Monday, July 9, 2018

Book Review

Murder in All Honour (New Scotland Yard/Doyle and Acton, #5)Murder in All Honour by Anne Cleeland
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Another enjoyable Doyle and Acton mystery, with the pregnant Doyle bent on solving the murders of  pregnant women and nuns. Of course Lord Acton wants her far away from these cases and Doyle's extra sense about these things won't stop her. Many twists and turns but the book ends with all loose ends tied up.


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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Book Review

The Pearl that Broke Its ShellThe Pearl that Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


A relentlessly depressing story of life in Afghanistan for women. The book follows Rahima and her great-grandmother Shekiba, as they lead parallel hopeless lives a century apart. Girls are unwanted children, eagerly married off at a young age to be someone else's responsibility. Husbands have several wives, creating jealousy among them as to who is favored or called to his bed more frequently. The wives are beaten for the slightest reason. There is hatred and betrayal throughout. The author's writing handles the misery deftly, but still an unhappy read.



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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Book Review

The Wanted (Elvis Cole, #17; Joe Pike, #6)The Wanted by Robert Crais
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Crais has not lost his touch with this one. A classic Cole and Pike novel that will keep you turning pages.


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Monday, April 16, 2018

Book Review

Dark Side IdentityDark Side Identity by Catherine Kitcho
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fantastic plotting, with identical twins in every way except behavior. Tara follows the straight path, Tia is bold and adventuresome. When Tia's job as a tour director on a cruise ship requires her to stay overnight in Mazatlan, she meets hotel owner Guillermo, and takes on a side job with him. Because she travels back and forth to Los Angeles regularly, she is the perfect one to transport information to his office in Los Angeles. Tia does not know that what she is doing is illegal, but when she realizes it, is too far in to extricate herself. When she fakes her own death and takes on Tara's identity, trouble begins for Tara. Tara, who has been estranged from Tia for years, now must prove she is innocent of any crimes and also that Tia is still alive. With the help of the police and her computer specialist boyfriend, Tara pulls things together. The ending is realistic and satisfying. A hard book to put down.


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Monday, March 26, 2018

How Long Do You Give a Book?

Recently Goodreads posed the above question.  It made me think about my own reading habits.  I always have a book in front of me, and my preferred reading is a good mystery.  But I, like most of you, belong to a book club, and our members each get a choice as to what books we'll read in the coming year.  We read fiction and many of the books are excellent.  I probably would have not chosen certain books on my own, but my book club membership gives me the chance to read these books and enjoy them. I'm glad I have this opportunity to broaden my reading experience.  Yet, once in a while a clunker comes along and reading it is not a good experience.

Once I start a book I like to finish it.  I rarely give up on a book but sometimes I have to.  It was interesting to read the answers those on Goodreads gave. Many felt like me, but when they had to stop, it was usually after 100 pages.  For some reason 100 pages is the benchmark.  For me it is about the same.  Some books start off slowly and you need to give them time.  Others never seem to get interesting.  I often wonder how they were able to get published.  For my book club this month I found the selected book boring and difficult to follow.  Yet it won a Pulitzer prize!  I simply was not able to keep reading.  I went at least to 100 pages but no improvement.  I even "fast forwarded" to see if any sections were more compelling, but no.

Readers, what do you do? Do you stick with it at all costs, or do you feel like most of us, "so many books, so little time?"

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Problem with Goodreads

Are you on Goodreads?  If so, do you do book reviews?  Whenever I do a book review on Goodreads I like to link it to by blog.  As you can see, I have several here already.  Lately, the "copy and paste" feature they provide for copying is not working.  It does not pick up the text of my review, only the book cover and my rating.  I have been unable to connect with anyone on Goodreads who can help me out on this.  If you've faced the same problem, and solved it, please let me know the secret. Thanks so much.

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