Favorite Health Book: The Paleo Cure

Favorite Health Book: The Paleo Cure The Paleo Cure by Chris Kresser is my new favorite health book. I’ve been studying it all through 2014, and now into 2015 (the time of this review is January 2015). This is saying a lot, since another health book I’ve reviewed here on Jaquo.com called The Blood Sugar Solution, by Dr. Mark Hyman, helped me lose over 50 lbs and drastically overhaul my health. Ever since I overcame multiple problems...

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Spotlight on: iRead Book Tours

On Tour with iRead Book Tours After participating in dozens of tours with iRead Book Tours, this time we get to feature iRead itself.  It is their third year featuring a wonderful variety of fiction and non fiction books, so they are celebrating with us. Founded by Laura Fabiani, an avid reader and reviewer herself, you will find iRead an excellent choice if you are interesting in a virtual tour with your own book.  Ms Fabiani is a...

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Dead Wake: The Story of the Lusitania

Dead Wake: The Story of the Lusitania by Erik Larson The wonderful thing about being a book reviewer is having the opportunity to read books before they are published and sharing them with you. I’ve long been fascinated by the story of the Lusitania and its final voyage and this book is by far the best I have read on the subject. It is incredibly detailed – more so than any other book about the tragedy that I’ve ever...

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Essential Guide to Outdoor First Aid & Medical Emergencies

Essential Guide to Outdoor First Aid & Medical Emergencies Medicine for the Outdoors is one of a few books that I own that I view as essential. I use it at home, and not just when I’m, say, hiking or camping in the wilderness. There is a ton of incredibly important information in this book for just about every medical emergency you could possibly think of. Do you know what to do if someone is choking? Not breathing? Unconscious?...

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A Review of “Fishbowl,” by Bradley Somer

A Captivating Novel from Bradley Somer Fishbowl is a very unusual story that weaves together the ordinary lives of many during a short moment of time.  Bradley Somer’s skill at bringing us along is phenomenal.  Quirky characters? Without a doubt.  Strange circumstances?  Definitely.  Making us want answers?  Yes! The Story First there is Ian.  A goldfish.  A thoughtful yet adventurous fish who may not have a long memory, but who does...

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Disruption, by Chuck Barrett

A Book Review Jake Pendleton is back with urgent mission in book four of Chuck Barrett’s popular series. It’s a treat to be back with him too! In Disruption, we are pulled into the world of hacking—about as current a topic as you could choose. The Story A global disaster is ‘scheduled,’ dependent on just a few men. Jake and his partner, Francesca Catanzaro, must stop it. Off on an international hunt that leads them to far more...

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Who is Travis McGee?

Who is Travis McGee? Living down in the Venice of America, you can still feel the unmistakeable live-aboard vibe if you look hard enough. There’s a characterful crowd of folks who choose to live on docked boats and yachts; idling away the hours for the rest of us. If you’re really lucky, you can still find the Friday night Marguaritatimers sitting around on dock chairs putting the goddam world to rights. As wave upon wave...

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Access to Power, by Robert Ellis, A Review

Definite Suspense Thriller! Frank Miles, a top Washington DC “Image Maker, ” is one of the best at leading a campaign to a successful election. Manipulating the media to that end is a skill he knows well, but getting Melvin Murdoch may prove costlier than he could have imagined. With days left before the election, both sides are pulling all the tricks possible to destroy the other. Still, there are lines not to be crossed,...

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Did Prince Charles send Harry to rehab?

Did  Prince Charles send Harry to rehab? There is a persistent rumour abounding that in January 2002, the then teenaged Prince Harry of England was sent by his father, Prince Charles, to rehab because Harry had been exposed by the newspapers for ‘smoking drugs’. In other words, having a joint at a local pub. This is, according to a recent book, totally nonsense. It was (apparently) a typical example of the...

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Life Outside The Box, By Marilyn R Wilson

An Article from Author, Marilyn R Wilson After over one thousand interviews, Marilyn R Wilson compiled the collection we find in Life Outside The Box.  It is a fascinating look at how differently–and creatively–men and women alike solve the problems they face and find success. Currently on a virtual book tour spotlighting the second edition of her popular book, we are pleased to join iRead Book Tours in sharing the...

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Right to Kill, by Andrew Peterson

Nathan McBride is Back “Excellent” is the correct word to describe Right to Kill from the very beginning. Author, Andrew Peterson, drops us right in the midst of an attack on Linda Genneken’s isolated home. His descriptions are so effective, you will clearly see each room, feel and sense what both Linda and Nathan feel as they respond to the attack. It pulls you in immediately and keeps you there, holding on, until...

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Andrew Morton: 17 Carnations

17 Carnations: The Duke & Duchess of Windsor and the Nazis. Less than two years before the Second World War began, the king of England abdicated from the throne. And the Nazis wanted to use him for their own ends. After the war, the Allies spent ten years recovering secret German files that revealed their plans. That sounds like the basis for an excellent novel but this book is non-fiction. In addition, American industrialists...

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Bitter Moon, by Alexandra Sokoloff

A Review of “Bitter Moon” The Huntress Series Continues! Much to the delight of her growing number of fans. Take a young child, Cara Lindstrom, the only survivor in her family after a horrific attack, and give her time to grow up. Victim though she is, she now feels no choice but to hunt the evil that nearly killed her. Her skills bring in the FBI, specifically Special Agent Matthew Roarke. As he investigates and learns...

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Corporate Citizen, By Gabriel Valjan

A Book Review Gabriel Valjan returns this month with book five of his international “Roma” series. He has been touring with Italy Book Tours since October, so you can find lots of articles, reviews, and interviews with this popular author. The Story Alabaster Black, AKA Bianca Nerini, still appears to be on the run from her former association with Rendition in the latest book in the series. The previous books have seen our heroes...

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Book Review: ‘The Lie’, by Helen Dunmore

The year is 1920 and Daniel returns to his Cornish village after his wartime discharge from the army. He is badly traumatised by the loss of his best friend, Frederick, blown to bits in No-Man’s Land in France. Daniel’s mother, a widowed cleaner, has died during his absence, and her rented cottage has been reclaimed by the landlord. Daniel, rootless and unemployed, is drawn back to the memories of his childhood friendship with...

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Book Review: Body of Evidence, by Rachel Grant

Book Two in The Evidence Series Archaeologist Mara Garrett has a particular specialty. Her calling is discovering and retrieving bodies of people, soldiers, who lost their lives and went missing in foreign nations. Unfortunately, that is how she finds herself facing a firing squad in North Korea. Rescued at the very last minute, she finds herself aboard a flight with the United States Prosecutor Curt Dominick. The very same attorney...

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A Life for a Life, by Lynda McDaniel, A Review

Mystery in Appalachia Laurel Falls, North Carolina, set in the Appalachian Mountains is a long way from Washington DC, in so many ways. A huge change for reporter Della Kinkaid, who goes from big city reporter to owner of a small town market. Step right into the past, where you expect simplicity in a small town. Small markets dot the streets within local communities across the country. Each of us has our own picture when we think of...

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Hail to the Chief, by John Leslie and Carey Winfrey

Terrific Political Thriller! What a solid thriller with a fascinating and plausible premise. Strange that the even has never happened in reality. Fast forward several presidents in the future. The first woman has been elected president. Before she is inaugurated, she has an aneurysm burst, leaving her comatose with condition questionable. It is uncertain if she will regain her abilities, that is, if she even survives. So begins a fast...

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Falling For The Stars: A Stunt Gal’s Tattle Tales, by Lisa Loving Dalton

The Amazon #1 Bestseller Lisa Loving Brown, stuntwoman, is our featured author today.  Currently on tour with iRead Book Tours, you can find this entertaining author at a variety of virtual sites through December 9th 2016. You won’t want to miss this book or the article below.  As a stuntwoman for many big name stars and movies, you will be fascinated by her stories. Lisa has shared the post below with Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine...

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Murder of a Cranky Catnapper, by Denise Swanson

A Scumble River Mystery, Book 19 Denise Swanson is a wonderful cozy author. Her stories are light, but provide an intriguing mystery that engages you. You’ll find plenty of clues and suspects, but in cozy fashion, you don’t find the explicit violence or sex. Still, the required tension is there within the mystery, and the author is good at showing the attraction and love between the two newlyweds while retaining a PG rating. It would...

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Rocco DiSpirito: Cook Your Butt Off!

Rocco DiSpirito: Cook Your Butt Off! I would have really preferred Mr DiSpirito to have called this fascinating book something else, but never mind. It’s still pretty amazing and as for the recipes – wow. Yes, this is a weight loss book but it’s certainly one with a difference and something I love is that it’s incredibly easy to follow. Rocco gives a two-week eating plan, plus the recipes and shopping lists,...

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Book Review: The Gifts of Imperfection, by Brene Brown

Book Review: The Gifts of Imperfection, by Brene Brown. Accepting Imperfection: It is a Gift. Have you ever had that feeling that no matter how much you do or how hard you try, you are not enough? I know I have, and for more years than I should have! If you’ve felt that way too, this book is for you. It’s an easy to read book that nevertheless provides amazing insights into accepting yourself and loving yourself and living...

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Killer in The Band, by Lauren Carr, A Review

Lovers in Crime, Book 3 Another captivating mystery from bestselling author, Lauren Carr, has arrived on the scene.  If you haven’t read one of Lauren’s novels, do start as soon as you can.  Mystery, suspense, and humor are all spun together into a complex plot that will keep you guessing. Homicide detective, Cameron Gates, and husband, County Prosecutor , Joshua Thornton,  return in their Lovers in Crime series. The...

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The Ways of the World by Robert Goddard

The Ways of the World by Robert Goddard: Review  A James Maxted Thriller I was lucky in having a review copy of this book so that I could alert you to it so that you could pre-order. I highly recommend it. The story will intrigue you from the first page. Set in 1919, the book opens with James Maxted, a World War 1 flyer, sizing up a couple of planes that he intends to buy to start a flying school. But his negotiations are interrupted...

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Prince Charles

Prince Charles: The writers’ moneymaker Here’s a cool way to make money. Write a book that contains ‘revelations’ about that famous British soap opera, the royal family. Publicise some of its more extreme stories. It doesn’t matter if you’ve simply made them up -newspapers do it all the time. Pretend, if you like, that this is authorised by Prince Charles. Never mind that it’s not true. Claim...

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Book Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman

Book Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman A Clever Author and a Clever Novel. What a wonderful and unique story. This was my first Neil Gaiman book, but it won’t be my last. The Ocean at the End of the Lane was a beautifully written by an author who is clearly a master of the craft. It’s hard to put this book into a category, just as it is hard to describe the events in the book. I wouldn’t consider it...

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President John Kennedy: Health Issues

President John Kennedy: Health Issues. In the year after President John Kennedy was assassinated, an eminent historian began a new project of oral histories. He asked people to record their memories on tape of the late president. He approached Kennedy’s widow, Jackie, to take part in the project and she agreed. There were three reasons for this. The first was that she knew it would help her in coming to terms with her husbands...

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From An Idea To A Book, by Lisa de Nikolits

On Tour With “The Nearly Girl” Today we are delighted to share an article written by the author of The Nearly Girl.  The award winning author will be touring with Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours during the entire month of November.  There is a link below that will show you the various sites she will visit. Do stop by to learn more about Lisa and her novels.  You will find reviews, articles, interviews, and more. Her...

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Just Kids – Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe

I first heard Patti Smith as a teenager. The song – if you can call it a song, was Piss Factory, an extraordinary conversational poem set to haunting improvised free-jazz piano by Richard Sohl. It turned out to be from Patti Smith’s first recording session, and tells a story partly related to her time working in a low paid job back in New Jersey, at a factory that made baby buggies. It was a soul destroying environment,...

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The Magus: John Fowles

The Magus: John Fowles. The Magus is one of my desert island books -one I can read again and again.I’ve probably read it half a dozen times – at least. My reading of this book has spanned many years. It’s a book that has been largely misunderstood, in my opinion. Many reviewers get this book completely wrong – especially the amateur reviewers at Amazon. I’d truly recommend that you don’t read them...

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Lafayette’s Sword, by Eric Giacometti, Jacques Ravenne, Anne Trager

Book Review: The Lafayette Sword The Knights of Templar, The Freemasons… What does that bring to mind to you? Good, bad or both? A secret society, formed for good to protect. Yet, as often is the case, something intended for good can be manipulated for bad. Whatever we know about secret societies, their history holds dark mysteries unknown to many.  The Lafayette Sword reveals a part of that. The novel was written by Eric...

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Balancing Books and Briefs and Broadcasting, by Lis Wiehl

Presenting Lis Wiehl After reviewing The Candidate, the latest book written by Lis Wiehl and Sebastian Stuart, we asked Ms. Wiehl if she would tell us more about how one career has led to another.  As a prosecutor, Fox News Analyst, and a bestselling author (just to name a few), she balances several full time careers.  So, how did she get here from there? We are grateful to have her response below.  As a fan of hers for years,  it was...

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Ted Hughes, An Unauthorized Life

Andy Royston walks out on the wily windy moors with the ghost of Ted Hughes. Poor Heathcliff trying to tear away the veil between death and life… crying out to Cathy’s soul… to haunt him and torment him… till he died.” Emily Brontë “I have often had the fancy that there is one myth for every man, which, if we but knew it, would make us understand all he did and thought” W.B. Yeats Living as I...

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The Judas Game, by Ethan Cross

On Tour With Ethan Cross The Judas Game takes a twisted path right from the beginning. A serial killer who is remorseful, looking to make amends. A man working for a discreet company known as the Shepherd Organization with a young son who is violent. A badly scarred soul who sees strange people asks to be arrested. Finally, add in a new killer, the Judas killer, who comes on the scene with his own complex plan. One that he will detail...

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Book Review: Black Ice, by Greg Enslen

Greg Enslen’s New Release:  Black Ice Frank Harper isn’t your typical hero. He hasn’t really been the same since Katrina struck New Orleans. Nor have assignments since helped him. Drinking for courage and calm, his days often blur. His wife left him years ago. He can’t blame her. Then after getting shot, he can no longer be out in the world as a cop. Yet he is trying. He has reconnected with his daughter and her son—his...

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A Day in the Life of a Mystery Writer, by Lauren Carr

On Tour with “The Murders At Astaire Castle” Here at Jaquo and Mystery Suspense Reviews, we’ve been fans of Lauren Carr ever since reading the first book in her Mac Faraday series.  You can’t help but grow attached to Mac, Archie, and of course, German shepherd Gnarly. Reading the series in order was great fun.  That included The Murders at Astaire Castle, which I reviewed here on Jaquo as soon as I finished....

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A Grave Prediction, by Victoria Laurie

A Review of Book 14 in The Bestselling Series Is it possible for one to identify a sociopath before that person is even a teen? Abby Cooper could, and that is without using her psychic skills. How is that? You’ll enjoy reading the book to see. Book fourteen in her series is a delightful listen (or read if you prefer). A dramatic mystery that is lightened up by the author theough the featured character and her friends and family. Abby...

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Andrea Kane on Research: Past vs. Present

 On Tour with Andrea Kane’s “Samantha” Andrea Kane is once again on a virtual book tour, this time for her historical romance series.  Re-releasing Samantha and My Heart’s Desire will certainly delight fans!  As part of the tour, Ms. Kane has written an article for Jaquo discussing how research varies across genres. You’ll enjoy her thoughtful and entertaining description.  We hope you will check out...

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Do-It-Yourself Publishing: Step-By-Step, By Lauren Carr

Book Spotlight:  Killer in The Band We are thrilled to spotlight Lauren Carr’s latest entry in the Lovers in Crime mystery series.  This newest release is going on tour!  Today we are spotlighting the book, to wet your appetite.  We will also be reviewing the book on November 16th. Don’t miss it! This time around, Ms. Carr has provided an excerpt to tempt you.  You will find it at the very end of this post.  Enjoy!  I know I will. As...

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The Candidate, by Lis Wiehl and Sebastian Stuart

Lis Wiehl and Sebastian Stuart are back with the second in the Newsmakers series.   A presidential election struck by terror. A candidate, a hero, reliant on his wife. A personal assistant who seems a bit too personal. The top cable news host, on the scene, in the middle of it all. The ratings are dropping, and stardom is starting to fade since Erica uncovered and stopped a deadly plan in The Newsmakers, the first book in this...

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Book Spotlight: Italian Street Food, by Paola Bacchia

Italian Street Food, by Paola Bacchia Jaquo is delighted to showcase this wonderful new release!  Featuring more than eighty recipes along with a wonderful look at the ‘street scene’ that is rising there, unknown to many.  It is a must have for both those who enjoying cooking and for those who enjoy the local side of a country when traveling. On a virtual book tour hosted by Italy Book Tours, the author has written a...

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Rockers & Rollers: Brian Johnson

From Brian Johnson of AC/DC: An autobiography with a twist. This is really such an excellent book. It was tailor-made for me and it might be the same for you. At the very least, it’s a wonderful autobiography of a boy growing up in northern England and making the big time in a rock band. But it’s so much more. Even if you’ve never heard of Brian Johnson (really?) – even if you hate rock music (really??)...

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Never Cry Mercy, by L. T. Ryan

An Unfriendly Town…Why? Jack Noble returns once again, this time in a story that reminds me of Jack Reacher. A wandering man who ends up in an unfriendly town, only to find himself in the middle of trouble. In an exciting fast paced story, Jack Noble will need his creative and efficient skills to figure out what is happening in the small Texas town. After four weeks exploring the country, trying to remove himself from the...

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Need Halloween Ideas? Here’s a Book with 101

Craft Ideas for Any Age   Get a head start on Halloween with this terrific book. Published by Better Homes and Gardens in 2000, Halloween: 101 Frightfully Fun Ideas offers 168 pages of fun and unique ideas. The cover alone attracted my interest. It show a pumpkin decorated with curled soldering wire. I find decorating pumpkins more fun than carving them, though that is mostly because of a lack of carving skill. I am amazed at...

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Book Review: ‘Still Alice’

“They talked about her as if she weren’t sitting in the wing chair, a few feet away. They talked about her, in front of her, as if she was deaf. They talked about her, without including her …” There have been many non-fiction books and articles written on the impact of Alzheimer’s disease. But sometimes it takes a work of fiction to really connect. Still Alice, by Lisa Genova, published in 2007, is such a book. It captures the slow...

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Who Is Detective Sergeant John Byron?

Among the Shadows, by Bruce Robert Coffin We are pleased to feature today an article written by author, Bruce Coffin. This former detective sergeant spent nearly thirty years in law enforcement, giving him knowledge and insight not often found in crime novels. Currently on a virtual book tour with Partners In Crime Book Tours, Mr. Coffin can be found about the web with articles, reviews and interviews.  We hope you will take a look at...

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Spotlight: The Dance Diaries (Books 1 and 2)

The Dance Diaries From Author, The Girl with the Tree Tattoo Are you interested in ballroom dancing? Yes or no, you will be after you read one dancers look at the art, both positive and negative. It is always fascinating today to see the variety of dancers in their lovely gowns, performing moves we would love to master. We are pleased to present both the Dance Diaries, Learning Ballroom Dance, as well as book two, Dance diaries,...

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Martha Stewart: Vegetables

Getting the most out of vegetables with Martha Stewart. Whether it’s entertaining, home decor,  crafts, home cooking or most lifestyle subjects, Martha Stewart is without doubt today’s home guru. And in her latest book, she tackles something most of us should do more often – cook and serve glorious fresh vegetables. Of course, the wonderfully photographed recipes all have that magic Stewart touch and there’s a...

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I Had a Dream and I Followed It, by Author Barbara Warren

From The Author of  “Everlasting Lies” Author Barbara Warren is with us today, on tour with her debut novel, Everlasting Lies.  Ms. Warren is currently on a virtual book tour with iRead Book Tours, with stops at a number of sites. Take a look at the list below to find interviews, articles and reviews. As part of the tour, she has shared this  terrific article.  In case you missed it, you can find our review of Everlasting...

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The Bolter: The True Story of Idina Sackville

The story of Idina Sackville by Frances Osborne In the first half of the twentieth century, less than a hundred years ago, life was very different indeed. That was particularly the case for aristocrats, such as Idina Sackville. This fabulous biography, written with the help of private family papers and letter by Idina’s great granddaughter, is a fascinating book which is a fast-paced as any novel. It’s the sort of book...

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A Drop of Water, by Yvonne Williams Casaus

Book Spotlight:  A Drop of Water Today we are pleased to feature A Drop of Water, written by Yvonne Williams Casaus.  Ms. Casaus is currently on a virtual book tour hosted by iRead Book Tours. Check out her full schedule below or on her iRead Book Tours Page.  We hope you will stop by other sites for interviews, reviews and articles. You will find it a  thoughtful book will inspire and refresh–one you won’t want to miss....

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Miracle on the Hudson

Captain Sullenberger and Flight 1549. People all over the world remember the events of January 15th, 2009. But many people have an even greater reason to remember that day – the 155 people who were travelling on a routine flight from New York to Charlotte and their families. The 150 passengers were a normal mix of ordinary people. The youngest person on board was a babe-in-arms – the eldest was a lady in her eighties,...

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Flight Club, by Felena Hanson

Book Spotlight on Flight Club, by Felena Hanson Entrepreneur Felena Hanson has the years of experience to aptly write her new book, Flight Club.  That is just one reason we are pleased to feature her book–and a guest article–today on Jaquo. Currently on a virtual book tour hosted by iRead Book Tours, you will find the author sharing stories, offering encouragement, and answering questions on the various sites on her tour....

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Infamy, by Robert K. Tanenbaum, A Review

Book Review:  Infamy Infamy:  The state of being well known for a criminal, reproachful, or outrageous act. Another impressive author back with his 28th book in his bestselling series. Robert K. Tanenbaum is a master of the genre.  Legal thriller, mystery, and plenty of suspense combine in Infamy for an exciting novel. Books contains tension of so many varieties. Sometimes it is terror, sometimes angst, sometimes it is simply fear of...

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Emerald Buddha, by Russell Blake

Book Two in the Drake Ramsey Adventure Series Russell Blake has written another entertaining adventure with Emerald Buddha. This time a new treasure thought to be only a rumor draws Drake, Ally and Spencer. The treasure is the bait. The real reason is less clear than you would expect. They are to find a missing plane that crashed carrying the daughter of a senator. Is there really s treasure at all or is the whole thing a manipulation...

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The Clifton Chronicles: By Jeffrey Archer

Jeffrey Archer: A bit of a villain? The first book I read by Jeffrey Archer made me think that the man must be a bit of a villain. That book was Not A Penny More, Not A Penny Less and like many others, I decided that if the author had the sort of mind that could create a book like that, he could also do well as an master criminal. Over the years, history has shown that yes, Mr Archer is certainly a bit of a lad. He has been involved...

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Everlasting Lies by Barbara Warren: Review

Everlasting Lies: An intriguing novel. Author Barbara Warren has created a novel that will captivate you — and leave you wanting to hear more from her. Set in the early part of the twentieth century, the book takes us through the life of one man and his family as events take him from the north of England, to the horrors of France in the First World War and eventually to an exotic lifestyle in India. Charles disowns his parents...

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John Lennon: By his family

John Lennon: By his family On December 8th., 1980 John Lennon was shot as he entered his home at the Dakota Building in New York. And still today we are fascinated by the story of this man who started out singing with his group (The Quarrymen) in Liverpool, morphed into the ‘Beatle John’ and then became one of the most well-known people on earth. Millions of words have been written and I’m inclined to suspect that a...

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Game of Crowns by Christopher Andersen: Awful Book!

A truly terrible book. I’ve reviewed hundreds of books and my usual style is to review only books that I enjoy. But today I’m making an exception and writing about a book that is, quite honestly, terrible. It’s the first time I’ve ever done so. The reason for this is that the book is written by a best-selling American author and so-called ‘specialist’, and this supposedly factual book is a...

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Dancing with the Enemy: Paul Glaser

Dancing with the Enemy: A true story of the Holocaust in the Netherlands. In addition to being one woman’s fascinating and sometimes horrific account of life as a Jew when the Netherlands were occupied by the Germans in WW2, this is also the true story of how the author found out about his family’s secret. Paul Glaser was born in the Netherlands after the Second World War and brought up as a Catholic. It was only when he...

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Irrepressible:  The Life and Times of Jessica Mitford

Irrepressible:  The Life and Times of Jessica Mitford. Jessica, almost always known as Decca, was one of the famous aristocratic Mitford sisters who were notorious in the  twentieth century. There were six sisters (and one brother who died in the Second World War) and all drew notoriety in their own way. As society girls,they were constantly in trouble during their teens. Their mother always remarked that if ever she saw newspaper...

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Writing: Good for Your Health? by Author June Gillam

June Gillam’s “House of Erie” on Tour Our article today comes to you courtesy of June Gillam, author of the Hillary Broome Novels series. Book three continues an entertaining mystery series, this time set in lovely Ireland. The location itself is enough to draw many readers, myself included.  You can read our review of the novel here on Mystery Suspense Reviews. As part of her book tour, Ms. Gillam has written a...

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The Cat, The Collector and The Killer, by Leann Sweeney

Book Review: A Cat’s in Trouble Series is Back LeAnn Sweeney’s eighth book  in the “A Cats in Trouble” Series was a pleasure to listen to. The author has her characters mastered by now.   If you are following the series, you will feel like you are back with good friends.  If this is your first in the series, you will want to hear more. Jillian Hart, now married to acting Police Chief, Tom Stewart, surrounded by cats,...

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Who Was Edgar Rice Burroughs?

Who was Edgar Rice Burroughs? Edgar Rice Burroughs was one of the most successful American authors of the twentieth century. Although he wrote about several subjects, he will always be mainly remembered for his Tarzan series. Burroughs was born into a wealthy Chicago family. However, he was considered the black sheep of the family.  He took to heart the advice ‘go west, young man’ and spent time working in ranches and...

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Who Was Anne Morrow?

Anne Morrow. Anne Morrow was born in 1906 and at one time, was one of the most talked-about women in America —but not for reasons she would have wished. She was an acclaimed and prolific author but during the early nineteen thirties – when she was often in the newspaper headlines, not many readers were aware of her literary talents. Most people – then and now – when they hear the name ‘Lindbergh’...

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The Science of Hitting: Book by Baseball Great Ted Williams

The Science of Hitting: Book by Baseball Great Ted Williams. Just how great of a hitter was Ted Williams? He’s the only hitter that anyone could try to argue was as good or better than Babe Ruth.Ted Williams had an amazing career interrupted by some service for the USA as a soldier during World War II and the Korean War. Despite these significant interruptions, his career totals in many hitting categories are astounding. One of his...

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Shunt: A Review of the James Hunt Story

Who was the real James Hunt? I have to admit that unlike now, I wasn’t really fanatical about Formula One in the 1970s. I read race reports and sometimes watched the sport on TV so although the name and the face were familiar to me, I didn’t really know much about the extraordinary James Hunt. Not just for race fans Although James became the Formula One World Champion, and of course, this book discusses his racing a great...

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Living to Tell the Tale

The early life of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Should you read this amazing book before you read his novels? That wasn’t an issue for me because I have been reading Marquez for decades so to me, this book is a wonderful way about learning more. More, not just about the author’s life but how his books and stories are crafted. I knew that basic facts of his life – born in the nineteen twenties in Colobia, a journalist in...

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When Hitler Took Cocaine and Lenin Lost His Brain: History’s Unknown Chapters

When Hitler Took Cocaine and Lenin Lost His Brain: By Giles Milton. Do you like trivia and strange stories from history? If you do, and you’re looking for a great read, then I highly recommend what Mr Milton has created here. It’s perfect for dipping into as each true story is a short one and you’ll learn such a lot about the weird and the wonderful. One or two of these tales from history might be familiar to you...

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Book Review: Ramsey’s Gold, by Russell Blake

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Book Spotlight:  The Wish Rider Barbara Casey is back on tour with her newest book in the F.I.G. mystery series.  Once again, we are excited to share the book with you.  The captivating series continues with The Wish Rider. Touring throughout the month of August, you will find Ms. Casey at a variety of sites with articles, interviews and reviews included.  The tour is hosted by iRead Book Tours.  Her full schedule is listed below, but...

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Candidate For Murder, by Lauren Carr, A Review

Best one yet! Lauren Carr has once again surprised and delighted readers with Candidate For Murder, the newest addition to the Mac Faraday series.  Well written, hugely entertaining, it is a book you won’t want to stop reading–even when you have reached the end. Because it isn’t just about politics. It is about murder.  Murders, actually.  Way more than one, and not all are recent. The Story It starts off with action...

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The Kill Switch by James Rollins and Grant Blackwood, A Book Review

A New Series From Two Excellent Authors. What an exciting start to a new series, this time with James Rollins teaming up with Grant Blackwood. The Kill Switch is a winner in my opinion, and hopefully the beginning of many more stories about Tucker Wayne, and Kane. James Rollins currently has the Sigma Force series in progress, up to book ten now, I believe. In addition, he’s written novels like Subterranean, Amazonia, and Ice Hunt....

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What Could Be or Ought To Be, by Barbara Casey

An Article from Bestselling Author, Barbara Casey The House of Kane takes us into the competitive world of publishing with all of its power, intrigue and ambition.  The book, considered for a Pulitzer Prize, is a remarkable story you won’t want to miss.  Writers will be delighted to find secrets revealed about the publishing industry.  Readers will appreciate what goes on before the books they read reach their release date....

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Return to Half Moon Hollow… Molly Harper’s newest book in the Half Moon Hollow series is a so entertaining. Of course, every book in Molly Harper’s various series reflect her humor and imagination. If you have the chance to listen to any of them, you’ll be hooked. Listening to the audiobook is highly suggested. Narrator, Amanda Ronconi, has the writer’s words and tone mastered. Molly Harper and Ms. Ronconi have worked...

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The House of Kane: A fine read. In this novel, Barbara Casey takes us inside the world of book publishing and who knew it could be such a cut-throat industry? This book combines intrigue, mystery and relationships, and features some of the most interesting characters that you’re likely to meet. Few of us can imagine that intrigue plays a part in the book publishing industry but this novel shows just how fragile the system can be...

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An Interview with Author, Pamela Ford

Spotlight on: The Continental Breakfast Club And Author Pamela Ford Pamela Ford has an entertaining, popular new series on her hands with The Continental Breakfast Club.  The first book, Over Easy, was released in May of 2010, the second, Freshly Brewed, is scheduled for release late July or early August.  Which is why she is currently on a virtual book tour hosted by iRead Book Tours. Our Interview Thank you, Pamela, for the...

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The Killing Game, by Nancy Bush: A Review

From Bestselling Author, Nancy Bush… In a complicated plot that first seems like three separate stories, author Nancy Bush has written a complex and entertaining mystery. You will need to pay attention to this one. From the beginning murder by an apparent serial killer to old skeletons found in a basement, the suspense grows. At the same time Andi Wren is finding her way forward after her husband’s death. The Story Andi Wren...

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Sirio Maccioni and Le Cirque

The biography of a restaurateur extraordinaire. Sirio Maccioni was born into a poor Italian family of farmers in the nineteen thirties. And yet this extraordinary man became the most important restaurateur in America, if not the world. The philosophy behind his success was simple. He believed in hard work — it’s as simple as that. He believed in the traditional Italian values that had been passed to him from his family...

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Book Review: Over Easy, by Pamela Ford

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For Better For Worse: Damian Horner

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Book Review: Blue Moon, by Wendy Corsi Staub

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The Murder of Marilyn Monroe: Case Closed

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Book Review: Dennis Lehane’s “A Drink Before The War”

Book Review: Dennis Lehane’s “A Drink Before The War”. If author Dennis Lehane is unfamiliar to you, I bet you will still know of his work. Have you seen Mystic River? How about Shutter Island? Those two recent hits were authored by Mr. Lahane. Years before that, Mr. Lahane published his very first book, A Drink before The War. Escape back to the 50’s, to a gentler time in many ways, but a harsher time in others. In the...

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The Invoice: By Jonas Karlsson

The Invoice: A fabulous novel. Are you happy? This is the major theme that the author explores in this very funny, yet thought-provoking novel. It’s great fun to read and certainly gave me a wonderful warm glow after finishing the book. And in and among the story is a rather sinister ‘big brother’ element. The hero of this novel is a single guy living in Stockholm. He’s never made much out of his life but...

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Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler: By Trudi Kanter

Holocaust memoir from Vienna. Trudi is an independent young woman – a hat designer – separated from her husband and living in Vienna just before the outbreak of the Second World War. She falls in love with Walter, a charming and intelligent man. Her parents live nearby, Trudi has her wonderful man and her own flourishing business. What could possibly go wrong? Of course, we know the answer to that question now –...

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Book Review: Fortune Hunter, by Jana DeLeon

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Crooked Heart: By Lissa Evans

Crooked Heart: A review. A review copy of book recently landed at JAQUO HQ and I was captivated from the very first page. Dinner remained uncooked  (‘can’t you make do with a bowl of cornflakes?’), laundry was ignored and writing took second place to reading as I was instantly drawn into this fascinating story. It’s set in the Second World War – always a great period of history to read about – but...

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The Last Escaper: Peter Tunstall

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Game Changer, by Douglas E. Richards

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Book Review: The Lost Key, by Catherine Coulter and J T Ellison

“A Brit in the FBI” returns The Lost Key was—is—an unexpected surprise. Thinking it would be more a police procedural,  it was that and more.  A murder investigation that soon advances into a suspenseful thriller, it is filled with a variety of adventure and ultimately a terror threat. It’s fast paced in every setting with lives endangered at each stop. The Story Book two in the “A Brit in the FBI ” series brings...

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The Yorkshireman and the Sahara

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Interview with Anjenique Hughes, Author of “Sovereignty”

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Friendly Fire, by John Gilstrap, A Review

Book 8 in The Jonathan Graves Series Jonathan Graves has been a favorite character of mine since I ran across No Mercy on Audible. A hostage rescuer with all the talent and skills needed to stealthily find and retrieve the missing, he is a fun and fascinating character. The 8th book in the series increases that fondness. What do you do when a child you rescued is arrested for murdering the monster who hurt him? Friendly Fire is a...

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Spotlight: The Great Disney Scavenger Hunt and Author Catherine F. Olen

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Spotlight: Party With a Plan, by Randy Haveson

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Kick Kennedy: By Barbara Leaming

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All About Spinach in “The Spinach Collection” Cookbook

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The Great Pearl Heist

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Book Spotlight: The Conscious Entrepreneur

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A Fifty Year Silence: Book Review

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Lunch in Paris: By Elizabeth Baud

Subtitle: A Love Story with Recipes. As a European who has lived in the USA for many years, it was fascinating to read the culture shock experiences of someone who did exactly the same but the other way around. This is a fun book to read on the beach or on a short flight – easy to read, light and entertaining. Featuring the memoirs of an American woman who married a Frenchman, it tells of her life during the time she was getting...

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Behind Enemy Lines: Review

Behind Enemy Lines: Marthe Cohn The number of people who took part in the Second World War is slowly dwindling. But it’s important that we should never forget them- and the heroism that so many of them showed during that terrible conflict. You can read about many of them in this book by Marthe Cohn. Marthe  Hoffnung (her maiden name) was born in 1920 and was still a teenager when war broke out.  Yet she worked as  spy,...

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The Virgin of The Wind Rose, by Glen Craney, A Review

Don’t Miss This Adventure Thriller from Glen Craney The Virgin of the Wind Rose is an excellent novel that crosses time and continents,  If you enjoy a good adventure, you will enjoy this engrossing tale filled with clues that may lead to secrets and a treasure without price. Jaqueline Quartermane is a newly hired lawyer with the State Department. A respected position that comes with some power. Will that status be enough to...

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Guy Bradley: Murder in the Everglades

Guy Bradley: A true story about an environmental murder. The Murder of Guy Bradley. Does environmental murder seem to be strange description? This is the true story that took place in the Florida Everglades in 1905. At and before the turn of the century, there was a huge fashion in America that dictated that the truly stylish woman wore hats decorated with bird plumes. In order to satisfy the trade, beautiful birds – many...

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Writing Multiple Mystery Series: Keeping Up with Your Children, by Lauren Carr

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Spotlight on “Candidate For Murder,” by Lauren Carr

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Book Spotlight: Interlude to Sentimental Me

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Did Queen Victoria write Alice in Wonderland?

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Book Review: Independence Day, by Ben Coes

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Hetty Green

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The Trial by Franz Kafka

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Promise of the Black Monks: Robert E Hirsch

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Nancy Mitford: A Biography

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Book Review: “Written Off,” by E J Copperman

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The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher or The Murder at Road Hill House: Review

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Who Was Colonel Tom Parker?

To start with, he wasn’t a colonel. And actually he really wasn’t called Tom Parker. He wasn’t a musician but his name has gone down in musical history. He was also an illegal immigrant, an army deserter and quite possibly a murderer. Some people who knew him say that you couldn’t wish to meet a nicer guy and that his generosity was legendary. Others say he was tough, ruthless and only interested in making...

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George Orwell’s Animal Farm: A Political Fable

George Orwell’s Animal Farm means a great deal to me and this short tale will explain why. It is about when I was a teacher in London. First of all I highly recommend ‘Animal Farm’ and I rather envy you if you haven’t read it yet because you are in for a real treat. It is a brilliantly told, very clever, political fable. Orwell wrote it just after World War II (first published 1945), and it is a satirical story about totalitarianism....

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Book Review: The Burglar who Counted the Spoons, by Lawrence Block

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The First Rule, by Robert Crais, A Book Review

The First Rule, by Robert Crais, A Book Review. It’s always a treat to get back to Elvis Cole and Joe Pike, the featured characters in many of Robert Crais’ novels. You grow so fond of both of them during the series, you get anxious to see what they will get into next. Usually in the series, Elvis is the lead, outgoing and witty, working at their detective agency. In this book, Joe Pike takes the lead. He is not so outgoing, or so...

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An Interview with Author John Lansing

Author of ‘Dead is Dead’. John Lansing, author, actor, screenwriter, is currently on a virtual book tour for his newest release, Dead is Dead.  We have enjoyed being part of that tour, hosted by Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours.  The tour runs from May 16th through June 30th, so you will lot many opportunities to learn more about the author and his books. We we invited to review book as well. You will find our review...

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A Review of “The Dubai Betrayal,” by Jeremy Burns

Available Now! Jeremy Burns Anticipated New Release It is always a delight to find a new author of suspense thrillers that I can follow.  So I am quite happy to say that Jeremy Burns is now on that list.  Especially if the book features Wayne Wilkins. The Dubai Betrayal is a fascinating story you won’t want to miss. The Story Wayne Wilkins, first a Ranger, then a CIA Assassin, has an urgent new assignment.  After all the years...

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Book Review: Code of Conduct, by Brad Thor

Scot Harvath Returns in “Code of Conduct” “Fast paced” isn’t quite sufficient to describe the excitement in Brad Thor’s novel, Code of Conduct. Constant action throughout is more like it. Time is short for Scot and his team, even shorter than they realize. The scenario developed here by the author is as scary as it is possible. Since Mr. Thor is known to write fiction that sometimes becomes reality, it makes it...

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Spotlight: Jessica Bunevacz, Author of “Date Like a Girl, Marry Like A Woman”

An Article By Author Jessica R Bunevacz Today we are pleased to spotlight a new book that might change your future.  Written by Jessica R Bunevacz, Date Like A Girl, Marry Like a Woman, is an entertaining look about the do’s and don’t’s in relationships. The author is currently on a virtual book tour hosted by iRead Book Tours.  The tour runs from June 13th through June 24th, 2016, and will feature reviews, interviews, and articles...

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The Nightingale: Kristin Hannah. Book review.

The Nightingale: Kristin Hannah. Book review. Some books you can easily forget. You read them, enjoy them, but after  while they slip from your mind. The characters and the events in The Nightingale however will stay with you. We’ve all read or heard stories about the Second World War. We’ve seen television documentaries and fictional movies. But mostly, these have been seen from an American or British perspective and...

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Tess Gerritsen’s “The Mephisto Club,” A Book Review

Tess Gerritsen’s “The Mephisto Club,” A Book Review   The Mephisto Club is another intriguing story from Tess Gerritsen. I just finished it yesterday, making me feel a little like I am reading her books in reverse. When I read Ice Cold, written by Ms. Gerritsen and first published in 2006, I was so impressed. A winter tale always draws my interest, but the mystery and suspense in Ice Cold was wonderful. It...

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Hawaii’s Poet Laureate Don Blanding. Don Blanding ~ American Poet 1894-1957. My daughter gave me a copy of Donald Blanding’s poetry called “In An Old Hawaiian Garden”, and it piqued my curosity, so I began doing research on the author. Blanding, who was sometimes called the “Poet Laureate of Hawaii,” was born on November 7, 1894 in the territory of Oklahoma, in the small town of Kingfisher. He moved...

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The Avignon Legacy: By Daniel C. Lorti

A fascinating tale – from the 14th century to present day. If you enjoy books that capture your attention from page one and keep you reading until well after your bedtime – and who doesn’t – then The Avignon Legacy will be right up your street. It combines history, suspense, modern day crime, mystery and more as the author takes us from fourteenth century France to present day America and Europe. This is a...

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The CleanSweep Conspiracy, by Chuck Waldron, A Review

Could it Happen Today? A simple text message received by Matt Tremain begins this fast paced novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat. An intriguing way to begin a frightening story. Frightening because it is so possible–because it could be happening already. Matt Tremain is a blogger. He writes about scams, always looking to expose the hidden. That includes CleanSweep since the rumors started. When an employee of...

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Murder at Lambswool Farm, by Sally Goldenbaum, A Review

A Seaside Knitters Cozy Mystery Take an enjoyable trip to Sea Harbor, Massachusetts, courtesy of Sally Goldenbaum. Many of you may have traveled there before, since Murder at Lambswool Farm is the eleventh book in the popular series. This was my first visit, but I do plan on returning. The Seaside Knitters series is a sweet and accurate description of the series. A small town where everyone knows one another, a group of women meeting...

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Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury: Supreme Storyteller. Ray Bradbury, author of numerous works of science-fiction,  was born on August 22nd 1920, in Waukegan, Illinois. As a fascinating piece of his history, he was descended from Mary Bradbury, who was tried, convicted and sentenced to hang in the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. His ancestor managed, through her own stories and with the help of her husband and friends, to evade the sentence long enough that...

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Josephine Baker

The Joséphine Baker Story. Until I recently read a biography about Josephine Baker, I had only the haziest idea about who she was. Little did I know what a truly fascinating life she had. It’s amazing that someone who had such  a poor start in life could achieve so much. The book tells so many fascinating stories about her life – and it wasn’t always an easy one. She inherited her terrific looks from her mother,...

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Cat out of Hell, by Lynne Truss

Cat out of Hell, by Lynne Truss. This is a wonderful laugh-out-loud mystery and suspense novel that is intriguing, funny and thought-provoking all at the same time. It’s also  horror story – of sorts. It’s been described by the Sunday Telegraph as a ‘masterpiece of comic writing’ and is definitely the sort of book that you’ll want to read in one sitting. I admit to taking time from my working day...

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Giving History Life, by Rich DiSilvio

From the Author of “My Nazi Nemesis” After reading and reviewing Rich DiSilvio’s latest novel, My Nazi Nemesis, we were pleased when the author wrote an article for us as well.  My review of his book can be found here, on Mystery Suspense Reviews. It is always a pleasure to learn more about a writer and his process.  My Nazi Nemesis includes a wealth of history centered around the Auschwitz concentration camp,...

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Giving Life to Your Character, by John R. Beyer

Yuri Shakirov of Soft Target John R Beyer, author, has recently released his novel, Soft Target. He was gracious to provide the guest article below discussing how he got to know the character he created for the entertaining book. You will enjoy hearing about the process. Be sure to get a copy of his fast paced suspense thriller! You can find my review on Mystery Suspense Reviews. Giving Life to Your Character, by John R. Beyer Writing...

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World Atlas of Wine: Review

World Atlas of Wine: Review Enrich your wine drinking experience by learning more with this book I’ve been drinking wine since I was a child and I’ve loved it ever since 🙂 My parents believed – in a typically European way – that children should drink watered-down wine at dinner on special occasions. As I’ve grown older, it has become more than just a pleasure, it has become a way of life and a voyage of...

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When is Towel Day?

What is Towel Day? I’m surprised that you have to ask. Although if you are a Douglas Adams fan – and in particular a devoteé of the amazing Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy – you are very familiar with Towel Day. The Guide is a fictional (um, obviously) handbook for those who are hitching their way through space and everything that entails. Should you ever find yourself hitchhiking in the galaxy (and you never...

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United States of Apocalypse, by Authors Mark Tufo and  Armand Rosamilia

A Book Review The End or a Beginning? It begins with how it happened. How the United States—and perhaps the world—was brought to its knees.  Even the prologue of this exciting book pulls you immediately into the story. Listening to the audiobook from Audible, I could feel the tension, the fear, the determination in the story.  Narrated by Sean Runnette and Julia Whelan, the male/female adds to the book immensely.  Both are...

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Queen Victoria and her Indian Servant

Queen Victoria and the Munshi.   It was Queen Victoria whose catchphrase supposedly was ‘we are not amused’. And yet there is no evidence to show that she actually uttered this phrase. Ever. When we think about her,it’s easy to think only of that elderly woman we know from photographs but I suspect that she was a much more interesting character than is sometimes thought. When her husband,Prince Albert,died,she...

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Book Review: Carry Me Home, by Rosalind James

Romantic Suspense in Paradise, Idaho Rosalind James is back in a romantic suspense novel that is indeed a thriller. A man, recently divorced, uncertain if he can trust again. A teacher with goals to reach the Ivy league.  Is there any chance the two of them can overcome all that separates them?  First goal is to stay alive. On a college campus a newly hired professor, Zoey Santangelo, discovers a small town isn’t always safer...

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Sugar Knockout: By Cherie Calbom

Learn about sugar, your diet and your health: From Cherie Calbom, ‘The Juice Lady’. We know about sugar and other sweeteners and  just how they affect our health, don’t we? According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) we don’t. There is a huge confusion in our minds about which sweeteners and sweetened products are good for us and which we should avoid. For example, try answering these...

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An Interview with Author, Andrea Kane

Bestselling Author, Andrea Kane When Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine was invited to be a part of Andrea Kane’s virtual book tour for The Murder That Never Was, we couldn’t have been more pleased. I’ve been a fan of Ms. Kane for many years. Her novels are intense, well designed mysteries that literally do keep you on the edge of your seat in anticipation. Her newest maintains that standard. It is terrific.  You’ll find my review here on...

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The Promise, by Robert Crais, A Review

Elvis Cole, Joe Pike, Scott James, and Maggie. What could be better than that? The new long awaited novel from Robert Crais was well worth the wait. After waiting anxiously for months for The Promise to be released, i couldn’t read/listen to it right away. For some reason I had to save it a while, know it was there, perhaps to listen as a reward for some accomplishment. Do you ever do that? There are several favorite authors...

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What’s The Most Difficult Thing You’ve Had To Do? by Carey Nachenberg

On Tour with “The Florentine Deception” If you haven’t yet read The Florentine Deception, by Carey Nachenberg, do pick up a copy soon. It’s a fascinating story, one of those tales where parts are all too plausible.  We have enjoyed being part of the virtual book tour currently underway with iRead Book Tours. Today, as part of that tour, we are very pleased to feature an article written by Mr. Nachenberg.  If...

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Book Review : Jodi Picoult, Change of Heart

Book Review : Jodi Picoult, Change of Heart Anyone who has read or seen the movie My Sister’s Keeper, will remember the author Jodi Picoult. She has a way of making you look at things from a different perspective. Just when you thought all things that had two choices were simply Black and White choices, along come Jodi to shake you up. Just as she did with My Sister’s Keeper, she has done so again with Change of Heart! I started to...

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Book review: Eloise by Judy Finnegan

Book review: Eloise by Judy Finnegan. I have to tell you that I really didn’t want to read this book. I was so wrong and I recommend it wholeheartedly. It’s a fascinating book with twists and turns in the plot and features beautifully crafted characters. Not only that, it’s set in the wild and beautiful county of Cornwall, an area as mystical and threatening as it is picturesque. Cathy is a middle-aged married woman....

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Surrounded by Enemies: Bryce Zabel

‘JFK was not killed at Dallas’. This is the premise of the fascinating novel, Surrounded by Enemies. Author Bryce Zabel has woven a plausible and thoroughly-imagined fictional series of events that might have taken place had Kennedy suirvived. Maybe you have your own theory about how America would have developed over the years if Kennedy had lived? It’s a subject that many people – the general public and expert...

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The Florentine Deception, by Carey Nachenberg, A Review

  It was just an old computer, one his father picked up at an estate sale. It should have taken a few hours to clean so his dad could donate it. But how could Alex Fife resist taking a peek at what it held. After all, the owner was dead. Along with his friend Stephen, he looks to see the last entries the owner had made. What he finds sends him on a treasure hunt that soon becomes a race to stop an attack that could bring down...

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Who Are We, Really? by Peter Riva

An Article from Author, Peter Riva We first learned of Peter Riva when we were asked to be a part of a book tour for his terrific book, The Path. We enjoyed the book so much, we were delighted to hear part two of the trilogy was ready for release. Mr. Riva is on another virtual book tour with host, iRead Book Tours, for Reaching Angelica.  We are so pleased that he was able to write a post of Jaquo along his tour.  Please check of the...

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The Cavendon Women: Review

The Cavendon Women: Barbara Taylor Bradford This is exactly the sort of book to choose when you need a little light, but dramatic reading. It’s set in the nineteen twenties and features the lives of the members of an aristocratic family in England. You’ll certainly see how the other half lived. But the characters in the book are strangely appealing and you’ll be drawn in by the trials and complexities of their lives...

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Reaching Angelica, by Peter Riva

Book Two in “The Tag” Series is Here! Peter Riva is back once again with a novel science fiction story that will have you tilting your head, wondering, “Did I read that right?” In this amazing continuation of The Path, Simon Banks will once again need all of his vast computer skills, this time to save Earth. Part of the pleasure in science fiction is in giving your imagination free rein. Another part is how an author...

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The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett: Review. This is a wonderful fictional account of what happened when Queen Elizabeth II decided to take up reading.The queen reads – of course she does – but in this novella,her reading activities are confined to state papers,official documents and the more serious daily newspapers. She’s a busy lady. In Alan Bennett’s book though, she starts to read fiction.It’s all...

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Kathryn Kelly: The Moll Behind Machine Gun Kelly

The amazing true story of Kathryn Kelly: By Barbara Casey. You’ll love this true-life story. Have you heard of Kathryn Kelly? I hadn’t until I read this book and yet she was one of the most fascinating characters I’ve read about. Destined to become a gangster’s moll, Kathryn is a far more fascinating character than her counterpart, Bonnie Parker. Bonnie and Clyde caught the imagination of the public in the...

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I Take You: By Eliza Kennedy

I Take You: A laugh-out-loud novel. This is the most wonderful, funny and crazy book. Lily is about to get married – but before I go any further I have to let you know that this is not one of those cutesy Father-Of-The-Bride type pre-wedding stories. Let me give you an example. She is enjoying her bachelorette party when she gets a message that there’s an emergency at work. Lily is a lawyer so has to respond. At the...

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A Review of “The Berlin Package,” by Peter Riva

Peter Riva’s Latest Suspense Thriller is Out If you want a book to grab you from the first page, I suggest you read this one. On a flight over Iceland in a twin engine plane, one engine fails. Then the next. What a great beginning to The Berlin Package. Author Peter Riva has another hit! A sequel to Murder on Safari (review link below), Pero Baltazar and Mbuno are back. This time the well known film producer heads to Berlin. The...

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Writing for Children vs Writing For Adults, by Amy Neftzger

On Tour with ‘The War of Words” Today we are pleased to share an article written by Amy Neftzger, author of The War of Words. Ms. Neftzger is currently on a virtual book tour for her new book from April 18th through May 13th. Do check out her tour page for a list of all her stops.  You will find it here at the tour host:  iRead Book Tours. Now for Amy’s article… 3 Ways That Writing for Children is Different...

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Book Spotlight: The War of Words, by Amy Neftzger

Spotlight On:  ‘The War of Words” Popular author, Amy Neftzger, returns with her latest book, The War on Words.  iRead Book Tours is currently hosting the virtual book tour for her latest addition. We hope you will take a minute to stop by her tour page to see the full schedule she has planned from April 18th through May 13th.  She will be answering questions, sharing articles and reviews.  You can find the details here at...

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The Five Truths about Work-life Balance , by Jae Ellard

How to balance your roles and relationships. This book couldn’t have landed on the review desk at JAQUO HQ at a better time. Like so many of us, I have many roles and wear lots of different hats every day  – and we all know how hard it can be to juggle these successfully. And few of us manage it. But this eminently down-to-earth approach will be invaluable in helping you to achieve it. Achieve what exactly? Well, as the...

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Interview:  Radine Nehring, Author of “A Portrait to Die For”

We were only recently introduced to Radine Nehring, author of A Portrait to Die For.   So when we had the opportunity to interview her we were very pleased. It is always a delight to learn more about an author while reading their books.  Not only how they came to write, but also the process.  Anyone who has written a book–or tried to write one–knows it requires an above average imagination and a ton of discipline.  We...

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Review: The Advocate’s Daughter, by Anthony Franze

What a great book! The Advocate’s Daughter grabbed me from the beginning—always a good thing–and wouldn’t let go until I reached the last page. A typical family, very well portrayed, likable, with the trials a family faces. Then tragedy strikes. The complications involved make for a very intriguing mystery. The Story Sean Serrat, highly respected Supreme Court attorney in DC, learns he is on the short list to be a Supreme...

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An Interview with Author, Ryan Quinn

After reading and reviewing Ryan Quinn’s novel, The Good Traitor, we were delighted to chat with him on his virtual book tour.  He’s established himself as a solid thriller writer, one we will look forward to following.  The second in a potential series featuring Kera Mersal, it can surely be read as a stand alone.  If you want to start at the beginning you might choose to get End of Secrets first.  It’s in my cart...

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A Tapping At My Door, by David Jackson, A Review

Nevermore Get read for a suspenseful mystery with A Tapping at The Door. It will pull you right in and have your mind on alert as the Liverpool Police hunt for a killer. Author David Jackson has received acclaim for his Callum Doyle series. A description of “nerve shredding” was used in his last novel. That is an apt description for the building suspense you will find in his novels.  In this one, even the police have reason to be...

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An Interview with Glenn Shepard

On Tour with Author Glenn Shepard Today we are back once more with Mr Glenn Shepard, author.  He is now on tour with the newest book in his Dr. Scott James series that includes The Missile Game, the Zombie Game, and now, the latest, The Ebola Game.  You may have already read our review of  The Zombie Game. We were very pleased when Mr Shepard agreed to an interview with us for his virtual book tour. The Interview It is remarkable that...

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The Cadence of Gypsies by Barbara Casey: A Review

A Search for Identity An undecipherable manuscript, centuries old, a teacher determined to learn how it connects to her past, and three spirited high school girls who happen to be geniuses. Bring them together and you have a very intriguing mystery that reads almost like a treasure hunt. What an enjoyable mystery this was. It may have been written for middle school and up, but there is much to appreciate for adults as well. At the end...

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Book Review: Veil of Deception, by Michael Byars Lewis

Michael Byars Lewis’ Latest Veil of Deception is a well written, complex novel, filled with pieces of a puzzle to sort and arrange. Described as a military thriller by many, I’d say it qualifies as a political thriller as well. It’s exciting, fast paced, and clever, involving strong characters, political posturing and international intrigue. Author Michael Byars Lewis, award winning author for his first book, Surly Bonds, will...

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Book Review: The Demon Under the Microscope

Book Review: The Demon Under the Microscope. A Fascinating Story That’s True. A book about science that reads almost like a novel? That’s what I found in this excellent book by Thomas Hager. Demon under the Microscope is the story of the men behind the discovery of antibiotics. What a fascinating read it was. The story centers around Gerhard Domagk, a German scientist whose career was inspired by the deaths of nearly all...

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Violette Morris: Life and Loves

The curious life of Violette Morris   See this chap here? Well actually, this is Violette Morris; not a chap after all but a Frenchwoman who was born in 1893. She rose to fame as a sportswoman, excelling in those sports that require strength and power such as shot put and javelin. She was also keen on boxing, soccer  and, as you can see in the photograph here, motor racing. Violette wasn’t just a tomboy, she was a confirmed...

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Funny Girl, by Nick Hornby

Funny Girl: A Novel by Nick Hornby Funny is quite right – laugh out loud funny, in fact. The book is set in the nineteen sixties – what an era of change that was – and features Barbara, a young woman from Blackpool in the north of England whose heroine is Lucille Ball. Barbara wants to be on television too, to make people laugh. And Barbara certainly has several assets that make her look great on television. At the...

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Comparing ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ & ‘The Shadow of the Wind’

Can we really compare Carlos Ruiz Zafon to Gabriel Garcia Marquez? I first read One Hundred Years of Solitude a long, long time ago and I’ve re-read it many times since then. In April 2014, I read The Shadow of the Wind. One of the things that attracted me to the book is that the blurb on the back cover compared these two books. I enjoyed Shadow and, on the evening I finished the book, was determined to read more of Carlos Ruiz...

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Oh! You Pretty Things by Shanna Mahin: Review.

Oh! You Pretty Things by Shanna Mahin: Review. This was the latest review copy to land on the editorial desk at JAQUO HQ and I’m so glad it did. It’s very funny, it moves along at a hare-brained pace and you’ll love the quirky characters as they stumble through the strange world of Hollywood in present day. But this is not all glamour and ‘swimming pools, movie stars’ – this is the reality of a...

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Don’t You Step on my Blue Suede Shoes

Don’t Step on my Blue Suede Shoes. A song’s got to start somewhere. This one started in Germany. A young guy called John Cash was assigned to the 12th Radio Mobile Radio Squadron of the US Air Force Security Service in Landsburg, Bavaria. A few years later John, now discharged and back in the USA, and a fellow rock n roller named Carl Perkins were sharing a car whilst touring the American mid-west. On the way to a date...

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The Girl From Home: Adam Mitzner’s New Release

Adam Mitzner’s newest release, The Girl From Home, is a thought provoking, suspenseful novel. It may not contain as much courtroom drama as his prior books, but it is still a dramatic legal thriller that first draws you into the hight powered world of Wall Street then suddenly sets you down into small town America. Jonathan Caine, a money manager flying high with success, would seem to be an accurate representation of a financier on...

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Book Review: Term Limits, Vince Flynn’s First Novel

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Wildlife of Australia: An Animal Lover’s Delight

Wildlife of Australia: An Animal Lover’s Delight Animals are a favorite subject of mine, more technically known as the science of zoology. And of the many books I’ve looked through, and several that I own about animals, Wildlife of Australia is definitely one of the very best. The book is very comprehensive, and clearly identifies which animals are native to Australia, and have been there for tens of thousands or even millions of...

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Uneven Exchange, by S K Derban

On Tour with “Uneven Exchange” When two men eye a woman vacationing in Mexico, your first expectation might be that they are admiring what they see. Not this time. While this particular woman is lovely, the men are looking beyond that.  She has retreated there, attempting to refocus her life off a man she loves. Unfortunately for Alexandra Callet, she just happens to look identical to the sister of a deadly assassin know...

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A Blaze of Autumn Sunshine: The Last Diaries by Tony Benn

A Blaze of Autumn Sunshine: The Last Diaries by Tony Benn. Tony Benn’s father ended a BBC broadcast by saying ‘So you will understand that I live in a blaze of autumn sunshine.’ Remembering those words Tony said ‘although I may never publish another volume of diaries, if I ever did, I think the best possible title would be just that: ‘A Blaze of Autumn Sunshine.’ For those of you who don’t know Tony Benn he was...

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Trust No One, by Clare Donoghue: A Review

Bennett and Lockyer Return Trust No One is third release in this popular series from Clare Donoghue. The series features Detectives Jane Bennett and Mike Lockyer. A well done British police procedural, the story takes the reader down a twisting, intricate path into a family filled with secrets. There is something so appealing about a British mystery. There is often less violence and more subtlety, done with the reserve you might...

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Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline, A Book Review

Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline, A Book Review. A Virtual Classroom? Would send your children to virtual school?  Can you picture it?  It sounds intriguing when you first think of it.  No more bullying, less distractions, right?  Yet in a virtual world would it be too isolating?  Could there be a balance?  Would class size matter then?  Would teachers like it better? That is one of the considerations you will find as you read Ready...

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Bill Bryson and Yorkshire

What is it about Bill Bryson and Yorkshire? I really think that he seems to be a good bloke. I can imagine sitting in a pub with him and having a great chat. I’ve read a couple of his books and he has a nice turn of phrase that made me smile quite often. I will most probably read more. But what is it with him and Yorkshire? He lived there for a while, that’s true. (As you know, Yorkshire is the biggest and best county in...

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The Ethical Coach Leader, by Dwight Johnson

The Ethical Coach: Developing Honor and Integrity. Many people today are concerned – and becoming increasingly concerned – with the lack of ethics in our society today. In leadership roles it particular it seems that other factors often take precedence over this issue. One of the people who has his own opinion about the decline of ethics, especially in American society, is the author of this book, Dwight Johnson. Mr...

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Never Go Back, by Lee Child; A Review

Jack Reacher #18 Why is it that no sooner does Jack Reacher arrive in a town to find he is in trouble? It happens once again in Never Go Back, entry number eighteen in Jack Reacher’s most excellent series. Lee Child has done it again too. It was a pleasure to read (or listen) of his latest problems. If you have followed Jack you will know why he is heading to Virginia. A couple of books ago he got some help from a woman on another...

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The Ninth Step, by Mark Dawson: A Review

Terrific Story! The Ninth Step may be the hardest in the twelve step program that is part of Alcoholics Anonymous. Number nine is to make amends to those one has wronged. If any of us think into our past, it would be difficult to admit some of wrongs, let alone make amends. How much harder, if that includes murder? The series itself is a unique twist for a former killer. John Milton, former assassin for Britain, is now living a quiet...

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The Future of Tomorrow, by Joseph Gulesserian

Joseph Gulesserian’s New Release: Newspaper Boys Always Deliver: A Personal Journey into Pop and Technological Change in the last Fifty Years. We are pleased to present an article written by Joseph Gulesserian.  He is currently on a virtual book tour with his new book, released in January 2016.  You can see his full schedule of stops here at his author page on iRead Book Tours. If you missed our review from a couple of days ago,...

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The Museum of Extraordinary Things

 The Museum of Extraordinary Things: Review This book, written by Alice Hoffman, is an exceptional fiction, bracketed at the beginning and the end with real events. It’s hard to know which are the more horrifying sections – the fact or the fiction. Set in the early years of the twentieth century. the book tells of a strange character indeed – a man who makes his living at Coney Island running a sideshow of...

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A dark and Lonely Place: Edna Buchanan

A Dark and Lonely Place by Edna Buchanan: Review. This is a fabulous novel with a concept that could only succeed in the most capable hands of Ms Buchanan. For this novel is two mysteries stories in one. The writer has taken the true life story of John Ashley and Laura Upthegrove who were known as outlaws in the early twentieth century and entwined it with a murder mystery set in today’s Miami. Like many of us in Florida, Ms...

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Book Review: The Forgotten Garden, by Kate Morton

The Past and Present Long Connected In the mood for a multi-generational story told by a master? Kate Morton has certainly done it again in The Forgotten Garden. Mystery, suspense, and plenty of intrigue, weave throughout the story. A book of fairy tales penned by an unusual woman called The Authoress, gifted to a child, passed through generations, now offers clues within each tale to choices made so long ago. Yet their meanings are...

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Newspaper Boys Always Deliver: Joseph Gulesserian

A personal history. Isn’t it always fascinating to see into other people’s lives? That’s especially the case when that time period spans fifty years. It may be that you have lived through the same period of time. But you’ll find this book equally fascinating if you’re a younger person who is interested in times gone by.   If you’re from North America much of the detail that the author writes...

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The Day Michael Caine Discovered a Family Secret

The day Michael Caine discovered a family secret. When actor Michael Caine and his younger brother, Stanley, were growing up in London, on every single Monday their mother used to go to visit their Aunt Lil. The two boys never thought anything about it – it was simply part of the family routine. But many years later, in 1991, the actor found out the truth.She had been going somewhere very different indeed. Michael Caine was in...

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Dream: By Marcia Wieder

Clarify and create what YOU want. Does the phrase above want to make you say ‘yeah, right’? Are you sceptical? So was I. I was wrong. Read on. When this book landed on my review desk at JAQUO HQ I was pretty sure that I’d enjoy reading it and reviewing it. But believe it? Nah, that’s not for me. But by page one hundred (yes, for some reason I noticed what page I was reading) I was sure that the advice Ms Wieder...

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St. Patrick’s Day: Books to Celebrate Ireland

If you’ve never been to Ireland, you probably have your own image of it in your mind.  The view I see is one of green hills, windy cliffs, little cottages and villages, and smiling faces.  Hopefully one day I’ll get to see it in person and pass some time there.  Not being a city person, the wandering  roads hold much appeal. While the beauty is undeniable, it hasn’t always had a happy history.  It wasn’t so long ago that the IRA was...

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Book Review: Eyeshine, by Cy Wyss

Cy Wyss’ Latest Novel:  Eyeshine Try to imagine what you might do if YOU turned into a cat every night. Your adventures would be limitless. Of course those adventures could be fraught with danger and frustration when you are trying to live your life. And when you happen to be investigating crime and murder. After all, how much attention does one pay to a howling cat in the night, when it might be trying to get a human’s...

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A Wanted Man, by Lee Child, A Review

Lee Child’s Terrific Series It is always a treat to pass several hours with Jack Reacher.  A Wanted Man, the seventeenth in the series it is no exception.  Since I’ve read and listened to the books in order,  I’ve become quite attached. Jack is innocently hitching a ride, heading to Virginia. Most cars that slow down, quickly speed up when they get close.  Sporting a broken nose, he looks scarier than he usually does with his...

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On Daily Writing, by K. N. Smith

Today we are pleased to present an article by K. N. Smith, the author of Urban Boys:  Discovery of the Five Senses.  Currently on a virtual book tour with iRead Book Tours,  Ms. Smith and her book can be found at a variety of blogs.  Do take a look at the tour schedule, found here at her iRead Book Tour page. You’ll find reviews, interviews, articles and more. If you haven’t already read our review, you can find it here....

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Idina Sackville: A WW1 marriage

Idina Sackville & Euan Wallace. A First World War marriage. Although Idina and Euan were definitely from the top drawer of society, the sad story of their marriage must have happened to so many couples during the First World War. They were both quite young when they married. Idina was twenty and Euan less than a year older. They both enjoyed parties, dancing and having fun. They were madly in love. She was a sparkling socialite...

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The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses, by K N Smith

A Review of ‘The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses” K. N. Smith’s debut novel, Urban Boys, is now on a virtual book tour with iRead Book Tours. The novel is receiving some terrific reviews. Do stop by the link above to see the full schedule and learn more about the author and the book. As part of the tour, we were pleased to review this entertaining book.  Ms. Smith definitely has a way with words. The Story A group...

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A Visit With Lauren Carr, Author of Cancelled Vows

Our Interview with Lauren Carr Bestselling author, Lauren Carr,  has a new mystery in the Mac Faraday series.  We’ve been following his story for a few years now, catching up, one by one.  Cancelled Vows is the eleventh in the series. With each book, it is easy to grow more and more attached to the characters, especially since several now appear in their own series. Ms. Carr is currently on a virtual book tour for Cancelled...

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