Archive for January, 2015

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope this finds you well.

So I am in love…with the book The Fixer. Book #1 in a trilogy by T.E. Woods was absolutely fantastic, probably the best book I’ve read in the last two years.

The Fixer is about a female assassin. Her credo is Never A Doubt. Never A Mistake. Always for Justice. Never For Revenge. This woman has a strict set of criteria that she follows (only one job per country, per year) and she’ll only take a job if she’s convinced that justice can’t be served any other way. She doesn’t take your run of the mill please-kill-my-spouse-for-money gigs, she’s extremely selective. And when she strikes, it nearly always looks like an accident, so most of the cases are written off without a second thought. No muss, no fuss, no cops.

Until that changes…

The Fixer is a fast-paced whodunit that I promise will throw you for a loop more than once. More twists and turns than a corkscrew, with some fantastic characters and an assassin that you’ll somehow find yourself rooting for. Give it a go, you won’t be disappointed. ‘Til next week, happy reading! 🙂

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Gray Mountain

Good Sunday morning folks, I hope this finds you well. Congrats to the New England Patriots for a great win last night, can’t wait for the next game!

I don’t do this too often, but I’m recommending a book today that I haven’t quite finished. But I’m 90% done and am eager to see how it ends. The book is Gray Mountain, by John Grisham, and was a nice present from my friend Elaine for Christmas.

The story is set in 2008, just as the financial world is ending, and the main character is attorney Samantha Kofer. Samantha is summoned one day at the bigshot Wall Street firm where she’s employed and is told that most of the people are being let go. She, however, will be one of the “lucky ones” and is given the chance for a furlough, which might allow for the opportunity to get her job back in a year’s time…if all goes well. The furlough in question ends up being a job in a legal aid clinic, in the hills of Virginia, in a town of about 2,000 people. With no pay. Fighting large coal companies. For the Manhattan lawyer who’s never seen the inside of a courtroom, it’s quite a change of pace. But Samantha quickly learns that small towns can have just as much corruption, evil and deceit as the big city.

Gray Mountain is vintage Grisham set in a David-versus-Goliath tone, with some surprises along the way. There’s a bit of romance, but it wasn’t enough to make me hurl, and it was appropriate to the story line. It’s not a fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat thriller, rather it’s comfortable and a bit lulling, like the small town it’s set in. I anticipate an ending where justice is served, but I don’t really know yet. If you get there first, don’t tell me, wink wink. ‘Til next week, happy reading! 🙂

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Happy 2015, happy Sunday, and happy coldness, my word! Winter has arrived in New England, and the clothes are layered and the cocoa is steamy. I hope this finds you cozy and warm after the holiday season.

To close out 2014, I read Dust by Patricia Cornwell, a Kay Scarpetta novel. I haven’t been completely enamored with a few of Cornwell’s latest books, but I felt this one was back on track, with the medical examiner Scarpetta and her cronies chasing evil-doers from the nation’s capital to Massachusetts.

This story begins with an ailing Scarpetta getting called in the wee hours of the morning to visit a crime scene, one that’s suspiciously similar to murders that her FBI husband is working on in the DC area. However, Scarpetta isn’t supposed to know those details, so she’s relieved when her hubby shows up via helicopter to assist with the Boston case. When DNA tampering, a murder from seventeen years prior, a corporate cover-up, and dirty feds come into play, the trail they’re following creates more questions than answers. Scarpetta and Benton’s combined expertise, along with efforts from cop and long-time friend Pete Marino and Scarpetta’s rich-robo-cop-like-niece Lucy, make for an interesting game of cat-and-mouse with a dangerously powerful killer.

Like most of Cornwell’s books, Dust is a bit of a “dark” story, with a brooding and introspective Scarpetta examining the fine line between life and death throughout. Cornwell also blends fiction with real life, as the story references the horrible massacre at the elementary school in Newtown, CT, in December of 2012, with the fictitious Scarpetta assisting with the tragedy. So it’s not a light-hearted read, but it’s intriguing, thought-provoking, and throws a lot of curve balls throughout. Give it a go, and let me know what you think. ‘Til next time, happy reading! 🙂

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