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Happy Sunday morning! I hope this finds you doing well and enjoying these first few days of summer.

This week’s read was Stolen Prey by John Sandford, starring his main character Lucas Davenport, a detective-slash-very-rich-guy-due-to-the-computer-gaming-business he sold back in the day. I’ve read a ton of Sandford’s books, and this one didn’t disappoint. Based in the city of Minneapolis, it begins with Lucas getting mugged, followed up by a horrible discovery—a family who’s been slaughtered—and that trail leads all over the place…criminals from Mexico, bank computer hackers, 22 million in stolen gold, Lucas’s teenage daughter who’s forced to defend the family with lethal force, and people who steal horse manure, which leads us back to the mugging that started the entire book. Yeah, you read that correctly—horse manure. Don’t ask.

This book has tons of twists, turns, quite a bit of backstabbing and betrayal, and it’s really fast paced. I always enjoy Sandford’s sarcastic wit and the banter he creates between his characters. And the last line of the book is GREAT; it’s one final surprise that blows your mind. So give Stolen Prey a go, and enjoy. ‘Til next week, happy reading! 🙂

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Happy Sunday! It’s a beautiful sunny morning in Massachusetts, and I’ve got the windows open as I write. Love this weather.

This week’s read was The Fifth Assassin, by Brad Meltzer. A friend recommended this book to me a few months ago, so I need to say THANKS for the great suggestion, Claire. This story was a follow-up to The Inner Circle (that I wrote about quite awhile back), starring national archivist Beecher White. The premise behind this mystery is that Beecher has realized that someone who’s murdering people is trying to recreate the four successful presidential assassinations. Beecher needs to move fast in order to stop the fifth, which is directed at fictional President Wallace. Despite the mutual hostile feelings between the Presdient and Beecher, Beecher works with some friends from his past–as well as some recent foes–in order to protect the office of the Presidency.

With lots of twists, turns, and historical snippets, this is a fast-moving, educational read. A few times I found myself feeling a bit inadequate in my lack of knowledge about the four Presidential assassinations to date, but hey! I was informed and entertained, so what’s better than that? Give this one a try, and let me know what you think. ‘Til next week, happy reading! 🙂

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Stay Close

Good Sunday morning! I can’t believe it’s already June, and I hope that you’re off to a great month.

This week’s read was Stay Close, by Harlan Coben. When I read the synopsis on the back of the book, I kinda of thought “Eh” but I gave it a shot and am so glad I did. The plot is about an ex-stripper named Megan (not to be confused with my Meagan in Two Out of Three–she could never pull off being a stripper) who’s turned into a suburban soccer and is living the picket-fence life in New Jery sixteen years later. Truth be told, she is growing a little weary of the predictability of her day-to-day routine when an old friend shows up to let Megan know that something terrible that happened sixteen years ago has reared its ugly head, and Megan is smack in the middle of it. Megan’s naive enough to think that she can make the few-hour trip down to Atlantic City and fix everything with no one the wiser. Yeah right.

This book is super fast-paced and has all kinds of twists and turns. It’s also a great lesson in that a person can never really outrun their past, and frankly, that’s not always a bad thing. I think you’ll like Megan and the other cast of characters, so give Stay Close a try, and let me know what you think. ‘Til next week, happy reading! 🙂

 

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