Excerpt from The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers

Excerpt from The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers

Here's a book that is a change from my usual mystery/suspense fare! The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers by Amy Hollingsworth is a not quite a biography of Mr. Rogers, but a study of his values and what he taught the people around him. I'll admit that I was never a big Mr. Rogers fan as a child. I was familiar with it and watched it sometimes, but found it boring. But I am enjoying reading his philosophies now! ...
Excerpt from Face Off

Excerpt from Face Off

This is an interesting book! The International Thriller Writers have put together FaceOff, an anthology by 23 major crime writers collaborating to bring their characters together in 11 head-to-head stories. I've enjoyed a lot of these writers and their characters, and it's been a lot of fun to see them meeting each other and interacting! ...
Excerpt from Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Excerpt from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

This is one book that's been on my reading list for some time. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs, has been made into a movie by Tim Burton, but I had my eye on it even before then. It is first in a series of three ...
Excerpt from Simply Genius

Excerpt from Simply Genius

Looking over my shelf, I see I actually read two David Baldacci books in the last week. I've picked Simply Genius for my excerpt today. Baldacci is the master of building suspenseful plot, and this one was no exception. I enjoyed the more diverse than usual cast, including an ex-soldier with a prosthetic limb and the murder victim's neurodiverse daughter ...
Excerpt from The Life We Bury

Excerpt from The Life We Bury

I mentioned The Life We Bury in my last post, and I had to bring it up again to give you a teaser. I really enjoyed this one. Faintly reminiscent of To Kill a Mockingbird, this well-woven mystery is a pleasure to read. The writer/sleuth has a complex background and a younger brother with autism. The brother is treated as a real person and not just a foil or token diverse character.  ...
Your Summer Reading List

Your Summer Reading List

I want to hear what you're reading (or planning to read) this summer! Let's get a good list going in the comments section ...
Excerpt from Scorpion Strike

Excerpt from Scorpion Strike

This week I am reading Scorpion Strike (A Jonathan Grave Thriller) by John Gilstrap. I don't think I've read any of the other books in the series. A hostage-taking on an idyllic island paradise quickly ramps up the tension. Lots of great characters and a good, quickly moving plot ...
Excerpt from The Yard

Excerpt from The Yard

I just finished The Yard by Alex Grecian an hour ago. I don't think I've read anything else by this author. It was an enjoyable police procedural with lots of good historical details about Victorian England. There are several intersecting plots and the identity of the killer is revealed fairly early. The character development is good and I would definitely read others in the series.  ...
Excerpt from Island of Shipwrecks

Excerpt from Island of Shipwrecks

I just finished reading Island of Shipwrecks, book #5 of the YA Fantasy Unwanteds series by Lisa McMann. This is probably not a series that you want to jump into the middle of like I did! While there are enough clues to puzzle out the backstory, you will be missing a lot of the depth of the story and the characters. ...
Excerpt from A Wanted Man

Excerpt from A Wanted Man

I can always rely on Jack Reacher to entertain me! I am reaching A Wanted Man by Lee Child, book #17 in the Jack Reacher series. The interesting thing about this book is that so far, almost all of the Jack Reacher scenes have been in the car. It's interesting how much tension  you can build with four people stuck in a car together. But then, if you've been on a family vacation, you probably already know that!  ...
Excerpt from A Banquet of Consequences

Excerpt from A Banquet of Consequences

A Banquet of Consequences is not the first Elizabeth George mystery I have read this year. It is part of the Inspector Lynley series, though I haven't heard much from Lynley yet! I am not too far into the book yet, and am interested in seeing how the suicide and the investigation end up being connected. Elizabeth George builds unique, well-rounded characters.  ...
Excerpt from Breakdown

Excerpt from Breakdown

I've read a few of Jonathan Kellerman's Alex Delaware series over the past year, and have enjoyed them very much. I love the mixture of psychology and mystery. Alex Delaware is a great psychologist with a big heart. I'm just about through this one, as all of the pieces are coming together, but I still don't know what he is going to find out about the missing boy… ...
Excerpt from All the Missing Girls

Excerpt from All the Missing Girls

I just started this mystery/suspense today, and it's kept my attention so far! All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda starts at the end and works its way back to the disappearance/murder of Annaleise, the second girl to go missing from amongst a group of friends, the first of whom disappeared a decade before. It is clear from the beginning that everyone knows more than they have revealed, but they're not giving up their secrets easily ...
Excerpt from This Body of Death

Excerpt from This Body of Death

This is the second week in a row that I'm not using the Amazon synopsis for my spotlight. The Amazon sales copy was pitiful, so I have quoted from Bookbrowse. My teaser this week is from This Body of Death, An Inspector Lynley Novel, by Elizabeth George. It is a police procedural with lots of twists and turns, and I am still trying to figure out how the two disparate timelines are going to connect up.  ...
Excerpt from The Breach

Excerpt from The Breach

Here is a thriller that I picked up recently. You wouldn't guess from the synopsis on Amazon that The Breach by Patrick Lee is science fiction; I have used a description from tor.com down below to give you a better idea! It is a good ride, with some interesting time travel paradox twists and turns and a cliffhanger ending. But you will find a hero who is not your typical good guy.  ...
Excerpt from The Story Keeper

Excerpt from The Story Keeper

This would be a good Mother's Day gift for you or your mom! I just started Lisa Wingate's The Story Keeper (A Carolina Heirlooms Novel) and am finding it an intriguing story. In a story within a story, protagonist Jen Gibbs is led by a mysterious manuscript to return to her own roots and acknowledge and explore her past ...
Excerpt from Step on a Crack

Excerpt from Step on a Crack

I've read a number of James Patterson's Michael Bennett series, but this is the first time I've read the first in the series, Step on a Crack (Michael Bennett). Lots of action and tension, as Michael Bennett is simultaneously dealing with a hostage situation and caring for his ten children while his wife is dying in the hospital. I anticipated the twist, but it was still a great book! ...
Excerpt from The Lost Island

Excerpt from The Lost Island

This week I am reading The Lost Island: A Gideon Crew Novel (Gideon Crew series Book 3) I've read a few other Preston & Child books in the last year, and they are thrilling adventures, full of lots of action and intrigue.  ...
Excerpt from The Cruel Prince

Excerpt from The Cruel Prince

I just finished reading Holly Black's The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air) and I was not disappointed. Author of the Spiderwick Chronicles and many more faery fantasy books full of rich detail and cunning twists and turns of plot, and always a good sense of humour. I don't think I've read a Holly Black book I didn't like.  ...
Excerpt from Neurotribes

Excerpt from Neurotribes

Neurotribes by Steve Silberman has been on my "to read" list for a while now, and I wish I had picked it up sooner. Silberman delves into the history of the recognition of autism, its diagnosis and treatment, and the neurodiversity movement. He is a great storyteller and has a genuine interest in the children, families, and adults he learned about autism from. ...
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