Linda T. (dulcilinda) - , - Reviews

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Crooked Heart (Divine, Bk 1)
Crooked Heart (Divine, Bk 1)
Author: Cristina Sumners
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/13/2011


Within 2 minutes of finishing this book, I was at the computer ordering the other 2 in this series. A little hard to describe--I don't think the descriptions I read did it justice. The front cover says it will appeal to fans of J. Karon's Mitford tales. Well, the characters are interesting and memorable, as the ones in Ms Karon's FIRST Mitford book was. But, the reader encounters none of the preachiness with which you're overwhelmed by subsequent Karon volumes. Let's just say it's a good read: interesting characters, twisty plot. I'm mighty glad I found it. Made a few days much more enjoyable.


A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland, Indiana
A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland, Indiana
Author: Haven Kimmel
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/15/2010


This is one of the most magical memoirs I've read in a number of years.
I've always believed that reading about someone else's life expands my own.
This grows your heart, soul, and mind.
This is the book I gave to all my favorite readers, one Christmas.
Enjoy!


Letter From Home
Letter From Home
Author: Carolyn Hart
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/4/2011


In my younger days, I really enjoyed that bookstore series this author wrote. But, as time wore on, they seemed to become more stale and I never could warm to that second series she wrote.
Still, I always had the feeling she would be a really nice person to spend time with.
This book is set in a little town in Oklahoma and many/most of the experiences echo ones I saw or experienced, myself. She's dead on about the closed mindedness she portrays and the plot is more compelling than anything I've read by her in a while.
It's definitely worth the time it takes to read it.


Quaker Testimony (Elizabeth Elliot, Bk 3)
Quaker Testimony (Elizabeth Elliot, Bk 3)
Author: Irene Allen
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/4/2011
Helpful Score: 2


The older I get and the more I read, the more easily bored I am by some murder mysteries. I suspect one of the problems is that I like cozies. I don't want to "see" a lot of blood and gore. I don't want to experience a lot of stress. I want to be interested and curious, not frightened.
I've come to realize mysteries need to have several facets. Plot is only one. This series has 2 things in its favor: a very interesting and colorful ambiance, based in Cambridge, MA and much discussion about the beliefs, actions, and concerns of Quakers.
I really enjoyed reading it and have just ordered the other 3 books in the series.
It's been a long time since the author wrote for this series. Something may have happened in her personal life OR she may just have not felt she had anything more to offer along these lines. I can only wish ALL authors felt a compulsion to quit while they were ahead and the series was still good.


A Rule Against Murder (Chief Inspector Gamache, Bk 4)
A Rule Against Murder (Chief Inspector Gamache, Bk 4)
Author: Louise Penny
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/9/2010


I've been reading good and not-so-good books for a long time, now.
I read, mostly, lots of highly-regarded current fiction and murder mysteries.
This is both.
Themes of universal meaning are examined.
Many central characters are explored in depth, one by one, throughout the series.
This is #4.
#s 5 and 6 have already been published and I've read #5 (The Brutal Telling.)
Plus, you're likely to be surprised at the plot twists.
It's every bit as good as A Rule Against Murder, also known as The Murder Stone.
I highly recommend this entire series.
Excellent stuff.


Still Life (Chief Inspector Gamache, Bk 1)
Still Life (Chief Inspector Gamache, Bk 1)
Author: Louise Penny
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/13/2009
Helpful Score: 1


I suppose this book would come under the heading of "cozy murder mystery," but that really leaves a lot unsaid. This entire series is interesting, thought-provoking, and highly-entertaining. It seems to me a lot of authors who used to be among my favorites have started just phoning it in and I've had lots of reading disappointments in recent years. This series continues to delight me. #4 will soon be out in paperback.
There is a large cast of characters. So far, all books have been set in Three Pines, although the police team comes from Montreal. By now, I feel that I'm getting to know 9 or 10 people fairly well and am eager to spend more time with them.
I heartily recommend this whole series.

Best Wishes
Linda


They Did It with Love
They Did It with Love
Author: Kate Morgenroth
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/4/2011


Fewer and fewer mysteries capture my imagination as I get older and more experienced as a reader.
Not all authors show sharp intelligence and keen wit.
This one does.
There's not a series by her and some of her books sound too full of horror for me to spend time with. But, this is just excellent.


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