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Books I've recently read & enjoyed. Please add your own lists, as we book addicts are always on the lookout for books we haven't heard about...

Monday, June 21, 2004

Books I've Enjoyed This Week - 6/14/04

The 100th Man by Jack Kerley – Cop book, with an interesting twist:  our hero is getting help from his brother, a psychopath / multiple murderer in a hospital for the criminally insane.  Very well written.


Head Games by Eileen Dryer – A nurse and death investigator is being sent threatening letters, followed by trophies from what appears to be a serial killer.  Into this mess strolls her troubled teenage nephew who needs a place to stay and someone to care.  Great back story – a real page turner!


Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Favorite Series

Elvis Cole Series – Robert Crais:  This noir series features the wise-cracking P.I. Elvis Cole, his sometimes frightening best friend and partner Joe and the city of Los Angeles


Angie & Patrick Series – Dennis Lehane:  Boston PIs, very intense noir.  Besides Angie and Patrick, there are an assortment of characters they’ve grown up with.  Great back stories and sense of the characters history.  Few happy endings, but awesome stories.


Myron Bolitar Series – Harlan Coben:  Series about a New Jersey sports agent.  The very idea of a novel about a sports agent turned me off.  I bought a used one and sold it without ever reading it.  Now I have the entire series.  The cast includes Myron, his dark side-kick Win and his partner Esmeralda (a/k/a Little Pocahontas).  Myron is full of wise-cracks, Win is a blue-blood thug and Esmeralda has retired from GLOW.  Fun series!


Kevin Kearney Series – Michael McGarrity:  Series about a native New Mexico cop, the history of New Mexico figures largely into these novels.  Very well written page turners.


Alan Banks Series – Peter Robinson:  Series set in England starring DCI Alan Banks.  These are always hard to solve, and Banks is very introspective, and tends to make his life more difficult than it need be.  Some are slow to start but worth any effort!


Alan Gregory Series – Steven White:  Series about a psychologist and his lawyer wife.  These are very interesting.  I thought they might be similar to the Alex Delaware series, but they are not.  I enjoy these a lot more.


Anita Blake Series – Laurell K. Hamilton:  Vampires, were-everything and other paranormals.  This series is about a licensed vampire executioner who somehow winds up with both a vampire boyfriend and a werewolf boyfriend.  Lots of sex and violence. 



June Books I've Read

Dress Your Family in Corduroy & Denim – David Sedaris:  As always, Sedaris is laugh out loud funny.  You have to feel sorry for his family, knowing that everything you do is fodder for his next book.


Be Sweet – Roy Blount, Jr.:   Humorous tale of just how Blount became the man he is.


Hidden Prey – John Sandford:  I think the Prey series just keeps getting better.  This one involves a murdered Russian.  Was he a spy?  A cop from Russia comes to help the investigation – is she a spy? 


The Taking – Dean Koontz:  This one is an end-of-the-world scenario.  I liked the story, and the reason why the world ended.  I felt that you didn’t really get to know the main characters.  There wasn’t much dialogue.  However, I did enjoy the book.




There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate. - Charles Dickens


Monday, June 14, 2004

May 2004 Books I've Enjoyed

McCarthy's Bar - Pete McCarthy (NF) - This is a travel/humor book set in Ireland. Charming and LOL funny.

Firestorm - Iris Johansen - Suspense

Kiss of the Night - Sherrilyn Kenyon - Romance

Just One Look - Harlen Coben - Mystery - Great!

Reliquary - Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child - Thriller - Part 2 of the Relic. Part of the Special Agent Pendergast series. Not one of best, but one of the earliest.
-- The Cabinet of Curiosities ****
-- Still Life with Crows ****
-- Mt. Dragon ***

The Maze - Catherine Coulter - Lacey & Sherlock FBI Series

Final Account - Peter Robinson - Awesome police procedural starring DCI Alan Banks, set in England (series)
-- Playing with Fire
-- Innocent Graves
-- Wednesday's Child - A couple posing as social workers abduct a child, a diamond magnate is a chilling evil who may or may not be involved.
-- Blood at the Root - This time DCI Banks is investigating a murdered skinhead while dealing with is increasingly distant wife and horrible superior officer.

The Judas Judge - Micheal McGarrity - Kevin Kerney cop series set in New Mexico
A spree killing - or was it -- and a revenge-bend perp after Kerney.

Out of the Shadows - Kay Hooper - Special Paranormal FBI Unit
The sheriff uses her unique paranormal talent to keep her small town safe. Until 2 bodies, tortured to death, are found -- forcing her to call on Noah Bishop who heads a special unit of the FBI.
-- Stealing Shadows
-- Hiding in Shadows