9/7/14

Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz by L Frank Baum



I've been reading all the books of Dorothy and the Land of Oz and I have to admit that the last few, I had no idea what to expect and the stories  have been fun, making me smile.   These would be great to be read to children or by adults just for their own enjoyment.

It's great to see Dorothy's old friends and her other adventures.


★★★

GENRE: Children's fantasy
SUBJECT: interior of the earth
Setting: Mangabooland, Gargoyle land
CHARACTERS: Dorothy Gale, the Wizard of Oz, Zeb, Jim the Horse, Eureka the Cat, Ozma
DATE READ: September 4 - September 5
NO. OF PAGES: 86
Challenges: 75, Category, TIOLI,
SOURCE: NOOK stockpile

9/5/14

Bookmarked For Death by Lorna Barrett


Tricia Miles, proprietor of the Mystery bookstore Haven't Got a Clue, invites the local writer to her shop for a book signing, but things go terribly wrong when she finds the writer dead in her restroom.  Since the local sheriff is not her greatest fan, Tricia has her shop shut down for nearly a week, so she uses the time to try to find the murderer.

Love the character interactions and will be reading the next one soon for Bibliophile month.


 ★★★½

GENRE: Cozy Mystery
SUBJECT: Literary thievery
Setting: Stoneham, NH  Booktown
CHARACTERS: Taricia Miles, Angelica Miles, Zoe Carter, Kimberley Peters, Nikki Brimfield, Steve Fenton, Artemus Hamilton
DATE READ: September 1 - September 2
NO. OF PAGES: 228
Challenges: 75, Category, TIOLI, MYSTERYCAT
SOURCE: NOOK stockpile

9/1/14

A Sunless Sea by Anne Perry



Monk is brought to a sight along the river edge by screams and what he sees is a woman who has been hacked to pieces.  After identifying the body, his investigation leads him to a Doctor who had been investigating the effects of Opium.  When Monk finds that the doctor committed suicide several months earlier, he becomes suspicious of that and finds that the Doctor's widow is his prime suspect in the woman's murder.  Everything points to her as the murderer but Monk still solicits Oliver Rathbone to defend her while he still hunts for more evidence to clear her.

This book really centered more in the court room but the mystery was well developed and the recurring characters continue to grow as real people with real problems.


 ★★★½

GENRE: Historical Mystery
SUBJECT: Opium addictions
Setting: London England
CHARACTERS: William Monk, Sir Oliver Rathbone,Zenia Gadney, Joel Lambourn, Dinah Lambourn
DATE READ: August 27 - August 31
NO. OF PAGES: 400
Challenges: 75, Category, TIOLI, MYSTERYCAT
SOURCE: audio stockpile

8/28/14

Nantucket Sisters by Nancy Thayer




Normally I find Nancy Thayer's books entertaining, however, this one seem too cliché. Poor girl and rich girl are friends - rich girl loves poor girl's brother but different circumstances keep them apart.  Poor girl falls for rich boy, gets pregnant but rich girl marries rich boy and poor girl stays silent.  There was no depth to the story.


★★¾

GENRE: Fiction
SUBJECT: friendship, acceptance
Setting: Nantucket
CHARACTERS: Maggie McIntyre, Emily Porter, Ben McIntyre, Cameron Chadwick
DATE READ: August 18 - August 27
NO. OF PAGES: 352
Challenges: 75, Category, TIOLI, ROOT
SOURCE: LibraryThing ER

8/27/14

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen


Just as he is about to graduate with an Ivy League degree in veterinary medicine, Jacob Jankowski's life is turned upside down by the death of his parents and the loss of his future.  Jumping a circus train, Jacob starts a whole new life.

This was an entertaining book but I was disappointed because I didn't feel it lived up to the hype around it.  It just seemed to be the same old boy runs off to the circus story to me.


 ★★¾

GENRE: Fiction
SUBJECT: Circus life
Setting: Circus
CHARACTERS: Jacob Jankowski, Marlena Rosenbluth, August Rosenbluth, Walter Kinko,
DATE READ: August 1 - August 26
NO. OF PAGES: 563
Challenges: 75, Category, TIOLI, Group Reads
SOURCE: audio stockpile