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Date Books Reviewed
Articles authored by Starr Braaten
January 2018 Power Empire by Tom Clancy, Typhoon Fury by Clive Cussler, Year One by Nora Roberts ,Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner, The River at Night by Erica Ferencik, A Walk Across America by Peter Jenkins, Hard Core Twenty-four by Janet Evanovich, Past Perfect by Danielle Steel , Every Breath You Take by Mary Higgens Clark, The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck, In This Moment by Karen Kingsbury, The Hideaway by Lauren Denton, Under Fire by Tom Clancy (Jack Ryan Jr. series #1), Depraved Heart by Patricia Cornwell (Kay Scarpetta series #23) , The Lion in Glory by Heather Graham, Nemesis by Catherine Coulter, The End Game by Catherine Coulter, The Witness by Danielle Steel, The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin, The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George, High Plains Romances by Janet Spaeth, Generations of the Heart by Viqui Litman , Upon a Winter’s Night by Karen Harper
December 2017 Mind Game by Iris Johansen, Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coban, The Midnight Line by Lee Child, The Midnight Line by Lee Child, End Game by David Baldacci, Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly, The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman, Quick and Dirty by Stuart Woods, Deep Freeze by John Sanford, The Rooster Bar by John Grisham , The Award by Danielle Steel, Winter Solstice by Elin Hilderbrand
November 2017  
October 2017 After the Crash by Michael Bussi, A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, The Late Show by Michael Connelly, Wild Fire by Nelson DeMille (John Corey series #4), The Hunter  by John Lescroart (Wyatt Hunt series #3), Nothing to Lose by Lee Child (Jack Reacher series #12), Vince Flynn Series:Term Limits, Mitch Rapp series: Transfer of Power (#3), Consent to Kill (#8). Act of Treason (#9), Protect and Defend (#10), The Last Men (#13) and The Survivor (#14)
September 2017 The Right Time by Danielle Steel ,Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber,Exposed by Lisa Scottoline, The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter ,Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena, Secrets of the Tulip Sisters by Susan Mallery, The Lying Game by Ruth Ware (author of The Woman in Cabin 10 and In a Dark Dark Wood) , Paradise Valley by C.J. Box, Siberian Light by Robin White, Sulfur Springs by William Kent Krueger, The Bear by Claire Cameron, Barely Legal by Stuart Woods (Herbie Fisher Series #1), All the Single Ladies by Dorothy Benton Frank, The Italian Wife by Ann Hood ,
The Charm Bracelet by Viola Shipman
August 2017

Dangerous Minds by Janet Evanovich , The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand ,The Child by Fiona Barton , The Duchess by Danielle Steel , The Murderer’s Daughter by Jonathan Kellerman , Point of Contact by Tom Clancy – Jack Ryan Jr. series #3 , Trauma by Michael Palmer and Daniel Palmer, Delicious by Ruth Reichl , The Guest Cottage by Nancy Thayer , The Life of Pi by Yann Martel , James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club series – 12th of Never and Lucky 13 .Full Circle by Danielle Steel, Indecent Exposure by Stuart Woods,Summerland and Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand, Never Broke an autobiography by Jewel, The Godmother, Breaking News and Classified by Fern Michaels., Beverly Lewis books The Parting (Courtship of Nellie Fisher series #1) and The Preacher’s Daughter (Annie’s people series), , A Texas Christmas, Amish Christmas, Christmas on My Mind by Janet Daily and Christmas in Alaska by Debbie Macomber.

July 2017 Where the Lost Girls Go by R J Noonan, The Broken Road by Richard Paul Evans , Little White Lies, a Robert Parker novel written by Ace Atkins ,The Night the Lights Went Out by Karen White; The Hanged Man’s Song by John Sandford (#4 in the Kidd and LuEllen series), Indestructible by John R Bruning (non-fiction) , Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline , Come Sundown by Nora Roberts , Nighthawk by Clive Cussler , Tuesday’s Child by Fern Michaels, Magic by Danielle Steel , Bear Town by Fredrik Backman , Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich, The Courtship of Nellie Fisher series is complete now with The Forbidden, book #2 and The Longing (book #3), Annie’s People series, also by Beverly Lewis, has added book #2, The Englisher in hard cover/large print.
June 2017

Open House and Book Sale the first evening of Finley Days. Thursday, June 8 from 4PM to 8PM

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman, The Silence that Speaks by Andrea Kane, Room by Emma Donoghue , The Postcard by Beverly Lewis, Dakota Home and Always Dakota by Debbie Macomber, Assault in Norway, Sabotaging the Nazi Nuclear Program by Thomas Gallagher, True Strength by Kevin Sarbo, Prairie Tale by Melissa Gilbert, Troublemaker by Leah Remini, Dolly, My Life and Other Unfinished Business by Dolly Parton

May 2017 Into the Water by Paula Hawkins, Golden Prey by John Sandford, All By Myself Alone by Mary Higgins Clark, The Hope Chest by Viola Shipman, My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry, Any Day Now by Robyn Carr, Heartbreak Hotel by Jonathan Kellerman, Crash & Burn by Fern Michaels, One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline, A Mother’s Love by Charlotte Hubbard, Ebb Tide by Beverly Lewis, The Fix by David Baldacci, The Cutthroat by Clive Cussler, Vicious Circle by CJ Box , Man Overboard by JA Jance, The Black Book by James Patterson, Paris for One by JoJo Moyes, Killing Floor by Lee Child,The Joe Pickett series by CJ Box(Breaking Point, Stone Cold and Endangered). All 3 of Ann Shorey’s At Home in Belden Grove series. They are The Edge of Light, The Promise of Morning and The Dawn of a Dream.
April 2017

The Devils Bed by William Kent Krueger, The Drop and A Darkness More than Night by Michael Connelly, Badlands by CJ Box, A Soldier's Revenge by Matthew Dunn, The Cutthroat by Clive Cussler, Below the Belt by Stuart Woods, Festive in Death, Devoted in Death and Echoes in Death by JD Robb, Man Overboard by JA Jance, Women of God by James Patterson, Toxic Bachelors and The House by Danielle Steel, The Magnolia Story

March 2017

Fever Dream, Cold Vengeance, Two Graves by Preston & Child, Winter Stroll, Winter Storm, Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand, Tahoe Series by Todd Borg, Iron lake by William Kent Krueger, All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda , Precious Gifts by Danielle Steel, Never Never by James Patterson

February 2017 Serendipity by Fern Michaels , A Soldier’s Revenge by Matthew Dunn  ,Below the Belt by Stuart Woods,Badlands by C.J. Box, Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah  ,I’ll See You in Paris by  Michelle Gable, Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston ,Hidden Leaves by V. C. Amdrews, One Breath Away by M. William Phelps, The Liar by Nora Roberts, Feels Like Family by Sherryl Woods
January 2017 Flesh and Blood by Patricia Cornwell, Sweet Trouble by Susan Mallory, The Collector by Nora Roberts, Always Enough by Rolland and Heidi Baker, Love, Skip, Jump by Shelene Bryan, Possible by Stephen Bauman, The Seventh Plague by James Rollins (HC/RP), The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer (HC/RP), True Faith and Allegiance (a Jack Ryan novel) by Tom Clancy, Sex, Lies & Serious Money (HC/RP) by Stuart Woods and Winter Storms (HC/LP) by Elin Hilderbrand, Tearoom for Two, Tea Rose, To a Tea, Those Girls by Chevy Stevens, Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris, Obsidian Chamber by Preston & Child, We Are Unprepared by Meg Little Reilly , Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
December 2016 Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult, A Baxter Family Christmas by Karen Kingsbury, Winter Storm by Erin Hilderbrand, Home by Harlen Coben, Cross the Line by James Patterson, Order to Kill by Vince Flynn, Odessa File by Clive Cussler, No Man’s Land by David Baldacci, The Chemist by Stepanie Meyer
November 2016 Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks, In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware , Apprentice in Death by J D Robb, The Whistler by John Grisham , Escape Clause by John Sanford , Smooth Operator by Stuart Wood , The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly
October 1, 2016

Sting by Sandra Brown, Here’s to Us by Erin Hilderbrand, Among the Wicked by Linda Castillo (Kate Burkholder series #8), The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay by Kelly Harms, Liar’s Key by Carla Neggers, The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena, The Wedding Shop by Rachel Hauck, After She’s Gone by Lisa Jackson, Pirate by Clive Cussler, The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware, Five Days Left by Julie Lawson Timmer PB/RP,

September 1, 2016

Adult Books: Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty (HC/RP) , Little Girl Gone by Gerry Schmitt (aka Laura Childs) (HC/RP), We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas, Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Childrens Books:

  • The Witch’s Boy by Michael Gruber
  • Tadpole by Ruth White
  • Lord of the Nutcracker by Lain Lawrence
  • The Unidentified by Rae Mariz
  • 13 Gifts by Wendy Mass
  • Kasper the Titanic Cat by Michael Marpurgo
  • Gabriel’s Horses by Alison Hart
  • Doe Sia by Kenneth Thomasma
  • Half Moon Investigations by Edin Colfer
  • Willow Whip  by Brown
  • The Year of Miss Agnes by Kirkpatrick Hill
August 1, 2016 The Black Widow by Daniel Silva, The Games A Private Novel by James Patterson (HC/LP) Jack Morgan, Sale to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys, Pegasus by Danielle Steel,
Life Expectancy by Dean Koontz, Live to Tell by Lisa Gardner, The Third Victim by Lisa Gardner
July 1, 2016

Most Wanted by Lisa Scottoline, 15th Affair by James Patterson,The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, End of Watch by Stephen King,Duty & Honor by Tom Clancy, Dishonorable Intentions by Stuart Woods, Starlight on Willow Lake by Susan Wigg, Country by Danielle Steel, The Lovers by John Connolly, The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly, Emperor’s Revenge by Clive Cussler,Prodigal Son by Danielle Steel, Act of War by Brad Thor, The Obsession by Nora Roberts

June 3, 2016 Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford, Me Before Youby JoJo Moyes
May 31, 2016 Clawback by J. A. Jance, Girls Guide to Moving On by Debbie MaComber, A Few of the Girls by Maeve Binchy, Brush of Wings  by Karen Kingsbury, NYPD Red 4 by James Patterson
May 31, 2016 Money to Burn by James Grippando, Born to Run by James Grippando, Deadline by Sandra Brown, Shiver by Karen Robards
May 30, 2016 Me Before You by JoJo Moyes, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford, Down Riverby Karen Harper
Note: Articles listed below were authored by Bobbie Underwood
Bobbie is a local resident of Finley, ND, who has been President of the Finley Public Library Board for the past few years. She writes a weekly article in the Steele County Press. Her humor and detailed book reviews are always anticipated. See below to read some of her past articles (April, 2016)
April 25, 2016 The Empty Chair by Jeffery Deaver. 
April 18, 2016 Alex and Me by Irene M. Pepperberg, The Coffin Dancer by Jeffrey Deaver
April 5, 2016 Shoot, Don't Shoot by J. A. Jance, Phantom Prey by John Sandford
March 29, 2016 The Mistletoe Inn by Richard Paul Evans, Midnight Rain by Dee Davis
March 21, 2016 Come Rain or Come Shine by Jan Karon, Find Her by Lisa Gardner
March 14, 2016 Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham, Playing with Fire by Tess Gerritsen
March 1, 2016 Legal Tender by Lisa Scottoline
February 18, 2016 Thicker than Water by Maggie Shayne, Legal Tender by Lisa Scottoline
February 9, 2016 Naked  in Death by J. D. Robb
February 2, 2016 Still Alice by Lisa Genova
January 29, 2016 The Broken Window by Jeffery Deaver
January 22, 2016 Devil's Corner by Lisa Scottoline
January 15, 2016 Night Sins by Tami Hoag
January 8, 2016 The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver, Tombstone Courage by J. A. Jance
December 11, 2015 Murder at Midnight by Elliott Roosevelt, An Hour to Kill by Karin Yapalater
December 6, 2015  
November 27, 2105 Parker's The Devil Wins by Reed Farrel Coleman, Make Me by Lee Child
November 20, 2015 Miss Julia Throws a Wedding by Ann B. Ross, Run Silent, Run Deep by Commander Edward L. Beach, USN (now deceased in 2002). 
November 13, 2015 The Alpine Quilt by Mary Daheim, Eye of the Red Tsar by Sam Eastland
November 6, 2015 Rock with Wings by Anne Hillerman, Dance of the Bones by J. A. Jance
October 30, 2015 Fear Nothing by Lisa Garner, The Fur Person by May Sarton
October 23, 2015 Julia's Mother by William Bonadio, Catch Me by Lisa Gardner
October 16, 2015 The Black Stallion's Filly by Walter Farley, The Future Homemakers of America by Laurie Graham
October 9, 2015 The Martian by Andy Weir, The Intruder by Peter Blauner
October 2, 2015 Dakota by Martha Grimes., Marked for Mercy by Alton Gansky
September 11, 2015 Guitar Notes by Mary Amato, Sleeping Beauty by Phillip Margolin. 
September 4, 2015 Three-Day Town by Margaret Maron, Merciless by Lori Armstrong
August 25, 2015 Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben.  , Silver Chief, Dog of the North by Jack O'Brien. 
August 14, 2015 The Call of the Wild by Jack London, The Second Wife by Brenda Chapman
August 7, 2015 The Wrong Girl by Hank Phillipe Ryan,Lad, a Dog by Albert Payson Terhune,Mercy Kill by Lori Armstrong
July 31, 2015 Deeper than the Dead by Tami Hoag
July 10, 2015 Jim-Dandy by Hadley Irwin, The Sentry by Robert Crais
July 3, 2015 Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs.  Terminal City by Linda Fairstein, On Call: A Doctor's Days and Nights in Residency by Emily R. Transue
June 19, 2015 The Reluctant Midwife by Patricia Harmon,
May 20, 2015 Borkmann's Point by Hakan Nesser, Cold, Cold Heart by Tami Hoag
April 10, 2015 Flesh & Blood by Patricia Cornwell.  , Crash & Burn by Lisa Gardner
April 3, 2015 Hell Gate by Linda Fairstein
March 27, 2015 Socks by Beverly Cleary, Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde
March 15, 2015 Judgment Call by J. A. Jance, Without Consent by Frances Fyfield
March 09, 2015 Slay-Ride by Dick Francis.  , Two Graves by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
March 02, 2015 A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley. The Best of Enemies by Taylor Smith.
February 23, 2015 The Burning Room by Michael Connelly.  Robert B. Parker Blind Spot by Reed Farrel Coleman.
February 17, 2015 Hearn's Valley by Wayne D. Overholser.   A.P.B.  (All Points Bulletin) by Dave Pedneau
February 09, 2015 Sounder by William H. Armstrong. Peckham's Marbles by Peter De Vries.
February 02, 2015 Jake's Orphan by Peggy Brooke.  Watch Me by A. J. Holt.  (HC/RP) (1995)
January 26, 2015 Favorite Son by Steve Sohmer. Seedtime and Harvest by Mary E. Pearce
January 19, 2015 Lost Souls by Lisa Jackson.
January 12, 2015 A Hard Death by Jonathan Hayes. Trunk Music by Michael Connelly.
January 05, 2015 Winterkill by C. J. Box.  (PB)  (Joe Pickett series #3)  (c. 2003) , Ascent into Hell by Andrew M. Greeley.
 December 31, 2014 Coffin Knows the Answer by Gwendoline Butler. Jane's House by Robert Kimmel Smith.
December 22, 2014 Separate Beds by LaVyrle Spencer.   Dead Sleep by Greg Iles. 
December 15, 2014 Storm Front by John Sandford. Empire Falls by Richard Russo. 

December 09, 2014

Partner in Crime by J. A. Jance., Crossfire by Dick and Felix Francis
December 01, 2014 Gray Mountain by John Grisham, The Wanderer by Sharon Creech
November 24, 2014 The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. , Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
November 17, 2014 The Old Blue Line by J. A. Jance., Remains of Innocence by J. A. Jance.
November 10, 2014 Breaking her Fall by Stephen Goodwin, Deadline by John Sandford.
October 28, 2014  
October 20, 2014 Prairie Son by Dennis M. Clausen. ,  
Where There's a Will by Aaron Elkins
October 14, 2014 Love Kills by Edna Buchanan. , Blood Mud by K. C. Constantine
October 06, 2014 Targets of Opportunity by Joe Weber , The Child Buyer by John Hersey.
September 29, 2014 Obituary Quilt by Hal and Mary Toliver
September 22, 2014 Courting Trouble by Deeanne Gist., Scaredy Cat by Mark Billingham.
September 15, 2014 Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad.
September 08, 2014 Sarah's Quilt by Nancy E. Turner., Dead Weight by Steven F. Haville.
August 25, 2014 Night Fall by Nelson DeMille. , Between Friends by Debbie Macomber.,
August 18, 2014 Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock., Monkeewrench by P. J. Tracy.
August 11, 2014  Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini. , Flying U Ranch by B. M. Bower. , and a few new large print books coming soon
August 04, 2014 The Brave by Nicholas Evans. , Straight by Dick Francis.
July 28, 2014 Weekend Warriors by Fern Michaels., The Empress File by John Sandford. 
July 21, 2014 The Reverend Finds His Calling by Paula Winskye ,
Longshot by Dick Francis.
July 14, 2014 The Prodigal Daughter by Jeffery Archer , Family Money by Nina Bawden.
July 07, 2014 Smoke Screen by Dick Francis. Cold Medina by Gary Hardwick.
July 01, 2014 Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell. Blood Relatives by Ed McBain.  
June 24, 2014 Close Pursuit. Tales from a Valley School by Miss Read. Field of Prey by John Sandford.  

June 16, 2014

58 Minutes by Walter Wager

June 09, 2014

These is my Words:  the diary of Sarah Agnes Prine 1881-1901--Arizona Territories by Nancy E. Turner

June 03, 2014

The First  48 by Tim Green, The  27-ingredient Chili Con Carne Murders by Nancy Pickard
May 19, 2014 The Years of the Locust by Loula Grace Erdman.
May 12, 2014 Max by Howard Fast

May 06, 2014

Johnny Osage by Janice Holt Giles
April 28, 2014 A Slender Thread by Katherine Davis, Lady, lady, I Did It! by Ed McBain
April 21, 2014 Fall from Grace by Andrew M. Greeley
April 14, 2014 Rat Race by Dick Francis
April 08, 2014 The Wizard of Loneliness by John Nichols, Missing You by Harlan Coben, Blossom Street Brides by Debbie Macomber, and The Mid-wife of Hope River by Patricia Harmon.
April 01, 2014 The Hearse You Came in on by Tim Cockey,
March 24, 2014 The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico, Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos
March 18, 2014 Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn,
March 10, 2014 The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly, Storm Front by John Sandford
March 03, 2014 The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wrobleski, Vertical Run by Joseph R. Garber
February 13, 2014 The Evening News by Arthur Hailey., Intensity by Dean Koontz
January 27, 2014 A Dark Coffin by Gwendoline Butler, Falconer by John Cheever
January 20, 2014 Silent Wishes by Fiona Hood-Stewart, Guilty as Sin by Tami Hoag.
December 02, 2013 Home Free by Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey, A Perfect Crime by Peter Abrahams
December 09, 2013 Dear James by Jon Hassler, Fort Apache, the Bronx by Heywood Gould
October 10, 2011 Gamble by Felix Francis., Bleeding Kansas by Sara Parestsky, New Tricks by David Rosenfelt, Where the Heart is by Billie Letts
October 2, 2011 The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffinbaugh, Visibility by Boris Starling, The Book of Lies by Brad Meltzer, The Judas Strain by James Rollins
September 25, 2011 Borderline by Nevada Barr., The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly, The Renegades by T. Jefferson Parker, Train Man by P. T  Deutermann, ,Cold Service by Robert B. Parker., Quinn by Iris Johansen. 
September 11, 2011 The Help by Kathryn Stockett, Buried Prey by John Sanford,  Rebel Island by Rick Riordan., , Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys., A Test of Love by Kathleen Scott
September 02, 2011 Percy Jackson and the Olympians by  Rick Riorden., Where the Heart Leads by Kim Vogel Sawyer. , Burnt Mountain by Anne Rivers Siddons., The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, Snowbound by Blake Crouch. 
August 27, 2011 Double Minds by Terri Blackstock, Rage by Jonathon Kellerman, Moving Target by Elizabeth Lowell, The Widow by Carla Neggars, The Dog Next Door by Callie Smith Grant, Empire Falls by Richard Russo
August 20, 2011 The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly, Smokin' Seventeen by Janet Evanovich, The Bone Vault by Linda Fairstein, Puppet by Joy Fielding, Night Road by Kristin Hannah, One L by Scott Turow
August 12, 2011 A Long Way Gone--Memories of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah, Once upon a Time there Was You by Elizabeth Berg, Predator by Terri Blackstock, Breaking the Rules by Barbara Taylor Bradford, The Cat Who Wasn't There by Lillian Jackson Braun, The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins
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