September 2018 ~ What are you reading?
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The Other Woman: A Novel by Sandie Jones
(UK/power struggle/Emily, Adam, Adam's mother/narrated by a Brit)
UPDATE: a fave for the year
#3 A Kopp’s Sisters Mystery
3 1/2 ⭐️
Constance Kopp is one of the first female deputy sheriffs in the US. This story is loosely based upon her duties. Constance lives with her sisters Fleurette and Norma on the family acreage. Norma takes care of the home and animals, Fleurette is a seamstress hoping to become a star on stage. Constance is working with her female inmates in the county jail, many of which are young women whose only fault is running away from home to find work in factories. They are charged with waywardness, which could land them in the reformatory, the lunatic asylum or even state prison. Constance is determined to not let that happen. Meanwhile Fleurette runs away from home with a vaudeville dance troupe, causing Norma to report Fleurette as wayward. Constance is faced with trying to maintain her job helping the female jail inmates as well as trying to keep track of her wayward Little sister. Fleurette finds that getting on stage is not as easy and glamorous as it seems. This story does not read as a mystery, but more as a “ day in the life” of single women in pre WWI America. I still enjoyed the book, as Stewart’s prose brings that world to life without a lot of superfluous detail.
I think this last book is the last one for me in this series. I would read another Micky Haller book if it comes around but I am Bosched out right now.... and I am tired of reading about police corruption and the ineptitude of the FBI... in "9 Dragons" even going to Hong Kong does not slow him down...he just blasts it through all obstacles in his way.
#3 A Fox and O’Hare Novel
Kate O’Hare is one of the top FBI agents, reknown for the capture of Nick Fox, an international thief. Kate is responsible for keeping Nick out of trouble, as well as using him as a sometimes partner to capture very high profile criminals. Someone is trying to sloppily frame Nick. The framing leads to a sting operation on one of the world’s biggest, richest and most violent drug lords.The sting takes Kate to Istanbul, Lisbon, and London. Stolen art, a possible shipwreck of gold, and assassins keep Kate and Nick on their toes. This is the first time I’ve read a book from this series. It stood up well, despite being read out of order. I enjoyed the witty and often sarcastic exchange between the characters. It was also very fast paced, which is something I want in a book. I will be reading more of these.
The Wife: A Novel of Psychological Suspense by Alafair Burke
(Jason and Angela/scandals and secrets)
I just wanted to say that you aren't alone in your feeling about 9 Dragons. I thought about quitting Bosch on that one too.
>12 rabbitprincess: I loved A Kiss Before Dying. Rosemary's Baby is great as well, in a different way. I keep meaning to read more Ira Levin, but I haven't yet.
#46 In Death series
4 1/2 ⭐️
A young actress is killed with an ice pick at the vid theater during the shower death in the Hitchcock movie Psycho. Lt Eve Dallas of the NYPSD Homicide Department is called in. A suspect is seen, but no one can identify the person. Then Nadine, a reporter friend of Dallas, brings in an author friend who might have insights into the murder. The murder seems to following a series of novels written by said author. Dallas does some searching and there indeed, is a previous unsolved murder that mimicked the first book of the Dark series. Dallas and her partner Det. Peabody have to move quickly as there were 6 more novels, and therefore 6 more possible murders in the offing. After some serious police work, a link is found between a fan/writer who feels that the author stole his/her ideas. The action requires all hands on deck during the icy cold wintry mid February in NYC. The next possible victim appears to be a “skank” girlfriend of a local rock musician, causing Dallas and Peabody to explore the dark drug, sex and rock and roll lives of possible new victims. This was a fast moving story. A bit different from the usual Eve Dallas In Death series as it evolves around another series of books.
Spider Woman's Daughter (Leaphorn and Chee) by Anne Hillerman
(Native American series ~ tribal sleuths/Navajo Nation/Anne apparently picked up where her father left off over a decade ago)
#1 Fox and O’Hare Mystery
Kate O’Hare is a former Navy Seal, now an FBI agent. Her father is a retired military and retired covert ops agent for (possibly) the CIA. Nick Fox is a their, a charming high end grifter, and Kate is hunting him down. She finally nabs him during a jewelry heist. However, Nick escapes from a US Marshall and is a fugitive. But, Kate’s bosses intervene, and now Nick is helping Kate to take down criminals who are outside the legal means of being arrested. Kate is also responsible for Nick as his handler, trying to keep him out of trouble. Kate and Nick’s first operation as a team is to find a man who embezzled $500 million. To that end, Nick hires Willie, a woman who can drive anything, Boyd, an actor, Tom, a treehouse builder, and Chet, a makeup and special effects man. Together they face kidnapping, piracy on the open ocean and mixing with the extremely wealthy, while running a scam to capture the embezzler without ending up in prison or death. It is a fun action packed thrill ride, especially when Willie is driving. Snarky fun dialogue, quick wit and non-stop escapades kept me turning the pages.
This is a stand alone novel by Steve Berry, which explores the legend of Christopher Columbus and Jaimaca. Thomas Sagan is a disgraced Pulitzer Prize winning reporter who is at the end of his rope. Then his estranged daughter Alle is kidnapped. The kidnapper, a Jewish fanatic, wants what was buried with Tom’s father. Tom’s father was a Levite who went to his grave guarding a secret that had been passed down father to son for 500 years. On Jamaica a wealthy Maroon is loosely teamed with the kidnapper. The Maroon wants to find a supposed gold mine possibly hidden by Columbus. The kidnapper wants to find treasures from the Temple of Solomon. However, Tom holds the clue. Action runs from Jamaica, to Austria, to Florida, to the Czech Republic and back to Jamaica. The first hundred pages or so are rather tedious and somewhat confusing. However, once the search for clues begins, there is nonstop action, twists, and turns. A quick read once one has slogged through the beginning chapters.
Aunt Dimity and the Wishing Well by Nancy Atherton
(cozy supernatural mystery series/English countryside/is a wishing well actually granting the wishes of the townsfolk?/I'm having Alexa read this to me with her British accent!)
Labeled YA (probably due to age of characters). Bought for me as a gift and not my usual type of mystery; however, I'm enjoying it.
Sorry, I don't know how to make the touchstone work (title is 13 Minutes).
I read and enjoyed the first volume Women Crime Writers: Four Suspense Novels of the 1940s
>41 leslie.98: I liked The Dry, too and thought Force of Nature was equally good.
Use a bracket before and after whatever appears (title, etc.) in the LibraryThing page for the book ~ exclude "by" and the author's name. If the link to the wrong book appears, click on (others) to find the correct author in the list provided ~ click on the "+" sign when you find it.
13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough
I hope this helps.
The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson
(LA bookstore inheritance/scavenger hunt mystery ~ family secrets/literary references)
#1 A Culinary (Goldy Bear) Mystery
3 1/2 ⭐️
Goldy (Gertrude) Bear is a caterer, who sometimes cleans houses. She can’t rely on child support from her abusive ex John Richard Korean, aka the Jerk. The Jerk is an OBgyn docter in a practice with his father Fritz. Goldy’s son Arch is having a rough time at school and with his parents divorce. To make things worse, his favorite teacher recently committed suicide. Arch helps Goldy cater events. While catering Miss Smiley’s wake, someone sneaked rat poison into Fritz’s coffee. Goldy’s catering was shut down by Investgator Schulz. She desperately needs to clear herself, as bills won’t pay themselves. In the process of snooping around with her best friend MRla, who is the Jerk’s second ex, she finds dark secrets from her ex’s parents past that are part of the police investigation headed by Schulz. To top it off, Tom Schulz seems interested in Goldy as more than just a suspect in attempted murder of Fritz. Being the first of the series, the author overloads the reader with back stories and a large cast of local Aspen Meadow, Colorado characters. Thus the story bogs down at times. However, it reaches a fairly satisfying conclusion, after a series of twists and turns.
#2 An Anna Nolan Mystery
This is book #2 of the Anna Nolan Mysteries. Anna lives in the small town of Crane, Alberta, Canada. It’s the week after Thanksgiving and Halloween is on the way. Sister and brother Tierney and Greg move into town. She runs a new age shop and gives massage therapy. She’s taken over Henry’s restaurant building and he is furious. Sherman, a former banker, now cemetary caretaker is spooked by the voice of his deceased wife, calling him from the cemetary. Anna and her friends May and Erna decide that a seance is in order to bring Sherman some peace of mind, even a fake seance. They enlist Tierney’s help, as Tierney is also a self proclaimed witch. However, instead of calming Sherman, the seance Hs the opposite effect. It throws the town into turmoil. Sightings of ghosts, accidents in the cemetary, ghostly threats create mayhem in the Little town. And if that isn’t enough, someone is passing counterfeit money at the grocery and other stores. Anna’s long distance RCMP boyfriend is busy on a job in Calgary. So, Tierney’s brother starts hitting on Anna, and Anna isn’t happy about it. The story is very slow in the first half. I kept having to put the book down and read something else. However, the pace increased in the second and more interesting half. The characters are rather cardboard as is the dialogue, especially in the first half. It finished with a satisfying ending.
There has always been a bit of that in the Longmire books, but it was always balanced with interesting characters, and a great sense of place. This book took the main character completely out of that setting, and away from nearly all the supporting characters that populate Johnson's stories. Instead we get Walt in Mexico, on a mission to rescue his daughter from a drug kingpin who has a vendetta against him. There are a few interesting characters along the way, but nothing gets in the way of the numerous shootouts and explosions. In some ways, I think this book felt like Johnson's answer to Michael Connelly's 9 Dragons, which sees an aging protagonist travel to Japan to rescue his ex-wife and fight dozens of Yakuza, or something like that. The point being, that was my least favorite Harry Bosch novel, because it felt less thoughtful and more like an action movie. Both books made me feel like the series had jumped the shark.
That being said, I'll probably pick up the next Longmire book. Mr. Johnson has built up enough goodwill with me to get past what I felt was one bad novel. I'm hoping that resolving a major, multi-book cliffhanger might allow Longmire to get back to basics, and maybe allow Johnson to tell a story on a smaller scale, which is where I think he shines most.