Indie Book Reviews

  • One star = Really bad; there’s a reason this book is self-pubbed.
  • Two stars = Mediocre, but one or two bright spots.
  • Three stars = Good; worth reading.
  • Four stars = Very good.
  • Five stars = Excellent; must-read.
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Paris, Moi and the Gang

Rating: 2.5
Documents Grendlin's daily meanderings through modern-day Paris, a journey that's mainly interesting to Grendlin.
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Twilight People

Rating: 4
Joe Del Priore’s Twilight People is a collection of forty flash fiction stories that suggest what you would have gotten if Michael Palin and Rod Serling had worked together. The spontaneity of Del Priore’s quick wit makes these pieces spark and crackle.
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Fortunate One

Rating: 3
Kevin Cohen’s novel Fortunate One is a loud, broadly written, sometimes graphic but still intriguing story of the excesses of the Hollywood elite and the untold minions who work for them.
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Worlds Apart

Rating: 4
Worlds Apart, by Miriam Sobel, is an engrossing tale of an extended Jewish family, with two brothers in New York City and their sister, brother-in-law, and mother living in Poland.
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The Brink of Destruction

Rating: 2
The central protagonist of this potboiler tale is Laura Monroe, a rookie FBI agent from Chicago who was inspired to join the FBI to prevent a repeat of 9/11, which happened when she was a teenager. She witnesses the Willis Tower's destruction from the windshield of her car and vows to bring the perpetrators to justice.
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Upcountry

Rating: 3
Jane Schumacher, a political press secretary with a chip on her shoulder, left her isolated mountain town in upstate New York at the age of eighteen, vowing never to return. Yet return she does, twenty years later, asking for forgiveness. Why?
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Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery

Rating: 4
The year is 1898, the place, San Francisco, and Annie Fuller, a young widow whose husband killed himself after losing the couple’s fortune in the stock market, is trying to make a go of it by operating a boarding house she’s inherited from an elderly aunt.
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The Broken Past: A James Buckner Mystery

Rating: 3.5
Set in Prohibition-challenged 1923, Corinth, MO is turned upside down when two murders are discovered the same day.
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Tangling with Tyrants: Managing the Balance of Power at Work

Rating: 3.5
Tangling with Tyrants provides field-tested, practical solutions drawn from actual scenarios in a variety of corporate settings.
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In Spite of the System

Rating: 3.5
A truly frightening story about mistaken identitiy that will keep you turning the pages. Here is a Kafka-esque experience that really happened.
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A Secret of the Universe

Rating: 4.5
In delving into the depths of human nature and rationality as few have before, A Secret of the Universe provides a new take on the battle between faith and skepticism for the post-9/11 world.
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Houses In My Heart

Rating: 4
A behind-the-scenes glimpse into more than two dozen of decorator Carleton Varney's best, most original, and never-before-published projects--including his own private residences.
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Camelot's Kitchen

Rating: 4
In addition to recipes and secrets on making sensational salads, Camelot's Kitchen offers 64 full-color pages of Camelot, an adorable bunny.
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Among Us Women

Rating: 3
A bold, yet sensitive story of three closely connected women living in the 1980's and a dramatic testimony to the innate intelligence of all women who have the courage to look inward and walk forward.
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A Very Rich Man

Rating: 3
A wealthy and socially prominent family reunites in the wake of a father's aneurysm, and all hell breaks loose as a brother and sister uncover a wealth of secrets about their father's past.
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In the Pink: Dorothy Draper-America's Most Fabulous Decorator

Rating: 4.5
Like Martha Stewart, Dorothy Draper was a preacher and teacher whose how-to books and Good Housekeeping columns provided middle-class housewives with affordable ideas for making their homes more functional and comfortable.
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More Letters From Pemberley 1814-1819

Rating: 3.5
More Letters From Pemberley is a continuation of Jane Dawkin's first Letters novel. We again find Elizabeth Darcy, at her writing desk. Extending from 1814 to 1819, Elizabeth's letters are no longer that of a homesick young woman finding solace with her younger sister.
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Drivetime Yoga

Rating: 4
Drivetime Yoga is the first head-to-toe system to relieve driving stress, giving drivers practical road rage remedies and safe, simple techniques to ease chronic neck, shoulder and back aches.
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A Multitude of Mercies

Rating: 4
A gut-wrenchingly honest look at a family dealing with schizophrenia, A Multitude of Mercies travels from the depths of despair to the ultimate triumph of love and acceptance.
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All Men Are Cremated Equal: My 77 Blind Dates

Rating: 4
Referring to herself as "Bridget Jones' American cousin," Elizabeth chronicles her true-life dating spree as a marriage-minded mortician in her mid-30's.
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Able Was I

Rating: 4.5
Able Was I begins by introducing us to Grey Tigrett, an American college student tooling around Italy for a summer before graduation. On the island of Elba (yes, Napoleon's Elba) Grey, who came to the island with a longtime girlfriend, has a brief but significant amorous encounter with an Italian man named Antonio.
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Crazy Bett

Rating: 4
Her name was Elizabeth Van Lew, but her neighbors in Richmond, Virginia, during the Civil War called her Crazy Bett. In fact, Elizabeth ran a Union spy ring in the capital of the Confederacy--pulling it off by posing as a madwoman.
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Riding the Infertility Roller Coaster

Rating: 4
Riding the Infertility Roller Coaster is written for anyone struggling with infertility. It's goal is to empower, educate, and advocate for the reader.
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Probo's Lament

Rating: 4
Probo, a young trumpet-playing circus elephant, leads the way in this hilarious (and slightly unhinged) satire of Chicago politics.