Week of 02 Apr 2017
The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity
The Shack is predictable. By the time you read the first 30 pages, you know how it's going to end. That said, it's an easy read, and Young tells a tight, well-constructed story that holds your interest. He really should have edited out the hokey walking on water scenes with Jesus, though.
Blog Critics

The Shack

by William P. Young

The Cutthroat (An Isaac Bell Adventure)
Despite an awkward transition or two and a bit of padding (there’s a recipe for Welsh rarebit), the Bell series hits the right note for those who like crime fiction with a unique setting.

The Cutthroat

by Clive Cussler

The Obsession
Romance queen Roberts entices readers with a winning tale...Sizzling romance, affable characters, and enticing suspense make this a read to be savored.
Publishers Weekly

The Obsession

by Nora Roberts

In This Grave Hour: A Maisie Dobbs Novel
The best thing for all is how the whole series delivers solid story and sympathetic characters. In This Grave Hour is lucky number 13, and there’s no sign the series will stop showing how individual acts of heart can do much to counter collective tragedy.
NY Journal of Books

In This Grave Hour

by Jacqueline Winspear

a dog's purpose
... a first novel that follows the spiritual journey of a dog through four incarnations. Marley and Me combined with Tuesdays with Morrie.

a dog's purpose

by W. Bruce Cameron

milk and honey
This book is perfect for getting you through any breakup. Some poems hit you with the power of two lines, while others need two pages to sink in.

milk and honey

by rupi kaur

Norse Mythology
Superb. Just the thing for the literate fantasy lover and the student of comparative religion and mythology alike.

Norse Mythology

by Neil Gaiman

Lilac Girls: A Novel
Despite some horrific scenes, this is a page-turner demonstrating the tests and triumphs civilians faced during war, complemented by Kelly’s vivid depiction of history and excellent characters.
Publishers Weekly

Lilac Girls

by Martha Hall Kelly

The Devil's Triangle (A Brit in the FBI Book 4)
After all that’s been written about the ark in countless adventure stories, it’s hard to find any new ground to cover. But there are action and thrills aplenty in Coulter and Ellison’s new addition to their Brit in the FBI series...

The Devil's Triangle

by Catherine Coulter

Deservedly popular Moriarty invigorates the tired social-issue formula of women’s fiction through wit, good humor, sharp insight into human nature and addictive storytelling.


by Liane Moriarty

A Man Called Ove: A Novel
"A Man Called Ove" is a tale of a sourpuss who is trying to commit suicide - hardly the theme for a delightful story. Backman's debut novel, though, is truly an amusing and entertaining novel.

A Man Called Ove

by Fredrik Backman

Dangerous Games: A Novel
With the added impact of supporting roles by handsome hunk Ben Chapman and the intriguing Olympia Foster, this is an exciting political thriller packed with mystery, drama, romance and fast-paced action. A clever, compelling story with all loose ends tied up to perfection…
Lancashire Evening Post

Dangerous Games

by Danielle Steel

Without Warning
Joel C. Rosenberg is one of my favorite authors. I haven’t missed any of his political thrillers, and I thoroughly recommend his work. He writes fascinating, readable fiction that almost seems as though it’s actually current events.
Book Reporter

Without Warning

by Joel C. Rosenberg

Expecting to Die (An Alvarez & Pescoli Novel Book 7)
Bestseller Jackson’s overly busy seventh Selena Alvarez/Regan Pescoli novel (after 2014’s Deserves to Die) finds the Grizzly Falls, Mont., detectives dealing with bigfoot sightings, teenagers with too many secrets, and a murder...More deaths follow as Jackson’s plot spins in too many different directions to achieve much suspense.
Publishers Weekly

Expecting to Die

by Lisa Jackson

The Last Mile (Amos Decker series)
...while the case starts out with plenty of potential, Decker’s incredible memory really isn’t flexed much here, so it’s ultimately solved by ordinary detective work. Riddled with implausible situations and light on the research, this plodding tale is for die-hard Baldacci fans only.

The Last Mile

by David Baldacci