Posts by Joni

Book Review: “Order to Kill” by Vince Flynn and Kyle Mills

Published in 2016, thriller lovers should love this novel.  Although there are two authors listed on the book, Vince Flynn passed away in 2013 and apparently, Kyle Mills is keeping the Mitch Rapp series going.  I haven’t read any other books in this series so I don’t know if there has been any change since […]

Movie Review: “Born in China”

In honor of Earth Day, Disneynature produced a film of the wildlife in China.  Too often, we think only of China in terms of its population or economy, but there is a whole section of the country that is open, uninhabited, and wild. The film followed several groups of animals–cranes, Golden snub-nosed monkeys, snow leopards, […]

Book Review: “Long Time Gone” by J.A. Jance

This book was published in 2005 and is the first novel I’ve read by this author.  She is a giant in the field of mysteries and has written over thirty books. J.P. Beaumont used to be a detective with the Homicide Division of the San Francisco Police Department.  He changed jobs but not occupations and […]

Movie Review: “Fate of the Furious”

The Fast and Furious series of movies continues.  This one is probably the more complicated and interesting version of them all.  Of course, Vin Diesel stars with his family and adds Dwayne Johnson and Jason Stathan.  In addition, Charlize Theron plays the psychopath, Cipher and does a fine job of it. You may have seen […]

Book Review: “The Dangerous Ladies Affair” by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini

Published in 2016, this book is a collaboration between two authors, Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini, both Mystery Writers of America Grand Masters.  The story is set in San Francisco at the end of the 19th century (1890’s).  Bicycles were the lastest rage. Sabina Carpenter, a widow, joins forces with John Quincannon, a bachelor, to […]

Movie Review: “Beauty and the Beast”

One of my favorite fairy tales of all time.  It’d been made into a movie before, but I think this is one of the best ones.  Emma Watson stars as Belle with Luke Evans as her suitor, Gaston.  Dan Stevens is the Beast and must have suffered through hours of make up to get into […]

Book Review: “Into Oblivion” by Arnaldur Indridason

This book was originally published in 2014 and was translated from Icelandic by Victoria Cribb in 2015.  The U.S. version was published in 2016. The book is described as an Icelandic Thriller, however, I would say it is more an Icelandic Detective novel.  Detective Erlendur Sveinsson and his partner, Marion, investigate the death of a […]

Movie Review: “Ghost in the Shell”

This movie takes place sometime in the future in Japan when there is the technology to attach a human’s brain to a robotic body.  Scarlett Johansen stars as Major, the latest and thus far, most successful attempt to make this technology work.  She’s assigned to a crime fighting unit and intervenes to save the life of a […]

Book Review: “A Great Reckoning” by Louise Penny

This book was published in 2016 and is the latest novel in the author’s series featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache.  This time, he’s hung up his title as Chief Inspector and has become the Commander of the Surete Academy.  The Academy is a three year school where new recruits are trained in police procedures and taught […]

Movie review: “Life (2017)”

What would we do if we discovered life in space?  This movie attempts to answer that question as six astronauts onboard the space station find life on a Martian probe.  It starts as a single-cell animal and grows rapidly until it threatens the crew.  Jake Gullenhaal stars as Dr. Jordan, a space veteran who has been on the […]