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Wall to wall tragedy, with nary a lasagna to be found.

The Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Medicine, Madness, and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard (Buy on amazon.com)


Apart from The Emperor and the Assassin, this is a different beast from the other biographies I’ve been reading. Dispensing with the straight telling of James Garfield’s life, Candice Millard instead paints the portrait of an era. Taking place between the war that sundered the nation and the dawn of the new century, the era […]

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You can’t escape the past

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll (Buy on amazon.com)


The Luckiest Girl Alive was another recommendation via Reese Witherspoon’s Instagram page; once again the woman has excellent taste in novels. The Luckiest Girl has “With cunning and verve of GILLIAN FLYNN but with an intensity all its own” written in huge letters on the front cover, and while drawing comparisons between Flynn and new […]

's CBR7 Review No:142

Good Idea, So-So Execution

The Immortals by James Edwin Gunn (Buy on amazon.com)


The Immortals consists of several linked short stories that James Gunn published in various magazines in the 1950s. The basic premise is that a man named Cartwright has blood that allows him immortality, and a blood transfusion from him every 30 days could keep another person alive indefinitely as well. The stories focus on the […]

's CBR7 Review No:141

A Strange Romance in Early 20th Century New York

The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman (Buy on amazon.com)


Alice Hoffman’s The Museum of Extraordinary Things tells the story of Coralie, a “mermaid” girl forced to perform in her father’s freak show on Coney Island, and Eddie, who made his living for years by finding people, and has been tasked to find another young girl after a horrible disaster. Coralie and Eddie meet, and things change forever. […]

's CBR7 Review No:140

The BAD Nurse

The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder by Charles Graeber (Buy on amazon.com)


Charlie Cullen, the titular “Good Nurse”, is the most prolific serial killer that New Jersey’s ever produced, and possibly the most prolific serial killer in the history of the United States. Through interviews with police officers, family members, former co-workers and Cullen himself, Charles Graeber puts together the story of this horrifying man. “Access to the […]

's CBR7 Review No:139

Watching the world go by

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (Buy on amazon.com)


This is one of those books where you’ll figure “it” out about halfway through — but you’ll be so enthralled that you’ll still devour the second half of the book, just to see if you were right! “A tiding of magpies: One for sorrow, two for joy, three for a girl, four for a boy, […]

's CBR7 Review No:52

Courtroom thriller without the usual Lescroart oomph!

The Fall by John Lescroart (Buy on amazon.com)

The Fall

Neither as meaty nor as finely drawn as Lescroart’s earlier and more emotionally complex thrillers, The Fall nonetheless fits the bill for a combination murder mystery/courtroom drama that dovetails with this country’s soaring racial tensions between police and African-Americans. The Fall deals with the first major legal case of Rebecca (“The Beck”) Hardy, daughter of […]

's CBR7 Review No:156

a free man

Dark Days: A Memoir by D Randall Blythe (Buy on amazon.com)

serious randy

I like metalheads. I am one.  My husband Dave, who is my best friend and personal hero, has introduced me to countless musicians, artists, bands and fans who have enriched my life and expanded my view of the world. Sure there are fatwitted folk in our tribe, like every other. The majority of those that I have […]

's CBR7 Review No:35

A historical romance novella and the first Milan that I’ve loved!

The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan (Buy on amazon.com)


And I finally get what all of my fellow “ballers” are talking about when they talk about Milan. This amazing little novella is full of wit, life, some very real darkness, but overall a wonderful triumph and a happy ever after I can get behind! This is a prequel to the Brothers Sinister series. It […]

's CBR7 Review No:155

Things need not have happened to be true

The Sandman Vol.3: Dream Country by Neil Gaiman, Kelley Jones, Malcolm JonesIII, Colleen Doran, Charles Vess (Buy on amazon.com)


Yeah, I think it was a mistake to try and binge read these books. After the heady experience of The Doll’s House, I should have just taken a break. But I wanted more! Desire would know what I’m talking about. The stories in this book were just okay for me. Calliope and The Dream of […]