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The Wife, The Maid and The Mistress
Title
The Wife, The Maid and The Mistress
Author
Ariel Lawhon
Rating
Review
Fictional account of what may have happened to the real NY Supreme Court judge Joseph Crater in 1930. Entertaining story taking place mainly in the 30s. Gets a bit jumpy with the dates changing every chapter. Starts off slowly, but the 2nd half picks up the pace and has a twist right at the end.   The Wife, The Maid and The Mistress
Recommendation
Yes
The Beginner's Goodbye
Title
The Beginner's Goodbye
Author
Anne Tyler
Genre
Realistic Fiction
Rating
Review
In this charming story, limping and stuttering Aaron leads a satisfying, but staid life working in the family's publishing business. He is married to busy, serious and self-reliant Dorothy. Following her untimely death a grieving Aaron has visions and conversations with Dorothy. Gradually he is awakened and lifted to a new appreciation of life. He lives in the moment and becomes spirited. The details, large and small, move him, change him and enrich his life.  The Beginner's Goodbye
Recommendation
Yes
Title
Suspicious Minds
Author
Martin Edwards
Genre
Mystery
Rating
Review
Harry Devlin is a very curious solicitor, and we all know that curiosity killed the cat. Harry's need to find answers gets him in a lot of trouble. And it doesn't help that he is a bit socially shy and awkward. There is a missing wife, a serial rapist, a murdered daughter and someone is threatening a grocery chain with poisoned products. A bit much but it all fits into place. Hopefully things will go better for Harry in the next book in this series.
Recommendation
Yes
Hell is Empty
Title
Hell is Empty
Author
Craig Johnson
Genre
Mystery
Rating
Review
"Just because he was not there does not mean he was not there." These words are from Henry Standing Bear. Great book alive with mysteries of the Indian spirit world and stories of long ago days that give life to this story. Add in a bunch of smart-alecks, Dante's Inferno and a blizzard and it's a great story!  Hell is Empty
Recommendation
Yes