Alchemy of Herbs

Alchemy of Herbs by Rosalee De la Foret, is a collection of herbal recipes that help heal the body through food. It seems like very straightforward recipes, although I haven’t tried any at this time. I’m beginning to read more about herbs and am trying multiple sources for information.

Read March 2018.

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Glass Houses

Another fun read by Louise Penny. Glass Houses tells the story of revenge served cold. A group of friends returns for their yearly reunion in Three Pines when a dark, mysterious figure shows up in the center of town. Never moving, the figure dressed all in black, stands facing the town with a sinister feel. After the figure disappears, and a body is found, its up the Chief Inspector Gamache and his colleagues to determine what happened.

Although, there is much more to the story than simple revenge and Gamache and Beauvoir uncover secret drug routes through the region. In order to effectively catch the criminals, the Surete must present a mismanaged, incompetent front to trap the criminals into revealing their plans.

Good read.

Read March 2018.

What Happened

What a depressing read. To realize that someone who can articulate so many complex issues and see fault with themselves and find ways to improve could’ve been President. Hillary Rodham Clinton really dives into what she believes went wrong with her 2016 Presidential campaign. Whether its completely accurate, I cannot say, but she has many strong arguments about why she lost the election.

While I agree with Mrs Clinton herself when she says she’s not the best about speaking about herself, she is quite good at talking political points and telling other people’s stories. While clunky in parts, the book went through so many different topics that affected her campaign and her career leading up to it.

Important read. Read February 2018.

Right Behind You

Lisa Gardner’s Right Behind You captivated me from the beginning. The current story of a murdered wanted for the killing of his foster parents and two random people at the convenience story, is intermingled with the story of the tragic upbringing of the shooter and his sister, now being fostered by former criminal investigators helping on this case. The relationships between all the parties can be complicated, but the desire to find the shooter alive is critical to all involved in the investigation. This novel shows the importance of how your past can always catch up with you.

Read December 2017

The Rules of Magic

In The Rules of Magic, Alice Hoffman tells the Owens’ Family story from the perspective of the newest generation. Three siblings, Franny, Jet, and Vincent are raised with very specific rules about magic and how to keep it out of their lives. Their mother cannot protect them forever and they are soon called to the family home in Massachusetts when Franny comes of age. The three siblings grow together as witches and farther apart as adults, but magic becomes an important part of their lives.

A very fun, witchy read! Should’ve read it around Halloween!

Read December 2017

You’ll Never Know, Dear

Hallie Ephron’s You’ll Never Know, Dear is a strange story about a family who’s daughter was kidnapped forty years ago with no trace. Janey was only four when she went missing along with her porcelain doll that was made to look like her by her mother. Her sister Lissie was only seven and her whole world changed after that. Her mother, whom everyone called Miss Sorrel, never gave up hope and kept the search alive for her beloved Janey.

Miss Sorrel was known for her dollmaking and fixing skills and ran a business out of her home. After offering a reward every year for 40 years, it seems like Janey’s doll made its way home. The police along with the family investigate to see if it truly is Janey’s doll and how it ended up with its current owner and whether is it related to the explosion and gas leak that injured Miss Sorrel and Lissie.

To find the truth, secrets from 40 years ago must come to light, along with current crimes and secrets.

Interesting read and a lot more information about doll making than I ever knew.

Read October 2017

Magpie Murders

Anthony Horowitz set up Magpie Murders in a unusual way. The first chapter seems to be set outside the book with someone sitting down to read Magpie Murders: An Atticus Pund Mystery, by Alan Conway. Then we jump the the text of the novel within the novel until it suddenly ends with the last few chapters missing. We find ourselves back with the original character, Susan Ryeland, who now must find the remaining chapters of the novel in order to publish it after the sudden suicide of Alan Conway (our novelist within the novel).

Susan starts to believe that Conway didn’t commit suicide but was murdered. But why? The list of potential suspects grows longer the more Susan digs into Conway’s life. When she finds the remaining chapters it helps solve one crime, but another almost ends her life.

This was a creative murder mystery set in peaceful English villages. I really enjoyed the concept and execution of the stories.

Recommended.

Read October 2017