November 2, 2016

The Murder Game

The Murder Game
by Julie Apple (Catherine McKenzie)
Publisher  Lawsome Books
Published November 2016
source NetGalley

reflections:   The last book I read was Fractured.  The Murder Game is a fictional book (or is it fictional?) mentioned throughout Fractured.  


The Murder Game time-shifts between four students in law school in Montreal and the same people twelve years later.    Julian confesses to a murder while sleepwalking.  Jonathan is his defense attorney.    Meredith, our main character and narrator, is the prosecutor in Julian's trial.

Here's  an excerpt of the Murder Game to whet your interest.  The middle of the book took up too many pages with questions in the trial about medications for sleep issues and sleepwalking.    Once beyond that, the story became much more interesting.

I would have enjoyed reading more about how the law students created The Murder Game itself.   

Pondering:   Will Catherine McKenzie aka Julie Apple write a book about the ten years between The Murder Game and Fractured?   There's the story of the stalker to explore.

October 25, 2016

Fractured

Fractured
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.