Mr. Monk is Open for Business by Hy Conrad

Mr. Monk is Open for BusinessNatalie and Monk start their own PI agency – with Natalie as the boss! Their first case is for a lawyer with a client who won’t cooperate with his own defense on a murder charge. Their second and concurrent case is a workplace shooting – triple homicide. The characters grow personally and professionally. The details and deductive reasoning are amazing. A pleasure to read. I can’t wait for the next one! 5 stars (Review by Deborah Dorwitt)

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Summer House by Nancy Thayer

Summer HouseOnce again, Nancy Thayer has taken me to Nantucket Island. She weaves her tale of the characters and their place on the island. This time it is three generations of the family and all that goes with that. Truly remarkable. 5 stars (Review by Donna Rickey)

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Delight by J.B. Priestley

DelightThis book contains 114 brief essays on beautiful and inspiring “twinklings” in the author’s life. It captures simple, precious moments on theater, travel, sports, childhood, domestic life and more. A great read. This book is 60 years old and is just as timely as when it was written. It’s a gem and will “delight” you.5 stars (Review by Victoria Blaise)

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When God Winks on New Beginnings by Squire Rushnell

When God Winks on New BeginningsA little book with a strong message that states that when everything in life goes wrong as it sometimes can, you can always start again. There is a powerful force out there looking after you and no matter what the situation is, if you quiet your mind and ask for guidance the answers will come and you will overcome whatever hurdles are in your way. Enjoyable! 4 1/2 stars (Review by Victoria Blaise)

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The Compound Effect – Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your Success by Darren Hardy

The Compound EffectThis book gets down to the facts of what it takes to be successful in all areas of your life. There are no get rich gimmicks or quick ways to become successful. The bottom line is that one has to have a plan and the ambition to put a little energy in working toward your goals everyday. If you do this, your efforts will be compounded and before you know it, you will reach your objective. I enjoyed this read because it gave many proven examples of what to do to get to your destination and it will stretch your imagination on how to become truly effective. 4 stars (Review by Victoria Blaise)

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A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Game of ThronesI read this very long novel, after hearing about the sensation that the show based on the book was. I didn’t really enjoy it, though. There is an incredible amount of violence and the fantasy is on overload. This book wasn’t my cup of tea, but I think would make a good read for people who enjoy lots of action and blood, along with a healthy dose of fantasy. 2 stars (Review by Alexis Yakle)

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Home by Toni Morrison

HomeThis book tells the story of a brother and sister. The sister enters into a terrible marriage with the hopes of escaping her deep south homeland. He brother serves in the Korean War, hoping to do the same. Both siblings end up facing terrible consequences, as a result. Both siblings must also face their past, if they hope to move forward in their lives. As always, Toni Morrison spins an amazing story with themes of facing our demons weaved throughout. 4 stars (Review by Alexis Yakle)

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