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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.

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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

“Tough Customer” by Sandra Brown

“Tough Customer” (Simon & Schuster, 2010)  is a pleasant and reliable romantic thriller from Sandra Brown.  If you are a fan of hers, you will enjoy this one very much.

Dodge Hanley is a gruff former cop turned private investigator who receives a call from the love of his life, Carolyn King, whom he has not seen for thirty years, asking for his help. A deranged stalker is trying to kill their daughter, Berry, whom he has also never met. Reluctantly he feels compelled to assist, even though this necessitates dredging up old feelings of guilt and passion that he has tried to put behind himt.   He partners up with local deputy sheriff  Ski Nyland  to chase after this killer who is leaving a trail of corpses in his wake.

The author maintains a good balance between the action and suspense and the romantic parts of the story, so it should be satisfying to fans of both types of plot.  There is, of course, a twist at the end, but I must admit, although I knew one must be coming, I hadn’t quite figured it out until shortly before it was revealed.

All in all, a very good effort from this author.

http://www.sandrabrown.net/

P.S.   I am not crazy about her website which requires loading a bunch of music and graphics for which I have little patience.  Maybe I need a faster computer!

Stieg Larsson Trilogy

I haven’t had too much time this week to do a lot of reading, as we were on the west coast of Florida visiting old friends we had not seen in forever, it seems.  The Gulf coast area is beautiful this time of year! 

But I had better get going – I am reading “Tough Customer” by Sandra Brown.  Waiting on my desk are “Perdition House” by Kathryn R. Wall, and “Endangered Species” by Nevada Barr, and I stopped by the library on my way home today and spotted a copy of “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” by Stieg Larsson, the third in his trilogy, so I grabbed it.  I was surprised to see it available, as I was on the waiting list at the library for his second book for 2-3 months.

If you have not read any of the trilogy by Stieg Larsson, I would highly recommend them.  It would be helpful to start at the beginning with “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” and then his second, “The Girl Who Played With Fire”.  Many elements of the plot carry forward from the first book into the second, so you will enjoy the series much more if you take them in order.

This author was Swedish, so all the names and places in his books are Swedish, which makes it a little harder to pronounce them and to remember who is who.  His first book has so many characters from the same family, there is a family tree in the beginning for you to refer to if you can’t remember.  

But don’t let that put you off, or you will be missing out on some great fiction.  It’s not so important that you remember all the characters’ names and relationships, as long as you can get the main ones down and the gist of what is going on.  None of this detracted from my enjoyment of the book. The author has created a great character in Lisbeth Salander, very different and interesting, and there is a lot of action, intrigue,  and excitement.

Sadly, Mr Larsson passed away at a young age, just after completing this trilogy, so he never lived to see the tremendous success he has become.  I would have loved to read more from him. 

I will report on “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” when I finish it.  But please get started on the others – you won’t be sorry.

http://www.stieglarsson.com/

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