April 2019 ~ What are you reading?
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The First Lady by James Patterson
(Sally Grissom is in charge of the Presidential Protection team/a scandalous public revelation involving POTUS/disappearance of FLOTUS)
UPDATE: a fave for the year!
Tailspin by Sandra Brown
(romantic suspense/Rye is a "freight dog" pilot/Brynn is a doctor on a humanitarian mission)
Back Spin by Harlan Coben
(Myron Bolitar Series/MB is a sports agent in New Jersey/golf championship/kidnapping/betrayal/1990s)
Hell for Leather by Julie Ann Walker
(Black Knights Inc. series/undercover spec-ops group/"Mac" was an ex-FBI agent who joined BKI/Delilah owns the bar where the "bike shop gang" hangs out/romantic suspense)
Never Tell by Lisa Gardner
(latest D.D. Warren novel/Boston area/a man's wife apparently shot him multiple times/is Evie a victim ~ is she about to get away with murder again?)
Fools and Mortals: A Novel by Bernard Cornwell
(Elizabethan London/a tale featuring William Shakespeare's estranged younger brother/the first production of A Midsummer Night's Dream/a missing manuscript)
#3 Regan Reilly mysteries
3 1/2 *
Regan Reilly and her parents head to Aspen, CO for the Christmas holidays. They are to stay at a the home of a well known actress. Sadly, upon arrival the actress finds that her home has been broken into, paintings stolen, and their caretaker is missing. The caretaker was a former jewel theif, so he becomes a wanted man. However, the caretaker was actually keeping kidnapped by the real thieves. Louis, a friend of Regan, is trying to launch a new upscale restaurant in Aspen, but the grand opening may be scuttled as Louis is the one who recommened the caretaker/jewel theif to the actress for a caretaker. Regan knows that something odd is going on and despite it being a vacation, she starts an investigation. Missing twins, stolen art, curmudgeonly old people, museums, dry cleaners, the ski slopes and long lost loves keep Regan on her toes.
This was an enjoyable read. I did feel that there were too many unnecessary secondary characters who muddied the waters. The action and dialogue were fast.
Easter Bunny Murder by Leslie Meier
(A Lucy Stone Mystery series book)
Stephanie Plum is a New Jersey bounty hunter and works for Vinnie. Vinnie ended up owning a Deli, due to a revoked bond. Said Deli has a real problem, and its not the two stoned cooks, who have lost their green cards. For some reason, the managers keep disappearing. The only clue left is one shoe behind the deli. Vinnie decides that Stephanie and Lulu should run " his" deli. Stephanie will be manager. Lulu immediatey becomes the sandwich maker, after a brief time waitressing in a too short skirt. Stephanie is still working on bringing in skippers while managing the deli. However, Ranger and Morelli are worried about Stephanie's safety. Hal is sent over from Rangeman to keep n eye on Stephanie. Meanwhile, Vinnie disappears. Crazy rock musicians, stabbings, fires, more kidnappings, inedible haute sandwiches, chickens, forgotten birthdays, Columbin hitmen, and cat rescuing keep Stephanie exceedingly busy and in harm's way.
This was a bit out of the ordinary for a Stephanie Plum mystery as she doesnt destroy even one car, and she actually tracks and recovers bail jumpers. I enjoyed this more than the previous books in the series. The action is fast, dialogue is fast, and I simply liked the goofy storyline.
I liked the book as he ties in with half brother Mickey Haller, Cisco - Haller's investigator and also former partner Jerry Edgar. It was nice to read about these characters again. But after reading almost 20 novels of Bosch it is not as exciting as it once was, he has not changed much ... still has problems with police hierarchy, still does things his bulldog way... nothing much changes. I will still read a Bosch book occasionally but not actively seek the new books.
The Better Sister: A Novel by Alafair Burke
(psych thriller/Chloe and Nicky are estranged sisters/twist-of-fate marriage/murdered spouse)
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this novel. I really could've almost forgotten at times that this wasn't an AC Doyle story. I thought the writing was great and the plot was solid. Perhaps it went a little light on Holmes' trademark denouncement at the end, but all in all I thought it a deserving addition to the Sherlock Holmes canon. I should add that I am a fan of the originals, but not a superfan, or anything. Maybe the true believers felt a little differently, I don't know. But the point is, I really enjoyed it. Horowitz has yet to disappoint, in my book, and I think I'll try to pick up the sequel at some point in the near future.
Cold Truth by Mariah Stewart
(Truth series, book #1/police detective Cassie Burke/FBI agent Rick Cisco/true-crime writer Regan Landry/return of a long-missing serial killer)
Goldy Schulz is a caterer in Aspen Meadow, CO, on the outskirts between Denver and Aspen. Currently she has a catering gig for the H&J law firm. She serves breakfasts and luncheons for the upper crust clients. Goldy's neighbor Dusty is working at the firm while she wotks on her paralegal degree. Dusty is also taking cooking lessons fom Goldy, to help catch a rich lawyer husband. Unfortunately, this particular evening, Goldy wasloaded with bread baking supplies as she entered the law firm's office building. She tripped and baking supplies went all over. However, sadly, it was Dusty's orone body that Gody had tripped upon. Dusty ran for help, but it was too late. Something odd is going on at the lawfirm, and Dusty's mom implored Goldy to find out what had happened to her daughter. Stole art, crooked clergy, jealous wives, birthday parties, a baptism, poorly written recipes, imperious legal secretaries, and assorted confusing clues lead Goldy toward discovering the murderer. It sure would help if it would stop snowing in the Rocky Mountain springtime!
This was a nice average entry into this series, albeit rather slow reading for me. Lots of bizarre characters to muddy the clues.