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Book Review: Music From The Dead by Bebe Faas Rice

Music From The Dead by Bebe Faas Rice is a young adult horror novel originally published in April 1997.  Marnie and her cousin Peter drive up to the mansion that Marnie's father rented for the summer ahead of her father.  When the cousins arrive at the mansion called Stonycraig and settle in, Marnie is nervous because she thought she saw a shadow in one of the windows.  Then, she starts hearing a woman crying late at night.  Are the stories about Stonycraig being haunted true? This is a book I originally read as a teenager, and I remember being impressed by the storyline and writing.  I recently decided to reread it as an adult to see if it was as good as I remembered.  I have to say it was phenomenal.  Well-written and unputdownable.   Even though there were parts that came back to me as I made my way through Music From The Dead , I still found it to be perfectly eerie and creepy.  There was even a little bit of romance but nothing inappropriate for a tween or teen.  The only com

Book Review: The Spellmans Strike Again (The Spellmans, #4) by Lisa Lutz

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Recently, I decided to reread The Spellmans Strike Again (The Spellmans, #4) by Lisa Lutz, and it was just as good as I remembered it to be.  Part mystery, part humor, it sucked me in from the get go.  This particular book series is so unlike any other books I've read that I've often wondered how Lisa Lutz came up with the idea for the series.  One day I'll eventually see if I can find out the answer to my musings.  

The character development and imagery is so well done that as I read The Spellmans Strike Again, it was like watching a movie in my mind.  I would love for the series to be developed into a movie or television show, but as far as I know, there is no plan for that happening.  I've come to love every character in the series . . . okay, maybe not Harkey, but you get the picture.  They are so endearing, even the ones that have annoying personalities.

There isn't one bad thing I can say about this book or any of the others in the series.  It gave me all the feels and was like visiting with an old friend.  If you're looking for a light hearted, fun mystery, then this is the book for you.  I gave The Spellmans Strike Again five out of five stars and urge people to read every book in the series (in order).

Synopsis of The Spellmans Strike Again (The Spellmans, #4) by Lisa Lutz:  Isabel "Izzy" Spellman has taken over the family business in San Francisco . . . private investigation.  Her top cases involve digging up some dirt on the competition, a missing employee of a millionaire, and freeing an innocent man from prison.  On top of that, Izzy's mother is blackmailing her. 


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