Book Reviews by Susan Harsha

Susan is a Hudson resident, avid reader, and Book Chat enthusiast. Join Book Chat on the 4th Thursday of the month at 10:30am, January through October, to get Susan’s take without waiting for us to publish it here.

From Susan, herself:

I hope that you are enjoying these book reviews.  As Jenny mentioned, I am a Hudson resident and an avid reader.  I can thank my parents who were avid readers themselves and encouraged my sisters and I to read whatever caught our fancy, no matter the subject matter.  As a child I eagerly read the “Childhood of Famous Americans” biography series in the school library.  In high school I discovered Agatha Christie and am a mystery lover to this day!  But over time I learned to enjoy most all genres including history, sci-fi, memoirs, and whatever else catches my eye at the library or book store.  Sometimes I wish there were more hours in the day so I could read more!  But while I love talking about books, I also relish hearing about what other people are reading so come join us at Book Chat!

Susan’s Reviews

Lightning Strike by William Kent Krueger

In this prequel, 12-year old Cork O’Connor is on the cusp of young manhood . ...

The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles

This is one of the best historical fiction books I’ve read in a while! Set ...

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

When we look at highly – uniquely – successful people, like Bill Gates, or the ...

Rock with Wings by Anne Hillerman

Navajo police officers, Jim Chee and his wife, Bernadette – Bernie – Manuelito, are headed ...

Dear Mrs. Bird by A.J. Pearce

A Hudson Literary Guild Selection. In 1940 London, Bunty and Emmie are best friends, share ...

Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz

Former publisher, Susan Ryeland, has come back to England, from the Greek island where she ...

That Summer by Jennifer Weiner

When I first picked this book up, I was somehow expecting a light romance type ...

American Eclipse

I actually read this in 2017, but skimmed it again recently for Book Bingo.  This ...

Do I Know You? by Sarah Strohmeyer

A super-recognizer is a person with an extraordinary ability to remember faces.  Jane Ellison is ...

I Can Make You Thin by Paul McKenna

This book outlines a weight loss system involving self-hypnosis (CD included!).  This simple system suggests ...

Better Off Dead by Lee Child and Andrew Child

Jack Reacher is heading west when he encounters a woman pretend to be dead from ...

Jailhouse Lawyer by James Patterson and Nancy Allen

This is two books in one!  Both involve young, female attorneys starting new practices in ...

The Engineer’s Wife by Tracey Enerson Wood

Emily Warren Roebling’s father-in-law, John Roebling, has designed the Brooklyn Bridge, and engineering marvel with ...

Hazards of Time Travel by Joyce Carol Oates

In a dystopian society not too far from our own future, nothing is ever forgotten, ...

Christmas Cupcake Murder by JoAnne Fluke

A Hannah Swenson holiday mystery with recipes! It’s a long time ago in Lake Eden, ...

Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty

Joy and Stan Delaney have been community fixtures due to their tennis academy, Delaney’s, for ...

The Dark Hours by Michael Connelly

On New Year’s Eve, at midnight, some revelers in Los Angeles shoot their guns off ...

The Big Lie by James Grippando

This is a Jack Swytek novel, though I didn’t even realize that it was the ...

The Woman in the Water by Charles Finch

In 1850 London, Charles Lenox, second son of a Member of Parliament, thinks he wants ...

21st Birthday by James Patterson

A Woman’s Murder Club Book San Francisco “Chronicle” reporter Cindy Thomas is put on the ...

Fortune & Glory: Tantalizing Twenty-Seven by Janet Evanovich

Fugitive apprehension agent – AKA bounty hunter – Stephanie Plum is at it again!  Grandma ...

A Line to Kill by Anthony Horowitz

Successfully mixing reality and fiction, author Anthony Horowitz plays Dr. Watson to former Detective Inspector ...

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Bernadette is a stay-at-home mom to Bee, a miracle child, born with a heart defect ...

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

Historical Fiction at its finest!  Using the real-life spy network (The Alice Network created by ...

From Slave to State Legislator by David Joens

This non-fiction book explores the life and political career of John W. E. Thomas.  He ...

State of Terror by Louise Penny & Hilary Clinton

Wow!  Talk about thrilling – this book is it!!!  With a combination of fictional, but ...

The Talented Miss Farwell by Emily Gray Tedrowe

You may have heard of the case of Rita Crundwell, former comptroller of Dixon, Illinois ...

Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Visitors to the New York Museum of Natural History are found savagely murdered, and their ...

24 Hours by Greg Iles

The kidnapper had pulled off the “perfect” crime before several times without being caught.  Kidnap ...

The Cactus by Sarah Haywood

Susan Green has created the perfect life – for one.  She has a job that ...

Killing Season by Faye Kellerman

Three years ago, 16-year old Ellen Vicksburg disappeared.  One year after her disappearance, her younger ...

The Maidens by Alex Michaelides

Mariana Andros is a group therapist still trying to deal with the unexpected death of ...

A Lesson in Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear

It’s 1933, and former World War I nurse, now private investigator, Maisie Dobbs accepts an ...

The Guest List by Lucy Foley

Imagine being on a remote Irish island to attend the wedding of two beautiful and ...

The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

This interesting book was – in 2019 – voted 16th in a list of 100 ...

The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny

What other author could bring together characters such as a Nobel Peace Prize nominee from ...

The Rose Code by Kate Quinn

The little-known history is Bletchley Park, Britain’s World War II code-breaking center, is brought to ...

Manitou Canyon by William Kent Krueger

Even though the police have already abandoned the search for an engineer who disappeared while ...

Nothing Ventured by Jeffrey Archer

While the forward of this book suggests that “this is not a detective story, this ...

Killer Pancake by Diane Mott Davidson

As she is taking food to the Mignon Cosmetics banquet – at which the cosmetic ...

The Last Letter from Your Lover by Jojo Moyes

Imagine waking up in a hospital bed with no memory of the accident that put ...

Recipe for a Perfect Wife by Karma Brown

Alice and her husband Nate buy a house in the suburbs of New York City ...

Murder at Monticello by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown

An archeological dig at Monticello – home of Thomas Jefferson – uncovers a body under ...

The Growing Season by Sarah Frey

This was a Hudson Literary Guild selection about a female entrepreneur. At times this book ...

The Handsome Man’s Deluxe Cafe by Alexander McCall Smith

(an audio book narrated by Lisette Lecat) Precious Ramotswe and Grace Makutsi, now co-director of ...

Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

We all make ‘snap’ decisions now and then, but some of us get better results ...

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

Isa, Thea, Fatima and Kate meet at Salten, a boarding school on the English coast.  ...

The Bone Collection by Kathy Reichs

This book consists of four novellas all involving forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan at various stages ...

The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

Before she realizes the husband is even missing, Hannah receives a note from him.  In ...

The Last Passenger by Charles Finch

In 1855 London, Charles Lenox finds himself trying to unravel the mystery of the dead ...

Sunflower Sisters by Martha Hall Kelly

During the American Civil War the paths of three women intersect.  There are:  Georgeanna “Georgy” ...

Ugly Prey by Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi

The sub-title of this non-fiction book is “An Innocent Woman and the Death Sentence that ...

All the Single Ladies by Dorothea Benton Frank

Lisa St. Clair is a nurse in a senior living facility where her favorite patient, ...

Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke

Things are normally pretty quiet in Lake Eden, Minnesota and Hannah keeps plenty busy running ...

Mrs. Lincoln’s Sisters by Jennifer Chiaverini

Moving back and forth in time, this author examines the relationships of Mary Todd Lincoln ...

White Houses by Amy Bloom

Real-life Lorena Hickock, reporter and author reflects (in this historical fiction) on her long-term relationship ...

Rest in Pieces by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown

When gorgeous, single Blair Bainbridge moves to tiny Crozet, Virginia all the local matchmakers think ...

The Spymistress by Jennifer Chiaverini

Many of us have never heard of Elizabeth Van Lew, but her efforts on behalf ...

Good Riddance by Elinor Lipman

A Hudson Library Literary Guild selection. When Daphne’s mom died, she left Daphne her most ...

Promise Me by Harlan Coben

Who would have thought that simply asking the teen kids of long-time friend to call ...

The Mystery of Mrs. Christie by Marie Benedict

This author of historical fiction about little-known women has Agatha Christie, the world’s best-selling author, ...

The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins

Poor (financially-challenged) Jane – a dog-walker for the rich in Thornfield Estates, a gated community ...

Blood Island by H. Terrell Griffin

Trouble has a way of finding former Special Forces military man turned lawyer despite his ...

Walking Shadows by Faye Kellerman

Former LAPD homicide detective Peter Decker and his wife, Rina Lazarus, have move to the ...

Mrs. Sherlock Holmes by Brad Ricca

The TRUE story of Grace Humiston, a New York lawyer, District Attorney, and detective who ...

Spider Woman’s Daughter by Anne Hillerman

This is Tony Hillerman’s daughter Anne’s first book continuing the stories of Navajo Nation Police ...

Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson

Many years ago bookseller Mal Kershaw compiled a list of “eight perfect murders” as written ...

1st Case by James Patterson

Despite being kicked out of MIT’s graduate program, with the aid of her mentor, Eve, ...

We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker

In this book we meet Duchess Day Radley, a thirteen year old self-proclaimed outlaw, trying ...