Week of 19 Mar 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

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

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

Bone Box: A Decker/Lazarus Novel (Decker/Lazarus Novels)
A low-concept small-town procedural that delivers more authenticity than suspense, with so many forgettable suspects, witnesses, and potential victims that you’ll need a grade book to keep them straight.

Bone Box

by Faye Kellerman

Evidence of Evil (A Randa Sorel Mystery)

No Critic Review

Evidence of Evil

by Zero

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

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

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

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

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

Into the Fire: A Night Prince Novel
The pair also seem to be retreading some of the plotlines of old novels, but their chemistry has its moments, and the movielike descriptions of magical locales provide fodder for the imagination. An occasionally enjoyable read that wraps up loose ends and sets up new stories in Frost's paranormal world.

Into the Fire

by Jeaniene Frost

A Million Little Things: A Novel (Mischief Bay)
I am happy to say that all three women eventually find their way. Life is never perfect, nor easy, but somehow people adapt. Readers will enjoy the journey of these three women. There’s something in this story for everybody.
Cocktails and Books

A Million Little Things

by Susan Mallery

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

Banana Cream Pie Murder (A Hannah Swensen Mystery)
Baking maven Fluke wants to have her cake and eat it too. Grafting Hannah’s new relationship with Ross onto her lingering attachment to two previous boyfriends, her family of origin, her business, and the rest of the Lake Eden crew leaves precious little room for mystery.

Banana Cream Pie Murder

by Joanne Fluke

Shadow's Seduction (Immortals After Dark Book 17)

No Critic Review

Shadow's Seduction

by Kresley Cole