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May 01, 2015 08:52AM

16821 Cuba Straits by Randy Wayne White (mystery)
A different type of mystery that I'm not used to reading. For me, it was an okay read.

Stung by Bethany Wiggins (horror)
This book was loaned to me from my 13 year old neighbor boy. In a future world, where some people have turned into beasts and another group live behind a walled city. Those people have received a vaccine and are immune. It's a combination of "Walking Dead" and the movie of kids surviving a game of survival. I can't think of the movie at this time. It was okay and I understand the appeal for this youngster recommending it.

Saint Odd by Dean Koontz
The last in the series of Odd Thomas. Wow! What a terrific ending to his story. Many characters from previous books returned. I think this is the best book of the series. A satisfying ending, but also a little sad.

The Royals by Kitty Kelly
Well, I was in the mood for some trash reading. It covers from Queen Elizabeth's childhood until Diana's death. I knew the monarchy was distant and harsh, but hadn't realized just how bad it is. An interesting read.

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
Finally, received this one from the library after being on hold forever. It did remind me of the Hitchcock movie,"Strangers on the Train", but shortly after the beginning it changes. I could not put this one down, read it in 2 days. Really had me guessing, loved the ending.
Apr 24, 2015 06:46AM

16821 Carol/Bonadie wrote: "I went to Peter Swanson’s book signing on Tuesday, for The Kind Worth Killing. It had been postponed from February because of one of our many snowstorms this winter. Even so, ther..."

Enjoyed your review, how interesting!
Apr 24, 2015 06:43AM

16821 Shomeret wrote: "Carol/Bonadie wrote: "I think I'm all caught up on Maisie Dobbs except for the newest one. I found her world fascinating,don't read much WWI fiction. Especially interested in how a single young w..."

I enjoyed Diane Day's books, but she seemed to quit writing.
Apr 03, 2015 09:49AM

16821 I have to get to Joyland one day. It is available at the library.
Apr 03, 2015 09:48AM

16821 Barry wrote: "Lorraine- Nate Romanowski is one of the great characters in this series!
(I picked up my new bike today. Honda VFR800. Next stop, a loop through Canada)"

Congrats, on the new ride. I sure miss our rides. We rode for 44 years on different bikes thru the years.
Apr 03, 2015 09:28AM

16821 The Cases that Haunt Us by John Douglas & Mark Olshaker (non fiction)
Douglas is a former FBI profiler. He examines high-profile, unsolved cases and at times with very little to work with: Jack the Ripper, Lizzie Borden, Lindbergh Baby, Zodiac Killer and Jon Benet Ramsey.
Interesting facts: Anna Hauptmann, wife of the convicted kidnapper of the Lindbergh's baby died in 1994 and believed in her husband's innocence. One of the lead investigators was Col. H. Norman Schwarzkoph, father of Norman, Desert Storm.
Interesting read.

Double Fudge Browne Murder by Joanne Fluke (cozy mystery)
This was more romance than a mystery and at time it appeared to me, that the author writes for young people. Book is 355 pages long with about 100 pages of recipes. Awful read.

Aunt Dimity's Good Dead by Nancy Atherton (cozy mystery)
Lori Shepherd is married to a workaholic lawyer. Her mentor, "Aunt" Dimity, deceased, contacts Lori thru writings in a journal, to solve mysteries.
Light, enjoyable read. My public library has the whole series.

The Girl On the Train by Paula Hawkins (mystery)
A good read and had me guessing who the murderer was. Congrats on the M/T recommendation.

Dead Wake, the Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson (non fiction)
What a terrific book, well researched and told as only Larson can. So far, best read of the year.
Notable: Georg Von Trapp,Sound of Music father, was a U-boat commander. Passenger, Charles Lauriet died. His family owned a famous bookstore. He was carrying a rare Charles Dicken's book, A Christmas Carol, that had Dickens' personal notes. Passenger, Alfred Vanderbilt was never found.
Passengers of the :Just missed it club": Theodore Dreiser, Guglielmo Marconi and J.P. Morgan.
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Mar 31, 2015 06:38AM

16821 Donnajo wrote: "two days of library sale damage. I think I did good


1. burned by hopkins
2. chasing perfect by mallery
3. summer days by mallery
4. all summer long by mallery
5. when we met by ma..."

DJ: you are going to burn your eyes out! Enjoy your reads.
Mar 31, 2015 06:25AM

16821 Good month.
I like the character Nate in the Box series.
Endangered: CJ Box, I am looking forward to this one.
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Mar 27, 2015 06:00AM

16821 JF: Girl on the Train, really a good read, thanks for the recommendation.
NR: Dead Wake, the Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson. I cannot put this book down! I'm up to page 83 and this one is so darn interesting. Author describes the people, events at the time, the construction of the Lusitania and German subs that were made during that time. I learned that the captain of the Lusitania had testified the day before leaving New York, in the trial for the victims of the Titanic.
I love how this author makes history personal and alive, as only Larson can. My previous reads of his: In the Garden of Beasts, Thunderstruck, The Devil in the White City and Isaac's Storm were terrific. Bet this one ends up on the bestseller's list.
Saw Randy Wayne White on Wednesday. Neat guy, very friendly and very tanned. He's been to Cuba many times. His new book mixes baseball and the Castro brothers.
Mar 13, 2015 01:25PM

16821 Interesting reads.
Mar 13, 2015 01:23PM

16821 Carol/Bonadie wrote: "My audio of The Girl on the Train just came in, will get to it on Saturday (finally).

I'm still on the waiting list

Mar 08, 2015 01:41PM

16821 I really feel for those in the tundra regions. Used to live up there and remember it all too well.
Thursday and Friday we got 5 inches of snow in the Ft. Worth area. That is the most snow for March since 1947. Yep, set a record on that one. Finally, it melted yesterday,Saturday. Our normal temps. for March is suppose to be in the 60's. I'm tired of this cabin fever. Main expressways were treated, but the side streets and residential streets were not touched. So, no mail delivery or garbage pickup.
Mar 08, 2015 01:27PM

16821 I forgot to mention on the Jodi Picoult's appearance.
She said that filming was going on in Canada of one of her books. It is to be on the Hallmark Channel around Mother's Day.
Mar 02, 2015 07:14AM

16821 I'm getting authors at the library due to the work of the Friends of the Library. I guess the authors are making appearances due to so many book stores shutting down.
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Mar 01, 2015 02:29PM

16821 Ann wrote: "How did you like I Am Pilgrim, Lorraine? I am planning to listen to it soon.
JF As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride audio - delig..."

I really liked it, see my review on my monthly reads.
Mar 01, 2015 02:25PM

16821 Daniel wrote: "1. Man in the Middle, Brian Haig. Iraq war conspiracy leads Drummond and the female Vietnamese/American MP he's partnered with to surprising findings that are a lot more gray than black and white..."

I enjoyed I am Pilgrim. Thanks for the recommendation.
Mar 01, 2015 02:24PM

16821 Ann wrote: "So, was the month of February actually 'fabulous' for me? Based on the count of books, yes. Even considering that some were short stories lowering the actual count of real books to nine, the number..."

Rizzoli and Isles is back on T.V. Last week was the first new episode.
I've been locked in also, due to the weather. I was walking 2 miles per day, haven't been out in two weeks. The snow and the ice covering it, is finally beginning to melt today. Then we warm up a bit and later this week, plunge downward again. Ugh!
Mar 01, 2015 02:15PM

16821 Blue Heaven by C.J. Box
A stand-alone novel.
In northern Idaho a twelve year old girl and her younger brother witness 4 men murder another man. The children have been seen and are on the run.
The term Blue Heaven is a reference to many L.A. cops retiring to Idaho, including Mark Fuhrman.
A fair read,

Blue Labyrinth by Preston/Child
Agent Pendergast uncovers a long buried family secret when his son arrives at his doorstep, dead.
A good read.

I Am Pilgrim, A thriller by Terry Hayes
Pilgrim works for the C.I.A. While investigating a murder, he discovers a plot that will kill many Americans.
One paragraph was very interesting;
"Westerners, the terrorist believed, was to bring democracy to the Middle East. The terrorist knew that one of the foundations of democracy was the separation between religion and state. To many Muslims, the religion IS the state. In his opinion, the only reason that Infidels would advocate such a thing would be in order to divide and conquer, to hollow out the Arab world and destroy it, pursuing a campaign the Christians began with the First Crusade and had continued ever since".
A very detailed book filled with suspense.
The author is credited with writing and producing: Payback, Road Warrior and Dead Calm.
Very good read.

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult.
Read for the library book club.
Sage Singer meets an elderly man, she suspects is a former Nazi soldier who served at a concentration camp. Sage's grandmother is a survivor of the same camp.
Lots of twists and turns with an unexpected ending.
Very good read.

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace (non fiction)
by Jeff Hobbs.
Read for the library book club.
Peace is from a very poor neighborhood, but is very bright. His mother works long hours to put him into private school and he later earns a full scholarship to Yale. He majored in biophysics and biochemistry, but never let go of the drug trade and his old friends from his old neighborhood. Reminded me of how so many professional athletes get into trouble with the law with their "old" ways.

On a personal note:
My public library has been having appearances of authors. This month was the first one I attended. The author was Joanne Fluke with her latest book: Double Fudge Brownie Murder. She sure was humorous and very entertaining. Looking forward to March's author: Randy Wayne White.
Not bad for a city of less than 60,000 people, to get these authors. Hope it continues
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Feb 19, 2015 11:33AM

16821 JF: I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
NR: Blue Labyrinth by Preston/Child (A Pendergast mystery)
Feb 15, 2015 08:01AM

16821 Feb. 15th comic.
A good one!
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