finding out where Chris was on the night of his death. Once she uncoversContinue Reading

Before She Was Found

Shy Cora, newcomer Violet and assertive Jordyn are friends—or possibly frenemies—in a rural Iowa middle school in Before She Was Found. Cora and Violet are forced by their teacher to add “mean girl” Jordyn to their group researching urban legends for a class project. Jordyn suggests using Joseph Wither, aContinue Reading

Someone Knows

It literally pains me to write this negative review of Someone Knows by one of my top three authors, Lisa Scottoline. Teenagers Sasha, Julian, David, and Allie find a gun buried in the ground. Nothing good can come of that. When another teenager is shot dead playing Russian roulette, guiltContinue Reading

Wealth Made Easy

Wealth Made Easy is a short inspirational read for people just beginning to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. Thirty-eight successful entrepreneurs share seventy-four wealth hacks to riches. Some of the hacks are extremely basic, like “find a need and fill it”.  While other hacks are complex, like the biggest lie isContinue Reading