Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Shadow Play by Iris Johansen

Sheriff John Nalchek calls forensic sculptor Eve Duncan to ask her to do a reconstruction job on the skull of a nine-year-old girl who was found in a hidden grave. 

The sheriff is certain that if Eve can provide a face for him to work with he can discover the girl’s identity and killer.  Eve agrees to work on the skull immediately.  As she works on the skull she senses the girl trying to communicate with her and even views her apparition. 

The plot thickens when the Fed Ex agent is murdered and the reconstructed skull is stolen on its way back to the sheriff. Eve and her partner Joe Quinn join Sheriff Nalchek in trying to solve the case. There are many twists and turns.   Johansen keeps you guessing right to the last few pages as to “who done it?”

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

For those of you who remember reading Alice in Wonderland and loved the quirkiness of the story, there is a new take on this children’s tale for adults, young and old.

Frank Beddor has moved Alice into a more dangerous world where she, and her army, has to defeat her Aunt Redd, who is trying to kill her and take over all of Wonderland. 

There are three titles in this series and should be read in order as, The Looking Glass Wars, Seeing Redd, and Archenemy.  Be prepared for a flight of extreme imagination that gives readers an exciting new adventure. 

These stories are all currently available as young adult Playaways.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King

From the master of horror, Stephen King’s new collection of short stories is sure to entertain.  With some new stories that had never before been published and some old favorites thrown in, there seems to something for everyone. Each story is introduced with a passage of origin or his motivation for writing it before hand and theme’s range from the supernatural to the humorous.

The characters are quite well rounded for such short stories and it’s very easy to become entangled with them, this book definitely leaves you wanting more. From the story of the columnist who kills people by writing their obituaries to the neighbourhood fireworks rivalry that gets out of hand, each tale weaved is appealing and compelling. In true Stephen King fashion he reminds his constant reader to examine the stories, “but please be careful. The best of them have teeth.”

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister

Once a month, eight students gather in Lillian's restaurant for a cooking class, each with their own unique story and eager to learn the art behind Lillian’s soulful dishes. Ever since Lillian was a little girl, she has understood the power of food and has used cooking as a pathway to healing.   

As a successful restaurant chef, she now hosts a cooking school that specializes in organic ingredients, cooking without recipes and exploring the magic ingredients that our lives are missing. As the book progresses you also witness the student’s progression and soon you see how they are transformed by the aromas, flavors, and textures of what they create. The reviewer thought this book was purely delightful and recommends it to those who also enjoy books filled with hope.