Fiction

B
The Stork Reality

I picked up The Stork Reality because the premise – a young, married professional woman dealing with an unexpected pregnancy – was intriguing to me. I admit that I was a little afraid that it would suffer from what my husband and I jokingly call the “Newsweek covering the baby boomers” pheno ...

B-
Invisible Girl

Long-buried secrets from the Vietnam War come to light in Invisible Girl, Tess Hudson's involving tale about the lingering effects of the past on the present. Growing up in New York's Hell's Kitchen, Maggie Malone was exposed to the darker side of the world at an early age. Her mother Mai, wh ...

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Don't Look Down

Lucy Armstrong, a successful director of television commercials, has supposedly been given her big break to direct the filming of the last four days of action shots for the movie Don’t Look Down. Few directors would want to finish up someone else’s movie, but the money is too good to pass up. Al ...

A+
The Code of the Woosters

There are a few writers who have created a character whose name has become a by-word for a certain type of person. If we describe a man as a “regular Sherlock Holmes”, everyone knows what kind of man he is. Until recently, a popular search engine was named Ask Jeeves.com. Jeeves is of course ...

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My Sister's Keeper

For the past three months I’ve been reading like a madwoman for the local library’s “Let It Snow” adult reading program. There are all these categories you have to read in order to qualify for the final drawing, and one of them is this year’s "One Book One County" selection: My Sister’s ...

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A Walk to Remember

I can't remember the last time a book depressed me as much as this one did. Not because it's a three-hanky weeper with a sad ending (although it is), but because I really, really disliked it. Normally that would be all well and good, but I kept running into people who told me they loved it dearly. P ...

B
Undead and Unreturnable

Undead and Unreturnable is the fourth Betsy Taylor book, the chronicles of a shoe-obsessed secretary who gets hit by a car and wakes up as undead Queen of the Vampires. This would obviously freak out most people, and Betsy's (mis)adventures as she tries to cope with drinking blood and sleeping all d ...

B
The Food of Love

For those who didn't make it to Italy on their summer vacation, The Food of Love offers a first-class getaway to the country. It's another variation on the classic Cyrano de Bergerac, this time with a culinary twist. With a perfect sense of place, wonderful food and a warm storytelling style, Anthon ...

B+
The Forbidden

Warning, warning! The Forbidden is not a stand-alone book; author L.A. Banks unapologetically picks up the action exactly where the previous book ends. Not having read any of the previous four books in her Vampire Huntress Legend series, I was immediately and completely lost. The plot starts in t ...

B
Undead and Unappreciated

Whew! After reading Ms. Davidson’s last book, Derik’s Bane, I’d begun to worry a little bit. Though she has a proven track record of writing clever dialogue and sharp characters, I was beginning to overdose a little on those very things. In her third novel featuring Vampire Queen Betsy Taylor, ...