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My name is Pat and I live in Florida. My skin will never be smooth again and my hair will never see color. I enjoy collecting autographs and playing in Paint Shop Pro.,along with reading and writing. Sometimes, I enjoy myself by doing volunteer "work" helping celebrities at autograph shows. I love animals and at one time I did volunteer work for Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Every Dead Thing

Book 4 for RIP....

Every Dead Thing by John Connelly.

Paperback: 512 pages
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books(June 16, 2015)
ISBN-10: 1501122622


 

Amazon Review.

Former NYPD detective Charlie "Bird" Parker is on the verge of madness. Tortured by the unsolved slayings of his wife and young daughter, he is a man consumed by guilt, regret, and the desire for revenge. When his former partner asks him to track down a missing girl, Parker finds himself drawn into a world beyond his imagining: a world where thirty-year-old killings remain shrouded in fear and lies, a world where the ghosts of the dead torment the living, a world haunted by the murderer responsible for the deaths in his family—a serial killer who uses the human body to create works of art and takes faces as his prize. But the search awakens buried instincts in Parker: instincts for survival, for compassion, for love, and, ultimately, for killing.
Aided by a beautiful young psychologist and a pair of bickering career criminals, Parker becomes the bait in a trap set in the humid bayous of Louisiana, a trap that threatens the lives of everyone in its reach. Driven by visions of the dead and the voice of an old black psychic who met a terrible end, Parker must seek a final, brutal confrontation with a murderer who has moved beyond all notions of humanity, who has set out to create a hell on earth: the serial killer known only as the Traveling Man.
In the tradition of classic American detective fiction, Every Dead Thing is a tense, richly plotted thriller, filled with memorable characters and gripping action. It is also a profoundly moving novel, concerned with the nature of loyalty, love, and forgiveness. Lyrical and terrifying, it is an ambitious debut, triumphantly realized.




I have read 2 other books by John Connolly and liked them both.  This one was another good book.  "Bird" was on the search for the cold case in which his wife and child were killed.... but not "just" killed.

At times he almost lost me by having so many people involved that I'd start wondering what the heck was going on.  But eventually it cleared up and I once again knew what it was all about.   I am a bit brain dead when I get too many characters to keep track of lol.

I enjoyed this book enough to order yet another book by the same author.  Which surprises me since  "detectives" are getting to be the "norm" when in truth my favorite books are still more to the "family secrets" when solving a crime.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Life We Bury

Book 3 for RIP...



 

The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens.

Paperback: 303 pages
Publisher: Seventh Street Books(October 14, 2014)
ISBN-10: 1616149981


 



 

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same.
Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran--and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home, after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.
As Joe writes about Carl's life, especially Carl's valor in Vietnam, he cannot reconcile the heroism of the soldier with the despicable acts of the convict. Joe, along with his skeptical female neighbor, throws himself into uncovering the truth, but he is hamstrung in his efforts by having to deal with his dangerously dysfunctional mother, the guilt of leaving his autistic brother vulnerable, and a haunting childhood memory. 
Thread by thread, Joe unravels the tapestry of Carl’s conviction. But as he and Lila dig deeper into the circumstances of the crime, the stakes grow higher. Will Joe discover the truth before it’s too late to escape the fallout?


Ok... best book I've read in a long time!! I hated this book to end!  Loved the characters, loved the story (stories)..nothing I didn't like about this book!.. well, except that I didn't want it to end but couldn't stop reading it!

Excellent mystery of a "cold case" pulled up due to and English project for Joe.  Toss in Joe's background and a small love story and you have it all in a very good, too short, book.  I had this book on my wish list for some time and sorry now that I waited so long to send for the used copy!!

It's a keeper!  Ya'll  might want to read this one!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Woman Who Walked Into the Sea

Book 2 for RIP...



 

The Woman who Walked into the Sea by Mark Douglas-Home.

Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Sandstone Press (November 12, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1908737328




Amazon Review:

Cal McGill watches the young woman through the dirty windshield of his Toyota. There's something compelling about her stillness, about the length of time she has been standing, staring out to sea. What has brought her to this remote beach, he asks himself. Is she a kindred spirit who finds refuge by the shore? Idle curiosity soon turns into another investigation for oceanographer and loner McGill as he embarks on a quest to discover why, 26 years earlier, another young woman walked into these same waves. According to the police, she killed herself and her unborn baby. McGill, the Sea Detective, questions this version of events and confronts the jealousies, tensions, and threats of a coastal community determined to hold on to its secrets.

Hooray! A real mystery!!  Of course it includes a dead body or two..  but the mystery is finding out ones past.  I liked the writing style in this book and found I looked forward to picking it up each time.

The only strange thing about the book is that Cal McGill did not really seem like a "detective" but more of a person wanting to help in the situation.  However I did like that it wasn't a detective constantly going to his office and reporting to others.   I enjoyed the book and all the mysteries surrounding the story! 

 

Friday, September 09, 2016

The Silent Girls



First book for RIP!

The Silent Girls by Eric Rickstad.

Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Witness Impulse (January 27, 2015)
ISBN-10: 0062351540




Amazon Review:

With the dead of a bitter Vermont winter closing in, evil is alive and well . . .

Frank Rath thought he was done with murder when he turned in his detective's badge to become a private investigator and raise a daughter alone. Then the police in his remote rural community of Canaan find an '89 Monte Carlo abandoned by the side of the road, and the beautiful teenage girl who owned the car seems to have disappeared without a trace.

Soon Rath's investigation brings him face-to-face with the darkest abominations of the human soul.

With the consequences of his violent and painful past plaguing him, and young women with secrets vanishing one by one, he discovers once again that even in the smallest towns on the map, evil lurks everywhere—and no one is safe.

Morally complex, seething with wickedness and mystery, and rich in gritty atmosphere and electrifying plot turns, The Silent Girls marks the return of critically acclaimed author Eric Rickstad. Readers of Ian Rankin, Jo Nesbø, and Greg Iles will love this book and find themselves breathless at the incendiary, ambitious, and unforgettable story.

A good mystery right up to the end!  A new missing person case connects to some old cold cases, and if that's not bed enough Rath's daughter turns up missing!  It began like most detective stories but it got better and better as it went along. 

I still prefer mysteries with lots of family secrets in them but it seems more and more books are detective books.  If you get a really good and interesting main character then it's good when more books come out using the protagonist that you have come to find so interesting.

This is my first book by Eric Rickstad  so I don't know if he uses Frank Rath in other books yet.

Saturday, September 03, 2016

RIP XI

RIP XI is HERE!!!



R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril XI takes place from September 1st, 2016 through October 31st, 2016.

There are only two expectations if you want to participate with us:

1. Have fun reading (and watching*).
2. Share that fun with others.


R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril XI takes place from September 1st, 2016 through October 31st, 2016.

 

Read four books, of any length, from the very broad categories earlier defined as perilous. They could all be by the same author, a series of books, a random mix of classic and contemporary or whatever you like.

Simply halve the requirement of Peril the First. If you choose to take on this Peril, read two books of your choosing that you feel fit the various R.I.P. categories.



  I am choosing Peril the Second!

And I might choose from the following books... (might is the operative word)



OR............. I might do a RE-read ....of my favorite RIP book..




We all have a seemingly never-ending set of demands on our time. If you want to participate but cannot commit to anything time-consuming, this is the one-book-only option for participation. This event isn’t meant to be a burden…remember the “have fun” part…so if you want to join the fun in the least burdensome way possible, Peril the Third is just for you.

When I think of Autumn I think of the short stories of Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Neil Gaiman, Roald Dahl. I am very fond of the short story and when I started R.I.P. I knew that it had to have a Peril of its own. Read one or many short stories throughout our two-month event and you will have taken on and overcame this Peril.

Scary stories don’t just come in book-shaped packages, they also exist in the television and film format. Why not embrace that peril as well? If you watch any particularly creepy, suspenseful, mysterious thrillers during R.I.P., be sure to share those with us as well. My list of what I would like to watch is generally much larger than the amount of time I give to watching television, but every Autumn it includes British mysteries, The Corpse Bride, Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline, The Others and a whole host of classic Vincent Price horror flicks.

R.I.P. XI marks the debut of the “Peril in Play” category. I had previously included video/computer gaming in the Peril on the Screen category, but gaming is not simply done in front of an electronic device. The rise of popularity in table top gaming over the years has brought many together to enjoy competitive and cooperative game play. Whether you are defeating the hordes of monsters in the latest Gears of War, going old school with some iteration of Silent Hill, or perhaps playing table top games like Arkham Horror, Cthulu Fluxx, Zombiecide or Dead Panic, you can find something perilous to fill your gaming needs.

 

If you too want to join in (and I think you should!) check out our fearless leader of RIP, Carl at:  http://www.stainlesssteeldroppings.com/

 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Black Rabbit Hall

Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase.

Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (February 9, 2016)
ISBN-10: 0399174125


 



 

Amber Alton knows that the hours pass differently at Black Rabbit Hall, her London family’s country estate, where no two clocks read the same. Summers there are perfect, timeless. Not much ever happens. Until, of course, it does.
More than three decades later, Lorna is determined to be married within the grand, ivy-covered walls of Pencraw Hall, known as Black Rabbit Hall among the locals. But as she’s drawn deeper into the overgrown grounds, half-buried memories of her mother begin to surface and Lorna soon finds herself ensnared within the manor’s labyrinthine history, overcome with an insatiable need for answers about her own past and that of the once-happy family whose memory still haunts the estate.
Stunning and atmospheric, this debut novel is a thrilling spiral into the hearts of two women separated by decades but inescapably linked by the dark and tangled secrets of Black Rabbit Hall.


 

This was quite a good read.  The books goes back and fourth between 2 generations.  It was easy to follow, and kept me reading as it was mostly "family secrets". (love that sort of book)

A woman named Lorna finds the home and wants to be married in it.  She doesn't know why she is so drawn to this particular place that was so far out of the way.  After spending some time in the home with the owner, Mrs Alton, she becomes fearful of the hidden secrets, but winds up staying and discovering why she is so drawn to this mansion.

The best of the last few books I've read recently.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Buried Giant

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro.

Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage (January 5, 2016)
ISBN-10: 0307455793




 

In post-Arthurian Britain, the wars that once raged between the Saxons and the Britons have finally ceased. Axl and Beatrice, an elderly British couple, set off to visit their son, whom they haven’t seen in years. And, because a strange mist has caused mass amnesia throughout the land, they can scarcely remember anything about him.
As they are joined on their journey by a Saxon warrior, his orphan charge, and an illustrious knight, Axl and Beatrice slowly begin to remember the dark and troubled past they all share. By turns savage, suspenseful, and intensely moving, The Buried Giant is a luminous meditation on the act of forgetting and the power of memory, an extraordinary tale of love, vengeance, and war.


Strangely enough, I really had no idea what this book was actually about when I found it in a box of books for .50.

For me, it was hard to believe that this is the same author who wrote Remains of the Day (movie by the same name).

Familiar names are drawn into this "story telling" book, such as Merlin and Arthur. I found the book to be quit different in the writing I am used to. But it did intrigue me enough to keep reading until the end.  I think that because I have been reading mysteries and murders and such that this was so far out in left base that I was lost part of the time. lol. 

It was an ok book.  Not really my type of writing, but yet interesting enough to let me read it all.  I am sure others would enjoy it more.

 

Monday, August 15, 2016

The Burning Room

The Burning Room by Michael Connelly.

Hardcover: 576 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company;(November 3, 2014)
ISBN-10: 0316410705




 

In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but all other evidence is virtually nonexistent.
Now Bosch and rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case. Beginning with the bullet that's been lodged for years in the victim's spine, they must pull new leads from years-old information, which soon reveal that this shooting may have been anything but random.


This is the second book I've read by Michael Connelly.   It was a good read.  Strangely, though it was something missing.  I'm not sure what. Maybe more closeness to the main character of Bosch.

It was a cold case reopened and how they solved the case.  I like watching cold cases being solved on tv and I generally expect "more" in a book.  More detail.  More character building.  I liked the first book I read, the Black Box, but all I can say on this one is:  It's ok. Not a bad read. But could have been better.

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Lately I just can't seem to find the books I enjoy so much.  Books like, Diane Setterfield's,  The Thirteenth Tale, or books by Michael Cox (The Meaning of Night & The Glass of Time), or the Alex Grecian books, The Scotland Yard Murder Squad, The Devil's Workshop/ The Black Country/The Yard/ The Harvest Man .  Also Dan Simmons, Drood!..  My reading has gone down to a crawl because I don't seem to be able to find books like these !!   Sigh.. ah well... who knows?  Maybe the next book eh?

 

 

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Wuauquikuna - Buffalo White (1 hour)


Friday, August 05, 2016

Broken Harbor

The Broken Harbor by Tana French.

Paperback: 450 pages
Publisher: Penguin Books(April 30, 2013)
ISBN-10: 0143123300

 



Amazon Best Books of the Month, July 2012: In Tana French’s fourth novel, detective Mick "Scorcher" Kennedy and his partner are sent to the abandoned, half-constructed housing development Broken Harbor to investigate the brutal murder of the Spain family. What Scorcher thinks is an open and shut case is quickly complicated when Jenny Spain is found barely alive, and the family’s circumstances are brought to light: hidden baby monitors, a strained mortgage brought on by the housing crisis, and the increasingly erratic signs of a family in crisis. French fans will appreciate this new look at Scorcher, who was a minor character in Faithful Place; he shines as the successful but jaded detective with a troubled past. French delivers a layered psychological thriller and satisfying ‘who dunnit,’ masterfully spinning a plot packed with tension and a haunting mood that rivals the best of the gothic writers.

This is book 4 I've read of Tana French's.

It's also my least favorite.  But... having said that the past month my head has not been with reading very much. I was sick for a time then in pain for a time and stressing about things.. so this was a slow, slow read for me. Also noted though is that I did not set it aside and stop reading it, so that says something too.

The detective Scorcher did not grab me as a interesting character, like most of her leads.  The mystery of the killings was good though.

I don't have a lot to say to encourage or discourage you to reading this book...  I will more than likely try her next books when it comes out, as I have enjoyed her other books.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Since She Went Away

Since She Went Away by David Bell.

Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: NAL (June 21, 2016)
ISBN-10: 045147421X






Three months earlier, Jenna Barton was supposed to meet her lifelong best friend Celia. But when Jenna arrived late, she found that Celia had disappeared—and hasn’t been seen again. Jenna has blamed herself for her friend’s disappearance every single day since then.
The only piece of evidence is a lone diamond earring found where Celia and Jenna were planning to meet, leading the national media to dub Celia “The Diamond Mom.” And even though Jenna has obsessively surfed message boards devoted to missing persons cases, she is no closer to finding any answers—or easing her guilt.
But when her son’s new girlfriend—who suddenly arrived in town without a past—disappears, a stricken Jenna begins to unwind the tangled truth behind Celia’s tragedy. And as long-buried secrets finally come to light, she discovers how completely lives can be shattered by a few simple lies.


This is book number 7 for me, written by David Bell. My first was Cemetery Girl and from then on I've been a fan.

This book was no exception. I am not sure how to define his writing, but one always feels they are right there and part of the story ... and that it's real! 

Like other's of his books it's hard to set them down for very long.  It helps, tremendously, that he writes very short chapters, which always makes you read one or two more before setting the book down!  I don't know if publishers like that or not but "I" sure do!

Chalk up another  good read from David Bell!

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I don't always do a list of books I read for each month, but last month all the books were really good so here they are:

21.The Black Box.......................Michael Connelly....(480 pgs)

22.Cracks in the Sidewalk..............Bette L. Crosby.....(332 pgs)

23.A Memory of Violets.................Hazel Gaynor........(432 pgs)

24.The Midnight Rose...................Lucinda Riley.......(496 pgs)

25.The Likeness........................Tana French.........(466 pgs)



I didn't read when I was on my trip except for something on my tablet that I "thought" was a full length book but turned out to be only 48 pages. It was Confessions of an English Opium Eater by Thomas DeQuincey.  Maybe I should count that as a book anyway lol...

Well, Happy Reading for you all for the month of July!!

 

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Faithful Place

Faithful Place by Tana French.

Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Penguin Books;(June 28, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0143119494




 

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. French's emotionally searing third novel of the Dublin murder squad (after The Likeness) shows the Irish author getting better with each book. In 1985, 19-yearold Frank Mackey and his girlfriend, Rosie Daly, made secret plans to elope to England and start a new life together far away from their families, particularly the hard-drinking Mackeys. But when Rosie doesn't meet Frank the night they're meant to leave and he finds a note, Frank assumes she's left him behind. For 22 years, Frank, who becomes an undercover cop, stays away from Faithful Place, his childhood Dublin neighborhood. When his younger sister, Jackie, calls to tell him that someone found Rosie's suitcase hidden in an abandoned house, Frank reluctantly returns. Now everything he thought he knew is turned upside down: did Rosie really leave that night, or did someone stop her before she could? French, who briefly introduced Mackey in The Likeness, is adept at seamlessly blending suspenseful whodunit elements with Frank's familial demons.

Book number 4 that I've read by Tana French.  She really knows how to tell a story and keep you interested on reading to the very end.  This one is a 22 year old cold case. And I do get hooked on cold cases lol.

This one I wasn't sure I would like.  On her other book she used the character of Frank Mackey and I can't say he was a favorite lol.. so when this book was "about" Frank Mackey", I was leery.  But she turned him into someone of interest and made me read this book to the end also! 

Her books are quick reading and keep your interest.  I have one more in my tbr mile high pile which I will get to after one book that I waited for it to come and now I have to read that first! (That would be David Bell.  I have read every book he's written! another one of those, have to read, authors).

 

Saturday, June 25, 2016

The Likeness

The Likeness by Tana French.

Paperback: 466 pages
Publisher: Penguin Books;(May 26, 2009)
ISBN-10: 0143115626




Tana French astonished critics and readers alike with her mesmerizing debut novel, In the Woods. Now both French and Detective Cassie Maddox return to unravel a case even more sinister and enigmatic than the first. Six months after the events of In the Woods, an urgent telephone call beckons Cassie to a grisly crime scene. The victim looks exactly like Cassie and carries ID identifying herself as Alexandra Madison, an alias Cassie once used. Suddenly, Cassie must discover not only who killed this girl, but, more importantly, who is this girl? A disturbing tale of shifting identities,

Quite a long time ago I read Tana French's first book "In the Woods" and remember enjoying it.  Not sure what took me so long to read another of her books, but I finally did and it was enjoyable too. 

It was different.

Undercover detective work generally means to pass yourself off as someone you are not.  In this case Cassie Maddox had to go among friends and pass herself off as a friend they thought was dead.  How does one convince 4 good friends that she's their "not dead" friend?    I think she wrote the story quite well., and like I said.. it was different, so I wasn't sure what to expect.   She had four different personalities to deal with and the detective that put her on the case once they realized she could be the dead girls twin sister. 

I have two more of her books sitting around here so, I may pick another up before I try another author.  Until next time.............................. enjoy whatever you are reading!

 

Saturday, June 18, 2016

The Midnight Rose

The Midnight Rose by Lucinda Riley.

Paperback: 496 pages
Publisher: Atria Books (March 18, 2014)
ISBN-10: 1476703574


 



 

From Booklist

For Anahita Chavan, childhood in India under the British raj was simple and happy. But when she is asked to become the companion to the maharajah’s daughter, Princess Indira, Anni is suddenly exposed to a life of wealth and privilege. Then the two girls are sent to England to attend boarding school, a move that will change Anni’s life in ways she never dreamed of. Meanwhile, in present-day England, American actress Rebecca Bradley has snagged the first serious role of her career, playing a 1920s debutante living on a beautiful Dartmoor estate. As filming begins, the manor receives an unexpected visitor, Ari Malik, Anahita’s great-grandson, who is on a quest to learn about Anni’s past. Riley, the best-selling author of The Orchid House (2011), has once again written an extraordinary story, a complex, deeply engaging tale filled with fascinating characters whose slowly revealed secrets carry readers to the very end. Spanning four generations and moving from the great palaces of India to the stately country home of an English lord, this is a sweeping tale of love lost and found.

I think the reason I got this book is because I have read most of Lucinda Riley's books and have always liked them.  Of course then there is the mention of Dartmoor..heh.  So , I had a good chance of enjoying the book.   Never gave a thought to learning about how India woman of high esteem had to live. (now I know what it was like back in the day).

It was a very good read.  Back and forth a few generations but never had trouble following it.  I gave a thought that the ending was rushed a bit ..strange to say that when the book was just shy of 500 pages! (a few more wouldn't have hurt).

Anyone who has read any of  Lucinda Riley books and enjoyed them will certainly enjoy this one if they haven't already read it.  I like her writing style.  Things flow so well that I went thru this book way faster than I ever thought I would!!

If you don't try this book you might want to try one of her others.. they are all enjoyable! "The Orchard House", "The Girl on the Cliff" and "The Lavender Garden"...

 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

A Memory of Violets

A Memory of Violets by Hazel Gaynor.

 

Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (February 3, 2015)
ISBN-10: 0062316893




A short but sweet book review....................

Amazon:

In 1912, twenty-year-old Tilly Harper leaves the peace and beauty of her native Lake District for London, to become assistant housemother at Mr. Shaw’s Home for Watercress and Flower Girls. For years, the home has cared for London’s flower girls—orphaned and crippled children living on the grimy streets and selling posies of violets and watercress to survive.

Soon after she arrives, Tilly discovers a diary written by an orphan named Florrie—a young Irish flower girl who died of a broken heart after she and her sister, Rosie, were separated. Moved by Florrie’s pain and all she endured in her brief life, Tilly sets out to discover what happened to Rosie. But the search will not be easy. Full of twists and surprises, it leads the caring and determined young woman into unexpected places, including the depths of her own heart.

Yet another book that isn't a crime book!..  but what a good book it was!

A lot of atmosphere.  A lot of sadness. And yet a lot of hope and happiness, all wrapped up in this one book.

The book contains 2 stories.  One of the two "flower girls" and the story of Tilly, a girl who doesn't know her life was/is anything but what she thought was.

The book is very easy reading, very well written, and very descriptive.  It's written keeping with the time period in which it takes place and makes you feel you are right there.

You might want to give this one a chance. 

 

 

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Cracks In The Sidewalk

Cracks in the Sidewalk by Bette L. Crosby.

Paperback: 332 pages
Publisher: Bent Pine Publishing (September 22, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0983887926










Amazon didn't have a review by the book so I scanned the back of the book for the review..



OMG! I loved this book!

It was not a Victorian mystery, or any sort of murder mystery, and not a biography.. although it is said that it is "based on a true story".  Boy howdy!

It's a touching book.  Parts are a sad book. Parts are a feel good book.  It's nothing like anything I've read before.  It read so true that, easily I believe it was based on a true story.  It was so compelling I couldn't put the book down for long.  I had to know what could possibly happen next?!

Not a lot I want to say about it because if you should read it you would have your own feelings about the people involved and the story behind it. 

It's a good book .  'Nuff said.

Monday, June 06, 2016

The Black Box

The Black Box by Michael Connelly.

Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing(October 15, 2013)
ISBN-10: 0446556726




 

In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved.
Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box," the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.


 

Seldom do I read a mystery that takes place in the USA.  Not because I have anything against it, I just find Victorian Mysteries from England more interesting.   And I also have never gotten into reading the authors that seem to put a book a year out.  Again, nothing against them, I just drift in a different direction I guess. 

However, this book takes place in Los Angeles CA .  And it's by a prolific author.  That being said, I picked up this up because the story line on the back of the book read like something I would like.  I guess I liked it since I read it in 3 days!!

It's a good detective story.  I liked that the murder took place 20 yrs ago and 20 yrs later the same detective (Harry Bosh) picks it up as a cold case and gets his chance to really work on it to see if he can find out who murdered the pretty reporter way back during the LA riots.

This is my first book I read since my trip.. and glad it was a good one. 

I did try to read a book while gone that was on my Tablet called : Confessions of an English Opium Eater (about Thomas De Quincey) I thought I had downloaded a "book" but it turned out only to be 48 pages long.. so I don't count that as a book.

So.. onward to a new book.................

Friday, May 06, 2016

Pretty Girls

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter.

 

Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: William Morrow;(September 29, 2015)
ISBN-10: 0062429051


    

Amazon Review

More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia’s teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that's cruelly ripped open when Claire's husband is killed.
The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? Forming a wary truce, the surviving sisters look to the past to find the truth, unearthing the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago . . . and uncovering the possibility of redemption, and revenge, where they least expect it.


Well now... I remember back a long time ago when I read The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield and have some people say they had to put the book down and couldn't read it because it was to realistic in it's descriptions of some pretty nasty things.  Moving on to Pretty Girls... holy cow! even I had a hard time with parts of the descriptions in this book.. and yet I had to know how it would turn out!  Happily I did!

I sometimes wonder where authors who write these books get their material from.  And of course a good writer  will make it seem all to real!  This Karin Slaughter managed to do very well indeed!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Silent Sister

The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain.

Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (October 6, 2015)
ISBN-10: 1250074355






Amazon Review:

"Chamberlain's powerful story is a page-turner to the very end." -Library Journal

Riley MacPherson has spent her entire life believing that her older sister Lisa committed suicide as a teenager. It was a belief that helped shape her own childhood and that of her brother. It shaped her view of her family and their dynamics. It influenced her entire life. Now, more than twenty years later, her father has passed away and she's in New Bern, North Carolina, cleaning out his house when she finds evidence that what she has always believed is not the truth. Lisa is alive. Alive and living under a new identity. But why, exactly, was she on the run all those years ago? What secrets are being kept now, and what will happen if those secrets are revealed? As Riley works to uncover the truth, her discoveries will put into question everything she thought she knew about her family. Riley must decide what the past means for her present, and what she will do with her newfound reality. Told with Diane Chamberlain's powerful prose and illumination into the human heart and soul, The Silent Sister is an evocative novel of love, loss, and the bonds among siblings.

"Enthralling and gripping...Chamberlain has a gift for telling stories about families whose good intentions go awry in difficult circumstances. Her characters are always portrayed with an understanding that sometimes life's most tragic mistakes require heroic strength to survive."

Boy.. talk about getting sucked right into a story! lol.  Whenever it's "family secrets" over years and then finding them out ..well.. needless to say,  I got sucked right into the story!

I must have needed this type of book because I read it awfully fast! I am not a speed reader.. not even close! But I read this in two days!  sheesh.. I guess I was being nosey!    Actually, I did enjoy the book very much.  Sometimes we need those "quick reads" to get us back on track with our reading.. although I expect May to be a very bad month for reading.

Tomorrow I get my friend from California visiting me for a few days and that thrills me. We haven't seen each other since I left California..about 18 yrs.  After that I have another girlfriend coming by and we are discussing taking a little driving trip. So if all that comes about, there certainly won't be time for reading.  Which is probably a nice break. 

This was an enjoyable quick reading book!  Try it you might like it!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

The House on an Irish Hillside

House on an Irish Hillside by Felicity Hayes-McCoy.

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Hodder;(June 18, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1444730312






Amazon Review

'From the moment I crossed the mountain I fell in love. With the place, which was more beautiful than any place I'd ever seen. With the people I met there. And with a way of looking at life that was deeper, richer and wiser than any I'd known before. When I left I dreamt of clouds on the mountain. I kept going back.'
We all lead very busy lives and sometimes it's hard to find the time to be the people we want to be.
Twelve years ago Felicity Hayes-McCoy left the hectic pace of the city and returned to Ireland to make a new life in a remarkable house on the stunning Dingle peninsula.
Beautifully written, this is a life-affirming tale of rediscovering lost values and being reminded of the things that really matter.


This is not my usual type of book.  I'm not sure what it was about it that made me pick it up... well maybe because it was taking place in Ireland and England. (anyone who knows me KNOWS that would be the reason!)

Still,... it's not a mystery or a murder for a fairy story.  But what it is... is following your dreams and doing what makes you happy.  One should not give up dreams, at least not all of them.  Many woman do when they get married and have children and redirect their life to the family.  Not a bad thing to do, but late in life you wonder what would have happened?  What would your life have been like?  ... if you had managed to follow your dreams.

This little Irish house  in the Dingle peninsula was peaceful. All the neighbors knew each other.  Tales of old were always passed on by telling the stories over and over.  Music was part of all their lives, along with living most of their life like they would "in the old days".  Yet they still had television and computers... but they didn't take over their life.

It was a feel good book.  Nothing exciting. Nothing devastating. Just a normal life and how a couple found a way to be happy and at peace with each other and the world.  When one thinks of that.. it's actually pretty darn amazing!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Anatomy of Evil

Anatomy of Evil by Will Thomas.

Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Minotaur Books;(May 12, 2015)
ISBN-10: 1250041058


 



 

Amazon Review

Cyrus Barker is undoubtedly England's premiere private enquiry agent. With the help of his assistant Thomas Llewelyn, he's developed an enviable reputation for discreetly solving some of the toughest, most consequential cases in recent history. But one evening in 1888, Robert Anderson, the head of Scotland Yard's Criminal Investigation Department (CID), appears at Barker's office with an offer. A series of murders in the Whitechapel area of London are turning the city upside down, with tremendous pressure being brought to bear on Scotland Yard and the government itself.

Barker is to be named temporary envoy to the Royal Family with regard to the case while surreptitiously bringing his investigative skill to the case. With various elements of society, high and low, bringing their own agenda to increasingly shocking murders, Barker and Llewellyn must find and hunt down the century's most notorious killer. The Whitechapel Killer has managed to elude the finest minds of Scotland Yard―and beyond―he's never faced a mind as nimble and a man as skilled as Cyrus Barker. But even Barker's prodigious skills may not be enough to track down a killer in time.

I believe this is the third book of this series that I have read.

The main characters are good enough to keep my interested in the story line.  This particular one, as you can read above, is based on Jack the Ripper.  It is always interesting to read the fictional parts of stories such as this, to see what the author's take on it is, and how they manipulate their  characters to fit  the reality that has be written about so many times.  Of course anything written "back in the day" in any part of England is generally good reading for me!

I did enjoy this book and have his newest on my wish list.

 

Monday, April 11, 2016

Uprooted

Uprooted by Naomi Novik.



Paperback: 464 pages
Publisher: Del Rey (March 1, 2016)
ISBN-10: 0804179050


 



BOOK 1 FOR ONCE UPON A TIME.............



Amazon review.

“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”
Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.
Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.
The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.
But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.


 

I have been reading mysteries and biographies for so long now, that I forgot what a good Fantasy is like!

I remember now! I totally enjoyed this book!  Her world and Characters are really  good.  I absolutely loved the two main characters personalities!!  Agnieszka and the Dragon bounce off of each other fantastically!

As far as I know this is a stand alone book.  It has nothing to do with Naomi Novik's Temeraire Dragon series.

Short review, I know, but I noticed that a number of others reading for Once Upon a Time have this on their list and I don't want to spoil anything..I'll just say:  Read it !!

 

 

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Two Short Book Reviews

Wild Fell ( A Ghost Story) by Michael Rowe.

Paperback: 180 pages
Publisher: ChiZine Publications (December 15, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1771481595


(strangely when I went to Amazon to get the above information, it said the paperback was 320 pgs!  A ghost?)

 

 

 

The crumbling summerhouse called Wild Fell has weathered the violence of the seasons for more than a century. Built for his family by a 19th-century politician of impeccable rectitude, the house has kept its terrible secrets and its darkness sealed within its walls. For a hundred years, the townspeople of have prayed the darkness inside Wild Fell would stay there.

First of all I never really buy a book under 200 pgs long so this came as a surprise to me.  As I mention at the top Amazon said it was 320 pgs.. but it was only 180.  Odd.  Very odd.

Anyway, as I read the book I kept thinking that I had read it before. It drove me crazy so I checked all the lists I had and the book was not listed.  I felt this way through most all of the book.. except the ending.  Which came quick and swift!  Hmmm, not sure what to say about the book.  Some will really like it. And yet others may not.  I may have liked it more if I didn't keep having the feeling I read it before...  Maybe there is something to this "ghost thing"!

Sorry for the short review..Not that I write long ones but I just don't know what to say about the book.. except maybe I thought the preface was the best part of the whole book!

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THE WIT AND WISDOM OF DOWNTON ABBEY

 

The Wit and Wisdom of Downton Abbey by Jessica Fellows.

Hardcover: 128 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (October 13, 2015)
ISBN-10: 1250093600


 

 

 

"Come war and peace Downton still stands and the Crawleys are still in it."

Downton Abbey is loved the world over for its fabulous costumes, beautiful scenery, wonderful characters and intricate plot lines, but what keeps millions of us coming back time after time is the stellar quality of the writing. With each stroke of his pen Julian Fellowes seems to gift us with a cuttingly dry quip from the Dowager Countess, a perfectly timed word of wisdom from Mrs Patmore or a touchingly nostalgic pronouncement from Carson. Here in The Wit and Wisdom of Downton Abbey, Jessica Fellowes has gathered together her favorite quotes from the complete Downton Abbey oeuvre to take each of us back to the most memorable moments from the show and ensure we are armed with the very best ripostes should we ever need to chastise an impertinent lady's maid.

 

 

 

 

 

What can I say?  This is a most wonderful book!  One, because it is the humor of Downton Abbey ... and Two because my wonderful "sis", across the Pond, Cath Russell, gave it to me for my Birthday!!!

I so loved each and every character in the series and so this little book will always remind me of them all!

Saturday, April 02, 2016

The Lake House

The Lake House by Kate Morton.

Hardcover: 512 pages
Publisher: Atria Books (October 20, 2015)
ISBN-10: 1451649320








From the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of The Secret Keeper, The House at Riverton, The Forgotten Garden and The Distant Hours, an intricately plotted, spellbinding new novel of heartstopping suspense and uncovered secrets.
Living on her family’s idyllic lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, inquisitive, innocent, and precociously talented sixteen-year-old who loves to write stories. But the mysteries she pens are no match for the one her family is about to endure…
One midsummer’s eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest child, eleven-month-old Theo, has vanished without a trace. What follows is a tragedy that tears the family apart in ways they never imagined.
Decades later, Alice is living in London, having enjoyed a long successful career as an author. Theo’s case has never been solved, though Alice still harbors a suspicion as to the culprit. Miles away, Sadie Sparrow, a young detective in the London police force, is staying at her grandfather’s house in Cornwall. While out walking one day, she stumbles upon the old estate—now crumbling and covered with vines, clearly abandoned long ago. Her curiosity is sparked, setting off a series of events that will bring her and Alice together and reveal shocking truths about a past long gone...yet more present than ever.
A lush, atmospheric tale of intertwined destinies, this latest novel from a masterful storyteller is an enthralling, thoroughly satisfying read.


Oh-My-Gawd!  I have read every book Kate Morton has written and she just keeps getting better and better!  This is the BEST of her books yet!

It began slow, for me.. whenever a book is written in different times I have difficulty remembering which time period I am in. ..but eventually I get it.  And just when I do, the names in the "past" are also names in the "now"!  *sigh*.. but  even with all that, (and trust me I am the slow one so others will get this much faster then I did)  it became a book I could not put down!  Gosh how I love mysteries that include family secrets!!  (The 13th Tale come to mind)

You are reading and suddenly you say to yourself, "ahhah! I know now!"... and a chapter later you say. "well, nope.. I don't know."  How many times that happens I can't say but this book is way full of surprises, even to the family involved!!! And right to the better end, the surprises continue!

I loved this book!  Loved, Loved, Loved this book!  This is one I will read a second time once I have forgotten most of it. ... and at the rate my mind is disintegrating, that might well be next week!

Good book.

Good characters.

Lots of surprises. 

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BOOKS READ IN 2016...



I haven't listed books I've read up until this date for a bit so I'll just copy them down and say that this is a slow year for me but I am enjoying each and every book!



January:  2016

1..The Murder Man...................Tony Parsons..........(384 pgs)
2..Strings of Murder................Oscar De Muriel.......(406 pgs)
3..The Haunting of Maddy Clare......Simone St. James......(329 pgs)
4..The Vanishing....................Wendy Webb............(304 pgs)
5..Jack Kennedy Elusive Hero........Chris Matthews........(496 pgs)
6..These Few Precious Days..........Christopher Andersen..(336 pgs)


February:   2016

7..Inspector of the Dead.............David Morrell........(352 pgs)
8..Some Danger Involved..............Will Thomas..........(290 pgs)


March:    2016

9..Jackie After Jack.................Christopher Andersen.(427 pgs)
10.Empty Mansions....................Bill Dedman..........(456 pgs)
11.Cover of Snow.....................Jenny Milchman.......(326 pgs)
12.Things Half in Shadow.............Alan Fin.............(448 pgs)


April:    2016

13.The Lake House.....................Kate Morton.........(512 pgs)



As I look over the titles I can't even pick a favorite! (at the moment it would be The Lake House). I can honestly say this has been a great group of books so far this year!





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, March 28, 2016

Things Half in Shadow

Things Half in Shadow by Alan Finn.

Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: Gallery Books (December 30, 2014)
ISBN-10: 1476761728







Postbellum America makes for a haunting backdrop in this historical and supernatural tale of moonlit cemeteries, masked balls, cunning mediums, and terrifying secrets waiting to be unearthed by an intrepid crime reporter.
Edward Clark is a successful young crime reporter in comfortable circumstances with a lovely, well-connected fiancée. Then an assignment to write a series of exposés on the city’s mediums places all that in jeopardy.
In the Philadelphia of 1869, photographs of Civil War dead adorn dim sitting rooms, and grieving families attempt to contact their lost loved ones. Edward’s investigation of the beautiful young medium Lucy Collins has unintended consequences, however. He uncovers her tricks, but realizes to his dismay that Lucy is more talented at blackmail than she is at a medium’s sleights of hand. And since Edward has a hidden past, he reluctantly agrees that they should collaborate in exposing only her rivals.
The mysterious murder of noted medium Lenora Grimes Pastor as Lucy and Edward attend her séance results in a plum story for Edward—and a great deal more. The pair want to clear themselves from suspicion, but a search spanning the houses of the wealthy to the underside of nineteenth-century Philadelphia unearths a buzzing beehive of past murder, current danger, and supernatural occurrences that cannot be explained…


I am not into reading about the supernatural but the amazon review read like there were many small mysteries (finding out about the characters), that I got a used copy.  The books surprised me in that I found myself wanting to read each time I sat down. (that hasn't happened in a while).

Short chapters always help.  In fact the absolutely make me read "just a little more" before setting the book down.

So, you read through some séance's, and learn the old tricks that used to be used to fool people. (noises happening, things moving).  But by the end of the book you have a little "hope' that maybe it could be done...for real!

This book was a very enjoyable read for any who enjoy the supernatural and murder mysteries !  It was a very good mixture of them both.

 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Once Upon a Time X

Wow! Ten years for OuaT!!!





Art by Melissa Nucera)


“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” -- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

The Once Upon a Time X Challenge has a few rules:
Rule #1: Have fun.
Rule #2: HAVE FUN.
Rule #3: Don’t keep the fun to yourself, share it with us, please!
Rule #4: Do not be put off by the word “challenge”.

There are all kinds of options so please check out
Carl's sign-up post.



I have trouble "committing"  to things... but I would never not join Carl when he does  this challenge or his RIP challenge!  So, I commit to only one book (but have been known to read more.)

I may read a  book called Uprooted by Naomi Novik....(which I recently sent for)



.... Or I may go to an author I have read many times before Margaret Weis, along with Robert Krammes, and try this series ...



I do know a good time is always had by all when Carl Challenges us all to have a good read!!