Happy snowy Sunday morning! Anyone else ready for spring?
This week’s read was The Last Word by Lisa Lutz, and it’s the final book in the Spellman series. So if you’re somehow tired of me pushing these stories, then you’re off the hook after this one.
In this zany book, Isabel is at last in charge of Spellman Investigations, but her two best employees, aka her parents, are giving new meaning to the word insubordinate. Her sister, who’s over a decade her junior, is pulling in more work and has more money than Isabel; her brother and sister-in-law are raising the spawn of Satan; her ex-who-she’s-still-a-bit-hung-up-on is getting married; her financial backer is arrested for indecent exposure; and finally, the FBI is knocking on the door, accusing Isabel of embezzling funds from a major corporation. Other than that, there’s not much going on…
Much like the other ones in this series, I enjoyed the irreverent characters and banter between the family members. The pace was very quick and easy, and I breezed through it in no time. I was sad to see the series end, but it sounds like younger-sister-Rae might have some upcoming stories in her future, so I’ll be keeping an eye out for those. So I bid adieu to the Spellman series and say thanks to Lisa Lutz for keeping me entertained. ‘Til next week, happy reading!
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Good Saturday afternoon! I hope everyone is doing well.
This week’s read was Mad River, by John Sandford, and I loved it. It’s part of Sandford’s Virgil Flowers series, and they just keep getting better.
In this caper, Flowers, who works for the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension in Minnesota is called in to investigate what initially appears to be some broke, bored, midwestern kids committing a random act of violence. But once Virgil starts sifting through the evidence and dead bodies continue piling up, he realizes that he’s on the trail of a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde, along with their oddball sidekick. When the local yokels get involved, Virgil ends up in the middle of the killers he’s pursuing and the authorities who want to handle things via vigilante justice.
This is a super-fast-paced cat and mouse book, and it was great. There’s suspense, mystery, and humor all mixed in, and I’d highly recommend getting on the Flowers bandwagon. ‘Til next week, happy reading!
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Good Sunday morning! I hope this finds you well.
This week’s read was 15 Seconds, by Andrew Gross, who has co-authored several books with James Patterson. In this story, main character and plastic surgeon, Dr. Henry Steadman, is in Jacksonville, FL, to deliver a keynote speech at a conference when he’s pulled over for a routine traffic violation…that’s anything but routine. Several officers show up on the scene, and Henry is threatened, cuffed, and thrown in the back of the police cruiser. He can’t imagine what has caused this behavior by the officers, but almost as quickly, he’s yanked back out of the police vehicle and made to get on his way. As Henry and the last officer are preparing to leave, a car pulls alongside the officer’s vehicle, fires shots, and the policeman is killed. When the car speeds off, Henry is left as the only witness, and very likely, the only suspect. When Henry turns to a local friend for help and that friend also ends up murdered, well, let’s just say that Henry is in deep doo-doo.
The pace of this book is so fast that I couldn’t read it right before bed because it had my head swirling (in a good way). It’s action-packed from start to finish and an excellent cat-and-mouse story between the good doctor and the person trying to ruin his life. So give this one a go, and hang on for the ride; it’s a good one! ‘Til next week, happy reading.
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Good cold Sunday morning! I’m looking out at a whole bunch of fluffy snow and am glad to be snuggled up inside today.
This week’s read was Bel-Air Dead, by Stuart Woods, and is part of his Stone Barrington series. I hadn’t read one of these in a while and was glad to revisit the glamorous life of Stone and his uber-wealthy friends. In this story, Stone flies his private jet from his ritzy life in New York City out to Bel Air to try to help his friend and widow, Arrington Calder, save Centurion Studios from being over-taken by an aggressive investor who wants to sieze a controlling share of the studio and then bulldoze most of it. As the race to round up shareholders’ voting interests heats up, dead bodies start piling up, cars start blowing up, and stakes continue going up until the final meeting to determine controlling interest occurs. It’s a whirlwind in between, and the side deals throughout the book–multi-million dollar side deals–keep it interesting as well.
I started reading this book on an airplane on Friday night for an hour or so, and then I read for a few hours yesterday and finished it up. It was a super-fast read, and I always get a kick out of all the movie-star glitz and over-the-top money in these books. For instances, this one saw Arrington buying a plane with the same effort that it would take me to go pickup a shirt at the mall; another example is that the characters didn’t want to drive the Bentley to dinner one evening (because they didn’t want to stick out) so they “settled” for the Mercedes. Their wealth borders on something I can’t get my mind around, but it’s a fun escape, and it makes me smile, wondering what it would be like waking up every day with all of their so-called problems. Anyway…for a quick, good read as to how the other half lives, please give this one a go. ‘Til next week, happy reading! And go Patriots!!
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Happy Saturday night! I know this is outside my normal post, but I’m going to be on a flight bright and early tomorrow morning, plus I have a Patriots game to watch here shortly. Go Pats!
So, I wrote about the first two books in Lisa Lutz’s Spellman series back in December, and tonight I’m writing about Books 3 and 4, Revenge of the Spellmans and The Spellmans Strike Again. These both continue in the same vein of the first two books, with zany family antics, some new arrivals on the dating scene, as well as within the Spellman clan, and some ever-changing living arrangments for Isabel. Despite all that, Izzy actually shows a few signs of growing up; just a few, though, no worries.
I’m working on Book 5, of course, and I’m sure it’ll find its way into a blog post soon. But I’m also going to start another book while traveling this week, so you may get a Spellman-reprieve next weekend. Only time will tell. ‘Till then, happy reading!
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Good Sunday-after-Christmas-before-New-Years morning! I hope this finds you all well and recovering nicely from sugar comas.
This week’s read was Death Angel, by Linda Fairstein, #15 in the Alexandra Cooper novels. After a young woman’s body is found in NYC’s Central Park, Assistant DA Alex and her cohorts, Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, have to figure out who/what/where/when/why before the killer strikes again. As the characters follow the trail of breadcrumbs, Fairstein weaves many historical facts about NYC into the story, which always adds a lot of interesting flavor to the central plot. Also in this novel (and it’s about time!) is that the sexual tension that’s been hovering between and Alex and Mike for lo these many books finally gets acknowlegded; I won’t spoil it for you with any details…
As is typical in the previous stories, there’s the betting on the Jeopardy questions between the friends, the political infighting that always exists in Alex’s job, and a trip to Alex’s second home on Martha’s Vineyard that gives you a taste of how the other half lives. (But trust me, they’re recovering from sugar comas just like the rest of us). So if you’re up for some mystery and a few lessons about NYC in its earlier days, give Death Angel a go. ‘Til next week, happy reading!
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Good Monday morning! I hope this finds you well and keeping some degree of sanity during the crazy time of year.
So last week I recommended the first book in the Spellman series by Lisa Lutz, and this week I’m recommending the second one, Curse of The Spellmans. I actually enjoyed this second more than the first, and that surprised me. In this caper, the dysfunctional Spellman family of PI’s keep up their ridiculous antics, and the main character, Izzy, becomes obsessed with a neighbor, whom she’s convinced is up to no good. Between her un-neighborly love, Rae’s new boyfriend, her parents’ repeated “disappearances” and the family’s weird friendship with Inspector Harry Stone, the amusement is non-stop. When Izzy’s fourth arrest–in three months–results in her parents throwing her out of the house, she’s forced to live in what amounts to a closet and is ordered by the court to see a therapist.
Like the first story, there’s a lot of flashing back to explain previous misdeeds, but it’s easy to follow and adds to the fast pace of the book. I started the third book yesterday, but I’ll give you a break from this series next week. I’m also reading two other good mysteries, so I’ll have some type of fun reading for you again soon. In the meantime, I wish everyone a very safe and happy holiday; please count your blessings and do something special for a stranger during this time of year. ‘Tis the season. ‘Til next week, happy reading!
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