Lost Luggage

“Lost Luggage.” By Wendall Thomas is a first person narrative by Cyd Redondo, Redondo Travel, Brooklyn, New York, makes this a fun book to read. She describes herself as: “the first line of defense. It’s my job to anticipate and prevent any and all travel disasters for my clients.” We see the wide world of […]

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Archer Mayor will be speaking via Skype at The Book Carnival 348 S. Tustin St. Orange, CA on  Oct. 26 at 7 PM. “Trace” by Archer Mayor is part of the Joe Gunther series, but it is not necessary to have read the other books to enjoy this one. “Trace” consists of three separate stories with […]

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“Fireworks in Paradise”

“Fireworks in Paradise” is the eighth book in Kathi Daley’s Paradise Lake Mystery series, but it is possible to enjoy this book without having read the previous books. The author provides quick background comments in the context of the storyline to fill in anything needed from the previous books. Since previous story lines are woven […]

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“A Conspiracy of Ravens”

 “A Conspiracy of Ravens” by Terrance McCauley is the most recent in the James Hicks series. It follows the set-up of the previous books, but it is not necessary to have read the other books to be totally captured by this one. James Hicks fights terrorism through “The University” a stealthy intelligence organization, but now […]

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“I Love My Bread Machine”

I usually review fiction books, but I could not resist this book. I must admit that before I got this book, I “liked” my bread machine, but I certainly did not LOVE it. I made basic bread using a recipe that came with the machine, and we loved it. However, that was about it.  WELL […]

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“Good Friday”

“Good Friday” by Linda La Plante takes place in March 1976, a time when the Irish Republican Army subjected London to a terrifying bombing campaign. Jane Tennison completed her CID course and was anxious to put her skills to work. Unfortunately, in 1976, roles for women in police-work were very different, and police regulations included […]

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“Trafficked” by Peg Brantley is the second in the Mex Anderson series. It is not necessary to have the previous book to understand this one. Any background information is included in the narrative, and there is no unnecessary summarizing of the previous book. I start with a caution; this book deals with a difficult social […]

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“Magician’s Impossible”

Author Brad Abraham describes “Magician’s Impossible” as “Harry potter meets James Bond,” and I found that to be true. It starts with an intriguing magic card trick and continues from there. Jason Bishop has his life interrupted when his father commits suicide. The circumstances become more unusual when he discovers that his father was a […]

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“Until Proven Guilty” 

J.A. Jance will be at The Book Carnival, 348 S. Tustin Street, Orange, CA 92866,  on Monday, September 11 at 7:00 PM to discuss the newest J. P. Beaumont novel, “Proof of Life,” number 23 in the series. With that in mind, this is a good time to look at J. P. Beaumont’s first appearance […]

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