Saturday, April 28, 2012

Title: The Lacey Confession
Author: Richard Greener
Genre: mystery

The second book in the Locator series brings us back to St. John where Walter has turned his grief over losing Isobel into a constructive way to improve his life. In addition to improving his physical health and appearance, he has retired and enjoys lazy days on his Caribbean island home. Then one day a famous, beautiful movie star visits him and asks him to find her nephew. Her nephew, Harry Levine, through a series of supposedly random events, becomes the temporary owner of a document that contains the confession of JFK's killer. We learn through interconnected story lines that the JFK assassination was not a grand conspiracy, but revenge on a more personal level.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Title: The Knowland Retribution
Author: Richard Greener
Genre: mystery

Basis for the TV show "The Finder"- contains the funniest dedication I have ever seen. With that being said the book and the TV show are nothing alike. On the TV shoe Walter Sherman is an Iraqi war vet with an unusual brain injury that helps him "find" lost things or people. The Walter Sherman in the book uses a combination of intuition, logic, and Sherlock Holmes-type detective skills to find things or people. The TV show is quirky and fun; the book is a hard-to-put down mystery and detective story rolled into one.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Title: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Author: Paul Torday
Genre: fiction

When I first started this book and I realized  the story was going to be told through a series of emails, memos, and diary entries, I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy this book.
A Yemeni sheik contacts various agencies within the UK to help him bring salmon fishing to his country, the Yemen. A semi-devout Muslim, the sheik believes that the peacefulness of salmon fishing will bring his countrymen together, reducing violence and feeding the hungry among his people. Alfred Jones is a bland, middle aged fishery scientist that gets swept up in the project and his life and marriage are transformed.
 Paul Torday takes a potentially boring subject- salmon fishing- and livens it up for the non-fishing reader. Snippets of the life cycle of salmon are interspersed with the novel's plot line, making this a surprisingly interesting read. This book was brought to the big screen recently and stars Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Raining Sardines

Title: Raining Sardines
Author: Enrique Flores-Galbis
Genre: juvenile fiction, magical realism

After reading the Hunger Games trilogy in a week and a half, I needed a light read and Raining Sardines fit the bill. The setting is in rural, pre-Castro Cuba and a bit of magical realism is entwined into the story (hence the title). Enriquito and Ernestina are best friends with two secrets: they have befriended the island's wild Paso Fino population and have discovered buried golden treasure! When the town land baron destroys the mountain the locals have used for centuries for crops and hunting, the ponies' way of life is threatened as well. Enriquito and Ernestina hatch a plan to keep their beloved ponies safe and using the treasure to help their downtrodden neighbors.