As you might surmise, I love to read and I
manage to do so pretty quickly. What I’m not
quick about is getting reviews written. I’ll get
around to these but, in the meantime, I thought
I’d share just a sentence or two about some
of the books I’ve enjoyed in the last year or so,
some perhaps more than others but I fancied
them all. Clicking on the links will take
you to a fuller description on Goodreads.
Bubble World by Carol Snow—imagine you’re a teen living in a utopia where everything is perfect and nothing ever goes wrong…and then it does. A nice mix of laughs and creepiness.
The Christie Curse by Victoria Abbott—a nifty little mystery about rare books, shady uncles and an Agatha Christie play that may or not exist. Loved the characters, even the perps, and the plot kept me guessing.
The Case of the Purloined Painting by Carl Brookins—missing art from World War II, a missing woman and a body in the river are at the core of this mystery featuring a very short P.I. with a very tall girlfriend and a determination to see his cases through to a just resolution. Sean Sean is a cool guy and this noir-ish story has a lot of sly humor.
Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis—a future world in which water is so scarce it’s worth one’s life to protect what you have. There are only a handful of characters but each one, especially the young Lynn, is vivid and among the most engaging I’ve come across. I cared about these people and their world.
Runner by Patrick Lee—Sam Dryden, a former Special Forces guy, comes across a 12-year-old on the run from men who want to kill her but there’s a whole lot more to her story. I love Lee’s thrillers and this one is no exception, so much so that I read it AND listened to the audio book. Sam is the guy I want on my side in a crisis.
Cozy Food edited by Nancy Lynn Jarvis—a collection of favorite recipes from cozy mystery authors along with a section giving information about the authors and their books. The recipes are as varied and interesting as the authors and, while I’m not heavyduty into cooking, I did try a few of them and they turned out to be as good as they sounded and I think I might try the pet food recipes for my kitties and granddog and grandkitty. This is a great way to find some new authors and some new food.
The Sound and the Furry by Spencer Quinn—Chet and Bernie are in the Louisiana bayou on the trail of a missing man and their foes include a menacing gang, Big Oil and a hungry gator. These oh-so-appealing detectives are as wonderful as ever and nobody tells a story better than Chet does.
Twilight Is Not Good for Maidens by Lou Allin—the last entry in the Holly Martin RCMP series in which young women are being attacked and a colleague of Holly’s is accused of one of the assaults. Tension runs high and it’s interesting to see how a woman fares in the Mounties. Lou was one of my favorite Canadian crime writers and I called her friend for many years ; because this was the last book of hers I read before she passed, I have found it difficult to write a review but I did, indeed, enjoy it.
Shattered by Kevin Hearne—#7 in the Iron Druid Chronicles and Atticus has brought a mentor from 2,000 years ago into the modern world while his apprentice, Granuaile, is battling a sorcerer in India. As always, I listened to the audio book because narrator Luke Daniels is the best there is and I especially love his interpretation of the conversations between Atticus and his Irish Wolfhound, Oberon. This wasn’t my favorite of the series but it’s still a charmer.
A Killer Retreat by Tracy Weber—yoga instructor Kate Davidson heads to a resort with her German Shepherd, Bella, and her boyfriend, Michael, and, of course, finds a body. This second in the series will be out in January and I found it just as entertaining as the first book.
Killer Instinct by Robert W. Walker—FBI medical examiner Dr. Jessica Coran is up against a particularly vicious killer who loves to torture his victims and he has Jessica in his crosshairs. This is the first in Walker’s Instinct series and I had read it before but had the opportunity to try the newly-released audio book. For the most part, the narration was well done and I was reminded of how well Walker can write this kind of story.
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart—a privileged family spends every summer on a private island and the four teens find this summer to be, shall we say, a challenge in more ways than one. I’m always on the lookout for really good crime-related young adult fiction and this one is terrific with a twist you won’t see coming. It will be on my favorites of 2014 list.