Thursday, June 2, 2016

June 2016 Book Report

Adrift on St. John (2012) by Rebecca M. Hale

I read all of Ms. Hale’s ‘Cats & Curios’ books and decided to try one of her other books. This is the first of her series ‘Mystery in the Islands.’ I was sucked into the story right away and enjoyed it quite a bit. BUT…I got to the end of the book and just kind of scratched my head and wondered “What happened??” There were so many loose ends and things that just plain didn’t make sense. I will definitely read it again some time and see what I missed. Penelope gets the chance at a new life with little responsibility as head of a large vacation resort on St. John in the Virgin Islands. Then a new worker dies under mysterious circumstances…or was it a curse?
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Mum’s the Word (2014) by Emily Thomas

Blue Hills Library series. Anne seems to have a cursed Egyptian pot that Aunt Edie had in the attic. When she puts it on display in the library, all sort of trouble begins to happen. Meanwhile, Ben has a new friend at school who doesn’t believe in God and causes Ben to have doubts about his own faith.
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Lamb (2002) by Christopher Moore

My brother is a huge fan of Christopher Moore, and this was one of his favorites. So much so that he mailed it to me to read. Bizarre “account” of the life of Christ between the ages of 12 and when He started His ministry, according to his best friend, Biff. You have to be in a certain frame of mind for this book. One thing I will say: Moore certainly did his research.
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Top-Secret Twenty-One (2014) by Janet Evanovich

The usual hi-jinks of Stephanie Plum and the gang. A Russian named Vlatko uses deadly polonium to take out a highly placed official. Steph’s Grandma Mazer gets to check something off her bucket list that involves Ranger.
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The Case of Sonia Wayward (1960) by Michael Innes

Delightful read about stuffy Colonel Petticate and his challenge when his very famous novelist wife, Sonia Wayward, dies while they are out in their yacht. He decides that it would look too suspicious if he sailed into harbor with a dead body. So he gets drunk and decides to dump her overboard and then pretend that she is still alive. He says she’s gone off on a jaunt around Europe. Meanwhile, the Colonel must complete the unfinished novel she was working on when she died. Very funny book.

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