May 2018 ~ What are you reading?
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J is for Judgment (Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mysteries, No. 10)
by Sue Grafton
(Kinsey finds out she has a family in this episode/I plan to sample this series from time to time)
The English Wife: A Novel
by Lauren Willig
(1890s/Europe and a home on the Hudson River in NY)
Isaac Bell Adventure #6
1902 Pittsburg and W Virginia coal mines were a hotbed of activity. Isaac Bell was sent in undercover to search for radical union saboteurs causing mayhem in the mines. What he found instead was corporate greed versus the working man. And he found a formidable opponent in a former Van Dorn detective, a man personally trained by Van Dorn himself. The chase leads Isaac up and down the Ohio River and to Chicago and back again to coal mining country. I found the first half of the book tedious. However, by mid book, it picked up the rollicking pace of a typical Cussler novel.
Cotton Malone mystery
3 1/2 ⭐️
Cotton Malone is a retired US State Departmentagent. He runs a rare book shop in Copenhagen, Denmark. However, things change drastically when his shop is burned to the ground and his teenaged son is kidnapped. The only thing that will save his son is finding the lost Library of Alexandria. Hidden in the library is historic Biblical fact which could threaten Israel and many Arabic nations. Cotton teams up with his ex-wife, Pam. Following a quest to the library is not a simple task. Secret Service, Massad, and another clandestine group are hot on his heels.
I have been reading this book on and off for 2 years. Lots of tiny details and twists and turns, which I wasn’t in the mode to deal with again. But, now that I finished, it was a decent entry into the Cotton Malone series. There are a few references that date the book, but nothing that hurts the storyline.
Wedding Cake Murder (A Hannah Swensen Mystery)
by Joanne Fluke
(cozy series/bakery owner/tons of recipes/sampling this
series again ~ nice change of pace)
Then She Was Gone: A Novel
by Lisa Jewell
(missing person, psych thriller from across the pond/British narrator)
>29 Dr_Flanders: I am a big fan of the late James Crumley. I think I have read all his books.
by Lisa Scottoline
(courtroom drama/this year's stand-alone tale from a favorite author)
Tangerine: A Novel
by Christine Mangan
UPDATE: debating pulling the plug on this book.
As Time Goes By: A Novel by Mary Higgins Clark
(apparently, this is one of the latest books in a long-running
#3 Cotton Malone Adventure
Cotton Malone is a 48 yr. old retired operative of the US government, who owns a rare book store in Copenhagen, Denmark. Doing a favor for his friend Henrik, he is almost killed in a Museum fire. A museum that holds a coin commemorating Alexander the Great. Upon being saved by Cassiopeia Vitt, he finds that this was part of a bizarre string of thefts and fires all over Europe. He agrees to to help Cassiopeia solve this problem. He is drawn into an adventure that reaches into Venice and further into a new Eastern nation run by a woman obsessed by Alexander the Great. Why is she swatching for the resting place of Alexander? Steve Berry does not disappoint with this wild quest centered thriller. Lots of twists, turns and very fast paced.