The Medical Examiner (by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro) … funny aspects to the Women’s Murder Club

This was not a sophisticated story, but it’s okay. There were silly parts amidst the mystery and intrigue. There is enough action to keep your attention. The characters are fairly well developed…though I felt that the people outside of the Women’s Murder Club group were a little shallow.

The experience Claire has in the morgue was shocking and gets the ball rolling into the next mini-installment of the series. The “funny” aspects were entertaining and it was fun to see the ladies of “the club” cut loose.

Bullseye (by David Baldacci) … a good novella with two strong characters

I have fallen in love with David Baldacci books. This is the first book I’ve read in the Will Robie or Camel Club series. I think I would enjoy it more if I had read the first books before getting engrossed in this mini-read.

Even without the background, I enjoyed the book and intrigue. Robie and Stone develop a relationship as they are thrust into the middle of what appears to be a bank robbery.

This is one of the more interesting novellas I have read. Kudos to David Baldacci on another hit.

True Blue (by David Baldacci) … strong female characters with kick-butt action

I have fallen in love with David Baldacci books. This is not part of a series and serves as a wonderful stand-alone. You are given a glimpse into who the bad guys are, but not how they will be caught.

Mason Perry is a tough former cop and her sister, Beth, is a take-no-prisoners chief of police. I really enjoyed the relationships that exist and are developed throughout the pages. This one keeps you interested and you anxiously wait to see how things will be resolved.

The characters are well developed and I enjoyed having the females as the primary focus. There is mystery, kick-butt action, intrigue, survival, twists and turns, and excitement. I highly recommend this for the reader who enjoys action reads.

The Weekenders (by Mary Kay Andrews) … the well-to-do and their obnoxious whining

The Weekenders was an okay read. Lots of stuff going on and you are left wondering who dunnit…all the way until the end of the book. But I have to say that the main character’s daughter was irritating as snot! She was so over the top snooty and disrespectful. I know her mom was concerned because she had been diagnosed with Type I diabetes, but she was allowed too much freedom.

I have to say that I love the books Mary Kay Andrews writes that have a little more humor thrown in. that was not the case with this book. This story was about the well-to-do and their obnoxious whining. It’s a good thing I have read other books by Ms. Andrews or this might be my last one. I will give her another chance, but not too many more!

Get on Your Knee Replacements and Pray: If You’re Not Dead, You’re Not Done (by Kris Kandel Schwambach, Karen Kandel Kizlin, Kathie Kandel Poe, Linda Kandel Mason) … humor and encouragement in the face of aging

This was an absolutely delightful book! I laughed so many times and enjoyed the wonderful insights into the stories the Kandel sisters shared. In fact, the book was so good, that I will purchase a paper copy of the book once it is released.

Whether or not you are in the “senior” group…or just heading there quickly…you will find encouragement. Even though you are aging, if you are still alive and breathing, God can still use you. And no matter what your health, your energy level, your socioeconomic status, you can be used to further the Kingdom.

Thank you to NetGalley and the FaithWords publishers for an ARC in exchange for my honest review. I look forward to more books by these wonderful ladies.

Lost Roses (by Martha Hall Kelly) … an amazing story of amazing women

The prequel to Lilac Girls was an interesting read. It was a little slow start for me, but I finally was sucked into the story and could not put it down. I love Martha Hall Kelly’s historical fiction and am looking forward to her next book. I’m already anxiously waiting for the opportunity to devour the next Woolsey tale.

What a captivating story of life during the Bolshevik revolution. You will travel from the US to Russia to Paris…entrenched in the horrors of the Great War and the lives affected by war, atrocities, and many dangers. There are moments of holding your breath as you wait to discover what will happen next. There are many threads woven throughout the pages…love, loss, loyalty, faith, hope, altruism, danger, selfishness.

I am not as familiar with the First World War but the author does a great job of making you experience the emotions from the various corners of the world. The chapters of this book are presented from the viewpoint of three main characters. And the stories flow smoothly as you discover the richly drawn aspects of their lives and how they end up colliding in an astonishing way. You will be cheering on some of the characters while wishing others would meet with an unfortunate ending. Either way, you will be deeply invested in the story.

Thank you to NetGalley, Martha Hall Kelly, and Random House for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

Where the Crawdads Sing (by Delia Owens) … resiliency and strength amid nature and loneliness

I really enjoyed this book. What an amazing story of a coming-of-age young girl. Kya is abandoned by her entire family over a period of several years. But her resiliency and strength were impressive. Between the pages of this awesome book is a tale of survival, hope, racism, loneliness, love, and anger.

This book is a wonderful story woven with poetry, emotions, nature, and breathtaking beauty. At one point I truly gasped because I thought something had happened that I was not ready to accept. But luckily, it was just a twist to keep you flipping through the pages as fast as possible.

I promise that you will want to read through to the last page, the last word, the last expression of enlightenment. You will not be disappointed!