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 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 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 ...
Put a little mystery in your Christmas

Put a little mystery in your Christmas

I thought that Christmas mysteries would be a great topic for today's blog! There are a lot of great ones out there.  I don't have any books that are specifically Christmas mysteries, but both She Wore Mourning and He was Walking Alone are mysteries that take place during the Christmas season, and I have a short Christmas mystery in the Auntie Clem's Bakery series, Dog-Free Dinner.  Here are some others that I have pulled up today ...
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 ...
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