Category Archives: Humor

Review: Summer Lightning, by P.G. Wodehouse

wodehouseOriginally published in 1929, this is another absurd send-up of the British aristocracy at which Wodehouse excelled. The Hon. Galahad Threepwood is busy writing his Reminiscences which promise to incriminate half of the local gentry, much to their horror. This promised publication leads to the abduction of Lord Clarence Emsworth’s prize pig, a.k.a. The Empress of Blandings. Then there is the chorus girl disguised as an American heiress, the flower pot throwing ex-private secretary and, did the butler do it after all? The narrator, John Wells does a fantastic job narrating, giving every character an appropriate voice.

RATING: * * * * Very, very good

Reviewed by: kh

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The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection, by Alexander McCall Smith

This is the lucky number 13 for the “No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” series. Mme Ramotswe finds herself dreaming of a “tall, well-built man” who proclaims to her “I have come at last, Mma Ramotswe.” For those who have read some of the earlier stories, you will be surprised to meet in this story the world famous author of “The Principles of Private Detection,” prized manual of the lady detectives. All the books in this series are fun, good-natured and make a visit to Botswana, Africa, either for real or by armchair travel, seem like the best idea ever.

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RATING: * * * * Very, very good
Reviewed by: kh

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Wicked Appetite, by Janet Evanovich

A light, quick read, more for the female reader. If you like the Stephanie Plum novels, you will enjoy this story. It even features Diesel with his otherworldly talents and Carl the monkey from the Plum series. Set in Salem, Massachusetts and surrounding towns, pastry chef Lizzie Tucker helps Diesel recover three ancient relics with strange powers. According to the author’s website this is the first in a new series.

RATING: * * * A good read
Reviewed by: kh

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The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment, by A. J. Jacobs

Another funny book by Jacobs. Some chapters are reworked from his Esquire articles but each has food for thought. I especially enjoyed his account of computer dating on behalf of his children’s nanny and the chapter on outsourcing his everyday tasks to India.

RATING: * * * * Very, very good
Reviewed by: kh

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I Wear the Maternity Pants in This Family, by Susan Konig

Tales of 21st century American family life from a mom’s point of view. Four kids, a husband and assorted pets provide plenty of funny and cute stories.

RATING: * * * A good read
Reviewed by: kh

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