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The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove

“Jenny went off to the kitchen, trying to put the morning together in her mind, pieces of conversations as surreal as a Dali jigsaw puzzle.  There was definitely something going on in Pine Cove.”

In his second novel in the Pine Cove series, author Christopher Moore brings us back to the lovely, quaint, summer, tourist town of Pine Cove, California.  There is not much connection with the first in the series other than a few of the characters as they enter the post-tourist season.

Death Ship

“Elation flooded his mind. He shivered as he went over the timing for the thousandth time. This would be a great triumph for Islam, maybe one of the greatest victories in over five hundred years. Surely, it would make the attack on the Twin Towers in New York seem like nothing.”

In Death Ship, author Joseph Badal brings together three generations Danforth’s to try to stop a very serious terrorist plot.  While this family is from the United States, the terror plot has a Mediterranean slant.  The senior Danforth is x-CIA, the son is a high ranking Special Forces, and the grandson is a teenager.  Efforts are further hampered by ambitious and corrupt politicians at the highest level of American government.  You’ll learn to hate politicians even more…not sure that’s possible.

The Day That Never Comes

The Day That Never Comes by Caimh McDonnell is the second in the Dublin “Trilogy”.  I use quotes as there is actually a fourth book in the “trilogy”.  No matter as I’ve like them all so far.  In this novel Brigit and Paul are back and things are strained between them.  That’s a very big deal as they have started a business together with Bunny…and he’s missing so their first case is to find Bunny.

A Man With One Of Those Faces

“There was nothing special about his face – just the opposite in fact – it was entirely ordinary, as was the rest of him. Five foot nine, blue eyes, brown hair. His sheer ordinariness was the whole point. He was a medium everything; his features were the most common in every category. He had nothing that came close to qualifying as a distinguishing anything. His every facial attribute was a masterpiece of bloody-minded unoriginality, an aesthetic tribute to the forgettably average. Collectively they formed an orchestra designed to produce the facial muzak of the Gods.”

As A Man Thinketh

“A man cannot directly choose his circumstances, but he can choose his thoughts, and so indirectly, yet surely, shape his circumstances. Nature helps every man to the gratification of the thoughts, which he most encourages, and opportunities are presented which will most speedily bring to the surface both the good and evil thoughts.”

Originally published in 1903, As a Man Thinketh by James Allen provides much about the relationship between thought, action and being.  The title alone gives you the sense of the dialogue contained in the book.  The book was interesting, though repetitive.  It was recommended in another book that I didn’t like so I, of course, decided to that that author’s recommendation.  I’m glad that I did, but I’ve read better “self-help” type books.  This one just wasn’t to my taste.


Outfoxed is the first in the Sister Jane series.  So “Sister” is just a nickname and has no association with any religious order.  It took me a while to note that to my self.  The setting is the world of Virginia foxhunting where young and old come together for the thrill of the chase.  Sister Jane is nearly seventy and, though going strong, feels the need to appoint a successor.  When one of those seeking the post ends up dead, things get tricky.

Let Us Prey

Mimi Capurro owns the Gotcha Detective Agency.  When she is hired to provide protection for a famous author she becomes exposed to an unusual group of role-playing vampires when someone close to the author is murdered.  The vampires make for a somewhat mysterious and target-rich group of suspects.  Things are further complicated when an ex boyfriend is the detective is assigned to the case.

Red Phoenix

Perhaps ripped from future headlines…Red Phoenix takes us to a world where South Korea is at war within itself, their neighbors to the North are lead by an insane man emboldened by his Russian and Chinese masters, and the Americans are facing political turmoil from within by weakened elected officials.  What would happen if the North Koreans attacked?  Who would prevail?  Author Larry Bond gives you some insight into this scary scenario.

Locally Laid

Locally Laid introduces us to author Lucie Amundsen and her husband (her children too) as they jump headlong into starting  a commercial-scale pasture-raised, free range, organic egg farm.  Frighteningly his career prior to this was behind a desk and his only experience consists of raising five backyard hens, none of whom had yet laid a single egg.  Their worthy goal is to reconnect local agriculture with local economies; and at tremendous financial risk to themselves.