Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

Sapiens looks at our history, but that history is 100,000 years long, so it’s more of a quick overview of our history. I found it rather fascinating though. He takes us through the history of human development and migration, through the Cognitive Revolution, and Agricultural Revolution. He looks at how …

Sparkling Cyanide by Agatha Christie

I love the title Sparkling Cyanide. Christie’s titles don’t tend to be particularly noticeable, but Sparkling Cyanide stands out. It captures clearly the method of murder – cyanide in the champagne, and it’s a bit glamorous. Rosemarie died a year ago, presumably suicide. She was a beautiful woman, but her …

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

I should have loved Magpie Murders. It’s definitely a book for mystery readers. Not only does it have two well-plotted mysteries, it has some great quotes about the nature of mysteries and reading. “You must know that feeling when it’s raining outside and the heating’s on and you lose yourself, …

Phoenix Rising by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris

Phoenix Rising was fun, but not quite good enough to hold my attention the whole time – like I found myself at the gym watching the captions on HGTV instead of listening to the story. I think it’s a problem with the attitude of the book. It’s steampunk. Books is …

Natchez Burning by Greg Iles

I really expected to like Natchez Burning. I’ve read Iles’ books before and found the gripping and thought-provoking. This one just didn’t work for me. The plot itself is good, I liked, or hated, the characters, and the setting was well-done. I enjoyed seeing the story from different characters points …