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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 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 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. [...]

King and Maxwell by David Baldacci

Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are ex-Secret Service agents, now turned private eyes. The story begins with a chance meeting with a teenaged boy, running through the streets. The pair follow, as Michelle wants to make sure the boy isn’t in any trouble. Turns out, the boy, Tyler Wingo, has just learned that his father, [...]

Let Him Go by Larry Watson

You and I both know people who are obsessed with their grandkids.  In Let Him Go by Larry Watson, Margaret Blackledge takes this to the extreme.  After her son James dies in a freak accident and his widow Lorna marries another man (Donnie Weboy), Margaret becomes obsessed with getting her grandson Jimmy back.  Lorna and [...]

Innocence by Dean Koontz

How would you live if the very sight of you causes a murderous rage in those who see you? How could you hide and still have a connection with the rest of world? Dean Koontz asks this very question in his moralistic thriller, Innocence. When people see Addison Goodheart, they try to kill him, almost [...]

Lowcountry Boil by Susan M. Boyer

I don’t usually read cozy mysteries, preferring something with a harder edge and a bit more action. However, Lowcountry Boil caught my attention due to the fact that this debut title from Susan M. Boyer won the 2012 Agatha Award; a rare feat. The book introduces us to feisty southern belle Liz Talbot, a private [...]

Just What Kind of Mother Are You? by Paula Daly

In Just What Kind of Mother Are You? by Paula Daly, Lisa Kallisto is a modern mom who has overextended herself like so many others.  She has 3 children, a house, and several pets to take care of.   All of the kids are constantly needing this or that, she feels she is neglecting her hard [...]

I Hear the Sirens in the Street by Adrian McKinty

I liked the first book in Adrian’s McKinty’s “Troubles Trilogy” (The Cold Cold Ground) enough to read the second book I Hear the Sirens in the Street and that second book was awesome.  I really like gloomy dark stories about Northern Ireland anyway and in the early 1980s Belfast the sun never seems to shine!  [...]

Maddaddam by Margaret Atwood

Why are people often up in arms about genetic modification, cloning, and climate control? What about bioengineering, where can that lead? How desensitized are we as people becoming because of the violence that we watch in entertainment?  Imagine what the perfect human would be like? Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam  gives us a look, that at first, [...]

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