Tightly written thriller. Marcas is a Freemason and a cop. He is to help investigate a murder that happened in the French embassy in Rome which has Freemason ties. His partner for the case, Jade, has no use for Masons so he has an uphill battle dealing with her. She comes to rely on him as the case proceeds.
I loved this! I was on the edge of my seat throughout the book. It was a page turner. The characters are good. Marcas and Jade are fun to watch. I liked that Marcas explained different Mason symbols and history as the investigation went on and had influence on the case. As everyone is trying to find the parts needed for the secret, as well as the murder, it turns out not to be what I expected. I cannot wait to read book 2 in the series. I highly recommend this.
Living 40 days in a different culture helps you understand the culture. These are small vignettes of Tamalyn Dallal living in five countries that are with large Islamic populations. Within each culture, Islam has been changed to take in the local customs that existed when Islam came into the area. I thought she would live with one family for the whole 40 days but she lived in hotels, apartments, rented rooms, etc. instead of spending all her time with one family. She met many different people. I learned much about the cultures and countries, such as where some are and where they are near. It is interesting and worth reading. I just wish she had lived with one family 40 days and immersed herself in their daily lives.
Two cats of different colors meet for the first time. Each is full of disdain for the other based on color. Then they think and decide to become the other one. Both discover both are needed and good. Neither is better than the other.
I liked the rhyming. It was fun to read aloud. The illustrations are wonderful. It teaches a lesson we all need but it doesn't preach.
Audrey is so in love with Frank when he asks her to move in with him. During their time together, the love fades quickly. Now all Audrey wants to do is kill Frank, no matter who gets in the way.
This is one of the funniest tongue-in-cheek books I have read. I laughed out loud as Audrey makes her plans as well as her reasoning behind each plan. I could hear this as an audio book and can hear the drawl as the story is told. This is dark humor at its best. I plan on reading more of this series.
I found this to be a painful read especially at this time. Cora's journey from slavery to escaping it and being recaptured is told through her eyes, with short vignettes through the eyes of others whose lives intersected hers. I do not understand why there is so much hate based on skin color. While I hesitated to pick it up, once I did I was compelled to finish it. The words are powerful as are the actions of many on the question of slavery and life after slavery.
Alex improves his Star Jumper and it is bigger and better than ever. But he knows he still has a few more inventions to make to ensure success as he goes into space, hopefully with Zoe as his co-pilot. He needs an anti-gravity belt so the gravity differences between planets can be handled by his body. He also needs a way to restrict Jonathan's spying and getting in the way.
I love this series. Alex's asides and explanations as he tells the story have me laughing out loud. He is a riot. The drawings that illustrate what he means are great. Alex and Jonathan are so realistic. I cannot wait to read book 3. This is so much fun!
Hannah wants to do more than keep house and do chores around the farm so she runs away. Jacob picks her up on the highway and tries to persuade her to stay in her community but she will not be swayed so she goes with him to Philadelphia.
I liked Hannah and Jacob. I liked the protectiveness that he felt for her. I also liked Hannah's brother Toby and how he watched over her even when he did not agree with her. I enjoyed the story.
Virgil is a dragon with human parents who are trying to raise him in an apartment in NYC in 1920. Rose and Henry are college students raising Virgil. They are learning as they go. So far they've learn Virgil is fascinated by the Christmas tree and that does not go well. He is also eating a lot and they need to find out why and where can they put him to sleep.
What an imaginative, creative, interesting story! I loved it. It was fun to hear Virgil's thoughts and how he communicates. I liked Rose and Henry even though they were very much like newly married couples defining their positions and territories in the early days of their marriage. I have got to read the earlier books in this series to find out how the three of them ended up together. What fun!
Creative story of how Bob, a cat, spends his time while his human, Marcia, is out of town. His neighbor, Farfel, brings offers over and puts them on the front doorstep. Marcia is not pleased. Then she discovers what is happening.
I enjoyed this story. Told with words and drawings it is imaginative. Marcia's thought processes are interesting. Wrong, but interesting. I would read more of Bob and Farfel.
Kate is looking for domestic discipline when she goes and buys lingerie. Colin returns from his conference to learn that Kate disobeyed him on shopping. He disciplines her and rewards her.
I liked Kate and Colin. I liked the way the story described the physical setting of Kate's home and what she could feel with her five senses. I also liked that I could feel her psychological feelings of the anticipation of the discipline as well as the discipline itself. Well done.
Alex wants to build a space ship to go to the other side of the galaxy, far far away from little brother Jonathan. Using cardboard and junk he builds his space ship, space suit, and equipment. Jonathan is sure Alex is building something for him. When he finds out Alex is not, he is telling Mom. Alex must find a way to defeat Jonathan's evil deeds.
I laughed out loud at times. This story is told in the first person point-of-view which makes is so much more funny because Alex is throwing asides at the reader through the whole book. He is my kind of kid. I could place myself in Alex's shoes and feel exactly as he was feeling. I totally enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the rest of the series.
Ben Bear wants freshly baked bread but it is too hot. He goes off to school with the promise of a slice with honey when he returns. He decides to make a drawing of his mother at school. On his way home, he shows it to his friends who each "suggest" improvements to it.
A cute story for kids. Mama is surprised at how she looks but with love in her heart keeps her promise to Ben. I enjoyed it. I figured the picture would change with each "improvement" but it was fun to read.
Starting with the Carter administration this is a look at how the Democratic party pulled away from its working class base and turned toward the people with money. It gives a history of the change and the affect it had on the middle class and politics up through today. I got mad as I read it and had to put it down several times. I understood what was said. Mr. Frank kept it simple and, at times, humor poked through. I wish I would have been more politically aware when I was younger and understood what was happening and how it would impact me and my world. Worth the read!
A baby is found in the manger in the church where Thea's brother is vicar. She goes after the man she thinks is the baby's father who turns out is not but she's involved in the mystery of who left the baby and why. As she gets to know Lord Morecombe she throws conventions to the wind as does he. They may both think they are focused on the baby but, as anyone with a pair of eyes sees, they are more interested in each other. The baby brings out sides to them that they would never have discovered by following convention.
I liked this story. I liked Thea and Gabriel. They make a good couple. She does not let him mow her over and he discovers there is more to a woman than companionship in bed. The mystery is good as Gabriel must unravel the past and realize his mistakes. I plan on reading the rest of the series.
Homage to Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None (10 Little Indians). Follows the original very well. Who would want to kill a nun? Why? As Bea and the rest of the Literary Ladies look for clues, Bea's secret comes out as does Levi's. I enjoyed this story. Chandra is as crazy as ever and the reason is a hoot. Hank trusts the Literary Ladies and they do what they do best. I liked the librarians who were staying at Bea's. Well done. I look forward to reading the next book.