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74 Seaside Avenue (Cedar Cove, Bk 7)
74 Seaside Avenue (Cedar Cove, Bk 7)
Author: Debbie Macomber
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 572
Review Date: 9/1/2007
Helpful Score: 4


What can I say...She has done it again. I have only the highest praise for Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove Series. They seem to only get better with each one she writes. This one is my favorite so far.
There is so much going on; it's like comeing back to your home town and catching up on all of your friends and relatives: people you have grown to know and love over the years. It's irresistible,addictive,and enduring. There's good natured gossip but through hardships and trials these friends come through for each other in the most amazing and heart warming ways.
I wish she'd write more than one a year! I can't wait for "8 Sandpiper Way" and "90 Pacific Boulevard"!!!!


The Accidental Florist (Jane Jeffry, Bk 16)
The Accidental Florist (Jane Jeffry, Bk 16)
Author: Jill Churchill
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 44
Review Date: 7/1/2007


Found while searching on line...

Jane Jeffry and longtime beau Detective Mel VanDyne finally decide to marry, but Mel's overbearing mother wants to take charge of not only the rehearsal dinner but the actual wedding. Since Jane half expected Mel's mother to steamroll the entire event, she agreesâbut with rules of her own. No bridesmaids, no groomsmen. And she can't tell Jane what to wear.

But during what should have been a blissful interval between the engagement and the bouquet toss, several other occurrences take place. Mel convinces Jane and her best friend, Shelley Nowack, to take a women's safety class. They learn a lot, but the class is cut short when a dead body is discovered. So between Jane's wedding planning, her new writing project, and a battle between both mother-in-laws, a murderer must be found before this bride can walk happily down the aisle.


The Alpine Recluse (Emma Lord, Bk 18)
The Alpine Recluse (Emma Lord, Bk 18)
Author: Mary Daheim
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 23
Review Date: 6/26/2007


Another Alpine adventure by bestselling author, Mary Daheim: another
thrilling Pacific Northwest-set crime novel starring Emma Lord. In the quiet Washington State town of Alpine, newspaper editor Emma Lord is preparingthe latest edition of her weekly Alpine Advocate when she learns about an act of arson, mere blocks from her own home. As Emma abets Sheriff Milo Dodge in the ensuing investigation, it soon becomes clear that the devastating ingerno has been used to cover up an even more sisiter crime: murder. Can Emma and Milo find the killer before he strikes again?


Always and Forever
Always and Forever
Author: Cathy Kelly
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 34
Review Date: 6/19/2007


New from the U.K. bestselling author of "Best of Friends" comes a charming story about a trio of friends in Ireland who struggle to cope with life's ups and downs and discover something truly magical.


Ashes and Bones (Emma Fielding Bk. 6)
Ashes and Bones (Emma Fielding Bk. 6)
Author: Dana Cameron
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 22
Review Date: 6/3/2008


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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly
In the sixth Emma Fielding adventure (after More Bitter Than Death), things are looking up for the archeologist heroine: she has the job she's always wanted, a tenured professorship at a reputable college, the respect of her peers and, most importantly, the love and support of her husband, Brian. Fortunately for readers, this idyllic period in Emma's life doesn't last long. When a series of "pranks" begins to escalate around herâ"starting with an ominous postcard bearing only the message "soon," followed by strange, generous gifts to her parents in Emma's name, and turning quickly to arson and murderâ"Emma struggles to pin down the culprit, succumbing to marriage-straining paranoia and fear. Emma is convinced that a former colleague, Tony Markham, is responsible, a theory that would make senseâ"Tony, a psychopathic murderer, had tried to kill Emma four years previousâ"were he not already dead. With plenty of twists, a well-developed supporting cast and just enough recap to bring readers new to the series up to date without sacrificing momentum, Cameron has crafted a fine suspense thriller. (Aug.)
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Product Description

Just when everything is going beautifully for archaeologist Emma Fielding -- a position at a respected university, a beautiful home in New England, and the warm love of a devoted husband -- her world starts to crumble. What begins as a series of seemingly innocent gestures -- the anonymous delivery of gifts and flowers to Emma's family and friends -- soon progresses to secret, sadistic acts designed to destroy her reputation, her character, and her career.

Someone has instituted a brilliantly insidious campaign of personal terror against Emma Fielding, and she is certain she knows who it is: a cunning and dangerous enemy whom everyone but she believes is dead. But with no proof, no clues, and no allies, Emma will have to fight alone in the dark to rescue a life being rapidly reduced to ashes . . . if she can survive long enough to do so.


At Knit's End : Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much
At Knit's End : Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much
Author: Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 94
Review Date: 4/18/2007


Do you ever experience palpitations when passing a yarn shop? Sneak new yarn purchases into the house? Secretly scope out new spots to store your yarn stash? Plan your vacation around yarn store locations? If you answered "yes" to one or more of these questions you are at risk of becoming an obsessive knitter and this book is definately for you!


Back on Blossom Street (Blossom Street, No 3) (Large Print)
Back on Blossom Street (Blossom Street, No 3) (Large Print)
Author: Debbie Macomber
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 7/8/2007


Found while searching the internet:

There's a new shop on Seattle's Blossom Streetâ a flower store called Susannah's Garden, right next door to A Good Yarn. Susannah Nelson, the owner, has just hired a young widow named Colette Blake. A couple of months earlier, Colette had abruptly quit her previous jobâ after a brief affair with her boss. To her dismay, he's suddenly begun placing weekly orders for flower arrangements!

Susannah and Colette both join Lydia Goetz's new knitting class. Lydia's previous classes have forged lasting friendships, and this one is no exception. But Lydia and her sister, Margaret, have worries of their own. Margaret's daughter, Julia, has been the victim of a random carjacking, and the entire family is thrown into emotional chaos.

Then there's Alix Townsend. Her wedding to Jordan Turner is only months awayâ but she's not sure she can go through with it. Her love for Jordan isn't in question; what she can't handle is the whole wedding extravaganza engineered by her mentor, Jacqueline, with the enthusiastic cooperation of her future mother-in-law. A reception at the country club and hundreds of guests she's never even metâ it's just not Alix.

Like everyone else in Lydia's knitting class, Alix knows there's a solution to every problem⦠and that another woman can usually help you find it!


Badlands (Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano, Bk 4)
Badlands (Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano, Bk 4)
Author: Richard Montanari
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 14
Review Date: 6/23/2008


Badlands (2008)

From the dust jacket ...

Philadelphia police detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano are working a new beat: the Special Investigations Unit, AKA the cold case squad. Ironic, given it's the height of a blazing hot August. But even these hardened homicide veterans are chilled to the bone as the dormant murder case of Caitlin O'Riordan stirs to shocking new life â" leading Byrne and Balzano into the dark heart of their city, their souls, and a psyche of pure evil.

They'd seen it before: a teenaged runaway succumbing to the city's mean streets, her body found in the desolate, dangerous North Philly district called the Badlands. What's surprising is the corpse's condition: seated in a chair in a glass display case in a rancid, waterless apartment . . . and inexplicably dead by drowning.

When a man calls and confesses to the murder, the police rush in to arrest him. But instead of a killer, they find a ghastly scene â" a jar containing human remains â" along with a cryptic clue leading to an unlikely witness.

Laura Somerville lives far from the squalor of the Badlands, and seemingly light-years from any connection to a murdered runaway. But moments after discussing the case with this elegant, elderly woman, Byrne and Balzano make another grisly discovery, and find an enigmatic word spelled out in Scrabble® tiles.

Across town, another victim's shallow grave reveals deeper mysteries. Her secret diaries portray a woman haunted by a shocking past, and obsessed with finding a wanton killer.

Now, as the body count grows, a terrifying design literally takes shape. Pieces of a gruesome puzzle are being fit in place by the cruel hands of a madman using the city as his game board; whose playthings are the innocent; and whose opponents â" and pawns â" are Byrne and Balzano. With time running out, they must decipher the truth about a mysterious house of horrors and its shadowy master: the man who makes the rules . . . and takes the lives.

Internationally acclaimed author Richard Montanari works his black magic to spine-tingling perfection in Badlandsâ"conjuring all the relentless suspense, dark twists of intrigue, and full-throttle action that make his brilliant, engrossing novels required reading for thriller fans.


Bake Sale Murder (Lucy Stone, Bk 13)
Bake Sale Murder (Lucy Stone, Bk 13)
Author: Leslie Meier
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/29/2007
Helpful Score: 1


Life hasn't been the same for Lucy Stone since Fred Stanton and his constantly complaining wife, Mimi, built five homes next door to her farmhouse. When Mimi doesn't show up for her shift at The Hat and Mitten Fund bake sale, Lucy makes a shocking discovery: Mimi, face down on her kitchen floor--dead. Lucy's more determined than ever to uncover the truth.


Bead on Trouble (Kitzi Camden, Bk 1)
Bead on Trouble (Kitzi Camden, Bk 1)
Author: Barbara Burnett Smith
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 67
Review Date: 6/25/2007


This author, Barbara Burnett Smith passed away on February 19, 2005.


Between, Georgia
Between, Georgia
Author: Joshilyn Jackson
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 118
Review Date: 4/18/2007


*********BRAND NEW HARD BACK********
By the author of "God's an Alabama"
Fresh-unpredictable-satisfying...the kind of book you hope never ends but can't wait to pass on to friends.
Nonny Frett understands the meaning of the phrase in between a rock and a hard place better than any woman alive. Shes got two mothers, one deaf-blind and the other four baby steps from flat crazy. Shes got tow men: a husband whos easing out the back door; and a best friend, whos laying siege to her heart in her front yard. And she has two families: the Fretts, who stole her and raised her right; and the Crabtrees, who lost her and wont forget how they were done wrong. Now, in Between, Georgia, population 90, a feud that began the night Nonny was born is escalating, and a random act of violence is about to ignite a stash of family secrets. Ironically, it might be just what the town needsif only Nonny7 werent stuck in between.


Beyond Reach (Grant County, Bk 6)
Beyond Reach (Grant County, Bk 6)
Author: Karin Slaughter
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 197
Review Date: 9/28/2010
Helpful Score: 1


I would have given this book a five star rating except for two things;
first of all the ending which really bites big time and second of all this book seemed to go on and on and on in places that caused this book to simply drag at times.

I can usually read one of her books in a day or two because they are so exciting... drawing you into the story to where you feel you can't sleep until you've finished and all the characters are safe and sound.

This book how ever should have been 60 to 70 pages shorter.I felt as though the author was getting tired of the whole story and being unable to come up with anything just kept adding unnecessary nonsense to fill a certain page requirement.

This is the first book of hers that I have been disappointed in and I will read the next one and hope it's back up to her old standard.


Black Rose (In the Garden, Bk 2)
Black Rose (In the Garden, Bk 2)
Author: Nora Roberts
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 1494
Review Date: 4/18/2007


The #1 "New York Times" bestselling author presents the second novel of her In the Garden trilogy, as three women discover secrets from the past contained within their historic home. Original.


Blood Country (Claire Watkins, Bk 1)
Blood Country (Claire Watkins, Bk 1)
Author: Mary Logue
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 16
Review Date: 5/25/2008
Helpful Score: 1


Blood Country
This first in a series launch introduces Claire Watkins, a deputy sheriff for the Pepin County Police Department. Claire, a former Minneapolis police detective, and her 10-year-old daughter Meg fled the Twin Cities after her husband, Steve, also a cop, was killed. When Landers Anderson, an elderly neighbor who befriended Claire and Meg, dies of a heart attack after being sideswiped with a shovel, Claire determines to find the culprit. This involves delving into Landers's family history and investigating the machinations of a right-wing group, Homeowners of America, that is buying up property to build an environmentally unsound development. At the same time, Meg fearfully admits to Claire that she saw the man who killed Steve. Claire contacts her former partner, Det. Bruce Jacobs, and prods him into accelerating the investigation into Steve's death.


Blue Dahlia (In the Garden, Bk 1)
Blue Dahlia (In the Garden, Bk 1)
Author: Nora Roberts
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 1537
Review Date: 4/18/2007


The #1 "New York Times" bestselling author begins an all-new trilogy in which three women discover friendship, love, and a shocking secret right in their own backyard. Original.


Blueberry Muffin Murder (Hannah Swensen, Bk 3)
Blueberry Muffin Murder (Hannah Swensen, Bk 3)
Author: Joanne Fluke
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 129
Review Date: 7/12/2007


As Lake Eden prepares for its annual Winter Carnival, America's "Cooking Sweetheart, " Connie Mac, is named creator of the official carnival cake. That leaves a bitter taste in Hannah Swensen's mouth. But when Hannah opens her bakery, The Cookie Jar, and finds the domineering Connie dead in her pantry, she must save her shop by finding the killer herself.


Body Wave (Bad Hair Day, Bk 4)
Body Wave (Bad Hair Day, Bk 4)
Author: Nancy J. Cohen
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 39
Review Date: 7/16/2007
Helpful Score: 1


Wry wit and murderous mirth marked Cohen's first three Bad Hair Day whodunits as readers met Maria Shore, owner of the Cut 'N Dye Salon and amateur sleuth-with-style. "Body Wave" finds Maria back in the middle of another case when her ex-husband asks her to clear him of murder.


Bright Shiny Morning
Bright Shiny Morning
Author: James Frey
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 49
Review Date: 6/1/2008
Helpful Score: 1


One of the most celebrated and controversial authors in America delivers his first novel--a sweeping chronicle of contemporary Los Angeles that is bold, exhilarating, and utterly original.

Dozens of characters pass across the reader's sight lines--some never to be seen again--but James Frey lingers on a handful of LA's lost souls and captures the dramatic narrative of their lives: a bright, ambitious young Mexican-American woman who allows her future to be undone by a moment of searing humiliation; a supremely narcissistic action-movie star whose passion for the unattainable object of his affection nearly destroys him; a couple, both nineteen years old, who flee their suffocating hometown and struggle to survive on the fringes of the great city; and an aging Venice Beach alcoholic whose life is turned upside down when a meth-addled teenage girl shows up half-dead outside the restroom he calls home.

Throughout this strikingly powerful novel there is the relentless drumbeat of the millions of other stories that, taken as a whole, describe a city, a culture, and an age. A dazzling tour de force, "Bright Shiny Morning" illuminates the joys, horrors, and unexpected fortunes of life and death in Los Angeles.


Bump in the Night: Haunted in Death / Poppy's Coin / The Passenger / Mellow Lemon Yellow
Review Date: 5/9/2007


This contains "HAUNTED IN DEATH" by J.D. ROBB along with three other stories by different authors.


The Caller (Joe Lucchesi, Bk 2)
The Caller (Joe Lucchesi, Bk 2)
Author: Alex Barclay
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 6
Review Date: 5/7/2008


Publisher's description
After his terrifying ordeal at the hands of dranged killer Duke Rawlins, Joe Lucessi is back in New York and back on the force. But his life is far from cosy. His son is slowly going of the rails and his wife still cannot forgive him for bringing a murderer into their home. Then he finds himself on the trail of another killer.


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