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Archive for October, 2014

Good Sunday morning, I hope the air is crisp and clean wherever you are. The foliage in New England right now is gorgeous, and I need to enjoy it now because I know what’s to come…

This week’s read was Deadline, by John Sandford, the eighth in the Virgil Flowers series. Sandford has always been one of my faves, and this book didn’t disappoint.

In this story, Virgil gets called to a sleepy town in Minnesota, where there’s been a series of dognappings, leaving the locals in need of some help. What Virgil doesn’t know initially is the town has another ugly situation as well: the school board has been quietly embezzling millions for years, and when a local reporter gets murdered, Virgil finds himself neck-deep in not one, but two, ugly cases in rural, middle America.

The dog-angle in this story really tugged my heart strings because I lost the four-legged love of my life earlier this year. The ending had me in happy tears, but I don’t know if that’s because of the writing or because of my own emotional ties. Either way, this is another great book by Sandford; the banter between the characters and the smooth way Virgil puts the pieces together makes for an easy, enjoyable read. Now I’ve got to wait patiently for Book #9 in this series. Ugh! ‘Til next week, happy reading! 🙂

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Good Sunday morning! I hope this finds everyone doing great and enjoying the best sports month of the year. I love October. (I just wish the Red Sox were still playing…)

Before diving into the book recommendation, I’d like to wish my friend Staci Shuber a very happy birthday today.

This week’s read is Criminal by Karin Slaughter and is part of the Will Trent series. (It’s not necessary to read the prior books before this one, but they’re all good as well). Despite a childhood filled with foster care and a learning disability, Will has overcome a lot of obstacles to become a well-respected agent in the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. So he finds it a little odd when his boss, Amanda Wagner, purposely keeps him off a case of a missing teenage girl. When he delves into the reasons why, Will uncovers more than he could have imagined, and a horrific case that launched Amanda’s career back in the 1970s is somehow brought back to life, with all of its ugly secrets.

This book does a lot of flashing back and flashing forward from chapter to chapter, and it’s interesting to read about the early days when Amanda was trying to break into the boys’ club that was the Atlanta Police Department. The story starts a little slow, but the momentum builds throughout as Slaughter ties all the loose ends together. This isn’t a fast-paced page turner, but it’s a good slow burn to an ending that’s OMG-worthy. If you give it a go, please let me know what you think. ‘Til next week, happy reading! 🙂

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