Archive for August, 2012

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

This week I finished a book titled Night Watch, by Linda Fairstein. This is the fourteenth book in the Alex (Alexandra) Cooper series, and like the others, this was an enjoyable read.

The beginning of this book finds Alex in France, visiting her famous restaurateur boyfriend, Luc Rouget. Just when you think she’s going to be able to take a relaxing break from her high stress job of assistant District Attorney in New York City, a murder in Luc’s backyard breaks up the monotony. While assisting the local authorities, and also wondering if Luc could somehow be involved with the death, Alex is summoned back to New York when the head of the World Economic Bureau is arrested for attacking a maid in his hotel room. You would think that’s enough to deal with, but when a homicide in New York appears to have ties to the murder back in France, the connections to Luc seem way past the point of coincidence.

As with the other books, some of the peripheral “stuff” in Fairstein’s writing is just as good as the storyline. The fun-loving banter between Alex and her sidekicks, Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, is excellent, and Fairstein’s descriptions of landmarks in NYC make you feel like you’re right in the middle of the city that never sleeps.

This is a good end-of-the-summer read, and I hope that you’ll enjoy it as much as I did. ‘Til next week, happy reading! 🙂

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It’s a rainy Sunday morning in Massachusetts ~ a great day for some reading, me thinks. And probably some cookies as well. Cookies go well with rain, right? Cookies go well with anything, though.

I digress.

I finished a book called The Pawn this week, by Steven James. A few posts back, I wrote about the third book in his series, titled The Bishop. Since I liked that one quite a bit, I decided to go back and start at the beginning of the series–novel idea, eh?–and The Pawn didn’t let me down.

This story has main character Patrick Bowers, FBI, chasing another whacked serial killer who’s torturing women and managing to stay just one step ahead of the authorities. The killer enjoys taunting the police and almost pulls off blowing up three of the FBI’s finest. While attempting to stay in one piece, Bowers is also trying to get over the grief of losing his wife and manage his new role as a single step-father to a somewhat surly, yet very bright, teenage girl. In some chapters I wasn’t totally sure if the teenage girl or the serial killer was more of the bad guy…

All in all, I would definitely recommend this book, and if you haven’t read The Bishop yet, then please read this one first. I’m now reading the second book in the series–I’ll probably be writing about that one next week–and will be back on track altogether soon. It’s so much easier to just read them in order, but I’ll learn one of these days, lol.

The Pawn is a quick, easy read, and the different points-of-view within the story keep it moving at a speedy pace. ‘Til next week, happy reading!  🙂

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

July was a wonderful month of fun and frivolity, and I’m in the midst of listening to—as well as reading— a book, but I haven’t finished one for this week. So I dug into the archives and found a very obvious choice to recommend. It’s titled Open and Shut, by David Rosenfelt. I blogged about another book of his several months ago, which was titled One Dog Night, so if you liked that book, you’ll love this one.

The main character in this story is Andy Carpenter, a somewhat irreverent and extremely wise*ss attorney. He’s one of those guys who never quite grew up, but you love him anyway. (Part of the reason you can overlook his humorous shortcomings is because of his adoration for his dog, Tara).  Andy’s life-is-fun-and-games attitude gets a jarring reality check one day when his father—Paterson, New Jersey’s ex-district attorney— drops dead in front of him at a Yankees game. The death is shocking enough, but to top that off, Andy learns that he’s inherited $22 million, which he knew zero about. The implications as to where the money came from are nothing that Andy’s prepared to deal with, and he has to unearth some political skeletons to get to the truth about his father. Oh, and of course, while struggling with the above, he’s defending a murder case with tons of national attention and racial overtones. All in a day’s work, right?

This book is great because you’ve got two exciting storylines, and the dual roles give you a lot of insight into the main character. This was Rosenfelt’s first book and was nominated for both the Edgar and Shamus Awards. All total, there are nine or ten books in the Andy Carpenter series, and I’ve read every single one. They’re really quick reads, with a lot of wit and sarcasm, and I promise you’ll be smiling at the end. So what’s better than that? 🙂 ‘Til next week, happy reading!

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