In Queensville, Michigan, Jaymie Leighton, enjoys collecting her vintage kitchenware and cookbooks. She has lots of friends, including her ex's fiancé, the family at the local B&B, and a couple of men who are interested in her. But Kathy, her best friend from twenty years ago, still refuses to speak to her and Jaymie has decided it's time to finally clear the air. This can't happen though, because Kathy's body is discovered by Jaymie at the Fourth of July celebration, murdered with Jaymie's beautiful vintage square glass bowl. Everyone in town knows about their situation. Thus begins the search for the killer.
This is the second book in this series and I have found them both very enjoyable. Kathy is spunky and determined in everything she does. The descriptions of the vintage items in the story is excellent and fascinating, including the foods from old cookbooks. The mystery was full of twists and turns, but made total sense in end. Looking forward to the next one. I've been listening to these on audio, which adds a lots to my enjoyment also.
This is the third book in the quilting series. Emma and Lamar met after their spouses died. They found each other in their older age and have enjoyed teaching six week courses in quilting, teaching those who God brings to them. Because of Lamar's arthritis, they've taken a house in Florida for the cold winter, away from their Indiana Amish community.
In this book, the class consists of a sullen 14 year old who is paralyzed in her legs because of a diving accident, a young pregnant woman whose husband has just lost his job, an older artist who wants to paint the ocean before he dies from cancer, a busy charter boat owner, a lonely waitress, and a newly retired widowed teacher. Their lives are impacted by a visiting motorcyclist who was in the previous quilting class in Indiana.
This is a relationship book that shows how listening and trusting God helps people with their life issues. Very reaffirming and interesting story lines. I've thoroughly enjoyed all three quilting class books!
A MATTER OF TRUST by Lis Wiehl--Prosecutor, Mia Quinn, is a new widow with a teen-aged son and a four year old daughter. While talking on the phone to her best friend in the office, Coleen, Mia hears a shot then nothing but strange breathing from Coleen. Coleen's death resembles another prosecutor's death from many years ago. Mia and detective Charlie Carlson are teamed up to investigate the possible connection between these two deaths. But having a teen-aged son can cause problems of in itself.
I liked the interaction of all the characters in this book. The problems and situations were very realistic. Wiehl was able to follow three cases seamlessly and interestingly within this one story. Great start for a new mystery series! I listened to this on Audible and found it added to the enjoyment of this book.
This Brazilian mystery takes place just prior to the 1914 World Cup that is set to take place in Brazil. The Brazilian super star Tico, "The Artist", is expected to help Brazil run away with the win over their top rival, Argentina. But someone has kidnapped Tico's beloved mother and everyone is concerned that Tico won't be at his best with her missing.
Chief Inspector Mario Silva is assigned this case, with instructions to get her back before the highly anticipated games. There are plenty of suspects depending on whether the kidnapping was to hinder Brazil's chances of winning, or if it was a revenge kidnapping by another star player, or if it was purely for money.
Though this was a newer book from the CI Silva mysteries, I was immediately caught up with the characters. Silvia's boss was more of a hinderance that a help, and seemed only to be politically motivated in his actions. The excitement of the World Cup was very evident. Though I got engrossed in the characters and the mystery, the Brazilian location was only felt because of the country wide "football"/ soccer craze. I would read more in this series as I do like police procedurals, and this one was well done.
AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED by Khaled Hosseini---This is a series of stories that connect to tell a family's 50 year history starting in 1952 in Afghanistan, with a poor man who has decided that he must take his brother's offer to sell his daughter to the brother's wealthy employer who has no children. As the daughter and her older brother were extremely close, this affects them the most. Though the daughter, at four years old, soon settles into her new family and her past is only a shadow in her mind until many years later. The brother was basically a parent to his little sister because their mother had died, so he was devastated.
Chapters are told in the voice of various participants during different times in their lives. As the reader, we are drawn into the sorrows and affects of life and history of the people and of Afghanistan during this time period. Hosseini does a wonderful job of evoking the many feelings of everyone as they respond to life and their connections to one another and their places in the family's history, eventually returning brother and sister together as older and different people.
I listened to the Audible version which was read by the author and two other Afghanis. This made it more authentic, but was sometimes a bit more difficult to understand because of the accents. But, eventually I caught onto the rhythm of the speech patterns and enjoyed it very much.
Second book in the Odd Thomas series continues to please all my senses. It's really difficult to say much about the story in this book without giving too much of it away. Odd Thomas is definitely different, as he sees and talks to unsettled dead people, and he's drawn to trouble that only he seems to know about in advance. The sherif is the only one in his small town who knows about his gift or curse, depending on how you look at it. In this book he goes in search of a good friend who is missing, but finds evil in his path.
Generally, this would not be the type of book to interest me. Ghosts and such are not my favorites, but Koontz uses this subject to discuss some very serious themes, while adding huge interest through suspense, a bit of terror, and lots of humor. Free will is his subject in this book, and he handles it so creatively that you are taken on a journey without really knowing why till the end of the book.
I love Koontz's writing and strange thought processes. After saving lots of people from death in book one, people in his town now consider him a hero or an angel. One quip in the story has Odd saying that maybe it would be good to be an angle because then his halo would always provide a light for his book reading. Of course, he even says that thought so much better than I do. I listened to this book on Audible and found the narration to be eerily spectacular. Highly recommend the Odd Thomas books!!
A different kind of cozy mystery for sure. This first in the series of the Gourmet Detective finds this unnamed chef, turned food detective, who's goal is to find sources for difficult food ingredients and to determine recipes from various gourmet restaurants. When one of the privileged few attending the infamous Circle of Careme dinner dies twice, our detective goes on the hunt for the killer and the poison that can cause this strange manner of death.
This book almost seems like a spoof on "foodies" and fictional detectives. Many exquisite and different meals are described throughout the book. And most every detective that I've ever read about or seen on TV prior to the publication of this book, is referred to by the Gourmet Detective. Rivalry between chefs, food writers, and TV cooking personalities is portrayed throughout the book. The mystery almost seems to be the venue for these "foodie" things rather than being the main point of the book.
I actually enjoyed most of the food descriptions, detective references and the mystery, but the story might have been more interesting if the mystery had been a bit more focused. I listened to this on Audible and believe that the somewhat stuffy, condescending tone of the reader, actually made the book much more enjoyable. I would give another book in this series a try, but definitely only with Audible.
This third Scotland Yard Murder Squad Mystery is especially enjoyable. I am definitely not a fan of horror stories, but this book was very earnie, dark and compelling, drawing me into the plot almost immediately. Grecian has given Jack the Ripper a new start on his reign of murder and evil, giving him almost the persona of the antichrist. The literal underground of London added great historical interest to the plot also.
This book stands alone just fine, but I am personally glad that I read the previous two books in the series because knowing the background of the Murder Squad adds so much. Inspector Day and his wife are expecting their first child. Their friends and fellow workers get themselves in life threatening situation once again, and the expected child adds to their threatened lives. Life in 1890's Scotland Yard is very new for the times, and much different than today's investigative policeman.
I listened to this on Audible and the delivery was spectacular. The tone and breath of Jack's voice added an air of authenticity to the story that would be difficult to duplicate by just reading the story for yourself. Grecian's Murder Squad continue to please my sense of storytelling. He creates an atmosphere with his words that is marvelously mysterious, and well above the average story telling. Recommend beginning with THE YARD.
RED KNIFE by William Kent Krueger--
"The LORD is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation." (Numbers 14:18)
In Krueger's 8th Cork O'Connor novel, many issues cause much violence a small town in Minnesota. Conflicts between the Ojibwe Indians and the white population bring Cork into the conflict even though he is no longer sheriff. Though Cork has promised his family to stay out of these situations, someone shooting at him and his 7 year old son, brings him into the middle of everything. Different groups amongst the Ojibwe are in conflict, the whites and Ojibwe don't always trust each other, drugs cause death and violence, revenge causes quick deadly violence, and bulling and neglect causes unspeakable tragedy. Can violence really stop further violence?
I continue to find these Cork O'Conner novels more than just entertaining. They are atmospheric, with flawed but honest characters, that also deal with difficult moral and ethical community and personal issues. Love it when a book is good reading, but also makes me think! I listened to this on Audible and really enjoyed the narrator.
This blockbuster book was a huge disappointment for me. I think this will be a book where the movie outshines the original. It seemed like about twice as much book than was necessary to me. Yes, the were interesting descriptions and many twists and turns, but so often I wanted to yell-"I get it, I get it! Get on with it already!". I didn't count, but there must have been more than a dozen phrases just to describe male masturbation alone.
I listened to it on Audible and it definitely came across as he bitched then she bitched---two selfish, self-centered people who were unhappy and resentful about everything and everyone. I just couldn't feel any sympathy or empathy for anyone in this story. The thrill of marital abuse turned against one another just lost it's charm very soon.
The fact that the author drew situations and people from the hyped media news was cleaver for a while, but that became as annoying as hearing the same news story over, and over, and over all the time in the actual media. Enough said---it just did not entertain me for 432 pages worth of annoyance just to get to the point of this story of planned selfishness and hatred spread nicely around for everyone to share. The "twist" I'd been expecting was a big disappointment too. Guess I just don't march to the same drumbeat as the fans of this book!!
Cork O'Conner has just retired as Sherif of Aurora, Minnesota to spend more time with his family. Daughter, Jenny, actually does seem to need more attention as she has decisions to make now that she's graduated from high school. But Cork's good friend, Henry Meloux, the Ojibwe medicine man, asks Cork to help him fine his son whom he's never seen. Cork never knew that he had a son, and that son is now 73 years old, so he wonders at the sudden need to find him. This story goes from present day, to the 1920's to tell Henry's story, back to the present again. When someone tries to kill Henry today, the mystery grows.
I have thoroughly enjoyed every one of these Cork O'Conner western mysteries. The inner connection between all the peoples in that area have added much to these mysteries. Cork is such a complex character as sherif, family man, park Ojibwe and part white, and outdoorsman. Kruger's writing is spectacular, setting scenery that sets me right there in my immagination. I listened to this on Audible and highly recommend it.
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