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Blackstone and the Endgame by Sally Spencer

I love ‘period piece’ mysteries, especially those set around WW1 or WW2.  Sally Spencer’s Inspector Sam Blackstone mysteries, numbering 9 to date, are set between Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897 through World War 1.  In Blackstone and the Endgame, our Inspector is ‘set up’ to intercept German espionage.  A great deal of the action [...]

Snapper by Brian Kimberling

Brian Kimberling’s Snapper is so easy to identify with!  The main character, Nathan, is a Hoosier who has a love/hate relationship with Indiana and its rural areas and college towns.  After college, Nathan gets by doing wild bird research in the southern Indiana woods for various government agencies and professors.  He carries a torch for [...]

The Southerner’s Handbook by David Dibenedetto

The editors of one of my favorite magazines (Garden & Gun) have come out with a book entitled The Southerner’s Handbook which is a really good read.  There are essays on manners, hunting, gardening, clothing, food, drink, etc. by different authors.  My personal favorite was “Sweet Tea: A Love Story” by Allison Glock.   I have [...]

Crossing the Borders of Time by Leslie Maitland

It’s 1942 and at a critical juncture in this biographical work, the author’s mother, an 18-year old German Jew from Frieberg, leaves Marseille by ship for Cuba.  Her French Catholic lover rows after her until she disappears.  It’s an image that’s easily trivialized; we have seen it in countless movies.  How the characters got to [...]

The Thicket by Joe Lansdale

I have recommended Joe Lansdale many times before, especially his Hap and Leonard series (see Vanilla Ride) and once again he has written a laugh out loud, violent, and seemingly ludicrous book.  I do not know where he gets his ideas but I kept putting off reading The Thicket because it sounded so ridiculous but when [...]

The Creation of Anne Bolelyn: a New Look at England’s Most Notorious Queen by Susan Bordo

There has been no dearth of books about, and fascination with, Anne Boleyn, King Henry VIII of England’s second wife. Of the 16th -century monarch’s six wives, Boleyn was the first of two to be executed. Whether her death was justified or based on conspiracy and false charges is a matter still widely debated today. [...]

Five Days at Memorial-Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink

Imagine that Hurricane Katrina, a Category 5 hurricane, has just ravaged the hospital in which you took shelter. Now the flood waters are rising, there isn’t any power, it’s extremely hot, and you feel as if you have been abandoned. Who decides who leads? Who lives? Who dies? Who suffers? Is anyone ever qualified to [...]

The Martian by Andy Weir

Mark Watney is a funny guy. A funny engineering botanist guy who just happens to work on Mars. Mark works with five other scientists on Mars. When a storm threatens, the team, at risk of being stranded on Mars without a return vehicle, makes the decision to abort the mission. They flee and blast off. [...]

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