The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion
Fiction / March 28, 2018

This author has stories and a writing style that speak to me. Graeme Simsion’s The Best of Adam Sharp kept me turning page after page. I am still reflecting on it now. There are questions posed and insight given- i.e. how significant others interact, or don’t, whether marriages are able to withstand infidelity, whether lost love should stay lost, and will one person sacrifice for another? All of this is wrapped into the story of Adam and Claire and Angelina and Charlie. Not really a “light read” in my opinion, but not too heavy either, meant to entertain, while making the reader question their own action and effort in past and present relationships. Well done Graeme.

The Advice Column Murders by Leslie Nagel
Advance Reading Copy , Mystery / March 7, 2018

After talking about the subgenre “cozy mystery” with a co-worker I got curious and decided I had to read one.  So when The Advice Column Murders by Leslie Nagel came to my attention as an Advance Reading Copy I requested it immediately.  And I wasn’t disappointed.  I feel it was a great introduction to the format of crime fiction with less emphasis on sex, violence, and gore. Charley Carpenter is the local, small town girl with a sharp mind and a desire to solve crime. She has a great boyfriend, who is on the local police force, and a circle of friends. Charley is in the process of expanding her small business when a young woman is murdered. And this is where all the facts of the weird world come undone.  Good thing we have Charley to figure it out.  A quick, easy read. My first cozy- done! Probably not my last.   I received this as an Advance Reading Copy. Thanks Alibi and Net Galley.