The Man He Became: How FDR Defied Polio to Win the Presidency by James Tobin

I'm really surprised at how interesting the story came out.  I thought that it would be deadly dull but informative, but instead it was very entertaining as well as giving a very interesting insight into FDR before and after polio.

It was extremely well written, never getting too technical but still giving a great deal of information as to the affliction and its results.


The Plot Is Murder by V. M. Burns

This was an interesting start for a new series.  There is a mystery within the mystery. Samantha Washington has been recently widowed, retired from teaching, sold her home and is opening a mystery book shop - a dream she and her late husband shared.  The real estate agent who sold Sam the building for her bookshop repeatedly has been bothering her but one morning she finds him dead in her backyard.

As the police investigate, she works on her book - a mystery.  There is a marked resemblance with her mystery to the murder of her real estate agent so the police believe that she may be a suspect.

The characters which include Samantha's grandmother and her cronies add a sense of humor to the search for the truth.

Great fun!

The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling

I had really been looking forward to this book, because I love the Harry Potter series, I thought that the same wonderful, entertaining writing in an adult story would capture me as well.

Unfortunately, this book didn't do it.  Characters needed more fleshing out at the beginning so that the reader becomes attached. The politics and family struggles in this little village made the story too dark and depression for my tastes.


Pressing the Issue by Daryl Wood Gerber

Crystal Cove is holding a Renaissance Fair and the entire town is caught up in the festivities.  At the same time, Bailey, Jenna Hart's assistant at the Cookbook Nook, is preparing for her wedding to be held at one of the local wineries.  When the winery owner (a huge fair advocate) is found murdered,  investigations get underway, but was he killed because of the winery or the fair?

The twists and turns that are incorporated into this finely crafted cozy mystery keep the reader searching for answers right up unto the end.


The Mummy Case by Elizabeth Peters

6 year old Ramses, a precocious little boy who is half Amelia and half Emerson, takes centerstage in this third in the series.  The mystery I found lacking any real depth, but the interaction of the characters (Mother, Father, and child) was extremely entertaining.