Thursday, September 3, 2015

I found a new author!

I found a new author!
I am engrossed in an intriguing and amusing novel that has captivated me from page one.  There are three more in the series and I am already delighted that they exist.  I’ve found a new author!!!

Here is the link to Miss Bruncle’s Book:  

I highly recommend it!

Monday, January 13, 2014

The Latest in Good Reads

Well!  I have been reading my eyes off.

I have a bookshelf outside my home housing what I can't fit into my storage or on my headboard.
My friends will remove a book and leave me one of theirs.  A great way to get new reads without buying!

Recently, one of my buddies took six of my Harry Bosch series and left me with two spectacular reads.
(Something amiss, no?  Two for Six?)  Regardless, I was grateful.  I eat books like chocolate on Valentine's Day.

I tore through A Numbered Account by Christopher Reich.  A gem!  This is a story of a man in pursuit of what happened to his father who was murdered.  He ditches his adored fiance and embarks on a mission in Switzerland, a la Bank-Ville.  A page turner and a refreshing change for me.  I knew nothing of the area or the banking system.  It was a delight.

Next was The Last Don, Mario Puco.  (The Godfather)  An excellent read.  Old Italian morales in a new, fast paced environment.  I expected nothing less and wasn't disappointed.

Last night, I finished Starvation Lake.  This is a first novel by promising new talent, Bryan Gruley.  I've only occasionally watched hockey.  This was a treat of a book about a small town coach who changes an entire town for the better, and then the worse.  It was fast and suspenseful with all the trimmings of a seasoned author.  Well done Mr. Gruley!

Of course, I read The Black Box, Michael Connelly's lates Bosch and was wildly disappointed when I turned the last page simply because it was over.  I can't get enough!  Mr. Connelly is getting the series produced through Amazon!  I can't wait to see it and intend to write him personally and grovel for a part.

Next up is Connelly again.  This time, The Brass Verdict, his Lincoln Lawyer series.  I'll crack it this evening when I get back from celebrating my comedian friend's fortieth birthday.  Welcome to adulthood!  I was glad to see Matthew McConaughey win a Golden Globe last night. And thrilled he was cast as Mickey Haller.

That's the latest scoop.  I'll try to post more often.  I'm writing my first murder mystery between work and shows.  Happy New Year to all!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Reader's Thumb: Agatha Christie!

Reader's Thumb: Agatha Christie!: So I've had this book on my shelf for some time.  Its battered and weather beaten.  And I had tried to read it some time ago but someho...

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Agatha Christie!

So I've had this book on my shelf for some time.  Its battered and weather beaten.  And I had tried to read it some time ago but somehow, just couldn't get into it.  I have read every book in my apartment and finally, out of desperation, picked this Agatha Anthology up and decided I'd better go at it.

Now, she's famous.  Everyone knows Agatha Christie!  I've seen Poirot on TV.  But I'd never read her!  When I started, I think I had misunderstood words. I was not familiar with British slangs and colloquialisms.
As I have now read many British authors, this time round, it was a breeze and a pleasure.  Miss Marple!  There were five complete books in the collection and I read and read for a week as I simply could not put them down.  In fact, I was quite put out when interrupted by work or phone calls or necessary chores.

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading these and must say that I managed to be completely dumbfounded by three of them at "Who done it."  N or M, however, I did guess some of what was real despite being mislead by the Author.  That was satisfying. 

A delightful read by a renowned author.

If you haven't read Agatha Christie, brush up on your English and get on it.  You'll love them!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Carola Dunn A Requiem For a Mezzo

Totally loving  Daisy Dalrymple!  This is third in the series and I am infatuated with Detective Chief Inspector Alec.  The Honourable Daisy is a delightful busy-body who manages to always say the ladylike thing despite being utterly humble, working for a living and fraternizing with the lower classes which is simply taboo. Each recurring character is endearing and holds a twinge of excitement. The books are suspenseful and interesting and perfect light reading for the murder mystery enthusiast.  I highly recommend this series!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


My reading habits are such that I enjoy just about anything.  I have my favourites, of course;  Murder Mysteries, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and the occasional Biographical novel such as The Agony and the Ecstasy-a Michelangelo  Masterpiece- but rarely am I actually angry that I bothered reading something.

Fallen by Lauren Kate was infuriating.  On her behalf, the premise is intriguing.  This is a star-crossed lovers fantasy.  I adore this story-line.  The mortal and the fallen angel.  I love the past-lives theme and the reincarnation and the meeting again and again only to never be able to be together.  I was totally excited by this idea.  The problem is that Kate NEVER gets to any explanation.  The main character, Luce, is shipped off to a reform school after having an acquaintance die. She's been haunted by shadows all of her life and been sent to every shrink known to man-kind.  She's been subjected to mind altering drugs and evaluation-all of which I abhor.  One feels sorry for this girl and is looking forward to discovering the truth behind her visions.

But we never get the truth.  The story is going on and on and never unfolding.  We get pieces of details instead of details.  I kept reading thinking that on the next page I might get a clue.  I am told Luce is damned.  It is never revealed why she is damned.  Her love interest hates her then loves her.  We get some insight to the good and evil, but there are people killed who don't deserve to die.  The story is that people around her are getting killed.  But she is the one who is supposed to die when she falls in love with her angel for the millionth time.  We are never told why two innocent boys who happen to be standing around doing nothing are killed.  What did they have to do with this fallen angel plot?  

And there is too much mushy talk. The characters are suspiciously similar to the Twilight's Cullens.  The writing is amateur at best.  I loathe to speak of another author this way.  I love books and admire authors, being one myself I know how difficult it is to write a story.  But this book is lacking in sooooo many ways.  she's taken an excellent premise and gone no where with it.  I should get to find out why Luce is damned by the end of the book!  I should know who Cam really is, not just that he's a "Bad Guy." I should know what the "eighteen day truce" is that is made between two fallen angels at the close.  I should have some desire to find out what the next book will bring!  Instead, What is meant to be a cliff-hanger just leaves the reader completely disgruntled and thinking, "Why bother to read the next one?  She'll never get to the point anyway!" 

I am so sorry to report this, but I am terribly disappointed in what appeared by the cover and reviews to be an excellent read.  I simply am too annoyed to buy the next one.