Excerpt from Past Tense

Excerpt from Past Tense

Jack Reacher is always one of my favorites. Last week I picked up Past Tense by Lee Child, and I am enjoying it as usual. This one is slightly different in that there are two parallel stories running, and they have into yet intersected, but I am at the point where they should soon. One story is about Reacher and another is about a Canadian couple, and I have enjoyed a few asides about them behaving a certain way because "they were Canadian." I'm always interested in how people see the differences in Canadian and US culture. ...
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 Badlands

Excerpt from Badlands

I just finished reading Badlands, book #3 in C.J. Box's Highway series. I rarely end up reading series in order, but in this case I have actually read books 1 and 2 (in that order!) ...
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. ...
Excerpt from The Secret Adversary

Excerpt from The Secret Adversary

I just finished reading Agatha Christie's The Secret Adversary, the first Tommy and Tuppence story. It's been many years since I read it last. I had forgotten the layers upon layers of adventure and misdirection. It is classic Agatha Christie, with fun and memorable characters. Definitely worth a read ...
Excerpt from Dan Brown's Origin

Excerpt from Dan Brown’s Origin

I am currently reading Dan Brown's Origin, Book #5 in the Robert Langdon series (which started with the daVinci Code). As with most Dan Brown, there are plenty of descriptions of art work, architecture, and symbols, with lots of interplay between religion and science. Intrigue, adventure, and plenty of twists and turns. ...
Excerpt from Strangers on the Train

Excerpt from Strangers on the Train

Believe it or not, I have actually never read Strangers on a Train before. I believe I saw the Hitchcock movie, some time ago. Or if not, I have seen enough clips about it to recall it as I am reading the book. I knew the premise of this classic mystery, but it has been interesting, it's actually quite different than I thought it would be. Rather than being a pure mystery, where there is a detective or some other sleuth trying to solve a murder, it is more of a psychological thriller where you know who the murder is, but are waiting to see how they are going to get caught. ...
Excerpt from Damaged

Excerpt from Damaged

I am reading Lisa Scottoline's Damaged. This one will have you fighting beside lawyer Mary DiNunzio all the way as she investigates a special education/abuse case. I have just started with this one, but can see a number of ways the plot might develop. Things are not always as they seem! ...
Excerpt from Force of Nature

Excerpt from Force of Nature

I have just finished reading Force of Nature by Jane Harper. A great thriller about five women who go into the Australian bush and the four who come out. Of course, none of the four knows what happened to Alice. As the story unfolds day by day, we hear each of the women's stories and try to unravel the threads of truth. Well done, keeps you guessing until the end. ...
Excerpt from The Perfect Mother

Excerpt from The Perfect Mother

I am reading The Perfect Mother by Aimee Malloy, a domestic thriller about a kidnapped baby. While the May Mommy group seems on the surface like a very supportive group of friends, there are a lot of secrets and undercurrents, resulting in some interesting twists and turns in the plot. I am interested in seeing how it will all turn out. ...
Excerpt 2 from My Story by Elizabeth Smart

Excerpt 2 from My Story by Elizabeth Smart

I don't usually post from the same book two weeks in a row, but this past week has been crazy and I haven't had much time for reading, so I am bringing you a second teaser from Elizabeth Smart's My Story. ...
Excerpt from My Story by Elizabeth Smart

Excerpt from My Story by Elizabeth Smart

I am just starting to read My Story, by Elizabeth Smart, and am quite looking forward to it. I have been amazed at what Elizabeth went through and what she has been able to do with her life. What a strong, faith-filled woman, and what an amazing family who never gave up on her either. I really appreciate and admire the insight and education that Elizabeth Smart and others like her bring to us. ...
Excerpt from What if?

Excerpt from What if?

After much consideration, I have decided to go with What if? I don't do a lot of non-fiction teasers here, but I love xkcd, and after the first few entries in What if? I can say that his humor and brilliance flow through in these Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions ...
Excerpt from Gatefather

Excerpt from Gatefather

I'll read pretty much anything by Orson Scott Card, whether it is in the genres I would normally read or not. I have read the first two books in the Mither Mages series, and although there are many negative reviews for the third book, I am enjoying Gatefather so far. It is similar to C.S. Lewis in some ways in its discussion of the nature of God, the universe, and the role of free choice. ...
Excerpt from I Let You Go

Excerpt from I Let You Go

I am re-reading I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh this week. I had to check to see if I had done an excerpt on it here before, but it doesn't look like I have. This is a domestic thriller/police procedural mashup about the hit-and-run killing of a five-year-old boy. Despite the fact that I figured out most of the twists ahead of time, it was still an enjoyable read. It is well-written and intriguing, even if you know the plot ahead of time. ...
Excerpt from Two Kinds of Truth

Excerpt from Two Kinds of Truth

I have just finished reading Michael Connelly's Two Kinds of Truth, a Harry Bosch novel. Maybe some of you are watching Bosch on Amazon. According to Wikipedia, the 2019 season was based on Two Kinds of Truth. Don't worry, I'm not going to spoil it for you (assuming the tv series follows the novel.) ...
Excerpt from The Stranger in the Woods

Excerpt from The Stranger in the Woods

I have just started reading The Stranger in the Woods, by Michael Finkel, an account of a hermit who lived in the woods of Maine for almost three decades, surviving off of bold thefts from the camp and homes just a few minutes from his tent without discovery. It's interesting to hear Finkel's firsthand account of his interviews with Christopher Knight and the investigation into how he survived without any contact with humanity. ...
Excerpt from I've Got my Eyes on You

Excerpt from I’ve Got my Eyes on You

I just finished reading I've Got my Eyes on You by Mary Higgins Clark. The Queen of Suspense is always good for for an interesting murder mystery, and does not disappoint with this police procedural. There are plenty of suspects in this book, and while I guessed the perp early on, I still enjoyed the telling of the story ...
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