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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The Pirates!: In An Adventure With Scientists

The Pirates!: In An Adventure With Scientists by Gideon Defoe   My rating: 5 of 5 stars   Have you ever met a pirate? Then how do you know if what is said about them is true? They swash buckles and ooze charm, seduce women and pillage merchants. They are diabolically intelligent, black hearted, romantic, […]

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Go Set a Watchman

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee My rating: 4 of 5 stars   Let’s be frank about it: Go Set a Watchman is not as good as To Kill a Mockingbird.   And that’s ok.   However, when paired together, the effect is magical.   I read To Kill a Mockingbird within a couple […]

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Floating in My Mother’s Palm

Floating in My Mother’s Palm by Ursula Hegi My rating: 4 of 5 stars   Floating in My Mother’s Palm is a warm, tranquil read that is equal parts tragedy and growth. I know – that’s a complete and utter contradiction, but I have no better way to explain it. My reflections on the book […]

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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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