Books by Fiction
Separate Kingdoms: Stories (2011)
3.76 of 5 Votes: 4
Short story collections are the poorer cousins of novels in the fiction world. Publishers are very leery of them unless the author has already somehow proven himself as a saleable commodity, preferrably with a successful novel. And I must admit that I don't read many short stories myself. I heard...
The Pulse of Hopeful Life (2000)
4.41 of 5 Votes: 2
I fell in love with this book, it is an emotional read, especially for a parent. I am the mother of a 2 yr old little girl and found myself shedding tears often. I could feel the main character Andria's pain, sorrow and guilt. The tragedy of losing a child would bring out such grief that it's jus...
Death With All the Trimmings: A Key West Food Critic Mystery (2014)
4.23 of 5 Votes: 2
This book was a slight let down from the previous book in the series for me. I didn't like the character of Edel and felt that the ending was rushed, and a bit forced. You could tell all throughout the series which character was eventually going to end up a murderer, so it was predictable when it...
Daisy McDare and the Deadly Legal Affair (2000)
4.08 of 5 Votes: 4
Yeesh! What a mess of a book. First of all...the cover. Daisy makes it clear she is no slim and trim, waif of a woman, and doesn't want to be. She loves sweets, and in huge proportions, and doesn't seem to eat anything else but dessert. What's up with the skinny portrayal of Daisy on the cove...
Der Fünf-Minuten-Killer (2000)
3.97 of 5 Votes: 1
FIVE MINUTES ALONE. (2014). Paul Cleave. ***.Here’s the premise: People who have been violated in one way or another all wish for some kind of payback, or revenge against their assailant. What if there was a person who facilitated that payback, and helped to permanently eliminate that threat...
The Dress Shop of Dreams: A Novel (2000)
3.87 of 5 Votes: 5
I debated with myself before rating this book at three stars instead of four. I enjoyed it very much; The Dress Shop of Dreams is light, happy reading with a little magic and a lot of romance thrown in. The characters are lovely, and this book is a great example of how developing interesting char...
In the Company of Sherlock Holmes: Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon (2014)
3.34 of 5 Votes: 1
This is a short story collection. In the general way of things, I'm not a particular fan of short stories, because if I like the story, it feels too short, and if I don't, I feel like I've wasted limited reading time. But, I'm also a big Sherlock Holmes fan, and have liked "Holmes-esque" full-len...
Payback at Morning Peak (2011)
3.6 of 5 Votes: 2
I bought this book out of curiosity because I like Gene Hackman as an actor. This is the first novel he's written on his own (previous books have been co-written with Daniel Lenihan).It's a good Western story, with all of the characters, language, scenery and props required of the genre. A vile v...
Winter's Children (2011)
4.01 of 5 Votes: 3
This story took a while to get going for me but on the whole I enjoyed it. Would probably rate it 3.5 if there were halves! Not quite a 4 as I got a bit confused who all the previous residents were and their importance, but all became clear in the end. What a house! It's the sort of book that wou...
Suzanne Davis Gets a Life (2014)
3.51 of 5 Votes: 2
OK, so this may not have been the perfect book, but it gets 5 stars from me: 1) because if I could write a chick lit book, this is exactly the kind of book I would write; and 2) the author's name is the same as mine, so maybe this is the kind of chick lit book I could write someday. Suzanne Davis...
Honeymoon With Harry (2012)
3.82 of 5 Votes: 2
There's a reason this book for years has been called one of the best unmade scripts in Hollywood. Finally the rest of us can see why! Since it was optioned for around half a million by New Line, HONEYMOON WITH HARRY has been associated with such big names as Jack Nicholson, Vince Vaughn, Robert D...
Christmas at Sea Pines Cottage (2008)
3.46 of 5 Votes: 4
What a treasure! The author penned a most unusual and wonderful tale, told from the point of view of the family pet.The sense of place was so great that I could actually picture clearly in my mind everything the author described. The emotions on the page had me tearing up at some points and I app...
Losing Graceland: A Novel (2011)
3.55 of 5 Votes: 1
"Losing Graceland" is like other great art in that it works on many levels. On the one hand, it's simply a great read. While reading it, I hadn't slept more than four hours straight in about a year, and even so, it kept me up at night. The story is that good. And the writing itself is beautiful; ...
The Starlet: A Novel (2010)
3.39 of 5 Votes: 4
Straight from the pages of a news stand tabloid comes the story of Mercy Talbot, a young actress plagued by stardom and an inherent ability to act. Everyone is clamoring for a piece of Mercy in some way or another, even her own mother can’t seem to get enough of what her talent brings to their sm...
Čakanie na Pesa (2014)
3.82 of 5 Votes: 1
7/10 from me. I picked this one up from the Library. I was taken by the title of the story and the cover. It's a book that I'd not heard much about.The story centres around Dan a young man recently split from his girlfriend. His girlfriend has left him with her pet dog, known as Doggo. Dan is not...