Excerpt from First Family

Excerpt from First Family

I don't think I've ever been disappointed with a David Baldacci book. My current read, First Family, is part of the King & Maxwell series. Sean King and Michael Maxwell are complex characters, satisfying to read, and this book revolves around the mysterious kidnapping of the First Lady's niece. ...
Excerpt from the Shack

Excerpt from the Shack

If you didn't get a chance to look at the book list under my International Women's Day post, you should pop over there and have a read through now. And be sure to come back this Friday for a new release! If you've been reading the Reg Rawlins, Psychic ...
Excerpt from Deep Freeze

Excerpt from Deep Freeze

Last week I read Deep Freeze, by John Sandford. This is part of the Virgil Flowers series, which I've read at least one book from before. John Sandford writes complex mysteries with plenty of twists and turns and misdirection. Virgil Flowers is a relatable detective, smart, and always a good read ...
Excerpt from The Screwtape Letters

Excerpt from The Screwtape Letters

I am currently reading a C.S. Lewis classic, The Screwtape Letters. C.S. Lewis, the author of the children's fantasy series The Narnia Chronicles, also wrote a number of letters on Christianity such as The Great Divorce, Mere Christianity, and, of course, The Screwtape Letters. He also wrote a space trilogy, of which I have read only the second book, Perelandra. C.S. Lewis does a lot of writing in allegories, which can be real brain teasers. ...
Fiction about Sexual Abuse of Boys/Men

Fiction about Sexual Abuse of Boys/Men

I have had discussions in a couple of writers' communities lately about the topic of the sexual abuse of men and boys, some of the myths that surround it, and giving men/boys "permission" to speak about sexual abuse on an equal footing with women/girls. We've discussed male authors writing about sexual abuse and whether women want to hear from them ...
Excerpt from The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Excerpt from The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

This week, I have just started The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, by Stuart Turton. I admit that I picked it up because I was intrigued by the title! It is not your typical murder mystery, by any means ...
Excerpt from Deadline

Excerpt from Deadline

This week I am reading Sandra Brown's Deadline. I have previously mentioned Low Pressure here. Sandra Brown's writing is not cookie cutter fiction, she produces thrillers that are fresh and new, with interesting characters and twists. ...
Excerpt from The Quiche of Death

Excerpt from The Quiche of Death

I have read several of M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin series, but I have not read the first one. And here it is, The Quiche of Death. Agatha retires from her advertising agency and moved to the Cottswalds, fulfilling a childhood dream. Only she finds out she doesn't like it that much, or the people there don't like her that much, and she decides to make a splash by winning a cooking prize at the county fair. But she can't cook. And that's just the beginning.  ...
Excerpt from The Haunting of Hill House

Excerpt from The Haunting of Hill House

You may recognize this week's title, as it has also been made into a TV series apparently available on Netflix. The Haunting of Hill House is a 1959 gothic horror novel written by Shirley Jackson. It was hailed by the Wall Street Journal as "now widely regarded as the greatest haunted-house story ever written." It is also the story behind the movies "The Haunting." ...
Excerpt from Gray Mountain

Excerpt from Gray Mountain

I am reading a John Grisham novel this week, one of his legal thrillers. I have been disappointed with a couple of Grisham novels lately, but am enjoying Gray Mountain ...
Excerpt from The Sleeping Beauty Killer

Excerpt from The Sleeping Beauty Killer

I've read a few other books in Mary Higgins Clark's Under Suspicion series, a series about a TV show that investigates cold cases, or in this case, investigates the claim of a woman who claims that she was wrongly convicted. The Sleeping Beauty Killer will keep you on your toes. The Queen of Suspense does not disappoint! ...
Excerpt from Low Pressure

Excerpt from Low Pressure

I am currently reading Sandra Brown's Low Pressure. A murder mystery where the main character, Bellamy Lyston, has written a fictional novel based on her own sister's murder and all of the personalities involved. This might not seem like such a bad idea when the killer had already been caught, tried, and incarcerated, but if the wrong man ended up in prison, that would mean that the real killer is still on the outside. Brown ramps up the suspense as Bellamy digs into past to try to discover the bits of what happened that day that she has blocked from her memory.  ...
Excerpt from A Great Reckoning

Excerpt from A Great Reckoning

I've read and mentioned a few other Louise Penny books on this blog before. Based in Quebec, the Inspector Gamache series always delves deep into the setting and history, psychology, and the complex relationships between the characters. Gamache has dealt with a lot of betrayal and corruption in his time, and in this volume, he is once again trying to root out the source of the ongoing problems in the Sûreté du Québec and how it is tied into the mysterious map and disappearing villages ...
Excerpt from The Lost City of the Monkey God

Excerpt from The Lost City of the Monkey God

I don't often post about non-fiction books, and I didn't even mean to pick this one up, but it has been a fascinating journey so far. Journalist Douglas Preston takes the reader through the discovery of ancient cities in Honduras using liar in 2012 in The Lost City of the Monkey God. Learn the history of the area, meet colorful characters, and find out what happened after the discovery ...
Excerpt from The Escape Artist

Excerpt from The Escape Artist

Brad Meltzer is a master of the political intrigue thriller. Looking at his Amazon page, he also writes biographies for children that look quite interesting! I am loving Zig in The Escape Artist, underdog, mortician for fallen soldiers at Dover Air Force Base, still in mourning over the death of his young daughter years before. He is an artist and a someone who believes deeply in making things right. Not a lot of writers can pull off main characters who are broken or depressed, but Meltzer does it well ...
Excerpt from If I Stay

Excerpt from If I Stay

I haven't posted about a young adult book lately, so I am pleased to bring you an excerpt from Gayle Forman's If I Stay. I hadn't read the blurb before starting, I just knew it was Gayle Forman and a popular book. It's definitely a little more interesting if you pick it up without knowing the premise, so decide whether you want to know or not before reading the blurb at the bottom! Gayle Forman is such a great writer of impactful YA ...
What is your favourite Christmas book?

What is your favourite Christmas book?

I was trying to decide what to write about in my blog today, and I thought, what better subject than Christmas books? Your favourite Christmas book can set the tone for the season, and it seems like there are endless movie adaptations of some of the classics ...
Excerpt from Merry Christmas, Alex Cross

Excerpt from Merry Christmas, Alex Cross

I've read a number of Alex Cross books before, and was a little disappointed with Merry Christmas, Alex Cross. Rather than a cohesive plot, it was as if three or four different stories had been stitched together, none of them with anything to do with the others. It is still a thrilling read, just not to James Patterson's usual standards ...
Excerpt from Betrayed

Excerpt from Betrayed

I am currently reading a Lisa Scottoline novel, Betrayed. It is part of the Rosato & DiNunzio series. I'm a sucker for murder mysteries and legal thrillers, and Lisa Scottoline almost always hits it out of the park for me. Betrayed does not disappoint. Scottoline's characters are well-developed and I am eager to find out what sort of scheme it was that the victim was involved in. Hopefully, Judy Carrier will find out that her Aunt Barb's trust was not misplaced ...
Excerpt from Orbs

Excerpt from Orbs

I recently read Orbs, by Nicholas Sansbury Smith, the first book in this post-apocalyptic sci-fi series. There was lots of tension and action for the thriller lover, but if you are someone who expects the science and logic to be sound, you might want to give this one a pass. There are some major failings in both. If you can overlook it to enjoy the action, have at it! ...
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