October 25, 2016


by Catherine McKenzie
Publisher  Lake Union Publishing
Published October 2016
source NetGalley

reflections:   Ever had bad neighbors?  Neighbors who snoop and tell everyone else what to do in the neighborhood?   Fortunately, I haven't.   But Julie in Fractured does.

Julie Apple Prentice, a best-selling author, and her family move to Cincinnati from Washington state, mainly to get away from a stalker.   They choose a lovely neighborhood, however the people around them are not so lovely.   Things start badly at a block party and get worse.  Then, there's Cindy who publishes newsletters giving rules.  She forbids the Prentices from attending any more block parties. 

And the stalker?  How did the stalker find them?!

My perspective:  At times the story was confusing,  it jumped around from "Today" to "Four months ago" to remembering things from college years. Everyone is in the courthouse, waiting to be called to give testimony.   But what happened to require attendance in court?

Connecting novel:   Julie's best-selling novel  The Murder Game  which was mentioned several times in Fractured will be available next week!

October 15, 2016

All the Little Liars

All the Little Liars
by Charlaine Harris
publisher  Minotaur Books, St. Martin's Press
publshed October 2016
source NetGalley

reflections:   My last post told about how I like police procedurals.  This book, All the Little Liars, is a cozy mystery.    As my mother used to say, "Everyone to his own taste," said the old maid when she kissed her cow."   That last sentence is a Wellerism,  but I digress.

This was my first Aurora Teagarden book.  Aurora is a pregnant librarian. Several children and teens, including her half-brother, are missing or dead.   Because this is a chick-lit, she is able to solve the mystery, not the local police, not the FBI.

My perspective:  Better books await.

October 4, 2016

Apprentice in Death

Apprentice in Death
author J. D. Robb
published September 2016
source NetGalley

reflections:  Jargon.  It can make or break a book.  I also feel like the White Rabbit hollering "I'm late, I'm LATE."   Read on to see why.

I'm late to the game.  Very late.  I started reading Apprentice in Death and was confused by the jargon.  Then I discovered the book is set in the year  2061.  There have been at least 43 books about the character Eve Dallas, written by J.D. Robb who also writes as  Nora Roberts.   Well, I'll be!  How come I didn't know all this?   Why is J.D. Robb so new to me?   I'm grateful that NetGalley offered the book to me.

Back to Apprentice in Death,   once I got past the jargon, the story grabbed my attention.   It is a police procedural.  Lieutenant Eve Dallas is hunting a LDSK  (long-distance serial killer) who has a young apprentice.    Of the dead victims, which one is the one the killer is targeting?   Lt. Dallas realizes the LDSK and apprentice aren't finished with their mission.  

My perspective:  I adore police procedural t.v. programs. Law and Order: SVU is a favorite. Lt. Dallas reminds me of  Olivia Benson of that program.   Both bark out orders while hunting the perps.   Reading Apprentice in Death was a delight.    I also enjoyed learning about the new techniques and lifestyles of 2061.   I'm adding more J.D. Robb books to my list to read!