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The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan

The Valley of Amazement

This is as much a historical novel as it is a family story about the profound connections between mothers and daughters. In addition to the family story, the reader learns about the finer points of life as a courtesan in early 20th century China through the eyes of Violet, the precocious "Eurasian" daughter of Lulu Minturn, who runs a very successful courtesan house in Shanghai. Sadly, at some point in the story, Lulu is forced to leave Shanghai and shockingly leaves her daughter at another courtesan house. Jumping from bustling Shanghai to an isolated village in rural China to San Francisco at the turn of the 19th century, the epic story follows three generations of women pulled apart by outside forces. For years, Amy Tan with much success has been writing novels of cross cultural conflicts as a result of cultural upheavals.

Black Seconds by Karin Fossum

Black Seconds

Black Seconds is the fifth novel in the "Inspector Sejer Mystery series". This is the first book by Karin Fossum that I’ve read, and I highly recommend it. If you like dark story lines set in dark places, then you will enjoy reading Black Seconds. Set in Norway, the novel begins with sweet, beautiful ten year old Ida Joner leaving her house to ride her yellow bike to the town’s sweet shop. When she doesn't return home after half an hour her mother Helga starts to worry. Helga calls the police. Soon after the police and the media arrive, members of the community begin an intense search to find Ida, asking shop owners and her friends if they've seen her. As many days pass by, Inspector Sejer dreads the worst; that Ida will be found dead.

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If you like Karin Fossum's books, then you may want to try Jo Nesbo, author of the "Inspector Harry Hole" mystery series, set in Oslo, Norway.

It Takes a Witch by Heather Blake

It Takes a Witch

This book is for mystery lovers everywhere. It is an easy and light-hearted read but will still keep you guessing as to what will happen next.

Darcy and Harper Merriweather are ready to take a new chapter in their lives starting with moving in with their Aunt Ve in the Enchanted Village. The Enchanted Village is full of magic and witchcraft. However, Darcy and Harper Merriweather are just finding out what being a Witchcrafter truly means. They arrive at a village meeting where they meet some of the fellow witches. After the meeting a mere mortal is found dead. As the story goes on you will find out the "rules" of wishcrafting.

How far do the powers of Darcy and Harper Merriweather go? Why did their father never reveal to them that they were wishcrafters while he was alive? Who murdered the mortal who claimed to be a witch? Why was Aunt Ve's scarf used and why is Aunt Ve's beau being accused of such a thing as murder? You will have to read the book to find out.

The Beach Trees by Karen White

The Beach Trees

This book has a little bit of something for everyone. There is tragedy and hope mixed in with intriguing interesting plot twists and surprises, as well as some things you see coming. The author takes you to Biloxi, Mississippi and intertwines the reality faced by many needing to rebuild or abandon after Hurricane Katrina with the story of Julie, Trey, Aimee, Monica and Beau, pulling the reader in to find out what happens next, and how each of these people’s lives really intersect. There are characters providing old age wisdom and youthful vigor and zeal. Paying attention as the story goes back in time and ties to the present is imperative to enjoying the fullness of this book.

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

The Da Vinci Code

I am a sucker for a book that keeps me reading intensely and The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown does just that. The novel starts out with Jacque Sauniere getting shot. However, before he dies he manages to leave clues for Robert Langdon. This book will keep you guessing as to what the clues mean until the final clue is revealed.

Does the Holy Grail really exist? Will the clues all add up? Read the book to find out.