Friday, May 23, 2008

ANTIQUES TO DIE FOR: A Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery By Jane Cleland

I do love a good mystery and Jane Cleland has written one. This is a classic who-done-it, murder mystery that does not focus on the blood and gore. Personally, I like a mystery that centers on the solving of the crime, the "sleuth", the plot and the characters. This one has it all for me.

Josie Prescott is an antiques appraiser with a booming business, a promising romance, good friends, and dead bodies! Josie has a new friend, Rosalie, who is found dead after being stalked by a person calling themselves her "Secret Admirer." Rosalie leaves a 12 year old sister, Paige, devastated and alone. It turns out Rosalie was not exactly as she seemed, she has secrets and a treasure that might have gotten her killed! Josie becomes fearful for her own life when she begins to receive messages from a "Secret Admirer" herself! Is it Rosalie's killer? Has the killer turned his/her attention to Josie?

Plot twists, characters who aren't what they seem, and "murder most foul" all are found in this really fun read. I enjoyed it from the beginning to the end. I think you will too, even if you're not a mystery buff. What do you think?

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Monday, May 19, 2008

WHAT WOULD AUDREY DO? Timeless Lessons For Living With Grace and Style

Audrey Hepburn was a movie star in the truest sense of the word. How can you think of Tiffany & Co. or the designer Hubert de Givenchy without thinking of her?

This book puts forth "Audreyisms" for the younger generation who are hungry for a role model. Pamela Keogh gives us life lessons from a woman who survived setbacks with panache. From beauty and style to relationships, to her unselfish work with UNICEF, the book distills the experiences of this American icon of style into must-have advice for the modern woman.

It's also an interesting read. The author interviewed family and friends to capture a picture of this intriguing woman. I found it interesting and thought provoking. What do you think?

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A BRUSH WITH DEATH : An Art Lover's Mystery By Hailey Lind

I really enjoyed this novel. There is something "mysterious" about the author as well. Listen to my interview and find out what it is!

Annie Kincaid is an artist who has been taught by her wonderful Grandfather to be an expert art forger! Annie has "gone straight" and is a legitimate business woman. She runs her own Faux Finish business and does art restoration on the side. While working at night restoring art in the famous Chapel of Chimes columbarium designed by architect Julie Morgan, Annie gets more than she bargained for. She is a chased by a ghoul through a graveyard, runs into a graduate student with a theory about an Old Masters copy in the columbarium, and gets sealed into a crypt!

This novel is filled with art history and Hailey Lind handles it with her tongue firmly in her cheek. If you think art is "boring", think again. This novel will give you a whole new appreciation for a great read with an art history theme! It will make that plane ride or time on the beach literally fly by! What do you think?

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Friday, May 9, 2008


This is a delightful novel about the trials and tribulations of three very different sisters. The oldest is Norah, the know-it-all-I-know-what's-good-for-you sister, in the middle is Raine the wild child, hippy, free spirit sister, and the focus of the story is the youngest, Courtney, a professional musician in a symphony orchestra.

Raine has become estranged from the family due to an incident at Norah's wedding. Courtney is about to have a wedding of her own and wants the family to all forgive and forget. Ah, if only it was that simple!

This is a delightful story involving family, sisters, love, old boyfriends, and forgiveness. There are some surprising twists you won't see coming. Take this to the beach or on that long plane ride. I really enjoyed it. What do you think?

Monday, May 5, 2008

THE PURSUIT:  Wisdom for the Adventure of Your Life By Pat Williams

In this small, but powerful book, the reader is introduced to a man, Mr. R. E. Littlejohn, who influenced the life of Pat Williams through his wisdom and philosophy of life.

There are six key principles the author learned from Mr. Littlejohn.  
1.  Control What You Can
2.  Be Patient
3.  Pay Your Dues
4.  Keep It Simple
5.  Don't Run From Problems
6.  Pay Attention to the Little Things

Pat shares his personal growth under the watchful eyes of Mr. Littlejohn.  Pat has spent more than 45 years in professional sports from farm club baseball to co-founder of the NBA Orlando Magic where he currently serves as Senior Vice President.  He shares with the reader how Mr. Littlejohns wisdom transformed his life and the book is a tribute.  Pat also believes it is now time to "pay it forward" and pass on some of the wisdom he has learned.  What do you think?

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SOULS OF STEEL: How To Build Character In Ourselves and Our Kids by Pat Williams

Pat Williams is an interesting individual. Not only is he senior vice president of the National Basketball Association's Orlando Magic, but he also has 14 adopted children from four nations plus four of his own. He is quite extraordinary.

In this book, he continues his efforts to help parents, grandparents, teachers, coaches, and youth leaders impact the attitudes of young people and help shape their lives in a positive way. Through real-life stories and real world principles he gives examples of ways to be positive role models for the next generation. The whole idea is to teach the next generation 8 principles.

Pat's research is valid and he is right on target. I would hope anyone who works with children and young adults would pick up a copy of this book and read it. Who knows who you may be able to impact in a positive way? What do you think?

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