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Every Man for Himself Beryl Bainbridge
The Hollow Ground Natalie Harnett
Dean Smith More Than a Coach The Charlotte Observer
Beach Town Mary Kay Andrews
Brighten the Corner Where You Are Fred Chappell
All The Single Ladies Dorothea Benton Frank
The Color of Water James McBride
First Frost Sarah Addison Allen
The Fate of Mercy Alban Wendy Webb
Murder of a Botoxed Blonde Denise Swanson
On the Black Hill Bruce Chatwin
A Spool of Blue Thread Anne Tyler
At the Waters Edge Sara Gruen
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Finished this month: Cat in a Flamingo Fedora by Carole Nelson Douglas--- Midnight Louie is in a cat commercial with the Divine Yvette, Temple Barr is torn between Matt Devine and Max, the disappearing magician, and then is drawn into a case involving Darren Cooke, an apparent suicide, but is it?
Judging Time by Leslie Glass --- Fourth in the April Woo series, April has been promoted to Sargent and transfered to another precinct. She's called to invesigate the murder[s] of two prominent New Yorkers, one the wife of a well-known ex-football player and the other, his best friend. Are they both murders and if so, by whom? Sargent Mike Sanchez is called in to help, which doesn't make April happy, this is her case and she doesn't want him involved...in more ways than one. Love this series.
The Deep Blue Sea For Beginners by Luanne Rice --- Pell and Lucy's mother left them when they were small and moved to Capri. They never learned why she left and they missed her. Pell is 16 and she decides to go to Capri, find her mother, get the truth and try to get her to come back home. An engrossing story about depression and how it affects the lives of everyone involved.
The Hunting Wind by Steve Hamilton --- Every one of Steve Hamilton's Alex McKnight books is a winner. After thirty years, one of Alex's old baseball teammates shows up in Michigan to ask Alex to help him find a woman he met when he played for the Detroit Tigers. What Alex doesn't know is there is someone else looking for her, for a different reason. An absolute page-turner, I could not put this book down until I had finished it.
Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale by Lynda Rutledge --- This isn't at all like I thought it would be from the title. Faith Bass Darling thinks God has told her that she is going to die that day, so she decides to have a garage sale and sell all of her family antiques collected over several generations. Her estranged daughter comes home that day, to face her own demons and her mother, only to see the front yard of the mansion filled with antique furniture, china, Tiffany lamps, etc. and people buying them for $1.00, 25 cents, whatever Faith tells them. Not only does Faith believe she's going to die, she also has an advanced case of Alzheimer's. A sad, at times funny, story about a family torn apart by tragedy.
Liberty Falling by Nevada Barr --- Anna Pigeon's sister is in ICU in a New York City hospital so Anna is bunking with another ranger on Liberty Island [home to the Statue of Liberty] to be close to her sister. While there a young girl falls [or jumps] to her death from the statue. As Anna tries to find out why she died, other mishaps occur, all leading to a tense conclusion. A page-turner.
Estate of Mind by Tamar Myers--- Abby Timberlake has purchased an ugly painting at a church auction to benefit the youth. She figured the frame was worth the price. When she takes the painting out of the frame she discovers something that blows her mind. What happens next could only happen to Abby. A fun read.
Little Bitty Lies by Mary Kay Andrews --- I love all of Mary Kay Andrews books and this one was an especially good read. Mary Bliss McGowan thought her marraige was just fine until she found the note her husband left telling her he was gone and not to look for him. Then she finds out not only is he gone, but so is all their money and she's left with a pile of debts, a mortgage she can't pay and lots of questions. Along with her best friend, Katharine, she comes up with a plan...to kill him off and collect the life insurance. Love this book!!
Currently reading: Oh, My Stars by Lorna Landvik
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Going to start reading:
Victorian Ghost Stories - an anthology. Some authors include Elizabeth Gaskell, Charles Dickens, Henry James, Wilkie Collins, Rudyard Kipling, E. Nesbit. There are many more I'm not sure I've heard of.
Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich. I read this book a long time ago but she rewrote the book and added some new material. I have the sequel which is Beet Queen. I am thinking of re reading this book also. There are some other books in the sequence but I don't know the order of the others. Tracks is one of them I think.
Inherit the Dead 20 authors each writing a chapter.. I could definitely tell the different styles of writing.
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I'm about half way into "The Murder Game" by Steve Allen--yes, that Steve Allen, early Tonight Show host and popular TV panalist. Here he and his wife, Jayne Meadows, are invited to be part of a revival of their old game show "The Murder Game" and then, one by one, the participants are killed off. And so they snoop around, now and then mingling with other celebrities. Look! There's Don Rickles! Over there: Steve and Edyie! It's light fun and relaxing reading.
As an aside: I find I am so jealous of this book and others like it. Not because they are vanity projects (which I believe books like these, written by celebrities, are) and not because it isn't good (I am enjoying this one very much). But it must be heaven to just write a book wherein you put yourself into whatever arena you choose--and it gets published! Ah fame. Now and then it has its perks.
I finished the Elizabeth Gaskell story "The Old Nurse's Story" a very good, if short, ghost story in the anthology I'm reading. Now I'm into : "The Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier Street" by J.S. Le Fanu. Can't remember ever hearing of this author but so far so good.
Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu was an Irish writer of Gothic tales and mystery novels. He was the leading ghost-story writer of the nineteenth century and was central to the development of the genre in the Victorian era.
The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau
The Yuletide Bandit by Mike McIntyre
The Kingmaker's Daughter by Philippa Gregory
The Hermit King by William Cobb. Enjoyed the title story, the other short stories not as much.
Cannery Row by John Steinbeck. Good read, very good characters.
The Forever Boys by Peter Golenbock about the Senior Baseball League, 1989 & into 1990. Kind of a forgotten major league type baseball league for 35+ players, catchers 32+. I really enjoyed the book & reading about players that I had collected baseball cards of a few years earlier.
The Street Lawyer by John Grisham. Good Grisham book, lawyer from big firm is forced to look at his life & becomes a poverty/street lawyer. Good page turner type read.
American Salvage by Bonnie Jo Campbell. Very good short stories, really enjoyed.
Puerto Vallarta Squeeze by Robert James Waller. First book I read by author & was really good, will have to read more by him.
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Robert B. Parker's The Devil Wins (A Jesse Stone Novel)
It has an ocean-front view, a private beach--and a deadly secret that won't stay buried. Noah Walker isn't superstitious. But there's one beach house in Bridgehampton that has a troubling history of violence and mystery: when Noah was a kid, No. 7 South Ocean burned down in a devastating fire, killing the couple trapped inside. Investigators had no explanation for what happened, and many believe it was no accident. Rebuilt after the fire, the gorgeous, ocean-front property is still known by locals as The Murder House. Now, sixteen years later, a powerful Hollywood player and his mistress are found dead in The Murder House--and the police unearth proof that the couple is undeniably linked to Noah's past. To prove his innocence, Noah must uncover the house's dark secrets--and reveal his own
Tracy Crosswhite has spent twenty years questioning the facts surrounding her sister Sarah?s disappearance and the murder trial that followed. She doesn?t believe that Edmund House?a convicted rapist and the man condemned for Sarah?s murder?is the guilty party. Motivated by the opportunity to obtain real justice, Tracy became a homicide detective with the Seattle PD and dedicated her life to tracking down killers.When Sarah?s remains are finally discovered near their hometown in the northern Cascade mountains of Washington State, Tracy is determined to get the answers she?s been seeking. As she searches for the real killer, she unearths dark, long-kept secrets that will forever change her relationship to her past?and open the door to deadly danger
Spider Woman's Daughter: A Leaphorn & Chee Novel First in series by Tony Hillerman's daughter. I liked the original and this has much the same flavor
The Fifth Profession
It is an oldie of my husband's but I am out of reading until BN delivers so I thought I would try it.It started out strong and really liked it but found it got tiresome toward the end. I read Assumed Identity Author: David R. Morrell recently and thought is was excellent all the way through.
Just starting Her Final Breath - The Tracy Crosswhite Series
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read some stories from "just after sunset" by stephen king, also still occasionally reading victorian ghost stories. all pretty enjoyable
Am reading "Case Closed by Gerald Posner". This is a book that tries to prove lee harvey oswald was the lone gunman who shot JFK - tries to debunk the conspiracy theories. Not even a quarter way thru but am liking the book so far - right now is just the backround of Lee Harvey Oswald.. It takes me a long time to read a non fiction.book- not usually my thing but i picked this one up on a whim and am interested.
I'm listening to a thriller "Delirious" by Daniel Palmer. read by Peter Berkrot. I'm on the third disc of 11. Ok so far.
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Three Cheers for the Paraclete by Thomas Keneally. This was an engrossing read but a lot of it went over my head. The author is the guy who wrote Schindler's List. I have seen that movie but never read the book.
Late to this month's list. We moved and then went away to visit family for 5 days, so I haven't been reading as much.
I couldn't finish The Martian until Oct, so I am repeating it here.
Audio: The Martian by Andy Weir
A Place to Come To by Robert Penn Warren. this is a slow read. I have some other books I am anxious to read so I am a little frustrated with this book. Also reading A Lost Lady by Willa Cather. The story is similar to Conrad Richter's book Sea of Grass.