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Good Sunday morning, the first Sunday of spring. Does it feel like it where you are? Because it sure doesn’t here in Massachusetts. I need to see a robin or a tulip or something!

This week’s read was Lady Killer by Lisa Scottoline, starring Mary DiNunzio, an associate lawyer at Rosato & Associates. I’ve read several of Scottoline’s books, some featuring Bennie Rosato, some starring DiNunzio, and like usual, I always manage to read them out of order. But they’re all very good.

I digress.

In this caper, DiNunzio is hard at work one day, when Trish Gambone, a “Mean Girl” from back in high school, shows up at the office, terrified and looking for help. Trish’s live-in boyfriend, a mobbed-up drug dealer, has been threatening her life, and she’s sure that he’s going to act on it soon. DiNunzio recommends the usual avenues for a person in an abusive relationship, but it’s not good enough for Trish, and she storms out of Mary’s office. Soon after, Trish goes missing, and it seems that the whole of Philly, including Trish’s three big-haired best friends, blames Mary. As DiNunzio jeopardizes her job to go on a quest to find out what happened to Trish, we learn that the good-Catholic-schoolgirl DiNunzio has some skeletons ratting around of her own…

Reading this book makes you feel like you’ve been plopped smack-dab in the middle of some rowhouses in Philly. Scottoline does such a great job of conveying the neighborhood atmosphere of the Italian-American section of the city that DiNunzio is from, and the slang she uses, combined with some of the old-world charm, had me smiling several times throughout the book. It’s a definite page-turner, with just a splash of romance mixed in (not enough to make you vomit), and I recommend it for a quick read some weekend. ‘Til next week, happy reading! 🙂

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Good Sunday morning! It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted, and I hope this finds you doing well.

This week’s read was Heat Lightning by John Sandford, part of his Virgil Flowers series. In the sequence, it’s the second book, and as usual, I’m not reading this series in order. I’ve read several others with Virgil as the main character, and they’re all very good.

In this story, Virgil, who works for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, is called to Stillwater because a body has been found with two shots to the head. The victim was left near a veterans’ memorial and also had a lemon in his mouth…just like a body that was discovered the prior week. Clearly a madman is loose, and Virgil has to find the connection to the victims before the killer strikes again. With ties going back to Vietnam, Virgil runs into a wide cast of characters and doesn’t realize until the end who is friend and foe.

I really like the pace to the Sandford books, because they aren’t overwhelmingly action-packed, but the plot keeps moving on every single page. So if you’re up for a good who-dun-it, I’d say that you’ll enjoy Heat Lightning quite a bit. ‘Til next week, happy reading! 🙂

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