Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Lemon Tart

My Rating:

I love a good mystery, especially when it leaves you with a surprise ending! Now, I do have to admit that this book is different from the others I’ve read. First of all our heroin, an “independent detective,” is not a young and curious 20 year old but a slightly more mature, witty and sassy 50 year old with a lot of spunk and a knack for getting into trouble. Move over Angela Lansbury, there’s a new girl in town who’s cook’n up a storm…literally. Sadie is a bake-a-holic with a motto that a “warm pan of homemade chocolate brownies can cure anything” (hmmm…she actually might be on to something there).
I loved this book for several reasons. First, at the end of the chapters you’ll find authentic “Sadie Recipes” (usually for something Sadie cooked in the previous chapter).
Second, this mystery kept me guessing. I seriously thought I had the whole thing figured out for several chapters until another clue would appear and let me suspect someone else. When the true murderer was revealed I was shocked.
I enjoyed the story from beginning to the end and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. If you like fast paced mysteries that start as soon as the book begins than you’ll love Lemon Tart. I only have one word of advice…Make sure you read this book with a snack; otherwise you might start feeling a little munchie.:-)

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Traitor and Tribunal

My Rating:

This is a great read for those who enjoy a little history woven into a fictitious story. Now my brain is only about 10% history driven and 90% romance driven, but Sandra Grey did a great job intermingling fact and fiction in keeping me engrossed through out the whole book. I learned a lot about the war in France, the resistance, and the Gestapo without ever realizing I had diverted from the story and was actually reading history. (And just as a side note, there’s definitely a romance worthy of reading in this story along with a few shockers that I didn’t see coming!)
For those of you who are real history buffs, check out the historical notes for each chapter at the back of the book where Grey provides even more information about World War II.
In summary, when there’s gallantry, conflict, romance, and espionage all woven into one story…who wouldn’t love Traitor? And no worries guys, the romance is very low key. Both men and women would enjoy reading this novel.

Tribunal (Sequel to Traitor)
My Rating:

Yes, It’s true! The sequel to Traitor is here and it picks up right where Traitor left off…but the plot thickens!!! We now have a couple of new characters who bring unexpected twists and havoc into the lives of Marie, Rolf, and Hans. And certain decisions must be made that could mean life or death for some. But I don’t want to be a plot spoiler so, if you’ve read Traitor and want to know more, you’ll just have to read Tribunal. Believe me, it’ll be worth it.