Book Review: One Summer In Monte Carlo

by Jennifer Bohnet, narrated by Julia Franklin An Audiobook review by Jackie Houchin   I enjoyed ONE SUMMER IN MONTE CARLO, especially having just visited the Principality in the last few weeks. Jennifer Bohnet brought the setting alive, particularly with the yachts in the harbor, and the set-up and anticipation of the Monaco Grand Prix…

Book Review: Love & Saffron

by Kim Fay,    And narrated by Kimberly Farr, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Bramhall, Maggi-Meg Reed, and the author.   An audiobook review by Jackie Houchin Kim Fay’s LOVE & SAFFRON is heartwarming and a pleasure to read. It’s an epistolary (written in letters) between two women whose friendship grows through the experiences (and recipes) they…

Book Review: This Rough Magic

by Mary Stewart a book review by Jackie Houchin “It’s a rough sort of magic for such as we are – a mere musician, and a couple of players…” I’ve said many times before that “This Rough Magic” by Mary Stewart is my all-time favorite book ever, and after reading it yet again for the…

Book Review: Auntie Poldi and the Vanishing Lions

By Mario Giordano A book review by Jackie Houchin Lists. This book has a lot of lists, short ones, and those that go on for pages, such as the one when Uncle Martino pontificates on an encyclopedia of things he knows while driving his nephew (the narrator) around the island of Sicily. Some lists are…

Book Review: Destination Unknown

By Agatha Christie A book review by Jackie Houchin DESTINATION UNKNOWN, formerly titled SO MANY STEPS, is an interesting read with an atmosphere of tension almost from the first page. A woman, flying from London to Casablanca in the throes of despair because of a recent humiliating divorce  and the sudden death of her young…

Book Review: Booked

By Kwame Alexander, narrated by author A whimsical mini Audiobook Review by Jackie Houchin (with maybe a little spoiler or 2) BOOKED is a book that will make you laugh and cheer! It’s the story of a 12-year-old boy whose parents are breaking up and whose dad makes him read the dictionary to improve his…

Book Review: Evil In Emerald

by A. M. Stuart, narrated by Olivia Dowd an Audiobook review by Jackie Houchin EVIL IN EMERALD is a dense, atmospheric and multi-layered mystery novel. It’s set in 1910 in hot and sultry, English-ruled Singapore. The multiple crimes and criminals are widespread and seemingly unconnected. Until the end, of course. The heroes are Harriet Gordon, widow,…

Short Story Review: Green, The Cambridge Murder Mystery

by Charlot King A mini book review by Jackie Houchin GREEN is a free-from-the-author “taster” Short Story, the prequel to Charlot King’s Cambridge Murder Mystery series. It introduces the characters – Professor Elizabeth Green and Inspector Abley – in the posh acidemia setting of the University of Cambridge. The beautiful Professor Green is cool, calm,…