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Review Date: 4/15/2018
Nice little book with beautiful pictures of what the dish should look like when it's done. Most use ingredients already in the kitchen with a few exceptions but nothing exotic.
Review Date: 4/22/2012
A good mystery with plenty of twists and turns and unusual and interesting characters. The main character, however, is why I enjoyed this book so much - anything that can happen to him does, but it's his wise-cracking attitude that also makes you laugh - something not often found in mystery novels.
Review Date: 3/14/2012
This book is a wonderful read - especially for people with ties to Chicago. You can almost smell the hot dogs steaming in Wrigley Field and hear the crack of the bat.
His description of Chicago architecture will remind you of your grandma's house and street names can bring you back to the entrance to Riverview Park. Some words he uses will only have meaning to Chicagoians (the Hawk, Da Coach). His description of a Chicago winter will make you reach for a sweater. Harvey has 'changed the names to protect the innocent', but it's easy to figure who he's referring to and fill in the names. This book starts out at full blast and never slows down - that's how I managed to read a 300 page book in 2 nights.
Review Date: 2/28/2019
This book (printed in England) has nothing but weird, unappealing recipes in it. Some ingredients I've never heard of. It is now at the local thrift store.
Review Date: 10/7/2018
A few low fat recipes, some using Splenda, others egg substitutes but not that many that are really low carb. Apricot bars: 19 carbs per bar, Apple stuffed acorn squash: 44 carbs per 1/2 squash or Turkey sausage bean soup: 42 carbs per 3/4 cup.Plus most recipes have more ingredients than the average cook has on hand.
Review Date: 11/28/2012
If you're a fan of old movies on the TCM channel - this will be a fun read. The murder mystery is not deep and complex but with plenty of references to stars from the 40's and earlier, and movie lines that will test your memory, it will leave you anxious to read Valentino's 2nd book.
Review Date: 2/12/2018
This book was printed in England and has some of the weirdest ingredients I've heard of - some I've never heard of. You could try Marinated Pigeon in Red Wine which calls for 1 1/4 cup 'game stock' -try finding that at Wal-Mart. Better yet try "Octopus & Red Wine" (Lots of these recipes call for red wine - maybe to settle the stomach). Cooks Tip for this one is "Discard the head since it can be very tough". Who wants their dinner looking at them anyway? And for a crowd pleaser go for the "Poussins with herb Dumplings" Poussins????
The dumplings call for 1/2 c shredded suet - I know suet can be purchsed at Wal-Mart in the bird seed department - just pick out the sunflower seeds. Overall, unless you're a very adventurous cook you might want to pass on this book.
Review Date: 7/27/2015
This is one of the funniest books I've ever read. The premise itself is odd in that an undertaker is an amateur sleuth, but the dialogue is laugh out loud funny. If you like Who-Dun-Its with a bit of humor this book is a sure bet.
Review Date: 3/2/2014
Quite a few surprises in Book 2, but a good continuation of characters from Book 1. As always, good writing from Burke.
Review Date: 1/8/2017
Good Who-Done-It with likable characters. Plenty of twists and turns with humorous dialogue thrown in. Think Magnum PI. This is book 1 with Houston Cash - hopefully Harvey Burgess will continue this series.
Review Date: 12/20/2017
This was one of the best books I've ever read. It follows Tom Horn from about 16 years old up through his 50's and all the way along it moves quickly and is never dull. The movie with Tom Selleck only portrays a small part of Tom Horn's life and it really doesn't convey the emotions in the book. It could be just "another cowboy movie". If you enjoy westerns this book is a MUST READ!
Review Date: 2/7/2021
Could not finish - animal cruelty too graphic, specifically dog fighting. Miller's first book, Down Don't Bother Me, was a fun read
Review Date: 3/28/2012
This book is a romance novel with plenty of humor both in the dialogue and the antics of the main characters.
Review Date: 3/2/2014
I picked up the first book, Florida Straights, at a local thrift store. Having never heard of this author, the book looked interesting so I gave it a try. It was great - as is the second book, Sunburn. The main character, Joey Goldman, is a wanna-be New York WiseGuy who ends up moving to Florida. He's surrounded by plenty of interesting characters and the dialogue can make you laugh out loud. These are not long books but they're well worth reading.
Review Date: 11/27/2021
This was a thoroughly entertaining book. It's the autobiography of a 108 year old man who grew up just west of Des Moines Iowa in the latter part of the 19th century and early 20th century. Very well written without endless pages of description and what Leroy Daniels was thinking. Fast moving and very informative for anyone interested in early century rural life and of course, horses.
Review Date: 4/13/2014
Shames keeps up his witty style with this book by following Florida Straits and Sunburn. He's introduced a few new characters but Joey Goldman, Bert the Shirt, and Don Giovanni do make appearances. Definitely worth the read.
Review Date: 7/25/2015
Excellent, fast read. Author Noguchi was the former Chief Medical Examiner for LA county and his descriptions are vivid without being gory. If you're a fan of the TV series "Bones" you might really enjoy this book.
Review Date: 4/12/2018
This is the best waffle cookbook I've found. Great photos with simple ingredients usually already in your kitchen. So many of the waffle pancake books have some pretty weird concoctions with ingredients probably never heard of and hard to find. However, as with most cookbooks like this, there is no nutritional information.
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