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Good Sunday morning everyone! I hope this finds you safe, happy, and ready to face the day.

To begin, I recommended Split Second last Sunday and, as I indicated then, I hadn’t finished it. I did finish it early this week, and it had a little sci-fi section that I didn’t see coming, which got a bit weird for my taste. It was still a good read, and I really liked the Ted-Bundy’s-daughter-as-the-bad-guy/girl factor. But I’m not that into sci-fi/voodoo/magic stuff, so for that part of the book, I definitely scratched my head a bit.

This week, I finished Janet Evanovich’s Notorious Nineteen. It was all things Evanovich—silly, zany, wacky, a little unrealistic, but funny in her typical form. In this caper, bounty hunter Stephanie Plum and her voluptuous sidekick Lula are (primarily) looking for a perp who mysteriously disappears from a hospital after recently stealing millions of dollars, and—as is typical—there are a lot of side stories along the way. There’s a Yeti, a horrible pink bridesmaid’s dress, a little person, a firebomb in an apartment, several torched cars, tons of fast food, Grandma Mazur dressing like a hooker, and some Morelli and Ranger scenes to keep it interesting for the ladies.

If you enjoy standard Evanovich, then this is a good one. It’s a super-fast read and with overall  general silliness. For those of you who are into more thought-provoking, political espionage thrillers, this probably isn’t for you. For next week, I’m almost done with Broken Arrow by Tana French, and there’s nothing silly about this one. It’s a dark mystery that’s very cerebral, a bit melancholy, and quite good. But I’m getting ahead of myself…I’ll finish that one and let you know next week. ‘Til then, happy reading! 🙂

P.S. On a complete self-promotion note, you can signup for a free copy of my book, Two Out of Three, on goodreads.com, under the Giveaway section. Have a great day!

 

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Good Sunday morning! So it’s going to be 46 degrees today in Massachusetts, and my Patriots are playing later this evening, so our hopes are high and our spirits are warm in New England. Go Pats!

Sorry readers, I know you’re looking for a book recommendation and not a football commercial. I digress.

This past week was a crazy one, so I didn’t get a book completely finished, but I’m about halfway through a really good read. I normally don’t recommend a book until I finish it, but I’m liking this one enough to take a chance on it. It’s called Split Second, by Catherine Coulter. It’s about a serial killer who’s on the loose and killing women in various cities across the country. After many descriptions of the man who’s befriending and then killing the young women, the FBI discovers that the man is, in fact, a woman. The agents–Cooper McKnight and Lucy Carlyle–further discover that the killer has DNA that indicates she’s Ted Bundy’s daughter. Yep, the Ted Bundy. Yikers.

In the midst of this, Lucy’s father dies and, on his death-bed, he essentially tells Lucy that her grandmother murdered her grandfather years before. (There’s some really bad women in this book evidently!) So Lucy has some of her own demons to fight in addition to the real live one in the form of Bundy’s daughter.

Like I said, I haven’t finished Split Second, so I don’t know if the ending will be as good as the book so far, but I expect that it will be. It’s fast paced, has a smidge of romance (not too much–no vomit factor) and a really interesting twist with the tie to Bundy. I plan on finishing it in the upcoming week–and I’ll get another one read, too–so the next blog will have a “full” review, promise. ‘Til next time, happy reading! 🙂

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Good Sunday morning, and a very happy birthday to my dad, who’s still tearing around like a teenager and loving life. I hope to be exactly like him when I turn…well, let’s just say today’s birthday ends in a zero and leave it at that. 😉

This week’s read was Mission Flats, written by William Landlay, author of Defending Jacob. Benjamin Truman is the main character in this story, who’s the chief of police in Versailles, Maine (fictional small town). So I guess he’s the Maine character. Hardy har har. Anyway…when he discovers the dead body of a Boston district attorney in a rural lakeside cabin, things quickly go topsy turvy in Ben’s sheltered world. He’s forced to head south to Boston to play in the big leagues with some grizzled, hard-core city police. Who want answers NOW. What Ben doesn’t realize is that ghosts of past crimes and shady cops are all tied into this case, and uncovering their secrets could very well lead to his own demise.

This was definitely a good read–a little dark in places–but I guess that’s to be expected in a murder mystery, right? It really makes you think about the blurry line between right and wrong that police face every day when dealing with “unsavory” types. How far is too far? So grab Mission Flats off the shelf, or download it, whatever your preference, and give it a go. ‘Til next Sunday, happy reading! 🙂

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Good day and happy first-Sunday-of-2013 to you! I hope you’ve recovered from the hubbub of the holidays. It’s a balmy twenty-seven degrees in Massachusetts this morning, so it’s a perfect time to write and tell you about a book I read (actually I was able to read several books ~ yeah!) over the last couple of weeks.

The title of the book is Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn. This was my first Flynn novel, and I’m been hearing rave reviews about her, so I was excited to give it a go. Let me say this before I delve into the plot ~ she is a GREAT writer. She elicits emotions that you don’t even know you have, and she does it in an amazingly carefree way. The writing is snarky, intelligent, trendy, and sarcastic, yet manages to have some tender moments. Most impressive, Ms. Flynn.

The plot…let’s just say that I’ve never wanted to throw a book across the room so badly as when I was reading this book. That’s not to say it was bad at all. Quite the contrary; it was just infuriating. It’s about a marriage gone WAY awry and the subsequent disappearance of the beautiful wife on the couple’s fifth wedding anniversary. As the local yokels begin to uncover the clues to her disappearance, the hubby quickly becomes the prime suspect, but he contends that he had nothing to do with it. We’ve all seen this type of story in the news, right? WRONG. I thought I had it all figured out about one-third of the way through the book. WRONG. It’s an ending you simply won’t guess. And if you do…? Then you should be writing side-by-side with Ms. Flynn. 😉

The thing that kept me–and will keep you–going with this book is the very simple fact that you want to know what happened to the lovely former-Manhattanite-now-living-on-the-Mississippi-river-in-her-husband’s-hometown wife. And when you do…well, hopefully your wall won’t have a dent in it from where the book chipped the paint. ‘Til next week, happy reading! 🙂

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