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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, April 02, 2020

Dragonquest

Dragonquest by Anne McCaffrey.


Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Del Rey;(October 13, 1986)
ISBN-10: 9780345335081







Amazon Review:


"Another Turn, and the deadly silver Threads began falling again. So the bold dragonriders took to the air once more, and their magnificent flying dragons swirled and swooped, belching flames that destroyed the shimmering strands before they reach the ground.

"But F'lar knew he had to find a better way to protect his beloved Pern, and he had to find it before the rebellious Oldtimers could breed anymore dissent....before his brother F'nor would be foolhardy enough to launch another suicide mission...and before those dratted fire-lizards could stir up any more trouble!"



Book 2 or the Dragonriders of Pern.

This book shows the bravery of the Dragons and their riders.  It  has a love story .  It has danger.  It has sadness.   It pretty much as some of everything that should be in a book such as this.


Again, it is easy reading.  You fall in love with the characters and their dragons.  They share hope .  Something that is sadly missing in some of our lives right now.  I have, and will always suggest anyone to hasn't read these books to give them a try.. and to those who have.. it's time to read them again!

Friday, March 27, 2020

Dragonflight


Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey.


Paperback
Publisher: Del Rey (1988)
ASIN: B008E9EMH6
Package Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches




Amazon:
On the beautiful planet Pern, colonized for centuries, Land Holders and Craftsmen have traditionally tithed food and supplies to the dragonweyrs to which they are bound. In times past, the mighty telepathic dragons and their riders were the only protection from the dreaded, life-threatening Thread.

But it has been over 400 years since the last Threadfall, and some people have come to doubt that the menace will every strike again. But F'lar,

Weyr Search features a young woman named Lessa being recruited to establish a telepathic bond with a queen dragon at its hatching, thus becoming a dragonrider, and the leader of a Weyr community on the fictional planet Pern. Dragonrider features the growth of Lessa's queen dragon, Ramoth, and their training together.

Between my "normal" depression and stress and anxiety.. then we get this.... this... virus!  Slowly but surely I  have gotten to a point where I can't concentrate on what I am doing let alone what I am reading.  So after it took me weeks to read a very good book called Before We Were Yours, and it should have taken me only days, I decided to try reading an old favorite which I haven't read for a few years ..but.. have read at least 4 times before.  I figured I didn't have to try so hard to concentrate since I know (and love) the story....   it seems to be working!

I love ALL the Pern books that Anne wrote.  The first three are always great, getting to know them all and learning how to believe what no one wants to believe.   If you've never read this series... you should.   And now on to Dragonquest!

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Uncle Remus Stories


Uncle Remus Stories adaptations by Joel Chandler Harris

Hardcover: 92 pages
Publisher: Simon and Schuster (1946)
ASIN: B001GT9NUM
Package Dimensions: 12.9 x 10.2 x 0.6 inches











Amazon...

About This Book: Disney has released a number of Uncle Remus books over the years, but this 1947 Giant Golden Book is the grandaddy of them all. Large format, 92 pp. Released without dustjacket. With lively art credited to Disney animators Bill Justice and Al Dempster. Marion Palmer is credited with "retold by." Illustrations throughout, about half in color.

Interestingly, Walt Disney's introduction makes no apology for Song of the South. He explains that the book contains tales which the studio adapted but which didn't make the final cut of the screenplay. It also discusses how Disney has adapted the dialect of Harris' stories for younger readers and (very briefly) situates the tales historically.

Well I  had to finally reread something I hadn't read since Grammar School !   It does take you back to times when we had no cares or worries, even though things were all that easy either.

As a child I absolutely loved Uncle Remus.  I wished I had and Uncle that wanted to be around kids and read tell stories !   Uncle Remus is "dated" but my memories  sure didn't include how things were as I got older.  Uncle Remus was safe.  He was kind.  And he made me happy.  That was all I cared about...  It could be said today, if one chose to.

I was thrilled quite a few years ago to meet "the voice" of Brer Bear, Nick Stewart.  Upon searching his photo in google I realized I knew his face from old black and white movies! 

 I guess one could say "he was a Bear of an Actor"! heh.

 

Thank you Mr. Stewart for your acting abilities and for making children happy!

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Before We Were Yours


Before We Were Yours by Lisa Windgate.

Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books;(June 6, 2017)
ISBN-10: 0425284689



Amazon Review

For readers of Orphan Train and The Nightingale comes a “thought-provoking [and] complex tale about two families, two generations apart . . . based on a notorious true-life scandal.”*

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge—until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents—but they quickly realize the dark truth. At the mercy of the facility’s cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together in a world of danger and uncertainty.

Aiken, South Carolina, present day. Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiancé, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family’s long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or to redemption.

Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country—Lisa Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.


This is different from most books that I read. No detectives, no murders.. but plenty of mystery.

It's a sad story taken from truths but the characters were from the author.  Normally, this is a book I would read pretty fast, but for health reason (a lot my eyes) it took me a long time reading it... but in the end, I did enjoy the book.

Friday, February 21, 2020

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.

Hardcover: 181 pages
Publisher: William Morrow;(June 18, 2013)
ISBN-10: 0062255657






Amazon.com Review
An Amazon Best Book of the Month, June 2013: Neil Gaiman's intent was simple: to write a short story. What he ended up with instead was The Ocean at the of the Lane--his first adult novel since Anansi Boys came out in 2005, and a narrative so thoughtful and thrilling that it's as difficult to stop reading as it was for Gaiman to stop writing. Forty years ago, our narrator, who was then a seven-year-old boy, unwittingly discovered a neighboring family’s supernatural secret. What happens next is an imaginative romp through otherwordly adventure that could only come from Gaiman's magical mind. Childhood innocence is tested and transcended as we see what getting between ancient, mystic forces can cost, as well as what can be gained from the power of true friendship. The result is a captivating tale that is equal parts sweet, sad, and spooky. --Robin A. Rothman

I don't  know what to say about this book.  The review I read made it sound like something I would like so I bought it.  I enjoyed most of it.  But it was a bit out of my range with the "other worldly" parts.

I am sure all Neil Gaiman fans will love it as they love all his books..  I may have picked the wrong book of his to be my first read by him.  I will say he has a very imaginative  mind!

Monday, February 17, 2020

Then She was Gone

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell.

Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Atria Books;(November 6, 2018)
ISBN-10: 1501154656





Amazon Review:

Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was fifteen, the youngest of three. She was beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers. She and her boyfriend made a teenaged golden couple. She was days away from an idyllic post-exams summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her.
And then she was gone.


Now, her mother Laurel Mack is trying to put her life back together. It’s been ten years since her daughter disappeared, seven years since her marriage ended, and only months since the last clue in Ellie’s case was unearthed. So when she meets an unexpectedly charming man in a café, no one is more surprised than Laurel at how quickly their flirtation develops into something deeper. Before she knows it, she’s meeting Floyd’s daughters—and his youngest, Poppy, takes Laurel’s breath away.

Because looking at Poppy is like looking at Ellie. And now, the unanswered questions she’s tried so hard to put to rest begin to haunt Laurel anew. Where did Ellie go? Did she really run away from home, as the police have long suspected, or was there a more sinister reason for her disappearance? Who is Floyd, really? And why does his daughter remind Laurel so viscerally of her own missing girl?


I was surprised that I totally enjoyed this book.  No detectives involved! I don't read many that don't involve a few murders and a detective or two !


There are still many times you find yourself trying to figure out what happened? Or what will happen?  So it does keep you coming back to the book often!   I guess I would call it a good summer read or a good read when stuck in the house!

Monday, February 10, 2020

The Murrow Boys: Pioneers in the Front Lines of Broadcast Journalism

The Murrow Boys: Pioneers in the Front Lines of Broadcast Journalism by Lynne Olson and Stanley Cloud.

Hardcover: 445 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (May 1, 1996)
ISBN-10: 0395680840




From Publishers Weekly
In 1937, Edward R. Murrow (1908-1965) was dispatched to Europe by CBS Radio as its European representative. Although the job consisted of finding entertainment for the radio, world events would soon intervene. With Hitler beginning his rampage, Murrow fought isolationism at home and provincialism at CBS to form a legendary group of electronic journalists. William L. Shirer became Berlin correspondent, and Murrow, holding down London himself, hired the vain, insecure Eric Sevareid for Paris. Streetwise New Yorker Larry LeSueur, covered Dunkirk. There were also Charles Collingwood, Murrow's "Bonnie Prince Charlie," who loved the good life; Winston Burdett, onetime Communist later turned stool pigeon for a red-hunting Senate committee; and Howard K. Smith, Southern gentleman and Rhodes Scholar, who would take "the last train from Berlin" when the U.S. entered the war. With the end of the war, we see "the boys" as they evolve in a changing America, resisting television (they all, at first, hated it); McCarthyism (Sevareid, Murrow and, especially, Collingwood would be fearless); hubris (Shirer became so arrogant he was fired); and the CBS corporate structure (William S. Paley, corporate shark, would always win). Cloud, a former Washington bureau chief for Time, and his wife, Olson, former White House correspondent for the Baltimore Sun, have written a lively, colloquial history of broadcast journalism that is so exciting one's impulse is to read it in a single sitting. 

Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.





I found this book in a thrift shop and remembering Edward R Murrow's name and some others from when I was very young I took it home.  A number of years later I finally got around to reading it!

Murrow and "his boys" were leaders in reporting on the war when it had never been done before. Amazingly most all came home after it was all over only to find technology was moving on from Radio to Television. To say they weren't happy would be an understatement.

Only some that are my age and older would remember many of the names, but towards the end of the book Walter Cronkite  entered the picture.. more of us remember him.  But I do remember Edward R Murrow had a tv show called See It Now. 


Definitely a book of History that began before I was born... but didn't end  until I had a firm memory of some of the things they talked about.

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Rocket Men

Rocket Men by Robert Kurson.

Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks;(May 21, 2019)
ISBN-10: 081298871X





By August 1968, the American space program was in danger of failing in its two most important objectives: to land a man on the Moon by President Kennedy’s end-of-decade deadline, and to triumph over the Soviets in space. With its back against the wall, NASA made an almost unimaginable leap: It would scrap its usual methodical approach and risk everything on a sudden launch, sending the first men in history to the Moon—in just four months. And it would all happen at Christmas.

In a year of historic violence and discord—the Tet Offensive, the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert Kennedy, the riots at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago—the Apollo 8 mission would be the boldest, riskiest test of America’s greatness under pressure. In this gripping insider account, Robert Kurson puts the focus on the three astronauts and their families: the commander, Frank Borman, a conflicted man on his final mission; idealistic Jim Lovell, who’d dreamed since boyhood of riding a rocket to the Moon; and Bill Anders, a young nuclear engineer and hotshot fighter pilot making his first space flight.

Drawn from hundreds of hours of one-on-one interviews with the astronauts, their loved ones, NASA personnel, and myriad experts, and filled with vivid and unforgettable detail, Rocket Men is the definitive account of one of America’s finest hours. In this real-life thriller, Kurson reveals the epic dangers involved, and the singular bravery it took, for mankind to leave Earth for the first time—and arrive at a new world.

Well... as many books I have read over the years about our Space Race, "this book" is unique!  I loved it.
As much as it was still about the race to the moon, this Apollo 8 books is as much about the astronauts as it is about the moon.  A very "personable book".  Filled with minute things that although I have read many other books on the race to the moon, this one makes you feel like you really know the astronauts and their families, and the small things which were probably never mentioned in any news about the flight.. you will learn in this book.

Thank you so very much Carl Anderson for giving me this book .  At first I wondered if I really wanted to read yet another version of the space race... but once I started the book.. I knew it was different.  It was personal.  It was like I was right there through the whole flight.  When they counted down to "Lift Off".. I cried like I did every time I actually saw the Launches and Splash Downs!..



Wednesday, January 29, 2020

The Closers

The Closers by Michael Connelly.


Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (October 2, 2006)
ISBN-10: 0446699551







Amazon Review:

He walked away from the job three years ago. But Harry Bosch cannot resist the call to join the elite Open/Unsolved Unit. His mission: solve murders whose investigations were flawed, stalled, or abandoned to L.A.'s tides of crime. With some people openly rooting for his failure, Harry catches the case of a teenager dragged off to her death on Oat Mountain, and traces the DNA on the murder weapon to a small-time criminal. But something bigger and darker beckons, and Harry must battle to fit all the pieces together. Shaking cages and rattling ghosts, he will push the rules to the limit -- and expose the kind of truth that shatters lives, ends careers, and keeps the dead whispering in the night . . .


Yet, another really good Harry Bosch book!  At first I liked these books because I lived in the Valley in Ca and much of the stories are from around that area and I recognized towns and streets and such.  But truth be known all the books with Harry Bosch have really been well written and I've enjoyed all the ones I have read.  They are a really good series of books to read.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Never Tell

Never Tell by Lisa Gardner.

Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Dutton; (February 19, 2019)
ISBN-10: 1524742082



Amazon Review

A man is dead, shot three times in his home office. But his computer has been shot twelve times, and when the cops arrive, his pregnant wife is holding the gun.

D. D. Warren arrives on the scene and recognizes the woman—Evie Carter—from a case many years back. Evie's father was killed in a shooting that was ruled an accident. But for D.D., two coincidental murders is too many.

Flora Dane sees the murder of Conrad Carter on the TV news and immediately knows his face. She remembers a night when she was still a victim—a hostage—and her captor knew this man. Overcome with guilt that she never tracked him down, Flora is now determined to learn the truth of Conrad's murder.

But D.D. and Flora are about to discover that in this case the truth is a devilishly elusive thing. As layer by layer they peel away the half-truths and outright lies, they wonder: How many secrets can one family have?

This is my 3rd book by Lisa Gardner.  In this murder mystery she uses some of her characters from "Find Her" which was a book about a kidnapped woman kept by the one who took her for well over a year.. at times kept in a coffin.

The other book I read by her is "Right Behind You".  So far her writing does keep you reading wanting to know "what next?"  This book had many new characters as well as a few she has used before..which makes it very interesting!  I would say if she sounds like someone you want to try that you should read Find Her first in order to really, really understand her character of Flora. But it's not an absolute have to. 


This was a good read  with interesting characters.

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.