Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Nevermore: Dark Arts and a Daiquiri, Best of Iggy, Promised Land, Dark Money, Paris Hours, Murder List

 Reported by Garry


Nevermore started with some light and fluffy reading, which was just what our reviewer needed.   Dark Arts and a Daiquiri by Annette Marie, which is part of the Guild Codex series that follows the adventures of Tori, a sassy, redhead ex-waitress with an attitude.  Our reader said these were easy, fun reads to help you get through a dreary winter day.   


Another book for a cold winter day is The Best of Iggy by Annie Barrows.  Our reader says this is a really cute book to read with kids.  Curl up on the couch with a blanket and share this story of Iggy Frangi, a good hearted fourth-grader who often ends up in trouble and only occasionally regrets it.  “Clever” is the word that our reader used to describe this slim book.


For the more politically minded, we had two reviews this week: A Promised Land by former President Barak Obama and Dark Money by Janet Mayer.  A Promised Land was lauded as a fantastic book by our reader.  She said it was easy to read, and covered happenings that she remembered, but offered insights that were not apparent at the time.  Highly recommended.  


Dark Money is the dark companion to Obama's optimistic tome.  This book outlines the ways in which immensely wealthy right-wing ideologues are working to widen the income inequality gap and steer America further to the right.  Impeccably researched with hundreds of hours of interviews, public records, private papers and court proceedings, our reader found this book eye-opening, and highly recommends it.


Our next reader took on The Paris Hours by Alex George, a historical novel set in a single day in Paris in 1927.  This book intertwines the stories of four characters, Souren, Jean-Paul, Camille and Guillaume who are all struggling with the aftermath of World War I in their own ways.  Our reader loved this book, and highly recommends it.


Another fiction book reviewed this week is the latest mystery by Hank Phillipi Ryan:  The Murder List.  This multiple award winning mystery follows Rachel North, a Harvard law student as she helps investigate a cold case involving the murder of a colleague.  Loyalty to her husband, her employer, the victim, and the truth are all tangled up in this gripping mystery.

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