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Playing Dead

Good Sunday morning! I apologize that it’s been awhile since my last posting; I had a mishap a couple weeks ago and ended up on crutches, but I’m getting back into a routine now. I hope all is well in your world.

This week’s read is by an author who’s new to me, Julia Heaberlin, and the title of the book is Playing Dead.  I’m usually a homer when it comes to locations in a novel–which is to say I love mysteries set in Boston or the northeast–but this book was set in the big ol’ state of Texas, and it was cool to read about. The main character in the book is a girl named Tommie McCloud; shortly after her father’s death, she receives a note from a stranger, and it reads Have you ever wondered about who you are?  The woman who wrote the note claims that Tommie is her long-lost daughter who was kidnapped thirty-one years prior. Initially, Tommie tries to dismiss the claim as a cruel hoax, but then things start to happen that she can’t ignore. As she dives in to learn about her past, she has to figure out how she’s tied to a slaughtered family in Chicago, the murder of a beauty queen in Oklahoma, her brother’s death years ago, and the kidnapping of a young girl names Adriana. With Tommie’s father now dead, and her mother battling dementia, Tommie is left to figure out if they both spent their lives, and hers, lying to her about who she really is.

This is a fast-paced read but has some real heart to it as well. I found myself really enjoying the intricacies related to the southern part of this great country and was very engaged with the characters in this book. I think you mystery-lovers will feel the same. So check out Playing Dead, and let me know what you think. ‘Til next week, happy reading! 🙂

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Happy first Sunday in August! September can’t be just a month away, can it? Ugh. Anyway…I have a “sort of” recommendation this week and a definite recommendation as well.

The definite recommendation is Leader of the Pack by David Rosenfelt. It’s another in the series of dog-loving main character Andy Carpenter, and this time attorney-Andy has set out to free a man from prison who he unsuccessfully defended six years prior. Adding to the drama is that the man is the son of a mafia boss in New Jersey, and the new evidence that’s surfaced has some really bad people making attempts on Andy’s life. The cast of characters surrounding Andy (most notably Tara, the golden retriever) and his self-deprecating ways make this another wonderful read by Rosenfelt. He’s hands down one of my favorite authors, and I wish he could write a book every month.

I don’t usually do this, but the so-so recommendation for this week is Bone Bed by Patricia Cornwell. I usually like her Kay Scarpetta books, with all the forensic fun in them, but this one wore me out. The story was compelling—two separate, mysterious murders that Kay has to solve using her brain and technology—but there was a ton of side drama. Kay and Benton’s marriage is hanging on by a thread; Kay and her niece, Lucy—computer hacker millionaire—are on edge with each other; Kay has insubordinate employees; Kay’s long-time friend and helper, Marino, is in trouble with the authorities…you get the point. In my humble opinion, there just seemed to be a lot of whining and irritating side-stories that really took away from the plot.

To sum, grab Leader of the Pack for sure, and if you like some drama, then grab Bone Bed as well. I wish you a wonderful Sunday. ‘Til next week, happy reading! 🙂

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