Book Reviews by Patty Crane

Courting Misfortune by Regina Jennings

America’s first detective agency, the Pinkerton Detective Agency,…

Random Road by Thomas Kies

Geneva Chase is a really good reporter. She writes well, has…

We Came, We Saw, We Left: a Family Gap Year by Charles Wheelan

Charlie Wheelan is standing on a train platform in Medellin,…

Before She Was Helen by Caroline B. Cooney

Caroline B. Cooney is known for her young adult novels but she…

Cozy Reads for January

Hidden Treasures by Jane Cleland The Crystal Cave Trilogy…

The Secret, Book & Scone Society by Ellery Adams

I enjoy mysteries with well-developed characters and if it is…

Vanishing in the Haight by Max Tomlinson

The Summer of Love occurred in the Haight-Ashbury area of San…

The Big Finish by Brooke Fossey

Eighty-eight-year old Duffy Sinclair is a little bit of a crank,…

The Moon: A History for the Future by Oliver Morton

On March 9th I was headed east around 9:00pm and saw a spectacular…

Deep State by Chris Hauty and Lost Hills by Lee Goldberg

March is Women’s History Month and I’d like to be able to…

An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good by Helen Tursten Review by Patty Crane

Helen Tursten is a Swedish mystery writer with two very successful…

The Consultant by Tj O'Connor

Tj O’Connor is a former government anti-terrorism agent. He…

Breaker's Reef by Terri Blackstock

In our reviews the library staff often mention the variety of…

Bluff by Jane Stanton Hitchcock

If you’ve ever taken a writing course you’ve heard ‘write…

Thyme of Death by Susan Wittig Albert; Blood Oath by Linda Fairstein; Justice in Plain Sight by Dan Bernstein

Although not by conscious choice, most of my reading lately has…

The Burglar by Thomas Perry

Thomas Perry’s latest novel, The Burglar, has many of the elements…

Thanks a Thousand: a Gratitude Journey by A. J. Jacobs

  The latest book by A. J. Jacobs, Thanks a Thousand:…

Gone to Dust by Matt Goldman, Sweet Tea and Sympathy by Molly Harper, Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan

Lately I've been reading random things that catch my eye.  Some…

The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda

I recently finished the Stella Crown mysteries by Judy Clemens.…

Only Child by Rhiannon Navin

First graders huddled in a closet listening to the pop, pop,…

It's All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World's Family Tree by A. J. Jacobs

A. J. Jacobs has amused and informed us by living for a year…

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

Jennifer Egan began the research for her latest book years ago.…