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Twenty-Seven Bones
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**Note, the photo on this PBS page is NOT the cover of this audio book; however, the book IS Twenty-Seven Bones, with the correct cover. This problem is only PBS and NOT of the book**

Twenty-Seven Bones is a horror of a story about three serial killers who take on a fourth, a husband who wants his irritating wife dead. Set on a small tropical island in the Caribbean, the descriptions are as lovely as are the murders dark and grotesque. Is it just a coincidence that a human hand has 27 bones? Retired FBI Special Agent Pender doesn't think so and won't give up his search for the "killer." This book draws you in right from the very beginning and doesn't let up until the very last page. The audio book narrator, Dion Graham, does a superb job of the Caribbean accents and puts the reader right there with the characters. While this was my first Jonathan Nasaw book, it is definitely not my last!

Young Men and Fire
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Norman Maclean along with several experts (and survivors) re-examines the Mann Gulch tragedy, where 13 young men died suddenly and unexpectedly. With experience and modern methods, he comes to some new conclusions about what went wrong. Finding himself drawn ever closer to the men who lived and died, he finishes with a philosophical and theological summary of the day's events with some of his most beautiful writing.

The Santa Ana Wind
The Santa Ana Wind
Author: Sharon Ashton, Helen Van Slyke
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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I got to admit...despite the fact that older published books may in fact be excellent reads, I am generally not a fan of them. However, since this copy of this book could not go on PBSWAP because of the damage, I decided to read it. And wow, was I surprised. This turned out to be one of the best fiction books I have read in awhile. It is very suspenseful and it definitely is a page turner. You put it down to find yourself picking it right back up for another quick "page". Then twenty minutes later find yourself still reading...having read much more than that one page. Its a great book and I would suggest it to anybody who likes a suspenseful read.

The Labrador Pact (Audio CD) (Unabridged)
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Wonderful perspective on a dog's life. This would explain some "erratic" behavior on the part of digs now and again: when humans are about to make considerable mistakes or miss something important that's happening.
The Labrador Pact is a clever romp through the lives of a family with several life-altering secrets that need to be handled delicately and with the devotion of a loyal, furry member of the family.

A Short History of Australia
A Short History of Australia
Author: Manning Clark
Book Type: Paperback
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The best one volume history of Australia I have found- it is a summary of the five volume work by Manning Clark, perhaps the most famous Australian historian. Some (Bill Bryson) have criticized his writing syle as too arch or rhetorical, but I did not find Clark's style getting in the way of the narrative. It is more a social history than an economic or military one, but does pay some attention to the pre-European (aboriginal) era. Read it if you can find it...
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Storm Front  (Dresden Files, Bk 1)
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Harry is a real wizard, named after 3 magicians, he takes his life's work as seriously as he can. A hilarious mystery taking place in Chicago during the present, but all the dark things that go bump in the night are real. For fans of wizards, please give Harry a try.

The Gospel of Food: Everything You Think You Know About Food Is Wrong
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I agree with Melody N. (Snick) who stated
An interesting book, but not particularly well-researched.

I was not very far into this book before I started to notice that he picked apart studies, and wants me to believe that possibly I am confused about what is good nutrition. He doesnt actually prove his points, they are mostly just opinion, although he uses lots of footnotes, and references, all found in the back of his book.

I did see his point that Americans equate Natural with good, and safe, and healthy, and the French equate Natural with the word Fresh.

I have to agree that I dont think just because it is natural it is better or safe. Poison Ivy is natural but I wont be eating it. I am also allergic to some things that are natural.

So I am in agreement with him that natural doesnt mean healthy or better or safe. I just think that the American diet is flawed, over processed and has many additives that are not good for us.

The Case of the Love Commandos (Vish Puri Mysteries)
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I listened to this CD out of order. It didnt matter to me. I got the basic idea. It was an enjoyable ride and I think most people will enjoy the reading. I only found that when Tulsi was talking the reader was high pitched and whiny and that was insulting. Really do women sound that stupid to men?

Promiscuous
Promiscuous
Author: R. Moreen Clarke
Genre: Romance
Book Type: Paperback
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Horrible book! I couldn't even get past the second chapter.

Green and Pleasant Land: A Fran Harman mystery
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Having been aboard for this entire series, I completely understood the reasons for both Fran and Mark retiring from their high-stress positions in the police force. One of Cutler's strengths is giving readers so much insight into both the characters' personal lives and what is happening in the modern world of policing that we feel we have our fingers on the pulse of what's really going on. The changes Fran and Mark experience are organic. They are a natural part of the series narrative and don't come across as some unknown supreme being throwing down stray lightning bolts. Yes, occasionally there are multiple plot threads running at the same time, but life gets messy. Seeing how Fran and Mark deal with personal life issues and complicated investigations make them all the more real to me.

This cold case is perfect for the pair's talents. They're expert in police procedure, and they excel at dealing with the personality quirks of all sorts of people. If something becomes difficult, they just work harder, and they often find the strength they need in their relationship.

The setting and the case itself are mysterious and-- with the incessant rain-- water-logged. When the pace becomes sluggish from time to time, a lot of it is due to the fact that the rain indeed has an effect on what they have to do. As Fran and Mark uncover more and more people hiding secrets and motives, the animosity becomes almost Christie-esque. Does everyone have a hand in the woman and child's disappearance? Are there too many suspects? It certainly can feel that way.

Green and Pleasant Land is another strong entry in one of my very favorite British police procedural series. It is a series I highly recommend, and I would suggest starting at the beginning because the events in Fran Harman's life are key to the books. These aren't books that merely feature a murder of the week, tie everything up in a big bow, and then fade away until the new case in the next book. No, this series immerses us in the life of an exceptional woman, her life and her work. It reminds me most strongly of Deborah Crombie's excellent Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James series. I can't get enough of Crombie's characters, and I certainly can't get enough of Judith Cutler's Fran Harman.

Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson and the Opening of the American West
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So interesting. It's like taking the journey yourself.

The Dovekeepers
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I started to read this book, then the mini series came on TV, so I'm learning the story that way. It's pretty good, but not what I expected.

The Bone Clocks
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I made an honest effort to read this book, but closed it for good after less than 100 pages. Teen runaway Holly's story was interesting at first, but then the bad science fiction/dystopian/mystical/paranormal drivel took over, and it all became too modern, or post-modern, or too smugly literary, for my taste. The plot was often silly, as well as being contrived, murky, and confused. It was dragged down by symbolism that was no doubt intended to be deeply meaningful, but that I found opaque and overblown. This was my first book by Mitchell, and I won't be attempting another.

100 Bullets Vol. 8: The Hard Way
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I'm hit and miss with Azzarello's work but I really like this series.

Why I Fight: The Belt Is Just an Accessory
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Interesting read, could have gone more in depth with a few of the fights, but overall it's cool to get BJ's views on his career. He really bashes Dana White in certain chapters, especially when Dana freaks out during a phone call after BJ quit the UFC and fought in Japan, basically taking the WW title with him.

As Nature Made Him : The Boy Who Was Raised as A Girl
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Heartwrenching.

Fay
Fay
Author: Larry Brown
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Book Type: Paperback
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This book was a challenging read, because of its length and because it is depressing. Fay is a trainwreck, and the majority of the people around her have serious issues too. However, the writing is excellent, and Larry Brown shows the reader the underbelly of America occupied by the impoverished and those with little hope.

The Secret Place (Dublin Murder Squad, Bk 5)
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I should have read the reviews. My wife read it and pronounced it "weird". That should have been another clue. Poor character development, dumb plot, boring! I quit after 80 pages. Paid $3 for book at used book store and feel we got about $1 of enjoyment. Teenage girls...OMG...let me outa here!

The Mangrove Coast (Doc Ford, Bk 6)
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Enjoyed it.

At the Water's Edge
At the Water's Edge
Author: Sara Gruen
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Book Type: Hardcover
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At Water's Edge by Sara Gruen encompasses adventure, domestic relationships, romance, and coming of age into a story set intriguingly on the shores of Loch Ness in 1945. This book is ultimately more a coming of age story and a romance than historical fiction. I enjoyed the magic and mystery of the setting and the contradictions in time, place, and character that create this story.

Read my complete review at: http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2015/03/at-waters-edge.html

Reviewed based on a publisher's galley received through NetGalley

Navy Rescue (Whidbey Island, Bk 3) (Harlequin Superromance, No 1925)
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Very good book that kept me hooked from the very beginning. It starts with Gwen flying the mission that goes bad, and fades to black as we're left to wonder what happens. It picks up six months later as her ex-husband Drew learns that Gwen is alive. Not only is she alive, but he's apparently the only one who can help her reaclimate after her return. He's being asked to have Gwen stay with him, in the house that used to be theirs, something that will be incredibly hard for him. He's accepted that their marriage is over and can see where they went wrong. They've remained friends, but that's all they can ever be.

Gwen is stunned to discover that the doctors will only release her if she has someone to go to, and Drew is it. Though they've been divorced for five years, they worked hard to remain friends. Living together again was going to bring back memories, good and bad, of their marriage, and the guilt she feels for her part in its end.

I loved the realism of this story, as Gwen and Drew found their way back to each other through several obstacles. The biggest of these is their inability to let their past mistakes stay in the past and look at the people they are now. During the six months that Gwen was missing, both had faced the facts of those mistakes. Gwen had allowed her career focus to take precedence over their relationship, and Drew had allowed his focus on his studies to do the same thing. Gwen has admitted to herself that her priorities were messed up, and now that she has the baby she rescued to think about, she knows she wants to do things differently. Drew knows that trying to make Gwen leave the navy and fit in to his idea of the ideal life had been all wrong. As well as they know these things, both believe that a second chance is impossible.

Contributing to the stress is the fact that there was a death at Drew's physical therapy business and he is suspected of murder at worst or criminal negligence at best. He figures that even if he avoids jail, his business is done for, leaving him nothing to offer Gwen, even if they were to find their way back to each other. There is also a neighbor woman who has set her sights on Drew and is doing everything she can to make Gwen believe there is something going on between her and Drew.

I also liked the portrayal of the struggles that Gwen was going through as she got used to being back home. She has to get used to being around people again, and not having to be constantly on guard. Having gone through it himself, Drew is able to help her. I loved the part where he interfered just enough to get her back with the people she worked with, because she had been avoiding them. Her focus on trying to adopt the baby she rescued is also a big part of what she is going through.

One thing they have going for them is the attraction that has never gone away. They fight it, trying to convince themselves that it's just because they're living together, or that they never really gave themselves the necessary closure to their marriage. But in reality, as they get to know the people they are now, the attraction is just one part of the feelings that are growing between them. I loved seeing the hope that was starting to grow in both of them as they accepted their new closeness. The exposure of who was really behind the death at Drew's clinic was quite intense, especially when Gwen and the baby got caught up in it. I loved seeing them sit down and finally talk to each other about where they wanted their relationship to go, and how they were going to make it happen. The epilogue was a great look at how they were making it happen.

A nice bonus for me, as the wife and sister of Naval Academy grads, were the little bits of Gwen and Drew's (and Ro's) memories of their time as mids. It brought back some of the stories I hear my husband and brother tell.

Private London (Jack Morgan, Bk 4)
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awesome

Majorettes
Majorettes
Author: John Russo
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Book Type: Paperback
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Fantastic little gem of a horror novel. The great 80s. The 80s were great in many ways, but to me the horror books take precedence in greatness over any time I know. I love them.

This book was made into a movie which is now a slasher classic and available on DVD or youtube for those who would like to watch the movie instead.

The plot is basically about two girls who have "been raped and murdered, victims of a brutal knife and a psychotic mind that kills with no apparent pattern or reason, at least this is what the police believe. However there is a cold, calculating logic with an ultimate goal so obvious that the police should have seen it all coming".

Loved the plot, the characters, the time period "FAB 80S". There are several perverted moments that are so rough you want to throw the book down, but you cant, you must read on, this book is an eagle with talons that will not let you go. Fast paced and a rare jewel. Loved it and it gets 5 stars.

See Jane Die (Stacy Killian, Bk 1)
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As a teenager, Jane Killian's life was changed when she was hit by a motorboat as she swam in a lake. Now 15 years later, after many successful surgeries, Jane has a thriving career in art, a handsome husband, and a baby on the way. But her world splinters when her husband, Dr. Ian Westbrook, becomes the prime suspect in a murder investigation led by Jane's stepsister, Detective Stacy Killian. Stacy doesn't want to believe her brother-in-law is a murderer, but all evidence is pointing to him. Jane trusts that her husband is innocent. But when another body turns up with even more evidence linking Ian to the crime, Jane begins to wonder if her sister is right.

Wow! This book was a page-turner. There is so much going on in it. Not only do we have a series of murders, but Jane starts receiving anonymous notes from someone she believes hit her with his boat many years ago. The story is told from the point of view of both Jane and Stacy. One believes her husband is innocent. The other wants to catch a killer, even if it hurts her sister in the end.

The characters in this story are well developed. The clues are plentiful. I thought I had everything figured out up until the last few pages. Then came the twist that left me stunned. I'll definitely be reading the next book in the Stacy Killian series. My rating: 4.5 Stars.

Oranges & Sunshine
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Margaret Humphreys writes a devastating and harrowing, but true account of children who are yanked from their place of birth to be sent to populate the colonies, specifically Australia. Their stories are filled with suffering and abuse, that will deeply touch the heart of every reader. However even though her story, and those of the migrant children, is captivating, it is written by an inexperienced writer who tells rather than shows. She uses too many cliches, her writing is repetitive, and there is little character growth in her eagerness to tell us the stories of these many, many deprived and forgotten children. The problem is that eventually it will all melt into one story, one narrative, just the names change. The subject matter kept me going but I think a bit more editorial input, a bit more real writing assistance would have gone a long way to making this good, interesting read a truly great one. However even with the shortcomings it is well worth reading!

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