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My Summer Reading List

My apologies to any readers of my blog, as other personal committments have kept me from blogging for quite a while now.  But that doesn’t mean I have not been reading, and I hope you have been too!

Here is a run-down of my summer reads:

“McNally’s Caper” by Lawrence Sanders – Another “mystery of the rich and famous” solved, of course, by Palm Beach sleuth and man-about-town, Archy McNally.  Not as interesting as some of the others in this series, so not one of my favorites.

“Swimsuit” by James Patterson – Standard Patterson fare:  a fast read with plenty of action and violence.  I got the feeling I had read it before (I probably have.  Many of the Patterson plots are similar and thus not especially memorable.), but I enjoyed it again anyway.

“Where There’s Smoke” by Sandra Brown– I always like the combination of mystery and romance.

“The Best Laid Plans” by Sidney Sheldon– This book feels a little dated, but the plot was interesting.

“The Doomsday Conspiracy” by Sidney Sheldon– I read this up until I discovered it was about little green men landing on earth, and then I ditched it.  I know my reading list is old, but this was way too dated for me.

“Breath of Scandal” by Sandra Brown– What can I say, I like Sandra Brown.

“The Shack” by William P. Young– This one is very different, and not exactly a mystery.  It is a Christian book about a man whose daughter is abducted and killed, and how he comes to know God and understand how He can let these things happen to young innocents.  The depictions of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are definitely not conventional, but if you can get your head around that, the book is quite thought-provoking and yields a satisfying ending.

“Let Me Call You Sweetheart” by Mary Higgins Clark– A reliable entry from this well-known author.

“Sanctuary” by Nora Roberts– Secrets from the past threaten a family and bring romance, naturally.

“Double Cross” by James Patterson– Alex Cross faces danger from homicidal maniacs on two fronts.  Again, formulaic Patterson.

“Standoff” by Sandra Brown– If you’ve read this far, you already know I like Sandra Brown, but this premise was so compelling I read the whole 217 pages in one sitting.  I just had to know how it ended!  It’s about a standoff with a gunman who tries to rob a convenience store.  The romance (or should I say sex) part was really not necessary to the story and could have been abbreviated, but then it wouldn’t be a Sandra Brown book without it.

Workin’ for a Living

Just started a new job last week, so my reading and blogging will be slowing down somewhat for now – gotta pay the bills once in a while! 

However employment has not stopped me from adding to the huge pile of books waiting for me to read them:  currently almost done with another Kathryn Wall, just ordered some Lisa Unger and a Carolyn Hart (haven’t read her before) from the library, and of course the pile in my closet must be growing moldy by now (a couple of old Sidney Sheldon, some Sandra Brown, a James Patterson, and assorted others are gathering dust there).

Unusual for me, I am returning a book to the library that I just cannot get through: “The Devil’s Banker” by Christopher Reich – too complicated, and no characters so far that I can even remotely relate to.  A quarter of the way through, I simply don’t care what’s going to happen next.  If anyone out there has read this one and thinks I’m making a mistake, let me know and I’ll try it again.

So I’ll be blogging when I can, in between reading and finding time to work on the outline for my first mystery novel, which is coming along great in my head, just not on paper yet!  Wish me luck.

Bev

Andrew Gross

If you like James Patterson, you will like Andrew Gross, one of my favorite authors.  As a matter of fact, Andrew began his writing career by co-authoring five books with Patterson (The Jester, Lifeguard, 2nd Chance, 3rd Degree, and Judge and Jury), which I’m sure is how he learned the fast pacing and non-stop action typical of a Patterson novel.  Andrew is now a best-selling author in his own right, with four published books and a fifth due out this year. 

In “The Blue Zone”, his first solo effort, medical researcher Kate Raab is shocked when her father is arrested and charged with laundering money for a Columbian drug cartel.  He is forced to testify against his accomplices, and when a hit squad tries to kill the entire family all except Kate must go into Witness Protection.  As Kate comes to realize she is still in danger she also becomes convinced that her father has lied about the extent of his involvement with the drug cartel, so she decides she must find him and uncover the truth in order to get her life back.

I particularly liked this book, probably because of the courageous female protagonist.  (Anyone who reads my blog knows this is my favorite kind of story.)  So I’m hoping Andrew will write more of these. 

His next three books are a series about Detective Ty Hauck (The Dark Tide, Don’t Look Twice, and Reckless), although each is a stand-alone story, so you can read them in any order.  They are fast-paced and filled with action.

I won’t summarize the plots here, but you can read about them at Andrew’s Website, www.andrewgrossbooks.com.

 

 The new book, “Eyes Wide Open” will be released on July 12, 2011, and you can be sure I will be reading this one as soon as possible and reviewing it for you.  In the meantime, be sure to try the others – I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!

 

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