Betsy W. (BJ) - Reviews

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3rd Degree (Women's Murder Club, Bk 3)
3rd Degree (Women's Murder Club, Bk 3)
Author: James Patterson, Andrew Gross
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 15
Review Date: 6/17/2006


3rd book in the Women's Murder Club series - Plunging into a burning town house, Det. Lindsay Boxer discovers three dead bodies... and a mysterious message at the scene. When more corpses turn up, Lindsay asks her friends Claire Washburn of the medical examiner's office, Asst DA Jill Bernhardt, and San Francisco Chronicle reporter Cindy Thomass to help her find a murderer who vows to kill every 3 days. Even more terrifying, he has targeted one of the four friends. Which one??


3rd Degree (Women's Murder Club, Bk 3)
3rd Degree (Women's Murder Club, Bk 3)
Author: James Patterson, Andrew Gross
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 1052
Review Date: 4/29/2006


The Women's Murder Club is at it again. This time, Lt. Lindsay Boxer and her friends, Claire Washburn of the medical examiner's office, Assistant D. A. Jill Bernhardt, and newspaper reporter Cindy Thomas, deal with a local terrorist group in San Francisco who targets big business and government, even one of them. Excellent read and another one of Patterson's page-turners.


44 Cranberry Point (Cedar Cove, Bk 4)
44 Cranberry Point (Cedar Cove, Bk 4)
Author: Debbie Macomber
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 501
Review Date: 6/27/2007
Helpful Score: 1


I picked this up after not reading her books for a while and remembered quickly how much I enjoyed Debbie Macomber's books. Her character development is good and you really feel like you can see the streets that are in Cedar Cove.


50 Harbor Street (Cedar Cove, Bk 5)
50 Harbor Street (Cedar Cove, Bk 5)
Author: Debbie Macomber
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/6/2007
Helpful Score: 3


The Cedar Cove series picks up with Corrie and Roy McAfee. They've been receving anonymous postcards referencing their past and can't figure out who might be sending them. Grace and Cliff's romance picks up too. Great summer read!


The Alpine Escape (Emma Lord, Bk 5)
The Alpine Escape (Emma Lord, Bk 5)
Author: Mary Daheim
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 53
Review Date: 6/16/2008


Fun series that I just found. It was a great beach read!


Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, Bk 1)
Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, Bk 1)
Author: Dan Brown
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 3673
Review Date: 6/20/2006


Before The Da Vinci Code, Robert Langdon was called to Rome to help solve a centuries-old vendetta against the Catholic Church. An underground organization - the Illuminati - that all scholars had thought was dead has resurfaced and is killing off scientists and priests. A fast-paced book that is a good read - just remember that it's fiction, not fact.


Angels Everywhere: A Season of Angels/Touched by Angels
Angels Everywhere: A Season of Angels/Touched by Angels
Author: Debbie Macomber
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 192
Review Date: 7/22/2006


Shirley, Goodness and Mercy are up to their tricks in these two stories. Gabriel sends them earthward to work their miracles at Christmas for deserving families. Touching book to read any time of year.


Barefoot
Barefoot
Author: Elin Hilderbrand
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 576
Review Date: 11/17/2008
Helpful Score: 15


Great story, altho I didn't like any of the ladies when I first started reading. They all seemed so whiny. But as you learn their stories, and get to know them, they become real people. I'll definitely look for more of Ms. Hilderbrand's books.


Bergdorf Blondes
Bergdorf Blondes
Author: Plum Sykes
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.
 258
Review Date: 5/17/2007
Helpful Score: 7


This novel has the same feel as the Shopaholic series - rich girls who have too much time and money on their hands. The adventures are fun, but after a while, you could almost write the next chapter. This is a great book to read at the beach or when you don't want think too much.


The Book of Useless Information
The Book of Useless Information
Author: Noel Botham
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 41
Review Date: 4/5/2008
Helpful Score: 2


If you're looking for a fun gift for a milestone birthday that some might consider "useless" (like my husband's 60th surprise party!) this is a great little book. As the cover says, "Thousands of things you didn't think you nneeded to know.... and probably don't". Give it a shot!


Buster Midnight's Cafe
Buster Midnight's Cafe
Author: Sandra Dallas
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 90
Review Date: 10/11/2008
Helpful Score: 1


Sandra Dallas' characters are always so colorful. I've never heard another author name her characters anything like Whippy Bird and Effa Commander. The story line about 3 friends who grow up in Butte, Montana and their adventures before WWII and afterwards is an entertaining one - it made me stay up too late every night to read the next chapter!


Clear Springs : A Family Story
Clear Springs : A Family Story
Author: Bobbie Ann Mason, Random House Inc.
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 13
Review Date: 8/18/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Bobbie Ann Mason tells the inter-generational story of the Masons and Lees of the Kentucky farm region. Her recollection of growing up in the 50's and 60's is vivid amd full of details. Her mother is an amazing person that you fell you'd like to have over for Sunday dinner, if her cooking skills didn't intimidate you. Great book!


Click Here for Murder (Turing Hopper, Bk 2)
Click Here for Murder (Turing Hopper, Bk 2)
Author: Donna Andrews
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/25/2008
Helpful Score: 2


fun book about Turing Hopper's escapades into the crime world. If you like computers, this is a great book.


Cordina's Royal Family: Bennett & Camilla : The Playboy Prince & Cordina's Crown Jewel
Review Date: 10/4/2008
Helpful Score: 1


Two stories in one book - I hadn't read earlier ones about the family, but Roberts does a good job of explaining the background so it's not absolutely necessary. Good love story of royalty falling for "commoners".


Crazy Ladies
Crazy Ladies
Author: Michael Lee West
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/1/2006
Helpful Score: 4


A multi-generational story of 6 Tennessee ladies, from Miss Gussie, her 2 daughters Dorothy and Clancy Jane, and their daugthers, Violet and Bitsy. The family is rounded out by Queenie, who keeps them all semi-sane. Great characters!


Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody, Bk 1)
Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody, Bk 1)
Author: Elizabeth Peters
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/15/2008
Helpful Score: 3


I've just "discovered" Miss Amelia Peabody and had read another one of her adventures when I found this first book. It explains how she got interested in Egypt and how she met the irrasible Emerson. The action at first is a bit slow but picks up nicely towards the second half. I had just about figured out the plot when Miss Amelia makes the comment that "the plot seemed so obvious I felt a child ought to have detected it."

If you like history and Middle East stories, this is the series for you!


Darling Daughters : Yours And Mine/Lone Star Lovin'
Darling Daughters : Yours And Mine/Lone Star Lovin'
Author: Debbie Macomber
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 42
Review Date: 7/22/2006
Helpful Score: 1


"Darling Daughters" contains 2 stories of single parents whose daughters are working to get them married. In "Yours and Mine", best friends Kristen and Nicole plot to get their parents, both of whom are divorced and convinced they are not interested in new romances, to meet and hopefully hook up. In "Lone Star Lovin'", Sherry Waterman takes a job in Pepper, Texas and runs into Cody Bailman, whose daughter, Heather, is determined to push the two of them together. Shades of The Parent Trap!


Death of a Domestic Diva (Stain Busting, Bk 1)
Death of a Domestic Diva (Stain Busting, Bk 1)
Author: Sharon Short
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/17/2006


There is no stain that laundromat owner Josie Toadfern can't conquer, and she's offered to share her expertise on world famous domestic doyenne Tyra Grimes's TV show. No one is more shocked that Josie herself when the Great Grimes shows up in Paradise, Ohio to tape a segment in Josie's teeny-weeny hometown. But rapidly spreading rumors of the insufferable icon's immoral - and quite possibly illegal - carryings-on have sparked Josie's curiosity and her uninvited sorting thourgh Grimes's dirty laundry is exposing all manner of dastardly doings - from mischeif all the way to murder. Toadfern soon realizes that it will take more than lemon juice to make this lethal stain come out in the wash.


Destiny's Flower
Destiny's Flower
Author: Linda Harley
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 11/15/2012


When Dr. Lynn Davis is kidnapped from Earth and taken, via starship Destiny, to a new planet, Saldiora, she has no concept of what may befall her. She is exposed to a new culture, involving new customs, foods, animals (talking and non),medicines, technology and traditions. It becomes clear to her very quickly that the competition into which she is thrust is an ancient one with many rules. It can be cutthroat at times and she has to be on her guard. The resolution at the end leaves the door wide open for many other books from this first-time author.


Echoes
Echoes
Author: Maeve Binchy
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/2/2006


Maeve Binchy write wonderful stories of Ireland - her characters are people you'd love to have living next door


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