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Tonight I will be starting:
The Italian Summer by Roland Merullo, one of my favorite authors.
A Sudden Light by Garth Stein, narrated by Seth Numrich.
Enjoyed both of those books, and am now reading:
The Kept by James Scott
On Agate Hill by Lee Smith narrated by various readers.
Carry Yourself Back to Me by Tanya Eby. I gave it one disk and quit it due to FOR ME what was overdramatized narration.
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I have just requested 2 books by Marie Darrieussecq. one is Pig Tales and the other is The Phantom Husband. The books are fairly short I think so hopefully I will be able to get through them even if I don't like them. I saw Pig Tales mentioned in a review about a different book. never heard of this woman before.
these two requests never did work out.
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Currently reading "Batavia Places and the People Who Called Them Home" by Marilyn Robinson
Will be starting "All The Light We Cannot See" by: Anthony Doerr for book club
Also hope to get to "Eden Burning" by: Belva Plain
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Finished: Tool & Die by Sarah Graves --- A fun 'cozy' series. Jake Tiptree and her friend, Ellie, find themselves, once again, trying to help solve a murder. Who killed Jake's housecleaner's husband and who has been sending the housekeeper threatening letters? There's a moose on the loose, several relatives are coming for the Fourth of July celebration and nowhere to put them and Jake's son is 'in love' with someone Jake finds totally unsuitable.
Shattered Secrets by Karen Harper ---Tess Lockwood was abducted as a young child but safely found her way home. Now she's come back to Cold Creek, Ohio to sell the family home and finds out two [possibly three] other young girls have gone missing. Is it the same abductor and if so why start again after all these years? Gabe McCord, now the local police chief, always felt responsible for Tess's abduction since he was babysitting her and some other children when she was taken. Interesting story line, enjoyed the book.
Magic Hour by Susan Isaacs -- [I'm having a hard time getting into this one] I just couldn't finish this book, didn't like the main charcter and the story line was taking too long to get interesting.
Quicksand by Iris Johansen --- A serial killer is taunting Eve, telling her he's the one who killed her daughter, Bonnie, and he will tell her where to find her body...but only if Eve will play his game. One of the better books of this series.
The Clinic by Jonathan Kellerman --- I think one of Kellerman's better books. Alex Delaware is helping his friend, Detective Milo Sturgis solve a cold case, a college professor, Hope Devane, was brutally murdered and there are no clues and no valid suspects. Lots of twists and turns and surprising developments as the story unfolds. Good book!!
No Escape by Heather Lowell --- Tessa Jacobi is an Assistant DA in Los Angeles when she meets Kelly Martin who claims she was raped by a high profile football player. When Kelly disappears before Tessa can help her, Tessa works with private investigator Luke Novak to find her. What they find is an underworld of teenage prostitution, gambling, money laundering and more. This book started out slow but developed into a very intriguing story.
One Coffee With by Margaret Maron --- I've been wanting to read this older series by Margaret Maron for some time, but just got around to reading the first of the series. I was not disappointed!! Sigrid Harald is an NYPD detective investigating the murder of an art professor. Sigrid is a complex person in her private life and an excellent detective, which has caused problems with the men she works with. Looking forward to seeing how Sigrid develops in the series.
If Wishes Were Horses by Curtis Ann Matlock --- Etta Rivers is a recent widow [unfortunately her husband died in another woman's bed] who is pregnant with his child and in danger of losing everything due to his irresponsible life-style. Then Johnny Bellah shows up at her ranch thinking he's going to collect the $800 Etta's husband owes him. They work out a deal that will benefit them both.... I really liked this book, likable characters and an interesting look at horse raising and training.
Cold River by Carla Neggers --- 2nd in the Black Falls series. Warning: if you haven't already read Cold Pursuit don't read this one until you do as it is basically a continuation of that book and you will be lost as to what is going on. I read Cold Pursuit some time ago and I still had a hard time getting into the flow of the story line even though it continually referred back to that story. But that's the way most of Neggers books are and I should have remembered that. The Camerons and the secret service are still trying to find out why Drew Cameron was murdered along with the two hired assassisins and who is the mastermind behind it all.
Crime School by Carol O'Connell --- A really good series, Kathy Mallory [just Mallory!], along with her partner Riker are investigating the murder of a prostitute named Sparrow who was the young Kathy's friend and protector when Kathy was a homeless child on the streets. Then a cold case seems to fit the same MO. Mallory is a complex person, sometimes a little hard to like, but always intriguing.
Seeing A Large Cat by Elizabeth Peters --- Amelia Peabody and her husband, Emerson, are excavating a tomb in Egypt when they find a mummified body. Only it isn't the kind of body that should be in an ancient tomb, this one is only a few years dead. Ramses and his friend, David, are growing up and Nefret is becoming a young lady, and because of that there are growing problems from outside sources. Always a fun read.
In Plain Sight by Tara Taylor Quinn --- the 1st in the Ivory Nation series, prosecutor Janet McNeil is determined to get a conviction for Jacob Hall, who she believes is a member of the Ivory Nation, a white supremist group in Arizona. When she begins to get threatening letters, she's convinced she's on the right track. Her next-door neighbor,Simon Green, seems to want to help her, but she's not sure she can trust him, or anyone else. Interesting plot, especially with the ways things are going today.
Currently reading: Blue Smoke by Nora Roberts
Up next: undecided
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The Red: First Light by Linda Nagata. First book in a trilogy, just a few pages in.
Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather. Short story book, only just getting started.
The Bullet by Mary Louise Kelly. I really liked her first book and this is another good one. I started & finished in a day, I don't normally do this because I am reading a few books at at time but got hooked & stayed on it. I enjoy the writer's style and story. I will have to keep watching out for what is next.
A Vast & Fiendish Plot by Clint Johnson. About attempt by Confederates to destroy New York City by a series of fires during Civil War. Interesting read, end was a little too much "what if" for my tastes but topic was probably stretched to be a book so some of that was kind of needed I guess.
Legends, Lies & Cherished Myths of American History by Richard Shenkman. Interesting tidbits on history, nothing great or indepth but generally interesting.
A Wedding in December by Anita Shreve. I have a few books by author but haven't read any till now. I liked the story within a story and some of the themes and characters but overall just kind of okay. Not sure I agree with how this would have all turned out and some of the characters were just a little too easy or just out there. It was still an easy read and the story one of the characters was writing was probably more interesting to me than the action going on with regular characters. I liked it enough that I will try other books by author at some point but overall this one was just okay.
White Palace by Glenn Savan. A book where most happens in St Louis from late '80s, same time I came here for college. Fun in that standpoint to read about the town when I first arrived. I had seen this movie years ago, in fact I remember seeing the movie being filmed when I was at college--seeing the cars drive down Grand Ave when I was at SLU. Basically, a young white collar rising star type ad executive tragically his young beautiful wife dies in a car accident. A year later finally meets up with a white trash, hard drinking, chain smoking type--the old opposites attract thing and they go through a relationship with turmoil. She walks out on it and at end of book sounds like getting back together. A strange book, strange relationship but I guess makes an interesting read.
Crunchy Cons by Rod Dreher. A look at some more unconventional conservatives. A little preachy but like & agree with much of what he is saying. Interesting with this election cycle to see if conservative/republican groups facture or main some degree of togetherness.
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I just finished "A Royal Murder" by Elliott Roosevelt, an Eleanor Roosevelt mystery. These books are all charming, enriched with wonderful period details and historical roots, with a good solid mystery mixed in, and this one is no exception.
Here, the cast of characters features the Duke and Duchess of Windsor (he who abdicated the British throne and she, Wallis Simpson, now exiled to the Bahamas and rumored to harbor pro-Nazi sympathies), various businessmen and dignitaries, and a very drunken Errol Flynn! Mrs. Roosevelt demurely works to solve a murder that occurs while on an official visit during the months before WW2,while war rages around the world, but the U.S. was still struggling to remain neutral. Her skills at protocol are put to the test!
I have no doubt son Elliott enjoyed writing these novels immensely. His mother is portrayed as savvy, level-headed and always disarmingly polite. But he is not above depicting her taking a spill off a bicycle into a mud puddle. I enjoyed every page of this mystery and recommend this series very highly!
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I Love You More -by Jennifer Murphy, a who done it about a man with 3 families who was murdered. Nothing gory, I liked it
The Vegetarian by Han Kang, woman has a dream and suddenly won't eat any meat or fish. This takes place in Korea where apparently men still rule all the family women. Didn't much like it. She was really not a voice at all, just a disturbed woman in the background, more about her husband and brother- in - law.
the House At Riverton by Kate Morton, her first novel set in Britain between the wars about servants and secrets. I liked it a lot, not as much as some of her others though.
Started Early, Took my Dog by Kate Atkinson, the forth in the Jackson Brodie series. Still reading, but I don't like her style of going between different voices. Not her best. Maybe I'll change my mind when I finish.