Monthly Archives: March 2015

The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B. by Sandra Gulland

The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B. (Josephine Bonaparte, #1)Rose dreams of romance when it is predicted she will become queen. She lives through the turbulent French Revolution and meets the strangely charismatic Napoleon Bonaparte. Read this story to see how Rose becomes the woman remembered as Josephine…

This first book in a trilogy vividly shows the events which shape Josephine. She becomes a woman who understands “in war, as in love, it is always complex” (p. 297). The pain of a faithless husband, terror of the revolution, and excesses of the powerful affect her. People such as the powerful Deputy Barras and trendsetting Fanny de Beauharnais are interesting. The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B. provides a personal look at Josephine, the personalities of her time, and French history.

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Other fictional portrayals of Josephine include Becoming Josephine by Heather Webb and The Secret Life of Josephine: Napoleon’s Bird of Paradise by Carolly Erickson.

Get the true story by checking out biographies of Josephine such as Napoleon and Josephine: An Improbable Marriage by Evangeline Bruce.

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Booked to Die by John Dunning

Booked To Die (Cliff Janeway, #1)Detective Cliff Janeway wants a Denver bookscout’s killer caught, but he goes too far. He exchanges his badge for a bookshop, but the case won’t stay closed. More people die and Janeway is the only one who can solve the case. Will he succeed or is he booked to die?

Janeway is a hardboiled PI with intelligence and creativity. Booked to Die has the gritty PI elements of the tough PI, a mysterious woman, and plenty of suspects. A twist is Denver’s book business is the gritty underworld. Janeway’s thoughts about valuable books and how they are sold offers a look at the book selling world (of the 1980s/early 1990s). Booked to Die offers a gritty PI mystery in a unique setting and a mystery in the world of bookselling.

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A missing manuscript is only part of a mystery in The Godwulf Manuscript by Robert Parker.

A bookhound turns detective when his ex-wife is killed after she calls him to appraise her book collection in Hound by Vincent McCaffrey.

A PI navigates the world of horse sports to investigate the hostile takeover of a racetrack in Odds Against by Dick Francis.

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Island Girls by Nancy Thayer

Island GirlsThe three Randall sisters must survive three months of each other’s company to inherit their father’s beach house. Ambitious Arden, peacemaker Meg, and sheltered Jenny don’t think they’ll make it. Romances, job opportunities, and family secrets make a lively summer. Can sisterhood help them to embrace new beginnings?

Island Girls is a story of sisterhood and change that has a heartwarming tone. The sisters’ unique personalities struggle to pull together rather than apart. The challenges they face offer the opportunity to follow their dreams. Nantucket is beautiful, charming, and “a place of rest and the notion of infinite beginnings” (pg. 142). Island Girls offers sisterhood, change, and an interesting locale.

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An antique hunter learns she has a half-sister when she receives an unexpected inheritance in The Apple Orchard by Susan Wiggs.

Four sisters will rekindle sisterhood or go crazy when they must live together to inherit from their grandmother in Ladies of the Lake by Haywood Smith.

Three sisters face past wounds at their grandmother’s beach house in Summer Girls by Mary Alice Monroe.

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Saint’s Gate by Carla Neggers

Saint's Gate (Sharpe & Donovan, #1)

FBI Agent Emma Sharpe goes to a convent to appraise art but finds murder. Undercover FBI Agent Colin Donovan shows up to help for reasons of his own. Attraction pulls the agents together but mistrust keeps them apart. Can they survive the truth?

Emma and Colin are both independent, have secrets, and are stubborn. All of the characters have secrets causing tense wonder over what happened and who can be trusted. Neggers provides a look into three occupations -undercover work, art restoration, and convent life- that most people do not get to experience. The charming southern Maine coast and ancient beauty of Ireland also pull the reader into the story. Saint’s Gate offers lightly sensual romantic suspense.

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An oceanographer holding a deadly secret isn’t sure who she can trust in Fatal Tide by Iris Johansen.

A bush pilot and an FBI agent face attraction and an arsonist in Inferno by Karen Harper.

FBI agent Quinn Star’s mission to protect the First Lady of the United States is complicated by not knowing who to trust in The Real Deal by Fern Michaels.

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