Mary H. (Ladyhawke) - - Reviews

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The Alienist
The Alienist
Author: Caleb Carr
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 536
Review Date: 8/20/2005
Helpful Score: 1


The book is well-written and has a good story, even though it is quite gruesome. It's also very long, and I think could have been cut some and still be an excellent book.


All the Great Pretenders (Jesus Creek, Bk 1)
All the Great Pretenders (Jesus Creek, Bk 1)
Author: Deborah Adams
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
 27
Review Date: 1/15/2007


Good start to the series. I'm putting all the rest on my TBR list.


Angel At Troublesome Creek (Augusta Goodnight, Bk 1)
Angel At Troublesome Creek (Augusta Goodnight, Bk 1)
Author: Mignon F. Ballard
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 65
Review Date: 3/22/2006
Helpful Score: 3


First in the series about Augusta Goodnight, an angel sent to help people in difficult situations. Mary George Murphy's beloved Aunt Caroline has just died as the result of a fall down the attic stairs. But was she pushed? Mary George needs to find out, and learn which of her aunt's "friends" really were friends, and which ones wanted to harm her.


An Angel to Die for (Augusta Goodnight, Bk 2)
An Angel to Die for (Augusta Goodnight, Bk 2)
Author: Mignon F. Ballard
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 38
Review Date: 5/9/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Second in the Augusta Goodnight series. In this one, Augusta helps a young woman deal with her sister's recent death.


Anything Goes (Grace and Favor, Bk 1)
Anything Goes (Grace and Favor, Bk 1)
Author: Jill Churchill
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 132
Review Date: 10/10/2005


First in the Grace and Favor series. I really liked this book! Lily and Robert are former socialite brother and sister who are going through hard times in the Great Depression. They receive help, in a sense, when they inherit a mansion from their recently deceased great uncle, but they must live in it for 10 years before it is turned over to them.


The Body in the Attic (Faith Fairchild, Bk 14)
The Body in the Attic (Faith Fairchild, Bk 14)
Author: Katherine Hall Page
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 33
Review Date: 10/28/2006


Much darker than most of the books I've read in this series, but a very good read.


By the Chimney With Care
By the Chimney With Care
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 3/11/2007


A series of Christmas-themed short stories, published in 2006. Trade PB.


Carbs and Cadavers (Supper Club, Bk 1)
Carbs and Cadavers (Supper Club, Bk 1)
Author: J. B. Stanley
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 70
Review Date: 6/5/2007
Helpful Score: 8


First in the Supper Club series, about 5 overweight people in a small town in Virginia who form the "Flab Five" to work together to lose weight. When a much-disliked citizen is murdered, the group finds themselves in the middle of the investigation. This was an enjoyable book, but, as seems to be common in many recent books, could use a bit more editing. I also had some questions about exactly how the murder was committed, but explaining more would spoil the solution for anyone wanting to read it. All in all, if you like cozy mysteries (there are a few recipes as well) and aren't concerned about great writing, this should be a pleasant read.


Cat in a Crimson Haze (Midnight Louie, Bk 4)
Cat in a Crimson Haze (Midnight Louie, Bk 4)
Author: Carole Nelson Douglas
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 29
Review Date: 8/2/2006


Fourth in the series. This book reveals more about Matt Devine and his reasons for joining, and then leaving, the priesthood. I give credit to Ms. Douglas for presenting this information in an understanding way, while not making a blanket condemnation of the Catholic Church or the priesthood. This wasn't precisely a murder whodunit. There was a body, but his murder was apparently incidental to another crime, and it isn't directly solved. There is still a complete feeling to the story though, except for the open question in the series about the disappearance of Max.


Cat on a Blue Monday (Midnight Louie, Bk 3)
Cat on a Blue Monday (Midnight Louie, Bk 3)
Author: Carole Nelson Douglas
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 41
Review Date: 6/1/2006
Helpful Score: 1


3rd in the series, this one about Temple investigating strange phone calls and noises around the home of an elderly "cat lady."


The Christening Day Murder (Christine Bennett, Bk 3)
The Christening Day Murder (Christine Bennett, Bk 3)
Author: Lee Harris
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 47
Review Date: 10/19/2006


Christine solves another very old murder. Good entry in the series.


The Cinderella Pact
The Cinderella Pact
Author: Sarah Strohmeyer
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 110
Review Date: 5/31/2007


A modern-day fairy tale. This book will be especially appreciated by anyone who has struggled to lose weight. I loved it.


Cops and Robbers
Cops and Robbers
Author: Donald E. Westlake
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 6
Review Date: 8/25/2005


Crime caper about 2 NYC policemen who present a plan to a local Mafia boss to steal something for him in exchange for $2,000,000. Fun.


The Curse of Ravenscourt: A Samantha Mystery (American Girl Mysteries)
Review Date: 4/2/2006


American Girl series - ages 9 and up. From the back cover: "Samantha is excited about her family's stay at a fancy new 'apartment-hotel' -- until she learns there's a terrible curse on the building's owner! As soon as Samantha arrives, one thing after another goes alarmingly wrong. Is it the curse -- or is something else scaring the residents from Ravenscourt?"

Very good and suspenseful children's mystery. This book has been nominated for an Agatha Award for best Children's/Young Adult mystery for 2005.


Dead Canaries Don't Sing (Reigning Cats and Dogs, Bk 1)
Dead Canaries Don't Sing (Reigning Cats and Dogs, Bk 1)
Author: Cynthia Baxter
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 119
Review Date: 2/24/2006
Helpful Score: 1


The first in the Jessica Popper mysteries. Dr. Popper, a traveling veterinarian, is on her way to see a patient when her van hits a ditch. When investigating, her 2 dogs run into the woods, where they discover a body. After reporting it to the police, Jessica takes it on herself to discover the killer.


Dead Giveaway  (Yellow Rose, Bk 3)
Dead Giveaway (Yellow Rose, Bk 3)
Author: Leann Sweeney
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 100
Review Date: 1/23/2007
Helpful Score: 1


Best of the series so far, in my opinion.


Dead in the Pumpkin Patch (Amanda Hazard, Bk 8)
Dead in the Pumpkin Patch (Amanda Hazard, Bk 8)
Author: Connie Feddersen
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 4
Review Date: 11/1/2005
Helpful Score: 1


I really didn't care for the main characters in this book and thought some of the situations were a bit far-fetched. The story itself was okay.


Deadly Collection (Molly Doyle, Bk 3)
Deadly Collection (Molly Doyle, Bk 3)
Author: Elaine Flinn
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 41
Review Date: 4/8/2006


3rd in the series. Molly has a chance at a huge commission when she takes on the job of evaluating a large estate in Carmel. But eventually a skeleton is discovered, leading to other murders, and one of her best friends becomes a suspect.


Death Brims over (Brenda Midnight , Bk 1)
Death Brims over (Brenda Midnight , Bk 1)
Author: Barbara Jaye Wilson
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/20/2006
Helpful Score: 1


First in the Brenda Midnight series. Brenda is a hatmaker/designer with her own shop in Greenwich Village. The store does require a lot of suspension of disbelief, but it's a good start to the series, and I will be reading more.


Death by Inferior Design (Domestic Bliss,  Bk 1)
Death by Inferior Design (Domestic Bliss, Bk 1)
Author: Leslie Caine
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/10/2006


Erin Gilbert, an interior designer, has been hired to design a bedroom in competition with her arch-rival Steve Sullivan, who will be doing a room in a house across the street. Once they have begun, the murder of one of the homeowners begins to reveal secrets among the families, including Erin's own birth parents.


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