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The Adventure of the Dancing Men and Other Sherlock Holmes Stories (Dover Thrift Editions)
Review Date: 3/9/2007


An enjoyable collection of Sherlock Holmes stories.


Agnes Browne
Agnes Browne
Author: Brendan O'Carroll
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/24/2007
Helpful Score: 7


A delightful, humorous story about a mother of seven coping with widowhood.


Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons
Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons
Author: Lorna Landvik
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/24/2007
Helpful Score: 11


A wonderfully charming, endearing, and funny story about five women living on Freesia Court. Their lives cross one night in winter in 1968. They form a friendship that continues to grow with their regular book club meetings.

This is a well written story and alot of fun to read.


Animal Activists Handbook
Animal Activists Handbook
Author: T. Crail
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/9/2007
Helpful Score: 3


A helpful guide for those looking to make life better for animals.


Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral
Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral
Author: Kris Radish
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/23/2007
Helpful Score: 16


Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral is an emotional ride. Be prepared to be flipped inside out and shed a few tears. A heart warming story.


Aunt Dimity and the Duke (Aunt Dimity, Bk 2)
Aunt Dimity and the Duke (Aunt Dimity, Bk 2)
Author: Nancy Atherton
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/1/2007
Helpful Score: 9


An enjoyable mixture of mystery and romance. Stick with this one. Though there are different characters than the first Aunt Dimity book, the story is important to the rest of the series.


Aunt Dimity Beats the Devil (Aunt Dimity, Bk 6)
Aunt Dimity Beats the Devil (Aunt Dimity, Bk 6)
Author: Nancy Atherton
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/5/2007


Another wonderful entry in the Aunt Dimity series.


Aunt Dimity: Detective (Aunt Dimity, Bk 7)
Aunt Dimity: Detective (Aunt Dimity, Bk 7)
Author: Nancy Atherton
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/1/2007
Helpful Score: 8


Number 7 in the Aunt Dimity series. A wonderful cozy mystery. Lori and newcomer, Nicholas (nephew of the Buntings) are our sleuths as they try to solve a murder. While searching for clues, they find that everyone in the village has some secret--past and present. This mystery within a mystery makes the story interesting and enjoyable. Aunt Dimity fans will be very pleased with this installment in the series.


Aunt Dimity's Christmas (Aunt Dimity, Bk 5)
Aunt Dimity's Christmas (Aunt Dimity, Bk 5)
Author: Nancy Atherton
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/5/2007
Helpful Score: 6


A heartwarming story in the Aunt Dimity series. In Aunt Dimity's Christmas, Lori & Bill are preparing for the holidays when a mysterious stranger is found unconscious in their yard. This one is a bit more serious than the typical Aunt Dimity book.


Aunt Dimity's Death (Aunt Dimity, Bk 1)
Aunt Dimity's Death (Aunt Dimity, Bk 1)
Author: Nancy Atherton
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/22/2006
Helpful Score: 6


Aunt Dimity's death is an enjoyable read. The characters are so much fun to be around that I hated to put the book down.


Aunt Dimity's Good Deed (Aunt Dimity, Bk 3)
Aunt Dimity's Good Deed (Aunt Dimity, Bk 3)
Author: Nancy Atherton
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/22/2006
Helpful Score: 6


Atherton returns to the original characters of the Aunt Dimity story, Lori and Bill (and Aunt Dimity's journal), in Aunt Dimity's Good Deed. In this story, Lori must figure out why William Willis Sr has left the cottage in such a hurry. She and young Nell set off on an adventure trying to track down William Sr. and unravelling the mysteries of the Willis family tree at the same time. A very enjoyable read!


Chocolat
Chocolat
Author: Joanne Harris
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/9/2007
Helpful Score: 5


This is a wonderful story. A bit different from the movie version. Although I liked the movie, the differences in story line make more sense in the book version.


Cold Sassy Tree
Cold Sassy Tree
Author: Olive Ann Burns
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/9/2006
Helpful Score: 8


Cold Sassy Tree starts out fine. The two main characters Rucker Blakeslee and his new bride, Love Simpson, are very entertaining. Some of the other characters are a bit unlikeable. In the middle, the book seems to wander without direction. If you can make it to about page 325, the story takes some interesting turns and has a satisfying end.


A Comedy of Heirs (Torie O'Shea, Bk 3)
A Comedy of Heirs (Torie O'Shea, Bk 3)
Author: Rett MacPherson
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/22/2007
Helpful Score: 3


In the third Torie O'Shea mystery, Torie finds out that her father's family is hiding a secret. The story about her great grandfather died from a hunting accident wasn't true and everyone from her great grandmother to her father is a suspect. It doesn't help that she finds this out right when their yearly family reunion is about to get underway.

A well crafted cozy mystery that keeps you guessing until the end


COUNT-A-SAURUS
COUNT-A-SAURUS
Author: Blumenthal
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/2/2006
Helpful Score: 5


Children love the silly pictures. It's a bit of a tongue twister for the person reading at loud (which makes kids laugh even more!)


The Crepes of Wrath (Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery with Recipes, Bk 9)
The Crepes of Wrath (Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery with Recipes, Bk 9)
Author: Tamar Myers
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/13/2006
Helpful Score: 4


An enjoyable mystery with an eccentric cast of characters.


The Cross-Country Quilters (Elm Creek Quilts, Bk 3)
The Cross-Country Quilters (Elm Creek Quilts, Bk 3)
Author: Jennifer Chiaverini
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/24/2006
Helpful Score: 7


I really enjoyed this story of four very different women who become friends at quilting camp. The book intertwines each woman's story from the time they leave camp to the following year. Well written and enjoyable!


Death, Lies and Apple Pies (Toni Miracle, Bk 2)
Death, Lies and Apple Pies (Toni Miracle, Bk 2)
Author: Valerie S. Malmont
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/14/2007
Helpful Score: 4


Enjoyable cozy mystery with alot of plot twists.


The Exploits & Adventures of Miss Alethea Darcy
The Exploits & Adventures of Miss Alethea Darcy
Author: Elizabeth Aston
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/10/2007
Helpful Score: 8


I really enjoyed this second book in the series by Elizabeth Aston. It's full of adventure, humor, and well constructed characters. She brings back some of the characters from the first book as well as introducing new ones.

As I like historical fiction, I appreciated the setting and how Aston weaves a story which shows how difficult life for women in the early 1800s was. The main character is a free spirit and talented in music. Yet, she finds out early that those characteristics are not appreciated in a married woman. It made me wonder how many women were shunned during those times merely because they did not conform to such rigid rules.


Five O'Clock Comes Early: A Ballplayer's Battle With Alcoholism
Review Date: 8/14/2006
Helpful Score: 3


Pitcher, Bob Welch, takes a hard look at his battle with acoholism and battling to save his baseball career.


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