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!

October 3, 2016

Being a Dog

Being a Dog

by Alexandra Horowitz
publisher Scribner, Simon & Schuster
published October 2016
source  NetGalley

reflections:   I've always been fascinated by the dog's power of scent.  My favorite mystery book series 20 years ago was the Bloodhound series by Virginia Lanier.    I've enjoyed other books about dog scent ability:  What the Dog Knows by Cat Warren and Elle and Coach.

Being a Dog: Following the Dog Into a World of Smell is the newest on the list.  Have you ever wondered why a dog rolls around in the dirt?  Or wondered why sniffing pee is so important to a dog?

Alexandra Horowitz, a psychology professor specializing in canine cognition, tells us about her two dogs and experiments.  One experiment involved a motion detector camera on a post in the middle of a park to see how often dogs return there to pee and/or sniff. 

The title Being a Dog also examines how humans (specifically the author) can be more like a dog in smelling and sniffing things.  Because Horowitz is a professor, some of her paragraphs are a bit too textbook-like.  The topic of scents, however, is still intriguing.

Suggestion:  read the  interview with Alexandra Horowitz as an scentful appetizer, then rush to buy Being a Dog.

October 2, 2016

Who Do You Love

Who Do You Love
by Jennifer Weiner
publisher Atria, Simon & Schuster
published August 2015
source  NetGalley

reflections:   Have you ever met someone over and over again throughout your life?  Or had many years pass in between meetings?   The movies When Harry Met Sally and Two for the Road have this theme.   

Rachel and Andy first meet in the Emergency Room when they are eight years old.  Chapters alternate between each other's life experiences.    They are as different as can be in economic status, religion, personality and outlook on life.  Their sex, however, is good.   Along come misunderstandings,  arguments, separations.  Finally...... 

My perspective:  A quick read, although I stopped in the middle and left the book alone for many months.  It was easy to pick it back up.   Jennifer Weiner's books give a relaxing flow through the years.

October 1, 2016

Waldorf in Alaska

Mr. Waldorf Travels to the Wild State of Alaska
by Beth Ann Stifflemire and Barbara Terry
publisher:  Waldorf Publishing
date published:  October 1, 2016
source:  author and publisher

reflections:   Alaska!  One of my favorite memories of my trip to Alaska in 2013 was the flight in a sea plane over five glaciers.  When we landed back on the water, it was so smooth I barely noticed the touchdown. 

The first page of Mr. Waldorf Travels to the Wild State of Alaska shows him in a sea plane.   You may recall from the previous book in the series when Mr. Waldorf traveled to Texas, that he lost his glasses.  He does it again!

Rather than mentioning towns and cities in Texas, this book focuses more on the animals in Alaska.  

my perspective:  I preferred the Mr. Waldorf in Texas book because it has more variety.  That won't stop my grandson from enjoying reading the book in the car when I pick him up after school.