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4th of July (Women's Murder Club, Bk 4)
4th of July (Women's Murder Club, Bk 4)
Author: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 872
Review Date: 7/1/2006


The fourth installment in the Women's Murder Club series takes Lindsay through her toughest case yet as she is sued for using excessive force while investigating a series of brutal murders that may be tied to a cold case still nagging her.


7th Heaven (Women's Murder Club, Bk 7)
7th Heaven (Women's Murder Club, Bk 7)
Author: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 623
Review Date: 4/27/2008
Helpful Score: 7


As always, this book by Patterson was a page-turner, but some of the plot lines seemed rather ludicrous, as if Patterson is running out of material or forcing out books faster than good ideas come to him.


Beach Road
Beach Road
Author: James Patterson, Peter de Jonge
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 487
Review Date: 12/11/2006


The latest thriller from James Patterson takes us through the glamorous and less-glamorous neighborhoods of the Hamptons on a roller-coaster trial.


The Big Bad Wolf (Alex Cross, Bk 9)
The Big Bad Wolf (Alex Cross, Bk 9)
Author: James Patterson
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 719
Review Date: 4/30/2006


A good (yet easy and quick to read) thriller.


The Blue Day Book
The Blue Day Book
Author: Bradley Trevor Greive
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 117
Review Date: 5/25/2008
Helpful Score: 1


A small format book with mostly cute photos of animals with a line or so under text on each page, this is a very quick but uplifting read. I like to pull my copy out when I need a pick-me-up!


Boy Meets Girl (Boy, Bk 2)
Boy Meets Girl (Boy, Bk 2)
Author: Meg Cabot
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 393
Review Date: 7/19/2006
Helpful Score: 2


This was a quick but fun read. It is told entirely through chat transcripts, emails, journal entries, voicemail messages, notes, etc.


The Boy Next Door (Boy, Bk 1)
The Boy Next Door (Boy, Bk 1)
Author: Meg Cabot
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 276
Review Date: 7/4/2007
Helpful Score: 2


A young NYC newspaper writer falls for her next-door neighbor's nephew, but he may not be who he appears to be. Told entirely by emails, letters and a newspaper story.


By the Rivers of Babylon
By the Rivers of Babylon
Author: Nelson Demille
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 6
Review Date: 7/19/2006


A great thriller about a downed Concorde full of diplomats who are forced to battle their kidnappers instead of attending the peace conference scheduled in New York. Much of the story takes place in historic Babylon.


The Camel Club (Camel Club, Bk 1)
The Camel Club (Camel Club, Bk 1)
Author: David Baldacci
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 664
Review Date: 8/19/2007
Helpful Score: 1


Another page-turner from Baldacci about an plot to kidnap the President. Had more politics that I would prefer, but as usual, Baldacci's story-telling was excellent.


Cathedral
Cathedral
Author: Nelson DeMille
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 129
Review Date: 7/4/2007


IRA terrorists threaten to blow up St. Patrick's Cathedral in NYC after a daring takeover during the St. Patrick's Day parade.


The Deceiver
The Deceiver
Author: Frederick Forsyth
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 23
Review Date: 9/1/2006


The thrilling career of a British spy is recounted during a hearing to save his career.


Exile
Exile
Author: Richard North Patterson
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 99
Review Date: 10/11/2007
Helpful Score: 2


Patterson strays a bit from his normal formula to deliver a long (700+ pages) somewhat pedantic story involving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. At his best when he sticks to courtroom scenes, this was still a good read, just not one of his best.


Fault Line (Ben Treven, Bk 1)
Fault Line (Ben Treven, Bk 1)
Author: Barry Eisler
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 22
Review Date: 12/30/2008
Helpful Score: 1


Barry Eisler's latest novel departs from the John Rain series to two estranged brothers in the west coast, as different as they can be: one (Ben) a soldier running black ops, and the other (Alex) a lawyer in a well-heeled law firm doing patent and software work. But when Alex's client and the patent examiner reviewing his new software are murdered, and Alex looks to be next, he calls his big brother for help. Adding to the mix is Alex's Iranian co-worker, whom Alex has a crush on and Ben does not trust.

Although I missed the exciting locales of the "Rain" series, I enjoyed the writing and storyline in this book as much as the other series.


First to Die (Women's Murder Club, Bk 1)
First to Die (Women's Murder Club, Bk 1)
Author: James Patterson
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 1706
Review Date: 6/17/2006


Great page turner thriller from the master of suspense.


The Gate House (John Sutter, Bk 2)
The Gate House (John Sutter, Bk 2)
Author: Nelson DeMille
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 134
Review Date: 1/5/2009


In some ways, I enjoyed this book more than the original. The character of John Sutter is in rare sarcastic form, and his first-person comments are often laugh out loud funny, if you appreciate an acerbic wit. However, this book is way too long and could have benefited from some more judicious editing.


The Ghost (The Ghost Writer)
The Ghost (The Ghost Writer)
Author: Robert Harris
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 31
Review Date: 5/9/2008
Helpful Score: 2


This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. A thrilling storyline combined with strong character development and excellent writing made this book a page-turner for me. My only complaint, a minor one, is that this was written by a British author for a British audience, so I struggled with some of the references.


Good Grief
Good Grief
Author: Lolly Winston
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 380
Review Date: 7/4/2007
Helpful Score: 4


A surprisingly funny yet touching first novel about a 36-year-old widow who struggles to cope with the death of her husband.


GUILTY AS CHARGED
GUILTY AS CHARGED
Author: Scott Turow
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.9/5 Stars.
 7
Review Date: 8/19/2007


A collection of short stories by mystery authors edited by Scott Turow. Some of the stories were much better than others, and I wish Turow had written more than the introduction.


Hard Rain (John Rain, Bk 2)
Hard Rain (John Rain, Bk 2)
Author: Barry Eisler
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 64
Review Date: 7/25/2007


The second installment in the John Rain series finds the protagonist in semi-retirement. But he soon learned that retirement isn't really in his cards. Wonderful descriptions of Tokyo and page-turning action.


The Hockey Dad Chronicles: An Indentured Parent's Season on the Rink
The Hockey Dad Chronicles: An Indentured Parent's Season on the Rink
Author: Ed Wenck
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 6/9/2008


You don't have to be a hockey dad (or even hockey mom) to appreciate this book about the sacrifices and joys a family makes while the 10-year-old son plays travel hockey in the Midwest. The author is a morning drive radio host, so, like many morning radio shows, some jokes miss the mark while others are laugh out loud funny.


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