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Good Sunday-after-Christmas-before-New-Years morning! I hope this finds you all well and recovering nicely from sugar comas.

This week’s read was Death Angel, by Linda Fairstein, #15 in the Alexandra Cooper novels. After a young woman’s body is found in NYC’s Central Park, Assistant DA Alex and her cohorts, Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, have to figure out who/what/where/when/why before the killer strikes again. As the characters follow the trail of breadcrumbs, Fairstein weaves many historical facts about NYC into the story, which always adds a lot of interesting flavor to the central plot. Also in this novel (and it’s about time!) is that the sexual tension that’s been hovering between and Alex and Mike for lo these many books finally gets acknowlegded; I won’t spoil it for you with any details…

As is typical in the previous stories, there’s the betting on the Jeopardy questions between the friends, the political infighting that always exists in Alex’s job, and a trip to Alex’s second home on Martha’s Vineyard that gives you a taste of how the other half lives. (But trust me, they’re recovering from sugar comas just like the rest of us). So if you’re up for some mystery and a few lessons about NYC in its earlier days, give Death Angel a go. ‘Til next week, happy reading! 🙂

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Good Sunday morning! I hope this finds you well.

This week’s read was another by one of my favorites, Linda Fairstein, titled Death Dance. In this NYC based mystery, Assistant DA Alex Cooper investigates the disappearance of a world-famous dancer, who vanishes during a performance at Lincoln Center’s Metropolitan Opera House. Along with her colleagues, Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, the trio delve into the nuances of New York City’s theatre scene and discover that there’s an ugly side to the business. One that involves greed, jealousy, power, and tons o’ money. Other cases they’re wrapped up in during the novel: a Turkish doctor working in the U.S. who’s drugging young women in order to have his way with them, and a rapist they believe to be a homeless person, based on a controversial DNA sample. Per Fairstein’s “formula” that works so well, Alex manages to have a couple of brushes with death during the story, but no worries. The series lives on…

If you like history–especially about theatre and/or buildings in NYC–this will be a great book for you. Fairstein always delves into some historical tidbits about NYC in her Alex Cooper novels, but this one seems to have more than most and is very interesting. Also, the banter between the three colleagues is always fun, and there are many final Jeopardy questions in this read so that the characters can show off some of their “off the field” knowledge of various topics.

So grab this one–and maybe one other– of Fairstein’s Alex Cooper’s novels. It’ll be entertaining and educating, and it really doesn’t get a lot better than that. ‘Til next week, happy reading! 🙂

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Happy Sunday morning! This is a fun time of year with the March Madness Tournament, and for some people, spring is also in the air, so that’s a great thing as well. I’m convinced that spring will find us in Boston at some point this year–maybe May or June?? Enough snow already!

This week’s read was Entombed, by Linda Fairstein. I love her writing and thought that I’d read all of her Alex Cooper books, but I found this one a couple of weeks back and was really glad I did. In this story. a skeleton is found entombed in a basement wall in an old NYC townhouse, a place where Edgar Allan Poe had once lived. The ties to Poe, along with the fact that the skeleton has only been there for twenty-five years, lead Alex and her cohorts, Mike and Mercer, on a trail to find the murderer. If that wasn’t enough to keep them busy, NYC’s serial rapist from a few years prior–gone dormant–appears to be back in action, and the suspect has ties to the immunity-protected United Nations in downtown NYC. Red-tape much?

This is a fast-paced mystery, with lots of historical background about the city of New York and Edgar Allan Poe, and Fairstein always makes me feel just a tad-bit smarter after reading one of her novels. For that, I am grateful. So grab the book, enjoy it, learn a little, and find out what type of influence Poe still has on his followers out there in our world… ‘Til next week, happy reading!

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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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