Conviction – Five Stars may not be enough!

Posted by on Jun 23, 2017 in Mary's Book Reviews | 0 comments

Conviction – Five Stars may not be enough!

Richard North Patterson’s “Conviction” earned a five-star rating from me. This novel will take you down the road of capital punishment and the law and people who manipulate the system, sometimes not to the letter of the law and the evidence provided or uncovered at later dates, but to their own opinions on what should be or shouldn’t be to protect “the system.” There are two main tragedies in this novel: one, the death of an innocent young girl; and two, the conviction of an innocent man, as evidence...

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The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell – Four Stars

Posted by on Jun 23, 2017 in Mary's Book Reviews | 0 comments

The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell – Four Stars

Four Stars for The Last Kingdom Books, 1 – 8, by Bernard Cornwell, which kept me reading for about five weeks. I also completed the 9th book in the series, and wait with bated breath for what I am hoping will be the end of Uhtred’s journey to the place of his birth, to his birthright. The first eight books: The Last Kingdom, The Pale Horseman, The Lords of the North, Sword Song, The Burning Land, Death of Kings, The Pagan Lord, The Empty Throne, and the ninth book, Warriors of the Storm create a saga of blood lust, love, hate,...

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Three Stars for Victoria Holt’s “Seven for a Secret”

Posted by on May 6, 2017 in Mary's Book Reviews | 0 comments

Three Stars for Victoria Holt’s “Seven for a Secret”

Seven for a Secret by Victoria Holt Mary Cushnie-Mansour‘s review   In my teens, I was an avid reader of Victoria Holt novels and had every one I could get my hands on. However, after lending my collection to someone, with the promise they would all be returned, then never seeing my precious books again, I moved on to other authors. I picked up “Seven for a Secret” at a used bookstore, thinking to re-visit my childhood author. “Seven for a Secret” did not totally disappoint; it is a nice story, as were all...

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The Last Mile by David Baldacci – Five Stars

Posted by on May 5, 2017 in Mary's Book Reviews | 0 comments

The Last Mile by David Baldacci – Five Stars

The Last Mile  byDavid Baldacci(Goodreads Author)   Mary Cushnie-Mansour‘s review I couldn’t put “The Last Mile” by David Baldacci down. It grabbed me right from the first page! Five Stars. Melvin Mars, a former college football star that had a lot of promise, only has a few hours to live; he’s on death row for having murdered his parents. “I didn’t do it,” he claimed, but don’t they all. Every reprieve has been exhausted; his last meal is on its way. But then a miracle happens,...

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Four Stars for Make Them Pay by Allison Brennan

Posted by on May 5, 2017 in Mary's Book Reviews | 0 comments

Four Stars for Make Them Pay by Allison Brennan

Make Them Pay  by Allison Brennan (Goodreads Author)   Mary Cushnie-Mansour‘s review   Four stars for Allison Brennan’s “Make Them Pay.” I enjoy a book with lots of suspense because it is a quick read for me in this busy world we live in. “Make Them Pay” deals with a lot of family dynamics between siblings – and, the fallout after the parents die in a horrific accident. Sean Rogan is the youngest siblings and is quite the genius. He is in the throws of planning his wedding to Lucy Kincaid,...

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The Murder House by James Patterson (& David Ellis) – Three Stars

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Mary's Book Reviews | 0 comments

The Murder House by James Patterson (& David Ellis) – Three Stars

 Mary Cushnie-Mansour’s Reviews > The Murder House The Murder House by James Patterson (Goodreads Author), David Ellis   “The Murder House” by James Patterson (and David Ellis) gets three stars from me. I enjoy the quick read Patterson provides, and I always enjoy a good mystery. One issue I was waiting to hear more about, and someone I thought might be involved in the crimes, was the man (Sulzman) who was blackmailing the police chief into setting up one of the main characters – Noah – for murder. Noah...

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Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty – Four Stars

Posted by on Mar 12, 2017 in Mary's Book Reviews | 0 comments

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty – Four Stars

Big Little Lies byLiane Moriarty(Goodreads Author) Mary Cushnie-Mansour‘s review  Four Stars for Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. What goes on behind closed doors sometimes stays there for much too long. Beautiful Celeste, who everyone envies. Fiesty Madeline, who no one dares to cross. And new girl, Jane, coming to town with a dark secret. What happens in the pages of “Big Little Lies” is a story that can happen anywhere. The facade these women put on to the public … the murder … the unraveling of their lives...

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The Girl on the Train – Four Stars

Posted by on Feb 27, 2017 in Mary's Book Reviews | 0 comments

The Girl on the Train – Four Stars

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (Goodreads Author)     Mary Cushnie-Mansour‘s review  Four Stars for Paula Hawkins’ “The Girl on the Train.” At first, I was ready to put the book down and not finish it, but then it started to pick up its pace and I became absorbed in the plot.”The Girl on the Train” is told by three women, each having their own tragedies to deal with. The main character is Rachel. Rachel is divorced, and she blames herself for the failure of her marriage, despite the fact...

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“Still Life” by Louise Penny – Three Stars

Posted by on Feb 19, 2017 in Mary's Book Reviews | 0 comments

“Still Life” by Louise Penny – Three Stars

Still Life (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #1) by Louise Penny Mary Cushnie-Mansour‘s review “Still Life” by Louise Penny gets a three star from me. The novel was enjoyable enough for me to want to finish it, however, I had a difficult time getting into it, and there were a few times when I almost put it down and moved on to another read. “Still Life” has been described as a Cozy Mystery, and I can see this from its setting in a small rural village, Three Pines, in Quebec. The book starts off with Jane Neal, an...

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Four Stars for Linwood Barclay’s “Promise Falls” series

Posted by on Feb 10, 2017 in Mary's Book Reviews | 0 comments

Four Stars for Linwood Barclay’s “Promise Falls” series

Four Stars for Linwood Barclay‘s “Promise Falls” series. Although it was a great read, and kept me well-glued to my couch, chair – wherever I might have been able to grab a few minutes to read – it still left me with a few loose ends. As a writer, I know how difficult it can be to tie up so many loose ends, and the Promise Falls series has many. I assume, because of this, Mr. Barclay might have another book in mind to do just that. I also think it might have been better had the author created some of these plots...

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