Mary Ellen Mynning

Helpful votes received on reviews: 100% (2 of 2)
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Birthday: Oct. 21
In My Own Words:
Sometimes a woman needs to run away. Far. Really, really far.

A while ago, I was living a life of monotonous genteel poverty - and I was also fed up with reading one travel adventure novel after another, watching National Geographic specials, and knowing my life was on automatic pilot.

Determined to change the course of my life, I signed a contract to teach English at a Beijing university. Qu… Read more

Nature photography. Reading thrillers like those written by Preston/Child and James Rollins; historical mysteries like those of Anne Perry and Elizabeth Peters; fantasy like those of Tolkien and Rowlings, and cozy mysteries like those of M. C. Beaton… Read more


Top Reviewer Ranking: 520,544 - Total Helpful Votes: 2 of 2
Dale Brown's Dreamland: Razor's Edge by Dale Brown
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Action But . . ., May 20 2004
I made it through the first Dreamland novel due to fast paced, well described aerial combat, an offering of terrific high tech weaponry, good solid plot, and for the most part, interesting characterization; however, by the end of book one I was praying for the slow horrible death of Jeff "Zen" Stockard. A guy who is not only a main character, a romantic lead, but, I think, one of the heroes of the series. Who also happens to be a Class A Schmuck.
We are told Zen was an ace pilot, then a crash causes him to become wheelchair bound. Not a bad concept, could have made for some excellent twists. And indeed, in the beginning of the first book, the anguish/anger/mistrust/fear… Read more
Arson and Old Lace: A Far Wychwood Mystery by Patricia Harwin
Patricia Harwin's "Arson and Old Lace" is more than a nice cozy Cotswold mystery. The 60-something heroine, Catherine Penny, is dealing with her feelings of being dumped by her husband, her attempts to settle into her new home and new lifestyle, while being barely "tolerated" by her daughter, snarled and grumped at by some of her new neighbors, and finding that living in a small English village is like living under a microscope.
Penny does prevail in making herself a new home, bravely meets most of the challenges (although personally, I would have liked her to be less meek around her daughter), and determinedly fumbles around trying to figure out the mystery of… Read more
The Game by Laurie R. King
The Game by Laurie R. King
Laurie King has created a marvelous mystery series featuring Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes. King's plots are tightly constructed and intricate, her characters vivid and true to the lore of the original Holmes, and her mastery of the English language compels me to say that her books are well worth their price. A statement not often true - since book store shelves are currently weighted down with so many trite, bland, predictable books.
I feel that I should also mention King's mastery of location. King has done her homework and gives riveting and exquisite detail to each setting in the series. Whether you find yourself nestled within a cozy cottage sipping tea; shivering… Read more