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Subject: It's April 2016 - What Are You Reading?
Date Posted: 4/1/2016 9:30 AM ET
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  1. "BETRAYAL" by Christina Dodd (Bella Terra: Scarlet Deception #3) (A+++++) At nineteen, Noah Di Luca was Bella Terra's golden boy, handsome, confident and untouched by the shadows that tormented his brothers...or so everyone believed. Driven by ambition, beautiful teenager Penelope Alonso fought her way out of the ghettos. One hot summer, they came together in the sweetness of first love...until his past reared its ugly head and Noah walked away without a word. Nine years later, Penelope returns, never imagining that she'll see Noah or that one glance will awaken their fiery passion. As peril builds, Penelope has no choice: To survive, she must again trust the man who betrayed her. Even with terror stalking through Bella Terra's streets, love may be the most dangerous choice of all.
  2. "BIG SKY SUMMER" by Linda Lael Miller (Parable, Montana #4) (A+++++) With his father's rodeo legacy to continue and a prosperous spread to run, Walker Parrish has no time to dwell on wrecked relationships. But country-western sweetheart Casey Elder is out of the spotlight and back in Parable, Montana. And Walker can't ignore that his "act now, think later" passion for Casey has had consequences. Two teenage consequences! Keeping her children's paternity under wraps has always been part of Casey's plan to give them normal, uncomplicated lives. Now the best way to hold her family together seems to be to let Walker be a part of it - as her husband of convenience. Or will some secrets - like Casey's desire to be the rancher's wife in every way - unravel, with unforeseen results?
  3. "FRAGILE" by Shiloh Walker (Rafferty Brothers #1) (A++++++) Battle scarred...Six years after trading in his combat gear for hosital scrubs, Luke Rafferty still hasn't found what he's been searching for: a normal life. At his job, Luke is faced with things just as heartbreaking as those on the battlefield, none more so than the abused children brought in by a pretty redheaded social worker. Heartbroken...For Devon Manning, being a social worker is a rewarding job, but also a onstant reminder of her own troubled youth. Devon takes everything one day at a time - unable to form a relationship with anyone except the children she rescues. A desire to heal...When Luke meets Devon, he thinks he might have found what he's been looking for, but in order to get the life he wants, Luke has to break through Devon's emotional barriers and make her realize that his healing touch might be just the complication her life needs.
  4. "HOTTER THAN WILDFIRE" by Lisa Marie Rice (Protector's #2) (A++++++) The world knows her only as Eve...Though her songs have sold millions she is an enigma, a bewitching mystery. But to former Delta Force operator Harry Bolt, she is an angel whose sultry, smoky voice brought him back to life after the nightmare of Afghanistan. Nothing else matters. And now a scared, helpless beauty has walked through the door of his San Diego private security firm, running from something secret, something deadly...and Harry knows immediately that this is the woman who saved him. He is the last hope for this intoxicating siren without a past - not even in his hottest dreams did he imagine that the lady Eve could be so tempting, so achingly desirable. But though she burns to lose herself in Harry's powerful arms, Eve is wary of trusting this tough, haunted ex-soldier who promises to protect her. Surrender could mean sweet ecstasy or certain doom. Can she open her heart, even if it means risking her life?
  5. "UNSPOKEN" by Maya Banks "UNDERSTOOD" (Unspoken #1) (A+++) Jake made the ultimate mistake - falling in love with Ellie, his best friend's wife. Distance was the only solution, but it prevented him from seeing what a bastard his friend turned out to be. Now Ellie is free from the bondage of her past and Jake waits. Needing, wanting and ready for her when she spreads her wings. "OVERHEARD" (Unspoken #2) (A++++) Gracie is tired of the men in her life never fulfilling her vivid sexual fantasies. When Luke overhears her talking about what she really wants, he's stunned - and very turned on. So Gracie thinks no man alive can satisfy Her? He aims to prove her wrong "UNDENIED" (Unspoken #3) (A++++) Peyton is the last woman Wes ever expected or wanted to see again. He's come a long way since their awkward teenage encounter and his ego needs no reminder. Payton harbors no such reservations about catching up on old times, if she could just get him over his mental block. But that's nothing a blindfold and a little mad seduction scheme can't fix.
  6. "WILDEST DREAMS" by Toni Blake (A++++++) From the seductive rhythms of Bourbon Street to the sultry climes of the bayou, a woman's search for the truth leads her into danger and passion beyond her wildest dreams...Advertising executive Stephanie Grant knows how to sell an idea, but she's never had to sell herself before. Walking into The Big Easy's most exclusive bordello, however, she's ready to do just that. What Stephanie doesn't expect is to encounter a man who sees right through her disguise, laying bare not only what she wants, but what she needs. The lithe blonde who glides up to Jake Broussard's bar could have any man she chooses, but that isn't her endgame. The ex-cop quickly catdhes on to Stephanie's real plan and it won't be long before Chez Sophia's rich and powerful clientele do the same. Stephanie's playing with fire. Good thing this hometown boy likes it hot.
  7. "DO OR DIE" by Suzanne Brockmann (Reluctant Hero #1) (Troubleshooters #18) (A++++++) Navy SEAL Ian Dunn, a former Special Ops warrior, now leads a small band of covert agents battling high-stakes threats with unofficial tactics. That makes Ian the U.S. government's hands-down choice to rescue a pair of children held hostage on foreign soil by their powrful and dangerous father. Shockingly, Ian initially turns down the mission - for reasons he won't reveal. But there's no refusing Phoebe Kruger, Ian's beautiful and unexpectedly brash new attorney, who not only gets him on board but insists on riding shotgun. Though Phoebe has a valuable knack for getting out of tight spots, there's no denying the intensely intimate feelings growing between her and Ian as the team gears up for combat. But these are feelings they both must fight to control as they face an array of cold-blooded adversaries. Dodging death squads and playing lethal games of deception, Ian and Phoebe will do whatever it takes to save the innocent and vanquish the guilty - or die trying.
  8. "MERCY STREET" by Mariah Stewart (Mercy Street #1) (A+++++) After two high school seniors are shot dead in a park in Conroy, Pennsylvania, the authorities conclude that one of the other two kids in the park that night - a boy and a girl, both now missing - was the killer. Private investigator Mallory Russo is hired to figure out what happened and to clear the boy's name. Financing the investigation is reclusive billionaire Robert Magellan, a man who understands the heartache of not knowing what happened to a loved one, having suffered the disappearance of his own wife and infant son a year ago. Meanwhile, Charlie Wanamaker has traded his job as a big-city detective for one with the Conroy police department. Assigned to the park shooting case, Charlie quickly realizes that the initial investigation left a lot of questions unanswered. Unofficially, he teams up with Mallory to uncover the truth and find the two missing kids, dead or alive. What Charlie and Mallory discover will take them down a twisted path that leads to an old unsolved murder - and justice for a killer with a heart of stone.
  9. "HOT AND HEAVY" by Sandra Hill (Viking II #5) (A++++++) In and out...That's Lieutenant Ian MacLean's goal. The leader of a team of highly trained Navy SEALs - the toughest, buffest fighting men in the world - the sexy, hard-as-nails bachelor has the brains, guts and brawn to outthink, outgun and outmaneuver any enemy. But dealing with a buxom, headstrong, iron-willed Viking maiden from a time a thousand years before Ian was born...that's a whole different kind of warfare. Madrene Olgadottir has no idea where she is or that she's landed ten centuries in the future. After bopping the arrogant soldier on his head and tying him up, the stunning hellion gives him a tongue lashing that makes a drill sergeant sound like a kindergarten techer. Then she demonstrates that she has her own special way of dealing with overconfident males. Hoo-yah, it looks like Operation Rodent is about to get hot & heavy.
  10. "THE RUSTLER" by Linda Lael Miller (Stone Creek #3) (A+++++) Where does an outlaw go when he's ready to turn straight? For Wyatt Yarbro, reformed rustler and train robber, Stone Creek is his place of redemption. And lovely Sarah Tamlin is the perfect angel to help him clean up his act. But Sarah keeps a dark secret behind her prim and proper facade, even as her heart is lost to charming, sexy Wyatt. When a vengeful enemy prepares to unleawsh havoc on the peaceful town, Wyatt and Sarah will discover they can't hide from the past. To win the fight, they must believe in something they never trusted before - the hope of tomorrow.
  11. "BEACH TOWN" by Mary Kay Andrews (A+++++) Greer Hennessy needs palm trees. As a movie location scout, picture-perfect is the name of the game. But her last project literally went up in flames and her career is on the verge of flaming out. Green has been given one more chance, if she can find the perfectundiscovered beach hideaway for a big-bueget movies. She zeroes in on a sleepy Florida town called Cypress Key. There's one motel, a marina, a long stretch of pristine beach an an old fishing pier with a commmunity casino - which will be perfect for the film's explosive climax. There's just one problem: Eben Thibadeaux, the town's mayor, completely objects to Greer's plan. A lifelong resident of Cypress Key, Eben wants the town to be revitalized, not commercialized. After a toxic paper plant closed, the bay has only recently been reborn and Eb has no intention of letting anybody screw with his town again. But Greer has a way of making things happen, regardless of obstacles. And Greer and Eb are way too attracted to each other for either of them to see reason. Between an ambitious director and his entourage - inclueing a spiled "It Boy" lead actor - who parachute into town, a conniving local ex-socialite and a cast of local fangirls and opportunists who catch the movie bug, nothing is gong to be the same in Cypress Key. Now Greer is forced to make some hard choices: about the people and the town she's come to care about and about her own life. True love is only for the movies, right? Can Greer find a way to be the heroine in her own life story?
  12. "BRODY" by Emma Lang (Circle Eight #2) (A+++++) A year after their family was brutally torn apart, the Graham siblings begin to put their lives back together at their ranch in East Texas. With their parents gone, their bonds will truly be tested. Olivia Graham has worked hard to take care of her younger brothers and sisters at the Circle Eight Ranch. But their family circle was broken when their young brother Benjy disappeared. She can't shake the feeling that he must be out there, somewhere. Brody Armstrong, a handsome but rough-around-the-edges Texas Ranger, has been working on their care for months, and now he has a promising lead. As Liv follows him across the rugged Texas landscape and into Mexico, she'll begin to find the answers she needs - as Brody finds a passion he didn't know he wanted.
  13. "HEART OF THE FALCON" by Francis Ray (Falcons of Texas #2) (Grayson's of New Mexico #2) (A+++) When Dreams Ignite...Engineer Madelyn Taggert was accustomed to going after what she wanted. But she never expected that a chance encounter with family friend Daniel Falcon would lead to a passionate night together - or that after the special moments they'd shared, he could walk away without a single regret. Hurt and angry, Madelyn is making plans to get on with her life and fulfill new dreams, despite the newly-awakened desire she may deny, but can never resist. Love has nowhere to run...Handsome millionaire Daniel Falcon learned from his parents' stormy relationship that love wasn't always enough to hold a marriage together. For years he'd guarded himself against sudden passion and the demands of the heart. But suddenly Daniel has lost all constrol - consumed by the fiery hunger burning between them and the need to be joined forever with the beautiful woman he loves.
  14. "THE LIAR" by Nora Roberts (abridged audio CD) (A+++++) Shelby Foxworth lost her husband. Then she lost her illusions. The man who took her from Tennessee to the most exclusive suburb of Philadelphia, father her child and bathed her in luxury, was not what he seemed. As Shelby is shocked to learn after Richard Foxworth drowns in the Atlantic Ocean, he's left her in crippling debt. He had a vasectomy without telling her. He was an adulterer and liar, as fake as the diamond he put on her finger. And when she tracks down his safety deposit box, she finds cash, a gun - a multiple IDs with Richard's picture and other men's names. The man she loved isn't just dead. He never really existed. Selling off what she can - and fending off questions from a private investigator who shows up at her door - Shelby takes her three-year-old daughter and heads down south to find comfort in her hometown and her granny's beauty salon. She also finds the promise of something more than comfort in Griffin Lott, a successful contractor with a cute Yankee accent. She may have been too young and too trusting when she married Richard, but Shelby is discovering her independence and taking practical steps to build a new life. Her old life isn't over, though. Her husband had secrets she has yet to discover. Even in this small town, surrounded by those who love her, danger is closer than she knows - and threatens Griff as well. And an attempted murder is only the beginning.
  15. "MEN OF DANGER" "HANNAH'S LUCK" by Lora Leigh (Elite Ops #4.5) (A+++) When burglars try to break into her home, kindergarten teacher Hannah Brookes is lucky to have Sheriff Rick Grayson at her side. Especially when their mutual attraction leads to delicious distraction "RECKLESS AND YOURS" by Red Garnier (A++) Police detective Zack Rivers isn't the only man in Phoenix who's obsessed with the beautiful Page Avery - but he's definitely the sexiest and, quite possibly, the most dangerous "TEMPT ME" by Alexis Grant (A++++) R&B star Anita Brown has beauty, talent, fame - and her very own stalker - which is why she needs a professional bodyguard. But can she resist mixing business with pleasure when the hired musle is to die for? "LOVE ME 'TIL DEATH" by Lorie O'Clare (A+++) Homicide detective Ashley Jones hates working with the FBI. But Chase Reed is a special agent whose rule-breaking methods, razor-sharp mind and rock-hard body make for one killer combination.


  1. "Christmas on Bellevue Lane" by Anna DeStefano (Echoes of the Heart #1.5)
  2. "Discovering You" by Brenda Novak (Whiskey Creek #10) (book I receivved from the author in exchange for my honest review) 
  3. "She Can Tell" by Melinda Leigh (She Can #2) (New Author For Me) 
  4. "Naked Truth" by Amy J. Fetzer (Dragon #1)


  1. "Tricky Twenty-Two" by Janet Evanovich (Stephanie Plum #22) (Audible)

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The Healing of America by T R Reid. very interesting book about health care. Good info about various countries and their systems of health care and how they compare with the USA. It is sad that the US has developed into what it is today when there are so many better models available for less money.

Date Posted: 4/1/2016 1:49 PM ET
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Well, with the warm weather my reading will pick back up and I hope to be back on these boards more often!  I have to work on my TBR and thin my book pile at home.

I am reading "Sister of My Heart" and listening to "Invisible" by James Patterson.  I know I just said I am working on my TBR but I liked "Sister of My Herat" so much that I already ordered another book by the same author Arranged Marriage : Stories :: Chitra Divakaruni

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Careless by Deborah Robertson, an Australian novel that begins 3 separate stories that eventually mesh together. Hard to get into at first because I didn't particularly like any of the characters, but it is coming together nicely. However, not a happy book so far, death is a main component, hoping how to deal with life after a close one dies will be coming.


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Finished:  Flamingo Diner by Sherryl Woods --- Emma killian left Winter Cove, FL to get away from small-town life and moved to Washington, DC where she has a great job, a good friend and no social life.  When she receives word that her father has died, she knows she has to go back and help her mother and brothers cope with the death and help run the Flamingo Diner, her family's diner.  She begins to suspect the death wasn't an accident and turns to her childhood friend, Matt Atkins, now the chief of police in Winter Cove. A well written story about a family coping with suicide.

Help the Poor Struggler by Martha Grimes -- Richard Jury, from New Scotland Yard, is called in to help with the investigation in the murder of three children, seemingly unrelated, until he begins to find some clues that tie them together.  And there may be another young girl in danger. As always, Grimes can write a story that keeps the reader turning the pages.  This may be an older series, but they don't get any better.

A Dilly of a Death by Susan Wittig Albert --- It time for the Picklefest in Pecan Springs, TX, but the Pickle Queen, Phoebe Morgan, owner of Morgan's Pickle factory, can't be found and the Pretty Pickle Planners committee, of which China Bayles and her friend, Ruby, are members are in a quandry as to how to proceed.  Always a fun read.

The Charlemagne Pursuit by Steve Barry --- A very involved story [as are all of Berry's books] with a lot of characters and sub-plots & twists and turns.  Cotton Malone is drawn into a search for an ancient civilization, the hunt for a sunken submarine that his father was captain of which was never found and a naval officer who will do anything to be named to the Joint Chief of Staff office, including murder. Definitely a page-turner.

Antiques to Die For by Jane K. Cleland --- Antiques appraiser/dealer Josie Prescott's friend has been found murdered and the younger sister, Paige, knows something that may have led to her death.  When Josie tries to help she finds herself the target of a stalker and possible the killer. Fun series.

High Tide by Jude Deveraux--- Fiona Burkenhalter is a high-powered New York exec. who works for a toy company.  When she is sent to Florida to go fishing with a potential client, things don't make sense and they go from bad to worse.  Ace Montgomery owns a bird sanctuary in Florida that needs financial help and when Fiona's client ends up dead, both she and Ace are presumed to be the killers. 

Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich--- Stephanie Plum, Morelli and Ranger, plus a host of others, are searching for a man impersonating Ranger who has kidnapped Ranger's daughter.  Of course, there are a lot of other 'skips' to be caught along with Grandma Mauser, Lula and the usual cast getting into trouble.

Delectable Mountains by Earlene Fowler --- Benni Harper and her grandma, Dove, have been asked to take over leading the children's play at church.  When Benni discovers the body of the church custodian, she becomes involved in another investigation, this one leading to unforeseen consequences.

The Killing Hour by Lisa Gardner --- Kimberly Quincy has always wanted to be an FBI agent like her father, especially after her sister and mother were murdered and she almost died. While at Quantico training she stumbles across a dead young woman and that leads her to team up with Mac McCromack,a Georgia SBI agent whose been hunting this killer for years. A taut, fast-paced thriller that keeps the reader guessing until the last chapter.

Canapes for the Kitties by Mirian Babson --- Several mystery writers have purchased homes in Brimful Coffers but all is not as it seems, either with the colony or with some of the writers. Then some of the writers start having strange things happen and it all deals with their fictional characters.  Babson writes a fun read. Have several more of her books in my TBR pile.

Shattered Secrets by Karen Harper --- First in the Cold Creek trilogy, Tess Lockwood comes back to Cold Creek to sell her mother's house [left to Tess after her mother died] and also the place where Tess had been abducted as a child. When 2 other girls go missing, Tess teams up with the local sheriff to try to find them since they seem to be connected to her abduction. Well plotted and written, looking forward to getting the other 2 in the series.

Currently reading:  Magic Hour by Susan Isaacs

Up next:  Quicksand by Iris Johansen


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The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante.  Book 2 in her Neapolitan Novels.  Our real-life book club is reading it. I wasn't wild about the first, (it was OK) but I am assurred that the second one is even better.

  Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan.  I enjoyed Loving Frank by Horan, so I'm giving this a try.  Robert Louis Stevenson and his time with an American artist during interesting times.

Oh, and Dangerous Women, Vol.3, edited by George R. R. Martin et al.. Short stories by a variety of fantasy and sci fi authors with strong female characters.  There is also Vols 1 & 2.

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White Palace by Glenn Savan.  Living in St Louis & remembering as a college student when it was filmed in town for the movie.  Just getting started & hope it is a fun read.

Crunchy Cons by Rod Dreher.  Book about not your typical conservatives.  Since primary season kind of sucks, good read so far--really see myself on this side of conservative stuff than on what is remaining with candidates. 


NYPD Red 3 by James Patterson & Marshall Karp.  Good quick read.  Whole thing is far fetched but as a suspend reality & just enjoy a quick page turning action adventure this book & series work.

Drone by Mike Maden.  action adventure story, is okay.  Start of a series so will probably continue to see how it goes.

The Position by Meg Wolitzer.  1970's middle age couple with 4 children writes sex book.  Jump ahead 20 some years and connect the time between.  Okay book, just really couldn't get into it much, oh well.

The Punch by John Feinstein.  About Kermit Washington hitting Rudy T, in '76 or '77 I think, in NBA fight during game.  Interesting stuff.

Old Man's War by John Scalzi.  Sci-Fi about older people joining a human army & going through changes to be younger & more developed body to fight aliens in outer space.  Very good, really enjoyed this one.

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The Round House by Louise Erdrich.  She was once my favorite author, and I reread her books numerous times.  But a couple of her books left me flat.  I stopped reading her.  Then this...oh, I am enjoying it very much.  And I see where there are still mentions of old characters, and references to a couple of the books and characters I didn't care for.  Then I read where she has again rewritten and rereleased some of her titles ( She did this many years ago with her first book, Love Medicine).  Hmmm, some of those that I hadn't liked...

Palisades Park by Alan Brennert

Good Graces - Whistling in the Dark Series by Lesley Kagen. The sequel to Whistling in the Dark, a female coming of age mystery.  Read by the author who is an awesome narrator!

Raylan by Elmore Leonard and narrated wonderfully by Brian D'Arcy James.  Lots of the characters from the show, but a story not played out in the series.

Land of a Hundred Wonders by Lesley Kagen.  Written in the voice of a brain damaged woman, and a bit convoluted for reading before sleep.  I put this aside, though I absolutely love this author.

Tomorrow River by Lesley Kagen.  So far, so good.  As good as Whistling in the Dark.


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The Punch by John Feinstein.

another book by Feinstein you might like if you haven't already read it is A Civil War. He got permision to follow the two service academies through one football season leading up to the final game of the year when they play each other. Army/Navy. Very good book. I notice on amazon the book is still in print even though it is an old book.

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The Whiteness of the Whale: A Novel : David Poyer     

I absolutely loved this book.  A mystery/thriller/suspense genre and action and adventure.  

An action-packed sea adventure of men, women, and whales by master thriller writer David Poyer. In The Whiteness of the Whale, a disgraced primate behaviorist from Nantucket, Dr. Sara Pollard, joins six other activists to sail a round-the-world racing yacht into Antarctic waters. There, they plan to shadow, embarrass, and expose the Japanese whaling fleet, which continues to kill and process whales though no one eats the meat anymore. But every crewmember of Black Anemone has a secret or something to live down. They?ll be tested by the seas and storms of the Antarctic, hostile whalers, and romantic conflicts . . . and fight for their lives when they encounter a sperm whale with a murderous agenda of its own.

Filled with dramatic scenes, life-or-death decisions, and magical evocations of whales in the last remote waters on Earth, The Whiteness of the Whale is a suspenseful, thought-provoking novel. 

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@Bonnie S- I have "Good Graces" on my TBR, I loved "Whistling", make have to make that next up.

I finished "Invisible" and started "Life Boat" on audio.  I also took two boxes of books to Goodwill yesterday, too mant books, so little time....

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Just finished All Things Cease To Appear by Elizabeth Brundage recently released with great reviews. I am not one of them. Disliked the main character from the start and that only increased as the book went along. In fairness I'm sure that was author's intent. And the ending for the daughter was too preposterous to believe.


almost finished The Expats by Chris Pavone and am loving it. Very fast paced, full of clues, some red herrings. Won the Edgar Award, impressive for a first novel. 

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Finished (all read as ebooks, but some available in print):

Death by Blue Water by Kait Carson - 3.5*

Death by Sunken Treasure by Kait Carson - 3.5*

The Hitwoman and the Chubby Cherub by JB Lynn - 4*

Double Mint by Gretchen Archer - 4*

Double Knot by Gretchen Archer - 4*

A Geek Girl's Guide to Murder by Julie Anne Lindsey - 3.7*

A Geek Girl's Guide to Arsenic by Julie Anne Lindsey - 3.7*

Fortune Hunter by Jana DeLeon - 3*

Marshmallow S-Mores Murder by Leslie Langtry - 2.7*

In print:

These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker, Kelly Zekas  - 3*

The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum (Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum, Bk 1) by Kirsten Weiss - 3*

In Progress (and have begun well):

The First Hostage by Joel C Rosenberg

Off the Books by Lucy Arlington

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@meg.  Good to see you back and reading and listening.  Missed your posts.

You must do Good Graces soon!  Is it print or audio?  Kagen is an amazing narrator.  Just got two more of hers from the library, but they are in print.

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I just read what is out of The Haunted Guesthouse series by E. J. Copperman. They were all very good. They were cozy mysteries with ghosts. Today I have started on the first Aunt Dimity book, Aunt Dimity's Death by Nancy Atherton. So far, it is really interesting!

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Just finished "The Mark Hellinger Story"  by: Jim Bishop.  Mark Hellinger was an entertainment columnist on Broadway in the 1920's and '30's.  He also produced movies in Hollywood in the 1940's.

I am currently reading "The Orphan Train"  by: Christina Baker Kline for my book club

Next up is the newest "Murder, She Wrote - Design for Murder"  by: Jessica Fletcher, Donald Bain, and Renee Paley-Bain


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I am late to this party but finally reading "The Hungar Games" by Suzanne Collins. I am so surprised I am not loving it as several friends a few years ago were absolutely raving about how great it was. Mostly I am finding the story predictable and the writing sub-par.

Just read page 244 where a twist (THE twist?) made me want to throw the book across the room. I will finish it, but I am very disappointed, and annoyed.

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My Racing Heart: The Passionate World of Thoroughbreds and the Track by Nan Mooney. I have only read the first chapter but I'm enjoying it so far.

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A Train In Winter by Caroline Moorehead - I skimmed over alot in the first third. Some of the politics of the French Resistance was too complex. Lots of French and Russion  I couldn't understand. Also I skimmed over alot of the French names and places ;(.

It got more interesting for me as the women in the French Resistance faced the dangers of capture. I'm almost done and I do recommend for those who like historical non fiction about the Second WW.

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I finished a train in winter. 4 and half stars at least. despite the the negatives i listed above, was  compelling. Author updated what she could about all of the women , those who lived and those who didn't. I do recommend if you can stomache it. Not a book to read if you are depressed.


now reading: Love the ONe YOu're with by Emily Giffin. Need something lighter after A Train in Winter.