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Here, exclusively for Waterstones, McManus considers the challenges and rewards of a story where every character has their say. Wherever we are in the country, water defines our landscape; from jagged, dramatic coastlines, secluded sandy beaches and secret freshwater pools, to our grandest cityscape rivers and meandering country streams. Nobody knows our water-shaped landscape better than Tristan Gooley, natural navigator and author of the bestselling How to Read Water.

We gave him the enormously challenging task of picking just five favourite British waterside locations and here, exclusively for Waterstones, he explains why these locations hold a special significance. Only now, years after their deaths, is it possible to work out who they really were' When it comes to espionage, the truth is invariably stranger than fiction, as author Henry Hemming discovered when he began researching his new book M.

From animal-loving housewives to dandy booksellers, Hemming introduces the real-life agents drawn out from the shadows of history. As he hands on the baton to Lauren Child and hopefully puts his feet up for a well-earned cup of tea and a biscuit or three, we at Waterstones offer all our thanks for his work and for taking us along on his extraordinary Waterstones Children's Laureate journey. However, when novelist Will Hill came to research the group, he found himself drawn to a different side of the story, to the lives of the children who had survived.

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Poppa Said Our knowledge of Marmee and the girls provide a context for understanding their haunted, conflicted husband and father as he confronts a reality far removed from the safety of philosophizing about the evil of slavery and war. This is a nearly-perfect period novel. As she discovers tiny artifacts an insect wing, salt crystals, a white hair, wine stains to help her determine its provenance the story moves backward in time, following the history of the codex. Each time segment gives the reader a glimpse of anti-semitism and women's struggle for independence.

Intertwined with this long cast of characters are Hannah's personal struggles and relationships. Brooks, author of the Pulitzer Prize winner"March", again combines popular fiction with serious themes. At their minister's plea the citizens pledged to totally isolate themselves from everyone outside, thinking they could slow the spread of the plague in their rural area. As the illness took its victims the town is gripped with fear and hysteria, sacrifice and sorrow. As he explores his strange surroundings, he finds the mysteries of the red planet point to his greatest discovery-a relationship with God.

This series is a Christian science fiction for teens. This time our intrepid hero is in Rome. My only complaint was with the ending which I couldn't quite buy, but maybe it was just over my head. Title : Angels and Demons Review 2 Classification : Fiction Publisher : Pocket Books Copyright : Reviewer : Beth Book Rating : Reviewer Comments : Dealing with a secret, ancient brotherhood and a plot to annihilate the Vatican city, this book is absolutely perfect for those of you who love fast-paced, thrilling adventure stories. Controversial, illuminating and thought-provoking.

If you haven't read it--go get a copy and get it read before the movie comes out this spring. You know the movie is never as good as the book. Based on the one of the author's previous relationships; it offers humor to what everyone goes through in the beginning of a relationship and even through rocky times and sadly the end.

The pictures themselves are humorous, almost rough sketches. As his debut of many graphic novels, Jeffrey tells it all with elementary drawings. He is naive, jealous, obsessive but all so loveable and honest. He's my new anti-hero.

From the start you know they're all wrong for each other. But Jeffrey's hope for his first love is hopeful and vulnerable. After reading three of Brown's graphic novels I wonder if he is doomed for life in the love department. This book is fascinating!

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Not that his descriptions are always idyllic; he reminds us that "Only one thing came close to matching the fear of teenagers in the s and that was of course Communism. Worrying about Communism was an exhaustingly demanding business in the s. Whether you lived the fifties, or the fifties are ancient history to you, you must read this book. If you give it as a gift, make sure to buy one for yourself, too! Jimmy Buffett. Title : Swine Not? Unfortunately the hotel does not allow pets, so what is a talented sensitive pig to do? Meant to be a satirical view of American culture it missed the mark for me.

Jim Butcher. It is great to be back in Chicago with the amazing P. However, this adventure seems slow to start and lacks the excitement and adventure found in previous stories. I found myself having to refresh my memory by re-reading the last book in order to follow what was happening with Harry in this book. If you like the series, you will love catching up with Harry and friends in this book. If you are new to the series, this book is not the place to begin.

Feels more like filler than a stand alone adventure. Harry comes up against vampires, witches, and werewolves on a daily basis. There is action, adventure, and humor all at the right spots. Although there are only a few story lines dependent on reading the series in order, there are not many spoilers if you read a book out of order. In addition to trying to find her place in the world, she's trying to decide which man she'll let find a place in her heart. After awhile, she gets a German Shepherd guide dog, Trudy, and attends public high school.

The author of this novel was blind herself and therefore well able to express the friendship difficulties that Cathy experiences. There is a sequel, "Gift of Gold. The contributing writers have a lot of insight about how you can attract positive influences in your life. Topics covered include finances, love, health, and success. These contributing writers all have something to say and it is worth reading despite recent criticism regarding this book.

You never know what you can achieve in your life with a little positive thinking. I am no exception. I also have experienced a few wonderful surprises. I highly recommend this book. The way it is written makes it a fast and easy read. It is one that you could read repeatedly and pick up some new detail you missed before.

There is no guarantee of success but it opens the door to possibilities. As hard as it is to believe, another dead body has turned up in her dorm The police, her ex-con father, the school officials, and her P. Her life may be getting complicated, but Heather seems to piece evidence together better than any one else and she can't stay out of it. The story is light, moves quickly and keeps you guessing. Nicknamed Jinx by the attending physician at her birth, Jinx believes she has had nothing but bad luck all her life.

When Jinx arrives in Manhattan, she finds her cousin has radically changed, believing she inherited magic powers from their ancestor and tries to force Jinx to join her high school coven. When Jinx falls in love with the neighbor boy her cousin has a crush on, her cousin takes to revenge.

The stories are contemporary, and always seem to appeal to young women and this new entry is a delightful addition! Life is just getting back to normal when her old boyfriend finds her in NYC and needs her help to find his lost sister. This book is a fantastic finale to great young adult series. Kim Harrison's short-story, Madison Avery and the Dim Reaper gives new meaning to the age-old warning, "Don't get into a car with a stranger!

The mystery in this book is juvenile and the main character redundant. Heather Wells, ex-shopping mall pop star, has taken a job as an assistant residential director at a New York college. Between two murdered coeds and people recognizing the now plump ex-pop star, Heather rants on and on about her crush on her ex-boyfriend's brother and no one taking her seriously in her new role as assistant director.

The murderer is apparent from the beginning and the focus on elevator surfing among young college students is boring. Although I will read almost anything Cabot writes, I am not holding my breath in anticipation for the next Heather Wells Mystery. However, Meg Cabot is such an entertaining writer, that when I wanted to be just entertained, I decided to find out what was happening with pop-star-turned-resident-hall-administer, Heather Wells.

Set in a fictional college in New York City, this dormitory has more bizarre collegiate murders than any I believed imaginable. If you can get past the unrealistic setting, and the first person narration of a 29 year old whose intellect is more like 14 year old, then you will find this mystery has just the right balance of suspense, humor and character interest. Heather's dad is out of prison and now trying to make up for the 20 year absence in his daughter's life. He seems to have forgiven Heather's mother, who skipped town with all Heather's money when the child pop star grew up and failed to land her last recording contract, and now wants Heather to do the same.

Heather is trying to get an education and working as an assistant resident administrator while living with her ex-pop star boyfriend's estranged brother. She finds herself in the middle of these strange murders; this one involving a cheerleader's head found boiling in the dormitory kitchen. Heather seems to have an uncanny knack at getting information and figuring out what is going on before the police, but in the end, she never seems to get the props she desires. However, in the end, she caught him and tortured him for ten days before she let him go.

Now, two years later, he has finally returned to work; she is in prison for life; and another serial killer is loose in Portland, Oregon. Archie is once again heading up the police task force, and is being shadowed by an up and coming newspaper reporter, Susan Ward. The gruesome story is gripping and this police thriller is somewhat unique with its detail of a rare female serial killer.

Normally I shy away from this genre because it is just too easy to figure out what the characters have problems seeing. This story had enough flash backs to the origins of the task force and unique details regarding the horrific, rare female serial killer to keep me reading and overlook some of the obvious clues the trained police kept missing. He encounters a pig along the road which adopts him, follows him to Aunt Kittys and precedes to dig up a corpse.

Sounds promising, and it is witty, but I found it choppy and too bizarre. Knopf Copyright : Reviewer : J Book Rating : Reviewer Comments : 72 Hour Hold is overall a good read about a mother's struggle to save her child from the strangle hold of mental illness. As her child turns 18 Keri can no longer control her child's whereabouts and 72 hour holds are the only thing saving her child and herself from her child's Bipolar disorder.

Unfortunately, in this long-awaited sequel, he drags in so many stereotypical, boring characters that, even if the plot were interesting which it isn't I found myself wallowing in a sea of them.

Even the dialogue "No place to go, nobody to see, and before you can say needle and spike some lard-ass loser who looks a lot like you has her living off the pipe" is unbelievable and forced. My advice: don't waste your time or your money on this one. Title : Give It Up! Don't waste your time. This wealthy socialite toys with the novelty of giving up such vital necessities as alcohol, cell phone usage, and taxi cabs. She plays at each deprivation for a month, then is relieved to pretty much return to her previous lifestyle.

It seems to me that when she tries to come up with "something deep and meaningful to say," it's only an attempt to make the book have enough of a point to get published, not because she actually gained real insight. I didn't know people could really have that shallow of an existence. She's kidding, right? Am I on Candid Camera? The ultimate solution- did William Shakespeare really write the many works attributed to him?

This debut thriller has lots of twists and a great deal of Shakespearian history. New P. Sophie Metropolis takes on several cases involving old high school friends, neighbors and even her family. However, the investigations are thin and Sophie is a bit too naive to be seriously believed as an investigator. I'd be more willing to overlook its lack of originality if it had made up for it by providing sufficient humor. It was interesting to learn a bit about Greek American culture. While waiting for another Plum mystery, I'll probably read the next Sofie "Dirty Laundry" due out May but it will be like eating a diet cookie.

Martin's Press Copyright : Reviewer : Nancy Book Rating : Reviewer Comments : Kate Burkholder was fourteen years old when she killed the man who raped her and for sixteen years she's lived with the guilt, although his death brought an end to the murders that paralyzed the tiny town of Painters Mill. Now the chief of police, Kate is forced to revisit that event as more killings occur bearing the same signature. Is this a new killer or did she shoot the wrong man all those years ago?

An old sleuth comes out of retirement in England to solve a murder surrounding a missing parrot which may hold a secret German SS code. Do we have reason to believe the detective is Sherlock Holmes? As usual Chabon writes in a superb and extraordinary style. The investigators and several well known art collectors are enmeshed in an implausible plot. Heavy in art history, which might have been interesting, this fictional intrigue attempt is full of trite phrases, overly technical and confusingly convoluted.

Lynne Cheney. A timeline of American history for kids. Well done but seemed to have omitted some things I would have included. This volume, 14 in the Elm Creek Quilt Series, takes a different turn from Chiaverini's other novels. Most of the Elm Creek Quilt series are appealing but this one seems to be a forced plot produced just to have a holiday offering. Although not the best in the series this one alternates back and forth to the turn of the 20th century so the reader enjoys two intertwining stories. Reacher reassembles the remaining members of his elite group to hunt down and eliminate those responsible and destroy a harrowing threat to America.

As are all of the Child books, this is a fast-paced, tightly-written thriller; a real can't put it down read. Former military guy Reacher is asked by the leader of a mercenary group to find his kidnapped wife and step-daughter. But who's the bad guy here? Tight, intense, this is another great read from the writer of just about the best suspense books around. Jack Reacher is back, bigger and better than ever as he uncovers the secrets in a small Colorado town where strangers are definitely not welcome. When the cops are called in response to Reacher's request for coffee at the local diner he's determined to discover what really goes on in the metal recycling plant owned, as is everything else in the town, by businessman and apocalyptic preacher Jerry Thurman.

In a heart-pounding race Reacher has to take on the entire town to prevent a disaster of astonishing proportion. I couldn't put this one down! There's a manic feel to both the characters and the action, with Daniel Musgrove, the teenage protagonist, caught between the bleakness of his family and the darkness of his best friend's madness. Definitely not up to the standard set by "Alabama" and "Gone For Good," but okay. She runs a Charleston tea shop so there is the added touch of southern recipes and "tea" tips. Margaret Cho. A startling discovery leads to a desperate race to expose a secret from the final days of WWII.

This inspirational guide to uncluttering and cleaning house offers practical and motivational help for those of us apparently born without "the clean gene. Change is possible! I've read about every book there is on housecleaning and uncluttering, and this is one of the best. Russia and China on a path toward war with each other? Unfortunately, President Jack Ryan can't sit back and watch because you know if it's by Clancy, it's going to be a whole lot more complicated.

Extraordinary realism and razor-sharp suspense are expected and you won't be disappointed. Great for children ages Ellie knew Andrea was seeing an older wealthy local boy but kept the secret from her parents. Several years after the trial and conviction of the wealthy boyfriend, he is released from prison still professing his innocence. Enraged, Ellie returns to her hometown to prove once and for all that he is the one responsible for her sister's death. In true Mary Higgins Clark style, the story goes back and forth to did he or didn't he. You'll have to read the book to find out!

It is truly enjoying to be able to read a book and not guess the ending until it comes. The ultra rich husband, Peter, has a sordid past. When her mother finally realized the grave mistake she made in marrying Ted, it set the wheels in motion for a tragedy. One night Ted was trying to bully Liza's mother into not getting a divorce. Liza, trying to protect her mother, threatened Ted with her father's gun. Instead of shooting Ted, Liza accidently kills her mother.

That night began Liza's nightmare. Although deemed an accidental shooting, Liza had to endure the cruel jokes of "Lizzie Borden" because of the name similarities. Liza moves away to adoptive parents who change her name to Celia in attempt to erase her past. But really As you can guess, Celia gets married and by a freak of circumstances of a surprise gift by her husband, buys her childhood house where the shooting occurred. This obviously distresses Celia as her husband does not know about her past. Then things happen to let Celia know that someone in town recognizes her and is setting out to torture her.

The book is very good in twisting the story around so it keeps you guessing on what happens next all the way to the end. Title : Where Are the Children? The first suspense novel Clark ever wrote. This story follows the secret life of nancy Harmon who fled across the country to get away from her past and the death of her two children.

Time has passed and Nancy remarries and has two more children. Then suddenly on her 32nd birthday, both children disappear. The nightmare for Nancy is beginning all over again. There is someone out there who doesn't want Nancy to ever feel safe and secure again. While the story is very good, I'm glad that Clark continued to mold her craft into the books published today.

Title : Where Are You Now? Her older brother Mack mysteriously vanishes one day from his college ten years ago and only contacts his family on Mother's Day with a quick phone call. After the latest Mother's Day call, Carolyn resolves to find her missing brother and figure out why he disappeared. Along the way, a young college girl suddenly disappears and calls her family and tells them that she'll call them again on Mother's Day. A coincidence? Could it be related to Mack's disappearance?

A very good read! It's an accident, as much of Sam's life is. After serving his time in a minimum-security prison with lawyers and bond traders, Sam marries and finds a job with the intent of putting his past behind him, but his parents, the bond traders and those persistent accidents come together to keep his life in its inevitable downward spiral.

Reading about Sam is like waiting for a train wreck: you know it'll be hard to watch but you just can't help yourself. A quirky, deftly written book. Title : Jonathan Strange and Mr. Though sometimes dark, this book is exciting, suspenseful, and witty. Martin's Copyright : Reviewer : Nancy Book Rating : Reviewer Comments : First time novelist Cleland does a creditable job with antiques dealer Josie Prescott, who lost her job in the auction-house scandal but has gone on to create a successful business in New Hampshire.

Everything is going well for Josie until she finds herself the chief suspect in the murder of an elderly potential client who, it turns out, had paintings stolen during the Nazi regime. A little heavy on the advice from Josie's deceased parents, and not quite enough detail about antiques, but a good read nevertheless. I'll look forward to Cleland's next. She is thrilled with the possible contract for the contents of a huge old house full of beautiful and valuable antiques. But when she goes to sign the final contract, no one answers the door.

This turns out to be least of Josies' problems as she learns that the owner is dead -murdered- and Josies' is the last name is his appointment book. The police chief, whom Josie has noticed is a superbly eligible bachelor, considers her the prime suspect, so Josie feels she must somehow solve the crime and maybe, just maybe, even manage to secure the auction contract after all. Then, of course, there's also the attraction to the police chief. All in all, this is a great first novel with interesting characters, well drawn plot and lots of antique description.

You'll enjoy it, especially if you like antiques. Andrew Clements. This is an encouraging story of a boy with a most difficult language-arts teacher and his idea to rename the word "pen" to "frindle". The wood catches on with the students and eventually travels throughout the entire country.

An elementary school librarian recommended this book to me and I'm so glad she did.

This entertaining book continues with Bobby and his family searching to find out why. In the ensuing time he meets a blind teenage girl. They both struggle to overcome their respective conditions. Written in the first person, with humor, the story is well done and appeals to more than just its teenage audience. Meetings with various "donors" are humorous, but the entire story is somewhat mindless and predictable. Dan Mercer is on his way to help a teenage girl in trouble when he walks into the glare of television lights and his life is forever changed.

Wendy Tynes is the TV reporter who has made a name for herself by exposing pedophiles and who thinks Dan is no different from any of the others she has nailed. This case is not the same, though, and with heart-pounding speed Coben races through twists as more people are caught in the maze of murder and retaliation. Absolutely fantastic! Following the suicide of a teenage boy, Mike and Tia Baye are worried about their son Their discoveries lead them into a new culture of drugs and murder and the fear that they will be too late to save their son.

Although not quite as tightly-written as Tell no One or Gone For Good, Coben paints a fairly convincing picture of the potential for terror in today's tech-driven world. For years I've groused about his Myron Bolitar series while praising his stand alone novels.

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But, at least with this entry, he's made a convert of me. Bolitar gets a call from a woman with whom he shared a passionate escape years ago. She's in France and says only: "Come to Paris. A really terrific read! Too many pointless twists and stereotypical characters and way too much superhero stuff by Myron. It's time to retire Bolitar for good and for Coben to get back to the stuff he does well.

When a couple goes away on their annual anniversary trip only one of them comes home. Great read! Now, as a county prosecutor, Paul is asked by police to identify another body And if Gil survived, what of his sister? In what may be his best book since Tell No One, Coben races through a riveting series of seemingly unconnected events to a wrenching conclusion.

The good news is: if up til now you've based your life philosophy on fortune cookies and the horoscope in the morning paper, this is for you. A bunch of hokey, "wishing will make it so" pop-psych mumbo-jumbo. The bad news is: if you want a thoughtful, well-written book about life's challenges and mysteries, this book is a bunch of hokey, "wishing will make it so" pop-psych mumbo-jumbo.

A poor shepherd boy travels from Spain to Egypt while following the quest for his "personal legend," encountering mystical and shallow characters on the way who give him advice like "The Soul of the World is nourished by people's happiness. And also by unhappiness, envy, and jealousy.

To realize one's destiny is a person's only real obligation. All things are one. What a waste of time. The characters sotires were all intertwined with the main character, Nicky who had converted his parent's meat shop into a mental wellness center. There are only a few people who visit his center and when an elderly lady he has been consulting is found dead after an overdose of sleeping pills, Nicky is accused of not giving her adequate psychological help. Each character in this novel deals with many problems and is just as confused as the next.

There is also little resolution at the end of the story. Of course there is the contrived, silly happy ending in which all Jane's problems are solved, but this book is a definite pass. Nancy A. She feeds off others of her kind instead of humans. This book has been in and out-of-print since its release in Luckily, for all those who enjoy the vampire genre, the compete collection of Sonja Blue novels are back in print.

Here it is; reissued in January This is the story of Skinner Cade, a loner from Chotaw County, Arkansas, who sets out on a journey of self-discovery but finds himself hooking up with a rock band that leaves a path of mayhem, violence and madness wherever they go. At least they understand the thrill of the hunt and the taste of blood that has haunted Skinner throughout his life. Collins is best known for her Sonja Blue vampire tales, but Wild Blood and her voodoo tale, The Tempter have always been my favorite. Couldn't finish it, and I've read some real dogs.

Allison Jenson is six years old when she sees her eight-year-old best friend abducted. Her family and her community refuse to discuss this tragedy with her and she grows up obsessed with finding the truth, blocked at every step by the rigid, patriarchal culture in which she lives. A dark, convincing story of faith shattered by man and one woman's struggle to survive. A must read. Jessica Conant Park and Susan Conant. The main character, Chloe Carter, is a college student whose blind date from an Internet dating service is murdered during their first meeting.

Then she dates the main suspect, chef Josh. The first half of the book is hilarious; I laughed out loud. The second half became a bit more predictable and run-of-the-mill, losing that fabulous humor. Susan Conant was never this funny in her own wonderful dog mystery series, so I think the great humor comes from her daughter's writing. I look forward to the next book and hope to see that humor throughout the next time.

These gals could definitely give Evanovich a run for her money if the humor makes a more consistent appearance in their future novels. The unofficial sleuth, Holly Winter, is a writer of dog articles who shows Alaskan malamutes in competition. Her dogs are real dogs and act like it: they misbehave, even though they are well trained. Plus I learned tons about the dog show world.

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Mickey is forced out of his hiatus from practicing law when fellow lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered, leaving his practice to Haller. Among the cases is that of Walter Elliot, accused of killing his wife and her lover Was Vincent's murder connected to this case? And is Haller in the killer's sights? Although there are a few too many obvious red herrings for this to be a great read, it's still enjoyable.

The confessed murderer is leading him and other officers to the burial site when everything goes wrong and Harry has to deal with the possibility that his partner, Kiz, might die Connelly's Bosch series continues to be convincing and tightly-written, and this entry is one of his best. It's just a little too pat with the "should a lawyer sell his soul" question. He finds himself not only in a race to find the killer, but also in a battle against the FBI and his former girlfriend, agent Rachel Walling, who have been tracking a terrorist plot to use the radioactive material.

A roller coaster read with a cliffhanger ending; Connelly has written a book with a real adrenaline rush! They date, marry, work and care a great deal for each others good and bad times. A great mix of personalities and situations keep the reader entranced till the very end. Conroy always writes a great story, ultimately about forgiveness.

Dawn Cook. Life gets more interesting as enemies make their moves, and even friends can be more than they seem. This story did make me laugh occasionally, but overall it was not well done. The author kept throwing in odd, jarring elements. Susan Cooper. Soon they are on the search for the Grail. The five books that make up the sequence see the children battle between the Dark and the Light in a world full of Arthurian and Celtic mystical settings.

Ages 12 and up. I highly recommend it. Cornwell muddles along without even the Scarpetta angst in this novella, which wouldn't have had a chance at being published without her name on it. One word: Blech. Putnam's Sons Copyright : Reviewer : Nancy Book Rating : Reviewer Comments : One of the things you'll notice right away in this book is that Cornwell now writes in the third, rather than the first, person The novel, of course, begins with Kay's trademark angst about Benton, Marino and Lucy and throws in a convoluted, unsatisfying series of murders with a predictable murderer.

And, please, after all these years together, can't Kay and Benton learn to relate to each other as adults rather than as insecure adolescents? Grow up, Kay Write yourself a prescription for Zoloft; you'll feel much better. As for me, I'm done. A cereal box is a better read. Putnam's Sons Copyright : Reviewer : Patty Book Rating : Reviewer Comments : I typically would rate a Patricia Cornwell book a 4 or 5, but unfortunately, I can't with any good conscience rate this any higher than a 3. As much as I love the Kay Scarpetta series, I'm beginning to wonder if this series should just end. The story lines are not as strong and captivating as they used to be.

The case they are working on is interesting but once she throws in the character's personal issues, it just muddles up the story. For the first time ever, I actually put this book aside to read another one and then came back to it. Putnam's Sons Copyright : Reviewer : Nancy Book Rating : Reviewer Comments : The question is, who is behind Gotham Gotcha, and who is putting Scarpetta's most personal information on the smarmy internet gossip site?

Further, could this site be connected to a rash of murders, or to the paranoid fantasies of the main suspect? When Cornwell focuses on crime and forensics she's great, but she suffers from the same syndrome that James Patterson does: they write badly and stiltingly about relationships, while insisting on including way too much awkward nuance and far-fetched dialogue in their novels, a habit that bulks up the pages but slows down the plot. Wait for paperback. The possible suspect, the victim's boyfriend, requests Scarpetta specifically to conduct the examination.

While everyone suspects his guilt, Kay investigates the case and begins to have doubts about his guilt. All the while, someone with a grudge against Scarpetta, publishes some very personal about her on a trashy Internet website. While pretty decent, the story runs a little slow at times and a few parts seem unnecessary to the storyline. Is she being stalked by a photographer or a deranged fan? The D. Coulter includes interesting soap opera trivia between chapters. The situations in Coupland books sometimes seem far-fetched, frequently absurd yet he always seems to be able to comment on the human condition in a way few contemporary authors can.

No matter which Coupland book you grab, most likely you will find at least one line to quote that accurately reflects where you find yourself in life. Cowman; edited by James Reimann. I recommend the "Updated Edition in Today's Language" edited by James Reimann, who did an excellent job in making this classic clearer and more understandable for the modern reader.

The isbn for the edition I have is Get one for yourself and one to give away. Harvey Cox. Cox was brought on board to teach a course examining the role Jesus of Nazareth had as rabbi regarding moral responsibility. This book is his memoir reflecting on twenty years of teaching this extremely effective and always packed class set in a theater forum.

The book is informative, contemporary, and challenges readers to consider how ethics and morality is developed. Wonderful descriptions of ocean life add to this mysterious magical story. His investigation leads him to a sleazy city official, a deputy police chief and a cover-up Crais continues to keep us turning pages in this solid entry in the series.

In this, the second in the Joe Pike series, Crais has the deadly Pike hunting the home-invasion gang that killed his friend and former mercenary. When it becomes evident that this is no low-level drug-addled group, Pike finds himself up against the powerful Russian mob in a thriller that races its way through deceit and double-cross and has Pike calling in all his favors as he tracks a killer who is almost as lethal as he.

Whether he features Joe Pike or his business partner Elvis Cole, Crais almost always nails it…this one is no exception. Joe Pike series: Watchman First Rule. I was hoping for something great with this one and didn't get it, but it's worth a read. As Pike and Elvis Cole race to find her would-be assassin, they find themselves caught up in a world of international greed and murder.

One of the best Crais books, this is a must-read. Crichton takes his readers on a slippery slope of the dangers of genetically modifying nature and mixing our genes with other organisms. I found his information questionable, and his story line did not come together in the end. There were loose ties that needed to be finished, closure needed on the many characters he introduced, and further explanation of just what was his conclusion with all of this. Crowther discovered this for herself in a very personal way and sought to give girls another outlet by fictionalizing parts of her own struggle with PCOS.

Martins Copyright : Reviewer : Carol Book Rating : Reviewer Comments : Cruise and Mayer have created a complex plot of romance, sex, mob members and government agents. Filled with a ridiculous number of dead bodies and improbable scenarios, this one however is funny and engaging.