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Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"This was a fun read. Kept you guessing and has a great underlying thought about preserving human mortality. Enjoyed it. " -- sljrncohn89, 02/02/2015

"If I were to write a book, it would be just like this one. The main character had my sense of humor. I had hoped for a little more at the end, but overall the story was really entertaining and original. I gave it 4 stars out of 5. " -- melissamhall, 02/11/2015

Murder at the Brightwell
Murder at the Brightwell by Ashley Weaver (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Interesting story. I wasn't crazy about many of the characters, who were painted as very unpleasant or boring people. " -- Love a Mystery, 02/27/2015

"This debut novel is a cozy mystery set between the wars in Brighton, England. The perky amateur detective is named Amory Ames. Her marriage with handsome rake Milo Ames has lost its fire, but her old flame Gil appears and asks for her help. There are snobs, romance and a level-headed inspector. The author is a librarian from Louisiana." -- DeannaRA, 02/06/2015

Of Mice and Men
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Great story but very sad." -- ozreader, 02/02/2015

"I love re-reading the classics, especially when they bring up topics that you could discuss for hours!" -- bookaddict, 02/07/2015

One Perfect Day
One Perfect Day by Lauraine Snelling (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"A novel of organ donation told by two mothers--one the mother of the donor and the other the mother of the recipient." -- Nancy, 02/16/2015

"This is a story of two mothers, strangers to one another. The first has two children--twins, a boy and girl, who are seniors in high school. She wants their last Christmas as a family living in the same home to be perfect, but her husband is delayed returning from a business trip abroad. And then there's an accident--a fatal one involving the son. Meanwhile, the other mother has a daughter who needs a new heart. She is also preparing for what may be her daughter's last Christmas. The loss of one woman becomes the miracle the other desperately prayed for. While one mother grieves, and pulls away from her family, the other finds that even miracles aren't always easy to receive. This book really makes you think about faith, miracles, and organ donation." -- Deedah66, 01/31/2015

orphan train
orphan train by Christina Baker Kline (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Loved it!" -- Barn1006, 02/11/2015

"Forgotten part of history- uplifting story" -- klpeterson, 02/11/2015

Private Vegas
Private Vegas by James Patterson (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Good book and storyline. Lots better than Private India." -- Greg Heck, 02/10/2015

"Private L.A.'s Jack Morgan heads to Sin City on the trail of two criminals." -- Judy, 02/08/2015

Storm Front
Storm Front by Jim Butcher (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"This book is a blend of fantasy and mystery. The main character is a detective but he is a wizard as well. He gets called in by the police to help with an investigation where the victims were killed by black magic. " -- Duckyb, 02/19/2015

"First of a series, recommended by the woman manning the register at Kohls. She loved the series, and said there was a Sci Fi series based on the book series. I am afraid I pushed my way through the book, just couldn't get into it, although I like wizards and dragon stories. " -- kannasoup, 02/25/2015

The Boston Girl
The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"A bit disappointing but worth reading." -- CFA, 01/31/2015

"LIFE STORY OF THE GIRL FROM BOSTON FROM THE EARLY 1900'S. FAST AND ENJOYABLE READ." -- winterread, 02/27/2015

The Cuckoo's Calling
The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"A beautiful model falls to her death from the balcony of her exclusive apartment in London--is it suicide, or is it murder? Afghan war veteran Cormoran Strike is hired by her half-brother to find out. This is an elaborately plotted, superbly well-written book. We come to care about the main characters we meet along the way. There are some great surprises too, but all the details mesh together in the end. I would like to read the next in the series, and hope it is as interesting as this one! J.K. Rowling deserves as many accolades for this series as she earned for Harry Potter." -- ElizabethR, 02/28/2015

"Loved it! Excited it is the start to a great series of detective novels!! Who would have guessed this is JK Rowling's work. Well done. " -- sljrncohn89, 02/02/2015

The Giver
The Giver by Lois Lowry (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"So short! Interesting twist on the popular dystopia genre." -- readymcbookerson, 02/24/2015

"Interesting book, easy to get into and makes me want to read the next one to find out what happens to Jonas." -- kimrohan, 02/24/2015

The Kill Artist
The Kill Artist by Daniel Silva (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"A good mystery with similar characters as his other books." -- Russell l Judd, 02/08/2015

"The tragedy of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and despair of its resolution provide the backdrop for Daniel Silva's complex yarn of international terrorism and intrigue. Israeli master spy Ari Shamron sets an intricate plot in motion to lure deadly Palestinian assassin Tariq al-Hourani into his net. Art restorer Gabriel Allon, a former Israeli agent whose family was killed by Tariq, is lured back into the fray by Shamron and teamed with Jacqueline Delacroix, a French supermodel/Israeli secret agent whose grandparents died in the Holocaust. Gabriel sets up in London to monitor Yusef, Tariq's fellow terrorist and confidant. Jacqueline is assigned to seduce him in hopes of intercepting Tariq, who is devising a plan to kill Israel's prime minister during peace talks with Arafat in New York and he has similar plans for Gabriel. The tortuous plot leading the various parties to the showdown in Manhattan is a thrilling roller-coaster ride, keeping readers guessing until the mind-bending conclusion. Sensitive to both sides of the conflict, the narrative manages to walk a political tightrope while examining the motivations of Palestinians and Israelis alike. The duplicity and secret financial juggling to keep government hands clean is personified in publishing mogul Benjamin Stone, who backs the Israeli efforts. He is just one of many larger-than-life characters (both real and invented) thrown into the mix. Arafat himself has a tense encounter with Tariq that underscores the volatility of terrorist loyalty. Two things I found hard to believe were how come Jacqueline isn't recognized when she's working for the art dealer, Isherwood, and why does Yusef, who supposedely is a double-agent working for Ari, betray Jacqueline to Tariq? All in all, I like it and I would give it 4 stars out of 5." -- billrye, 02/27/2015

The King's Curse
The King's Curse by Philippa Gregory (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Very good book in the Cousins' War series. " -- GuineaPigLady, 02/16/2015

"Very good. Have read most of this series of novels. Enjoyed reading at the end about Henry VIII's ailments" -- Fast reader , 02/19/2015

The Matchmaker
The Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Dabney Kimball Beech thinks she is a matchmaker, crediting 42 couples that she lines up. Book a little sleepy. Other Hildebrand books are better. Main character Dabney a little boring. Book was written as each couple talking about their Match and the great Dabney. Ok read, but there is better out ther. Other books of author much better. Seems that author wasn't into writing this. Just filling up pages with words. " -- Lyn, 02/28/2015

"Good relaxing read that spans 26 years on Nantucket." -- savery, 02/22/2015

The Racketeer
The Racketeer by John Grisham (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Twists and turns in this novel as a lawyer released from prison helps solve the murder of a federal judge." -- Kathy5, 03/04/2015

"Classic Grisham, although one of my favorites! Great legal thriller!" -- blairfrye, 02/13/2015

We Are Not Ourselves
We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"At 620 pages this was not a quick read. I kept wondering when something would happen, not realizing until the end what an impactful read I was having. Each character is fully developed and each struggle becomes real. I do recommend this book to readers who are open to a long read." -- jgareis, 02/03/2015

"lengthy book but well written, impact of Alzheimers dx on a family" -- klpeterson, 02/11/2015

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