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Four Stars

The Memory Collectors by Kim Neville

Many of us have seemingly worthless objects we treasure because they hold memories of their owners. A father's hat, a mother's ring, a child's old shoe, we connect with them emotionally. In The Memory Collectors, Kim Neville takes this idea... Continue Reading →

Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano

Finlay Donovan Is Killing It begins with one of those mornings, Finlay is in a frenzied rush trying to make an appointment while her nanny is late and her kids are not cooperating, to say the least. She is in extremis,... Continue Reading →

How I Learned to Hate in Ohio by David Stuart MacLean

How I Learned to Hate in Ohio tells the story of  Barry (Baruch) Nadler as he goes from a much-bullied adolescent in high school and ends when he's a young adult. His father is a college philosophy professor and his... Continue Reading →

The Flavor Equation by Nik Sharma

The Flavor Equation approaches cooking and recipes from a scientific viewpoint, explaining how flavor is made up of several different qualities that can be combined and balanced. He suggests there are seven elements to consider: emotion, sight, sound, mouthfeel, aroma,... Continue Reading →

Miami Noir: The Classics ed. by Les Standiford

Miami Noir: The Classics takes a long look back at noir stories from the past. Editor Les Standiford cleverly excerpted novels to provide a broader view of classic noir from Miami. The stories were published between 1926 and 2006, eighty... Continue Reading →

The Helios Disaster by Linda Boström Knausgård

The Helios Disaster is a story of mental illness. It begins with a young girl being taken from her father and placed in foster care. Her father is diagnosed with schizophrenia, but this is all fractured in the telling. The... Continue Reading →

Undaunted by James O. Brennan

Undaunted is the memoir of John O. Brennan, the CIA director for the last half of President Obama's term. Since his retirement, he has been critical of Trump and the Republicans who refused to act to punish Russia for intervening... Continue Reading →

Tampa Bay Noir edited by Colette Bancroft

Tampa Bay Noir is an excellent addition to the Akashic Noir series of anthologies. Each edition of this series is edited by a local, usually an author, a bookseller, or book critic. In this edition, the editor is Colette Bancroft,... Continue Reading →

The Awkward Black Man by Walter Mosley

Walter Mosley is best known for his mysteries, especially Easy Rawlins the famed L.A. detective. He is a master of noir, but I am more certain that readers a hundred years in the future will be reading The Awkward Black... Continue Reading →

Land of 10,000 Plates by Patrice M. Johnson

Land of 10,000 Plates is a cookbook celebrating the unique cuisine of Minnesota and her dramatic changing seasons. It begins with the Annual Minnesota Congressional Delegation Hotdish Competition, a tradition begun by Al Franken and continued by Sen. Tina Smith.... Continue Reading →

Let’s Fix Lunch! by Kat Nouri, Erin Scott, & Stasher

Let's Fix Lunch! is more than just a cookbook. It's a manifesto for reducing waste. That makes it a welcome addition to my cookbook shelf. I try to reduce waste as well. The cookbook focuses on lunch which means there... Continue Reading →

Big Love Cooking by Joey Campanaro

Big Love Cooking is a welcome collection of good recipes that reflect a love of good food that sets instead of follows trends. Joey Campanaro dedicated this book to his mother and grandmother and for good reason, their recipes and... Continue Reading →

Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson

I enjoyed The Girl with a Clock for a Heartso much I immediately read another book by Peter Swanon, Eight Perfect Murders. This is another story I can see as a film, one with Tom Hanks or Jimmy Steward in the... Continue Reading →

The Girl with a Clock for a Heart by Peter Swanson

The Girl with a Clock for a Heart is the sort of thriller I can picture as a movie with Jimmy Stewart or Tom Hanks in the lead role. George Foss is at a local tavern with a long-time friend/lover... Continue Reading →

The Darkest Evening by Ann Cleeves

The Darkest Evening is the ninth in the Vera Stanhope series. It begins during a blizzard. Vera is driving home and mistakes her turn. She finds a car has driven off the road. The driver is gone, the door of... Continue Reading →

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