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

Book Review:  Term Limits, Vince Flynn’s First Novel The late Vince Flynn was and is still a favorite author for me in the suspense thriller genre.  Each of his books has kept me up late reading or listening, wide awake from all the suspense and action in every book. His series character, Mitch Rapp, sets the standard for a hero in political thrillers.  Each book seems so plausible at what could happen–at home and...

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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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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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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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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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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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The Accidental Empress: Elisabeth of Austria

Elisabeth of Austria: The Accidental Empress  I received this book as a gift and – to be honest – set it aside for quite a while. The cover make me think that it was a somewhat junky historical novel of the ‘bodice-ripper’ type. I was wrong.This is a fictionalised version of real events that took place in the nineteenth century and as such, is fascinating. Yes,it’s a love story but so much more too. When...

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Book Review: Louisiana Longshot, by Jana Deleon

The Miss Fortune Mystery Series, Book One Once you’ve read one book written by Jana Deleon, you can’t help but smile when starting another. After reading Trouble in Mud Bug, I looked forward to Louisiana Longshot, newly available at Audible. Published in 2012, it introduces Fortune Redding in the “Miss Fortune Mystery series. Book one draws you right in. CIA agent Fortune returns from assignment in hot water after blowing her...

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Interview with Author Eric Burkhart

On Tour with Eric Burkhart and his new release, Mukhabarat, Baby! After reading Mr. Burkhart’s fascinating book, Mukhabarat, Baby! we were delighted to interview him between tour stops.  If you haven’t had the chance to read our review, you can find it here.  We hope you will check it out.  You can find a full schedule of his tour at the tour host, iRead Book Tours. It is an intriguing story, one from which the author is...

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Book Spotlight: Coins in The Fountain

Spotlight on: Judith Works’ Coins in the Fountain Today’s spotlight is on a novel/memoir written by Judith Works, author of the popular City of Illusions.  Ms. Works is currently on a virtual book tour with Italy Book Tours.  We hope you will check out the schedule for the tour here at her Italy Book Tours page.  You’ll find the calendar of stops along the way featuring interviews, reviews and articles from Ms....

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The Colors of Rome, by Judith Works

Judith Works’ new release, Coins in the Fountain has been getting wonderful reviews. Now, as part of her virtual book tour with Italy Book Tours, she shares an article with use here at Jaquo.  Do take a look at her tour schedule here to learn more about the author and her newest novel. Enjoy! THE COLORS OF ROME When I come to Rome from the often drab Pacific Northwest, the first thing I notice is the color. When it’s sunny in...

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Showcase: Uncommon Stock, by Eliot Peper

  Uncommon Stock: Version 1.0 by Eliot Peper on Tour February 15 – March 31, 2016 Book 1 of The Uncommon Series – Continued in Book 2, Uncommon Stock: Power Play. Mara Winkel is rock climbing, mountain biking, and ‘studying’ her way through school at the University of Colorado, Boulder. But when her best friend James asks her to partner with him to start a disruptive new software company she discovers that...

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Cold Moon, by Alexandra Sokolff, A Review

The Huntress Series Continues I just finished reading book three in the excellent “Huntress” series, written by Alexandra Sokoloff. Cold Moon is the most intense of the series so far. The world of underage prostitution is the subject of the story. The abduction of young girls, some barely teens, who are forced and threatened into obedience. The Story Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Matthew Roarke, has been part of the hunt...

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You Can Be A Pro Scheduler Without Being a Zombie!

We are pleased to present a post today written by Ken Dunn, the well known author of The Greatest Prospector in The World.  You may have read our review here on Jaquo.  Mr. Dunn, along with this latest book, are currently on a virtual book tour. You can find all the details at his tour page here, hosted by iRead Book Tours.  Do drop by for more information.  You will find other articles by Mr. Dunn, interviews, and reviews.  Get to...

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Unscrupulous, by M. E. May

The Circle City Mystery Series The fifth entry in M E May’s “Circle City Mystery” series is an intense, fast moving story suspense lovers are certain to enjoy. It begins when a woman is found murdered, her five year old daughter, Maricella, missing. Revenge, random, or something even worse? Then the investigation discovers the little girl is not the only child missing. Children are being taken, often right from their homes...

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Mukhabarat Baby! By Eric Burkhart

Eric Burkhart: My Life as a Wartime Spy for the CIA. I loved every minute of this autobiographical book. It’s truly fascinating.  The author tells us about the action-packed period of time he spent in the CIA, starting in 1999. There are some events in the book, as you can imagine, that involve incredible danger but it’s spiced throughout with the author’s humour and sense of fun. Even Mr Burkhart’s telling of...

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The Greatest Prospector in the World: Ken Dunn

Fascinating story: Lessons for life. This is an unusual but definite can’t-put-it-down book. And I mean that. Once I started reading it I had to finish it in one sitting. It’s an enthralling story of a young girl who, in 1910, is orphaned. Her life and the way it is transformed is sure to captivate you. But the book is much more than that. As you are enjoying the story, you’ll also learn six vital secrets for...

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To Inspire A Love of Reading, by Len Richman

  Today we are pleased to share an article from author Len Richman.  His latest book, Shivers and Signposts, is currently on a virtual book tour sponsored by iReadBook Tours. We hope you will check out the full schedule of stops on his tour here. It runs from February 15th to the 26th.  You will  find a variety of reviews, interviews and more articles from Mr. Richman.  It is a fabulous way to learn more about a book and its...

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Why I Never Describe What My Protagonist Looks Like

Author, L Davis Munro, on Her Book, Emmy Nation, Undercover Suffragette Today we are pleased to present an article written by L Davis Munro, who is currently on a virtual book tour with iRead Book Tours.  Do check out the author’s page there to see the full schedule of stops along the way.  You will read reviews, interviews, and more articles from the author. The story takes place in the early 1900’s.  Emmy takes a job...

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Top New Suspense Thrillers, Part 3: Mark Greaney

Mark Greaney, Author Bringing us Court Gentry Continuing the search for still more authors of thrillers, Mark Greaney’s Gray Man had to be on the list. You may be familiar with the author’s name.  He has co-authored several books with Tom Clancy, including Command Authority, Threat Vector, and Locked On. Gray Man was Mr. Greaney’s first solo novel, and what a beginning.  Court Gentry, the star of the series, is often...

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An Interview With Author Steven Gossington

Steven Gossington, author of Fractured Eden, chatted with us about his recently released debut novel.  Dr. Gossington, a practicing emergency room doctor, brings his years of knowledge and experience into the complicated thriller. A doctor starting over in a new town.  The town filled with dangerous, deranged residents.  One of those residents is a serial killer who has his eye on the doctor for his next victim. Sounds like an intense...

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Emmy Nation, Undercover Suffragette, A Review

Emmy Nation, by L Davis Munro Emmy Nation, Undercover Suffragette will bring the past alive as you read about life a mere hundred years ago. Today it seems amazing that at one time women were not allowed to vote for the politicians who were passing laws about them. In today’s modern culture, it is easy to forget how different women were treated in our history. The Story The book seems well researched and all too realistic. A young...

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A Review of “Dark Money,” by Larry D Thompson

Dark Money, On A Virtual Book Tour We are pleased to be a part of the book tour for Larry D Thompson’s latest book, Dark Money. During the tour that will continue through the month of February, Mr. Thompson will be found at numerous sites for interviews, guest articles and reviews. You can find his full schedule here on the sponsor’s site, Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours. The Story Jackson Bryant worked at a high...

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The Prince of Los Cocuyos by Richard Blanco

A Miami Childhood. Little Riqui grew up to be Richard Blanco, who became the fifth inaugural poet of the United States becoming the youngest, the first Latino, the first immigrant and the first gay writer to do so. In this autobiographical book he tells about his childhood in the Cuban community of Miami. It’s a highly entertaining and very often a laugh-out-loud book featuring a wonderful range of lively characters and at the...

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Shivers and Signposts: By Len Richman

The journey through life. Although this book could be described as a memoir, that would certainly be doing the author a disservice. It is far more than that. It’s also the author’s insights into a situation we all face – or will face; that of getting older and to the end of our official working lives. And at that stage, there is bound to be a certain amount of reflection on the years that have passed and the journey...

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Sycamore Gap, by L.J. Ross, A Review

The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 2 Detective Chief Inspector Maxwell Ryan is back in Sycamore Gap, book two of his series. Following the first, Holy island, L J Ross has a new murder case for the Inspector. Or is it new? While the first is mentioned often, Sycamore Gap is a great read as a stand alone novel. There is something unique about British mysteries. They so often delight the reader, even in the midst of violence and murder....

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PG Wodehouse: A Life

Was PG Wodehouse a Nazi collaborator? Now that would have seemed like a very odd thing to ask had it not been for the book you see here.  Robert McCrum, the author of this book tells a story I had never heard before. I’ve read Wodehouse – the creator of the Jeeves and Wooster series- for many years but didn’t realise that during the Second World War he was accused of being aNazi collaborator. This was definitely a...

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An Interview with Author Cy Wyss

Author of Dimorphic… It was our pleasure this week to interview Cy Wyss, author of Dimorphic.  Her latest book, released in November of 2015, is a suspenseful thriller with something of a twist. Ms. Wyss is currently on tour with her book, making stops across the internet. You can find the schedule here at Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours. Our Interview Does your computer background inspire plots for you? Do you include high...

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A Review of “In The Dark,” by Chris Patchell

On Virtual Tour with Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours… Author, Chris Patchell, has woven together an exciting suspense thriller in her latest book, In The Dark. It is fast paced and very suspenseful with complicated twists and a number of scary prospects for suspects. A young woman goes missing from a bar. After only two days her mother frantic. Her daughter, Brooke, is a diabetic. She will die in days without insulin. Yet...

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Cancelled Vows, by Lauren Carr, A Review

The Mac Faraday Series, Book 11 With the release of the eleventh book in her popular mystery series, Lauren Carr has begun a new virtual book tour as well.  The tour, sponsored by iRead Book Tours, runs throughout the month of February.  If you head over to her page at the link above you will see her full and busy schedule. You can read additional reviews, articles by the author, interviews and more. You will be glad you checked it...

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The Zombie Game, by Glenn Shepard, A Review

Dr. Scott James Returns The title of this suspense thriller may or may not influence your decision to read this novel. But having finished, I hope you won’t let that stop you. I almost didn’t read The Zombie Game because of the title—I tend to avoid zombies, vampires, etc. It is not about zombies. At least not the science fiction, fantasy zombies. It is actually a fast paced, quick reading thriller that was very...

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The God’s Eye View: By Barry Eisler

Read this recommended and fascinating thriller! When a review copy of this book landed on my desk at JAQUO HQ, I admit that I didn’t start reading it right away. You see, thrillers aren’t really my favourite genre. But what a great book this is. And extremely timely. It’s the sort of story that would have sounded far fetched only a few years ago. Today, it is totally believable. And I must say that Barry Eisler now...

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Rufus Estes – the first African-American Cookbook

Rufus Estes – author of the first African-American Cookbook   In 1911, Rufus Estes published cookbook. There is nothing particularly unusual in that except Estes is believed to be the first African-American chef to publish his recipes. Rufus was born in 1857 in Tennessee and given the last name of his master; the man who ‘owned’ Rufus’ mother, a slave. When civil war broke out he said that most of the male...

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Blood Moon, by Alexandra Sokoloff

Book Two in the Huntress/FBI Thriller Series Blood Moon, the second in the Huntress, FBI Thrillers series, caught my attention from the first page. I couldn’t wait to read it after finishing Huntress Moon.  The first book stayed in my mind. The unique plot left me curious to know how the series would proceed. The Story It gets off to a fast start when the FBI rescues teens and preteens from several sites where children are being...

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A Review of “Destroyer,” by Brett Battles

Traveling through History After reading Rewinder, I was anxious to see what would happen next in this unique series from Brett Battles. In Rewinder, Denny Younger is removed from his lower level in society to become a rewinder, a ‘historian’ who checks family histories—in an unusual manner. Rather than research, a rewinder travels back in time to see the actual event. When a few seconds of change occurs during one of his excursions,...

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An Interview with Author, John Haremza

Right or Almost Right: The Fine Line Between Phenomenal Success and Average Results in Network Marketing John Haremza puts his twenty-three years of experience in words to help others learn how to succeed in network marketing.  With solid and very successful credentials to back him up, his book is sure to be a hit with those who wish to learn how to start and how to succeed. Mr. Haremza is now on a virtual tour from January 18th to...

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Book Review: Huntress Moon, by Alexandra Sokoloff

An Intriguing Thriller from Alexandra Sokoloff The supposed accidental death of an undercover agent sparks a multi-state hunt for one woman. FBI agent Matthew Roarke, watched as it happened, there on the scene to meet with his now dead agent. He saw the unusual–and somehow familiar—woman right before the accident, and she saw him. But who is she? Witness? Lover? Friend? Or is she a killer? When Roarke uncovers more murders where...

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Right or Almost Right

Right or Almost Right by John Haremza: Succeeding in network marketing. In your business, are you doing it right or is what you’re doing almost right? As the author explains, in business it’s those small details – those tiny steps – that make all the difference between success and mediocrity. Although the author refers to his working life an the field of network marketing, the ideas and methods are remarkably...

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A Review of “Rewinder,” by Brett Battles

Another World or Another Time? Since Brett Battles wrote this entertaining sci-fi novel, I should have known it would be a great read. It was very intriguing to consider. It is a different time–or perhaps a different world– when life on earth is dramatically different. In this world, people are assigned or born into levels. Levels for work, education, the ability to advance. Few ever move out of their level, remaining to...

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Clara’s War: The Story of Second World War Survival

One Girl’s Story of Survival: Clara Kramer. When you read this book, it’s hard to imagine what Clara’s life was like in her early teens. For almost two years in the nineteen forties, she and seventeen other people lived together in a tiny underground bunker. For some of that time, Nazi soldiers were living in the room right above them, not knowing that the Jews in the bunker could even hear them turning on a light...

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Book Review: Adventurers Abroad, By Robert Nelson

When I first heard of Robert Nelson’s latest book, Adventurers Abroad, I knew I had to read it.  So it was a pleasure when it crossed my desk for an honest review. Mr. Nelson, and  his book are currently on a virtual book tour, hosted by iRead Book Tours.  He will be dropping in at a variety of sites for articles, interviews, and more.  You can see his full tour schedule here.  Check it out. You will enjoy learning more about...

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An Interview with Author, N. R. Bates

N. R. Bates, Author of At The Sharp End of Lightning As part of the virtual book tour for Mr. Bates’ latest book, At The Sharp End of Lightning, we were pleased to have a chat with the author.  As an Oceanographer, his love of the ocean shines through in all that he writes. With this book, his love and knowledge of the oceans combine into a fantasy novel that young adults and adults will enjoy.  Grounding the fantasy within...

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Book Spotlight: At The Sharp End of Lightning

Spotlighting “At The Sharp End of Lightning,” by N. R. Bates Today’s book is written by well published scientist and oceanographer, N. R. Bates. His latest book is now on a virtual book tour hosted by iRead Book Tours.  The tour runs through the month of January, and features interviews, reviews, and articles written by the author. Please do stop by the link above to see the full schedule.  It is always fascinating...

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Book Review: Death Without Company, by Craig Johnson

Sheriff Walt Longmire is Back Author Craig Johnson has a way of writing that drew me right into the plot of this novel, Death without Company. He makes you feel like you are with friends, even as you are reading about murder. His lead character, Walter Longmire, is a likable, ordinary man, as are most of the characters in his series. The Wyoming setting—temperatures and terrain–give it a Western flare, though it is written in...

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The Nightwalker, by Sebastian Fitzek, A Review

New Release from Sebastian Fitzek Don’t miss this mind bending thriller! The Nightwalker hooks you right from the beginning and does not let go until you reach the end. Actually it still has a hold on me, days later. The novel, written by German author, Sebastian Fitzek, was released January 7th, 2016.  A great start to the new year. A psychological thriller that will keep you pinned to the edge of your seat, you will find thoughtful...

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An Interview with D. M. Annechino, Author of “A Piece Of You”

We were very pleased to have the chance to talk with Daniel Annechino, author of A Piece of You, book three in his Sami Rizzo series.  You can read our review of this most enjoyable book. Mr Annechino is currently on a two month long virtual book tour that runs from December 2015 through January 2016.  If you have a chance, be sure to check out the full tour schedule here at iRead Book Tours, to see the variety of reviews and articles...

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The Bone Clocks: David Mitchell

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell: Review. The danger of picking up this book – delightfully – is that you’ll be tempted to put your life on hold until you’ve read every word. You’ll take the day off work, you’ll eat only food that you can grab from the fridge (no time to make a sandwich), you’ll turn off your phone. You might not even realise it at first. Oh, you’ll be interested when...

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An Interview with Author, Stan Holden

Giving Candy to Strangers: Tips for Creating Abundance through Heart-Centered Sales The terrific book by Stan Holden may turn your attitude on selling upside down, making it fun and uplifting along with rewarding. We are pleased to present our brief interview with Mr. Holden here on Jaquo.  The book–and its author–are on tour through most of January.  Within this virtual tour courtesy of iRead Book Tours, you will find...

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Celebrity & Entertainment Obsession

Celebrity & Entertainment Obsession: By Michael S. Levy. What a fascinating book – and subject – this is. There can’t be many people who haven’t noticed that today’s interest in celebrities is more than just a passing one — it really is an obsession. Why is this? The author investigates thoroughly in this easy-to-read book. Until I read the book, I was under the impression that society’s...

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Rod Stewart: The Autobiography

Rod Stewart: Autobiography. I definitely wouldn’t have considered myself to be a huge Rod Stewart fan- although I do enjoy his music – but I most certainly have become a fan of Mr Stewart himself after reading this fascinating and truly funny autobiography. There have been many books written about this famous singer but here you can discover the truth about the man, his career, his music and the women in his life from Rod...

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Pirate Hunters: The Search for the Golden Fleece

Pirate Hunters by Robert Kurson. An exciting true adventure. This would be a totally absorbing book if it happened to be a novel, but the fact that this is a true story makes it completely amazing. It’s written in almost novel-form and if you’re like me, you’ll be hooked from the very first page. Pirates, sunken ships and modern day treasure hunters The combination of present day and the seventeenth century...

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Balancing World Building with Writing the Story

An Article by J. J. Sherwood, Author of Kings Or Pawns Today we are pleased to share a post written by author J. J. Sherwood. Ms. Sherwood is currently on a virtual book tour that runs January 4th through January 29th, 2016.  We hope you will check out her full schedule here at iRead Book Tours, the host of this exciting tour. Fans of fantasy and science fiction will be delighted with Kings Or Pawns, the first in a series of four...

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Spotlight On: Kings or Pawns, by J. J. Sherwood

Book Spotlight — Kings of Pawns We are delighted to be a part of iRead Book Tours’ current virtual book tour for J. J. Sherwood’s debut novel, Kings or Pawns.  This amazing fantasy series is already gathering excellent reviews.  The first in a series of four, Kings or Pawns will be on tour for most of January.  Stop by iRead Book Tours to read reviews, interviews, and learn more about the book and the author. Book...

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The Corfu Trilogy by Gerald Durrell: Review

The Corfu Trilogy by Gerald Durrell: Review In later life, Gerald Durrell was a respected naturalist and conservationist but in 1935 he was a ten year old boy when he and his somewhat eccentric family went to live in the Greek Island of Corfu. He was the youngest child of the family and, even though life in  the Durrell household was bizarre enough, introduced various creature and animals into the home with disastrous – and...

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The Blood Sugar Solution: The Book That Really Taught Me How to Be Healthy

The Blood Sugar Solution: The Book That Really Taught Me How to Be Healthy I used to have one of the worst diets ever. I’d typically drink fruit juices with almost no real juice, or sodas, with plenty of high fructose corn syrup. I almost never drank actual water. I’d mainly eat white bread, the fluffy soft kind. I’d eat candy all the time, ice cream for meals, or meals of goldfish crackers and chocolate mint cookies, and I loved fast...

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A Piece of You, by Author D. M. Annechino, A Review

Book Review:  A Piece of You The man doesn’t want to hurt them. He just wants to kill them. Rather a strange M.O. for a serial killer stalking San Diego, wouldn’t you say? Book three in the Sami Rizzo series gets off to a fast and suspenseful start in A Piece of You. Released September 7th, 2015, Detective Rizzo faces still another serial murderer, but this one isn’t as predictable. Except perhaps for one thing: He seems intent...

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The Newsmakers, by Lis Wiehl and Sebastian Stuart

Lis Wiehl’s Latest Hit I have long been wanting to read a book written by Lis Wiehl. I have enjoyed watching her commentaries and discussions on the news for years, but somehow had not picked up one of her popular novels. So it was a lovely surprise when the book arrived unexpectedly in exchange for an honest review. That certainly turned out to be a pleasure. What a great find. Ms. Wiehl is the author of more than a dozen...

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Times Like These: E.E. Smith

Times Like These: A delightful and entertaining read. Evelyn came from an unusual family. Her parents had married, separated, divorced, remarried (“at least twice to my knowledge”) and this book begins during one of their spells of togetherness – in 1945 when Evelyn was thirteen years old. Evelyn had been working since she was eleven years old as a summertime maid in a boarding house; she had lied about her age. As...

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Giving Candy to Strangers: Stan Holden

Over the years, I must have read hundreds of books about business, about selling and about relationships. But here’s one with a definite difference. You see, it’s not just that the author thinks that business can be fun, he also believes that by having fun and adding humour to your day-to-day business interactions you can increase your business, add to your client base and of course,  enhance your own life.  Makes sense!...

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In the Garden of Beasts: Book Review

A True Story of the Lives of an American Family in Berlin Before World War II. “In The Garden Of Beasts” is a dramatic historical novel, beginning in the early 1930s and covering the era of World War II. Our United States Ambassador to Germany, William E. Dodd, in the years between 1933 and 1937, repeatedly warns both German and American authorities about the widespread brutality, hate and corruption throughout Germany....

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Departure, by A. G. Riddle, A Review

A. G. Riddle’s New Bestseller It’s being described as mind bending, speculative, inventive, imaginative, futuristic, science fiction, and fantasy, just to give you a name a few. I found all the descriptions true. What an entertaining story! Departure is a well written exciting novel that starts with a current day plane crash. There are survivors. Right there you have enough for a fascinating work of fiction that would...

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Don’t Underestimate the Power of One

Don’t Underestimate the Power of One So often these days we feel helpless to change things that are happening around us. Whether a law, the government, or our community. We will tell ourselves we are just one person after all. What can we do? Here is a book that may change your mind about that. It isn’t a self help book. It’s a true story of a man and his wife who saved 50 children at the time Hitler was overtaking their...

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The Reason Behind “The Question”

The Question, by R. Breuer Stearns If you could ask one question, what would it be?  Would you have one ready, even as you read this or would you have to carefully consider before answering? That is one of the paths R. Breuer Stearns takes in his debut novel released October 13th, 2015.  A weighty beginning, don’t you think? When I first read about this book I assumed it was non-fiction. The subject matter seemed like it would...

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Book Review: Daemon, by Daniel Suarez

A Book Review: Daemon by Daniel Suarez Let me start this review by stating that this book is fantastic. What a debut for Mr. Suarez. Any time I read a book like Daemon, classified as science fiction, I get a little nervous. That genre covers a host of ideas these days, some that are of interest, others too far out of my comfort zone. I always have a need to add, “This is not what I would normally read,” to any review I do. Yet some of...

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The Question: Book Review

The Question: R. Breuer Stearns. When I first received a review copy of this book, I was intrigued by the quote on the front cover. This is ‘if you could have the answer to only one question, what would you ask?’ This in itself made me want to read this book (after pondering the question posed for a while) and I’m so pleased that I did. I know it’s a well-worn phrase that has been done to death, but I truly did...

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The Windsor Faction: If Edward VIII hadn’t Abdicated

What would have happened if Edward VIII hadn’t abdicated for Wallis Simpson? When King Edward VIII renounced the throne of England to marry his twice-divorced American mistress it undoubtedly had a bearing on world history. This is particularly true in the case of the early stages of the Second World War. This novel explores that very possibility. Ever since he abdicated in 1935, historians have been wondering just how  –...

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Books for Book Lovers, by Sally Allen, Author of Unlocking Worlds

We are pleased today to present an article from popular author, Sally Allen. Ms. Allen’s book offers wonderful selections of books from many different genres. That is what makes this article all the more interesting. You may want to add a couple  to your wish list too. Ms. Allen is currently on a virtual book tour from November 16th to December 18th, 2015, hosted by iRead Book Tours.  Do stop in at her tour site to see a list of...

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Book Review: Deadly Deception, by Alexa Grace

Alexa Grace’s “Deadly” Series Continues Book two in the “Deadly” series by Alexa Grace, brings back two popular characters we met in Deadly Offerings, the first book in the series.  Frankie Douglas, Private detective, and Lane Hansen Police detective.  Both are very effective and quite likable. The story has an intriguing premise.  Young pregnant girls, unable to keep their babies, consider themselves lucky...

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Miracle in the Andes: Survivor’s Story

It was in the mid nineteen seventies when I first read about an astonishing story of survival. Piers Paul Reid, a respected author, recounted the true story of how sixteen young men had survived a plane crash and survived in the inhospitable terrain of the Andes for seventy two days, thanks to their own determination and will to live. October 13th, 1972 The chartered aircraft took off from Montevideo en route to Santiago. The...

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I’m a Stranger Here Myself….

I’m a Stranger Here Myself… You’ve got to love Bill Bryson. Well I do anyway. I can almost guarantee a laugh when I read one of his books. And it’s not just any old laugh; it can range from an audible giggle to a roll on the floor until your belly hurts and you can’t see for the tears, kind of laugh; which is great if you want to improve your mood, but it can get kind of embarrassing if you happen to be reading one of his books in an...

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An Interview with Sima Goel, Author of “Fleeing the Hijab”

Fleeing the Hijab, A Jewish Woman’s Escape from Iran We are pleased to be a part of the virtual book tour this week for Sima Goel’s wonderful new book, Fleeing the Hijab.  Her account of her escape out of Iran at the age of thirteen is a remarkable, inspiring story.  We hope you will drop by and visit other stops along her tour to learn more about the book and the author. You can find her schedule here, at iRead Book...

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Unlocking Worlds, by Sally Allen

Unlocking Worlds: A Reading  Companion for Book Lovers We are happy to review Sally Allen’s book, Unlocking Worlds, as part of her current book tour.  The tour, hosted by iReadBookTours, runs November 16th to December 18th.  Do stop in at the author’s tour page here, to see where she has been and will be.  Each interview, article and review can be accessed there. As a reader it is always so interesting to see what others read: What...

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Spotlight on: Fleeing the Hijab

Book Spotlight We are pleased today to present an amazing book entitled Fleeing the Hijab, A Jewish Woman’s Escape from Iran, by Sima Goel. Ms. Goel is currently on a virtual book tour from December 7th through December 18th 2015.  We are pleased to join in recommending the true story of the authors escape from Iran. You can see her entire tour schedule here at iRead Book Tours.  Please stop by to learn more about the author and...

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An Interview with Author Steven Hancoff

Our Interview With Steven Hancoff, Author of Bach, Casals and the Six Suites for ’Cello Solo Today we are pleased to present an interview with Steven Hancoff, author of the wonderful compilation on J S Bach. Mr. Hancoff is currently on a virtual book tour with iRead Book Tours.  Drop in and learn more about the author and the books. The Interview What type of challenges did you face during the creation of this project? I was at the...

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Spotlight On: Bach, Casals, & The Six Suites for ‘Cello Solo

Book Spotlight on Steven Hancoff and His New eBook Set… Famed guitarist, Steven Hancoff, is currently on a virtual book tour through December 18th, 2015, for his new ebook set shown here.  We are pleased to be part of the tour, hosted by iRead Book Tours.  Do check out their link to see the full schedule of the tour.  Also watch for our interview here today with Mr. Hancoff.  It is a fascinating collection that includes a CD set...

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Haunt Couture and Ghosts Galore, by Rose Pressey

A Book Review Today’s review is a charming cozy mystery for your enjoyment. Book Three in the Haunted Vintage Mysteries is certain to be a hit with cozy lovers. The Story Cookie Channel is the owner of a vintage clothing store in Sugar Creek, Georgia. Keeping her company, whether she likes it or not, is a ghost named Charlotte and a cat who appears to be psychic. With those two around you wouldn’t think she’d be surprised when Sam...

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The Crossing, by Michael Connelly, A Review

Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller Together Again Michael Connelly’s latest novel, The Crossing, has to be a bestseller already. It’s easy to see why. What an intricate story Michael Connelly once again weaves. A complicated plot with twists and surprises that seem completely disconnected early on, yet eventually become part of the same fabric. Part of the pleasure with this novel is having Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller united again. This...

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An Interview With Author J. Natalie Winch

Ditching the Drive-Thru: How to Pass Up Processed Foods, Buy Farm Fresh, and Transform Your Family’s Eating Habits on a Modern Mom’s Schedule By J. Natalie Winch Today’s interview with J Natalie Winch is so enjoyable.  After reading her book for her current tour, we were delighted to interview the author. We learn more every day about the meaning of a healthy diet.  The growing trend away from packaged foods to...

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A Review of “The Lincoln Lawyer,” by Michael Connelly

Mickey Haller is The Lincoln Lawyer. If you know the name Harry Bosch, you are probably familiar with the works of Michael Connelly. Harry (and Mr. Connelly) has a slew of loyal fans—deservedly so—who will follow him anywhere. That includes his series of novels as well as his current television series from Amazon Studios. I’ve long been a fan. The quiet, thoughtful detective is very hard to resist. Because of that, I don’t know why it...

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Twilight – Why the Book is Better than the Movie

Hands Down – Twilight the Book is Better than the Movie. First and foremost, I find it important to tell you that I am not a fan of vampires. I don’t like the TV shows, such as True Blood, and before reading Twilight (Book 1) I had never enjoyed a vampire book. However, I was a big fan of the Harry Potter series and some supernatural books by authors such as Stephen King and Dean Koontz. My Mom introduced me to Twilight...

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An Interview With Author, Anne Perry

After reading Anne Perry’s short story, Shutter Speed, in Killer Nashville Noir: Cold Blooded, I was delighted to interview her.  It was remarkable to me how much the story managed to fit in, and how well. Many of you will know Ms. Perry from her bestselling series featuring William Monk in one, and  Thomas Pitt in the other.  Her historical mysteries will engage you and leave you thoughtful as well. While this was the first...

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Anne Perry’s Shutter Speed, from Killer Nashville Noir: Cold Blooded

Shutter Speed, by Anne Perry, A Review The short story, Shutter Speed, written by Anne Perry, is one of the well done short stories found in Killer Nashville Noir: Cold Blooded. The book is a collection of stories from nineteen different authors who were in attendance this year at the tenth conference known as Killer Nashville Noir. The selections include shorts from popular and established authors like Anne Perry and Jeffrey Deaver...

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British – American Language Differences: Solved

Are the British and Americans divided by a common language? Yes! When I first came to live in the States, I truly felt that I needed an Anglo-American dictionary. Yes, the two countries speak the same language on the face of things but there are so many differences and misunderstandings occur all the time. I have been here for twenty years now and the situation is better – but still not perfect. Even after all these years, I...

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The Sisters: Saga of the Mitford Family

Who were the Mitford sisters? They were the most remarkable people. They were scandalous, controversial and a lot of fun. They were born between 1904 and 1920 to an aristocratic, well-connected and decidedly eccentric English family. Between them the six sisters kept the newspapers busy for years with stories of their scandals, divorces, affairs and bizarre and differing political views. They were all beautiful with stunning figures...

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Book Review: Sold Out, by Stan R. Mitchell

First in the Nick Woods Series If you are a fan of suspense thrillers, you should enjoy this author and his series.  With his background as both a Marine and a journalist, the author knows how to weave both into this complex, fast moving novel. Mr. Mitchell has five books published to date, so is a fairly new author,  but one you shouldn’t miss.  I found it a terrific story. The Characters When a journalist, Allen Green, hungry...

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Ditching the Drive-Thru

Ditching the Drive-Thru: Down to earth family food advice from J. Natalie Winch. Advice about feeding our families in a healthy and nutritious way bombards us these days. It’s hard not to know that the typical American diet is bad for us and also for our children. Despite this knowledge, many of us still rely on processed foods and those from fast food outlets. In this excellent book, the author not only explains why we do this...

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Keeping Self-Care on Your Priority List, By Lorrie Forde

On Tour with Lorrie Forde Here at Jaquo, we are very pleased to feature an article from author, Lorrie Forde.  Her new book, Really Good F Words:  Your Interactive Guide to Self-Care, was released on the 1st of November, 2015. Ms. Forde is currently on the virtual book tour for her book, hosted by iRead Book Tours.  We hope you will check out her tour schedule there to see where you can find her.  You will learn lots more about the...

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Spotlight On: Really Good F Words, by Lorrie Forde

Book spotlight: Really Good F Words: Your Interactive Guide to Self-Care Today’s spotlight is on a very informative book with an equally clever name.  Lorrie Forde is currently on a virtual book tour from November 23rd through December 4th, with iRead Book Tours. Check out the tour site to see a full list of her stops along the tour.  It’s a great opportunity to get to know more about the author and her new book. The book,...

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New Mystery Suspense for December

Whats’s New in December? December holds another lovely variety of books to choose from.  Many long running series characters will be back.  Names like Pike Logan, Cotton Malone, and the Sigma Force team.  The ever popular Jack Ryan of Tom Clancy fame will appear the first of the month. Dean Koontz introduces a new character as well this month as well. Suspenseful mysteries, equally engaging thrillers, romantic suspense and...

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Angels Sing To Rest, by Chrinda Jones

Book Review: Angels Sing To Rest Today’s book is reviewed as part of the Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tour for Chrinda Jones’ engrossing novel.  You can visit the author at a variety of sites during the month of November.  The complete schedule is listed below.  We hope you will drop in on a few. It is a wonderful opportunity to get to know both the author and the book. Chrinda Jones’ newest release, Angels Sing to...

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Breaking bad habits: Creating good ones

It’s much easier than you think to break and create habits. I imagine that we all have bad habits that we’d rather not have. Furthermore, wouldn’t it be great to have some good habits? If it sounds impossible, let me give you some great examples that the book you see here can help you with. A daily walk Many of us make New Year resolutions and I imagine that one of the most common ones is to get more exercise. I...

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399 Games…To Keep Your Brain Young

Have Fun and Exercise Your Brain at the Same Time What a great book to review! It’s fun, entertaining, and might even make you feel very smart. Even better, it will help keep your brain sharp (and sharper) at the same time. That’s what I was looking for when I got this book, 399 Games…. As a retiring baby boomer, I am edging up in age. And as some of you know, my sweet mom has had Alzheimer’s for over fifteen...

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Diamodacious by D.A. Belmont. Free for a limited period

Diamondacious by D.A.Belmont. Free for your Kindle Starting on November 13th, and for only five days, this fabulous book is available for free download for your Kindle. (November 13th – 17th inclusive). You’ll love this story of the life of Debbie DeVore. Born on the wrong side of the tracks in Fort Lauderdale, as  little girl she looked longingly at the wealth that surrounded her in the city. She watched as her mother...

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The Cozy Mystery Collection

Small Town Murders Abound Since we’ve published articles here on favorite new thrillers and their authors, recent romantic suspense writers, and even some location centered reviews, such as Florida and the Pacific Northwest, it seems quite appropriate to showcase “The Cozy” on its own as well. If you love a good mystery, but want a break from the darker, more violent novels out there, I hope you have discovered these kinder,...

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I’ll Never Let You Go, by Mary Burton

Book Review:  I’ll Never Let You Go Mary Burton’s latest book, I’ll Never Let you Go, is a fast paced thriller that I listened to in one day.  Filled with tension, the story that had me expecting the worst to happen at any time. That makes for a fast, exciting read! The book is the third in the Morgans of Nashville series, the stories of a family of law enforcement officers in one form or another.  I enjoyed this one so much...

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An Interview with Theresa Anzaldua, Author of “We Had A Job To Do”

  We are pleased to share our interview with Theresa Anzaldua, author of We Had A Job To Do.  She is just completing a virtual tour for the wonderful book.  Check out each of her stops here, at the tour host, iRead Book Tours. We Had A Job To Do is a highly recommended.  As the years pass there are less and less of the veterans to tell us of the events of World War 2. Ms. Anzaldua’s recounting reminds us not only how...

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It’s Here! Robert Crais’ New Book “The Promise”

The Promise, by Robert Crais It’s finally here!  After a very long wait for Robert Crais and Suspect fans, the second book featuring Scott and Maggie, The Promise, has been released. It is actually considered part of the Joe Pike series, but this one features all four. If you have read one of Robert Crais’ novels, you’ve probably read several. There is something very endearing about his characters. Elvis Cole and Joe Pike...

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Act of War, by Brad Thor, A Review

The Scot Harvath Series, Book 13 The excitement doesn’t stop in Brad Thor’s Act of War. After finishing Hidden Order just last week, I couldn’t wait to start Act of War.  I am trying to catch up in the series faster than planned because of the author’s latest and already bestselling, Code of Conduct.  That is supposed to be the best yet.  Of course, every addition to the series seems to warrant that title. Every one of Mr....

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Book Spotlight: The Searcher, by Simon Toyne

Today we are very pleased to spotlight The Searcher, by Simon Toyne.  He is currently on a book tour with Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours.  This exciting book is the first in a new series, published October 6th, 2015.  We hope you will stop in at each of his stops on the tour to learn more about the book and the author.   The Searcher by Simon Toyne on Tour November 1-30, 2015   Synopsis: The author of the acclaimed...

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An Interview with George Chronis, Author of “Dead Letter File”

Meet George Chronis We were delighted to have an opportunity to interview George Chronis after reading his most recent book, Dead Letter File.  It was a terrific book that I recommend to any mystery suspense fan.  You can read my review of the book here. Mr. Chronis is currently on a virtual book tour with Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours.  You can see the full schedule of the tour here.  Drop by on any day to learn more about the...

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A Review of “Hidden Order,” by Brad Thor

Book 12 in The Scot Harvath Series The Federal Reserve is in the spotlight in Brad Thor’s exciting novel, Hidden Order.  The twelfth in the Scot Harvath series is a heart pounding thriller while at the same time being a thoughtful examination of how power can be exerted over a nation. In an interview with Lou Dobbs, Brad said this particular book was a twelve year process.  As the author says, when he began learning about the Federal...

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We Had a Job to Do: By Theresa Anzaldua

A fascinating selection of eyewitness stories from the Second World War. Anyone who was twenty years old when the Second World War ended in 1945 would be ninety nowadays. This means that we are gradually losing our WW2 veterans and with them, the stories about their wartime experiences. To compensate to some extent for this, author Theresa Anzaldua has collected reminiscences and stories from a variety of people who served in the US...

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Book Review: Ice Cold, by Tess Gerritsen

Book Review: Ice Cold, by Tess Gerritsen This fast paced mystery may be my favorite by Tess Gerritsen. From the very beginning it pulled me right in. An impromptu ski trip, an accident in a snow storm leads to an unexpected find. A small group of houses that have been totally abandoned, and quite suddenly. That only begins the mystery within this great story. Missing people, an attempted rescue, someone watching them—or are they...

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An Interview With Author, Austin Williams

Austin Williams on Tour Author Austin Williams is currently touring for his latest novel, Blind Shuffle.  When we were invited to be part of his tour, we were delighted.  You can find a full list of his stops at the tour sponsor, Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours.  His tour runs from October 26th through November 8th. The book was a wonderful find.  Featuring a magician is a brilliant idea, offering a very unique angle for crime...

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The Making of A Character, by John Enright

John Enright, author of New Jerusalem News, is currently on his virtual book tour with iRead Book Tours.  We are happy to feature an article here today from Mr. Enright. You can find the full schedule of his stops at iRead Book Tours.  Drop in on the tour to learn still more about the book and the author. The Characters in New Jerusalem News I had been absent from the U.S. mainland for more than a quarter of a century, living among,...

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Book Spotlight: New Jerusalem News, by John Enright

Spotlight We are so pleased to present New Jerusalem News as our spotlight book today.  As part of the virtual book tour now underway with iRead Book Tours you will find this spotlight and a wonderful article here, contributed by author, John Enright. His tour runs from November 2nd through November 20th.  We hope you will check out his schedule here on iRead Book Tours, so you can learn more about the book and the author....

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The Times They Are a’Changin’ by Lisa Tillinger Johansen

Today, we would like to introduce Lisa Tillinger Johansen, Registered Dietician and author of .Stop the Diet, I Want to Get Off.   Jaquo is pleased to be a part of her virtual book tour hosted by iRead Book Tours.   You can check out her full tour schedule there.  Don’t miss our review today of this informative, important book. The Times They Are a’Changin’ by Lisa Tillinger Johansen Change can be hard. Many of us, including...

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Stop the Diet, I Want to Get Off!

Sensible diet advice from Lisa Tillinger Johansen. The author is a registered dietician and at last, we have a book containing practical and sensible advice for those of us who are wanting to lose weight and improve our health. Yes, here we have the top tips and advice for weight loss without becoming part of the $60 billion dieting industry. Did that figure I just mentioned make you gulp? It’s true. You’ll have seen all...

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Blind Shuffle, by Austin Williams, A Book Review

Meet Rusty Diamond Jaquo is pleased to be participating in the virtual book tour for Blind Shuffle, by Austin Williams.  Mr. Williams is touring from November 2nd through November 13th with Partners In Crime Tours.  Blind Shuffle is the second book in a trilogy, though we personally we hope Rusty will be part of a continuing series. Rusty Diamond, the featured character of the series, is a magician.  That surely offers a unique...

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The Influence of The Past, by Ronald L. Ruiz, Author of Jesusita

Today we are featuring an article written by  Ronald L. Ruiz, the author of Jesusita. Currently Mr Ruiz is on a virtual book tour sponsored by iRead Book Tours. The tour runs from November 2nd through November 20th.  You can check out the full schedule here.  We hope you will stop by to learn more about this book and the author. The Influence of The Past There were two things from my childhood that influenced me most in writing...

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Jesusita: Ronald L. Ruiz

Jesusita: A novel. The circumstances in which the characters in this novel live seem to be light years away from today’s reality. Yet the story of Jesusita and the other people you will meet in this novel tell us something about what life was like for immigrants in the years following the Second World War — yes, in America. These characters will stay with you for a long time. This is unlikely to be a book you will quickly...

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The Real Mbuno from “Murder on Safari,” by Peter Riva

Author Peter Riva has another hit with his latest novel of Africa, entitled Murder on Safari. We were delighted to join his virtual book tour to share news of his book. You can see his entire tour schedule here on iRead Book Tours. In Murder on Safari, his character, Mbuno, enriched the story greatly, with his love and knowledge of the land.  When we learned he was an actual guide, we asked Mr. Riva to share more about the man. The...

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Book Spotlight: Murder on Safari

An African Adventure Today we are pleased to feature a terrific book by Peter Riva, as part of his virtual book tour with iRead Book Tours. You are sure to enjoy journeying to Africa in this mystery thriller. If you click on the link above, you can see the full schedule Mr Riva has for the tour.  Stop by any day, past or future to learn more about the author and the book.  Don’t miss the wonderful article that Peter shared with...

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Top Authors of Romantic Suspense

Romantic Suspense Authors to Keep You Reading A dramatic, suspenseful novel is a favorite form of entertainment to me. It’s a pleasure to get lost in the tension, to be on the edge of my seat anxious to find out what will happen on the next pages. Suspense, thrillers, crime fiction, mysteries…all among my favorites. Sometimes it is nice to catch your breath with a little romance added in to the mystery. When looking for a good book...

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Book Review: Noble Beginnings, by L. T. Ryan

Noble Beginnings The Jack Noble series of book is one you may have seen often on social media.  Jack sounded like an intriguing character in the suspense thriller genre.  When it became available on Audible it was time for a listen to see what it was all about. A fine listen it was too.  Narrated by Dennis Holland, it was a great listen.  He handled the voices and the pacing very well. The book went so fast, but that was partly...

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Charles Frederick Ingalls – The Little Known Brother of Laura Ingalls Wilder

Charles Frederick Ingalls – The Little Known Brother of Laura Ingalls Wilder. I am sure most of us are familiar with Little House on the Prairie television program of the 1970s. Very little was mentioned about Laura’s only brother Charles Frederick Ingalls who died at the age of nearly 10 months old on August 27, 1876. He lived in the period between Laura’s books “On the Banks of Plum Creek” and “By...

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White Heat by Marco Pierre White: Review

Great British Chef – Marco Pierre White. This is a fabulous recipe book from one of Britain’s greatest chefs. And he created a stir (no pun intended) when he first burst onto the important London restaurant scene. Marco came from humble beginnings. He was born in Leeds in Yorkshire to an English father and an Italian mother – hence his international name. His mother died when he was just a young boy, leaving his...

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Book Review: 61 Hours, by Lee Child

 Book Review: 61 Hours, by Lee Child. Give a book or movie a countdown and the pressure is on.  That is exactly what happens in this edition of the Jack Reacher series, 61 Hours.  Lee Childs created a very suspenseful tale here with enough intrigue that you lose sight of how short a time the whole story covers.  Only two and a half days, give or take a few minutes. Reacher catches a ride on a tourist bus filled with senior citizens....

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The Girl on the Train: Book Review

The Girl on the Train: A novel by Paula Hawkins. Oh, what a fabulous story Ms Hawkins has in store for us here. This is an incredibly suspenseful novel, it’s so mysterious and its twists and turns will keep you reading long after you intended to. It’s without doubt a one-sitting book. The girl of the title is Rachel. She’s divorced, overweight, unhappy and she drinks too much. Her life is a mess. Every morning she...

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Slade House by David Mitchell

Slade House by David Mitchell: Book review. I challenge you to be able to put this book down once you’ve started reading it. You’ll be tempted to stay up all night, cancel your appointments and hide your cellphone. It’s likely that you won’t realise it at first.  But before long you’ll want to learn more about the secrets of the mysterious Slade House as they are gradually revealed. The first person we...

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The British Lion by Tony Schumacher

Book review: The British Lion. One of the latest books to arrive on the review desk at JAQUO HQ is, without doubt, a can’t-put-it-down historical novel with a twist. Several twists. Along with many other readers, I find that the ‘what-if’ novels of the twenty first century can provide rollicking good stories along with a generous dose of thought provoking  ideas along the way. Mr Schumacher has certainly provided us...

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UFOs: Book Details Well-Documented and Totally Unexplained Phenomena

UFOs: Book Details Well-Documented and Totally Unexplained Phenomena. Truth is scarier than fiction, and there are UFO stories that can’t easily be dismissed. Like most people, I was always skeptical about supposed UFO sightings, thinking they’re likely weather balloons, experimental military aircraft, or something that could be explained away. That changed with this book. My interest in UFOs began when my dad told me about a few...

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The Roots of “Not Your Mother’s Goose”

By Topher Goggin, Author of Not Your Mother’s Goose When I began chatting with Merry Citarella about doing a guest post to go along with the coverage of my book, Not Your Mother’s Goose, I wasn’t sure what to use for a topic. It’s not like I actually have any special expertise in the fairy tale field. (Let’s just say that the NBC Nightly News hasn’t been calling to bring me on as their Senior Reporter of Fantasy Stories—though...

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Not Your Mother’s Goose, by Topher Goggin

Mother Goose in the 21st Century Not Your Mother’s Goose takes fads and fashions of today and sets them snack in the midst of our favorite fairy tales. Or would that be vice versa?  Whichever, the book is an amusing ‘re-do’ of the old favorite stories most of us listened to or read as children. Have you even considered how the three little pigs would have handled the big bag wolf if they could have post his photo on...

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November New Releases for Mystery Suspense

Connelly, Crais, and Cussler, Just to Start… It’s already time for the new Mystery/Suspense/Thrillers that will be released in November of 2015. The months go so quickly.  Exciting for readers, but still starting to think 2015 is nearing year end. This month features some wonderful authors.  Every month does actually, doesn’t it?  It’s nice the publishers or authors spread them out so we always have excellent books to watch for....

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Behind “Birds of Passage”, by Joe Giordano

We are pleased to present an article written by Joe Giordano, author of the book, Birds of Passage. Mr. Giordano is currently on a virtual book tour with Italy Book Tours.  We are happy to be participating in the tour with this article and our review of Birds of Passage. The tour runs October 19th through November 6th.  Stop in and see the full schedule, past and future, here at Italy Book Tours. We asked Mr. Giordano how he developed...

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Birds of Passage: Book Review

Birds of Passage: A Novel by Joe Giordano. I do hope that Mr Giordano has many more active writing years in front of him because after reading Birds of Passage, I’m left wanting to read much more from this author – in particular about this fascinating subject. Mr Giordano, who is from an Italian immigrant family himself, has created a wonderfully rich narrative detailing life in the early 1900s for those who had moved from...

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Saving our Reefs, by Robert Wintner, Author of Reef Libre

The Effects of Mass Capture for Aquariums We are delighted to share an article today from the photographer and author of Reef Libre, Robert Wintner.  You may know him as Snorkel Bob.  His wonderful underwater photography is at its best as he takes us to the reefs off Cuba. Mr. Wintner is currently on a virtual book tour that runs from October 19th to November 20th.  You can see the full tour schedule and learn more about the book and...

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Book Spotlight: Reef Libre

Reef Libre Author,  Bob Wintner Today’s spotlight is on a beautiful book that would be welcome in any library.  Mr. Wintner takes us to the underwater beauty found in the Cuban reefs as well as the busy cities within the nation.  The focus on how the population and tourism may affect the reef system is so interesting to learn. We are featuring Reef Libre as part of the iRead Book Tours virtual book tour that runs from October...

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An Author’s View of The Future, by Peter Riva

Our guest post today is from author of The Path, Peter Riva. We are happy to be participating in Peter’s book tour, sponsored by iRead Book Tours. The tour runs from October 12th to November 6th.  We hope you will click the link to see his full schedule of events.  You can also read our review of The Path here. As a wonderful science fiction author (as well as other genres), we asked Mr. Riva how he pictures the future.  It...

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Book Review: The Path, by Peter Riva

An Appealing Techno Thriller Anything to do with technology, and where it may one day lead, fascinates me.   As fast as it is improving, you have to wonder where it will take us in another decade. That is probably why I enjoyed The Path so much. Peter Riva has created a very entertaining—and possible—view into that future. When iRead Book Tours asked us to join the virtual book tour for The Path, it sounded like fun. I admit it is one...

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Travels With My Aunt: Graham Greene

A great read: Travels With My Aunt. Henry Pulling was a retired bank manager. He had enjoyed a good but rather dull life. He’d never married, but he had a comfortable home, his books and his increasing interest in cultivating dahlias in his garden. It was a boring life but he had no complaints. He rather imagined that he would spend his retirement peacefully, enjoying his quiet little lifestyle, until the day he drew his last...

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Book Spotlight: America Is An Idea

America is An Idea and The American Dream is for Everyone. Author, Michael Cyrus Pousti Today we are featuring a book from the co-founder of Empowr.com, Michael Cyrus Pousti. You will be inspired to learn how the founders followed their dreams to their Moonshot Project. We are pleased to be a part of the virtual book tour for America is An Idea.  You can find details and a schedule of Mr. Pousti’s daily stops here at  iRead Book...

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The Sisters Who Would Be Queen: Review

The Grey sisters, Elizabeth I & Mary Queen of Scots Although the nobility the the sixteenth century believed that women should have no place occupying the throne, in the second half of the century, its claimants were all female. And they were all young women; born within a dozen years of each other. These young women were: Elizabeth, who became Queen Elizabeth I, born in 1533 Lady Jane Grey, who ruled for just a few days, born in...

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A Review of High Crimes, the Movie and the Book

A Review of High Crimes, the Movie and the Book If you could enjoy watching Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman, James Caviezel all in the same movie, would you pass it up? I wouldn’t. When High Crimes came out in 2002, I was anxious to see it. First, there was Morgan Freeman. I’ve been a fan of his as long as I can remember, but since his role in Shawshank Redemption, he’s become a favorite. His voice alone makes his movies worthwhile,...

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Duck Dynasty and the Women of Duck Commander

Duck Dynasty and the Women of Duck Commander You may be familiar with the hit reality show, Duck Dynasty. Even if you’ve never watched an episode, you probably remember hearing some of the fallout from patriarch Phil Robertson’s unabashed comments a year or so ago, very politically incorrect, that almost led to cancellation of the series. Loyal fans spoke up, though, and the producers agreed that Phil would still be...

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Book Review: Named of The Dragon, by Susanna Kearsley

The Past and The Future Susanna Kearsley has a wonderful way of weaving the present with the past.  Her novels seamlessly flow back and forth, taking the reader on an adventure that may cover centuries. Named of the Dragon does the same. This time we are led to Wales, to the Pembrokeshire coast, to the small town of Angle, and to Castle House.  The beautiful setting comes to life in Ms. Kearsley’ words, even more  listening to the...

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An Exciting Suspense Thriller called Enraged

An Exciting Suspense Thriller called Enraged Each book in this page turning series by Brett Battles gets better and better. Isn’t that a credit to an excellent author? Enraged is the seventh in the Jonathan Quinn series. It was so good, I’ve already purchased number eight by Mr. Battles. When several members of his team are captured and tortured, the Cleaner plans their rescue. You could say the rescue was a success—he...

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Who Let The Dog Out? A Book by David Rosenfelt

Andy Carpenter had me laughing from the first chapter of David Rosenfelt’s latest mystery.  He has a way of making even youth softball funny. Who Let The Dog Out, released in July, 2015, is the thirteenth book in this fabulous series. I am smiling in expectation with the first page.  Like his many fans, I know I can look forward to Andy’s amusing humor.  This entry in the series may be the funniest yet. It is an intriguing...

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Flight 19 & the Mystery of the Bermuda Triangle

The mystery of Flight 19 and the Bermuda Triangle On December 5th, 1945, a routine training flight set off from Fort Lauderdale Naval Air Station. There were five planes under the command of an experienced pilot, Charles Taylor. There were fifteen men  in the five aircraft and not one was seen again. No bodies were ever found.There has been no trace of any wreckage and no debris or oil slicks were ever sighted. The fate on Flight...

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One Lucky Bastard: Roger Moore

Tales from Tinseltown by Roger Moore Wonderfully, I keep discovering books by people from the entertainment world who I never paid much attention to in previous years. Actor Roger Moore is one of them. I have to admit (and if you’re reading this Mr Moore, I apologize) Sean Connery was always the James Bond for me. Although I must admit that if he’d looked the way he does in this photograph when he was in Live and Let Die I...

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The Lady in the Van: Alan Bennett

The Lady in the Van This is the title of a wonderful book by British author, Alan Bennett. The story is true and will make you laugh … and maybe cry a little. It tells about the woman who was his neighbour for many years. Not just any neighbour, Miss Shepherd lived in her small van. And she parked it – for fifteen years – in Alan Bennett’s driveway. Now when I’ve told American people about this and used...

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Look Who’s Back: By Timur Vermes

Hitler in the twenty first century: Hilarious satirical novel. I know, it just seems so wrong, doesn’t it? But this very clever fictional account of the fuhrer is just so very funny and I recommend it wholeheartedly; it’s sure to tickle your funny bone. The book has been a best seller in Germany (yes, in Germany) and has been translated into twenty seven (yes, twenty seven) languages including English (and yes, reviews...

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The Book of Hymns, A Lovely Gift Idea

Then Sings My Soul: 150 of the Worlds Greatest Hymn Stories Are you looking for a special gift for someone in your life? A mentor perhaps, a grandparent? When I ran across this lovely book, I thought of half a dozen people who would cherish it. It’s a collection of 150 of our favorite hymns. What makes this book extra special is the history behind the hymns. Each one includes the story of how and when it was written. So many of us...

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Book Review: The Toymaker, by Chuck Barrett

Book Review: The Toymaker by Chuck Barrett I just finished an entertaining novel by an author new to me, Chuck Barrett. This second novel in the Jake Pendleton series was published in 2012. I didn’t realize it was a series when I got The Toymaker or I would have read them in order, but this one is definitely a stand alone. It has a beginning that will draw you in, and an satisfactory ending. That is to say, it doesn’t...

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Book Review: Never Die Alone, by Lisa Jackson

The Bentz and Montoya Series Returns Bestselling author, Lisa Jackson, has a hit with her new romantic suspense thriller, Never Die Alone. A chilling story right from the first chapter, it rates high on the thriller scale.  I was unable to stop listening until I finished the book. Much more suspense this time than romance, with what appears to be multiple killers stalking New Orleans. Next, it appears the serial killer known as...

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The Mitford Sisters: Book review

The Sisters: The curious lives of the Mitford Sisters If you’ve never read this fascinating book about the Mitford sisters, then I highly recommend it. This isn’t a novel,it’s a biography, but it’s one of those ‘fact is stranger than fiction’ stories. The six sisters were born into minor British aristocracy between 1904 and 1920. They had an unconventional upbringing and each girl developed their...

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Book Review: Chasing Fire, by Nora Roberts

The Best Book by Nora Roberts. Chasing Fire is my favorite book by Nora Roberts and one of my top five favorite audiobooks. This romantic suspense mystery is about the ‘Zulies,’ the elite team of smokejumpers out of Missoula, Montana, who parachute in to remote locations to fight wildfires. What caught my interest? First, it takes place in Montana. I love to read most anything about Montana. The unspoiled beauty of the...

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Rain With Scattered Showers (of laughter & tears)

Rain With Scattered Showers (of laughter & tears) I wanna go to Baltimore. I don’t even know anything about Baltimore. I know it’s a city in that big US of A, but that’s all I know. I’m an Englishman, and I live nowhere near Baltimore – I live here… England. There are no Baltimores here. But still I want to go visit Baltimore. Is it not the case for you, as it is for me, that every once in a...

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Book Review: A Case of Redemption

Book Review: A Case of Redemption A Case of Redemption, the second novel written by Adam Mitzner, has received rave reviews.  The author was new to me, but I finally had to read it to see what all the talk was about. It was very good! Mr. Mitzner is being compared to Scott Turow and John Grisham–so you can see he is already quite popular. In this story, a young woman approaches Dan Sorenson to defend a rapper accused of killing...

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Gift for Kids:  National Geographic Books

National Geographic–Always a First Choice A favorite gift I love to give to any age is a book. That is easy to pick for adults, but for children, it has to be something that will fascinate so they will be pleased to read it over and over again.  At the same time, I hope it will be something to inspire learning.   One thing children of all ages enjoy is a book of dinosaurs.   There is something about the dinosaur that draws...

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A Book Review of Two Vince Flynn Bestsellers: Extreme Measures and Pursuit of Honor

Normally a book review features one book.  This time I had to combine these two amazing books by the late Vince Flynn.  Sadly Mr. Flynn died June 19th 2013.  Partly because of that, I’ve tried to spread the books in his series over months.  All but his very first book (Term Limits) features Mitch Rapp as the leading and recurring character. As soon as I finished Extreme Measures I had to start Pursuit on Honor.  The two novels take...

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America’s Death Row Inmates… They’re All Innocent

America’s Death Row Inmates… They’re All Innocent There’s an interesting book out called ‘Injustice: Life and Death in the Courtrooms of America’. I eyed it up at my local library then dragged it home for a read. The true story of a British businessman living in Florida who gets himself convicted of a double murder and is sentenced to death. Only… he’s innocent, according to the...

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Gifts Ideas for Artisans: Adult Beverages

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Below Stairs by Margaret Powell

The memoirs of a kitchen maid. Margaret Langley was born in an age that was so different to today. She came from a family of seven children and when she was thirteen left school to go to work. She had to – to help the family finances. This book tells about her early years and in particular, her life when she entered domestic service as a kitchen maid. She worked in a laundry until she was fifteen but then began work as the most...

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In The Footsteps of a Gigantic Talent, by Bonnie MacBird

  Today we are happy to feature an article from Bonnie MacBird. We so enjoyed her book, Art in the Blood. It is such a well written book. She takes the much loved characters of Holmes and Watson and gives them a human-ness that the originals lacked. Very Clever. Excellent story. In The Footsteps of a Gigantic Talent By Bonnie MacBird, author of ART IN THE BLOOD The editor of this publication suggested that it must have been a...

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Gifts Ideas for Artisan Foodies

Be Your Own Artisan Today’s young families have become artisans in their own style.  After all the years of quick meals, prepackaged, canned or frozen, so many more are going natural. That means preparing their own baby food–not only for freshness, but also so they know what ingredients are included. No questionable food colorings or additives. It also means they are experimenting with their own food and drink creations....

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The Atlantis Ship, by A. C. Hadfield

The Story Picture our world a few hundred years in the future.  What do you see?  Will it be as dramatic a change as Mr.Hadfield has presented here, in The Atlantis Ship?  The first in a very entertaining series is sure to be a hit inside and out of the Sci-Fi genre. In his future the planet earth has been used up, pretty much a wasteland now. Human, and non human actually, coexist in space on various stations or the odd planet here...

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Dead on Ice, by Lauren Carr, A Review

The Lovers In Crime Dead on Ice is the beginning of the new “Lovers In Crime Mystery” series that found it’s footing in the Mac Faraday series. Fans of the Mac’s series will recognize the characters we get to know in this fun mystery.  State police detective Cameron Gates from Pennsylvania and Prosecutor Joshua Thornton, of Hancock County are the lovers in crime. The two both showed up on a case involving Mac...

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Authors of the Pacific Northwest

The Northwest Series Begins Today starts a new and continuing series about authors of the Pacific Northwest.  Some have lived in these northern states, some still do, and a few may live elsewhere but enjoy setting their stories amidst the beauty found here. Since we did our Author series on Florida, as far south and east as you can get in the United States, it seems appropriate to go to the opposite end of the continuous States, to...

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Gift for Dinosaur Lovers: Best Books

Kids of all ages love to learn about dinosaurs.  Once they have that love, have you noticed how it stays with them as adults too? They are so fascinating, it is easy to see why.  Such huge creatures capable of such destruction even moving across the land, yet now extinct. That interest is also a wonderful way to inspire them to learn more about geology, geography, paleontology, and archaeology.  All good things, I think.  It must be...

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Fishbowl: By Bradley Somer

Review: Fishbowl by Bradley Somer. Ian is an adventurous goldfish and one day he leaps out of his bowl ……. wait! Don’t click away. I don’t read novels about goldfish either (as a general rule) but if you stop reading now, you could miss finding out about a novel that is without doubt one of the best I’ve read this year. Ian belongs to Connor and lives in a bowl on the balcony of the Seville. The Seville...

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An Interview with Author Michele May

Michele May is the successful author of the Circle City mysteries.  She took time out from writing her fifth novel in the series to chat with me today.  The first book in her series, Perfidy, was the first I had read by Ms. May, but I am looking forward to more. Thank you, Michele, for allowing us to get into your mind as a writer.  It’s always fascinating… The Interview Readers are always curious/interested in how an author...

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Stephen King: On Writing

Stephen King: On Writing. Author Stephen King built his writing career around science-fiction, horror and suspense stories. But in my opinion, one of his best books is Stephen King “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft,” a non-fiction guideline for aspiring writers. The craft of writing is one that has to be learned. You can yearn to be a writer, and you may have the talent, but even then, there are things you don’t...

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New Mystery Suspense Novels for October

October is a month of wonderful mystery suspense thrillers for your reading pleasure.  There are  many of our popular favorites releasing new books this month.  It is always exciting to learn a book is coming some, and even more so as that release date arrives. John Sandford, Elizabeth George, John Grisham, Robin Cook, Tess Gerritsen…Does that whet your appetite? You will find many more on the list here at Mystery Suspense Reviews. As...

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Book Review:  Perfidy, by M. E. May

Perfidy is the first book in the Circle City Mystery series that includes four books to date, all centered around the city of Indianapolis and its police force. Different members of the force are featured in each book in the series. That is always a treat, since we so often want to learn more about the different characters we’ve met. The Story Perfidy drew me in right from its mysterious beginning.  When Mandy Stevenson’s mother...

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Book Review: The Ark, by Boyd Morrison

A Terrific Race to Save The Planet Boyd Morrison in another author, living in the Pacific Northwest, in Seattle, Washington.  I am so pleased to add him to our list. I’ve enjoyed two of his novels so far, with more to come.  His suspense thrillers are fast paced, exciting adventures that are pure fun.The Ark was a terrific beginning to the Tyler Locke series.  The book introduces Tyler Locke, a former combat engineer, along with...

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Kill and Run, by Lauren Carr: A Review

  We are pleased to be a part of Lauren Carr’s virtual book tour for Kill and Run, sponsored by iRead Book Tours.  The tour began August 31st and runs through October 6th.  That means Ms. Carr has been keeping a very busy schedule. Here’s our review of her latest soon-to-be-bestseller! Kill and Run, by Lauren Carr If you are a fan of mystery suspense thrillers, you won’t want to miss the latest book from Lauren Carr....

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The Asylum, by Jeannette de Beauvoir, A Book Review 

A Tragic History, A Dramatic Story, an Intriguing Present Day Mystery Asylum is a dark story that is sure to capture your attention. Mystery surrounds us even as this book begins.  A mother surrenders her child to Sisters at a Montreal orphanage in the 1950’s. Why?   In present day Montreal, Quebec, four women who appear to have nothing in common are murdered. The police assume a serial killer is on the loose. In a well written style,...

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The Race for Paris: Review

The Race for Paris: A novel by Meg Waite Clayton. We’ve all seen photographs taken during the Second World War but have you ever stopped to wonder about the people who took them? I have to admit that this had never crossed my mind until I read this based-on-the-facts novel. Some of the photographers were assigned by newspapers; others were official military personnel. But another fact I was unaware of until I read this book is...

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Top New Suspense Thrillers, Part 2: Ben Coes, Author

Top New Suspense Thrillers, Part 2:  Ben Coes, Author. Ben Coes and Dewey Andreas This is the first author in our series on the top new writers of suspense thrillers.   “ Newer” is perhaps a better word, since this excellent author now has five bestsellers now published with his latest, Independence Day.  Newer as compared to Vince Flynn, Tom Clancy, and Brad Thor.  Ben Coes is first since his character Dewey Andreas is one of...

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Three Days to Forever, by Lauren Carr, A Book Review

Will Murder Stop The Wedding? The Mac Faraday Mystery series, written by Lauren Carr, has been a pleasure to read.  When I first learned of Ms. Carr’s books, I went back to the beginning to follow the series in order.  As a result, I’ve grown fond of each character in the series, along with characters that appear in her Lovers in Crime series. Up until now, the books have often been called cozy mysteries.  In some ways I understand...

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Book Review: Supreme Justice, by Phillip Margolin

From Oregon,  Phillip Margolin Phillip Margolin is another of our Pacific Northwest Authors, one well recognized.  An attorney himself, he has not only worked in the Oregon courts, but has handled all sorts of criminal cases, including over thirty homicides.  With a background like that, you can see why he is so able to provide the vivid detail of what goes on behind the scenes. It is always a pleasure to begin a book by an...

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Book Review: Damage Control, by J A Jance

An Author of the Pacific Northwest. J A  Jance is another long time resident of the Pacific Northwest.  She and her husband now divide their time between Seattle, WA, and Arizona. Ms. Jance has written so many books, it was hard to pick a first to read.  Damage Control turned out to be a terrific selection.  Book number 13 in the Joanna Brady series, it features Sheriff Joanna Brady, along with her husband Butch, her mother and...

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The Line between Research and Literary License, by Lauren Carr

Today we are pleased to present an article from bestselling author, Lauren Carr.  We are currently participating in her virtual book tour for her new book, Kill and Run. The first in her new Thorny Rose Mystery series was released September 4, 2015. The tour, courtesy of iRead Book Tours, will run from August 31 to October 9th, 2015.  If you would like to see the full schedule of events, you can find it here at iRead Book Tours. The...

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Visible Learning and the Science of How we Learn. Hattie & Yates

A huge collection of research! In 2009 John Hattie published a book called Visible Learning, which is a huge collection of research about how to improve children’s learning. It talks about what really works in schools and has become a ‘bible’ for educationalists all over the world. Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn is a follow on from this. Hattie got together with cognitive psychologist, Gregory Yates, and...

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The Wind in the Willows: Wonderful Family Book

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham is one of the best-loved children books ever.  It is loved so much by so many because it’s a tale for child and adult alike that deals with universal themes. My sister bought this edition for my son when he was only 5 years old, and we have loved it ever since, and it has become our family book. So my son has grown up with the Wind in the Willows. When he was very young we read him the...

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Review: The Secret Life of the Dyslexic Child by Robert Frank PhD

Dyslexic himself, Dr Frank is a teacher and psychologist so there is very little he doesn’t know about dyslexia. He has written this fantastic book, The Secret Life of the Dyslexic Child, and I highly recommend it to anyone who has ever asked the question ‘what is dyslexia?’ If you know dyslexic children as a teacher, parent, relative, or neighbor, then you will learn so much from this book. My husband is not dyslexic, but is a...

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Art in the Blood by Bonnie MacBird

A new Sherlock Holmes mystery. Impossible? Not in the hands of Ms MacBird. Yes, here we have a new Sherlock Holmes adventure that even the most traditional Conan Doyle aficionado will enjoy. If you think that nothing could compare to the original Sherlock Holmes stories, then this book will surely change your mind. When this book landed on the review desk at JAQUO HQ, I too was dubious, but I can thoroughly recommend Art in the Blood...

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Lauren Carr’s New Virtual Book Tour Begins Monday

Get ready to take an online tour with  bestselling author, Lauren Carr! August 31, 2015 will begin a six week virtual book tour featuring her new release, Kill and Run.  We are pleased to be a part of this tour, both here at Jaquo and at Mystery Suspense Reviews. The first in the The Thorny Rose Mysteries will take a big step into the suspense thriller genre.  I’m about halfway through the advanced reader copy I received for the tour...

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A Wrongful Death, by Kate Wilhelm, A Book Review

Pacific Northwest Authors Series Author Kate Wilhelm is part in the Pacific Northwest Author series.  Her series takes place in Eugene, Oregon.  This story spends time along the beautiful Oregon Coast as well as in the city. The novel, A Wrongful Death, is the ninth in the popular Barbara Holloway series. It was the first for me from this author,  but won’t be the last.  I enjoyed it very much. The characters are likable, the path...

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The Black Echo, by Michael Connelly, A Review

Going Back to the Beginning Michael Connelly writes a fine story.  That was true from his very first novel.  It was a pleasure spending time in  The Black Echo. The first novel published by Mr. Connelly was also our introduction to Harry Bosch, L.A. Police Detective.  The book earned him an Edgar Award for best first novel from the Mystery Writers of America, only the beginning of many awards, well over twenty bestselling novels. I...

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Book Review; Contract to Kill, by Andrew Peterson

Already a #1 Bestseller Nathan McBride, accompanied by Harvey Fontana, return in the latest novel from Andrew Peterson.  The fifth in the series doesn’t disappoint.  I enjoyed the story of this one immensely.  In less than ten days, it has already become the number one bestseller in crime action fiction! The entire series is so entertaining. For me, it is a sure thing, and an automatic order.  Nathan and Harv are an experienced team,...

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Book Review: The Affair, by Lee Child

It is always a treat to read another of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series.  In audio they are even better, narrated by Dick Hill.  He is just the right voice, and attitude, for Jack’s laconic character.  The entire series is so enjoyable, one I highly recommend. Reacher isn’t your usual hero.  He has the skills.  He is very good at seeing clues and solving crimes.  He is well trained, which is a good thing since he is often taking on...

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New Suspense Thrillers for September

Coming Soon!  New Mystery Releases This month is another exciting month for mystery suspense readers.  Long popular series, a revival of a series most of us thought had ended, and a new series for a popular author are just a few among the list. It seems every month this summer has offered so many favorites.  At least for me.  You too?  That is certainly one of the benefits of a series.  Knowing that each year (or almost) another book...

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