Juvenile Fiction, Mystery

Fake Mustache by Tom Angleberger


Lenny Flem, Jr., lives in a small neighborhood where one of his friends lives. One day, they go into downtown and his friend buys the Heidelberg Handlebar Number Seven and a suit. He uses these to control people’s minds to steal for him. He steals over $20 billion and then plans to become president. Lenny tries to stop him and meets Jodie O’Rodeo who helps. But will they succeed?


Fantasy, Historical, Mystery

A Feast For Crows by George R.R. Martin


This isn’t technically a mystery but I think there are enough mysteries in the plot to justify the classification. Also, it’s a mystery why I keep reading these books when they are long, depressing, everyone dies, and nothing good ever happens. There is something about the prose that keeps me coming back for more. I would recommend this book to anyone with a lot of time to read and a dark sense of humor.



Mistletoe, Moonlight, and Murder by Carolyn L. Dean


This is the third book in the Ravenwood Cove Mystery Series about a young lady who moves to the Oregon Coast after inheriting a bed and breakfast from her uncle. In this story, Amanda is almost caught in a mudslide and when everything settles there is a dead body exposed by the debris. This is an amusing, easy read but, like many other mystery series, requires some suspension in belief regarding how often a normal person stumbles upon bodies. I would definitely recommend this book.



Memento Park by Mark Sarvas


Who owns a painting by a Hungarian Jewish painter that has resurfaced in Australia having been looted from a Jewish family during World War Two? The novel is told from the viewpoint of one character as he struggles with family relationships and legacy as he goes through the process of proving provenance against a competing claim.

While the details of this story were very interesting, I had a lot of difficulty plodding through to the end. I found the narrator to be very unlikable and the story related in a very patronizing and overly arch manner. I know this characterization has a lot to do with the plot line, but I struggle with books that have characters I find unlikable. This novel, however, has received wide critical acclaim.


Non Fiction

Blue Mind by Wallace J. Nichols


Wallace J. “J” Nichols is a research associate at the California Academy of Sciences and founder-director of Ocean Revolution, SEEtheWILD, and LiVBlue. This book describes the emotional, behavioral, psychological, and physical connections that human beings have with water. Nichols uses “story” and scientific data to make his case for water’s healing power.