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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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Gun Love

Jul 1, 2018

Author Jennifer Clement has studied at NYU, in Paris, France, and received an MFA from the Stonecoast program at the University of Southern Maine. She is the first woman elected to head PEN International. Clement has published four novels to national acclaim and received a Gugenheim Fellowship to write “Gun Love,” which just came out in March. 

Killer Serve

Jun 1, 2018

Born on the southside of Chicago, Jeanne Meeks is a former business owner turned world traveler who now winters in southwest Florida. She is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. Killer Serve is the second in the Tennis Team Mystery series that started with Gator Bait. 

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.