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Good Sunday morning everyone! I hope this finds you safe, happy, and ready to face the day.

To begin, I recommended Split Second last Sunday and, as I indicated then, I hadn’t finished it. I did finish it early this week, and it had a little sci-fi section that I didn’t see coming, which got a bit weird for my taste. It was still a good read, and I really liked the Ted-Bundy’s-daughter-as-the-bad-guy/girl factor. But I’m not that into sci-fi/voodoo/magic stuff, so for that part of the book, I definitely scratched my head a bit.

This week, I finished Janet Evanovich’s Notorious Nineteen. It was all things Evanovich—silly, zany, wacky, a little unrealistic, but funny in her typical form. In this caper, bounty hunter Stephanie Plum and her voluptuous sidekick Lula are (primarily) looking for a perp who mysteriously disappears from a hospital after recently stealing millions of dollars, and—as is typical—there are a lot of side stories along the way. There’s a Yeti, a horrible pink bridesmaid’s dress, a little person, a firebomb in an apartment, several torched cars, tons of fast food, Grandma Mazur dressing like a hooker, and some Morelli and Ranger scenes to keep it interesting for the ladies.

If you enjoy standard Evanovich, then this is a good one. It’s a super-fast read and with overall  general silliness. For those of you who are into more thought-provoking, political espionage thrillers, this probably isn’t for you. For next week, I’m almost done with Broken Arrow by Tana French, and there’s nothing silly about this one. It’s a dark mystery that’s very cerebral, a bit melancholy, and quite good. But I’m getting ahead of myself…I’ll finish that one and let you know next week. ‘Til then, happy reading! 🙂

P.S. On a complete self-promotion note, you can signup for a free copy of my book, Two Out of Three, on goodreads.com, under the Giveaway section. Have a great day!


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Good Sunday morning, and a very happy birthday to my dad, who’s still tearing around like a teenager and loving life. I hope to be exactly like him when I turn…well, let’s just say today’s birthday ends in a zero and leave it at that. 😉

This week’s read was Mission Flats, written by William Landlay, author of Defending Jacob. Benjamin Truman is the main character in this story, who’s the chief of police in Versailles, Maine (fictional small town). So I guess he’s the Maine character. Hardy har har. Anyway…when he discovers the dead body of a Boston district attorney in a rural lakeside cabin, things quickly go topsy turvy in Ben’s sheltered world. He’s forced to head south to Boston to play in the big leagues with some grizzled, hard-core city police. Who want answers NOW. What Ben doesn’t realize is that ghosts of past crimes and shady cops are all tied into this case, and uncovering their secrets could very well lead to his own demise.

This was definitely a good read–a little dark in places–but I guess that’s to be expected in a murder mystery, right? It really makes you think about the blurry line between right and wrong that police face every day when dealing with “unsavory” types. How far is too far? So grab Mission Flats off the shelf, or download it, whatever your preference, and give it a go. ‘Til next Sunday, happy reading! 🙂

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Good day and happy first-Sunday-of-2013 to you! I hope you’ve recovered from the hubbub of the holidays. It’s a balmy twenty-seven degrees in Massachusetts this morning, so it’s a perfect time to write and tell you about a book I read (actually I was able to read several books ~ yeah!) over the last couple of weeks.

The title of the book is Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn. This was my first Flynn novel, and I’m been hearing rave reviews about her, so I was excited to give it a go. Let me say this before I delve into the plot ~ she is a GREAT writer. She elicits emotions that you don’t even know you have, and she does it in an amazingly carefree way. The writing is snarky, intelligent, trendy, and sarcastic, yet manages to have some tender moments. Most impressive, Ms. Flynn.

The plot…let’s just say that I’ve never wanted to throw a book across the room so badly as when I was reading this book. That’s not to say it was bad at all. Quite the contrary; it was just infuriating. It’s about a marriage gone WAY awry and the subsequent disappearance of the beautiful wife on the couple’s fifth wedding anniversary. As the local yokels begin to uncover the clues to her disappearance, the hubby quickly becomes the prime suspect, but he contends that he had nothing to do with it. We’ve all seen this type of story in the news, right? WRONG. I thought I had it all figured out about one-third of the way through the book. WRONG. It’s an ending you simply won’t guess. And if you do…? Then you should be writing side-by-side with Ms. Flynn. 😉

The thing that kept me–and will keep you–going with this book is the very simple fact that you want to know what happened to the lovely former-Manhattanite-now-living-on-the-Mississippi-river-in-her-husband’s-hometown wife. And when you do…well, hopefully your wall won’t have a dent in it from where the book chipped the paint. ‘Til next week, happy reading! 🙂

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Good Sunday morning! This week’s read was entitled The Queen, by Steven James, #5 in the Patrick Bowers series. Like the ones before it, this one was fast-paced, educational, and also had some personal drama sprinkled in.

Set in the frigid, but lovely, state of Minnesota, this caper finds Patrick trying to thwart terrorists who are planning to launch a nuclear weapon from a submarine by using an abandoned, underground governmental facility as their home base. (!) Technology is an amazing thing. Coupled with that crisis, Patrick is reunited with his brother and sister-in-law, a lady Patrick happened to have a “thing” for five years prior. (Enter the DRAMA). His stepdaughter, Tessa, and girlfriend, Lien-hua, make their usual contributions to the story, and there are a couple of great life-threatening scenes that Patrick escapes as well. It’s nice to be the hero, right?

To sum…it’s good, just like the four books before it. And in many parts of the world, the weather is starting to make for some great “book time” so do yourself a favor on a Sunday and get snuggled up with a good story. ‘Til next week, happy reading! 🙂

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Happy last day of September! And a big WOW to that.

This blog is going to be short and sweet, because a golf course is beckoning. 🙂 Gone Tomorrow was this week’s read, another Lee Child book, starring his vigilante bad*ss, Jack Reacher.  In typical form, Reacher finds himself inadvertently in the middle of a mess, which begins on a late night/early morning ride on a NYC subway. What initially appears to be a suicide bomber on the subway car turns out to be much, much more, with government implications leading to Osama bin Laden. And some of the bad guys in this book—who are evil to the core—are actually women. Don’t let that pretty face trick you, Reacher…

In my opinion, the book started out at a bit of a slow pace, but it found its rhythm pretty quickly. The ending was absolutely GREAT and well worth getting through the tempo of the early pages. So if you don’t mind a bit of blood and guts, give this one a go. Reacher has some classic one-liners and rids the world of lots of bad guys and girls in the process. ‘Til next week, happy reading!

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Good afternoon readers! This week I’m going a little off the beaten path. As most of you know, I almost always write about a mystery in my blog posts. But this week’s book was a little different, and it might be something of interest to you if you need a little pick-me-up in your life.  🙂

The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews is a wonderful fiction book about a forty-something-year-old man named David Ponder who’s a bit down-and-out on his luck. He lost his job, his daughter needs her tonsils out, the mortgage is behind, and things just kinda s*ck in general. So just as he’s ready to give up on life (think It’s A Wonderful Life) he’s given an amazing opportunity to visit some key people in history in order to learn a lesson from each of them. In order of the people he meets, they are as follows:

Harry Truman ~ David learns “The buck stops here”

King Soloman ~ David learns “I will seek wisdom”

Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain ~ David learns “I am a person of action”

Christopher Columbus ~ David learns “I have a decided heart”

Anne Frank ~ David learns “Today I will choose to be happy”

Abraham Lincoln ~ David learns “I will greet this day with a forgiving spirit”

The Angel Gabriel ~ David learns “I will persist without exception”

Does it go without saying that David’s life undergoes a dramatic turn-around after having the amazing experience of meeting seven such influential people in history? Probably. So if you personally ever need a boost to your self-esteem–or maybe just a little kick in the pants–then this book is a really motivational read. It makes you realize how lucky we all are to have this shot at life and that we really are the driver’s of our own destiny.

So, like I wrote earlier–this book was not my “typical” read, but sometimes it’s nice to try something new. And if you give this story a chance, I promise you’ll shut it with a smile on your face and some determination in your heart. ‘Til next week, happy reading my friends!

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Good Sunday morning! I hope this finds you doing well.

This week I finished a book titled Night Watch, by Linda Fairstein. This is the fourteenth book in the Alex (Alexandra) Cooper series, and like the others, this was an enjoyable read.

The beginning of this book finds Alex in France, visiting her famous restaurateur boyfriend, Luc Rouget. Just when you think she’s going to be able to take a relaxing break from her high stress job of assistant District Attorney in New York City, a murder in Luc’s backyard breaks up the monotony. While assisting the local authorities, and also wondering if Luc could somehow be involved with the death, Alex is summoned back to New York when the head of the World Economic Bureau is arrested for attacking a maid in his hotel room. You would think that’s enough to deal with, but when a homicide in New York appears to have ties to the murder back in France, the connections to Luc seem way past the point of coincidence.

As with the other books, some of the peripheral “stuff” in Fairstein’s writing is just as good as the storyline. The fun-loving banter between Alex and her sidekicks, Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, is excellent, and Fairstein’s descriptions of landmarks in NYC make you feel like you’re right in the middle of the city that never sleeps.

This is a good end-of-the-summer read, and I hope that you’ll enjoy it as much as I did. ‘Til next week, happy reading! 🙂

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