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Reviews:
Andreanna by S. L. Gilbow
The Angels of Morgan Hill by Donna VanLiere
Bark up the Right Tree by Jessie and Ruth Tschudin
Beware of Tigers by David Horowitz
Can You Spell Revolution? by Matt Beam
Dark Side of the Morgue by Raymond Benson
Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold
Fiction by Ara 13
Fool by Christopher Moore
Gambling for Good Mail by Evelyn Cole
Going Postal: Rage, Murder, and Rebellion by Mark Ames
The Heroes of Googley Woogley by Dalton James
The Letter by Richard Paul Evans
Naked Pictures of Famous People by Jon Stewart
An Ornithologist's Guide to Life by Ann Hood
Politics in Compassion by Jack Schauer
The Price of Silence by Deborah Ross
R is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
Sea Wrack by Edward Jesby
South-Sea Idyls Charles Warren Stoddard
Sparks: How Parents Can Ignite the Hidden Strengths of Teenagers by Peter L. Benson
Stratosphere by Henry Garfield
The Take-Us by John Raymond Takacs
The Three Incestuous Sisters by Audrey Niffenegger
Three Shadows by Cyril Pedrosa
The Silent Man by Alex Berenson
Ulysses by James Joyce
Vigilante Witch Hunter by Gary Turcotte
Voices Under Berlin by THE Hill
The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry
Women in Business by Patricia Annino
The World I Never Made by James LePore



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Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Comments for The Angels of Morgan Hill

The Angels of Morgan HillThe Angels of Morgan Hill: 06/26/09

The Angels of Morgan Hill is set in Morgan Hills, Tennessee in 1947. It's an all white town until the Turners move in to help with the tobacco crop. The only family to befriend the Turners is the Gables. Jane's mother is recently widowed and is seeking kinship after years of an abusive marriage. The friendship doesn't last long as the bigots of the town welcome them by burning down their home and killing everyone except for young Milo.

Jane Gable, the nine year old narrator tells the story of how mother takes in young Milo having made a promise to her dying friend. This act of compassion ends up being an act of rebellion that shakes the very foundation of Morgan Hill. Jane describes all these events in an authentic voice that brings to mind the Depression Era memoir, Little Heathens by Mildred Armstrong Kalish.

Surprisingly to me The Angels of Morgan Hill has a happy ending. With all the vitriol and violence I expected the book to end tragically. Near the end though, it changes direction and it was nice to see some of the adults redeem themselves.

The novel is only 220 pages and for that it can be a quick read. I wasn't able to sit and read it all at one go as some reviewers described. I found it too visceral to read all at once. I read it a few chapters at a time and then set it aside.

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Comment #1: Saturday, June, 27, 2009 at 06:27:25

nicola

This sounds really good! I'll have to look out for it. I just followed you on twitter, I'm lilelizajane, I'm fairly new over there.



Comment #2: Monday, June 29, 2009 at 21:25:25

It's a good book. It surprised me.



Comment #3: Thursday, July, 2, 2009 at 00:35:48 Teddy

Great review! I think I would really like this one, on to my TBR it goes.



Comment #3: Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 15:27:52

Pussreboots

I hope you enjoy it. Happy reading.