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Charleyboy, Lisa

4.5 stars

A profound book about the Indigenous Woman experience by Native American women.

5th Avenue, 5 a.m.

Wasson, Sam

3.5 stars

Nonfiction about Audrey Hepburn and the making of Breakfast at Tiffany's. (mini review)

7-1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle (The)

Turton, Stuart

3 stars

A fantastical, intriguing story as a man is given 8 days and 8 different host bodies to solve a murder in a gothic setting.

A Better Man #15 Gamache

Penny, Louise

5 stars

A murder, a Three Pines resident faces a personal crisis, and Gamache faces yet another job change - all set in beautifully described Canada.

A Big Little Life: Memoir of a Joyful Life

Koontz, Dean

4.5 stars

A loving tribute by Koontz to his joyful dog Trixie after her death. (mini review)

A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World

Fletcher, C. A.

4.5 stars

A dystopian story of a stolen dog and the adventures and hardships endured trying to rescue her. - a Buddy Read

A Caller's Game

Barker, J.D.

4 stars

A thriller where a shock disc jockey is challenged on air to a deadly game and there's only one cop on hand to stop the game.

A Christmas Carol

Dickens, Charles

3 stars

The classic story of Scrooge and his three spirits. - a Buddy Read

A Curious Beginning #1

Raybourn, Deanna

4 stars

Veronica Speedwell #1 in series: London 1800s. A feisty, outspoken, liberated heroine. A strong, emotionally damaged, mercurial hero. A cozy mystery with murder, lies and deception galore, scientific minds being challenged to solve a winding trail of clues.

A Curse So Dark and Lonely

Kemmerer, Brigid

4.5 stars

A prince is cursed and goes on a killing spree once a year and can only be saved by true love.

A Dark Lure #1

White, Loreth Anne

3 stars

After being abducted and abused, a woman escapes and tries to rebuild her life on a remote ranch where she becomes embroiled in family problems and danger. (mini review)

A Darker Shade of Magic #1

Schwab, V.E.

4 stars

The first of a trilogy about a couple of magicians who are the only people who can travel between four versions of London. (mini review)

A Great Reckoning #12 Gamache

Penny, Louise

4 stars

An old map, a murder at the Academy where Gamache and 4 students are suspects. (mini review)

A History of Loneliness

Boyne, John

3.5 stars

An Irish priest's faith is tested as he has to confront the problems and secrets within the Catholic Church. - a Buddy Read

A Ladder to the Sky

Boyne, John

2 stars

The story of an aspiring writer who will stop at nothing to achieve his goal. (mini review)

A Long Walk To Water

Park, Linda Sue

4 stars

Based on true, this middle grade story is of Salva Dut and his formative years during the Sudan war and how he survived. (mini review)

A Memory of Violets

Gaynor, Hazel

3 stars

Set in London in the late 1800s, this novel tells the story of a young woman who gets a housekeeping job at a home that attempts to help the orphaned girls that sell flowers on the street corners. Part light mystery, part light romance.

A Murderous Relation #5

Raybourn, Deanna

4 stars

Set in Victorian London, this action packed murder mystery features the independent Victoria Speedwell.

A Rip Through Time #1

Armstrong, Kelley

4 stars

A detective in present day is attacked and during the attack is transported to 1800s Scotland in the body of a housemaid to a doctor. Time travel and mystery combined to good effect.

A Single Thread

Chevalier, Tracy

3 stars

A story about the "surplus women" before WWII and a single woman who finds purpose in joining an embroidery group at the local church. (mini review)

A Time of Miracles

Bondoux, Anne-Laure

3.5 stars

Upper middle grade story of a boy and his mom trying to leave war-torn Russia for a safer life with all the trials and tribulations of a perilous journey. (mini review)

A Tiny Upward Shove

Chadburn, Melissa

3 stars

A grim story of a spirit that can read the mind of people around her as she plans revenge for her murder.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Smith, Betty

3.5 stars

The classic coming-of-age story of a young girl in Brooklyn at the turn of the century. - a Buddy Read

A Trick of the Light #7 Gamache

Penny, Louise

5 stars

Another winner from this award winning author as the art world gathers in the small town of Three Pines - and an artist is killed.

Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (The)

Alexie, Sherman

4.5 stars

Award winning book to read in a day that explores some serious themes in a sometimes lighthearted way.

After the Flood

Montag, Kassandra

4 stars

Set in post-apocalyptic world of water, a woman faces dangers as she tries to find her oldest daughter.

Alias Emma

Glass, Ava

4 stars

A new-ish British spy is tasked with her first solo case: get a targeted man to safety by morning, but all the CTV cameras in London have been hacked by the Russians, so they'll be seen wherever they go. Can they make it?

All My Puny Sorrows

Toews, Miriam

3 stars

A story about sisters and the strong bond they share. One wants to end her life and the other wants to save her and give her a reason to live.

All Of Us Villains #1

Foody, Amanda

4 stars

First in a duology about an ancient curse that causes the teens from the seven strongest families to battle to the death for the honor of controlling all the magic for the next generation.

All the Devils Are Here #16 Gamache

Penny, Louise

4 stars

Set in Paris, as Gamache and Beauvoir await the birth of Beauvoir's second child, they are trying to solve the mystery of a hit and run targeting Gamache's godfather.

All the Light We Cannot See

Doerr, Anthony

4.5 stars

Set in WWII, it's two separate stories - one of a blind French girl and one of a German boy - their lives and how they cross during the war. (mini review)

Amarillo Slim

Preston, Amarillo Slim

3 stars

A fascinating look at how Amarillo Slim became a renowned gambler, celebrities he knew, and the some of the history of gambling in Vegas. (mini review)

American Dirt

Cummins, Jeanine

4.5 stars

The controversial book about a Mexican woman and her young son's journey from Acapulco to the US as they try to stay ahead of the cartels chasing them and make their way to safety in the US.

An American Marriage

Jones, Tayari

4.5 stars

A newlywed black couple in the south finds their marriage severely tested when the husband is falsely imprisoned for rape.

An Equal Justice

Zunker, Chad

3 stars

A young lawyer has a crisis of conscience and takes on cases in support of the homeless. (mini review)

An Unkindness of Ghosts

Solomon, Rivers

2 stars

Aboard a spaceship a slave woman is trained by the ship's doctor and fights to learn about her mother. (mini review)

Anatomy of a Scandal

Vaughan, Sarah

3.5 stars

A courtroom drama set in the UK that revolves around three women - the prosecutor, the defense, and the victim - and the crime is rape by a high-ranking cabinet member. (mini review)

Angel of Goliad (The)

Roberts, Jean M.

3 stars

A story of friendship between two women of different times, time travel, and the war between the armies of Santa Anna of Mexico and Sam Houston of Texas. (mini review)

Anne of Green Gables #1

Montgomery, L.M.

4 stars

A spunky orphan becomes part of a household and gradually everyone falls in love with her exuberant ways. - a Buddy Read