Much Variety in Reading Material
This week’s column features a mixed bag of tricks from mystery to romance to nonfiction.
By Charlotte Hughes
Jove, 2010, $7.99
This is the third of Hughes’ series featuring Dr. Kate Holly, a psychologist whose work seems to get her involved in crime of all kinds.
When her assistant, Mona, is out of work, a temp agency sends Abigail, who turns out to be as crazy as some of Kate’s patients. All the characters in these books have their funny moments.
The Golden Season
By Connie Brockway
Onyx, 2010, $7.99
Lady Lydia Eastlake is seeking a wealthy husband, and Capt. Ned Lockton has been informed by his brother that he must find a wealthy bride in order to save the family’s estates and position in society. It only stands to reason that these two should meet and fall in love. Neither realizes that the other is in dire straits until it’s too late. Will their passion for each other override the needs of their families?
Something About You
By Julie James
Berkley Sensation, 2010, $7.99
James writes contemporary romances that are both witty and sizzling. Cameron Lynde, an assistant U.S. attorney, must try to make her peace with FBI agent Jack Pallas. Jack blames her for his recent assignment to the boondocks. When Cameron overhears a murder in the hotel room next to hers, it’s Jack who ends up with the case, so they must work together in spite of their differences — and their passion.
Blonde With a Wand
Chick With a Charm
By Vicki Lewis Thompson
Signet Eclipse, 2010, $7.99
I’m really not into paranormal romances, but this series is so funny and well-written that I do enjoy it.
Sisters Anica, whose story is told in “Blonde With a Wand,” and Lily, subject of “Chick with a Charm,” both fall in love with mere mortals. Guess it’s a Samantha and Darrin thing. Anica turns her potential lover into a cat and can’t reverse the spell, and Lily slips a love potion into a drink, with the desired results — but then she realizes she will always wonder if it’s real love.
Little Boy Blues
By Malcolm Jones
Pantheon, 2010, $24.95
In the spirit of Truman Capote (sort of), Jones, a former newspaper reporter who now writes for Newsweek, recalls his Southern roots in this wonderfully written memoir. Readers don’t need to know anything about the author to enjoy every page.
Chasing the White Dog
An Amateur Outlaw’s Adventures in Moonshine
By Max Watman
Simon and Schuster, 2010, $25
Watman immerses himself in the world of moonshine and moonshiners, even trying his hand at brewing some of the white stuff, while imparting the history of the art from the early days of the country.
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