The Girl in the Garden, by Kamala Nair is a beautiful story, filled with mystery, the scent of flowers and the wonder of a child. The writing's as rich as the tale--definitely one to read with a 4-star, rich, complex cup of coffee.
Children, by Maggie Clark, is an oddly unsettling novellette told with richly poetic language. The children of the title might be those in danger, the kidnapped, the killed, or maybe just the people around us who haven't quite grown up. The story's dark and gritty, wrapped round a haunting mystery--to be read with a 5-star bold dark intense cup of coffee.
Megan’s Way, by Melissa Foster will soon be coming out as a movie and it was a finalist in the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. It's one of those books that defies genres, part paranormal, part family drama, part spiritual and magical, even part mystery. The characters all become very real and the dialog's excellent. Meanwhile the mysteries of truth and lies leave haunting echoes in the mind. Take a 3-star balanced coffee with this one.
Mystery:Revenge Served Cold, by Jackie Fullerton reminded me of Randall and Hopkirk deceased--a childhood favorite on TV. Anne Marshall's a part-time law student and the ghost of her father helps investigating crimes. In this novel, a law professor has died and his wife's accused of murder. Anne and friends come to the rescue. Great to read with that 3-star balanced coffee balanced on your knees at the beach.
Children's Books:Redheart, by Jackie Gamber, sets up an intriguing medieval world of people and dragons, where greed has overwhelmed the old order of mutual assistance and battles loom. There's great dialog, fun characters, pleasing themes of friendship and honor, and a nice completeness to the tale despite this being the first ina series. If kids get to drink coffee I'll offer them a 2-star bright and lively cup with this read.
Effie at the Wedding, by Tracy Marchini, tells a delightful tale, interspersed with hilarious lists, from the point of view of a bride's little sister who just might prefer hiding in the bathroom to revealing her hideous pink dress. Take a 2-star living cup of coffee with this one too, and be careful not to spill it when laughing.