April 22, 2017
A first novel by Christina Kovac, The Cutaway is a fast-paced crime drama that centers around a news producer, Virginia, who finds herself caught up in a murder. Evelyn Carney, a young D.C. lawyer, goes missing and her body is later discovered among the reeds of the Potomac River. While chasing the story, Virginia is drawn into unraveling the threads of the crime, which involves some heavy hitters: two partners at the firm where Evelyn worked, the D.C. chief of police, and a politician. Having a photogenic memory for faces, Virginia is positive that she had seen the victim while working a story, and is determined to find her killer.
The author has a 17 year history in news, working for Fox 5, ABC and NBC, including shows like Meet the Press, the Today show and Nightly News, and has turned out a superb first effort.
April 20, 2017
A woman calls the police station to report that her husband of two years hasn’t returned home from work. She’s upset. He would never run out on her. Detective Inspector Joanna Piercy gets the call. She assumes the man will be home soon and explain his lateness. But the man does not return. As D.I. Piercy begins to find out where the man is, she discovers his perfect façade has cracks. He is not the perfect husband his wife thought he was. D.I. Percy’s boyfriend is asking to make their relationship more solid as well. Though Joanne loves him dearly, moving house and expanding their family makes her apprehensive. This is the 13th Joanna Piercy mystery, but my first. I enjoyed the build-up of learning more about the people living in the neighborhood as the mystery was pieced together. The crime was secondary to character development. I would definitely read another by Masters.
April 18, 2017
This novel by W. Bruce Cameron is told from the dog’s perspective and is very entertaining. Usually cats are thought to have nine lives; here it is a puppy that experiences being born four different times. He tries to figure out his purpose in living four different lives, and as he comes full circle, becoming Bailey once again, he realizes his purpose at last. A great read, especially for dog lovers. The sequel to this title is A Dog’s Journey: Another Novel for Humans, for those who enjoyed Bailey’s adventures. Children will enjoy Bailey’s Story: a Dog’s Purpose Novel, and Ellie’s Story.
April 15, 2017
Netflix is on point with their Children’s Books adaptations this year. First they released A Series of Unfortunate Events (which I loved) and now they are bringing to the screen another beloved YA series, Anne of Green Gables!
The series will premiere on May 12th and can be streamed through your Netflix account. So far reviews of the show are positive but say that this Anne is a darker and more realistic depiction of Anne’s orphan past.
April 13, 2017
Children’s author, Patricia McKissack died this week at age 72. She won many prestigious awards including the Caldecott Honor, a Newbery Honor, and together with her husband, Fred McKissack, won 9 Coretta Scott King awards and honor awards. As an African American children’s author, she sought to publish biographies and titles to help expose children to less well-known public figures. Her biographies of Sojourner Truth, Paul Dunbar and Jesse Jackson earned her many positive reviews. She has a title scheduled for release in 2019. McKissack grew up in the south where she was “the only black student in her sixth grade class,” a fact which directed the subject of her books.