Monthly Archives: December 2019

Maid ~ by Stephanie Land

Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay and a Mother’s Will to Surviveby Stephanie Land 2019/ 289 ppread by the authorrating: 8 / memoir-social science I think I’d heard about this book at some point because it did get a lot of … Continue reading

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The Lager Queen of Minnesota ~ by J. Ryan Stradal

This book started out absolutely wonderful- like Great Kitchens of the Midwest, Stradal’s prior novel. And I was well entertained until probably 1/2 way through when the plot seemed to start wandering. Fortunately it came back together about together about … Continue reading

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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek ~ by Kim Michele Richardson

Very disappointing. Probably ought to be a Young Adult book.  The idea behind the book was first introduced to me by the reviews of Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes which hit the hype machine. But several reader-reviewers mentioned The … Continue reading

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Chrerringham: Death Trap ~ by Matthew Costello and Neil Richards

Cute – I actually bought a second in this series – another Christmas book reviewed now but read earlier. In this one a man is found dead after a snowed-in Christmas party. It’s very short but enjoyable enough in a … Continue reading

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Don’t Be Home for Christmas ~ by Richard Witcliffe

It was this or a James Patterson does Christmas and this sounded preferable. It’s an odd book – a serious crime is about to be committed and the perpetrators have set it up to look like the protagonist is going … Continue reading

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Cherringham: Secret Santa ~ by Matthew Costello and Neil Richards

Another cute goodie in this series – they’re all really short and even advertised as being great for commuters. From what I’ve read they’re not totally fluffy or romances. Good narrator. *******Cherringham: Secret Santa by Matthew Costello and Neil Richardsread … Continue reading

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Evil Eye ~ by Madhuri Shekar

This is so short it’s almost like a short story, but it’s sold separately, and it’s rather expensive for under 2 hours, so I’ll give it its own review because it is quite good and well done. I listened to … Continue reading

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A Lot Like Christmas: Stories ~ by Connie Willis

If you’re looking for a light Christmas read and can tolerate short stories with a nice mix of romance and speculative fiction, along with a splash of religion and great humor, then I found a goodie by a favorite author. … Continue reading

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Mr Dickens and His Carol ~ by Samantha Silva

*******Mr Dickens and His Carolby Samantha Silva2017 / 288 ppread by Euan Mortan- 8h 9mrating 6 (liked parts) historical fiction ******* I was disappointed but apparently a lot of folks loved it so take my view with a grain of … Continue reading

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The Uninhabitable Earth ~ by David Wallace-Wells

If there was one book I’d give to my entire gift list for Christmas this year (coming up in 10 days) this would be the one. Climate change in my correct opinion is the number one issue facing the world … Continue reading

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A Christmas Gathering by Anne Perry

I think I read one of Perry’s Christmas tales years ago and was unimpressed. I still am. The book is slow and pretentious. I suppose the main plot was okay and I did finish but … I’ll pass on any … Continue reading

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Murder at Melrose Court ~ by Karen Menuhin

Well it’s that time again and I’m reading Christmas books for the holidays. They’re usually rather fluffy mysteries but there are other thrown in. I can do anthologies. *******Murder at Melrose Courtby Karen Menuhin2018 /read by Sam Dewhurst-Phillipsrating: B / … Continue reading

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