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Good morning readers! I hope this finds you doing well.

I’m very happy to report that I am visiting my lovely sister in the fabulous city of Chicago, and I didn’t finish reading (or listening to) a book this week, which is a rare thing indeed. However, this is my twenty-fourth blog post, and I haven’t taken the time to blatantly self-promote my own novel, so I’m going to shamelessly take the opportunity now. 🙂 The timing is appropriate, because this past Friday I received a book review from Kirkus Reviews, an authoritative voice in book recommendations for nearly eighty years. A portion of my review is as follows:

“Silva sustains a solid mystery that manages to keep readers engaged throughout the many plot twists and turns. A well-constructed story that lays a promising foundation for the rest of the series.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

So…yeah! Onward and upward. Many of you reading this post have already read about Meagan’s first big case as a P.I. but many of you haven’t. So I strongly encourage those of you in the latter group to check her out. If you’ve got a Nook or a Kindle, the book will cost you less than a medium (probably a small) coffee at a foo-foo chain, and it’ll last a lot longer. If you prefer a paperback or hardcover, the most inexpensive place to find Two Out of Three is on AuthorHouse.com. I sincerely thank you for your interest in the blog and/or book. And I promise no more self-promotion…until the next Meagan Maloney book is out.  😉

P.S. Next week’s recommendation is going to be GREAT ~ I’m almost done with a fabulous mystery, so I’ll see you soon…till then, happy reading!

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As I mentioned last week, I was listening to a book that I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to recommend, and I finished it this past week.  And…I can’t recommend it. It was twice as long as it should have been, with one main character that made the book so unenjoyable (is that a word?) that it made my hair hurt.

That said, I dug into the archives and found a great book that I read probably eleven or twelve years ago. It is one of my all-time faves, and it’s called Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer. It’s not a mystery, but it is GREAT.

From the title, you might think that it’s some type of biblical story, but it’s not at all. It’s about two men, born on the same day around the turn of the century. That’s where their similarities end.  One of them, Michael Lowell Kane, was born into wealth and privilege in the city of Boston. The other, Abel Rosnovski, was born on the other side of the world, in war-ravaged Poland, with a family who knew nothing but poverty and tragedy.

Deaver does a wonderful job of describing the parallel lives that these boys lead, as well as the inevitable meeting of the two when they are young men.  Both ambitious and successful by that time, the reader can’t help but have an affinity for them. Which is why, when they develop a hatred for one another, it’s difficult to know who to “root” for.

The book follows them through sixty years and three generations, and the fuel that drives both of them is their loathing for each other. I won’t give it away, but the ending is great—revealing two elderly men looking back on their lives and reflecting on their feelings for one another. It’s one of those “life is short” revelations that left me misty and smiling at the same time.

As I’m writing this, I’m remembering snippets of the story, and I think that I’m going to re-read it, something I’ve never done with a book. But don’t worry; I won’t re-blog about it, lol.  So give Kane and Abel a try, and I’ll see you next week.  Till then, happy reading!  🙂

P.S. Don’t forget about the $100 gift card contest. The winner will be announced on May 1st.  If you haven’t sent me at least three emails, there is still plenty of time.  Thank you!

 

 

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This week’s book was a very quick, easy read by Gemma Halliday. I’d never read her before, but when I saw THREE of her books available on my Nook for $2.99, I decided to give it a shot.  Succinctly put, I’d describe this particular story as amusing and cute, similar to a Janet Evanovich read.

The title might make it sound like a non-fiction book about life in Hollywood, but it’s not.  It’s about a quirky, very likable reporter named Tina Bender, who works for The Informer in Los Angeles. Tina is a seasoned gossip pro, with lots of contacts around the city, and sadly, at least one enemy. When someone she’s written about starts to send her death threats by phone, then email, then at her home…well, Tina has to quickly figure out who wants her dead and why.

Tina is a great main character (purple hair, carries a Strawberry Shortcake lunch box as a purse), that lives with her aunt who’s deaf and senile. The other cast of characters are fabulous and fun, and I think they’re Halliday’s biggest strength. There’s a smidge of romance mixed in with the mystery, and it’s the perfect amount—enough to leave you smiling, not so much as to make you hurl.

So I mentioned the biggest strength…the weakness in this book was in the copyediting. An example:  the word confidant is used in the story, in its correct context (someone you confide in).  But confidant was also used several times when the correct word should have been confident. There were also a couple of sentences with an extra word here and there, but you can figure out the sentences easily enough. I’m no book critic, but I felt that it was important to bring this up to you as the reader. End of the world? No. The boo boo’s don’t ruin the story by any means, and for an entertaining book with over 600 pages, there’s a whole lot that’s done accurately.

I’m also listening to a book that I’m almost finished with, and I don’t know if I’ll be able to write about it next week, because I literally hate one of the main characters, lol. I guess it’s a sign of good writing that one of the people can get me so wound up, so I’ll have to decide what to do about the next blog. (If you have an opinion, let me know by hitting the REPLY button on your screen. It’s a good book outside of that &*$^@*%$$* person). Anyway, if I don’t write about that one, I’ll dig up something good from the archives, so I’ll see you soon either way. Till then, happy reading!  🙂

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This week’s read was The Poacher’s Son by Paul Doiron.  I wrote about his second book, Trespasser, early-on in this blog and liked it enough to go check out his first novel. Leave it to me to read them out of order. If you haven’t already read Trespasser, go ahead and read them chronologically. It’s not critical, but it’ll help.

Like Trespasser, this book is set in the lovely state of Maine, where there’s about two weeks of summer and a whole bunch of months called Mud Season. 🙂 Anyway…Mike Bowditch is a game warden in southern Maine and comes home one night to retrieve a message out of the blue from his long-lost father. Snapshot of Dad Bowditch: white trash, beer guzzler, unkempt, grizzled bar-room brawler, animal poacher, mad-at-the-world, can’t-hold-on-to-a-job-or-a-wife-or-a-son type of guy. In other words, a real sweetheart. Despite that, the unexpected message seems odd to Mike. And what really adds to the oddity is that Mike’s notified the next day that dear old dad has been accused of murdering two men, one of them an officer. Not good. Despite the less-than-stellar history with his father, Mike can’t bring himself to believe that his dad is a murderer, and he puts everything on the line to prove him innocent.

If I had to use one word to describe this book, it would be poignant. It’s a little bit dark, especially when Doiron revisits some memories from Mike’s childhood, but it’s compelling, intriguing, and will keep you guessing the murderer’s identity until the end. There were no laugh-out-loud moments for me, but I did want to find my dad and give him a big hug afterwards. So that’s got to count for something.

This would be a great rainy-day book. So grab your afghan, a cocoa, and keep an eye on the weather channel. Till next week, happy reading! 🙂

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One Dog Night

Happy Sunday, people! I hope this finds you doing well.

The book I’m writing about this week is One Dog Night by David Rosenfelt. I try to read his novels as soon as they come out, because his main character, Andy Carpenter, has a great sense of humor and is tremendously self deprecating. The cast of characters around him are exactly that—characters—and some of them will have you laughing out loud.

To give you a little background from the previous books, Andy is a lawyer who inherited millions several years back, and he also won a huge lawsuit that left him with even more money around that same timeframe, so he has now the luxury of only working when he wants to. (Jealous?  I am!) He is also part-owner of a business that rescues dogs, and he and his partner are committed to placing dogs in good homes. That is probably another reason that I love this character—his love for his rescue Golden Retriever, Tara is close to my feelings for my own pooch.  You “dog people” understand.  🙂

So, given all that, what would make a lawyer who doesn’t have to work take on a case where the defendant is accused of burning down a building and killing over twenty people? A defendant who, years before, was discovered trying to break into Andy’s own home? Why indeed? It’s such a good story that you’ll want to find out for yourself…

This is an easy, light read that will have you smiling every time you open the book. I simply can’t wait for the next Andy Carpenter story, and I’m confident you’ll feel the same once you get finished with this one. Till next time, happy reading!  🙂

 

 

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