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! ...
Excerpt from Sue Grafton's X

Excerpt from Sue Grafton’s X

I am reading Sue Grafton's X, book 24 of the Kinsey Millhone series. I was sorry to hear of Sue Grafton's passing last year and that she wasn't able to finish the series. Kinsey Millhone is a fun PI and I have always enjoyed reading the series ...
Excerpt from As Time Goes By

Excerpt from As Time Goes By

I am just finishing up As Time Goes By, by Mary Higgins Clark, the Queen of Mystery. It doesn't disappoint. Lots of intertwining stories, appearances by the beloved Alvirah Meehan and her husband Willy, courtroom drama, and last-minute revelations.   ...
Domestic Violence Awareness

Domestic Violence Awareness

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month in the USA. Apparently in Canada, it is in November. Go figure. Nothing wrong with having two months of awareness ...
Excerpt from The Weekenders

Excerpt from The Weekenders

This week I am reading on of Mary Kay Andrews' books, The Weekenders. I am just getting into it, but enjoying the characters and the beautiful island setting. The protagonist was, unfortunately, just about to divorce her husband, who she didn't know had been both cheating on her and hiding their dire financial situation, when he is murdered. This puts her in a somewhat awkward decision when the police start looking for suspects! ...
Excerpt from Crocodile on the Sandbank

Excerpt from Crocodile on the Sandbank

Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters is the classic mummy mystery. First book in the Amelia Peabody series, if you're looking for an Egyptian adventure with a strong female lead, look no further! ...
Excerpt from Wicked Appetite

Excerpt from Wicked Appetite

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules and more teasers at The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along. It was time for a lighter read for me, so I have read a couple of Janet Evanovich books in the past week. Wicked Appetite, book 1 of the Lizzy & Diesel series, is a paranormal cozy mystery, a truly fun ride — with cupcakes. Handsome and charming men, delightfully quirky women, and Evanovich's signature style combine in this new series; I look forward to reading more of them ...
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 ...
Reader recommendations

Reader recommendations

If you hang out around here, you'll see some of the books that I'm reading on at least a weekly basis, along with a quote and what I think about it. I read several books a week, so I don't report on each one, but I pick my current read, my most favourite or most interesting recent read, and say a few words about it.  ...
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 ...
Writing for Camp Nanowrimo and Summer Reading

Writing for Camp Nanowrimo and Summer Reading

It's July, and that means the second installment of Camp Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) this year. I'm 16,000 words into the third book of a new cozy mystery series. The series is a spin-off from the Auntie Clem's Bakery series, and it's been a lot of fun, so you have something new to look forward to! ...
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 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 The Aeronaut's Windlass

Excerpt from The Aeronaut’s Windlass

I am really enjoying a new (to me) book from Jim Butcher, The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut's Windlass. I've read a couple of the Dresden Files series before, but this is the first in the Cinder Spires series. This new world of crystal-powered airships, pirates, and warrior cats is the best fantasy I've read in a long time. There is enough undiscovered backstory and possibilities to sustain several series. ...
Excerpt from After You

Excerpt from After You

I have not read any of Jojo Moyes' books before, and as I often do, I just jumped into the middle of the series rather than starting at the beginning. After You is easily understandable as a stand alone novel. Good depth of characters, a unique plot, and several lines that made me laugh out loud. There is some unnecessary language, so be warned ...
Valentine's Day - Friends Forever

Valentine’s Day – Friends Forever

Rather than focusing on romantic love, my blog post centers on friendship first. While "insta-love" and "insta-hate turns to love" are both prevalent in fiction, I have asked for submissions of titles that focus on friendship (either before love, or remaining as friends.) The idea of instant attraction or chemistry leading to a happily-ever-after is popular and I think leads to disappointment in real life relationships when Cinderella fairy tales turn out to be just that ...
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