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The Winter Family by Clifford Jackman

I still fondly remember a violent western I read years ago called A Congregation of Jackals by S. Craig Zahler.  Although I have read lots of books I have loved since then (especially mysteries), I’ve never found anything similar.  Well, I’ve just finished The Winter Family by Clifford Jackman and although it’s not a western, [...]

Awakening by S.J. Bolton

Clara Benning, a veternarian who specializes in wildlife rescues in a small villiage in England, is reclusive by nature. Supremely self-concious of her appearance due to scarring left after a childhood accident, Clara avoids human contact whenever possible. Yet, when a neighbor is killed by a bite from a poisonous snake, Clara turns out to [...]

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Astrid is twelve. It’s the summer before entering middle school. Everything starts with the latest “Evening of Cultural Enlightenment,” (there had been other not so successful outings, poetry readings, the opera, and to the modern art gallery) this line was full of strange-looking people, the building was huge, then the lights went out , ”Ladies [...]

Death Wears a Beauty Mask: and Other Stories by Mary Higgins Clark

Do you have a ‘trigger’ that alerts you NOT to choose a book to read? I do! I won’t read novels about missing children. As a result I haven’t read anything by Mary Higgins Clark in years, given that A Stranger is Watching, Hitched, Two Little Girls in Blue, and one of her Christmas sets [...]

Gun Street Girl by Adrian McKinty

When Adrian McKinty comes out with a new Sean Duffy mystery, it goes to the top of my stack of books to read.  They are so good!  His newest one, Gun Street Girl, is no exception.  This series (see my previous reviews) is set in 1980s Northern Ireland-Protestants and Catholics hating and killing each other [...]

Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures by Maggie Stiefvater and Jackson Pearce

Pip Bartlett is a girl who can talk to magical creatures, and they can talk to her. The problem is that no one believes Pip has this wonderful talent. On career day at school, when Marisol Barrera’s family brings their unicorns as part of their career day display, Pip gets a chance to use her [...]

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Laia loves her brother, but she knows he is pushing the limits of their marginal life. She fears her brother is involved in the Resistance, a group that is actively trying to bring down the Empire. When Darin is arrested and her grandparents killed, Laia makes the decision to save her brother, no matter the [...]

The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore

Odette, Clarice, and Barbara Jean have been friends since they were young,  and their favorite meeting spot is their table at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat diner. Labeled “The Supremes” by the folks of the town, the trio have grown up with the wise advice of Big Earl, who presides over the All-You-Can-Eat with wisdom, humor, and good [...]

Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny by John Himmelman

Isabel was the best bunjitsu artist in her school. She could kick higher than anyone. She could hit harder than anyone. She could throw her classmates farther than anyone. “But,” said Isabel, “Bunjitsu is not just about hitting and kicking and throwing. It is about finding ways to NOT hit, kick, or throw.” And so, [...]

A Killing at Cotton Hill by Terry Shames

Samuel Craddock, retired police chief in the town of Jarrett Creek, Texas, gets a late night call from his elderly neighbor, Dora Lee Parjeter. Dora Lee is worried that someone is spying on her, but Dora Lee has a long history of calling Samuel with groundless fears. Yet, the next morning, Dora Lee is found [...]

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