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.