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WGCU Book Reviewer Sally Bissell

Sally Bissell is a retired Lee County Librarian who also writes reviews for Library Journal.  Follow her blog or follow her on Twitter @sallyreads. Each month, she reviews books for WGCU. The reviews can be heard as part of WGCU's daily talk show, Gulf Coast Live, as well as here on the review website.

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Sentinels, a Florida Mythos

May 1, 2018

Rich McKee is a retired college professor who lives and writes in Venice, Florida. He is the recipient of the 2010 Distinguished Colleague Award from the Florida College English Association and has been nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize. This third novel in a series features another retired college professor, Sean McDuff.

The Ice House by Laura Lee Smith

Apr 1, 2018

An advertising executive who lives in north Florida, Laura Lee Smith has had her short stories published in several prestigious anthologies and journals. Her first novel, “Heart of Palm,” set outside Saint Augustine, was praised by Richard Russo for its sense of place and quirky characters. Smith’s second book, “The Ice House”, has  both qualities in equal measure.

The Cuban Affair

Mar 13, 2018

For forty years New York native Nelson DeMille has been thrilling readers with novels of murder and espionage, many informed by his years in the Army where he became a decorated officer. His wry sense of humor, coupled with his outsized book smarts (he hold three honorary doctorates) make him a sought after speaker and he held readers rapt at the Southwest Florida Reading Festival a few years ago. Our reviewer, Sally Bissell, weighs in on his latest.

Camino Island

Dec 20, 2017

In a slight departure from the standard John Grisham thriller, the ever-present courtroom halls are traded in for a (fictional) quiet island off the coast of Florida. The rest is Grisham through and through.

The Shark Club

Dec 5, 2017

New York Times best selling author Anne Kidd Taylor uses the familiar structure of the summer romance novel as a jumping off point to explore second chances, familial ties, and the choices women make, in her newest book, the shark club.