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 Alter Ego

Excerpt from Alter Ego

I am currently reading Alter Ego (#9 Jonathan Stride Series) by Brian Freeman. I'm not sure how many other Jonathan Stride books I have read, at least one other. A good police procedural that readers of Lee Child or James Patterson will enjoy. Good, well-rounded characters carry through the series and make for an enjoyable read ...
Excerpt from Running Blind

Excerpt from Running Blind

I am just finishing up another of Lee Child's Jack Reacher novels. This one, Running Blind, is number four in the series. There are definitely differences in Jack Reacher much further into the series and these earlier iterations. He is still finding himself in book four. Still sorting out who he is and what it is that he's doing. ...
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.   ...
Excerpt from The Hollow City

Excerpt from The Hollow City

My teaser is from Hollow City, book 2 of the series Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I just started it, but it has been interesting so far, picking up where book one finished and continuing Jacob's trip away from the island and into his journey of self-discovery.  ...
Excerpt from Occam's Razor

Excerpt from Occam’s Razor

I have read a few interesting books lately. Right now, I am on Occam's Razor, (Joe Gunther Mysteries Book 10), by Archer Mayor. (Occam's Razor, in case you are wondering, has sometimes been summarized as "When you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras.") It is a good solid police procedural, and I am enjoying it so far! ...
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 Every Fifteen Minutes

Excerpt from Every Fifteen Minutes

I am currently reading one of James Patterson's Women's Murder Club mysteries, which I always enjoy, but another book made such an impression on me last week, I had to present another book here! Every Fifteen Minutes, by Lisa Scottoline managed to get me going in the wrong direction not just once, but twice. A great psychological suspense! ...
Excerpt from The Lost Symbol

Excerpt from The Lost Symbol

I'm reading one of Dan Brown's Robert Langdon books at the moment. The Lost Symbol is all that you would expect from Dan Brown; brain teasers, actions, and edge of the seat action. I have run into one plot point that doesn't quite make sense, but I'll overlook it for the sake of the rest of the story! ...
Excerpt from I Can See You

Excerpt from I Can See You

I had a tough time deciding which book to do an excerpt from today! I just finished books 1 and 2 of Michael Leese's Jonathan Roper Investigates series. I quite enjoyed these books, with a team made up of neurotypical police detective Brian Hooley and autistic consultant Johnathan Roper. My excerpt is from book 2, I Can See You.  ...
Excerpt from Criminal

Excerpt from Criminal

I am currently reading Karin Slaughter's Criminal, book 6 in the Will Trent series. I have not read any of the other books in the series, but haven't had any problems with jumping in mid-series. While the series is named after Will Trent, the story has been more about his boss Amanda than about Will. I do want to hear more about Will and might have to check out some of the other books ...
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 The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers

Excerpt from The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers

Here's a book that is a change from my usual mystery / suspense fare! The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers by Amy Hollingsworth is a not quite a biography of Mr. Rogers, but a study of his values and what he taught the people around him. I'll admit that I was never a big Mr. Rogers fan as a child. I was familiar with it and watched it sometimes, but found it boring. But I am enjoying reading his philosophies now! ...
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 Simply Genius

Excerpt from Simply Genius

Looking over my shelf, I see I actually read two David Baldacci books in the last week. I've picked Simply Genius for my excerpt today. Baldacci is the master of building suspenseful plot, and this one was no exception. I enjoyed the more diverse than usual cast, including an ex-soldier with a prosthetic limb and the murder victim's neurodiverse daughter ...
Excerpt from The Life We Bury

Excerpt from The Life We Bury

I mentioned The Life We Bury in my last post, and I had to bring it up again to give you a teaser. I really enjoyed this one. Faintly reminiscent of To Kill a Mockingbird, this well-woven mystery is a pleasure to read. The writer/sleuth has a complex background and a younger brother with autism. The brother is treated as a real person and not just a foil or token diverse character.  ...
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