Melanie H. (Melsy626) - Reviews

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.22 Automatic (Emerson Dunn, Bk 2)
.22 Automatic (Emerson Dunn, Bk 2)
Author: Roy Maynard
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 8/8/2006


An Emerson Dunn Mystery (2nd book in the Emerson Dunn series)

Somewhere a saxophone was playing soft and slow. I couldn't hear it, but I knew it had to be out there somewhere. A saxophone is always playing soft and slow when a drop-dead gorgeous blonde walks into your office on a tired evening. I know----I've seen all the old movies. And just like in those movies, her eyes distracted me from the world of trouble she was about to bring my way.

She was dressed in a conservative gray business suit and had lipstick the subtel shade of a stop sign. I should have paid attention to the stop sign. Instead, I accepted the envelope she handed me. It was sealed and it had one word written on it: Emerson. That's me----Emerson Dunn----managing editor of a small-town Texas newspaper and a "whoops! here we go again" detective and misadventurer.

If I had known what was coming---the drug wars and drive-by shootings and Israeli agents (or were they?)---I would have run like a kid trying to escape dark-alley ogres. As it was, I naively walked into situations where I was way over my head---situations where God stood waiting for me. I just hoped my new crises weren't over His head too!


The Alibi
The Alibi
Author: Sandra Brown
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 301
Review Date: 3/6/2006
Helpful Score: 1


The sensational murder of one of Charleston's most powerful citizens, real-estate tycoon Lute Pettijohn, rocks the city and gives ambitious prosecutor Hammond Cross his chance to become the city's next district attorney...if he wins the case. His investigation turns up no shortage of people who wanted Pettijohn dead. But when the prime suspect turns out to be a mysterious woman who holds the secret that can shatter Hammon's ambitions, he faces a moral dilemma and a haunting question: Was he set up to be the perfect alibi?


Bittersweet Rain
Bittersweet Rain
Author: Sandra Brown
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 170
Review Date: 3/6/2006


Caroline Dawson survived the town gossips who scoffed at her. She survived the slow dying of Roscoe Lancaster, the riches man in the country and the husband thirty years her senior. But she feared she might not survive Rink Lancaster, Roscoe's son. Years before her marriage, when they were teens it was Rink who had introduced Caroline to her first tremulous tast of love...and then shattered her heart. Now Rink has returned, every inch the man. He says he wants to settle his father's estate. But what he really wants is Caroline, driven by a passion as undeniable as before and more dangerous than ever...


Blue Limbo (Mitch Helwig, Bk 2)
Blue Limbo (Mitch Helwig, Bk 2)
Author: Terence M. Green
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 8
Review Date: 8/8/2006


A novel of the near future.

Mitch Helwig is a renegade on the street with some heavy-duty hi-techh weaponry and a not quire sane determination to get revenge...even if he has to go beyond death to do it.
Green isn't the sort to flit among a thousand little ideas. He takes a couple of startling big ideas and develops them wonderfully well. His vengeful cop, Helwig, is a moralist in a Phil Dick world: no wonder he goes over the edge.

From Library Journal
In early 21st-century Toronto, ex-policeman Mitch Helwig tracks down his partner's killer. Except for some high-tech weapons and the medical breakthrough of reviving dead people for a maximum of four weeks (known as the "blue limbo"), very little of this book could be considered science fiction. It's more like one step into the future for Joseph Wambaugh. This crime thriller will appeal to fans of Sylvester Stallone's futuristic movies. Recommended for crime fiction and sf collections.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.


A Body Surrounded by Water (Inspector Charlie Salter)
A Body Surrounded by Water (Inspector Charlie Salter)
Author: Eric Wright
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 5
Review Date: 7/25/2006


Athough still the charming maritime province depicted in the Anne of Green Gables books, Prince Edward Island was no longer as tranquil. Greed, jealousy and rage had made it a setting for crime. Robbed were a dozen vacationers' cotteges. Missing was a rare antique. Murdered was a local historian. And on the scene was off-duty Toronto homicide detective Inspector Charlie Salter.

Salter, on the island for a holiday with his family, was caught in a tug-of-war between in-laws looking for favors and female houseguests looking for love. Since Salter much preferred looking for suspects, he found a mysterious fish man, a churlish chicken man, and a weasel of an art dealer. But would he see the fox in a henhouse so close to home...and a clever killer about to strike again...?


Born in Shame (Born In, Bk 3)
Born in Shame (Born In, Bk 3)
Author: Nora Roberts
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 583
Review Date: 3/1/2006
Helpful Score: 1


A talented graphic artist, Shannon Bodine's life revolved around her job at a prestigious New York advertising agency. But her world was turned upside-down when she learned the identity of her real father. Thomas Concannon. Respecting her late mother's last wish, Shannon reluctantly traveled to County Clare. There, her loneliness and shame melted away in the embrace of the family she never knew existed. And amid the lush Irish landscape steeped in mysticism and legend, she discovered the possibility of a love that was meant to be...


Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen, Bk 1)
Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen, Bk 1)
Author: Joanne Fluke
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 96
Review Date: 6/13/2006


First in the Hannah Swensen Mystery series.

I really loved this book and I am working on collecting the whole series. I highly recomend this one!!! :)


Chocolate for a Mother's Heart : Inspiring Stories That Celebrate the Spirit of Motherhood
Review Date: 3/1/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Loved every story in this book!!!! A truly enjoyable read!!!!

Mothers do it all...they teach, listen, guide, and protect. They shelter us from life's unexpected storms, nurture us into adulthood and know just when to push us from the nest. Now the creator of the bestselling Chocolate series offers up a ruch, soulful celebration of motherhood, one that any woman....mother, daughter, sister, or best friend...will love. Here are more true stories that capture the essence of what it means to be a woman and that honor the unforgettable experience of mothering, from the heartwarming and hilarious to the bittersweet: a mother sending her child off to school, or down the aisle...a mother who knows just what to say and when to say it....or keep it to herself....a stand-in mom who passes for the "real thing" with flying colors....a mother whose intuition never fails...You're sure to recognize yourself....or your own mom....in the pages of Chocolate for a Mother's Heart.


Confessions of a Shopaholic (Shopaholic, Bk 1)
Confessions of a Shopaholic (Shopaholic, Bk 1)
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 781
Review Date: 3/4/2006


I just LOVED this book!!!!!

A great read, and kept me laughing throughout!!!!

Am looking forwarding to reading more of Kinsella's stuff!!!!


Dark Roots and Cowboy Boots
Dark Roots and Cowboy Boots
Author: LuAnn McLane
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 168
Review Date: 1/31/2008
Helpful Score: 6


This may very well be one of the best contemporary romance stories I have ever read. It made me laugh out loud, brought a tear to my eye and was just an all around fantastic book!!!!!

Her others in this series are great too, but this one takes the cake. If you are looking for a light book that will just lift your spirits and make you smile, this is the book for you!!!! :)


Death Gets a Time-Out (Mommy Track, #4)
Death Gets a Time-Out (Mommy Track, #4)
Author: Ayelet Waldman
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/13/2007
Helpful Score: 1


Another great book in the Mommy-Tracker series!!!!!


Do They Wear High Heels In Heaven? (Red Dress Ink)
Do They Wear High Heels In Heaven? (Red Dress Ink)
Author: Erica Orloff
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 77
Review Date: 7/5/2006
Helpful Score: 6


The best chick lit I've read in awhile!!!! It made me laugh out loud and cry like a baby!!!! Definitely a favorite of mine!!!


Earth Song (Medieval Song, Bk 3)
Earth Song (Medieval Song, Bk 3)
Author: Catherine Coulter
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 83
Review Date: 3/6/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Phillipa de Beauchamp, as impulsive as she is beautiful, flees her father's castle when she hears she's to be wed to the repellent Baron de Bridgport. But her daring escape in a wool wagon quickly becomes a misadventure and she winds up in the arms of Dienwald de Fortenberry, a rogue as smooth and bold as Aquitaine wine. Soon Philippa finds herself a prisoner at Dienwald's castle, where there are mysteries to be solved, villians to be bested, and a stubborn man's heart to be won. You'll also meet old friends, Graelam and Kassia de Moreton, from Fire Sone, as well as the Kind of England, who is closer to Plilippa than she could ever imagine.


The Elementary Calendar for Primary Grades
Review Date: 1/15/2007


The Elementary Calendar for Primary Grades is a resource every teacher needs for the school year. This wonderful 320 page book offers teaching units organized by the month. Within the multitude of subjects covered in The Elementary Calendar for Primary Grades are some of the following areas:

Important Birthdays of Famoucs People
Art Activities
Language Activities
Learning Games for Health and Safety
History and Art for Fun Social Studies Lessons
Descriptions of Holidays in Other Lands
Charts, Wordfinds, Crossword Puzzles
Reproducible Activity Sheets
Reproducible Calendars with Beautiful Headers
Original Learning Poems, Stories and Cartoons
And much, much more to keep you and your students learning throughout the school year!


The Endearment
The Endearment
Author: LaVyrle Spencer
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/6/2006


Anna. Hoping to escape the shame of her street urchin's life in Boston, Anna Reardon plotted a desperate scheme...to become Karl Lindstrom's mail-order bride in the beautiful, dangerous frontier of Minnesota.

Karl. A kind and gentl man, he forgave Anna for her deceptions. But there was still one burning secret that she had to hid from him, knowing it's revelation would destroy the love they had come to cherish.


Eternity (Montgomery, Bk 9)
Eternity (Montgomery, Bk 9)
Author: Jude Deveraux
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/1/2006


Carrie Montgomery had grown up with seven adoring older brothers, and she was used to getting her way rather easily. Joshua Greene was looking for a hardworking, practical mail-order bride to help with the farm and feed and clothe his children. Yet from the moment Carrie saw his photograph, saw his devastatingly handsome, sorrowful smile, the petite and pampered beauty knew she was the perfect wife for him.

Josh didn't see it that way. Wed by proxy, he refused to be charmed by his new bride's blonde curls and effervescent laughter, or impressed by her trappings of wealth...even if his son and daughter believed she was a fairy princess come to life. He was furious...and ready to send her packing, until a near tragedy convinced him that her beauty was more than skin deep. But even after he had yielded to the wild desire that surged between them, Josh could not admit how much he truly needed her. Then and old scandal threatened to re-emerge, and he realized htat he could lose her forever...


Exclusive
Exclusive
Author: Sandra Brown
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 246
Review Date: 3/6/2006


Barrie Travis is not famous: she's just a damn good reporter stuck at a low-budget television station. Then the First Lady calls her...and offers her the story of a lifetime. The president's wife, stunned by grief after the loss of her infant son, hints that her child may have been murdered. Blind to everything but finding the truth, Barrie's fight for an exclusive story will test her eithics, her patriotism, and her courage. Then, with the helpf of Gray Bondurant, a mysterious former presidential aide, she unearths White House secrets that, if exposed, could topple the presidency. Now, even as she falls in love, Barrie must fight powerful forces that want nothing more that to see the scandalouse past...and a certain young reporter...dead and buried.


Fat Tuesday
Fat Tuesday
Author: Sandra Brown
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/1/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Burke Basile is a cop with nothing left to lose. Responsible for his partner's death, his marriage and his career over, he focuses on his nemesis, Pinkie Duvall, a flamboyant attorney who helps killers evade justice. Burke's shocking revenge centers around kidnapping Remy, the lawyer's trophy wife. But Burke hasn't planned on the electric attraction he'll feel for this desperate woman, who rose from the slums of New Orleans to marry a man she can never love. Nor could he have ever predicted the fierce duel that will explode amid the Mardi Gras madness, as the clock ticks toward midnight on Fat Tuesday.....when all masks are stripped away, and Burke must confront his own ugly secret.


Follow Your Heart
Follow Your Heart
Author: Susanna Tamaro
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
 8
Review Date: 9/29/2006
Helpful Score: 3


Winter is approaching, and with it, an elderly woman's death. Everything is in order, except her affairs of the heart. She sits at her desk, composing the final chapter of her life---a confession---a letter to the granddaughter she raised, now estranged and living in far-off America. In it is a story of love, death and propriety, of words unspoken, of lives wasted, of secrets she had vowed to take to her grave but must now share to heal lives mortally wonded by a lie. It is the ultimate gift of love and liberation, from one woman to another--a raod map straight to the center of ourselves, where we can gather the courage to follow our hearts.


For The Love Of Pete (Rose Cottage Sisters, Bk 4) (Silhouette Special Edition, No 1687)
Review Date: 6/22/2006
Helpful Score: 1


A perfect conclusion to the Rose Cottage Sisters series!!!! I truly loved it!!!


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