Cormoran Strikes Back in The Silkworm

Cormoran Strikes Back in The Silkworm

This week I am into Robert Galbraith's The Silkworm, second book in the Cormoran Strike series. (Yes, that Robert Galbraith, one of the pen names of J.K. Rowling.) Private Investigator Cormoran Strike is looking for a missing writer, who was trying to get his tell-all book published. Lots of people are not happy to be included in the book, so you can bet there will be a lot of suspects in his disappearance and (spoiler) death. Sorry, I haven't gotten to that part yet, the Amazon blurb gives it away. ...
Stay up tonight and read The Late Show

Stay up tonight and read The Late Show

I am reading The Late Show by Michael Connelly, the second book in the Renée Ballard and Harry Bosch series. I have actually read book number two, Dark Sacred Night before this. It is a good series. I think that the main character, Renée Ballard is a little more non-conforming in this book than she is in book 2. She breaks quite a few police procedure rules, in fact. If that's the kind of thing that drives you crazy as a reader, you might want to give this one a pass! ...
Humour in a police procedural? Read A Bad Day for Sunshine

Humour in a police procedural? Read A Bad Day for Sunshine

It isn't often that you come across a police procedural infused with humour. Not just occasional, subtle humour, but full of laugh-out-loud tongue in cheek humour. I have really been enjoying Darynda Jone's A Bad Day for Sunshine. Sunshine is the name of the police chief in this small town police procedural featuring the kidnapping of a teenager who is friends with her own daughter. ...
John Fiske is looking for The Simple Truth

John Fiske is looking for The Simple Truth

I have just started in on David Baldacci's The Simple Truth. I always pick up Baldacci and have rarely been disappointed. This is a book along the lines of a Grisham legal thriller or Michael Connelly's Lincoln Lawyer series. ...
Real-life intrigue in Ronan Farrow's Catch and Kill

Real-life intrigue in Ronan Farrow’s Catch and Kill

I recently read Ronan Farrow's Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators, an account of his investigation into and exposure of Harvey Weinstein's long history of sexual abuse in Hollywood, of the cover-ups that took place over decades by not only Hollywood, but by police departments, prosecutors, and the media. ...
The Searcher: Tana French is Master of the Slow Burn

The Searcher: Tana French is Master of the Slow Burn

The Searcher is slow burn suspense. If you are looking for a high-octane thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end, this is not the book for you. Instead, it is a walk out on the Irish heath on a sunny day, watching the sheep graze, as the clouds gradually roll in, getting darker and darker, with the forest closing in around you. ...
Don't forget this one — Mr. Nobody

Don’t forget this one — Mr. Nobody

This week's teaser is Mr. Nobody by Catherine Steadman. I've read a couple of this author's books the last few weeks, and they are very engaging. Great medical or psychological thrillers. ...
Fair Warning — It Could Happen

Fair Warning — It Could Happen

Fair Warning is book 3 of Michael Connelly's Jack McEvoy series. I don't think that I've read either of the previous two books, but there was enough backstory to understand the broad strokes of what had happened earlier in the series. ...
My new discovery - A Discovery of Witches

My new discovery – A Discovery of Witches

I am well into Deborah Harkness's A Discovery of Witches, the first book in the All Souls Trilogy. I don't think I've read anything else by this author, but I am certainly enjoying it. ...
Mickey Haller Crosses the Aisle

Mickey Haller Crosses the Aisle

I just finished reading The Reversal, book #3 in the Lincoln Lawyer series by Michael Connelly. It's always great to slip back into a familiar series and see old friends like Mickey Haller and Detective Bosch. Mickey Haller, normally counsel for the defense, crosses the aisle in this case to act as an independent prosecutor against a child killer who was freed after twenty-four years due to DNA evidence. ...
Whisper Network speaks loud and clear

Whisper Network speaks loud and clear

I just finished reading Whisper Network by Chandler Baker. It is a Grisham-like legal suspense book about women in society, the workforce, and law in particular. If you are the type who does not like a book with an agenda, this one is not for you, because it is very clearly intended to address sexual abuse in the workplace and the means used to keep victim's complaints from ever seeing the light of day ...
John Puller is back, and this time, it's personal

John Puller is back, and this time, it’s personal

David Baldacci is one of my favourite suspense/thriller writers. I picked up The Forgotten, thinking that I hadn't read it before, but I have. But Baldacci's books are detailed enough to read again without getting bored, so I decided to reread it ...
Nicholas Sparks tries his hand at Romantic Suspense

Nicholas Sparks tries his hand at Romantic Suspense

Nicholas Sparks is a popular romance author, a genre which I don't often read. In See Me, however, Sparks tries his hands at romantic suspense, which is more in my wheelhouse. It has been an interesting story so well, with the promise of suspense and intrigue to come. ...
James Patterson's The 17th Suspect—The Women's Murder Club does not disappoint

James Patterson’s The 17th Suspect—The Women’s Murder Club does not disappoint

I am currently reading James Patterson's The 17th Suspect (book #17 in The Women's Murder Club series). I have enjoyed a number of the other books in this series, though I couldn't tell you exactly how many. They are always a good read. Clever, familiar characters with heart, a mystery or trial, several unexpected twists and turns. ...
Excerpt from The Guest List

Excerpt from The Guest List

I am currently reading The Guest List by Lucy Foley. First off, it is praised repeatedly as being reminiscent of Agatha Christie. It is like Agatha Christie insofar as it is a murder mystery with a closed cast of suspects. The characters all have shameful secrets and, I assume later in the book, will turn out to have more connections than the reader is initially told. ...
Excerpt from Hatchett

Excerpt from Hatchett

I am reading the Newbery Award-winning Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. I've always liked survival stories, especially when they involve kids/teens. The book is set in Canada, which is an added bonus, and I didn't realize that it is the first in a series (The Brian Saga). Despite the fact that this is an award-winner, I have found the writing to be weak in a few places. The plot and the survival techniques are solid. Pacing is reasonably good. Lots of exciting disasters. All of the basic stuff you look for in a survival novel are here. ...
Interview with Uvi Poznansky

Interview with Uvi Poznansky

I had a great interview recently with fellow author Uvi Poznansky. Hop on over for a look! ...
Excerpt from The Glass Castle

Excerpt from The Glass Castle

I hadn't heard of Jeannette Walls or The Glass Castle before, but I'm glad I picked it up. It is a memoir of the author's childhood of poverty and neglect and she has some very interesting stories to tell. Her parents preferred to live an itinerant lifestyle, so she lived a lot of different places and did a lot of different things. ...
Excerpt from The Bitterroots

Excerpt from The Bitterroots

I've read a number of C.J. Box's books, including the Cody Hoyt and Cassie Dewell series. The Bitterroots is a Cassie Dewell book. She is now a private investigator, and she's investigating what appears to be an open and shut rape case. But of course, things are never quite what they seem. ...
Excerpt from The Chain

Excerpt from The Chain

I am almost finished reading The Chain by Adrian McKinty. A fascinating read, lots of suspense and thrills! It is not just a kidnap thriller, there is so much more to it. ...