Jane’s Book Review - The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny

The “beautiful mystery” referred to in the title is sung music know as plain chant or Gregorian chant.  It is the earliest notated music in history, sung beginning in the 5thand 6thcentury.  It is still being sung in monasteries and convents around the world.  It is in one of those monasteries, deep in the North Woods of Québec where the murder in this mystery occurs.  Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec is sent t

Tessa’s book review: The Round House by Louise Erdrich

    National Book Award winner The Round House is by turns hilarious, heart-breaking, moving, brutal, crude and crass, then hilarious again (sometimes it’s the crude and crass stuff that is so funny).  It tells the story of the summer Joey Coutz turns 13.  Joey is doted on by the old folks on the reservation.  And so are his three friends, Aaron, Zack and Cappy.  The four ride their bikes all over, usually looking for someone who will feed them

Tessa's new author review: The Crowded Grave by Martin Walker

    A great new author for me--I can't wait to go back now and read Martin Walker's first mysteries!  A former Editor for UPI and currently director of a think tank, Oxford alum Walker splits his time between Washington, DC, and the Dordogne region. His books take place in the villages of the Dordogne and take advantage of the loveliness of the Aquitaine area of France.

Jane’s Audiobook Review - Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

Ship Breaker is a bleak look at a dystopian future.  Almost all the oil in the world has been consumed and global warming has drowned most sea-coast cities and spawns “city-killer” hurricanes.  Huge corporations run the world and Chinese “red cash” is the most desirable currency.  The world has also tinkered with genetic manipulation and much of the fighting is done by “half men”, a combination of men, tigers and dogs.

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