Lord John and the Private Matter (Lord John Grey, #1)
I resisted reading any Lord John stories for a very long time, despite being a huge Gabaldon fan. I just couldn't get behind a gay lead, didn't unders...more
Aug 03, 2008
Jul 27, 2008
Son of a Witch (The Wicked Years, #2)
This book was so satisfying. Liir, son of Elphaba, comes into his own and after 266 pages, he begins to do incredible things to help other people, lea...more
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Dec 16, 2007
American Assassin (Mitch Rapp #1)
They need to hire me to proof for them. I’ve come across more than a few books with an unacceptable amount of typos here lately. Is no one reading thi...more
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Sep 03, 2011
Wonderful Tonight
Gee, I wouldn't have left George Harrison for Eric Clapton, even if he did win the "guitar duel" for me. :) And, wow, Pattie Boyd had great shoes.

Mar 16, 2008
Mar 17, 2008
Postmortem (Kay Scarpetta, #1)
Recommended by my local librarian friend...she wouldn't let me just checkout "Scarpetta," the latest in this series, no-o-o-o, she makes me start at t...more
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Dec 31, 2008
The Crazy Ladies of Pearl Street
After reading other reviews of this book on this website, I feel that I must defend it. First of all, no one should read this book UNLESS they are a T...more
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Jun 27, 2009
Sweet Savage Love (Morgan-Challenger, #1)
The book that started it all.

Everyone's first modern romance novel they read in the 70s at age 14-20 or thereabouts. Who can forget Ginny and Steve.

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Jul 27, 2009
The Third Option (Mitch Rapp #4)
This second Mitch Rapp novel has got serious, annoying problems.

3rd Option – I did not like this 3rd book in the series. Anna, who has become Mitch's...more
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Dec 16, 2007
The Twelve Clues of Christmas (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #6)
Balderdash! I wish I had discovered this book at the library a month ago, mid-December. It's perfectly charming -- a Christmas-themed parlor mystery!...more
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Jan 09, 2013
What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs
This book about Solo the cadaver dog mistakenly has a photo of my German Sherpherd dog Sam on it! Just kidding, but my glorious, high-drive, smart, in...more
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Mar 31, 2014
Frog Music
If you have so much French in a book that you need to include a French glossary as an appendix, that’s a problem, don’t ya’ think? It’s annoying. The...more
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May 02, 2014
Kinsey and Me: Stories
What a strange book – the first half being short stories starring Grafton’s recurring heroine, female P.I. Kinsey Millhone, from her long-running alph...more
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Aug 21, 2013
Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade  (Lord John Grey, #2)
I've put off thinking about this one because I was so disappointed in it. At times, I downright hated it. Who the hell was this main character? I thou...more
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Oct 13, 2008
Cave Full of Ghosts: The Billy Bob Tapes
I like this "oral tradition" approach to a biography in which I suspect snippets of random, rambling, late-night conversations, between a bunch of fri...more
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Jul 30, 2012
The Martian
My Thoughts:
1. Only guys who understand the science parts of this book should be allowed to breed. I am so tired of our society worshiping the idiotic...more
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Jun 16, 2014
Not as good as By the Rivers of Babylon (it's one of those compilation books). Actually Cathedral is not very good at all. It's a story that you know...more
Jun 25, 2008
Jun 25, 2008
The Final Days: The Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House
I was hoping for a well-researched, well-documented, well-written, even treatment of the Evil Regime, perfect for an agenda-less Joe Schmoe like mysel...more
Mar 17, 2008
Mar 18, 2008
Separation of Power (Mitch Rapp #5)
This is an amazing book, by an author who has really come into his own. He's at the top of his game now, and this is my favorite Mitch Rapp novel.

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Dec 16, 2007
A Lion Among Men (The Wicked Years, #3)
LOVING this book. Every other page I want to mark a quote. Thought Wicked was intriguing, Son of a Witch, fabulous. This is even better.

Maguire is eit...more
Dec 03, 2008
Nov 21, 2008
A Dirty Job
Tragic. Heart-shattering. Disturbing. Yet, a fascinating story. Upsetting.

Most humor has at its core something dark -- indignity, anger, irony, sarcas...more
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May 19, 2009
By the Rivers of Babylon
I really enjoyed this book, and I almost didn’t make it through the first 50 pages. I’m so glad I stuck with it. Premise: two Concordes take off from...more
Jun 08, 2008
Jun 07, 2008
The Scarecrow (Jack McEvoy, #2)
Michael Connelly is my favorite candy. Period.

The tasty bits: I really enjoyed the details of the newsroom and news business and how it feels -- remin...more
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Nov 08, 2009
The Serpent of Venice
Sometimes it's a 4-star read, other times it dips to 2 stars. When the book is great, it's like sitting in front of a really clever, funny, cool guy i...more
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May 30, 2014
First Lady (Wynette, Texas #4)
Cute premise. Widowed First Lady is coerced into sticking around in that capacity for the next unmarried president. After a while she just flips out,...more
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Dec 27, 2008
This time out, it's romantic Marlowe! Marlowe on the make! Mac-daddy Marlowe!

This one is interesting in that the mystery doesn't end with revealing an...more
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Apr 11, 2014
Once Upon a Winter's Heart
Is it 1972 and men carry briefcases and independent book stores still exist? This author has written 200 books…I’d never heard of her and just grabbed...more
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May 02, 2014
That Old Black Magic
I really didn't care for this. I'm aware of the author's name and thought I'd give her a try with her latest on the library's Sizzler rack. It was jus...more
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Feb 03, 2014
The Long Goodbye
This is my fifth Chandler in the last four or five months...so maybe I'm getting stale on him. This one just doesn't feel as tight. It is twice as lon...more
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Jun 23, 2014
The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic
I was attracted by its cover on the Sizzler rack at the local library. And even though I don't read sci-fi/fantasy, I thought I'd give it a whirl. The...more
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Jan 26, 2014
Heaven, Texas (Chicago Stars, #2)
Ehh. I've read so much better by her. It was okay.

For my personal notes to remember whether I've read it: Ugly duckling is assigned to be assistant to...more
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Dec 23, 2008
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