My husband and I listened to the first book in this series (Iron Lake) on a road trip to visit our daughter in New Orleans. Loved it so much, we had to download the second book for the trip back home. This one is also a great mystery, one in which Cork, ex-sheriff is on a hunt for a lost country western singer who has been lured back to her Indian roots. And figuring out who is the bad guys in this story is about as elusive as in the first book. William Kent Krueger does not disappoint. We didn't finish the book on our drive home (just like the first one, on our drive down to New Orleans) . . . so the audio book won out OVER our normal tv shows for the first couple hours after we got home . . .
Interesting and different, A Witness Above, is the story of Frank Pavlicek, an ex-cop, turned private eye, who runs into the body of a teenage boy while out hunting with his red-tailed falcon in the hills of Virginia. Frank's bread and butter for the past thirteen years has been divorce and non-violent cases, NOT murder, since leaving the NYPD. But what he finds in the teenager's wallet changes all that. The Virginia accents are spot on, as well as many of the attitudes of whites versus blacks. I appreciated that the book wasn't full of expletives, yet was an excellent mystery. The faith and love expressed by the mother of the murdered boy and the way she reached out to Pavlicek was one of my favorite parts of the book. Great listen!
Historical story moving back in forth from the 1911 (and the years following) to the 1960s, as Millie recounts her tale of moving from England to Russia to become the governess for two young children. Abbie, Millie's granddaughter has returned home to England, from France with her own young daughter, following the death of her mother, after being estranged for many years. Trying to make sense of her mother's adoption and her mother's past, Abbie asks her grandmother, Millie for answers. Who was her mother? How had Millie come to adopt her? The fall of the Russian Czar, the turbulent aftermath and the eventual escape from Russia back to England are retold to her granddaughter, Abbie, in heartbreaking detail. Excellent listen . . . mysteries revealed . . . satisfying ending.
I stuck with this one until the end, but it only got worse . . . the narration was nails-on-the-blackboard irritating . . . needless to say, I won't be listening to any more in the series.
I bought Book of Souls because it was listed as a modern detective, mysteries/thriller book. However, for the most part that is NOT what it is. It is a good listen, and has the components of espionage and murder, but the underlying theme is religion and the end times. While interesting, the fantastical and strange tale that the author weaves is neither believable nor biblical. Mixing in Catholicism and Protestantism into his writing, enough of which is true, some readers may be foolish enough to buy into some of his far fetched tale as biblical prophecy . . . which could not be farther from the truth. The author has a good imagination, and I enjoyed listening to the book . . . the ending was worth the wait.
The historical account of Pat Conroy's teaching experience on the island of South Carolina's coast caused a rush of emotions for me. Having grown up in the same volatile era myself, I was both angry and sympathetic to his situation. Pat himself notes that had he been a little older and more mature, he may have handled the situation differently, thus prolonging his teaching years on the island. I very much enjoyed the tales of his interaction with the students, parents and inhabitants of Yamacraw Island, which were both funny and endearing. I found much of what he had to say about the Vietnam war, hunting, religion and HIMSELF to be very short sighted and one sided. He did many good things with his students, one of the most important being teaching them that they could go anywhere and be ANYTHING that they choose. But long term, a teacher cannot be friends with his students, bringing them home to spend the night at his house, cussing and taking the Lord's name in vain. While it may improve the child's self esteem, it does not prepare a student for life in the workplace or the professional world at large. The biggest thing that Mr. Conroy did is FIGHT for and LOVE the kids and families of the island, give them a voice, which was desperately needed. For that, I have great respect for Pat Conroy.
Wow! Never expected this one to be so good! I love southern fiction, and this one is set in Mississippi, smack in the middle of the Bible belt . . . and sadly but truthfully, a place that is full of believers . . . and hypocrites galore. And just like in Tin God, they are not always easily identified by outward appearances. Jaymee Ballard gave up her baby girl to adoption several years ago, coerced by someone she trusted, when she was just seventeen. But she has never given up on finding her. Jaymee only told one person in Roselea, Mississippi about her daughter . . . now that person has been murdered. Four years earlier, Jaymee's best friend, Lana, who was trying to help Jaymee find her daughter, was also murdered. Are the two murders connected? As the search for the killer progresses, the little town of Roselea comes unraveled . . . and evil is found in unexpected places.
The Baker's Wife is one of the best books I've listened to in a long time. I love Christian fiction, and this one is exceptional on many levels. It's a crime drama (one of my favorite), and it also tells the story of two very different families, who profess to be Christians. Jack, police officer and deacon in the church, wears his "Christianity" like a cloak of righteousness, quipping out Bible verses like weapons against everyone he meets. He led the deacons and church to dismiss their pastor, Geoff for allegedly coercing Jack and Julie's daughter, Miralee into having an abortion. Now the pastor and his wife have opened a bakery together, and continue to serve the Lord. Geoff's wife, Audrey (The Baker's Wife) hits a motor scooter in dense fog one morning . . . but the rider is nowhere to be found. The story that unfolds is harrowing . . . and amazing.
From the author of The Harbinger, Jonathan Cahn, explains in detail the meaning of the Jewish Shemitah, evidence of what has happened historically during Shemitah years and what may be expected if God's people do not repent and turn their hearts back to God. To my knowledge, such an in depth study and explanation of God's plan, His mercy and His judgement has not been written in such a simple and understandable way before. Yes, there are many repetitions in this book. But history seems to keep repeating itself. Because we humans are HARD HEADED, stiff necked people. And God wishes that NONE perish. I would highly recommend The Mystery of the Shemitah, AND The Harbinger.
If you love old books, old fairy tales, and old Germany, this one's for you . . . Having lived in Germany twice and visited all three of King Ludwig's castles, I was captivated by this historical (fictional) tale moving between current day and the last days of the king's reign. If you don't have a vivid imagination or value things of old, it may not be for you . . . but I found myself lost in it . . . once again walking in Linderhof, Neuschuanstein, and Herrenchemchiemsee castles. The modern day murder and the box containing the diary that leads Steve and Sara back to the castles in search of answers is a mystery that keeps you listening . . . and wondering . . . a great journey!
I didn't expect to enjoy this one quite so much! But I connected with Samantha right away . . . down to earth, no frills, no pretense . . . and gutsy! And not as skinny as a toothpick to boot! Cleaning repossessed houses and baking, she runs onto a dead artist in one of the homes she has come to reclaim . . . and the authorities want to tie it up with a bow as "natural causes" . . . but Sam is pretty sure that something diabolical happened here . . . This is a clean, entertaining listen . . .
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