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Told from the point of view of the husband, then the wife, of a couple whose young son died in an earthquake, this novel builds up the suspense bit by bit as the husband thinks he sees his son alive and older but still recognizable.  Is his father delusional?  What is the wife hiding from him?  The author creates an atmosphere of tension and suspense, dropping the clues little by little.  Good read!

Evaluation: 5 out of 5

Told from the point of view of the daughter of Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain, Princess Catalina’s life and marriage to Henry VIII is fascinating.  We see how children of royalty were pawns in the royal moves for power and consolidating territory.  This is a compelling behind-the-scenes look at the political machinations of King Henry’s court.  It is a very interesting imagining.

Evaluation: 4 out of 5

What if our worst fears about China’s plan to use computer espionage to infiltrate every aspect of the American economy were to come true?  This is the premise of this novel, and after the Edward Snowden situation, it may be closer than we think.  A scary, nail-biting page turner of a novel.  Since computers run everything, how true-to-life this scenario seems.

Evaluation: 4 out of 5


Charles Lennox, member of Parliament and former detective, teams up with Lord Dallington to solve the murder of several people in London, as well as prevent the assassination of Queen Victoria.  As they do so, they give the reader a glimpse into Victorian England and the society we know from Downton Abbey.

Evaluation: 3 out of 5

This is the most recent novel in the Dr. Kay Scarpetta, chief medical examiner of Cambridge, Ma. series. It has the usual cast of characters…Kay’s FBI agent husband Benton, computer wiz niece Lucy and police investigator Marino. As in the other novels, Kay and her group use forensic evidence and extraordinary technology in search of a serial killer. If you’re a fan of the series you’ll likely enjoy the book, though I found some of details too tiresome.

Evaluation: 3 out of 5

This is a charming story of a young widowed mother and her daughter who travel to her widowed aunt’s lakeside camp ground in search of a fresh start. This is a predictable, yet still enjoyable novel that will warm the reader’s heart.

Evaluation: 4 out of 5

A group of journalists search for the Holy Grail in war torn Ethiopia after encountering a dying priest who states he saw the Grail in a hidden monastery. This book starts off action packed, but stalls in the middle, before reaching an only adequate ending.

Evaluation: 3 out of 5

Very scary thriller, and hard to put down. Several crimes are investigated by a forensic photographer who searches for her husband’s killer, an Interpol agent, and a priest, and as the threads of the plot bring them together, the suspense builds.

Evaluation: 4 out of 5

One of my favorite authors gives us a glimpse of Venice, where she has lived for 30 years.  Her insights and thoughts about people and the places she has been are witty and engaging.  We see an insider’s view of the city she loves.

Evaluation: 5 out of 5

The unusual group of detectives in the Peculiar Crimes Unit face witches, Russian hit men, and unexplained deaths. Things go wrong as usual, then it all goes downhill from there.  I love this series.

Evaluation: 5 out of 5