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People Still Live in Cashtown Corners - Tony Burgess

Released October 2011


Chizine Publications

Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth

People Still Live in Cashtown Corners... Bob Clark is the quiet, likable owner of a self-serve station in Cashtown Corners. He and his helper, Jeremy, provide townspeople with gas and a friendly smile. That is until the day Bob snaps and decides that killing people is the only way to ease an uneasiness deep within.

This is not an easy book to read. It's dark and gripping, but weirdly the author opens up painting a serene picture of a quiet town and the reader gets to know the main character first. Once that bond is formed and you're involved in his life, you learn he's a serial killer. It's definitely disturbing liking a serial killer.

Then I reached the crime scene photos and became confused. I wondered if I somehow mistook the "fiction" novel for being a true crime book. The pictures are convincing and had me fooled. Kudos to the author for taking a fictional story and making it seem inc…

Busy Reading

I know posts are behind, but I've been busy writing an e-book about senior homes for a client and that's involved reading a lot of material on laws, choosing senior homes, etc.

I am slowly working my way through a book that's rather disturbing. In this book, the "hero" is a kindly gas station owner who discovers a passion for murder. As the murderer starts out as someone you like, it's definitely an unusual read that I, so far, highly recommend.

The Wonder of Your Love - Beth Wiseman

Released October 2011

Beth Wiseman
Thomas Nelson

Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth

The last thing Katie Ann Stolzfus wants is to be confronted by her deceased husband's mistress. Yet, that's exactly what happens. Katie Ann is trying to raise her newborn son without help of the infant's father and having the mistress in the picture is not comforting. Falling in love is the last thing she wants or needs.

Eli Detweiler raised his children alone after his wife died in childbirth. He's in Canaan, Colorado, for a wedding and feels an immediate attraction to Katie Ann. With his relatives and Katie's neighbor rooting for this mismatched couple to fall in love, can Eli convince them that he's raised his family and simply wants to travel the world now.

The more time Eli and Katie Ann spend together, the more they realize that maybe the plans they've made are not what God has in store.

I liked most of the characters. There is one in particular who I felt came off as abrasiv…

Lethal - Sandra Brown

Released October 2011

Sandra Brown
Grand Central Publishing

Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth

If you haven't read any reviews for Lethal yet, avoid Amazon's reviews. I made that mistake before starting the book and two give away major plot twists.

I loved the premise behind Sandra Brown's latest. Lethal follows the drama and mystery surrounding a warehouse shooting. Lee Coburn is suspected of killing seven men at a trucking company and is on the run. Police, FBI agents and a mysterious entity known only as "The Bookeeper" all want him found.

Honor Gillette, a widow, is preparing cupcakes for her father-in-law's birthday celebration when her four-year-old daughter announces there is a sick man outside. Honor goes to investigate and finds Lee. He takes both Honor and her daughter hostage. Her husband hid something of great value before his death, and the car accident that took his life may not have been an accident at all. Honor feels as though she has no choice but …

Significant Changes to the NEC 2011 - Jim Dollard and Michael Johnston

Released August 2010

NECA
NJATC
Delmar Cengage Learning

Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth

Significant Changes to the NEC 2011 highlights all major changes in the National Electrical Code. The format of this reference guide makes it easy to find exactly what you need when you need it. Everything is laid out to be as simple as possible with color photographs, quick summaries and then detailed sections that cover each change in as much detail as possible. At the top of the page is a quick symbol that categorizes the change whether it is a new entry, relocated entry, revision or deletion.


For example, one of the changes regards Locking and Indicating (225.52 C and D). A shaded box presents the language of that code and below that is a box that summarizes what the change entails. To the left is a longer section that details the importance of that change. In this case, the change allows an electrician to "lock" disconnects in an "open position without the use of a special locking de…

From Ashes to Honor - Loree Lough

Released September 2011

Loree Lough
Abingdon Press

Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth

In the Bible, it says "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." That plays a pretty important part in From Ashes to Honor. I don't like giving reviews that have spoilers, but to really review this book, I have to start by saying that anyone reading this book expecting a Christian romance is going to be sadly disappointed. The book's ending is as far from an expected ending in a romance as is humanly possible.

From Ashes to Honor is the first book in the First Responder series. It's well-written and I liked many of the characters, but by the end I was really disgusted. Up until that point, I'd been led to believe I was reading a romance, but I don't know if I could qualify it that way at the end. It's extremely realistic and sad at the same time.

Mercy Samara is a NYC counselor and sees her share of the fall out after 9/11. One of her patients, police officer Austin Finley i…