Bergers Book Reviews

Dying to Tell (A Gumshoe Ghost Mystery #3)

Dying to Tell
Author: TJ O’Connor
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Genre: Cozy Mystery
ISBN: 978-0-7387-4207-6
Pages: 378
Price: $14.99

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Police detective Oliver “Tuck” Tucker has been dead for two years, but he still keeps tabs on his wife, Angela. When she goes to visit William Mendelson at the bank in the wee hours of the morning, he’s understandably concerned. And when a robber nearly kills her, he wants to know why. Soon he finds out that William Mendelson wouldn’t have been able to meet with Angela anyway – he was already dead.

Investigating William’s murder leads him back in time to WW II and Cairo, Egypt. His grandfather’s ghost arrives to help him untangle the scenes he witnesses, hoping to figure out what really happened and what it means now. As the case progresses, other people at the bank begin acting suspiciously, often finding themselves in danger. Can Tuck solve the case before Angela uncovers trouble and joins him in the afterlife?

Although a ghost, Tuck can talk to his police partner and Angela. And since they are the only ones who know he’s there, he can sneak in and out of places without being seen and report back to them on what he finds out. But because he has no physical form, he can’t touch anyone, most especially Angela. As Angela’s longing to be held grows stronger, they both wonder how long they can continue their relationship as it is.

I absolutely love the Gumshoe Ghost Mystery series, and this book is even better than the previous two. I can’t wait to read the next installment!

Reviewer: Alice Berger

January 26, 2017 Posted by | mystery | Leave a comment

Karma’s a Killer (A Downward Dog Mystery #3)

Karma's a Killer
Author: Tracy Weber
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Genre: Cozy Mystery
ISBN: 978-0-7387-4210-6
Pages: 288
Price: $14.99

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While working at a fundraiser for the local animal shelter, Kate overhears two animal rights protesters arguing. The following day she finds out that one of the women, Raven, has been murdered – the other, Dharma, is the prime suspect. Now Kate has no choice but to help Dharma, who claims to be her estranged mother.

What appears to have been a random protest turns out to have deeper meaning, as Kate discovers Raven had ties to the local community. Her motives for targeting the animal shelter created problems for someone, who obviously wanted her dead. Investigating the murder puts Kate in danger, as her property is vandalized and her dog, Bella, is targeted. And when her live-in boyfriend is called out of town, Kate needs to rely on her very-pregnant-with-twins best friend for assistance. Kate needs to solve this case quickly, before she becomes another victim.

In the midst of her investigation, Kate also needs to know what happened all those years ago when her mother left the family. Although she initially wants to turn her back on Dharma, she listens to her story with an open mind, hoping to find answers to some of the mysteries in her own life.

Yoga Can Be Murder is an enjoyable cozy mystery and I look forward to seeing more of this series.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

January 18, 2017 Posted by | mystery | 1 Comment

Finding God in the Ruins

Author: Matt Bays
Publisher: David C. Cook
Genre: Christian
ISBN: 978-0-7814-1383-1
Pages: 256
Price: $16.99

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Matt Bays had a very difficult childhood, suffering abuse by his own family members. When, as an adult, he suddenly finds himself unable to cope with life, he turns to substances to dull the pain. But as a church pastor, he knows this can’t go on, and finally finds a competent therapist to help him deal with his past.

As Bays works through the painful memories, he relives the feeling of being abandoned by God, the very One he expected to protect him from the abuse. His feelings lead him to search the scriptures for others who also felt abandoned, and he finds solace in some of David’s psalms. But first he needs to come to terms with his own expectations of God, trying to determine if God might have actually been with him throughout his troubled childhood.

Reading in many ways more like a journal than a spiritual self-help book, Finding God in the Ruins offers hope to others who have suffered from traumatic experiences. At times Bays expresses his anger with God, reminding us that God can handle our anger better than we think He can. But ultimately, he reinforces the truth that God is always with us, even when we go through trying times. We may never know why we suffer, but God never leaves us alone, and that’s good news we can all relate to.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

January 13, 2017 Posted by | Christian | Leave a comment

The Red Car That Tyler Wanted

Author & Illustrator: Mary A. Kurban, Ed.D.
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-0-692-67003-3
Pages: 20
Price: $7.99

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Tyler sees a little red car in the window of the store, and he wants it very much. His mom tells him that if he’s a very good little rabbit, he will receive it for his birthday. Tyler is exceptionally good. He finishes his milk and carrot, picks up his toys, and folds his clothes neatly before going to bed. After weeks and weeks of very good behavior, his birthday arrives. True to her word, his mom gives him his treasured red car.

A birthday party is planned for later in the day, and until his friends arrive, Tyler plays with his new red car. It’s just perfect and he loves playing with it. But when his guests finally arrive, Tyler has a problem. His mom only purchased party favors for six guests, and one of his friends brought his little brother. When his six friends receive their toys to play with, the uninvited little rabbit begins to cry. Tyler responds in a completely unexpected and heartwarming way, showing everyone that friends mean much more than things.

Tyler models an incredible generosity in not only sharing his toys, but his most treasured possession. Through his actions, he learns that giving is much more enjoyable than receiving. Kids and moms will adore Tyler.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

Mom’s Choice Award Winner Honoring Excellence

January 11, 2017 Posted by | animals, children | Leave a comment