Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America’s 2011 First Crime Novel Competition Winner.
One of the reasons I chose to read this book was because it wonMinotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America’s 2011 First Crime Novel Competition Winner.
One of the reasons I chose to read this book was because it won the above competition. I enjoyed the setting of post-Revolutionary War America, and of the Shaker community. I also liked the reunion and relationship building between father and son. The mystery was pretty good too.
Recommended, especially for the historical setting....more
I'm so TORN! I wanted to give this book 5 stars and wanted to love it more, but the ending drove me crazy. Which, if Louise Penny is anything like DanI'm so TORN! I wanted to give this book 5 stars and wanted to love it more, but the ending drove me crazy. Which, if Louise Penny is anything like Dana Stabenow, will be a good thing with the next book.
Highly recommended, especially with the unexpected ending....more
I LOVED this book!!! It was as if you sat around with some very articulate friends who loved Robert B Parker just as much as you did. Mystery authorsI LOVED this book!!! It was as if you sat around with some very articulate friends who loved Robert B Parker just as much as you did. Mystery authors talked about their favorite books, characters, Spenser's code, cooking and relationships. Almost every essay is perfect.
And now, of course, I want to go reread Robert B Parker :).
Highly recommended, for Spenser fans, and for those who have yet to read Robert B Parker....more
This is an amazing book. I am absolutely fascinated by the information I read in Quiet: The Power of Introverts in World That Can't Stop Talking.
I learned so much reading this book, and it really made me think about my life and who I am. I'm not sure you can come away from this book without thinking about whether or not you're an introvert or an extrovert. Given the title, this book is more focused on introverts, but being an extrovert is not made out to be a bad thing.
Ms. Cain discusses the history of extroverts becoming the American ideal over the past 100 years, and how that not all cultures necessarily value extroverts over introverts. Workplace managers, teachers and parents are addressed to be aware of introverts in their workplaces, classrooms or homes, and honor their requirements (as much as possible) they may have for different needs. Introverts have much to offer as extroverts, but are offering themselves in a quieter way.
Ms. Cain talks about "the contemporary phenomenon I call the New GroupThink--a phenomenon that has the potential to stifle productivity at work and to deprive schoolchildren of the skills they'll need to achieve excellence in an increasingly competive world. The New GroupThink elevates teamwork above all else." [p. 75]
Another interesting point that is raised by Ms. Cain: "Open-plan offices have been found to reduce productivity and impair memory. They're associated with high staff turnover. They make people sick, hostile, unmotivated and insecure...they argue more with their colleagues; they worry about co-workers eavesdropping on their phone calls and spying on their computer screens...They're often subject to loud and uncontrollable noise, which raises heart rates; releases cortisol, the body's fight-flight 'stress' hormone; and makes people socially distant, quick to anger, aggressive and slow to help others." [p. 84] It will be interesting to see if this information reaches supervisors and managers, and if cubicles and offices are resurrected in this era of open-plan offices.
Quiet has given me so much to think about, especially in the world of constant information we live in today. It can be hard to shut out the world in order to listen to your thoughts, and/or what your body may be telling you to do, but it's worth it to be quiet.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain, 2012, Crown Publishers, ISBN 9780307352149
This book was sent to me for review by Crown Publishers; no other compensation was offered or accepted for this review. ...more
I loved this book!!! It's actually three novellas written by Lauren Myracle and Maureen Johnson in addition to the above John Green. The novellas areI loved this book!!! It's actually three novellas written by Lauren Myracle and Maureen Johnson in addition to the above John Green. The novellas are connected by characters in a small town being hit by a snowstorm over Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & the day after Christmas. I read them out of order (back to front), but it would have made slightly more sense to read the stories in order. I loved the characters and the ways they acted and reacted to their respective situations within the Christmas holiday (I know that sentence isn't right, but it's what I mean).
Restless in the Grave is another terrific book by Dana Stabenow, who is one of my favorite authors. This book features both of Ms. Stabenow's AlaskanRestless in the Grave is another terrific book by Dana Stabenow, who is one of my favorite authors. This book features both of Ms. Stabenow's Alaskan series characters, Kate Shugak and Liam Campbell.
It is State Trooper Liam who indirectly contacts Kate to go undercover to solve the murder of a wealthy aviation businessman, Finn Grant. Grant had alienated almost everyone in his town by buying them out to turn it into a destination for hunters and other explorers of the Alaskan wilderness. Kate goes to work at the main bar in town, and manages to ask a few questions and is working on answers when things start to get a little too interesting for her. The apartment she is renting is search, and as Kate interrupts that search, she is shoved into deep freezer. She escapes from that, but other situations occur to let her know she is being too nosy. It takes a few more near-misses for Kate to get to the bottom of what is going on and why Finn Grant was killed.
As a fan of Dana Stabenow, it was wonderful for me that she brought Kate Shugak and Liam Campbell together to solve a crime. I consider Kate to be one of the strongest characters in crime fiction; strong of heart and strong physically. She is a hero of mine and I live vicariously through her with every installment of this series.
Another strong character in this series is Kate's dog Mutt. She is part wolf, and all partner to Kate. In Restless in the Grave, Mutt proves time and again that she is an equal partner to Kate in their relationship.
I can't recommend enough that readers start at the beginning of this series, although this is the 19th entry in the series. Learning all about Kate Shugak and her Alaska is wonderful story. That said, Restless in the Grave can stand alone; long time series characters are introduced easily, and the reader should not feel they're missing much by not having read the previous books.
I highly recommend Restless in the Grave by Dana Stabenow, and look forward to hearing other readers' opinions on this excellent book....more
I LOVE the characters in this series, but was just ever so disappointed in the plot. It took awhile for the threads to get going and then come togetheI LOVE the characters in this series, but was just ever so disappointed in the plot. It took awhile for the threads to get going and then come together, and they all did at the end. Already looking forward to the next one!...more
The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared by Alice Ozma is very much about the promise (also known as The Streak), and the relationship AThe Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared by Alice Ozma is very much about the promise (also known as The Streak), and the relationship Alice had with her father. The books are mentioned, some having more meaning than others, but it is Alice and her father that we are reading about.
The Reading Promise was made when Alice was in elementary school, and the goal was to read for 1000 nights. And so Alice and her father (who was an elementary school librarian) sat down to read together every night from that night until Alice went away to college. This occasionally presented some challenges; Alice had her father read to her when she was all dressed up and ready for the prom, as she would not be home later to be read to. Alice's father did all the reading, and worked hard at making the the stories and characters interesting.
A promise such as this is a great one to make with those who have children; I have even heard of couples who read aloud together in the evenings. I very much recommend this book.
Everyone should be reading Deborah Coonts!!! So Damn Lucky, the third in the Lucky O'Toole series set in Las Vegas, is damn good! Lucky O'Toole is a hEveryone should be reading Deborah Coonts!!! So Damn Lucky, the third in the Lucky O'Toole series set in Las Vegas, is damn good! Lucky O'Toole is a hard-working, smart, funny, occasionally insecure and brilliant at her job as Head of Customer Relations at the fictitious Hotel Babylon.
Lucky does have her romantic issues in this series entry, but it never stands in the way of customer service. Other exciting things going on include a conference of Area 51 believers, Halloween weekend, and a group of magicians, one of whom ends up being murdered. And Lucky's parents, her mother a madam of a local brothel and her father the owner of the Hotel Babylon decide to get married, mostly because of their deep love for each other, but Lucky's mother is also pregnant. Lucky's cup does runneth over.
In my opinion, Lucky O'Toole is who Stephanie Plum wants to be (I know I may get flak for that statement, but I stand by it). Lucky is a strong character, with a lot of common sense and wise customer service skills. She also has good investigative skills, which draws her into the magician's murder, and several other small mysteries.
So Damn Lucky stands alone well, but readers will enjoy the previous entries in the series, Wanna Get Lucky and Lucky Stiff. Highly enjoyable and highly recommended!!! ...more
A Burial at Sea by Charles Finch is the fifth book in the Charles Lenox series, which takes place in England in the 1870. Charles Lenox is a former prA Burial at Sea by Charles Finch is the fifth book in the Charles Lenox series, which takes place in England in the 1870. Charles Lenox is a former private detective who now serves his country in Parliament. He has been asked by his brother, also of Parliament, to publicly go to Egypt to see the Suez Canal, but privately, he will also be investigating the death of several English spies.
Charles sets sail on the Lucy, on his first true sea voyage, and he is the only passenger. In the middle of his first night on board, a the well-liked second lieutenant is found dead on deck. This is truly a locked room mystery, and whoever killed the second lieutenant must still be on board. Everyone is a suspect, and it makes for a very tense voyage. Charles is determined to solve this murder, as well as trying to prevent any other incidents from occurring.
I found the hierarchy on ship to be very interesting, and the fact that Charles and other officers were able to bring their own food and drink was surprising to me. Mr. Finch did a wonderful job of describing life aboard ship, and the schedule that keeps everything shipshape is stringent, but with a strong purpose.
The story takes some excellent twists and turns, right up until the end. This is a mystery with a terrific adventure! Recommended!