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Last Stop Sunnyside by Pat Capponi - A resident of a rooming house is murdered and her housemates set out to solve the crime. The first book in the Dana Leoni series. I liked the book a lot and appreciated Capponi's original band of detectives. Full...

Wicked Woods by Steve Vernon - About Wicked Woods: Collection of twenty-five ghost stories. Fun stories to read around the campfire or to take on a ghost tour of New Brunswick. Full review: Wicked Woods by Steve Vernon This was for the 2nd Canadian Book...

Snitch by Allison van Diepen - About Snitch: A girl is branded as a snitch at her inner city high school. van Diepen did an excellent job of showing that the decision to join a gang isn't always easy and that, while gangs are not...

Angel Wing Splash Pattern by Richard Van Camp - About Angel Wing Splash Pattern: Collection of nine short stories. I thought all of the stories were remarkable. Highly recommended. Full review: Angel Wing Splash Pattern by Richard Van Camp This was for the 2nd Canadian Book Challenge....

The Chicken Doesn't Skate by Gordon Korman - About The Chicken Doesn't Skate: Henrietta is supposed to be part of a science fair project but she may be needed elsewhere. J's first review! He enjoyed the book and he especially liked the way the author made it...

Amuse Bouche by Anthony Bidulka - About Amuse Bouche: Private detective Russell Quant investigates the disappearance of one of the grooms at a gay wedding. The first book in the Russell Quant series. There were a few things I wasn't crazy about but I liked...

Megiddo's Shadow by Arthur Slade - About Megiddo's Shadow: In 1918, sixteen-year-old Edward Bathe lies about his age and joins the army to avenge the death of his brother. Surprising and surprisingly sad. You may want to keep the tissues handy. Full review: Megiddo's Shadow...

Mistress of the Sun by Sandra Gulland - About Mistress of the Sun: The story of Louise de la Vallière, mistress of Louis XIV of France. This book had everything from love and betrayal to grand parties and frightening medical practices. It was an excellent read and...

Step Closer by Tessa McWatt - About Step Closer: Emily tells the tragic story of Gavin and Marcus while dealing with relationship issues of her own. If there was anything to take away from this book, I think it was that we never know people...

Review: One Hand Screaming by Mark Leslie - About One Hand Screaming: Collection of short stories and poems. If you like horror that (for the most part) isn't too graphic, you should give this one a try. At the very least, I'm pretty sure you'll never look...

No Time for Goodbye by Linwood Barclay - About No Time for Goodbye: A fourteen-year-old girl wakes up one morning to find that her entire family has vanished. This book hooked me right from the beginning. If you're looking for something to keep you up at night,...

Miss Smithers by Susan Juby - About Miss Smithers: Alice enters a beauty pageant. The second book in the Alice MacLeod series. Another review by L, interview-style. She liked this one just as much as the first. Full review: Miss Smithers by Susan Juby...

Advice for Italian Boys by Anne Giardini - Published: 2009 About Advice for Italian Boys: Nicolo Pavone isn't sure where his life is going but his grandmother is always ready to offer advice. A lovely book with interesting characters, an engaging story, and a satisfying ending. Full...

Alice, I Think by Susan Juby - About Alice, I Think: A teenager returns to school after years of being taught at home. Another interview-style review, this time with L!* She thought the book was a fun, light read. Full review: Alice, I Think by Susan...

The Trade Mission by Andrew Pyper - About The Trade Mission: A trade mission to Brazil turns into a fight for survival. Also published as Dark Descent. Reviewed by PB. He thought it was an excellent thriller. Full review: The Trade Mission by Andrew Pyper...

Darkness at the Stroke of Noon by Dennis Richard Murphy - About Darkness at the Stroke of Noon: Two members of a group of researchers are found dead in a remote part of Nunavut and RCMP Sergeant Booker Kennison is sent to investigate. Overall, it was an entertaining book with...

Waiting for Sarah by Bruce McBay and James Heneghan - About Waiting for Sarah: An accident took Mike's family and his legs. Life seems pretty miserable until he meets a young girl while working on a school project. I'm trying something different with this review. K and I sat...

The Plague by Clem Martini - About The Plague: A plague has killed many crows and Kym has been captured by humans. Book two of Feather and Bone: The Crow Chronicles. Reviewed by K. She highly recommends it. Full review: The Plague by Clem Martini...

Touched By Venom by Janine Cross - About Touched By Venom: Book one of the Dragon Temple Saga Reviewed by Ice. It made him angry but he wants to read the rest of the series. Full review: Touched By Venom by Janine Cross...

The Gravesavers by Sheree Fitch - About The Gravesavers: A young girl helps her grandmother protect the graves of people lost in a shipwreck. Reviewed by K. She thought it had a unique storyline. Full review: The Gravesavers by Sheree Fitch...

The Way Lies North by Jean Rae Baxter - About The Way Lies North: During the American Revolution, Charlotte and her Loyalist family are forced to flee from their home. Another review from K. She recommends it to kids who are looking for a book about war that...

Y in the Shadows by Karen Rivers - About Y in the Shadows: Yale discovers that she has the ability to disappear. Reviewed by K. She liked it but recommends it for older teens. Full review: Y in the Shadows by Karen Rivers I haven't read this...

Dooley Takes the Fall by Norah McClintock - About Dooley Takes the Fall: Seventeen-year-old Ryan Dooley is suspected of murdering a kid from his troubled past. Reviewed by K. She liked it. Full review: Dooley Takes the Fall by Norah McClintock...

The Colour of Lightning by Paulette Jiles - About The Colour of Lightning: In 1864, captives were taken after the Comanche and Kiowa raided a community in Texas and one man vowed to do whatever was necessary to get them back. Jiles did a good job of...

Book reviews - A couple of these were written in December but not posted here so I'm doing it now. No Such Creature by Giles Blunt About No Such Creature: A pair of thieves — one old, one young — spend the summer...

Inside Out Girl by Tish Cohen (and a bit about author readings) - About Inside Out Girl: An overprotective mother meets a widowed father and his unusual daughter. A heartwarming story that made me laugh often. Keep the tissues handy though, just in case. Full review: Inside Out Girl by Tish Cohen...

The first 3 reviews - These are the first three reviews for the 2nd Canadian Book Challenge for which I'm reading thirteen books by authors on my MySpace friends list. The Killing Circle by Andrew Pyper About The Killing Circle: Patrick's son has been kidnapped...

Finished! - The final three reviews to complete the 1st Canadian Book Challenge. I actually read 21 books by Canadian authors during the allotted time but haven't reviewed all of them yet. The 2nd challenge starts tomorrow! Join us! A Bird in...

Spider's Song by Anita Daher - About Spider's Song: AJ, stuck in Yellowknife with her grandmother, meets a man from her mother's past. An intense story with a prickly yet sensitive main character and the added feature of a lesson for parents. I enjoyed it....

The Curse of the Shaman by Michael Kusugak - About The Curse of the Shaman: Instead of agreeing to an arranged marriage for his daughter, a short-tempered shaman cursed young Wolverine, much to the delight of the shaman's grumpy animal spirit. This was a fascinating book that I...

A Killing Spring by Gail Bowen - About A Killing Spring: The head of the School of Journalism at Joanne Kilbourn's university is found dead in a scandalous position. Meanwhile, one of Joanne's students is missing and her friend Jill is not acting like herself. The...

After River by Donna Milner - About After River: Hiring an American draft dodger to help out on the farm has long-lasting effects for a close-knit British Columbia family. Fans of Crow Lake, especially those who liked the feel of the story, will most likely...

Sointula by Bill Gaston - About Sointula: A woman sets out in a stolen kayak to find her estranged son with an incompetent travel writer as her companion. I don't know that I would want to spend time with any of the characters but...

Sign of the Cross by Anne Emery (and other stuff) - About Sign of the Cross: A young woman has been murdered and all of the evidence points to Father Brennan Burke. An entertaining fast-paced mystery with a good cast of characters. I will definitely be reading everything in this...

The Other Side of the Bridge by Mary Lawson - About The Other Side of the Bridge: Arthur Dunn and Ian Christopherson live in a small community in Northern Ontario and their lives intertwine when Ian asks for a job on Arthur's farm. Even better than Crow Lake and...

Icefields by Thomas Wharton - About Icefields: On a climbing expedition in 1898, Dr. Ned Byrne slipped into a crevasse in the Arcturus Glacier. What he saw while he waited for rescue would haunt him for the next 25 years. Quiet, understated, well-written, and...

South of an Unnamed Creek by Anne Cameron - Good story, good sense of time and place, too many main characters. Full review: South of an Unnamed Creek by Anne Cameron This book was my choice for the Yukon for the Canadian book challenge. Canadian book challenge update:...

Saving Jasey by Diane Tullson - Another review by K! As usual, one of the panelists on Canada Reads is really annoying me. And I miss Bill. I'm 2 for 2 on the eliminations although I think Icefields will be booted next. Also, I added...

King Leary by Paul Quarrington (and other stuff) - Given how much I disliked the book at the beginning, I was surprised by how much I cared at the end and how affected I was. Full review: King Leary by Paul Quarrington This book was my choice for...

Crow Lake by Mary Lawson - Beautifully written with a tragic story, believable characters, and a good sense of place. Full review: Crow Lake by Mary Lawson Also, K's second review: Lost in the Barrens by Farley Mowat...

The Big Why by Michael Winter - I didn't like Kent, I didn't like the random punctuation, and I wouldn't say I liked the book exactly but I did admire it. Winter is a talented writer and this book made me curious enough that I will...

Atonement by Gaétan Soucy - Atonement is an odd and oddly fascinating book about the perils of memory and the benefits of forgetfulness. It won't be to everyone's taste because, as I said, it's odd. I liked the book but I think it will...