Gloria T. (gloworm29) - Reviews

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1st to Die (Women's Murder Club, Bk 1)
1st to Die (Women's Murder Club, Bk 1)
Author: James Patterson
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 441
Review Date: 10/4/2005


From the flyleaf:

Four women - four friends - share a determination to stop a killer who has been stalking newlyweds in San Francisco. Each one holds a piece of the puzzle: Lindsay Boxer is a homicide inspector in the San Francisco Police Department, Claire Washburn is a medical examiner, Jill Bernhardt is an assistant D.A., and Cindy Thomas just started working the crime desk of the San Francisco Chronicle.

But the usual procedures aren't bringing them any closer to stopping the killings. So these women form a Women's Murder Club to collaborate outside the box and pursue the case by sidestepping their bosses and giving one another a hand.

The four women develop intense bonds as they pursue a murderer whose crimes have stunned an entire city. Working together, they track down the most terrifying and unexpected killer they have ever encountered - before a shocking conclusion in which everything they know turns out to be devastatingly wrong. Full of breathtaking drama and unforgettable emotions for which James Patterson is famous, 1st to Die is the start of a blazingly fast-paced and sensationally entertaining new series of crime thrillers.


2nd Chance (Women's Murder Club, Bk 2)
2nd Chance (Women's Murder Club, Bk 2)
Author: James Patterson
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 1173
Review Date: 1/10/2006


From the cover:

The Women's Murder Club is back! A brilliantly diabolical killer is murdering people from every walk of life. The deaths seem unrelated but police homicide inspector Lindsay Boxer senses a connection and, together with medical examiner Claire, assistant D.A. Jill, and Chronicle reporter Cindy, finds a link that sends a chill through the entire nation. This killer's motives are unspeakable.


3rd Degree (Women's Murder Club, Bk 3)
3rd Degree (Women's Murder Club, Bk 3)
Author: James Patterson, Andrew Gross
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 667
Review Date: 4/2/2006


Very good page turner.


44, Dublin Made Me
44, Dublin Made Me
Author: Peter Sheridan
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 6
Review Date: 10/15/2005


From the cover: Snow is falling over Dublin. It is almost midnight on New Year's Eve, 1959. On the rooftop of 44 Seville Place, ten-year-old Peter Sheridan clings to the steel rod of a television antenna. When his father urges him to turn the antenna toward England, the boy reaches up, and pictures from a foreign place beam into their living room. Life in the Sheridan family will never be the same again.

Thus begins an astonishing portrait of a Dublin family as they chart their way through the turbulent 1960s, experiencing sex, music, loss, survival, drugs, the Troubles in Belfast, and the seductive power of the theater. In this honest, sharp-witted, and compassionate memoir, we become members of this loving family as we explore the Dublin that shaped young Peter Sheridan.


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: Hardcover
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 808
Review Date: 5/29/2006


Good thriller


The 5th Horseman (Women's Murder Club, Bk 5)
The 5th Horseman (Women's Murder Club, Bk 5)
Author: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 585
Review Date: 8/1/2006
Helpful Score: 4


I thought this was the best one of the series.


An Innocent, a Broad
An Innocent, a Broad
Author: Ann Leary
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 12
Review Date: 5/9/2006
Helpful Score: 4


I wanted to read this book because I'm a Denis Leary fan and wanted to read what Ann had to say about him. I would have enjoyed this book whether it had anything in it about Denis or not. Ann is very funny and down to earth. A very good read.


Bee Season
Bee Season
Author: Myla Goldberg
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 339
Review Date: 12/1/2005


From the cover:

Eliza Nauman has no reason to believe she is anything but ordinary, especially after her teachers place her in the class for slow learners. Her father, Saul, dotes on her older brother Aaron's rabbinical ambitions. Her mother, Miriam, seems fully absorbed by her law career. When a spelling bee threatens to reaffirm her mediocrity, Eliza amazes everyone: she wins. Her newfound gift garners an invitation not only to the national competition, but to her father's sacred study where a new dictionary beckons, Jewish mysticism lurks in leather tomes, and language offers a spiritual awakening.

Eliza's unexpected success sends her off-kilter family into a tailspin, and Eliza comes to depend upon her own divination to hold the family together. With intense imagination and great emotional acuity, Bee Season evokes a child's desperate longing for praise and acceptance and is a masterful portrayal of modern family life.


Blood Brother: 33 Reasons My Brother Scott Peterson Is Guilty
Blood Brother: 33 Reasons My Brother Scott Peterson Is Guilty
Author: Anne Bird
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 123
Review Date: 12/10/2005


From the flyleaf:

What happens if, after being given up for adoption in childhood, you reestablish contact with your biological family - only to discover that your newfound brother is a killer? Anne Bird, the sister of Scott Peterson, knows firsthand.

Soon after her birth in 1965, Anne was given up for adoption by her mother, Jackie Latham. Welcomed into the well-adjusted Grady family, she lived a happy life. Then, in the late 1990s, she came back into contact with her mother, now Jackie Peterson, and her family - including Jackie's son Scott Peterson and his wife, Laci. Anne was welcomed into the family, and over the next several years she grew close to Scott and especially Laci. Together they shared holidays, family reunions, and even a trip to Disneyland. Anne and Laci became pregnant at roughly the same time, and the two became confidantes.

Then, on Christmas Eve 2002, Laci Peterson went missing - and the happy facade of the Peterson family slowly began to crumble. Anne rushed to the family's aid, helping in the search for Laci, even allowing Scott to stay in her home while police tried to find his wife. Yet Scott's behavior grew increasingly bizarre during the search, and Anne grew suspicious that her brother knew more than he was telling. Finally she began keeping a list of his disturbing behavior. And by the time Laci's body - and that of her unborn son, Conner - were found, Anne was becoming convinced: Her brother Scott Peterson had murdered his wife and unborn child in cold blood.

Filled with news-making revelations and intimate glimpses of Scott and Laci, the Peterson family, and the investigation that followed the murder, Blood Brother is a provocative account of how long - dormant family ties dragged one woman into one of the most notorious crimes of our time.


Bone in the Throat
Bone in the Throat
Author: Anthony Bourdain
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.
 31
Review Date: 4/8/2006
Helpful Score: 3


My book has a different cover than shown here. Wickedly funny and gruesome. Wonderful descriptions of food, almost as yummy as Mr. Bourdain himself. I didn't expect to enjoy this book as much as I did.


Cage of Stars
Cage of Stars
Author: Jacquelyn Mitchard
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 100
Review Date: 2/21/2007
Helpful Score: 2


Very good story but for me it was too long and drawn out.


Caught in the Light
Caught in the Light
Author: Robert Goddard
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 5
Review Date: 10/30/2005


From the flyleaf: On assignment in Vienna, photographer Ian Jarrett falls suddenly and desperately in love with a woman he has met purely by chance, Marian Esguard. Back in England, he separates from his wife and goes to meet Marian at an agreed-upon rendezvous, only to hear her tell him on the telephone that she will not be coming after all. She then vanishes from his life as mysteriously as she entered it.

Searching frantically for the woman for whom he has sacrificed everything, Jarrett stumbles upon a Dorset churchyard full of gravestones of dead Esguards. He meets Daphne Sanger, a psychotherapist, who is also looking for someone: a former patient who has come to believe she is the reincarnation of Marian Esguard - a woman who lived in Regency times and, it emerges may have invented photography ten years before Fox Talbot. But why is Marian Esguard unknown to history? And who and where is the woman Ian Jarrett met and fell in love with in Vienna?

Jarrett sets out to solve a mystery whose origins may be 170 years old and lie amid the magical-seeming properties of early photography. But at the end of the search a trap awaits him. He is caught in a web of deception, the revelation of which is Robert Goddard's most cunning twist to date.


Cell
Cell
Author: Stephen King
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 765
Review Date: 4/23/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Very suspenseful. The ending knocked my socks off.


Choke
Choke
Author: Chuck Palahniuk
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 579
Review Date: 10/22/2006


Bizarre.


Cloud Nine
Cloud Nine
Author: Luanne Rice
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 185
Review Date: 8/6/2006


Way too sad for me.


The Colorado Kid
The Colorado Kid
Author: Stephen King
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.
 307
Review Date: 11/22/2005


From the cover:

On an island off the coast of Maine, a man is found dead. There's no identification on the body. Only the dogged work of a pair of local newspapermen and a graduate student in forensics turns up any clues, and it's more than a year before the man is identified.

And that's just the beginning of the mystery. Because the more they learn about the man and the baffling circumstances of his death, the less they understand. Was it an impossible crime? Or something stranger still....?


Crow Lake
Crow Lake
Author: Mary Lawson
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 217
Review Date: 9/24/2005


From the cover:

Here is a gorgeous, slow-burning story set in the wild terrain of northern Ontario, where heartbreak and hardship are mirrored in the landscape. For the farming Pye family, life is a Greek tragedy where the sins of the fathers are visited on the sons, and terrible events occur - offstage. Center stage are the Morrisons, whose tragedy looks more immediate if less brutal, but is, in reality, insidious and divisive. Orphaned young, Kate Morrison was her older brother Matt's protegee, her fascination for pond life fed by his passionate interest in the natural world. Now a zoologist, she can identify organisms under a microscope but seems blind to the state of her own emotional life. And she thinks she's outgrown her siblings - Luke, Matt, and Bo - who were once her entire world.

In this universal drama of family love and misunderstandings, of resentments harbored and driven underground, Lawson ratchets up the tension with heartbreaking humor and consummate control, continually overturning one's expectations right to the very end.


The Dark Tower (Dark Tower, Bk 7)
The Dark Tower (Dark Tower, Bk 7)
Author: Stephen King
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
 318
Review Date: 9/6/2005


All good things must come to an end, Constant Reader, and not even Stephen King can make a story that goes on forever. The tale of Roland Deschain's relentless quest for the Dark Tower has, the author fears, sorely tried the patience of those who have followed it from its earliest chapters. But attend to it a while longer, if it pleases you, for this volume is the last, and often the last things are best.

Roland's ka-tet remains intact, though scattered over wheres and whens. Susannah-Mia has been carried from the Dixie Pig (in the summer of 1999) to a birthing room - really a chamber of horrors - in Thunderclap's Fedic; Jake and Father Callahan, with Oy between them, have entered the restaurant on Lex and Sixty-first with weapons drawn, little knowing how numerous and noxious are their foes. Roland and Eddie are with John Cullum in Maine, in 1977, looking for the site on Turtleback Lane where "walk-ins" have been often seen. They want desperately to get back to the others, to Susannah especially, and yet they have come to realize that the world they need to escape is the only one that matters.

Thus the book opens, like a door to the uttermost reaches of Stephen King's imagination. You've come this far. Come a little farther. Come all the way. The sound you hear may be the slamming of the door behind you. Welcome to The Dark Tower.


Dearly Devoted Dexter (Dexter, Bk 2)
Dearly Devoted Dexter (Dexter, Bk 2)
Author: Jeff Lindsay
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 66
Review Date: 5/5/2006


Very good dark humor. Not for the squeamish.


Debt of Dishonour
Debt of Dishonour
Author: Robert Goddard
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 5/22/2006


The estate at Clouds Frome was architect Geoffrey Staddon's greatest achievement. It was also the site of his greatest dishonour - for it was there he met Consuela Caswell, the beautiful Brazilian wife of Clouds Frome's proprietor. He loved Consuela immediately, fiercely, recklessly. In return, she risked everything for him - until he betrayed her for his own ambitious dreams of glory.

Twelve years later, when Staddon learns that Consuela has been charged with the poisoning of her neice and the attempted murder of her husband, he knows he cannot forsake her again. He returns to Clouds Frome and to the dark secrets it has harbored for so long, only to discover a web of betrayals more complex than he had ever imagined. As the courts grind slowly toward Consuela's doom, Staddon must find the courage to risk everything he is to save her and to pay, finally his debt of dishonor.


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