In the Company of Secrets by Judith Miller

In the Company of SecretsThis story is set in the late 1800s and tells about how one rich girl got herself into trouble and used one of her servants to get herself out. Then the servant went to work in Pullman in a job she wanted but one which caused her grief. Romance along the way. Good clean reading.

Reviewed by Dianne

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Samson’s Deal by Shelley Singer

Samson's DealA good mystery with a protagonist who seems to find clues in the weirdest places. He also is a man who seems to have no job which antagonizes his father, for the father does not understand that his son does mysteries and has a love life. Good read set in Oakland/Berkley, and the protagonist is hired by the husband to find the killer so he can get on with his life. Several unusual twists in plot keep you reading.

Reviewed by Dianne

 

Distortion by Terri Blackstock

DistortionTerri is an mystery writer who keeps you on your toes. Suspenseful. In this book it is hard for the female protagonist to see her husband in a negative light and even harder to explain to two young boys. Gives insight on how crime affects everyone. Recommended if you like mysteries that are not gruesome but that keep you guessing. No foul language is involved, either.

Reviewed by Dianne

52 Steps to Murder by Steve Demaree

52 Steps to MurderIf you like murder mysteries that leave you wondering WHO DONE IT, this author fits the bill. Plus, the two protagonists are about the funniest homicide detectives you could ever meet. Reminds me of the old TV series Columbo. You wonder how they could ever solve anything. One even gets clues from God to help them in their quest and often the clues seem obscure but really are like God reaching down and showing them the way. Quick, fast, and funny read.

Reviewed by Dianne

East of the Mountains by David Guterson

East of the MountainsAuthor wrote Snow Falling on Cedars which I have yet to read.

The book tells the story of a man in his late 70s who is dying of colon cancer and thinks he wants to protect his family from the indignity of this disease, so he plans to go back to Eastern Washington where he was born and spare his family from this ordeal. Along the way he meets several people who give him different prospects on living. Good read ,lots of accurate depictions of Eastern Washington and apple picking.

Reviewed by Dianne

The Lottery Winner by Mary Higgins Clark

The Lottery WinnerNot her usual cloak and dagger mystery. Six short stories to set the stage for longer novels based on NYC lottery winners Alvirah and Willy and the mysteries that Alvirah finds herself in and solves. Good quick read.

Reviewed by Dianne

Lo, Michael by Grace Livingston Hill

Lo, MichaelIf you like romance novels with graphic sexual scenes, Mrs. Hill does the job. One caveat – the characters are real if you place them back 100 years, for this is when most of her books were published. This book is about a young slum NYC boy who saves the life of a rich little girl. In gratitude, the father sends him to a preparatory school. The boy loves the girl all the time, but class differences keep them apart. Read to find how their romance blossomed.

Reviewed by Dianne