Month: February 2018

“Coffin, Scarcely Used” by Colin Watson

“Coffin, Scarcely Used” by Colin Watson

Prepare to be delighted! Inspector Purbright is on the job in Flaxborough, so murderers beware. A local businessman dies and 6 months later his next-door neighbor is also dead. When Purbright discovers that the two men were friends and involved in a not-so-legal business with other local businessmen, he suspects the deaths are more than coincidence. And where does the not-so-unhappy widow fit in? There are many questions, but Purbright is on the job, and he and his men will find the answers.

The Flaxborough Mysteries were published in the 1950’s and are being re-released. This is the first in the series and should not be missed. While the story is more along the lines of a cozy mystery than a thriller, I found to be a joy to read. The author writes with imagination and wit and creates a story that is both full of mystery and fun at the same time. Inspector Purbright is very intelligent and clever, knowing exactly how to get the information he needs from his suspects. This is classic British crime and I highly recommend it.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  5-star-rating 5 stars!!

Happy Reading!

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Weekly Round-Up 2/25/2018

Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow! We have had quite a bit of the white stuff here this week. But the sun started to come out about an hour ago so the day is looking up and there’s no snow in the forecast until next weekend.

Now that you’ve had your weather update let’s talk about books (which are infinitely more interesting anyway).

TBR – I added 3 books this week and I finished 2. That leaves the total at 276.

Goodreads Challenge – As of right now I am on track.

NetGalley score – My score has dropped to 85%. That probably has something to do with the fact that I went a little crazy requesting books this past week. But in my defense, it snowed a lot this week and what better way to spend a snow day than requesting new books!

John Connolly challenge – I have started listening to book 4 “The White Road” and I’m at about 20%.

Coming Up – Yesterday, I started reading “Educated” by Tara Westover and I am enjoying it so much!Educated After that it will be either “House Witness” by Mike LawsonHouse Witness or “Bump in the Night” by Colin WatsonBump in the Night or maybe “A Secret History of Brands” by Matt MacNabb.A Secret History of Brands If you have a preference, please let me know.

So that’s your Round-Up for this week. Have a great week and

Happy Reading!!

 

“Look for Me” by Lisa Gardner

“Look for Me” by Lisa Gardner

A family massacred, one daughter and two dogs missing. Is this 9th installment in the series D.D. Warren once again has her hands full. And while she’s tracking down a killer, her husband and son are out adopting a dog of their own, which she’s not quite sure will be a welcome addition. Meanwhile, kidnapping survivor Flora Dane, has a connection to the missing girl and begins an investigation of her own, using her very secretive survivor support group to aid in the search. Roxanna is just trying to find a place to feel safe for a while. Unraveling this mystery will take them all into the dark side of the foster care system and reveal just how twisted a motive can be.

I loved this story, and while I’m usually a cat person, the dogs really add something special to the story. D.D. Warren is a very complicated police detective, but great at her job. She has some great leadership skills and I was very impressed by the way she kept the investigation organized when practically the entire Boston police force was involved in the search for the missing girl. She also has great people skills when she needs them. I felt sorry for Flora and the trauma she had been through, but at the same time I admired her resiliency and the way she was working to re-create her life into something that was meaningful to her. There’s also a whole host of supporting characters that are unique and add depth to the story. The plot here has a lot of twists and clues that don’t seem to fit together until the very end. I think mystery/thriller lovers will really enjoy this one.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  5-star-rating 5 stars!!

Happy Reading!

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Weekly Round-Up 2/18/2018

Well, the temperature got above 30 degrees this week, for one day. Now it’s snowing. Exciting new this week for my son, he received a scholarship that will cover half his tuition costs for college next year. We weren’t expecting that at all, so really nice surprise there. I’ve also been doing some reading this week so let’s see if I made any progress.

TBR – I finished 2 books and I didn’t add any this week. Total today is 274.

Goodreads Challenge – I am currently 1 book ahead of schedule.

NetGalley Score – I’m back up to 87% after finishing a couple of books from them.

John Connolly Challenge – I have not yet started book 4. I hope to start listening to it later this week. My headphones are dying so I haven’t gotten as much listening in this past week as I wanted to.

Coming Up – I am still reading “Demelza” by Winston Graham Demelza and hoping to finish it this coming week. I also just started “Look For Me” by Lisa Gardner. Look For Me Next up on the TBR is “House Witness” by Mike Lawson. House Witness

What books are you reading this week?

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“Watch Me” by Jody Gehrman

“Watch Me” by Jody Gehrman

A really disturbing story that you won’t be able to put down! Jody Gehrman puts the reader right inside the head of a stalker and his victim. Kate Youngblood is an author and English professor at a Midwestern college. Sam Grist is the star student in her workshop. He’s talented and charming in a sea of ordinary college students. Kate is recently divorced and her best friend is about to have her first child. She’s lonely and facing writer’s block while her agent breaths down her neck. Sam is like a breath of fresh air but with her bid for tenure under consideration, she knows better than to do more than be a mentor. Sam on the other hand, has more in mind…much more!

I will admit that it took me a while to get into this story. I didn’t like anything about Sam and felt like a voyeur reading his thoughts. Kate, on the other hand, I could really relate to. Having been through one myself, I totally understood the anxieties and doubts caused by her mid-life type crisis, and how flattered she felt by the attentions of her student. The story seemed to start out a little slow but the intensity builds gradually to the point of no return. I admit that I thought I knew how it would end and was taken completely by surprise. If you like to get inside the brain of the perpetrator, then you will love this book. I highly recommend.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 4-5-star-rating  4.5 stars!!

Happy Reading!

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“The Introvert Advantage” by Dr. Marti Olsen Laney

“The Introvert Advantage” by Dr. Marti Olsen Laney

Narrated by Tamara Marston

Whether or not you consider yourself an introvert, this book is a great way to learn about what makes introverts different from extroverts. Dr. Laney starts by introducing the reader to the characteristics of introverts and then goes on to explain that the brains of introverts are actually wired to process information in a different way. In the second half of the book, each chapter addresses a different aspect life as an introvert and she gives tips and advice for how to live with your introversion in and extroverted world. With topics ranging from dating to scheduling your day, Dr. Laney has thought of everything. I found her tips to practical and easy to implement. The idea here is to accept yourself as you are and then work with your unique characteristics to achieve your goals. Being an introvert can work to your advantage!

I listened to the audiobook version and found the reader to be excellent. She delivered the material in a way that was engaging and informative. I think introverts who are struggling will find this book very helpful. Any extraverts out there who just want to learn about the introverts in their life will also find this book to be a great source of information. I highly recommend this one.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 4-star-rating  4 stars!!

Happy Reading!

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“The Memory Detective” by T.S. Nichols

“The Memory Detective” by T.S. Nichols

“The Memory Detective” follows a police detective who solves crimes by having the memories of the victim transferred into his brain. Cole is the detective that the other detectives try to avoid getting partnered with. The scientists say that a person should have no more than 2 memory transfers, but Cole has had more than a dozen. He has become expert at pulling the crucial clues out of the victim’s memories and bringing murderers to justice. But this skill comes at a cost to his personal relationships. When the memories of an unidentified female victim are transferred into Cole’s brain, neither he nor his colleagues are prepared for the Pandora’s box that he is about to open.

I found the idea of memories being transferred from one person to another to be fascinating and the author did a great job of exploring how that would feel and affect the individual receiving the transfer. The story also has some great twists in it to keep you alert while you’re reading. My only problem with this book is the characters. I didn’t feel like I really connected with any of the characters. The premise of the story is great, the settings felt real and came alive with the author’s descriptions, and the narrative moved smoothly with a quick pace. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t feel the characters.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  3-5-star-rating 3.5 stars!!

Happy Reading!

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Weekly Round-Up 2/11/2018

Still cold here but the weatherman is promising one day this week the temperature will get above freezing. We are inching closer to my son’s graduation. This week I will have my final parent-teacher conferences and a four-day weekend.

TBR – I added 1 book and 1 audiobook this week and finished reading 2. Today’s total is 276.

Goodreads challenge – I’m on track with this one.

NetGalley score – I’m at 85% today.

John Connolly challenge – I added the audiobook version of the 4th book to my library this week and it will be my next listen.

Coming Up – I’ll have my review of “The Memory Detective” by T. S. Nichols up in the next day or two. The Memory Detective I’ve just started reading “Watch Me” by Jody Gehrman Watch Me and after that I will pick up “Look for Me” by Lisa Gardner. Look For Me

That’s it for today. I hope you all have a great week.

Happy Reading!

 

“The Curious Affair of the Witch at Wayside Cross” by Lisa Tuttle

“The Curious Affair of the Witch at Wayside Cross” by Lisa Tuttle

This is book 2 from The Casebooks of Jesperson and Lane series. Jasper Jesperson and Miss Lane and partners in a newly formed detective agency. In this case, the victim, Charles Manning, literally dies at their feet and pounding on the door in the middle of the night. The coroner declares the cause of death to be a heart condition but Miss Lane saw the absolute terror on his face just before he died and our two detectives think that something other than natural causes is behind this man’s death. They set off to the community of Aylemorton where Manning was last known to have been living and find themselves dealing with a witch, a folklore enthusiast and the supernatural.

I liked the historical setting of this story and the plot line was well constructed. The story moves at a good pace and has some unexpected twists. Miss Lane is a very likable young woman. Jasper Jesperson was a little harder for me because I didn’t feel like I got to know him very well as a person. This might be because I have not read the first book in the series and I did feel like I was missing part of the story for that reason. I really enjoyed how the author incorporated the folklore into the story and the tension between the local minister and the witch was very well presented. All in all, this was an enjoyable read though I would recommend starting with the first book. This book would probably appeal the most to readers of cozy mysteries.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 3-5-star-rating  3.5 stars!

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“A False Report” by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong

“A False Report” by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong

This is a true and disturbing story. In August 2008, 18-year old Marie reports a man breaking in to her apartment and raping her for hours. In the initial days of the investigation, detectives begin to have doubts and Marie finds the tables have turned and she is now being charged with filing a false report. Two years later, women in Colorado start reporting that their homes were broken into and they were raped repeatedly. Each rape takes place in a different jurisdiction but word starts to get around and a task force is formed. While investigating their own cases the team finds evidence of the rape of a young lady in Washington. This young lady is Marie.

I was riveted by this story. These Pulitzer prize winning authors relate the events in this case in a very relatable way. I felt like the actions of those involved in the various investigations were presented fairly and objectively. In the end it is obvious where mistakes were made and I was pleased to see that those responsible not only admitted the errors but took steps to ensure they would not happen again. I think this book is timely, given current events, and points out the places in our society where more work needs to done in how we approach rape. This story is very moving and, quite frankly, I think everyone should read it.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 5-star-rating  5 stars!!

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