Falcon Thief : a true tale of adventure, treachery and the hunt for the perfect bird by Joshua Hammer

Smuggling live Falcon eggs on commercial airlines to sell to wealthy Arabians. Who knew it was even a thing!! This true story of a particular smuggler and the English cop who pursues him is very entertaining and enlightening. Obsessed with the birds and their eggs there are those who go to unbelievable lengths to collect them. I recommend this book and if you like it then watch the documentary movie "Poached" (2015).  I think you can find it on Amazon prime video. Enjoy!

Blackwood by Michael Farris Smith

A dark novel. A dying Mississippi town, a homeless family, a haunted man, missing people, and kudzu everywhere. Smith masterfully weaves a story of hunger and regret and something sinister hidden under the kudzu. A very good quick read!

Highfire by Eoin Colfer

Knowing that Eoin Colfer has been a very popular children's author for awhile now,  I really didn't know what to expect reading his adult novel "Highfire". Enter, the Mississippi bayou where an ancient dragon lives and goes by the name of Vern. He really just wants to be left alone other than having someone deliver the necessities to him. Then there is a local kid, Squib, who runs up and down the river making deliveries for his legitimate employer and a drug smuggler. But then there is the crooked constable who has the hots for Squib's mother, and who wants to control all the drug traffic on  the river. Well I won't say anymore but you will definitely love the banter between the characters. Honestly it was one of those books that makes you laugh out loud! A just for fun read!

Mountians Sing by Nguyen Phan Que Mai

A historical novel set in Viet Nam by yes, a Vietnamese author! It is a multi-generational story of the struggles of a North Vietnamese family during the war. I loved it and recommend this book!

First Cut by Judy Melinek & T.J. Mitchell

This novel is about Dr. Jessie Teska's busy new job as a medical examiner in San Francisco, her busy case loads, and cause of death findings. Jeopardizing her new job and life, she becomes obsessed with the connection of several bodies to a new and deadly drug, a drug dealer, a money laundering scheme  and a co-worker's involvement in it all. I loved all the medical jargon and findings but the graphic descriptions of autopsy is not for everyone.

Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood

"The Unspoken Name" is a new fantasy novel with a strong female character and imaginative places. There are 4 divinities and human-like beings vying for power and the secret to everlasting life no matter the cost.
Action and description keep the reader engaged. Very good.

Half Broke by Ginger Gaffney

In her memoir, "Half Broke", Gaffney, a horse trainer, recalls getting a call for help from a ranch in Northern New Mexico, where a group of horses have terrified the people charged with their care. Pairing up individuals with horses that also have problems was quite a challenge but was not without its rewards.
Very Good.
An entertaining look at the way horses and troubled humans respond and benefit from each other.