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Good Sunday morning, hope the sun is shining in your neck of the woods!

This week’s read was Desert Heat, by J.A. Jance. This is the first book in the Joanna Brady series, and it’s not a new series, so I’ve got some catching up to do. Which is a good thing.

On the night of their tenth wedding anniversary, Joanna Brady finds herself worried about her husband, Andy, when he’s hours late for their planned celebratory dinner. (Bear in mind, this book was written in 1993. People didn’t just call each other on cell phones back in the “old days” like we do now). When she goes out to look for him, she finds him in a ditch, bleeding profusely from a gunshot wound. Andy is running for sheriff of Cochise County, and Joanna immediately becomes concerned that his opponents had something to do with the shooting. As Andy is fighting for his life in the hospital, Joanna is informed that it was a suicide attempt on his part. She knows that’s preposterous and fights to clear his name against some very dangerous people.

Desert Heat was a really fast read, which I love, and kept me guessing until the end. Love that, too. I’m looking forward to reading more of this series and will keep you posted. ‘Til next time, happy reading! 🙂

 

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Good Sunday morning, I hope this finds you well!

This week’s read was John Sandford’s most recent, Gathering Prey. It’s number 25 in the Lucas Davenport series, and I’ve read every single book. As usual, I’m already looking forward to the next one. I wish he could write a book a month!

Anyway, in this story, Davenport’s adopted daughter, Letty, meets a couple of kids out on the west coast called Travelers. In a word, they’re homeless. They’re basically nomads who travel light, do odd jobs for a few bucks here and there, sleep wherever they can find a safe spot, yet they have a pretty amazing network of other Travelers in various cities. Letty is intrigued by them, and also concerned, so she gives the girl Traveler her phone number. When the girl’s companion gets murdered in an extremely gruesome fashion, she calls upon Letty for help, so Letty turns to Lucas. At first he doesn’t take it too seriously, but after agreeing to look into it, a very disturbing pattern emerges, with a trail of bodies in its wake.

While this wasn’t my favorite Davenport story, it was a good, suspenseful read. It seemed like the entire book was Lucas being one step behind the killer and that every chapter involved him being just a little bit too late. So I found myself getting impatient. But, if he caught the killer in the first chapter, it wouldn’t be much of a book, would it? I also liked that Sandford involved Letty in the story to some degree. She’s now of college age, and I suspect we’ll be seeing a whole new series with her at some point in the future. So give Gathering Prey a try, and let me know what you think. ‘Til next time, happy reading! 🙂

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