Book Review: Victims

Title: Victims: an Alex Delaware novel

Author: Jonathan Kellerman

Stars: 3

Reviewed by: Kathy, a Pendleton Library patron

Another good Alex Delaware whodunit. Again he gives us a look into the mentally ill. Also reminds us of how we used to institutionalize people.

Publisher’s Description: Not since Jack the Ripper terrorized the London slums has there been such a gruesome crime scene. By all accounts, acid-tongued Vita Berlin hadn’t a friend in the world, but whom did she cross so badly as to end up arranged in such a grotesque tableau? One look at her apartment–turned–charnel house prompts hard-bitten LAPD detective Milo Sturgis to summon his go-to expert in hunting homicidal maniacs, Alex Delaware. But despite his finely honed skills, even Alex is stymied when more slayings occur in the same ghastly fashion . . . yet with no apparent connection among the victims. And the only clue left behind—a blank page bearing a question mark—seems to be both a menacing taunt and a cry for help from a killer baffled by his own lethal urges.

Under pressure to end the bloody spree and prevent a citywide panic, Milo redoubles his efforts to discover a link between the disparate victims. Meanwhile, Alex navigates the secretive world of mental health treatment, from the sleek office of a Beverly Hills therapist to a shuttered mental institution where he once honed his craft—and where an unholy alliance between the mad and the monstrous may have been sealed in blood. As each jagged piece of the puzzle fits into place, an ever more horrific portrait emerges of a sinister mind at its most unimaginable—and an evil soul at its most unspeakable. “This one was different,” Alex observes at the start of the case. This one will haunt his waking life, and his darkest dreams, long after its end.

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Book Review: How Did You Do It, Truett?

How Did You Do It, Truett?: A Recipe for SuccessTitle: How Did You Do It, Truett? A Recipe for Success

Author: S. Truett Cathy

Stars: 4

Reviewed by: Donna, a Main Library patron

Want to know how the name Chick-fil-A came about? How about why mayonnaise is not used on the famous Chick-fil-A sandwich? Then this is the book that tells all. Not quite 100 pages, this is a quick read about how and why the restaurant is closed on Sundays.

Publisher’s Description: How does the man working behind the counter of a mom-and-pop diner for twenty-one years turn a good idea into a restaurant chain worth $2 billion annual sales? S. Truett Cathy, founder and CEO of Chick-fil-A, shares the answers in How Did You Do It, Truett?

The inventor of the chicken sandwich and the founder of Chick-fil-A, Truett Cathy also pioneered quick-service food in shopping malls, and is now one of America’s most successful and respected businessmen. His restaurants, which are always closed on Sunday, achieve higher sales per unit than others that remain open seven days a week. Forty years after opening the first Chick-fil-A restaurant, the chain now has more than 1,300 units in thirty-eight states.

How Did You Do It, Truett? offers countless nuggets of wisdom. The 86-year-old chief executive officer’s keen business sense, his commitment to his principles, and his desire to keep the business simple pours off of every page. His lessons apply not only to business, but family and community life as well.


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Book Review: Queen Victoria, from Her Birth to the Death of the Prince Consort

Title: Queen Victoria, from Her Birth to the Death of the Prince Consort

Author: Cecil Woodham-Smith

Stars: 5

Reviewed by: Tammy, a Main Library patron

A must-read if you love reading about the lives of the royal family in the days of Queen Victoria. The authors used excerpts from letters and diaries of the royal family. The love of Queen Victoria’s life, her husband Albert, the Prince Consort, died at age 42. The queen went into mourning for the rest of her life. During their mostly happy marriage, they had nine children. The queen’s worst times were when she was pregnant, because she did not like being pregnant and did not really like babies. This book contains a lot of information about the everyday life of Queen Victoria.

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Book Review: Photo Finished

Title: Photo Finished

Author: Laura Childs

Stars: 5

Reviewed by: Kathy, a Pendleton Library patron

A great read. A page turner set in New Orleans. This book has an imaginative plot. If you are a scrapbooker, you will enjoy the read as well as the tips.

Publisher’s Description: New Orleans scrapbooking shop owner Carmela Bertrand is hosting a late-night “Crop Till You Drop” session-when a neighboring antique-shop owner winds up murdered in the alley. Now, the scrapbooking expert must rearrange the jumble of clues and pick out the killer.

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Book Review: Fine Machine Sewing

Title: Fine Machine Sewing: Easy Ways to Get the Look of Hand Finishing and Embellishing

Author: Carol Ahles

Stars: 5

Reviewed by: Susie, a Main Library patron

I’ve been sewing for 30 years and I can’t wait to try some of the hand-finishing techniques in this book. It’s filled with beautiful illustrations, too. Very motivating!

Publisher’s Description: This beautiful reference book makes advanced finishing styles accessible to all levels of sewers. Hundreds of color photos and illustrations demonstrate tools, techniques, and tips, as well as completed garments. Fine Machine Sewing provides confidence and inspiration to home sewers looking to expand their repertoire.

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Book Review: The Last Princess

Title: The Last Princess: The Devoted Life of Queen Victoria’s Youngest Daughter

Author: Matthew Dennison

Stars: 4

Reviewed by: Tammy, a Main Library patron

For anyone who loves reading about Queen Victoria and the royal family in her time, this is an excellent book. It tells of her ninth and last child, Princess Beatrice, whom the queen wants as a full-time companion for herself for the rest of her life. The plan almost works, but Beatrice falls in love and wants to marry. The queen grudgingly agrees as long as they live with her, so Beatrice, her husband and children live with the queen. Beatrice is loyal to her mother, the queen, until Beatrice’s death.

Publisher’s Description: Beatrice was the last child born to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Her father died when she was four and Victoria came to depend on her youngest daughter absolutely, and also demanded from her complete submission. Beatrice succumbed to her mother’s obsessive love, so that by the time she was in her late teens she was her constant companion. Although Victoria tried to prevent Beatrice from even so much as thinking of love, her guard slipped when Beatrice met Prince Henry of Battenberg. Sadly, Beatrice inherited the hemophilia gene from her mother, which she passed on to two of her four sons and which her daughter Victoria Eugenia, in marrying Alfonso XIII of Spain, in turn passed on to the Spanish royal family. This new examination will restore her to her proper prominence—as Queen Victoria’s second consort.

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Book Review: Dark Angel

Title: Dark Angel

Author: V. C. Andrews

Stars: 5

Reviewed by: Rachel, an Iva Library patron

This book is a continuation of Heaven. This book tells Heaven’s story after being sold. She becomes a slave for a man and a woman. The man is nice to her, but the woman beats her and yells at her. Then she goes back home and finds out about her mother’s family.

Publisher’s Description: At last, Heaven would find the happiness she longed for…free from the scorn and contempt of her past!

In her grandmother’s fine, rich Boston house, Heaven Leigh Casteel dreamed of a wonderful new life of new friends, the best schools, beautiful clothes and most important, love. The pearls of culture, wisdom and breeding would now be hers. Soon she would make the Casteel name respectable, find her brothers and sisters, and have a family again.

But even in the world of the wealthy, there were strange forebodings, secrets best forgotten. And as Heaven reached out for love, she was slowly ensnared in a sinister web of cruel deceits and hidden passions!

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