Review: The Golden Isle

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars Dr. Michael Stone has refused a lucrative offer as a slave ship doctor only to find himself kidnapped and floating across the Atlantic Ocean like the stock in the hold beneath him. Although paid for his work, he is made aware that his presence there is negligible to the crew […]

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Review: Jane Eyre

My rating: 5 of 5 stars I only recently discovered Jane Eyre and by “recently” I mean within the last few years. I acquired my edition (not the one pictured) of the novel from a used book store for just a few dollars. It was printed “under wartime conditions” as a third edition with blue […]

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Review: The Scarab Murder Case

The Scarab Murder Case by S.S. Van Dine My rating: 5 of 5 stars   S. S. Van Dine is at it again with a plot filled with more twists than a back country road.   Taking place in a brownstone mansion equipped with its very own Egyptian museum, The Scarab Murder Case involves murder, […]

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The Call of the Canyon

The Call of the Canyon by Zane Grey My rating: 5 of 5 stars   Escape into the depths of northern Arizona’s canyons where realities change and spirits are healed.   In the wake of the Great War Carley Burch finds herself dreaming of wedding bells and city life with her fiance, Glenn, in the […]

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The Danger Mark

The Danger Mark by Robert W. Chambers My rating: 4 of 5 stars   Wealth, romance, adventure, and one woman’s struggle with addiction. This 1909 novel is right on par with Robert W. Chambers‘ love of walking the edge of what was acceptable for society at the time and then taking one step farther with […]

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Red-Headed Woman

Red-Headed Woman by Katharine Brush My rating: 3 of 5 stars   My apologies to any and all red headed women out there. This book does not paint you well at all. And in 1937, when the book was published, I’m sure plenty of auburn tresses were glared at while husbands’ arms were tightly gripped. […]

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The Greene Murder Case

The Greene Murder Case by S.S. Van Dine My rating: 5 of 5 stars   Our very own American version of Sherlock Holmes, but this time with intelligence comes a charming disposition in which heiresses are taken weak in the knees and even the hardiest of frauen purr like kittens in his presence. He’s handsome, […]

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Smoke Bellew

Smoke Bellew by Jack London My rating: 5 of 5 stars   Reader beware – those who open this tale will find their days outside the novel filled with dreams of the Yukon, sled racing, and gold. I promise, you will never look at an egg the same again.   Christopher “Kit” Bellew is a […]

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Flowing Gold

Flowing Gold by Rex Beach My rating: 5 of 5 stars   Rex Beach is a favorite of mine. Long since passed, his life was filled with adventure, prospecting failure, writing success, and Olympic silver! Flowing Gold was not the first book of his that I picked up, but it is the one I seem to pick up repeatedly.   Calvin […]

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To Kill A Mocking Bird

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee My rating: 5 of 5 stars As a writer I was determined to find out why this book was so highly praised to the point that within a year of printing it had landed the most coveted of writer’s awards: the Pulitzer Prize. Was it because it spoke boldly about the civil […]

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