Marykaye M. (pawprints) - Reviews

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Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage (Agatha Raisin, Bk 5)
Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage (Agatha Raisin, Bk 5)
Author: M. C. Beaton
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 119
Review Date: 4/24/2007


Mookstruck Agatha is tying the knot with distinguished but reserved James Lacey before he can have second thoughts. After all, her first husband Jimmy must be long since dead of alcohol poisoning. But Jimmy Raisin hears the news in his cardboard residence among London's homeless--and reaches Carsely village just in time to stop the wedding. Book #5 in the series.


Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener (Agatha Raisin, Bk 3)
Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener (Agatha Raisin, Bk 3)
Author: M. C. Beaton
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 103
Review Date: 4/24/2007


Book #3 in this delightful series.


Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley (Agatha Raisin, Bk 4)
Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley (Agatha Raisin, Bk 4)
Author: M. C. Beaton
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 100
Review Date: 4/24/2007


Book #4 in the series.


The Amateur Marriage
The Amateur Marriage
Author: Anne Tyler
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 43
Review Date: 8/11/2006
Helpful Score: 3


Anne Tyler presents a warm and insightful view of a couple's life together, starting in the 1940's (World War II) through 1990. The author captures the nuances of everyday life, depicting the passing of the decades with precision. Bringing smiles of recognition, this book is disarming and deceptive, wise and observant. Recommended to all who are, have been or would like to be in an exclusive, committed relationship.


Angel of Death (Sean Dillon, Bk 4)
Angel of Death (Sean Dillon, Bk 4)
Author: Jack Higgins
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 57
Review Date: 6/18/2006


Another of Higgins' books of terror and intrique, this one takes place in Ireland with Sean Dillon as the protagonist. A non-stop page turner!


Angle of Repose (Contemporary American Fiction)
Angle of Repose (Contemporary American Fiction)
Author: Wallace Stegner
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 142
Review Date: 2/3/2007
Helpful Score: 6


One of the very few books that I've read twice. A wonderful story of a family on the Western frontier, told by a master. Wallace Stegner was a brilliant writer. Anyone would enjoy this book, winner of the 1972 Pulitzer Prize.


Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons
Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons
Author: Lorna Landvik
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 94
Review Date: 8/31/2006


Lorna Landvik leaves you laughing and crying as she reveals perhaps the greatest truth: there is nothing like the saving grace of best friends. A highly enjoyable read!


Bald in the Land of Big Hair: A True Story
Bald in the Land of Big Hair: A True Story
Author: Joni Rodgers
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 16
Review Date: 9/10/2007
Helpful Score: 1


I thought this was a wonderful book, full of both pathos and humor. It would be especially poignant for families with young children as you read how she dealt with the anger and outbursts of her son when she was totally debilitated with chemotherapy. Neither sugar-coated nor overly horrific (as if it could be), this is a riveting chronicle of one woman's navigation through the morass that is cancer.


Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
Author: Dai Sijie, Ina Rilke (Translator)
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 683
Review Date: 5/1/2007
Helpful Score: 5


A heartwarming story about two Chinese youths sent to the mountains for "re-education" during Mao's Cultural Revolution. Humorous, sad, and ironic, it's a lovely read.


The Boy on the Bus
The Boy on the Bus
Author: Deborah Schupack
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
 26
Review Date: 10/11/2006


A strange, thought-provoking book about a mother and her son. At the end of the day, the boy on the school bus is not her son -- or at least doesn't appear to be. At the end, you're left with the question: is it her son or isn't it? What do you think?


The Brambles
The Brambles
Author: Eliza Minot
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 16
Review Date: 3/30/2007
Helpful Score: 1


A father, riddled with cancer, comes to his eldest daughter's home to die. As his children deal with this and with each other, they must examine their own lives and relationships. They also learn unexpected information that changes who they thought they were.


Burning Time (April Woo, Bk 1)
Burning Time (April Woo, Bk 1)
Author: Leslie Glass
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 53
Review Date: 11/30/2006


The first book in one of my favorite series: Detective April Woo and the NYPD. She teams with psychiatrist Jason Frank to stop a serial killer. Having an Asian protagonist leads to cultural clashes, especially between April and her mother. Highly recommended.


Christmas With Southern Living 1991
Christmas With Southern Living 1991
Author: Oxmoor House
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 5
Review Date: 11/30/2006


Lots of wonderful ideas for the holidays, from decorating to cookery.


The Color of Water:  A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother
The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother
Author: James McBride
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 39
Review Date: 7/22/2006


A moving and unforgettable memoir.


Cross (Alex Cross, Bk 12)
Cross (Alex Cross, Bk 12)
Author: James Patterson
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 693
Review Date: 4/10/2007


A fast, enjoyable read as Alex Cross searches for both a serial rapist/killer and his wife's killer. Of course, it wouldn't be Patterson if there weren't a couple surprises at the end.


Crossing to Safety
Crossing to Safety
Author: Wallace Stegner
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 2/3/2007


Another Wallace Stegner classic. A wonderful family saga.


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Author: Mark Haddon
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 106
Review Date: 3/30/2007
Helpful Score: 2


I LOVED this book about an autistic boy and his view of the world. Written by Mark Haddon who worked with autistic children, the books is authentic and captivating.


The Devil in the White City:  Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
Review Date: 11/1/2006


Excellent!


The Devil's Feather
The Devil's Feather
Author: Minette Walters
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 24
Review Date: 12/20/2006


As in most Minette Walters books, the tension builds slowly but unrelentingly toward the climax. Whether Connie and Jess, the unlikely heroines, actually have committed murder is left up to the reader: did they or didn't they?


Dinner with a Perfect Stranger
Dinner with a Perfect Stranger
Author: david Gregory
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.8/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 3/29/2007
Helpful Score: 2


What would you do if you received, in your office mail, an invitation to dinner with Jesus of Nazareth? Surely you'd have a question or two to ask Him, no matter how skeptical you might be. A short, quickly read novella packs a lot of thought-provoking ideas into its 104 pages.


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