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review 2018-07-19 18:20
Dead, Bath and Beyond
Dead, Bath, and Beyond: A Victoria Square Mystery - Laurie Cass,Lorraine Bartlett

Katie Bonner quit a job working for a horrible boss, Josh, to run her own business, Artist's Mall. She has become very good and is earning a good living. She spends time with her friend and lawyer, Seth, floating on his boat in Lake Ontario. Josh from everything we learn, is not a good person and is living for free in her friend's B&B, that is still being worked on. She goes to their place and when she learns that they are considered suspects in the murder of Josh, found dead in a bathtub in the B&B and has a knot on his head and lake water in his lungs. She feels the need to snoop and help find out who really murdered Josh and left him. Along the way, she learns about others who have a boat and their issues with boats and wants to help them all out, becoming their friends. 


The story was okay, but I like the Booksellers stories more and may or may not try another in this series. 

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review 2018-01-28 01:39
Book Review: The Heir
The Heir (The Selection) - Kiera Cass

Book: The Heir


Author: Kiera Cass


Genre: Teen/Fantasy/Romance


Summary: Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon - and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairytale romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she'd put off marriage for as long as possible. But a princess's life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can't escape her own Selection - no matter how fervently she protests. Eadlyn doesn't expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn's heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn't as impossible as she's always thought. -HarperTeen, 2015.


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review 2018-01-22 13:46
Preparing for the Inevitable
Impeachment: A Citizen’s Guide - Cass R. Sunstein

Impeachment is not an anti-Trump screed, nor is it a dry dissertation on Constitutional law. Sunstein's book is an engaging exploration of the impeachment clause of the US Constitution, what the framers of the Constitution were thinking when they wrote it and how it has been interpreted over the years.


Having just rebelled against a monarchy, many of the attendees of the Constitutional Convention were apposed to any sort of executive leader. As a compromise a system was created to remove the President from office, but the system had to be difficult enough that impeachment did not become a tool of partisan fighting. Which is not to say that it has not been used for that purpose, see the Clinton impeachment. Policy disagreement, general incompetence, and being a public embarrassment to the nation are not grounds for impeachment. Some actual crimes committed by the President do not rise to the level of impeachment, but some actions that are not legally crimes can qualify as impeachable offenses. The author also explores the 25th amendment, which added another way of removing the President from office based on incapacity, and in turn raised many more questions.


Although the name Trump is never mentioned in the book, the timeliness of its subject causes the current President to loom of the discussion. It increasingly appears that within the next few years we will witness another impeachment proceeding with more merit behind it than the last one. I recommend this book as an excellent and very readable overview of the history and legal thought behind impeachment and why it must not be invoked frivolously but must be invoked when there is just cause.

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review 2018-01-08 00:00
Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness
Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness - Richard H. Thaler,Cass R. Sunstein December bookclub read for my sit in bookclub and when I checked in my book shop for this Book and was directed to the ECONOMICS/BUSINESS section I did quite a bit of eye rolling, I had automatically decided I wasn't going to like this book and as christmas reading goes this was going to be a taxing read. But I was pleasantly surprised at how readable and relatable the book was and how our decision making can be influenced by Nudges of all kinds and how society reacts to Nudges.

Only 3 out 10 people in the group finished the book and yet the discussion created was lively and interesting with everyone participating and having an opinion.

Not one I would be recommending but certainly a book that has food for thought.
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review 2017-12-27 18:57
Dead, Bath and Beyond
Dead, Bath, and Beyond (Victoria Square Mystery) - Laurie Cass,Lorraine Bartlett

I think this is my favorite of the author’s many series, and I was happy to see it return. They’re always a light cozy read. I love the quaint upstate NY location and I really like Katie, she’s endlessly patient (I am not, so I envy this quality in others) and I love the down to earth realism attitude that retired detective Ray Davenport brings to balance out all the wild theories Katie comes up with. The pace on this is relaxed, and that’s what I love about this series, it’s sets just the right pace for the story, allowing the reader to really get to know the different characters while still keeping the mystery suspenseful. I loved the plot, who killed Katie’s ex-boss Josh the Jerk and why? Lots of suspects and lots of motives, Katie has her hands full investigating, leading up to the exciting conclusion.


All in all, a great addition to the Victoria Square series and an enjoyable read.

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