Friday, January 28, 2011

In Death series by J. D. Robb

If you are looking for a hard-boiled crime series, you won't be disappointed with this one. Set in the not-too-distant future after the "Urban Wars", the series follows Detective Eve Dallas and a cast of characters as she solves some serious crime in New York City. The various plots have what you would expect: murder, sex, betrayal, etc., but have the added bonus of cool tech gadgets and an underlying theme of loyalty, friendship and love as Eve struggles to balance her career with her family life. The first in the series is "Naked in Death" with plenty of sequels to follow. By the way, J. D. Robb is a pseudonym for the very famous Nora Roberts.


Thursday, January 27, 2011

America by Heart by Sarah Palin

The former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate follows up her bestselling memoir with this collection of reflections on what makes America great.  She begins with a study of our founding documents and how their embodiment of freedom motivates men and women to serve in the military and defend those freedoms abroad.  She also references the writing of Tocqueville, who was captivated by the form of American democracy that created the American exceptionalism.  Palin also speaks candidly about her family's experiences with unexpected pregnancies and how strong and supportive families build the public virtue that is essential for our republic to endure.  She discusses various forms of public virture, including the religious foundation on which our country was built.  Finally, as a leader of the emerging pro-life feminist movement, she talks about the inner strength that these "Mama Grizzlies" possess and their desire to make America a better place.


Monday, January 17, 2011

Tressed to Kill by Lila Dare

This southern charmer has all of the right elements of a cozy mystery! Everything centers around Violetta's salon, the place where all of St. Elizabeth Georgia's high society ladies come to get the works! And hear the gossip! And possibly get involved in a murder mystery invoving one of the town's most prominent (and hated) citizens. Tressed to Kill is first in a series and I can't wait for the next one.