Susan P. (grandmasusan) - Reviews

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11 Harrowhouse
11 Harrowhouse
Author: Gerald A. Browne
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 4/20/2007


A classic story of spellbinding suspense and intrigue that takes you behind the scenes of the world's most lucrative and dangerous business: diamonds. The "vivid, sophisticated, action-filled"(LA Times)story "crackles...defies you to put it down"(Detroit Free Press). A real page turner.


The Alibi
The Alibi
Author: Sandra Brown
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 159
Review Date: 5/5/2007


A great romantic suspense novel, with spooky supernatural elements!


Angels Flight (Harry Bosch, Bk 6)
Angels Flight (Harry Bosch, Bk 6)
Author: Michael Connelly
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
 70
Review Date: 4/9/2007
Helpful Score: 1


I loved this, but I love all Connelly books.


Any Bitter Thing
Any Bitter Thing
Author: Monica Wood
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 98
Review Date: 2/18/2007


From Booklist
The victim of a hit-and-run accident, Lizzy Mitchell is left by the driver in the middle of the median, hurt and adrift. Later Lizzie comes to see the accident as indicative of her life up to that point. Raised by her uncle Mike, a Maine priest, Lizzy grows up surrounded by his devotion to ministry. But at age nine, her comfortable world crumbles when her uncle is accused of molestation. Lizzy, now a high-school counselor, is still trying to make sense of what happened to her uncle. Wood's characters, similar to those in Mary Lawson's Crow Lake (2002), show refreshing depth and complexity as they each grapple with the irrefutable power of the past. This emotional story is filled with crisp, rich details that linger in the memory much like the Moxie soda that Lizzy recalls from her Maine summers. Wood's stirring domestic drama is full of surprises as it explores the weighty themes of religion, perceived innocence, and the corrosive quality of best intentions. Misha Stone


Big Stone Gap (Big Stone Gap, Bk 1)
Big Stone Gap (Big Stone Gap, Bk 1)
Author: Adriana Trigiani
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 122
Review Date: 4/27/2007


"As comforting as a mug of chamomile tea on a rainy Sunday" NYTimes Book Review
"Charming...readers would do well to fall into the nearest easy chair and savor the story." USA Today
"Delightfully quirky...chock-full of engaging, oddball characters and unexpected plot twists." People Book of the Week


Brothers and Sisters
Brothers and Sisters
Author: Bebe Moore Campbell
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 2/15/2007


Reviewer: A reader (from Amazon.com)
This one hits all the dilemmas of an African-American woman in middle management in corporate America - developing white friendships, being torn in those friendships when race becomes a factor, the fine-line definitions of sexual harassment, trying to help and hire other African-Americans, trying to support other African-Americans who have "made it" and may have forgotten how to help others, develpong romantic relationships with men with lesser educational backgrounds, trying to understand the African-American male preference for the white women, dealing with how much power one doesn't have in the final analysis - it's all there. A great book!


Colony
Colony
Author: Anne Rivers Siddons
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 157
Review Date: 2/4/2007


A young Southern woman marries into an aristocratic Boston family and spends her summers at a vacation community on the Maine coast. Siddons excels at describing characters and places. She tells a multigenerational story, exploring her characters' ties to their family and friends.


The Concrete Blonde (Harry Bosch, Bk 3)
The Concrete Blonde (Harry Bosch, Bk 3)
Author: Michael Connelly
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 97
Review Date: 1/9/2007


One of a series of detective novels about catching and prosecuting a serial killer. Well-written, exciting, satisfying.


Daughter of Fortune
Daughter of Fortune
Author: Isabel Allende, Margaret Sayers Peden (Translator)
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/25/2007


I haven't read this book. The cover describes it as a "historical novel, a sweeping portrait of an unconvential woman carving her own destiny in an era defined by violence, passion, and adventure."


Dead Giveaway  (Yellow Rose, Bk 3)
Dead Giveaway (Yellow Rose, Bk 3)
Author: Leann Sweeney
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 100
Review Date: 2/15/2007
Helpful Score: 3


This series has Texan heiress Abby Rose as its "detective." Abby is not living off her inheritance, though -- she has started a detective agency specializing in adoption searches (she was herself adopted -- see first book in the series) and wants to help other people in her situation. She lives modestly (drives a Camry) and her boyfriend is a Houston Police Department homicide detective. She has a twin sister with whom she gets along very well and an aunt who is her polar opposite.

The plot in this book involves a 19 year old basketball star who is looking for his birth family. Abby gets a call from the woman who had been the person who had found the baby abandoned on her doorstep 19 years ago. But before she can speak to this rather odd woman again, the woman is murdered (not giving anything away, this is the first ten pages). Abby is convinced that this is related to the adoption search but her boyfriend isn't so sure. Still, he agrees to let her pursue the adoption search as long as she doesn't interfere in the police investigation.

The key seems to be discovering who the parents were and how did the baby end up on this woman's doorstep -- she wasn't an obvious choice.

I read this book in one day and particularly enjoyed the good plotting and likable "detective." I look forward to reading more in this series.

MC Crammer Decatur GA


Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander, Bk 2)
Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander, Bk 2)
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/25/2007
Helpful Score: 1


Second volume of five(?)in a superb time-travel series.


Flowers In The Rain & Other Stories
Flowers In The Rain & Other Stories
Author: Rosamunde Pilcher
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/9/2007
Helpful Score: 1


A collection of short stories by the author of "The Shell Seekers". Set in Scotland; stories of family, place, and love. The reviewers say "poignant", "heartwarming", "charming and amusing". I agree.


Gone Native : An NCO's Story
Gone Native : An NCO's Story
Author: Alan Cornett
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/20/2007
Helpful Score: 1


An uncensored, unvarnished,gut-wrenching tale of one soldier's seven years in Vietnam, an aspect of the war most of the military and media never saw. Alan Cornett joined the Phoenix Program, wearing an enemy uniform, roaned the deadly Central Highlands, capturing high-ranking Viet Cong officers in hot firefights and ambushes.


High Tide at Noon (Joanna Bennett's Island Series: Tide Trilogy, Book I)
Review Date: 4/27/2007
Helpful Score: 1


This absorbing family saga follows the life of its central character, Joanna Bennett, from girlhood to adulthood. The novel is altogether satisfying on two levels. First, the setting is extraordinarily vivid and crucial to the action. Joanne lives on a small island off the coast of Maine, the daughter of a lobsterman and sister to 5 brothers struggling to earn a living in that same increasingly difficult way. The ocean in all its moods, the ever-present wind, the wheeling seagulls--these and other natural elements permeate the story. "High Tide at Noon" satisfies on a second level by making the reader care about the characters and what happens to them. Joanna's life as a young girl seems idyllic on the surface, but two men (one of whom she marries) bring plenty of trouble her way in due course. We also get to know the rest of her family, following them, as well, through the ups and downs of their lives--always with the sea and the disappearing lobster catches as background.


Introducing Vivien Leigh Reid : Daughter of the Diva
Introducing Vivien Leigh Reid : Daughter of the Diva
Author: Sandy Rideout, Yvonne Collins
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.6/5 Stars.
 7
Review Date: 1/10/2007
Helpful Score: 1


Amusing chick-lit story of mother-daughter estrangement and reconciliation, plus romance.


Irish Girls About Town
Irish Girls About Town
Author: Maeve Binchy, Marian Keyes, Cathy Kelly
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/9/2007


Cute but too short stories about young Irish women seeking adventure and love.


Julie and Romeo
Julie and Romeo
Author: Jeanne Ray
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/4/2007
Helpful Score: 2


A very popular (NY Times bestseller) funny romance between two very youthful sixty-somethings whose families have carried on a feud for generations. Love and sexual attraction conquers family objections.


Last Chance Saloon
Last Chance Saloon
Author: Marian Keyes
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/4/2007


A story of the love lives of three Irish friends, with lots of humor and angst."A witty beach read."


The Laughing Corpse (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Bk 2)
The Laughing Corpse (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Bk 2)
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/10/2007


An Anita Blake, vampire hunter book. A creature from beyond the grave is tearing a swath of murder through St. Louis. Anita saves the day!


Me
Me
Author: Katharine Hepburn
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/12/2007


Biography of Katharine Hepburn


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