Friday, August 20, 2010

Night Shadow by Cherry Adair

Night Shadow by Cherry Adair 

Alex Stone, agent for the international antiterrorism agency T-FLAC, tracks down dangerous global criminals.  Lexi Stone, not related, switches from an Internal Affairs desk to become an agent herself.  Danger and suspense combined with romance as Lexi takes on an undercover mission while on assignment to Alex’s team to .  Paranormal abilities enable the team to follow a European terrorist who kidnap and then ransoms people.  The twist is that they brutally massacre their hostages as they then vanish into thin air.  Can Alex and Lexi stop the terrorists in time to avoid further causalities? 
     As a stand alone, this book is an action packed fun read.  The first books in the trilogy Night Fall and Night Secrets are next on my reading list.

Review by Sherry Woods, a Southwest Page Turner member 

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly

The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly
When the LA Times announces crime reporter Jack McEvoy will be released from it’s staff in two weeks time, Jack decides to go out in style with one final big write-up.  As his investigation of a murder, he discovers the real murder is not the person the police have arrested.  Jack links this murder to another murder.  On the hunt for the truth, Jack, his life in peril, follows the trail of bodies.  With every twist and turn, will Jack’s search lead to the real killer?

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Scarpetta Factor by Patricia Cornwell

The Scarpetta Factor by Patricia Cornwell

Dr Kay Scarpetta, working for the NY City Office of Chief Medical Examiner finds herself knee-deep in suspense and action.  It takes all of her skills and those of her acquaintances to solve the disappearances of a prominent heiress and a string of murders, bombs, missing persons, psychotic former patients and the news media.  All embroil Kay, Benton, Lucy and Moreno in life threatening action.  Cornwall’s lengthy novel will more than satisfy Scarpetta fans.

Review by Sherry Woods, Southwest Page Turner member

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Canterbury Papers by Judith Koll Healey

Canterbury Papers looks like a really stuffy book, but its lively and adventurous. There is a sequel that I can't wait to read!

Nancy B., a library patron

Monday, August 16, 2010

Legends of the Fall by Jim Harrison

Legends of the Fall is a book of three novellas, one of which inspired the 1990s Brad Pitt film of the same name. This work is a bit dry, in my opinion. It is great for building vocabulary, but all but eh most seasoned adult reader might want to have a dictionary on hand when reading this. The events are told in a very factual, straight forward manner that feels more like reading a documentary than a work of fiction. The movie changes the story significantly, making it probably much more appealing to a modern audience. The concepts are ahead of their time, and the events of the stories interesting, but the style of telling is too "straight to the point" for my personal taste. Those that find fanciful, highly descriptive stories to be too "fluffy", however, might find this book very refreshing.

Review by Sheila Hall

Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Diaper Diaries by Cynthia L. Copeland

The Diaper Diaries is a hilarious "must read" for mommy to be, new mom, or mommy to be again! Cynthia Copeland does a wonderful job explaining everything from feeding your baby, to dealing with your mother-in-law, to those dreaded doctor's visits and grocery store trips. The illustrations complete the book. If you want a good laugh and need to take your mind off things, read this.

review by Tina Bullock, Southwest

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Bullet by Laurell K. Hamilton

Bullet, the newest release in the Anita Black: Vampire Hunter series, this book returns to her usual style. For much of the book, it seems as if the mega-series may be drawing to a final conclusion. Many of the ongoing story lines are wrapped up, but then, new, dynamic characters are introduced and a new over-arching disaster-on-the-horizon comes into focus leaving the reader hungry for the next installment. Always strong willed but emotionally confused, Anita is endowed with many of the characteristics of the modern woman. She is growing more comfrotable with her sexuality, but also more strained by the efforts of managing her highly complex life. These books are not for the "prudish" or the faint of heart, but for thos of us who embrace all of the quirks of humanity and life, it is entertaining and fascinating to watch her story unfold and the webs she traps herself in become more complicated and more impossible for her to extract herself from.

Review by Sheila Hall