Excerpt from 30 Red Dresses

Excerpt from 30 Red Dresses

I just finished reading the short book 30 Red Dresses by Johan Twiss. This is a book that was featured in my post on books about human trafficking in January, and it caught my eye. If you've been reading my work for a while, especially my young adult fiction, you know that human trafficking, street kids, and abuse are topics close to my heart. ...
Excerpt from The Alice Network

Excerpt from The Alice Network

I am currently reading The Alice Network, by Kate Quinn. I don't read a lot of historical novels, but I am enjoying the twists and turns and the great historical and geographical details that are woven into the story. It is an engaging suspense book, and I am looking forward to finding out more about the espionage network and what has happened to Charlie's cousin. ...
Excerpt from Dark Sacred Night

Excerpt from Dark Sacred Night

I am currently reading Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly. It is officially part of the Renee Ballard series, but also features Harry Bosch as well. While there are a number of negative reviews on Amazon, I have enjoyed it so far. Michael Connelly is a master writer, he knows how to build characters the reader cares about and he knows his police procedure ...
Excerpt from Invisible Women

Excerpt from Invisible Women

I've just started reading Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men, by Caroline Criado Perez. As you might guess by the title, this one is not a thriller! But I am finding it very interesting. Not as a "feminist" book, but as a book about data, the way the world has been engineered, how what data we gather affects the results, and how to become more aware of these built-in biases. It is a fascinating subject ...
Excerpt from Shadow Tyrants

Excerpt from Shadow Tyrants

I am currently reading Shadow Tyrants by Clive Cussler. In case you didn't hear, Clive Cussler, recently passed away, so when I saw the book on my list, it seemed like an appropriate choice. Shadow Tyrants is book 13 in the Oregon Files series. I have read two or three others in the series. Lots of fun tech, adventure, and intrigue. ...
Excerpt from The Reckoning

Excerpt from The Reckoning

I have been reading The Reckoning, by John Grisham. I generally like Grisham—at least his legal thrillers—but this one has some issues. The first part discusses the murder and outcome. The second part delves back into the past and spends half of the book detailing all of Pete Banning's experiences in the second world war, where he served in the Philippines. All of the relevant backstory was given in part one and the second part really doesn't contribute anything to the plot or the reader's understanding of the crime. ...
Excerpt from The Cuckoo's Calling

Excerpt from The Cuckoo’s Calling

I am just finishing up with The Cuckoo's Calling, first book in the Cormoran Strike series. I didn't realize until I just looked over the series page now that the author is Robert Galbraith—I recognized the name but didn't remember that's J.K. Rowling's pen name. I have also read book four in this series, but don't remember very much about it. ...
Excerpt from Kingdom of the Blind

Excerpt from Kingdom of the Blind

I am currently reading Kingdom of the Blind, by Louise Penny, the new Chief Inspector Gamache book. The Gamache series is set in Quebec, Canada, and is a great mystery series with lots of description, ongoing relationships, and twists and turns as the mystery is developed. ...
Excerpt from The Family Upstairs

Excerpt from The Family Upstairs

This week I am reading The Family Upstairs, a domestic thriller by Lisa Jewell. There are plenty of twists and turns and misdirection. Several people return to the house they lived in as children, before their escape following the deaths of the adults in the home. All but one know what happened. One needs to find out ...
Excerpt from A Wrinkle in Time

Excerpt from A Wrinkle in Time

I just finished re-reading A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle. Chances are, you've either read this book or seen the movie, or both. It has been popular since it was published in 1962, although it has also been one of the most commonly banned books. ...
Excerpt from 61 Hours

Excerpt from 61 Hours

I am re-reading 61 Hours by Lee Child, book 14 in the Jack Reacher series. Like the other Jack Reacher books, it is a well-written suspense book with lots of twists and turns to keep you on your toes. Jack Reacher always stumbles into the strangest circumstances, and 61 Hours is no exception. He also doesn't appreciate the cold of South Dakota winters, and after the weather in Calgary the past week, I can sympathize. It's also one of the few books I've ever read that mentions Chinooks ...
Excerpt from Long Road to Mercy

Excerpt from Long Road to Mercy

I am currently reading The Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci. Baldacci always writes great police procedurals and thrillers, and so far, The Long Road to Mercy does not disappoint. Atlee Pine, an identical twin who lost her sister in an abduction as a small girl, grows up to become a body builder and FBI agent and in this first book in the series, is investigating the disappearance of a tourist from the Grand Canyon. Of course, he was not actually a tourist, and pursuing the investigation after she's been told to back off could mean the end of her career. ...
Excerpt from Then She Was Gone

Excerpt from Then She Was Gone

I just finished reading domestic thriller Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell. It is a slow build, not an edge-of-your-seat rollercoaster ride. The character development is good and the players relatable. You have a pretty good idea of the twists it will take before they come, but that doesn't reduce the enjoyment in watching it unfold. An enjoyable read! ...
Excerpt from Ready Player One

Excerpt from Ready Player One

I just finished Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline. I had certainly heard about it before, but I hadn't read the book or seen the movie. If you are looking for a book with lots of 80s pop culture nostalgia, this is the one to read! While set in 2045, the protagonist and his competitors must learn everything they can about 1980s technology, music, movies, etc. in order to solve the clues that Halliday has left behind. I don't read a lot of sci fi/futurist fiction, but this one was full of references to the TRS-80 Color Computer 2 (saving programs to cassette tapes), War Games, and so much more. ...
Excerpt from Before the Fall

Excerpt from Before the Fall

I have been reading Before the Fall, by Noah Hawley. The book begins with the end - protagonist Scott saving a four-year-old boy after their plane goes down in the ocean. It then examines the lives of each of the passengers and how they got there, Scott processing the accident and the investigators trying to figure out what happened. I has been a fascinating story so far. Sensitive readers beware that there is some crude language in this one. ...
Excerpt from A Spark of Light

Excerpt from A Spark of Light

I quite enjoy Jodi Picoult and the way that she portrays her characters, each individuals with unique backstories and relationships. And she is not afraid to tackle difficult issues, as you'll find when you read this one! I am currently reading A Spark of Light, which juxtapositions an armed hostage situation with the very personal situations the various women and men are facing. ...
Excerpt from The Atomic City Girls

Excerpt from The Atomic City Girls

I have just started reading The Atomic City Girls, by Janet Beard. In searching it up on Amazon just now, and realized that there is also a book called The Girls of Atomic City, on the same subject, so be aware if you are looking it up that there are two very similar books out there. The Atomic City Girls is billed as a novel and The Girls of Atomic City as a true story ...
Excerpt from Camino Island

Excerpt from Camino Island

I just finished reading John Grisham's Camino Island, which is a heist/intrigue novel rather than his usual legal thriller. As the plot surrounds rare manuscripts and writers, there is a lot of insight into the writing life and publishing world. Grisham draws together the disparate threads of the plot together for the grand finale and reveal. ...
Excerpt from Winter in Paradise

Excerpt from Winter in Paradise

I picked up Winter in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand, which was billed as a mystery, but it is far closer to literary or domestic thriller so far. There is no investigation into the death of the main character's husband and the others in the helicopter with him, and I'm not even sure at this point that they're actually dead. Things are very suspicious ...
Excerpt from The Beekeeper's Apprentice

Excerpt from The Beekeeper’s Apprentice

This week I am reading Laurie R. King's The Beekeeper's Apprentice: or, On the Segregation of the Queen (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes Book 1). I've read a number of Sherlock Holmes mysteries, including one with a female Sherlock Holmes (Study in Scarlet Women). This one gives Sherlock a new apprentice, a young woman who meets him after his retirement and studies under his tutelage. There are a number of smaller mysteries within this book. I'm not sure whether that trend continues, or whether I am now onto the "main" mystery. ...