Organisational Anatomy by Oleg Konovalov
Reviews / April 29, 2017

Title: Organisational Anatomy Author: Oleg Konovalov Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing Release Date: May 1, 2016 Pages: 167 This book offers a discussion of a new management concept, Organisational Anatomy, which views organisational processes and functions from a biological perspective. This approach naturally explains the ongoing internal and external organisational processes and optimum configuration of different organisations. Organisations are live creatures which are breathing, functioning, moving and developing inside their specific environments. Biological examples offer a useful way of making sense of complex ideas, because they can be related to everyday existence. As such, this allows the reader to intuitively understand the organisations where they work and with which they interact. By classifying different types of organisations and looking at their biological functions, Organisational Anatomy links existing theories and discusses five archetypes of organisations, namely producers, knowledge-dependent, location-dependent, donor-dependent and state-affiliated organisations. By looking into their specific features, the characteristics of organisations of different ages and levels of maturity, the access and utilisation of resources, and the development of productive external relations, this book allows insights into the role of each function in achieving superior business performance. The Organisational Anatomy approach allows the development of a holistic picture, and will allow…

The Witch’s Athame: The Craft, Lore & Magick of Ritual Blades (The Witch’s Tools Series) by Jason Mankey
Reviews / April 24, 2017

Title: The Witch's Athame: The Craft, Lore & Magick of Ritual Blades Series: The Witch's Tools Series Author: Jason Mankey Release Date: January 8, 2016 Pages: 290 Full of practical applications for both the circle and the home, The Witch’s Athame shows you how to utilize the ritual blade to its highest potential. Discover everything you need to know about finding the right athame, personalizing and consecrating it, and using it in your practice. Tracing this impressive tool from ancient times to the present day, The Witch’s Athame presents the symbolism, history, and modern uses of the ritual blade. Also featured throughout are “Getting to the Point,” short segments of wisdom by knowledgeable writers. From contemporary athames made of stone and crystal to folklore about knives in magic, this book helps enhance your Craft and appreciation of such a versatile tool. Book Review: The Witch’s Athame: The Craft, Lore & Magick of Ritual Blades (The Witch’s Tools Series) by Jason Mankey Review by Dawn Thomas 290 Pages Publisher: Llewellyn Publications Non-Fiction, Religion, Spirituality, Earth-Based Religions, Wicca & Witchcraft This book is part of the Llewellyn’s Witch’s Tools series. The author explains his reluctance with athames when he first began his…

The Hope Chest by Viola Shipman
Reviews / April 3, 2017

Title: The Hope Chest Author: Viola Shipman Publisher: St. Martin's Press / Thomas Dunne Release Date: 3/21/2017 Pages: 317 The discovery of one woman’s heirloom hope chest unveils precious memories and helps three people who have each lost a part of themselves find joy once again. Ever since she was diagnosed with ALS, fiercely independent Mattie doesn’t feel like herself. She can’t navigate her beloved home, she can’t go for a boat ride, and she can barely even feed herself. Her devoted husband, Don, doesn’t want to imagine life without his wife of nearly fifty years, but Mattie isn’t likely to make it past their anniversary. But when Rose, Mattie’s new caretaker, and her young daughter, Jeri, enter the couple’s life, happiness and the possibility for new memories return. Together they form a family, and Mattie is finally able to pass on her memories from the hope chest she received from her mother. With each item—including a favorite doll, family dishes, an embroidered apron, and an antique Christmas ornament—the hope chest connects Mattie, Don and Rose to each other and helps them find hope again in the face of overwhelming life challenges. A beautiful story about the unconditional love and…

The Kill Sign by Nichole Christoff
Reviews / April 1, 2017

Title: The Kill Sign Author: Nichole Christoff Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Alibi Release Date: December, 6, 2016 Pages: 277 Security specialist and PI Jamie Sinclair finds herself in deadly waters off the steamy Gulf Coast in this combustible thriller from the award-winning author of The Kill Box. Never in her life has Jamie Sinclair anticipated a weekend getaway more. After four months apart, she’s flying to Mississippi to see her would-be boyfriend, military police officer Adam Barrett. Barrett’s currently stationed in the same Gulf Coast town where Jamie got her start as a private investigator, and she’s equally excited to reconnect with her old mentor, Ray Walther, and his pregnant wife, Corinne, who’s Jamie’s best friend. But all hopes for a relaxing and romantic weekend are shattered when a dirty bomb explodes on a riverboat packed with military, killing dozens of soldiers. In the chaotic aftermath, Jamie believes that she spots the bomber—and recognizes him from her past. As Barrett and Jamie race to catch the terrorist before he strikes again, Ray and Corinne become targets themselves. And this time around, Jamie won’t let a little thing like the law keep her from protecting the people she loves…

The Last Clinic by Gary Gusick
Reviews / April 1, 2017

Title: The Last Clinic Author: Gary Gusick Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Alibi Release Date: November 18, 2013 Pages: 354 In a fast-paced, suspenseful debut novel for fans of Harlan Coben and Lisa Gardner, detective Darla Cavannah goes Deep South in pursuit of a merciless killer. Outside the local women’s health clinic, the Reverend Jimmy Aldridge waving his protest sign is a familiar sight. But that changes early one morning when someone shoots the beloved Reverend Jimmy dead. Sheriff Shelby Mitchell knows the preacher’s murder will shock the good people of Jackson—and the pressure to find the killer is immediate and intense, which is why Shelby calls in detective Darla Cavannah. When police detective Darla moved from Philadelphia to Jackson with her husband—hometown football hero Hugh “the Glue” Cavannah—she never imagined the culture shock that awaited. Then after Hugh dies in a car crash, Darla enters a self-imposed exile in her Mississippi home, taking a leave of absence from the sheriff’s department. Now she’s called back to duty—or coerced, more like it, with Shelby slathering on his good-ole-boy charm nice and thick, like on a helping of barbecue. Reluctantly partnered with a mulish Elvis impersonator, Darla keeps a cool…

Endgame by Jeffrey Round
Reviews / April 1, 2017

Title: Endgame Author: Jeffrey Round Publisher: Dundurn Release Date: June 18, 2016 Pages: 232 A modern retelling of the classic Agatha Christie tale of suspense and murder, And Then There Were None. When Harvey Keill, ex-manager of the Ladykillers, arranges a reunion for his notorious punk band on a remote island off the coast of Seattle, it seems as though the group’s glory days are about to return. One by one, the band members and their guests arrive. Lead singer Spike Anthrax, bassist Pete Doghouse, and guitarist Max Hardcore confront one another for the first time since their well-publicized and highly acrimonious split fifteen years earlier stopped them from finishing their musical testament to punk rock genius: Endgame. They are joined by an entourage of groupies, girlfriends, one of America’s best rock critics, and a real estate agent invited to put the island up for sale. But where’s Harvey? No matter — a party’s a party, right? Wrong. Once everyone has gathered, a dark secret emerges from the past to haunt them and, one by one, the guests begin to fall prey to a mysterious fate. Book Review: Endgame by Jeffrey Round Review by Dawn Thomas 232 Pages Publisher: Dundurn…

The Samurai Cipher by Ernest Dempsey
Reviews / April 1, 2017

Title: The Samurai Cipher Series: Sean Wyatt (Book 8) Author: Ernest Dempsey Publisher: Enclave Publishing Release Date: April 12, 2016 Pages: 269 At the end of World War II, the greatest Samurai sword of all time vanished without a trace. Rumors abound as to its whereabouts. Some historians claim it was destroyed with the rest of Japan’s weapons. Others believe it is hidden somewhere. Theories about its location vary from intricate cave systems to monks protecting the blade in a shrine deep in the mountains. When Sean Wyatt and his longtime friend Tommy Schultz try to help a troubled Japanese woman, they find themselves right in the thick of a power struggle between some of the most dangerous gangsters in the world. Now Sean and company must race across Japan, unravel clues that were left decades before, and discover the true location of a blade made by the greatest sword maker of all time: Honjo Masamune. Book Review: The Samurai Cipher by Ernest Dempsey Review by Dawn Thomas 269 Pages Publisher: Enclave Publishing Action, Adventure, Suspense This is the 8th book in the Sean Wyatt series. The book begins with a peek back in time to. the end of World…

Maggie Dove by Susan Breen
Reviews / April 1, 2017

Title: Maggie Dove Author: Susan Breen Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Alibi Release Date: June 14, 2016 Pages: 224 Susan Breen introduces a charming new series heroine in this poignant and absorbing cozy mystery with a bite. Maggie Dove thinks everyone in her small Westchester County community knows everyone else’s secrets. Then murder comes to town. When Sunday School teacher Maggie Dove finds her hateful next-door neighbor Marcus Bender lying dead under her beloved oak tree—the one he demanded she cut down—she figures the man dropped dead of a mean heart. But Marcus was murdered, and the prime suspect is a young man Maggie loves like a son. Peter Nelson was the worst of Maggie’s Sunday School students; he was also her late daughter’s fiancé, and he’s been a devoted friend to Maggie in the years since her daughter’s death. Maggie can’t lose Peter, too. So she sets out to find the real murderer. To do that, she must move past the grief that has immobilized her all these years. She must probe the hidden corners of her little village on the Hudson River. And, when another death strikes even closer to home, Maggie must find the courage to…

Machinations by Hayley Stone
Reviews / April 1, 2017

Title: Machinations Author: Hayley Stone Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Hydra Release Date: July 26, 2016 Pages: 343 Perfect for fans of Robopocalypse, this action-packed science-fiction debut introduces a chilling future and an unforgettable heroine with a powerful role to play in the battle for humanity’s survival. The machines have risen, but not out of malice. They were simply following a command: to stop the endless wars that have plagued the world throughout history. Their solution was perfectly logical. To end the fighting, they decided to end the human race. A potent symbol of the resistance, Rhona Long has served on the front lines of the conflict since the first Machinations began—until she is killed during a rescue mission gone wrong. Now Rhona awakens to find herself transported to a new body, complete with her DNA, her personality, even her memories. She is a clone . . . of herself. Trapped in the shadow of the life she once knew, the reincarnated Rhona must find her place among old friends and newfound enemies—and quickly. For the machines are inching closer to exterminating humans for good. And only Rhona, whoever she is now, can save them. Book Review: Machinations by…

The Crochet Answer Book by Edie Eckman
Reviews / April 1, 2017

Title: The Crochet Answer Book Author: Edie Eckman Publisher: Storey Publishing Release Date: January 7, 2015 Pages: 408 Edie Eckman’s classic Q&A reference is better than ever! You’ll find helpful answers to even more crochet questions, including new questions on broomstick lace, linked stitches, crochet cables, and much more. You’ll also find illustrations for left-handed crocheters; up-to-the-minute information on new internet resources; and an expanded section on unusual techniques like Tunisian crochet. Whatever your level of expertise, you’ll love having Edie Eckman’s expert advice available at the turn of a page! Book Review: The Crochet Answer Book by Edie Eckman Review by Dawn Thomas 408 Pages Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC Crafts & Hobbies, Crochet, Yarn The sub title for this book, Solutions to Every Problem You’ll Ever Face, Answers to Every Question You’ll Ever Ask, is very accurate. As a beginning crocheter, I was intimidated by some patterns. My granny squares were usually every shape except square. This book is broken down into 12 basic topics with a questions and answers format. Chapter 1 covers hooks and other tools needed. The author does an excellent job describing the different type of hooks along with how to hold the hook. I…