Chameleon by Valerie Tate

Chameleon (The Dunbarton Mysteries Series, #5)Chameleon by Valerie Tate

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Chris and Alicia Mallory have a horse farm in the lakeside town of Dunbarton which is a small old town that is named after Alicia’s family. Chris’ sister Angie works for a TV show which features a dog as the star. She arrives with Penny, her sister, and Richard, her sister’s boyfriend, under the guise of scouting locations for an episode of the show.

Alicia takes them around the town so that they can take pictures of the area for consideration by the show’s producers. While on their scouting trip, Richard and Penny are involved in a hit and run accident.

This all leads to the development of the main reason Chris’ sisters have come to Dunbarton. Penny has enlisted her sister Angie to help her spy on a suspected art thief. After Richard is killed and Penny is hospitalized for injuries sustained in the hit and run it is clear they are on the right track.

I found the book to be a fun light read with a few surprises. I liked the characters and thought they appeared genuine. This book was the fifth installment of the Dunbarton series, but not having read the previous books I felt it was a good stand-alone read.

I give it 4.5 stars.



The Rosary: Your Weapon for Spiritual Warfare by Johnnette S. Benkovic

The Rosary: Your Weapon for Spiritual WarfareThe Rosary: Your Weapon for Spiritual Warfare by Johnnette S. Benkovic

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I found this book an excellent description of just what the Rosary offers us in our prayer life. Many miracles have been attributed to its use. It offers a direct path to Jesus Christ through the meditation on his life and passion. It is my favorite prayer and I feel so close to God when I am praying it.

I have found that indeed this prayer is a very strong weapon against spiritual warfare. Anyone who thinks that the devil and his minions don’t exist is very foolish. He works tirelessly to snatch souls away from God. The new world order that denies this evil is doing the devils work.

This book explains the scriptural basis for the rosary and the evils that are there to befall us on our journey through this life.

I highly recommend this to anyone who is interested in understanding the rosary.



Murder Games by James Patterson and Howard Roughan

Murder GamesMurder Games by James Patterson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Murder Games by James Patterson and Howard Roughan is set in New York City. It is typical James Patterson serial killer mystery that I have come to love. Elizabeth Needham is the detective who caught the case. She enlists the help of professor Dylan Reinhart at the instigation of the mayor. His book turns up at the first crime scene.

As bodies turn up, the killer is dubbed “The Dealer” because he leaves a playing card with each of the bodies. They discover that the card is an indication of who the killer’s next victim will be.

Reinhart, who is married to an attorney albeit a nonpracticing attorney winds up assisting in the case as well. While Dylan and his husband Tracy are involved with this case, they are also going through hoops to adopt.

I am a big James Patterson fan. If you look through my reviews, you will see many of his works listed here. This book was fast-paced, kept my attention, and I hated putting it down.

I give it 5 stars.


The Quickie by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

The QuickieThe Quickie by James Patterson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Quickie by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

I had this book listed as having read it on my Goodreads site a few years ago. However I could not remember it so I read it. I am glad I did. I really liked this one.

Lauren Stillwell a New York City cop sees her husband going into the St. Regis hotel with a beautiful young blonde when she shows up to surprise him for lunch. She is hurt and believes that the distance that has come between she and Paul is caused by his having an affair.

She has been flirting with an undercover cop working out of the same precinct as her and finally gives in and has a torrid quickie with him. After all what’s good for the goose, etc. He leaves to go get some dinner. Lauren hears a struggle outside the window and looks outside in time to see her husband loading her lover’s limp body into the trunk of his car.

He turns up dead in a pool of shallow water. She is put in charge of the investigation. She shows up at the crime scene and her partner is already there. From this point on its one indiscretion after another.

The book is full of twists and surprises about the characters and the ending was definitely a surprise to me.

I gave it 4 out of 5 stars


Never Never by James Patterson and Candice Fox

Never NeverNever Never by James Patterson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Never Never by James Patterson and Candice Fox

Detective Harriet “Harry” Blue is a homicide detective in the Sydney Police Department. She is sent to a remote area in Western Australia after her brother, Sam, is arrested for raping and murdering three women. Her boss, Pops, decides it would be better if she were out of town during the investigation so she is hidden from the media circus surrounding it.

After she lands in the outback she meets her new partner Edward “Whit” Whittacker who she suspects is a spy for the DA in Sydney to see if she knew what her brother was up to. They are there to investigate the death of a missing miner from the mines and find there are more than one dead missing miner. The mining company has not taken the missing people seriously as they don’t want to lose money searching for them.

Harry meets Gabe who is at first glance the one who had been hounding the administrators of the mine to look for the missing miners. Harry develops a relationship with him and he gains her trust.

The owners of the mine fight the investigation until bodies are found down a test shaft. They reluctantly give their approval for a very limited investigation. The murder continues to play with the miners, finally shooting at Whit and Harry. I’ll stop here so that I don’t spoil the ending.

I liked the book. Harry is a new character of Patternson’s. I liked her even though she is a little rough around the edges. This book was booked as the beginning of a series. I am anxious to see what Patterson does with her character in his next edition.

I give it 4 stars.



Rickles’ Book: A Memoir by Don Rickles With David Ritz

Rickles' Book: A MemoirRickles’ Book: A Memoir by Don Rickles

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I decided to read this today because my friend is retiring and has to return it to her co worker before she leaves her job. She read it last week. I had just started a large novel but put it down because my friend told me it was pretty good.

This is a very quick read. I read it in a few hours. It’s full of one liners, and humorous quips about Rickles’ life in and out of show business. He was successful because he filled that area of comedy that most people never ventured near. He often made fun of the members of his chosen profession and members of his audiences.

He schmoozed with presidents, famous actors and your everyday Joes. He was funny, but to be honest with you, I could only take his style of comedy in short doses. His book is written in much the same way as his performances.

The book did show a softer kinder side of Rickles. He seemed to be a caring man and his family seems to be very important to him.

My favorite line from the book is quote from Jack Carter, “Old age is rough. I thought I would be living on a golf course, but instead I’m living at Walgreens.”




A Fork In The Amish Road by Abigail Duncan

A Fork In The Amish RoadA Fork In The Amish Road by Abigail Duncan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I downloaded this because I thought it was a full novel, but it’s more of a short story. I liked it, but can’t give it more than 3 stars because it left me wanting more of a story.

Emily returns to her Amish community and wants to be baptized and accept the lifestyle. She is accepted and returns to the man who has been her friend all the years she has been away.

I think this could be a really good full length novel. If I had realized it was so short I would have passed it by.