April 2019 ~ What are you reading?

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April 2019 ~ What are you reading?

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Apr. 1, 2019, 5:16pm

Getting the new month started.

Apr. 1, 2019, 5:38pm

I've got a Carlotta Carlyle going - Deep Pockets

Bearbeitet: Apr. 3, 2019, 8:25am

Enjoying this OverDrive audiobook ~

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!

Apr. 3, 2019, 4:48pm

Enjoying this OverDrive audiobook ~

Tailspin by Sandra Brown

(romantic suspense/Rye is a "freight dog" pilot/Brynn is a doctor on a humanitarian mission)

Apr. 7, 2019, 2:21pm

Enjoying this OverDrive audiobook ~

Back Spin by Harlan Coben

(Myron Bolitar Series/MB is a sports agent in New Jersey/golf championship/kidnapping/betrayal/1990s)

Apr. 7, 2019, 3:20pm

Yesterday I indulged in a Hardy Boys book that I hadn't yet read: The Arctic Patrol Mystery, by Franklin W. Dixon. Rather silly, but entertaining for that reason.

Bearbeitet: Apr. 13, 2019, 11:00am

Enjoying this OverDrive Kindle eBook (Alexa can narrate this eBook) ~

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)

Apr. 8, 2019, 6:05pm

I love anything by British writer Elly Griffiths. Finished her stand alone novel Stranger Diaries just now, and really liked it too.

Apr. 10, 2019, 3:52pm

Added The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths to my reading rotation.

Apr. 10, 2019, 5:53pm

Finished another in Ken Bruen's Jack Taylor series today-stunning ending and another great read- The Dramatist.

Apr. 10, 2019, 7:06pm

Enjoying this library audiobook ~

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?)

Bearbeitet: Apr. 19, 2019, 10:08pm

More Irish melancholia for my reading-The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan- an excellent debut novel. I hope I can get my hands on her next one.

Apr. 11, 2019, 3:22pm

Starting To Catch a Spy edited by Eric Ambler. Contains a nice forward on the development of the espionage genre and short introductions to each entry.

Apr. 13, 2019, 1:44pm

Starting a historical mystery: The Stolen Voice, by Pat McIntosh, the sixth book in the Gil Cunningham series, set in mediaeval Scotland (mostly Glasgow and environs).

Bearbeitet: Apr. 15, 2019, 1:26pm

Listening to this enjoyable/informative OverDrive audiobook ~

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)

Apr. 16, 2019, 1:50pm

Iced by Carol Higgins Clark
#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.

Apr. 16, 2019, 7:48pm

Finished The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton the other day-a thriller that I found totally implausible. I really liked the bright little 10 year old girl who is one of the main characters, as well as the description of the natural beauty of Alaska, but otherwise, it wasn't a winner in my opinion.

Apr. 17, 2019, 12:00pm

Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers. My reading universe seems to be revolving around Oxford.

Apr. 17, 2019, 2:16pm

I just started reading The Birdwatcher by William Shaw. Enjoying it so far.

Apr. 17, 2019, 10:01pm

Recently I have read Wonder Valley by Ivy Pochoda, The Infinite Blacktop by Sara Gran, and The Lies We Told by Camilla Way. The last is a psychological thriller. The second a Claire Dewitt, the world's greatest detective, mystery that weaves together three different cases. The first is a story of disparate characters in LA and environs that eventually link up.

Apr. 18, 2019, 1:11am

well after a few months away from Bosch I am returning again to read Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connely. I stopped reading this series because I felt the stories were becoming too formula... but now I need a Bosch fix.

Apr. 19, 2019, 8:44am

Enjoying this Kindle eBook Alexa is reading to me ~

Easter Bunny Murder by Leslie Meier

(A Lucy Stone Mystery series book)

Apr. 19, 2019, 11:02am

I'm reading Ian Rankin's first play, Dark Road.

Apr. 20, 2019, 12:48pm

After 10 years, Lawrence Block has published another Matt Scudder book (a novella), A Time to Scatter Stones. I just started it, but it is everything that I have come to expect from Block and Scudder. I am excited.

Apr. 20, 2019, 11:37pm

Finished The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths. Not a fan. More dysfunctional relationship romance than mystery.

Apr. 22, 2019, 12:07am

Look Alive Twenty-five by Janet Evanovich

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.

Apr. 22, 2019, 9:06am

Started House of Sand and Fog which has been on my TBR shelf for a couple years. It's billed as a "riveting novel of almost unbearable suspense", but 77 pages in I find I can bear it quite well. What I can't bear is any sympathy for Kathy after learning that she purposely threw away, UNOPENED, all letters/documents from the county regarding taxes and foreclosure. Now her house has been auctioned off and she kicked out she is finally getting her head out of her ass to do something about it when it's basically too late. Uh, sorry, but not sorry.

Apr. 23, 2019, 1:09pm

Just finished Two Kinds of Truth by Connelly. It was a fast read as most Bosch books are. It is almost like Connelly was writing 3 short stories and sandwiched them together. Bosch is retired but still finds time to solve cold cases for the San Fernando PD. In this story he takes on a Russian drug cartel in the opioid problem after a druggist and his son are murdered, has to defend himself against a charge of evidence tampering from a 30 year old case, tries to get a woman off opioid addiction and solves a missing person case that was 19 years old.... in about a week of time. :)

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.

Apr. 24, 2019, 7:39am

Enjoying this OverDrive Audiobook ~

The Better Sister: A Novel by Alafair Burke

(psych thriller/Chloe and Nicky are estranged sisters/twist-of-fate marriage/murdered spouse)

Apr. 25, 2019, 2:15pm

I finished The Wrecker by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott. A super villain is blowing up and derailing trains across the western states of early 20th-century America. Super detective Isaac Bell is on the case. This is an enjoyable romp, if you like this sort of action-adventure novel, the second in Cussler/Scott's "Isaac Bell" series.

Apr. 25, 2019, 9:50pm

Reading my way through Dorothy L. Sayers. Just finished Murder Must Advertise, not one of her best.

Apr. 26, 2019, 12:35pm

I just finished reading The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz. I have generally avoided pastiche books or continuations by new authors. I decided to give this one a try because I've read a couple of other Horowitz novels, Magpie Murders and The Word is Murder. I enjoyed those a great deal, and having seen a lot of praise for The House of Silk, I decided to give it a go.

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.

Bearbeitet: Apr. 28, 2019, 9:37am

Enjoying this OverDrive audiobook ~

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)

Bearbeitet: Apr. 27, 2019, 2:41pm

Finished A Time to Scatter Stones: A Matt Scudder Novella by Lawrence Block. Great to read another Matt Scudder. Matt is older now, but still has his mojo. Interesting references to characters in previous books. Ending has quite a twist.

Apr. 30, 2019, 10:59am

Dark Tort by Diane Mott Davidson
3 *

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.

Mai 1, 2019, 8:42am

Started on a re-read of P. D. James with Cover Her Face. 3 stars.