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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Overcoming

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Mary's Musings | 1 comment

Overcoming

Overcoming… Overcoming the obstacles we sometimes put in front of ourselves … I think at one point in time we all tend to get down a bit about life. It seldom happens to me, but this past winter I have found myself just wanting to curl up and stay by the home fires. Maybe it was the burnout from so many book events last year – maybe it is just life itself telling me to stop and smell the roses, to think about where I have been, my accomplishments, the battles I have won, and how all these things combined have made me the...

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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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Six Stars for “The Light Between Oceans” by M. L. Stedman

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 in Mary's Book Reviews | 0 comments

Six Stars for “The Light Between Oceans” by M. L. Stedman

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman (Goodreads Author) Mary Cushnie-Mansour‘s review   Although I purchased this book in 2016, I didn’t get a chance to read it until 2017, although one night I did watch the movie. The star ratings only go to five, but if I were to be honest, I would give this book SIX stars! “The Light Between Oceans” by M. L. Stedman, a first novel for this Australian author, is worth the Six Stars. It is filled with human emotions – with real life: the loves, the hardships, the...

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

A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks (Goodreads Author) Mary Cushnie-Mansour‘s review Five Stars for “A Bend in the Road” by Nicholas Sparks. I have enjoyed reading a couple of Sparks other books, and usually watch the movies that are made from his stories, but I found this book in particular, the one that captivated me the most (outside of “The Note Book.”) “A Bend in the Road” is rippled with human emotions brought on by loss. For Miles Ryan, it was the tragic loss of his beloved wife – an...

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Five Stars for “No Time for Goodbye” by Linwood Barclay

Posted by on Jan 25, 2017 in Mary's Book Reviews | 0 comments

Five Stars for “No Time for Goodbye” by Linwood Barclay

No Time for Goodbye by Linwood Barclay (Goodreads Author) Mary Cushnie-Mansour‘s review Linwood Barclay has a way with weaving a story, and “No Time for Goodbye” is no exception. Five stars for this book. How would your life turn out if you were a teenager who woke up and found your family gone? – vanished without a trace! Twenty-five years later, despite never having discovered what happened to her family, Cynthia begins to feel she is being watched and that someone is after her, maybe realizing that they had missed a...

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Five Stars for “4th of July” by James Patterson

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

Five Stars for “4th of July” by James Patterson

4th of July (Women’s Murder Club, #4) by James Patterson Mary Cushnie-Mansour‘s review   Five stars for Patterson’s “4th of July” because it kept me intrigued right to the end, and something that doesn’t happen often with me – I didn’t guess the murderer! Lindsay Boxer, a San Francisco police lieutenant, is on trial for killing one youth and putting another one in a wheelchair. She and her partner, because they felt sorry for the two youth, who had run from them and had crashed their car,...

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