Thursday, May 3, 2018

Books Read - April 2018

Blackwell, Juliet
A Magical Match *****
Fiction.  Ninth in the Witchcraft Mystery paranormal cozy mystery series.  Lily and her friends are getting ready for a Magical Match tea party at the shop when Sailor is arrested for murder.  Lily’s powers have gone on the fritz due to some goodies from the cupcake lady, but she needs to gather her strength to find out who has framed Sailor and why.

Cisneros, Sandra
The House on Mango Street ***
Fiction.  Collection of vignettes about the characters who live on a street as told by the author as a young girl and as she grew up.

Jaffarian, Sue Ann
The Trouble with Midnight *****
Fiction.  Three first stories in series by three talented authors.

Lourey, Jess
August Moon *****
Fiction.  Fourth in the Murder-by-the Month cozy mystery series set in Battle Creek, Minnesota.  Mira is fed up and ready to leave the small town to return to the Cities where she won’t be tempted by the gorgeous Johnny Leeson.  But when a local cheerleader is found dead, Mira has to lend her help to solve the murder.

Beauty is in the Eye of the Newt ****
Fiction.  Short story about a private detective who is hired by a man to find his missing wife.

The Catalain Book of Secrets ****
Fiction.  Katrine flees a broken marriage and heads home to Faith Falls, where she will be reunited with her family.  Her homecoming isn’t welcomed by all, and she needs to find a way to reconnect with her beloved sister.

Death by Potato Salad ****
Fiction.  Short story in the Murder-by-the-Month cozy mystery series.  Mrs. Berns is off to a church gathering where she attends a class on making homemade mayonnaise.  When a man has food poisoning, it’s up to Mrs. Berns to solve the murder.

December Dread *****
Fiction.  Eighth in the Murder-by-the-Month cozy mystery series.  Mira is on the trail of a serial killer, but when the killer turns to her, Mira’s life is in danger.

February Fever *****
Fiction.  Tenth in the Murder-by-the-Month cozy mystery series.  Johnny is in Portland, and Mira, Mrs. Berns, and Jed hop a train to visit him.  The Valentine Train is supposed to be a lonely hearts train, but when woman is killed and her daughter has gone missing, Mira has flashbacks to her youth when a young friend was kidnapped.

Give Her a Hand ****
Fiction.  Short story about two sisters with a dangerous relationship.

January Thaw *****
Fiction.  Ninth in the Murder-by-the-Month cozy mystery series.  The town is celebrating a Winter Festival, but Mira comes face to face with a corpse below the ice at the lake, and he looks very familiar.

June Bug *****
Fiction.  Second in the Murder by the Month cozy mystery series.  Mira has been made the head librarian and is working part time as a reporter for the Recall.  When she’s assigned a story about an old jewelry heist, she stumbles into trouble.

Knee High by the 4th of July *****
Fiction.  Third in the Murder-by-the-Month cozy mystery series.  Mira’s fantasy love, the 23-foot tall fiberglass statue of Chief Wononga goes missing, and Mira is determined to bring him back.

March of Crime *****
Fiction.  Twelfth book in the Murder-by-the-Month cozy mystery series.  Mira makes up her mind about her relationship with Johnny.  Kennie arranges for a library intern to begin working for Mira.  She’s a wealthy benefactor who is doing volunteer work with the promise of donating money to the town and especially to the library.  Life-size dolls begin appearing around town, but when Mira accidentally knocks one to the ground, she finds a corpse inside.

May Day *****
Fiction.  First in the Murder by the Month cozy mystery series set in Michigan.  Mira is fired form her waitressing job just as her friends asks her to housesit for her in Battle Lake.  Not having anything better to do, Mira agrees and moves in with her cat and her friend’s dog.  Working as the assistant librarian at the town’s small library, she meets handsome archaeological Jeff Wilson, who is surveying a nearby property to see if it would be an appropriate place for a Native American museum.  A week later, they’ve spent most of their time together, and she is really falling for this guy when she finds him dead in the library, and she’s determined to find out who killed him.

November Hunt *****
Fiction.  Seventh in the Murder-by-the Month cozy mystery series.  A friend kills his friend during a hunt, and the whole town grieves.  But when a second man is killed, Mira sets about trying to figure out what happened and how it is connected to an old crime.

October Fest *****
Fiction.  Sixth in the Murder-by-the-Month cozy mystery series.  Two congressional candidates arrive in town for a debate and series of interviews.  Mira attends so she can write articles for the paper.  Johnny invites her for dinner at the lodge, but she’s not prepared to find a dead body.

The Paper Frog ****
Fiction.  Short story about a woman who travels to an island to help remodel a house and finds a paper frog.

Salem’s Cipher *****
Fiction.  First in the Salem Cipher thriller series.  Agoraphobic Salem receives a midnight call from her best friend, Bel, who tells her that her mother is missing, and there is a dead body in her apartment.  The women rush to the crime scene, only to find out that both of their mothers are missing and a neighbor woman’s body has been  found in the hallway.  Trying to find their mothers, the women are caught up in a centuries-old puzzle that only Salem can solve.

September Fair *****
Fiction.  Fifth in the Murder-by-the-Month cozy mystery series.  Mira’s boss at the newspaper assigns her to the State Fair, where she will write articles focussing on the Battle Lake participants.  The most important event is the crowning of the Mildfed Mary beauty pageant and the butter carving that takes place afterwards.  But this year’s Queen of the Court suffers a quick death while having the likeness of her head carved, and Mira risks her life to solve the murder.

The Seven Daughters *****
Fiction.  Second book in the Catalain magic realism series.  Helena and Xenia are running the candy and clothing shop and being picketed by Meredith Maum and her friends.  Meredith has a long hatred of the Catalain family ever since her husband cheated with Ursula on her.  Helena has to deal with her threats as well as a devastating health issue and only realizes she can overcome them by opening herself up to the magic.

Mayne, Andrew
Angel Killer ****
Fiction.  First in the Jessica Blackwood thriller series.  Working for the FBI, Jessica is on a mysterious case about a young girl who was found in a cemetery seemingly coming out of a grave.  But the body has been recently killed, though the girl was killed two years before.  A serial killer is on the loose, and Jessica and her team have to find him before he kills again.

Looking Glass *****
Fiction.  Second in the Naturalist mystery series.  Theo Cray now works as a contractor to an intelligence company named OpenSkyAI.  When he is contacted by a grieving father whose son went missing nine years ago, Theo can’t turn his back on the man and flies to Los Angeles  to try to help him out.  What he finds is a killing field.

The Naturalist *****
Fiction.  First in the Naturalist mystery series.  Professor Theo Cray is in the middle of research before his teaching semester at the university begins, when he finds that one of his former students has been found dead in the woods nearby.  A bear is suspected, and one is killed in the area, but Theo suspects there is more to her death than a simple bear kill.

Noah, Trevor 
-Born a Crime *****
Non-fiction.  Memoir of the comedian’s life growing up in apartheid and trying to find his way after it ended.

Oakley, J.L.
Mist-chi-mas *****
Fiction.  Saga of the PNW and the people who lived there in the late 1800’s.  Jeannie, an English woman, travels with her young son and her uncle to the PNW to escape the disaster and notoriety of her marriage to a bigamist.  There she meets Jonas Breed, an untamed man with a complicated past and even more complicated future.

van der Zijt, Annejet
An American Princess *****
Non-fiction.  Biography of Allene Tew, a woman from a modest beginning who became very wealthy and had five husbands, one of whom she married for love.

Winters, J.D.
Cloudy with a Chance of Ghosts ****
Fiction.  Fourth in the Mele Keahi paranormal cozy mystery series.  Mele and Jill attend an art show opening at a fancy mansion on the hill.  Jill’s new boyfriend Jagger, is one of the artists.  The artists all have a stake in winning the show, but when one of the attending reporters is found dead, Jagger has her purse in his hands.

Little Ghost Lost *****
Fiction.  Fifth in the Mele Keahi paranormal cozy mystery series.  Mele has to check out a mansion to see whether it should be destroyed or renovated into a museum, but as she approaches, she realizes it is haunted by quite a few ghosts, but she has no idea how dangerous they could be.

Mele’s Ghostly Halloween Caper ***
Fiction.  Sixth in the Mele Keahi paranormal cozy mystery series.  Mele is invited to a Halloween party at the Carlton mansion.  Debbie, Carlton’s daughter, has hired her to spy on Carlton’s new girlfriend.  Debbie believes she has been stealing from the mansion.  But when the girlfriend is found dead in the pool, Mele is convinced she was innocent of the thefts.

Murder and the Secret Spring ****

Fiction.  Seventh in the Mele Keahi paranormal cozy mystery series.  Mele and Bebe lunch at the famed Italian Kitchen on the hill, but when the manager of the restaurant is killed, they do what they can to solve the crime.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Books Read - March 2018

Benson, Clara
The Murder at Sissingham Hall ****
Fiction.  First in the Angela Marchmont mystery series.  A young man returns from the gold fields of South Africa with money in the bank.  Two of his old friends invite him to an estate party at Sissingham Hall.  The woman who lives there used to be his fiancée, but she’s married to an older man now.  When he is found dead, suspicions run rampant among the house guests.

Berry, Steve
The Bishop’s Pawn *****
Fiction.  17th in the Cotton Malone thriller series.  Cotton is taken back in time to the 1960’s when the FBI is corrupt and race riots are rampant.  Martin Luther King, Jr. is giving speeches and marching in protests, but J. Edgar Hoover is determined to destroy King.  When documents surface that certain members of the FBI want to remain hidden, Cotton is ordered to deliver a special gold coin to his new employer.  The coin and the documents are tied together.

Blake, Deborah
Dangerously Fierce *****
Fiction.  Third in the Broken Riders urban fantasy series.  Alexei Knight has been riding his Harley across the country drowning his sorrows in alcohol and fights, when he arrives in Cape Cod and meets up with a feisty redheaded bartender who challenges him to face reality.  Blackbeard has returned to find his lost treasure with the help of a kraken, and Alexei goes on the hunt to stop him from killing the local fishermen.

Veiled Enchantments *****
Fiction.  Third in the Veiled Magic urban fantasy trilogy.  Donata travels to Gimle, Maine, home of the Ulfhednar, to help Magnus with a ghostly problem his clan is having.  Not only does one of the Major Anemoi follow and threaten her, but the Council is trying to enlist her as a spy against the Ulfhednar, something she refuses to do.

Calverley, J.M.
Poliahu’s Payback ****
Fiction.  Novella in the Lei Crime Kindle World.  Reef is  on the case of a dead astronomer at an observatory on Mauna Kea.  He and Pono are investigating, and Hibby is busy at the morgue during a bad flu epidemic.  Reef is still having trouble opening up to Hibby, and tempers flare when she tries to get him to open up to her.

de Cervantes, Miguel
Don Quixote ***
Fiction.  Tale on a Spaniard who think he is a knight and continuously attacks innocent people and sheep thinking they’re his enemies and gets beaten up each time.

Evesham, Frances
Murder at the Lighthouse ****
Fiction.  First in the Exham on Sea cozy mystery series.  

Finch, Charles
A Beautiful Blue Death *****
Fiction.  First in the Charles Lenox Victorian mystery series.  Charles’ lifelong friend and neighbor, Lady Jane Grey, asks him to investigate the death of her former maid who had been working for George Barnard for the past several months.  The death was thought to be a suicide, but Charles soon finds that it not the case, and while the police don’t want him interfering in the case, he is determined to bring the girl justice.

The September Society *****
Fiction.  Second in the Charles Lenox Victorian mystery series.  Charles is drawn into a decades old murder that has lasting effects to the present day when a Oxford student and his friend goes missing, and one of them is found dead.

The Woman in the Water *****
Fiction.  Prequel in the Charles Lenox Victorian mystery series.  Charles is trying to get his detective business off the ground.  Every morning he and Graham go through all the London papers and clip out the articles about crimes.  A letter in the paper catches his eye, as it’s written by a person who claims to have committed the perfect crime and warns that he, or she, will commit another perfect crime soon.  Charles is determined to solve the mystery.

Galenorn, Yasmine
The Silver Stag *****
Fiction.  First in the Wild Hunt urban fantasy series.  Ember is a halfbreed Fae.  Half Dark and half Light fae but rejected by both courts.  She works as an investigator, but when she and her best friend become targets for the fae courts, Herne the Hunter comes to their rescue and hires them to work at his investigation service, The Wild Hunt.

Garrett, Danielle
Betwixt ****
Fiction.  Short stories in the Beechwood Harbor cozy mystery series.

Gilbert Julie C.
The Collins Case ***
Fiction.  First in the Heartfelt Cases mystery series.  Old ties bring bad luck for Chris Collins, when his family is kidnapped and kept at a compound in South Dakota.  Collins must hack into the banking system and steal millions of dollars to get them back.  

Danger in Dallas ****
Fiction.  Novella in the Lei Crime Kindle World.  Marcella is in Dallas and still working against the Club when she is kidnapped to lure Cassandra out of hiding.  The Shadow Council wants her dead, and Marcella uses Eagle Eye to try to free herself.

Keefer, Dylan
Satan’s Torment **
Fiction.  Novella in the Lei Crime Kindle World.  Raine is called in to negotiate with a bank robber  for the release of hostages.  He doesn’t want money, he wants a serum that might save his mother’s life.  Micah happens to be in the bank at the time, as is Eli, Raine’s stalker.  While Raine searches for the serum, Micah threatens Eli with capture if they can get free of the bank robbers.

Lawrence, Carole
Edinburgh Twilight ****
Fiction.  First in the Ian Hamilton mystery series set in Edinburgh.  Ian is fighting demons from his past and throws himself into the search for a killer who leaves a calling card at each murder.  When his brother shows up, Ian wonders if the murderer is him.

Llewellyn, A.J.
Mercury Mojito *****
Fiction.  Novella in the Lei Crime Kindle World.  Merc flies to O’ahu to visit Tony, but Tony is busy on a case.  Merc is also on the island to visit an inmate at Halawa prison, someone from his past.  Tony’s assistant drives Merc around town, and he gets drawn into a drama with her roommate, a strange woman with a child who seems to be trouble.

Marple, Mona
Once Upon a Crime ***
Fiction.  First in the Waterfell Tweed cozy mystery series.  Sandy owns Books and Bakes, a combination cafe and bookshop.  When a potential rival bookseller is found dead, Sandy becomes the number one suspect, and it’s up to her and her sister, Coral, to solve the case.

McNicol, Donna B.
Paradise Drift ****
Fiction.  Novella in the Lei Crime Kindle World.  A chartered yacht is blown up, and the survivors gather at the C’mon Inn to wait out the search for the captain and one of the passenger who had remained on board.  Lucia and the Aunties keep them company until the Coast Guard calls off the search.  A year later, Jared is visiting from Mau’i and decides to do his own investigation.

Neal, Toby
Wired Justice *****
Fiction.  Sixth in the Paradise Crime series starring Sophie Ang.  Sophie is unsure where her relationship with Alika stands, and she continues her “walk-about” on the Big Island.  She and Ginger are exploring the lava fields near Kalapana when Ginger finds a body dump.  A family has been murdered.  Sophie calls in the police.  Jake contacts her about a case he is working on about a missing hiker, and the two cases seem to be related, causing Jake and Sophie to work closely together again.

Nyhan, Loretta
Digging In ***
Fiction.  Paige has lost her husband and is raising her teenage son.  She’s not dealing well with her grief, and her stressful job environment isn’t helping.  One night she begins digging in her yard, which makes her feel better.  Before she knows it, she has dug up her whole yard and decided to make a garden.  This brings new people into her life and helps her find herself.

Oakley, J.L.
Hilina Pali *****
Fiction.  Novella in the Lei Crime Kindle World.  An old injustice begs to be cleared up, and as people are receiving mailers with hints to what happened, an old man wants to bear his soul.

Shojai, Amy
Called to Protect ****
Fiction.  Lia and Lei are temporarily living together while Lei is working with the police department in Texas.  Keiki is very pregnant and feeling confined in the small apartment.  Lei goes undercover to break up the sex slave ring, but when she is captured, Lia rushes in to save her and the dog.

Thomas, Kayla Dawn
Hostile Hearts ****
Fiction.  Vale is re-opening ‘Aina Ranch, and Weaver attends the gathering in the company of his beautiful real estate agent and his young daughter.  Vale and Weaver still have feelings for each other, though they’re both trying to move on with their lives.  Pono and Tiare Kaihale are vacationing at the ranch when another visitor arrives and takes an instant dislike to Pono.  Her pranks get more deadly, and Tiare is in real danger before Pono can come to her rescue.

Welling, ReGina
Cat Killed a Rat ***
Fiction.  First in the Ponderosa Pines cozy mystery series.  A man falls from a ladder and dies.  When his brother is also killed, the townspeople suspect an elderly woman of killing them.  She had been seen arguing with both of them the day before.  She and her friend decide to investigate on their own and end up facing a man with a gun.

Murder Above the Fold ***
Fiction.  First in the Elder Witch paranormal cozy mystery series.  Two elderly witch sisters move to Harmony to join the local coven, and when they stumble over a dead body, they’re determined to solve the murder.

Rings on Her Fingers *****
Fiction.  First in the Psychic Seasons paranormal cozy mystery series.  Julie’s friend drags her to see a psychic, and while there, Julie’s grandmother and great-grandfather appear to take over the psychic’s body with messages for Julie.  A treasure hunt ensues, one that Julie hopes will help pay for the upkeep on her home, the one she shared with her grandmother.  Julie’s fiancé is unaware of the supposed treasure, but he wants Julie’s house for his own purposes and pressures to sign a pre-nup.

Winters, J.D.
A Ghost for Christmas ****
Fiction.  First in the Mele Keahi paranormal cozy mystery series.  Mele visits her Aunty Bebe and trips over a body on the way to the front door.  A man hated by most, he was the husband of Bebe’s best friend, Caroline.  The local police suspect Bebe, and when the man’s son is also killed, Mele does her best to figure out who the killer is before he, or she, strikes again.

A Ghost in Time ****
Fiction.  Third in the Mele Keahi cozy mystery series.  The annual flower show is coming up, and Aunty Bebe is the chairperson in charge of the organization, but she has a rival in Starflower, who is out to make trouble for Bebe.  After a heated phone conversation, Bebe rushes toward Star’s mansion, but in taking a sharp turn too fast, she runs into someone.

Ghost on Duty ****

Fiction.  Second in the Mele Keahi cozy mystery series.  Mele has a new job as Activities Director for the town, and part of her duty is to deal with a crotchety old man.  When she arrives at his home, she finds his body at the bottom of a cliff, and once again, Mele becomes the prime suspect.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Books Read - February 2018

Brown, Nimue
Spirituality Without Structure *
Non-fiction.  Essay on the philosophy of structured vs. non-structured religion.

Craney, Glen
The Virgin of the Wild Rose ****
Fiction.  Jac flies to Ethiopia to bring back her fiancée’s body, but when she arrives she becomes embroiled in a frantic search for a holy relic.  Along the way she finds out her fiancée was not who she thought he was, but with the help of an international thief, she is able to escape the clutches of evil men out to kill her.

Cundy, Sheena
The Madness and the Magic ****
Fiction.  A woman in love with one man gets pregnant by another, while her mother beds the vicar.

Dudley, Lexa
The Whispering Wind ****
Fiction.  Elise travels to Sardinia without her abusive husband and falls in love with Beppe, a worker at the villa estate she is staying at.  They have a torrid romance, and she returns to England to divorce her husband, so she and Beppe can be together with the baby she’s carrying.  But circumstances intervene, and Elise learns, mistakingly, that Beppe has been killed.  Beppe stops receiving her letters and believes she has moved on with her life.  Only when their son returns to Sardinia after Elise’s death does he find that his father is still alive.

Gray, Martha
Grimalkyn: The Witch’s Cat ****
Non-fiction.  Working with feline animal spirit guides.

Guo, Luc and Fmprc Seac
Gaoshan ****
Non-fiction.  Information about Taiwan’s aboriginal people. 

Holmes, Dr. Leilani
Ancestry of Experience *****
Non-fiction.  Thesis and memoir of author’s search for her roots and the experience of own’s ancestral ties.

Keaulumoku, Queen Liliuokalani
The Kumulipo *****
Fiction.  The Hawaiian Creation Chant as translated by our Queen.

LaBan, Elizabeth
Not Perfect *****
Fiction.  Tabitha’s husband has disappeared, leaving her with two children and no money.  She resorts to stealing small items to put food on their table.  After a failed job interview, she meets Nora, an elderly woman who leaves money lying around her apartment.  When Tabitha’s daughter has to go to the hospital, Tabitha is sorely tempted to “borrow” some of Nora’s money to pay for the hospital bills.

Lin, Ed
Ghost Month ****
Fiction.  Johnny Chen owns a food stall in the night market and gets involved in the murder mystery of his childhood sweetheart.  When gangsters and the CIA come after him, he needs to think quickly on his feet to survive.

Miller, Derek B.
Norwegian by Night ****
Fiction.  Sheldon Horowitz moves to Norway to live with his granddaughter and her husband.  When a desperate woman from upstairs needs his help, he finds himself the caretaker of her son and running for their lives from the Serbian mafia.

Mitchell, Caroline
Silent Victim *****
Fiction.  A woman kills a man who has wronged her.  But did he?  The past is catching up with Emma and interfering with her life as a wife and mother.  Is she losing her mind?

Patterson, Rachael
Animal Magic ****
Non-fiction.  Finding and working with one’s animal spirit guides.

The Cailleach ****
Non-fiction.  Myths and legends about The Cailleach.

Moon Magic ****
Non-fiction.  Lore about the different phases of the moon and how to celebrate them.

Van Praag, Menna
The Witches of Cambridge ****
Fiction.  The witches of Cambridge meet on rooftops to care for and support each other.  They’re each looking for love, though some of them find it in the wrong places, but when a Brazilian macumba preys on one of their own, they have to band together to counteract the spell.

Wilcken, Lain
The Forgotten Children of Maui *****

Non-fiction.  The demigod Maui was worshipped across the Pacific Ocean, including Polynesia, Melanesia, Micronesia, and the Philippine Islands.  Sometimes his name was changed, but his deeds and stories are recognizable throughout.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Books Read - January 2018

Atwood, Margaret
Alias Grace ****
Fiction.  Grace works as as servant for her master, a Mr. Kinnear.  His housekeeper, Nancy, is also his mistress.  James is the hired man who lives in the stable.  When Mr. Kinnear and Nancy are murdered, both James and Grace are arrested for the crime.  James is hung, but Grace is serving a life sentence at the penitentiary.  Dr. Simon wants to find her innocent, but Grace has lost memory of that day.  This is her story.

Bruni, Riccardo
The Lion and the Rose ****
Fiction.  Venice in the 16th century, torn between the Pope who wants to claim Venice, and the Venetians who want to rule their own city.  Brother Mathias has bee brought home from Padua to solve a mystery.  Three bodies were found floating in the canal, having been tortured before the men were killed.  Someone is seeking something, and Mathias has to solve the mystery and obtain the sought-after item.

Charles, Ann
Feral-LY Funny Freakshow *****
Fiction.  Magic and Mayhem Kindle World book.  Electra is in the Gone Were protection program, hiding out in a circus.  When her mentor is murdered, she comes under suspicion, and her one-time lover returns to investigate.

Gaines, Chip & Joanna
The Magnolia Story *****
Non-fiction.  The story of the Gaines rise to fame, their ups and downs along the way, and their love for each other, their family, and their God that keeps them going when the times are tough.

Galenorn, Yasmine
Knight Magic *****
Fiction.  Novella in the Otherworld urban fantasy series.  Camille travels to the Otherworld to find her final Keraastar Knight and to hold the ritual binding them all together.  

Gill, John
Andalucîa: A Cultural History *****
Non-fiction.  Cultural history of Andalucîa from the beginning of time to now.

Greenfield, Trevor
iPagan ****
Non-fiction.  Essays by Pagan teachers on Druidry, Shamanism, Goddess Spirituality, Witchcraft,and politics.

Hart, Harmony
Basic Witch ****
Fiction.  First in the Witches of Salem Gemma Bradbury paranormal cozy mystery series.  Gemma and her cat, Titus, fall through a bookshelf at the back of the witchy shop she just inherited.  Tripping over a dead body, they find themselves in Salem...the magical Salem where beings of all sorts live and die.  

Jaobs, Francine
The Tainos: The People Who Welcomed Columbus ****
Non-fiction.  The story of the decimation of the Taino people by the Spaniards, beginning in 1492 with Columbus.

Mastromonaco, Alyssa
Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? ****
Non-fiction.  Alyssa Mastromonaco worked on the Obama campaign and later worked for him as a deputy chief of operations in the White House doing an extraordinary job.

Moore, Brian
The Magician’s Wife ****
Fiction.  Emmeline is the wife of a French Magician who performs  for the Emperor.  Upon the Emperor’s request, Henri and Emmeline travel to Algiers to help convince the Arabs that Henri is more powerful than their own Mahdi in order to quell a possible rebellion until the French soldiers arrive in the spring and take control of the country.

Nelson, Nova
Crossing Over Easy ****
Fiction.  Book one in the Witches of Salem - Nora Bradbury paranormal cozy series.  Nora is a busy chef with her own restaurant in Austin, Texas, but as she drives home from dinner in New Orleans with her boyfriend, she takes a detour through Salem, Texas and crashes into a tree.  When she wakes up, she’s in Salem...not Texas.

Death Metal *****
Fiction.  Second in the Witches of Salem - Nora Bradbury paranormal cozy mystery series.  Nora is finding her attraction to Tanner growing, but she doesn’t feel that dating him would be good for her job working for him.  When the ghost of a socialite comes seeking her help, Nora puts her feelings for Tanner aside to concentrate on solving the murder.

Third Knock the Charm *****
Fiction.  Third in the Witches of Salem - Nora Bradbury paranormal cozy mystery series.  Nora has to team up with Donovan to travel into the woods to find and banish a Ba, who has sucked all the water out of Salem.

Obama, Barack
Of Thee I Sing ***
Fiction.  Children’s book written to Barack’s daughters.

Reid, Anna
The Shaman’s Coat ***
Non-fiction.  More about the horrendous mistreatment of the native groups by the Russians than about the culture or spirituality of the natives.

Rowland, Laura Joh
A Mortal Likeness *****
Fiction.  Second in the Victorian Mystery series.  Sarah and Hugh are hired as private detectives to get proof of a cheating husband.  The fuzzy form that shows in one of their pictures looks familiar to Sarah, and she believes it to be her long lost father.  The baby of a wealthy family has been kidnapped, and the father hires Sarah and Hugh to find the child.  

Soyinka, Wole
The Lion and the Jewel ****
Fiction.  Nigerian play about a man chasing a woman chasing a man.

Standing Deer, Ruby
Circles ***
Fiction.  Feather is a Native American boy destined to become a Holy Man.  He will lead his people to safety and join many bands together.

Welling, ReGina
Hexes and Ohs ****
Fiction.  Anthology of witchy short stories with a theme of Valentine’s Day.

White, Ellen Emerson
Kaiulani: The People’s Princess *****
Fiction.  The story of Hawai’i’s princess, from 13 years old to her failed attempt to get the U.S. to return Hawai’i to her people.

Wolff, Michael
Fire and Fury ****
Non-fiction.  Eye-opening look into Trump’s White House, his character, Jarvanka, and Steve Bannon’s push for power.

Yep, Lawrence
Lady of Ch’iao Kuo *****

Fiction.  Historical fiction about Redbird, Lady of Ch’iao Kuo.  As a 15-year-old princess, she help quell an attack by the Dog Head people.  Later she became a good and decent ruler and helped her Hsien people of the Great Forest form an alliance with the Chinese.