Sunday, February 16, 2020

Sunday Book Reviews

Crisis in the Red Zone by Richard Preston is a thrilling non-fiction book about the most recent Ebola outbreak.  While I knew some of the story from the news reports, Mr. Preston takes readers much deeper into the events.  Most shocking was the information about Doctors Without Borders and their ineffective politically correct policies.  It makes me wonder how many people die needlessly due to their "fairness" policies.  How is not treating anyone since they cannot treat everyone in the midst of an emergency a smart practice?  I was amazed by the strength of the African doctors and nurses who did so much with so little in the face of overwhelming sickness.  This book was eye opening and a wonderful read.

The fifteenth book in the Mystery with Recipes book series by Isis Crawford is A Catered New Year's EveI had not read any of the previous books in the series which might have led to the fact that I did not like the main characters, Bernie and Libby.  The two honestly made the worst decisions.  They get tons of red flags regarding some estranged relatives but continue to pursue a relationship.  Then the engage in a high speed chase in a snowstorm driving a van on its last legs.  Their father should be the main character as he is the only one with good sense.  The mystery was okay, but the characters were just not people with whom I connected. 

Three Widows and a Corpse is the third book in the Food Blogger Mystery series.  Hope and some friends are taking part in her town's annual scavenger hunt when she stumbles on a dead body.  The scene gets even more complicated when three women show up all exclaiming about their dead husband.  I like the series including the setting, Hope's life, and the supporting character.  My only issue is Hope's constant need to explain that she is "curious".  She is not curious but an overly nosy busybody which is fine if she will just own it and move on.  The mystery is strong.  I simply want Hope to be a smarter, stronger character.

disclosure:  I received these e-books through NetGalley but was not otherwise compensated for these reviews.  All opinions are my own!

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