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My name is Pat and I live in Florida. My skin will never be smooth again and my hair will never see color. I enjoy collecting autographs and playing in Paint Shop Pro.,along with reading and writing. Sometimes, I enjoy myself by doing volunteer "work" helping celebrities at autograph shows. I love animals and at one time I did volunteer work for Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve.

Thursday, January 09, 2020

Mr Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore

Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore by  Robin Sloan.


Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Picador (September 24, 2013)
ISBN-10: 9781250037756






Amazon Review:


The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon away from life as a San Francisco web-design drone and into the aisles of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. But after a few days on the job, Clay discovers that the store is more curious than either its name or its gnomic owner might suggest. The customers are few, and they never seem to buy anything―instead, they "check out" large, obscure volumes from strange corners of the store. Suspicious, Clay engineers an analysis of the clientele's behavior, seeking help from his variously talented friends. But when they bring their findings to Mr. Penumbra, they discover the bookstore's secrets extend far beyond its walls. Rendered with irresistible brio and dazzling intelligence, Robin Sloan's Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore is exactly what it sounds like: an establishment you have to enter and will never want to leave.


As Carl Anderson, who gave me the books said, "who can't like a book about books?"..
And he was right.  There was a lot of mystery going on and it kept me reading to find out what was going to happen next?  It is rather hard for any bibliophile not enjoy a book about a book store!!

There are a lot of very smart people in this book. People who have idea's that someone like me would never think of or even consider. But it sure is interesting  once you start thinking about it all!  And as for Mr Penumbra... If this ever becomes a movie.. my choice for Mr Penumbra is simple: Ian McKellen!

Thank you Carl!!!!

Monday, December 23, 2019

People From Dickens

People from Dickens by Rachel Field.

Publisher: SCRIBNER'S; First Edition edition (1935)
ASIN: B000J55A8I








Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons
Date of Publication: 1935
Binding: hardcover
Edition: First Edition
Condition: Very Good/No Dust Jacket
Description: 8vo - 8" - 9" Tall 1st printing. Full cloth binding with color paper pastedown on front. Light all-over shelf scuffing. Gift note inked on half title page. Color endpapers. 208pp. Color plates. Pen and ink illustrations.


I just finished the last book for 2019.. and it was a beauty!
I found this book at a thrift shop a few years ago.  I never read it before.  I bought it for it's cover and the artwork within the book... and probably the fact that at that time I was reading some books of Dickens and Wilke Collins.

I am so glad I put this book away and kept it!  I love everything about his book!  I already mentioned the artwork.  The pages were so thick and rough I had to keep looking at the page numbers because they felt like 2 pages stuck together.  The book was published in 1935.  Every so many pages you could see the threads that sewed this book together!  The pages were all turning brown but I still loved this book. (and will keep it in the special group of "keepers").

It is 8 short versions of 8 of Dickens books, read as if they were each the entire book instead of a short story of the book.  Simply put...this was a most delightful book to read! Even if you aren't a reader of Dickens.. this gives a great example of his writings and lets you find out if you might actually want to read one of his entire books!


I give it a grade A !!

Friday, December 20, 2019

The Orphan's Tale by Pan Jenoff.

Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: MIRA;(February 21, 2017)
ISBN-10: 0778319814



 

Amazon Review:


A powerful novel of friendship set in a traveling circus during World War II, The Orphan’s Tale introduces two extraordinary women and their harrowing stories of sacrifice and survival

Sixteen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier and being forced to give up her baby. She lives above a small rail station, which she cleans in order to earn her keep… When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants bound for a concentration camp, she is reminded of the child that was taken from her. And in a moment that will change the course of her life, she snatches one of the babies and flees into the snowy night. 

Noa finds refuge with a German circus, but she must learn the flying trapeze act so she can blend in undetected, spurning the resentment of the lead aerialist, Astrid. At first rivals, Noa and Astrid soon forge a powerful bond. But as the facade that protects them proves increasingly tenuous, Noa and Astrid must decide whether their friendship is enough to save one another—or if the secrets that burn between them will destroy everything.


Well... it was a heart rendering story. It didn't quite do it for me though. Not enough "excitement" or who did something in it for me. 

Amazon gives a good review of the book, I couldn't say it as well, so go by that if you wonder if this book is for you.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Right Behind You

Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner.

Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Dutton; (January 31, 2017)
ISBN-10: 0525954589



Amazon Review:

Eight years ago, Sharlah May Nash’s older brother beat their drunken father to death with a baseball bat in order to save both of their lives. Now thirteen years old, Sharlah has finally moved on. About to be adopted by retired FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and his partner, Rainie Conner, Sharlah loves one thing best about her new family: They are all experts on monsters.

Then the call comes in. A double murder at a local gas station, followed by reports of an armed suspect shooting his way through the wilds of Oregon. As Quincy and Rainie race to assist, they are forced to confront mounting evidence: The shooter may very well be Sharlah’s older brother, Telly Ray Nash, and it appears his killing spree has only just begun.

As the clock winds down on a massive hunt for Telly, Quincy and Rainie must answer two critical questions: Why after eight years has this young man started killing again? And what does this mean for Sharlah? Once upon a time, Sharlah’s big brother saved her life. Now, she has two questions of her own: Is her brother a hero or a killer? And how much will it cost her new family before they learn the final, shattering truth? Because as Sharlah knows all too well, the biggest danger is the one standing right behind you.

This book is about FBI profilers and how they track down a killer .
It's a man and his wife with their soon to be adopted daughter, who turns out to be the sister of the suspected killer! 

It was a very good read.  Always trying to figure out who's right and who's wrong and who the murderer could be if not the person they believe it is!

Monday, December 02, 2019

The Silent Patient

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides.

Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Celadon Books; (February 5, 2019)
ISBN-10: 1250301696






Amazon Review:

The Silent Patient is a shocking psychological thriller of a woman’s act of violence against her husband―and of the therapist obsessed with uncovering her motive.
Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.

Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.
Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations―a search for the truth that threatens to consume him....

This was a good  murder mystery.  I like when a book is trying to get answers to "secrets" in order to find out who murdered the victim .  The book had very short chapters.. always a good point for me, and moved along rather quickly.  Either that or because the book before this was nearly 500 pgs this one seemed short! 


I seem to enjoy books that has a person who can't talk or their memory is not what it should be.. this one fit the bill !  A enjoyable , fast read.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton.

Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Atria Books;(October 9, 2018)
ISBN-10: 1451649398



Amazon Review:

My real name, no one remembers.

The truth about that summer, no one else knows.


In the summer of 1862, a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor on the banks of the Upper Thames. Their plan: to spend a secluded summer month in a haze of inspiration and creativity. But by the time their stay is over, one woman has been shot dead while another has disappeared; a priceless heirloom is missing; and Edward Radcliffe’s life is in ruins.

Over one hundred and fifty years later, Elodie Winslow, a young archivist in London, uncovers a leather satchel containing two seemingly unrelated items: a sepia photograph of an arresting-looking woman in Victorian clothing, and an artist’s sketchbook containing the drawing of a twin-gabled house on the bend of a river.

Why does Birchwood Manor feel so familiar to Elodie? And who is the beautiful woman in the photograph? Will she ever give up her secrets?

Told by multiple voices across time, The Clockmaker’s Daughter is a story of murder, mystery, and thievery, of art, love, and loss. And flowing through its pages like a river, is the voice of a woman who stands outside time, whose name has been forgotten by history, but who has watched it all unfold: Birdie Bell, the clockmaker’s daughter.

I have read all of Kate Morton's books.  This one is different from all others.  I admit I kept getting lost and then found again.. I am guessing that it is because it is told by many voices, and often I wouldn't notice ( got lost) for a bit until I could figure out what was going on.   Should you consider reading this book, I would say most wouldn't get lost like I do! So don't let that stop you if it sounds interesting to you.


The story unfolds slowly (and by different views and times). At 150 pgs I thought I might put it down...  then at 326 pages I thought I would put it down.  But for whatever reason I had to find out the ending  and so 496 pages later I felt sort of sad that it ended!  Go figure!

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Edinburgh Dusk

Edinburgh Dusk by Carole Lawrence.

Paperback: 397 pages
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (September 18, 2018)
ISBN-10: 1503903907 



 

Amazon Review:

A wicked Scottish winter has just begun when pioneering female physician Sophia Jex-Blake calls on Detective Inspector Ian Hamilton to investigate the suspicious death of one of her patients—a railroad lineman who she believes succumbed to the horrific effects of arsenic poisoning. The most provocative aspect of the case doesn’t escape Hamilton: the married victim’s numerous sexual transgressions.
 
Now, for the first time since the unexplained fire that killed his parents, Hamilton enters the Royal Infirmary to gain the insights of brilliant medical student Arthur Conan Doyle. Then a second poisoning occurs—this time, a prominent banker who died in the bed of a prostitute. It appears that someone is making Edinburgh’s more promiscuous citizens pay for their sins.
 
As the body count rises and public panic takes hold, Hamilton and Doyle delve into the seedy underbelly of the city, where nothing is as it seems, no one is immune to murder, and even trusted friends can be enemies in disguise.
 

A good second book using many from book one, allowing you to learn more about them while trying to solve the mystery of the poisonings.

A third book is in the workings and I look forward to it's release.  I like the short chapters and that the author writes, quite like, a normal conversation. She doesn't seem to try to impress some readers who like "big words" that they have to look up to know what they mean. Her books are very comfortable to read while still having interesting characters and a good murder mystery. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Girl in the Ice

Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza.

Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (April 24, 2018)
ISBN-10: 153871342X



Amazon Review:

Her eyes are wide open. Her lips parted as if to speak. Her dead body frozen in the ice . . . she is not the only one.

When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park's pond, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation. The victim appeared to have the perfect life -- what dark secrets is the girl in the ice hiding?

When Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes. All were found strangled, hands bound and dumped in water around London. As she inches closer to uncovering the truth, the killer is closing in. With her failing career hanging by a thread, Erika must now battle her own personal demons as well as a killer more deadly than any she's faced before. But will she get to him before he strikes again?

A good, "who done it".  All my guesses were wrong! lol.  I sometimes wonder how all the detective books I read can come up with something original in order to keep the reader want to keep reading.  Sometimes it's a character.. and sometimes the author just knows how to "keep the secret" of who it is until the very end!

Sunday, November 03, 2019

The Girl Who Lived

The Girl Who Lived by Christopher Greyson.

Paperback: 296 pages
Publisher: Greyson Media Associates (November 4, 2017)
ISBN-10: 1683993039


 

Amazon Review:

Ten years ago, four people were brutally murdered—one girl lived. No one believes her story. The police think she's crazy. Her therapist thinks she's suicidal. Everyone else thinks she's a dangerous drunk. They're all right—but did she see the killer?

As the anniversary of the murders approaches, Faith Winters is released from the psychiatric hospital and yanked back to the last spot on earth she wants to be—her hometown where the slayings took place. Wracked by the lingering echoes of survivor's guilt, Faith spirals into a black hole of alcoholism and wanton self-destruction. Finding no solace at the bottom of a bottle, Faith decides to track down her sister's killer—only to discover that she's the one being hunted. How can one woman uncover the truth when everyone's a suspect—including herself?

I liked that the main character was very different from any I've read before.  She was in a mental institution, very angry, and it was hard to believe what she said was true or not.

This leave the reader to try to figure "her" out "as well as" trying to figure out what actually happened and who did it.  To say this book is fast paced may be not saying that it is so captivating you do find yourself reading even when your eyes tell you to put the book down!

I do recommend this book to most people who think they figure it out long before the ending!

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Edinburgh Twilight

Edinburgh Twilight by Carole Lawrence.

Paperback: 444 pages
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (September 5, 2017)
ISBN-10: 1477848819




Amazon Review:

As a new century approaches, Edinburgh is a city divided. The wealthy residents of New Town live in comfort, while Old Town’s cobblestone streets are clotted with criminals, prostitution, and poverty.

Detective Inspector Ian Hamilton is no stranger to Edinburgh’s darkest crimes. Scarred by the mysterious fire that killed his parents, he faces his toughest case yet when a young man is found strangled in Holyrood Park.

With little evidence aside from a strange playing card found on the body, Hamilton engages the help of his aunt, a gifted photographer, and George Pearson, a librarian with a shared interest in the criminal mind. But the body count is rising. As newspapers spin tales of the “Holyrood Strangler,” panic sets in across the city. And with each victim, the murderer is getting closer to Hamilton, the one man who dares to stop him.

There was a lot for me to like this book.  The type of print and spacing made it much easier on my eyes.  And very short chapters are top of my list!  (and books written with Scotland as the back ground is a Plus!)

It was a long book to read since I started it and then went to the Smoky Mts for a week, came home with swollen feet and ankles AND a sick cat! So that took up another week of no reading from anxiety!  Anyway, I did like the book .  I've liked others more, but enjoyed it enough to send for book two.  There is more to learn about the main character, Ian Hamilton.  So we shall see ..

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Ghost Story

Ghost Story by Peter Straub.
Paperback: 528 pages
Publisher: Berkley;(February 2, 2016)
ISBN-10: 110198919X

 

Amazon Review:

What was the worst thing you’ve ever done?

In the sleepy town of Milburn, New York, four old men gather to tell each other stories—some true, some made-up, all of them frightening. A simple pastime to divert themselves from their quiet lives.


But one story is coming back to haunt them and their small town. A tale of something they did long ago. A wicked mistake. A horrifying accident. And they are about to learn that no one can bury the past forever...


This book was ok. I read all 528 pages.. but it wasn't as scary as the reviews seem to say.  I also felt it would have been a better book if it was shorter.  I think a lot could have been edited out and still have a very good story.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

The Butterfly Garden

The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison.

Paperback: 286 pages
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (June 1, 2016)
ISBN-10: 9781503934719



Amazon Review:

Near an isolated mansion lies a beautiful garden.
 
In this garden grow luscious flowers, shady trees…and a collection of precious “butterflies”—young women who have been kidnapped and intricately tattooed to resemble their namesakes. Overseeing it all is the Gardener, a brutal, twisted man obsessed with capturing and preserving his lovely specimens.
 
When the garden is discovered, a survivor is brought in for questioning. FBI agents Victor Hanoverian and Brandon Eddison are tasked with piecing together one of the most stomach-churning cases of their careers. But the girl, known only as Maya, proves to be a puzzle herself.
 
As her story twists and turns, slowly shedding light on life in the Butterfly Garden, Maya reveals old grudges, new saviors, and horrific tales of a man who’d go to any length to hold beauty captive. But the more she shares, the more the agents have to wonder what she’s still hiding…
 
Like ..wow!... I can't believe someone actually came up with the idea for this book!
It was fast reading because the whole thing was like someone talking to you and you listened to every word.  The book was "horrible".. but you couldn't put it down without knowing how it would end! .. and of course I can't tell you how it ends or you might not read it.
 

Monday, September 16, 2019

Murder in Park Lane by Karen Charlton.
Paperback: 316 pages
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (March 26, 2019)
ISBN-10: 1503955621


 

Amazon Review:

London, 1812. At a fashionable address in leafy Mayfair, a far cry from Detective Stephen Lavender’s usual haunts, a man is found dead in his room. He has been brutally stabbed, but the door is locked from the inside and the weapon is missing.

The deceased is David MacAdam, an Essex businessman with expensive tastes. As Lavender and Constable Ned Woods travel between London and Chelmsford seeking to understand MacAdam’s final hours and unearth the grisly truth, they uncover a tangled web of deceit behind his stylish facade. The unusual circumstances of MacAdam’s death are nothing compared to the shady nature of his life and it seems the house on Park Lane is at the heart of a dark conspiracy.

But when a second body turns up, everything they think they’ve learned is thrown into doubt. Can Lavender and Woods find out who’s behind these shocking murders before more lives are ruined?

This was an enjoyable read.  Short chapters , which I like, and good characters.  In fact, almost to many characters!  But I did seem to keep them straight, so that would mean anyone can!

I've read a few others of Karen Charlton, so she's not a new author to me.  The book is a "2 fer".. two for one murder investigation. I figured it out about the time the book did ! lol.

So it's onward and upward to the next mystery..............

Thursday, September 12, 2019

There There

There There , a novel by Tommy Orange.

Print Length: 292 pages
Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (June 5, 2018)
ASIN: B075HY1NFB





An Amazon Best Book of June 2018: What does it really mean to be an Indian/Native American/American Indian/Native? Orange's vivid debut novel allows a unique cast—ranging from teenagers to elders—to pull this question apart even as they add a modern layer of complexity: They live in the urban landscape of Oakland, California. The thrust of Orange's cross-cut storytelling is not to force his characters onto a strict plot line but to explore the varied ways of being an Indian and, more important, of feeling like an Indian. Fractured families, Oakland itself, and detachment from tradition make an Indian identity seem even more elusive to the younger characters, but it's a feeling that they unknowingly share—and that Orange wants to expose. As an amateur filmmaker says to a teen he's interviewing, "When you hear stories from people like you, you feel less alone." Isolation and longing permeate the page, lifted briefly only as the characters intersect at the Big Oakland Powwow, with chaotic results. If I have any quibble about the book (and it could be a failure of mine, really), it's that there are a few too many characters for me to comfortably hold in my head. But then again, this isn't a comfortable novel, and therein lies its power and purpose. —Adrian Liang, Amazon Book Review

Tommy Orange’s “groundbreaking, extraordinary” (The New York Times) There There is the “brilliant, propulsive” (People Magazine) story of twelve unforgettable characters, Urban Indians living in Oakland, California, who converge and collide on one fateful day. It’s “the year’s most galvanizing debut novel” (Entertainment Weekly).

As we learn the reasons that each person is attending the Big Oakland Powwow—some generous, some fearful, some joyful, some violent—momentum builds toward a shocking yet inevitable conclusion that changes everything. Jacquie Red Feather is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind in shame. Dene Oxendene is pulling his life back together after his uncle’s death and has come to work at the powwow to honor his uncle’s memory. Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield has come to watch her nephew Orvil, who has taught himself traditional Indian dance through YouTube videos and will to perform in public for the very first time. There will be glorious communion, and a spectacle of sacred tradition and pageantry. And there will be sacrifice, and heroism, and loss.


There There is a wondrous and shattering portrait of an America few of us have ever seen. It’s “masterful . . . white-hot . . . devastating” (The Washington Post) at the same time as it is fierce, funny, suspenseful, thoroughly modern, and impossible to put down. Here is a voice we have never heard—a voice full of poetry and rage, exploding onto the page with urgency and force. Tommy Orange has written a stunning novel that grapples with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and profound spirituality, and with a plague of addiction, abuse, and suicide. This is the book that everyone is talking about right now, and it’s destined to be a classic.

This book won't be for everyone.  But, it will be for people like me who have such strong feelings for Native Americans.   I read a book called, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee .  It was about much of the history of Western Native American's. How they were treated. How they were massacred. And how they tried to survive. I will forever keep that book.

Now, There There comes along.  If you can get thru the preface without crying , the book is probably not for you.  It is a book however of "stories" of some young Native American's of "today" .. how they survive.. or not.   It is the second book of Native American's that I will keep forever.

Sunday, September 08, 2019

The Wolf in Winter

The Wolf in Winter by John Connolly.

Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books(October 28, 2014)
ISBN-10: 1476703183



Amazon Review

The community of Prosperous, Maine has always thrived when others have suffered. Its inhabitants are wealthy, its children’s future secure. It shuns outsiders. It guards its own. And at the heart of Prosperous lie the ruins of an ancient church, transported stone by stone from England centuries earlier by the founders of the town…

But the death of a homeless man and the disappearance of his daughter draw the haunted, lethal private investigator Charlie Parker to Prosperous. Parker is a dangerous man, driven by compassion, by rage, and by the desire for vengeance. In him the town and its protectors sense a threat graver than any they have faced in their long history, and in the comfortable, sheltered inhabitants of a small Maine town, Parker will encounter his most vicious opponents yet.

Charlie Parker has been marked to die so that Prosperous may survive.

Prosperous, and the secret that it hides beneath its ruins…

I'm not sure what to say about this book.  I did read the entire book. Nice short chapters. The Wolf in the title seemed to have little to do with the story. (at least to me)  The whole town seemed to be  a "religious cult" that also felt they needed to "feed'" their "god" with a human female now and then.

It wasn't my kind of book though I read it all wondering if I was missing something to make me more "into" the story.

There was one paragraph I found myself reading more than once.. it  dealt with a street person:

"Each day is the same, and each day you get a little older and a little more tired.  And sometimes you'd remember who you were.  You were a kid who played with other kids. You had a mother and a father.  You had a husband. You had a wife. You were loved.  You could never have imagined that you would end up this way."

It could actually mean many people, not just street people.

If you like John Connolly I think you will like this book.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Layover

Layover by David Bell.

Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Berkley (July 2, 2019)
ISBN-10: 0440000874




Amazon Review:

Joshua Fields takes the same flights every week for work, his life a series of departures and arrivals, hotels and airports. During yet another layover, he meets Morgan, a beautiful stranger with whom he feels an immediate connection. When it’s time for their respective flights, Morgan kisses Joshua passionately, lamenting that they’ll never see each other again.

As soon as Morgan disappears in the crowd, Joshua is shocked to see her face on a nearby TV. The reason: Morgan is a missing person.

What follows is a whirlwind, fast-paced journey filled with lies, deceit, and secrets as Joshua tries to discover why Morgan has vanished from her own life. Every time he thinks one mystery is solved, another rears its head—and his worst enemy might be his own assumptions about those around him.

David Bell is one of the authors that I've read all his books:  SOMEBODY'S DAUGHTER, BRING HER HOME, SINCE SHE WENT AWAY, SOMEBODY I USED TO KNOW, THE FORGOTTEN GIRL, NEVER COME BACK, THE HIDING PLACE, and CEMETERY GIRL.  And for me it all began with Cemetery Girl. Thanks to Carl Anderson!)

This was a good mystery but for whatever reasons I liked  all his other books better.  I did like this book.. but like the others better.. He's still a super writer!

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Plague Pits and River Bones

Plague Pits & River Bones by Karen Charlton.

Paperback: 348 pages
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (January 11, 2018)
ISBN-10: 1542048397



Amazon Review:

London, 1812: Treacherous gangs roam the capital, and not even the Palace of Westminster is safe. When Detective Stephen Lavender is called in to investigate a highway robbery and a cold-blooded murder, both the cases take a dangerous and disturbing personal twist.
 
And when Lavender’s trusted deputy, Constable Ned Woods, finds a mysterious severed foot washed up on Greenwich Beach, they soon realise that these ancient bones are more sinister than they first appeared.
 
With Bow Street Police Office undermanned and in disarray, it will take all of Lavender and Woods’s wit and skill—and some help from Lavender’s spirited wife, Magdalena—to unmask the fiend behind the mayhem, restore peace and justice to the beleaguered city and solve the tragic mystery of the severed foot.
 
But will they do so in time to foil a plot that threatens to plunge the country into chaos?

This is not my first Detective Lavender book, but it is the first in a very long time.  I am surprised I went so long without reading another book by Karen Charlton.  She is very good at describing any area of "old London" .

It was a quick read and she had more than one thing going on without confusion.  I enjoyed this one and will keep and eye out for another Detective Lavender story.

Friday, August 23, 2019

The Woman in the Woods

The Woman in the Woods by John Connolly.

Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books (June 12, 2018)
ISBN-10: 1501171925




Amazon Review:

In the beautiful Maine woods, a partly preserved body is discovered. Investigators realize that the dead young woman gave birth shortly before her death. But there is no sign of a baby.

Private detective Charlie Parker is hired by a lawyer to shadow the police investigation and find the infant but Parker is not the only searcher. Someone else is following the trail left by the woman, someone with an interest in much more than a missing child…someone prepared to leave bodies in his wake.

And in a house by the woods, a toy telephone begins to ring and a young boy is about to receive a call from a dead woman.

I have to say.. when I saw this title (and I have read some John Connolly) it sounded good.. a body in the woods.. right up my alley... wrong!

The character looking for parts of an "atlas" and his partner who kills everyone involved did not hold my interest.  I did read the whole book but kept hoping there would be more "Charlie Parker" and less of all the other characters involved.   This is a first John Connolly book that make a "good read" for me.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Concrete Blonde

Concrete Blonde by Michael Connelly.

Hardcover: 392 pages
Publisher: Little Brown;(June 1, 1994)
ISBN-10: 9780316153836



Amazon Review:

Detective Harry Bosch was sure he'd shot the serial killer responsible for a string of murders in LA . . . but now, a new crime makes him question his convictions.
The Dollmaker was the name of the serial killer who had stalked Los Angeles ruthlessly, leaving grisly calling cards on the faces of his female victims. Now with a single faultless shot, Detective Harry Bosch thinks he has ended the city's nightmare.

But the dead man's widow is suing Harry and the LAPD for killing the wrong man-- an accusation that rings terrifyingly true when a new victim is discovered with the Dollmaker's macabre signature.

So for the second time, Harry must hunt down a death-dealer who is very much alive, before he strikes again. It's a blood-tracked quest that will take Harry from the hard edges of the L.A. night to the last place he ever wanted to go-- the darkness of his own heart.

With The Concrete Blonde, Edgar Award-winning author Michael Connelly has hit a whole new level in his career, creating a breathtaking thriller that thrusts you into a blistering courtroom battle-- and a desperate search for a sadistic killer.

Wow.. this was a much earlier Detective Bosch book.  At first It read like only a trial.. about the time I thought that maybe I wasn't as happy with this as the rest of the Bosch books.. it took off!  Holy cow! Twist and turn and surprise after surprise!  I guess you'd say.. I liked it! lol.
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Native American Wisdom edited by Kent Nerburn and Louise Mengelkoch.

Hardcover: 128 pages
Publisher: New World Library; 1St Edition edition (January 1, 1993)
ISBN-10: 0931432782


 
 Amazon Review

We recognize the philosophy of the original Americans as coming from the earth we walk on, from those who preceded us. As we read the wisdom of these peoples, it is possible to feel a reconnection with our land and ourselves. This beautiful collection of the best of Native American wisdom features the thoughts of Chief Joseph, Sitting Bull, Red Cloud, Black Elk, Ohiyesa, and many others on Native American ways of living, learning, and dying. Taken from orations, recorded observations of life and social affairs, and other first-person testimonies, this book selects a wide range of Native American wisdom and distills it to its essence in short, digestible quotes that are meaningful and timeless -- perhaps even more timely now than when they were written.

Some of the quotes seem not very old but of course those of Sitting Bull, Red Cloud, Black Elk and Ohiyea are "a bit older"!  Nice little book . I would like to hear more quotes from the Native Americans gone by.

Thursday, August 08, 2019

The Black Box

The Black Box by Michael Connelly.

Hardcover: 560 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company(November 26, 2012)
ISBN-10: 0316069426



Amazon Review:

In this "superb" thriller, Detective Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to the unsolved killing of a young female photographer during the 1992 L.A. riots (Wall Street Journal).
 
In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved.

Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box," the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.

This makes 7 in a row of the Bosch books by Michael Connelly.   Good writer.. good mysteries... good detective. (But I still liked the Monk books  a bit better, because there was a trio of the same characters in all the books)

I have one more book here but it's a small paperback and I don't know if I can get through the small print.  I don't have to have large print , but the print in hardbacks is usually a good size for me. I will give it a shot, but might have to go to something else until I can get more of the Bosch books in hardback like at the Friends of the Library.

Monday, August 05, 2019

Angels Flight

Angels Flight by Michael Connelly.

Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing;(March 6, 2018)
ISBN-10: 1538762706 






In this "superbly paced" New York Times bestseller (Esquire), LAPD detective Harry Bosch is trying to solve a high-profile lawyer's murder. But first he must face the public's suspicion . . . and his darkest fears.
 
An activist attorney is killed in a cute little L.A. trolley called Angels Flight, far from Harry Bosch's Hollywood turf. But the case is so explosive -- and the dead man's enemies inside the L.A.P.D. are so numerous -- that it falls to Harry to solve it. Now the streets are superheating. Harry's year-old Vegas marriage is unraveling. And the hunt for a killer is leading Harry to another high-profile L.A. murder case, one where every cop had a motive. The question is, did any have the guts?

This is one of the earlier books Harry Bosch.  I have to admit Michael Connelly is really, 1: a good story teller, and 2: Knows the in's and out's of being a Detective.  He also like to throw in some surprises along the way!

I still have 2 more Bosch books to read and then I need to get back to a book that's taking me some time to read.  I hope other's out there like the Bosch series because they are enjoyable reading!

Thursday, July 25, 2019

9 Dragons

9 Dragons by Michael Connelly.

Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company;(October 13, 2009)
ISBN-10: 0316166316




Amazon Review:

After what seems like a routine murder investigation, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch finds himself in Hong Kong facing the highest-stakes case of his life: bringing his kidnapped daughter home. 

Fortune Liquors is a small shop in a tough South L.A. neighborhood, a store Bosch has known for years. The murder of John Li, the store's owner, hits Bosch hard, and he promises Li's family that he'll find the killer. 

The world Bosch steps into next is unknown territory. He brings in a detective from the Asian Gang Unit for help with translation -- not just of languages but also of the cultural norms and expectations that guided Li's life. He uncovers a link to a Hong Kong triad, a lethal and far-reaching crime ring that follows many immigrants to their new lives in the U.S. 

And instantly his world explodes. The one good thing in Bosch's life, the person he holds most dear, is taken from him and Bosch travels to Hong Kong in an all-or-nothing bid to regain what he's lost. In a place known as Nine Dragons, as the city's Hungry Ghosts festival burns around him, Bosch puts aside everything he knows and risks everything he has in a desperate bid to outmatch the triad's ferocity.

Well it seems like this is a totally Michael Connelly/ Bosch book month!  I guess you could say I am enjoying Bosch... almost...as much as Monk!

This series on Detective Bosch always takes place in California/ LA area.. but for once half of the book took place in Hong Kong!  In Hong Kong he meets up with his x wife and a man named Sun Yee, a one time very bad guy turned very good guy. (I liked him! lol)

So far I haven't found a Bosch book that I haven't enjoyed.. so add it to your list if you haven't read it and are a Bosch fan!


Saturday, July 06, 2019

Dark Sacred Night

Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly.

Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company;(October 30, 2018)
ISBN-10: 0316484806




Amazon Review:

Harry Bosch teams up with LAPD Detective Renée Ballard to face the unsolved murder of a runaway, and the fight to bring a killer to justice.

Detective Renée Ballard is working the night beat -- known in LAPD slang as "the late show" -- and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours to find a stranger rifling through old file cabinets. The intruder is retired detective Harry Bosch, working a cold case that has gotten under his skin. 

Ballard can't let him go through department records, but when he leaves, she looks into the case herself and feels a deep tug of empathy and anger. She has never been the kind of cop who leaves the job behind at the end of her shift -- and she wants in.
 
The murder, unsolved, was of fifteen-year-old Daisy Clayton, a runaway on the streets of Hollywood who was brutally killed, her body left in a dumpster like so much trash. Now Ballard joins forces with Bosch to find out what happened to Daisy, and to finally bring her killer to justice. Along the way, the two detectives forge a fragile trust, but this new partnership is put to the test when the case takes an unexpected and dangerous turn.

This time Bosh had a female "partner" to help solve his unsolved murder. The writing was set up a little differently but all went well.. no getting mixed up.  Again, short chapters, which I love, and of course 2 mysteries going at the same time.

I've been told by my friend Cath that there is a tv series on Bosch.  I think on Netflix.  While I do like this series, I don't think I'd like watching it as much.  I've already gotten a picture of him in my mind, and some of the sequences happen near where I lived when I was in California so I  have no problem picturing it all in my mind.

This was another good read. I would recommend this Bosh Series for anyone who liked murder mysteries.

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Two Kinds of Truth

Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly.

Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company(October 31, 2017)
ISBN-10: 031641



Amazon Review:

Exiled from the LAPD, Harry Bosch must clear his name, uncover a ring of prescription drug abuse, and outwit a clever killer before it's too late.
 
Harry Bosch, exiled from the LAPD, is working cold cases for the San Fernando Police Department when all hands are called out to a local drugstore, where two pharmacists have been murdered in a robbery. Bosch and the tiny town's three-person detective squad sift through the clues, which lead into the dangerous, big-business world of prescription drug abuse. To get to the people at the top, Bosch must risk everything and go undercover in the shadowy world of organized pill mills.
 
Meanwhile, an old case from Bosch's days with the LAPD comes back to haunt him when a long-imprisoned killer claims Harry framed him and seems to have new evidence to prove it. Bosch left the LAPD on bad terms, so his former colleagues are not keen on protecting his reputation. But if this conviction is overturned, every case Bosch ever worked will be called into question. As usual, he must fend for himself as he tries to clear his name and keep a clever killer in prison. 
 
The two cases wind around each other like strands of barbed wire. Along the way, Bosch discovers that there are two kinds of truth: the kind that sets you free and the kind that leaves you buried in darkness.

And yet.. another Bosch novel!   I have to say I do enjoy the fact that Michael Connelly seems to always give you two mysteries for the price of one.  And most importantly, they are easily kept apart so you are never wondering what's what.

I really like when he pairs Bosch up with Haller (the attorney) . And Haller is in this book.

The Bosch books are all fast reading, short chapters, and they keep you wanting to pick up the book as soon as you sit in your favorite chair.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

The Brass Verdict

The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly.

Hardcover: 422 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (October 14, 2008)
ISBN-10: 0316024627

 


Amazon Review:

Defense attorney Mickey Haller and Detective Harry Bosch must either work together or die as they investigate a Hollywood lawyer's murder in this "epic page-turner" (Library Journal).
 
Things are finally looking up for defense attorney Mickey Haller. After two years of wrong turns, Haller is back in the courtroom. When Hollywood lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered, Haller inherits his biggest case yet: the defense of Walter Elliott, a prominent studio executive accused of murdering his wife and her lover. But as Haller prepares for the case that could launch him into the big time, he learns that Vincent's killer may be coming for him next. 

Enter Harry Bosch. Determined to find Vincent's killer, he is not opposed to using Haller as bait. But as danger mounts and the stakes rise, these two loners realize their only choice is to work together.

Bringing together Michael Connelly's two most popular characters, The Brass Verdict is sure to be his biggest book yet.

Yet another good book by Michael Connelly!  I guess when I picked it up at the thrift store I didn't notice that it wasn't a Bosch book.   Instead it was about Haller, an attorney , who I remembered from the last Bosch book I read.  And it turns out that Bosh is also in the book and it seems like this was the book where they first met.

The biggest part of the book was a trial that Haller had "inherited" about a movie mogul accused of murdering is wife and lover.  All I will say is there are a few surprises towards the end of the story!

This was a good read. 

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The Wrong Side of Goodbye

The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly.

Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company(November 1, 2016)
ISBN-10: 0316225940



Amazon Review:

California's newest private investigator, Detective Harry Bosch, must track down a missing heir while helping a police department connect the dots on a dangerous cold case.
Harry Bosch is California's newest private investigator. He doesn't advertise, he doesn't have an office, and he's picky about who he works for, but it doesn't matter. His chops from thirty years with the LAPD speak for themselves.

Soon one of Southern California's biggest moguls comes calling. The reclusive billionaire is nearing the end of his life and is haunted by one regret. When he was young, he had a relationship with a Mexican girl, his great love. But soon after becoming pregnant, she disappeared. Did she have the baby? And if so, what happened to it?

Desperate to know whether he has an heir, the dying magnate hires Bosch, the only person he can trust. With such a vast fortune at stake, Harry realizes that his mission could be risky not only for himself but for the one he's seeking. But as he begins to uncover the haunting story--and finds uncanny links to his own past--he knows he cannot rest until he finds the truth.

At the same time, unable to leave cop work behind completely, he volunteers as an investigator for a tiny cash-strapped police department and finds himself tracking a serial rapist who is one of the most baffling and dangerous foes he has ever faced.


The book started out a little slow and my thoughts were that I'd not finish this book.
Well, that didn't happen! It turned into a book I really got into and enjoyed.  The protagonist, Bosch winds up working two cases at once.  One for the Police department , and one a private case for an elderly billionaire trying to find out if he has any heirs to leave his fortune to when he dies.  

It turned into a real page turner !  If you like Michael Connelly this is one of the Bosch series you won't want to miss!

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Inspector of the Dead

Inspector of the Dead by David Morrell.

Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Mulholland Books(October 11, 2016)
ISBN-10: 0316323950



Amazon Review:
The year is 1855. The Crimean War is raging. The incompetence of British commanders causes the fall of the English government. The Empire teeters.

Amid this crisis comes opium-eater Thomas De Quincey, one of the most notorious and brilliant personalities of Victorian England. Along with his irrepressible daughter, Emily, and their Scotland Yard companions, Ryan and Becker, De Quincey finds himself confronted by an adversary who threatens the heart of the nation.

This killer targets members of the upper echelons of British society, leaving with each corpse the name of someone who previously attempted to kill Queen Victoria. The evidence indicates that the ultimate victim will be Victoria herself. As De Quincey and Emily race to protect the queen, they uncover long-buried secrets and the heartbreaking past of a man whose lust for revenge has destroyed his soul.

Based on actual attempts to assassinate Queen Victoria, Inspector of the Dead brilliantly merges historical fact with fiction, bringing a bloody chapter of Victorian England to vivid, pulse-pounding life.

The mention of Thomas De  Quincey reminded me of the books I read by David Morrell and totally enjoyed.  I looked at my saved books and found that I had,  Murder is a Fine Art and Ruler of the Night. But I didn't find Inspector of the Dead.  Not having the best memory I sent for a copy to read.  Once I was into the very first chapter, I let out a groan.  Dang it!  I did read this before!  But did I set it aside?  nada.  De Quincey grabbed me right into the book again!  What a character he makes for a murder mystery!!!   I found that I did forget a lot of the book so I enjoyed it all over again!

If you like really interesting characters in the books you read, the 3 Thomas De Quincey books are a must read!

If you don't recognize the author ...some of the books he wrote that became movies are: First Blood and the Rambo movies!

Monday, June 10, 2019

Find Her

Find Her by Lisa Gardner.

Hardcover: 402 pages
Publisher: Thorndike Press  (February 3, 2016)
ISBN-10: 9781410485342




Amazon Review:

Seven years ago, carefree college student Flora Dane was kidnapped while on spring break. For 472 days, Flora learned just how much one person can endure.

Miraculously alive after her ordeal, Flora has spent the past five years reacquainting herself with the rhythms of normal life, working with her FBI victim advocate, Samuel Keynes. She has a mother who’s never stopped loving her, a brother who is scared of the person she’s become, and a bedroom wall covered with photos of other girls who’ve never made it home.

When Boston detective D. D. Warren is called to the scene of a crime—a dead man and the bound, naked woman who killed him—she learns that Flora has tangled with three other suspects since her return to society. Is Flora a victim or a vigilante? And with her firsthand knowledge of criminal behavior, could she hold the key to rescuing a missing college student whose abduction has rocked Boston? When Flora herself disappears, D.D. realizes a far more sinister predator is out there. One who’s determined that this time, Flora Dane will never escape. And now it is all up to D. D. Warren to find her.

This book took me by surprise.  Smh.  For a female this is one scary book!  Based on true stories of girls/ woman who are abducted and how they are treated..but when it's Flora Dane they take, in the long run, they find out they took the wrong woman.

Lisa Gardner, the author is a super writer. She makes you feel like you are right there and feeling the feelings Flora is feeling. Like, I said... scary!

Thursday, May 30, 2019

The Bone Key

The Bone Key by Sarah Monette.

Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Prime Books (October 18, 2011)
ISBN-10: 1607012901




Amazon review...

  • Kyle Murchison Booth is the unlikeliest of characters to gain a cult following, yet he has. Eccentric, socially awkward Booth is an introverted museum archivist, descended from a most unusual family, who frequently finds himself in the midst of the most unsettling supernatural experiences and strange necromantic mysteries. A gentleman and a scholar, the unwilling hero persevered through The Bone Key, a series of interconnected short stories, to win readers' hearts (and possibly their souls).
  • This new edition, with a "puzzle" cover and a new introduction by one of Booth's "successors" at the Samuel Mather Parrington Museum, will delight current fans and allow even more to discover its dark charms.

I am not a lover of short stories.. so of course I bought this book because of the cover!!! (Not the first time I've done that!)

Having said that.. I enjoyed this book!  Each of the stories had the same main character and tied them, more or less, together.  I enjoyed most of the stories with maybe an exception of the last 2 stories.  However, I would still recommend this book if you like mysteries, ghost stories and such.

It's quick reading, but I've been sick nearly all month so the most I did was read one short story and put the book down for a day or two.. so , short as it is it took me a bit to read it.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Once Upon a River

Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield.

Hardcover: 480 pages
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books (December 4, 2018)
ISBN-10: 0743298071




Amazon Review:

On a dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the river Thames, an extraordinary event takes place. The regulars are telling stories to while away the dark hours, when the door bursts open on a grievously wounded stranger. In his arms is the lifeless body of a small child. Hours later, the girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Is it magic? Or can science provide an explanation? These questions have many answers, some of them quite dark indeed.

Those who dwell on the river bank apply all their ingenuity to solving the puzzle of the girl who died and lived again, yet as the days pass the mystery only deepens. The child herself is mute and unable to answer the essential questions: Who is she? Where did she come from? And to whom does she belong? But answers proliferate nonetheless.

Three families are keen to claim her. A wealthy young mother knows the girl is her kidnapped daughter, missing for two years. A farming family reeling from the discovery of their son’s secret liaison, stand ready to welcome their granddaughter. The parson’s housekeeper, humble and isolated, sees in the child the image of her younger sister. But the return of a lost child is not without complications and no matter how heartbreaking the past losses, no matter how precious the child herself, this girl cannot be everyone’s. Each family has mysteries of its own, and many secrets must be revealed before the girl’s identity can be known.

Once Upon a River is a glorious tapestry of a book that combines folklore and science, magic and myth. Suspenseful, romantic, and richly atmospheric, the beginning of this novel will sweep you away on a powerful current of storytelling, transporting you through worlds both real and imagined, to the triumphant conclusion whose depths will continue to give up their treasures long after the last page is turned.

This book began a little slow for me.  I am guessing that after so many murder mystery books that this was harder for me to get into.  That... and as soon as I see Diane Setterfield's name I expect something comparable to The Thirteenth Tale.  Well, this is not that! lol  To me it was a bit more "fantasy" than a fiction novel.  

I did read it all so that means it wasn't awful!  And to many who are a bit more into .. I don't know what to call it!  But I am sure many will like this book very much.  So, if the review from Amazon sounds good to you... give it a try!