What book(s) are you currently reading?

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  • AJ on: June 9, 2017 at 1:30 pm #1093

    Thought I would start this thread back up again, though, I’ve been in a reading slump, so I haven’t really been reading much.  :-/

    Debbi on: June 9, 2017 at 1:47 pm #1180

    I’m reading an ID rip off.  I think I’m about done.  There are 10 + books and I’m on 4.  It’s become just too predictable and overdone.
    Fatal Flaw (Fatal Series #4) by Marie Force

    Back from their honeymoon, Senator Nick Cappuano and D.C. Police Lieutenant Sam Holland are ready for some normalcy after the whirlwind of their wedding, but someone has other plans for them. When Sam discovers wedding cards containing thinly veiled death threats, she’s not sure if she or Nick is the target.
    Already on edge, Sam and her team start investigating a series of baffling murders. The victims are well-liked with no known enemies, and the murders are carried out in a clean and efficient manner. Unable to find a clear motive for the deaths, she feels like she’s chasing her tail.
    With no obvious connection between the victims, Sam soon suspects that she may be the ultimate prize in the killer’s clever game. When the danger starts to hit a little too close to home, she has two goals: find the elusive murderer and manage to live long enough to enjoy her happily-ever-after.

    “People are stupid more than half the time.” - J. D. Robb Memory In Death (Feeney to Eve)

    Carole on: June 9, 2017 at 2:50 pm #1181

    I just finished Bay of Sighs, second in the Stars of Fortune trilogy.  Not sure what I’m going to read next, while waiting for the third book in the trilogy to be available for library loan (I’m on the wait list for that and for Come Sundown).  Possibly a Hercule Poirot mystery, I picked up a few more on sale recently.

    Diane on: June 10, 2017 at 12:26 am #1184

    Continuing with my re-read of the ID series – on “Origin in Death”

    Set in 2059 in New York City, the number-one bestselling In Death series has given fans a searing glimpse into near-future law and order. Now, as scientists work to expand the limits of technology, Detective Eve Dallas tracks the cunning, cold-blooded killer of a father and son.

    A pioneer of modern reconstructive and cosmetic surgery, Dr. Wilfred B. Icove, is found dead in his office–murdered in a chillingly efficient manner: one swift stab to the heart. Struck by the immaculate condition of the crime scene, Dallas suspects a professional killing. Security disks show a stunningly beautiful woman calmly entering and leaving the building–the good doctor’s final appointment. Known as “Dr. Perfect,” the saintly Icove devoted his life to his family and his work. His record is clean. Too clean for Dallas. She knows he was hiding something and suspects that his son–and successor–knows what it is. Then, like father, like son, the young Dr. Icove is killed . . . with the same deadly precision. But who is the mystery woman–and what was her relationship with the good doctors?

    While her husband, Roarke, works behind the scenes, Dallas follows her darkest instincts into the Icoves’ pasts. What she discovers are men driven to create perfection–playing fast and loose with the laws of nature, the limits of science, and the morals of humanity.

    Origin in Death proves once again the incredible appeal of Eve Dallas and the bestselling popularity of her creator. Whether writing as herself or as J. D. Robb, Nora Roberts continues to push the boundaries of suspense–and she takes delighted fans along for the ride.

    IDFAN on: June 10, 2017 at 3:28 am #1190

    Rereading an old JAK series, Guinevere Jones.

    Carole, I love your avatar pics of your kitties. Great shot!

    Diane, you look happy in your pic. Cheers!

    Debbi on: June 11, 2017 at 1:24 pm #1218

    THE STRANGER IN THE WOODS – The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel

    In 1986, a shy and intelligent twenty-year-old named Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the forest. He would not have a conversation with another human being until nearly three decades later, when he was arrested for stealing food. Living in a tent even through brutal winters, he had survived by his wits and courage, developing ingenious ways to store edibles and water, and to avoid freezing to death. He broke into nearby cottages for food, clothing, reading material, and other provisions, taking only what he needed but terrifying a community never able to solve the mysterious burglaries. Based on extensive interviews with Knight himself, this is a vividly detailed account of his secluded life—why did he leave? what did he learn?—as well as the challenges he has faced since returning to the world. It is a gripping story of survival that asks fundamental questions about solitude, community, and what makes a good life, and a deeply moving portrait of a man who was determined to live his own way, and succeeded.

    “People are stupid more than half the time.” - J. D. Robb Memory In Death (Feeney to Eve)

    Diane on: June 15, 2017 at 4:24 pm #1241

    Memory in Death by J.D. Robb

    Eve Dallas is one tough cop. It should take more than a seemingly ordinary middle-aged lady to make her fall apart. But when that lady is Trudy Lombard, all bets are off. Just seeing Trudy at the station plunges Eve back to the days when she was a vulnerable, traumatized young girl—and trapped in foster care with the twisted woman who now sits smiling in front of her.

    Trudy claims she came all the way to New York just to see how Eve is doing. But Eve’s fiercely protective husband, Roarke, suspects otherwise—and a blackmail attempt by Trudy proves his suspicion correct. Eve and Roarke just want the woman out of their lives. But someone else wants her dead. And when her murder comes to pass, Eve and Roarke will follow a circuitous and dangerous path to find out who turned the victimizer into a victim.

    IDFAN on: June 16, 2017 at 3:34 am #1246

    Sticking with rereads of JAK. Currently reading Flash.

    Carole on: June 16, 2017 at 4:43 pm #1251
    IDFAN wrote:
    Rereading an old JAK series, Guinevere Jones.

    I love the Guinevere and Zak series.  I had them in paperback when they first came out but one or two vanished somewhere.  I was glad to be able to get them in e-books.

    I just finished re-reading some Miss Marple (comfort reading, hard week at work) but I’ve picked up some stuff on sale so I’ve got to make a choice on which one to start tonight.  Am I in the mood for romantic comedy or mystery or non-fiction?  Actually the way today has gone already, I’m more in the mood for a bottle of wine (two days pulling documents, scanning them, organizing them, writing up a summary for each section and no one at the meeting even looked at them.  Aauuggghhh!!!) so I think I may go with a romantic comedy tonight.

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    [font=Arial, sans-serif]Love Overdue by Pamela Morsi.

    Meet Dorothy Jarrow: devotedly unsexy librarian 

    [font=Arial, sans-serif]Buttoned-up book lover DJ is all sensible shoes, drab skirts and studious glasses. After an ill-advised spring-break-fueled fling left her mortified, she’s committed to her prim and proper look. When she’s hired by a rural library in middle-of-nowhere Kansas, she finally has the lifestyle to match—and she can’t wait to get her admin on. [/font]

    [font=Arial, sans-serif]But it’s clear from day one that the small-town library is more interested in circulating rumors than books. DJ has to organize her unloved library, win over oddball employees and avoid her flamboyant landlady’s attempts to set her up with the town pharmacist. Especially that last part—because it turns out handsome Scott Sanderson is her old vacation fling! She is not sure whether to be relieved or offended when he doesn’t seem to recognize her. But with every meeting, DJ finds herself secretly wondering what it would be like to take off her glasses, unpin her bun and reveal the inner vixen she’s been hiding from everyone—including herself.[/font]
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    ElectricOutcast on: June 16, 2017 at 9:32 pm #1254

    Decided to buy my own copies of the first three In Deaths, mostly so I can just read the Eve and Roarke scenes and try to cut out some of the middle-man in terms of the plot.

    I also bought ebook copies of Windswept and Like A Boss by Adam Rakunas (last month I know but I figure keep up to date with the new people on here)

    Debbi on: June 18, 2017 at 4:01 pm #1263

    Come Sundown by Nora Roberts

    “People are stupid more than half the time.” - J. D. Robb Memory In Death (Feeney to Eve)

    Diane on: June 23, 2017 at 9:24 am #1277

    Born in Death by J.D. Robb

    Eve Dallas has a grisly double homicide to solve when two young lovers—both employees of the same prestigious accounting firm—are brutally killed on the same night. It doesn’t leave Eve a lot of leftover time to put together a baby shower for her buddy Mavis, but that’s supposedly what friends are for.

    Now Mavis needs another favor. Tandy Willowby, one of the moms-to-be in Mavis’s birthing class, didn’t show up for the shower. A recent emigrant from London, Tandy has few friends in New York, and no family—and she was really looking forward to the party. And when Eve enters Tandy’s apartment and finds a gift for Mavis’s shower wrapped and ready on the table—and a packed bag for the hospital still on the floor next to it—tingling runs up and down her spine.

    Normally, such a case would be turned over to Missing Persons. But Mavis wants no one else on the job but Eve—and Eve can’t say no. She’ll have to track Tandy down while simultaneously unearthing the deals and double-crosses hidden in the files of some of the city’s richest and most secretive citizens, in a race against this particularly vicious killer. Luckily, her multimillionaire husband Roarke’s expertise comes in handy with the number crunching. But as he mines the crucial data that will break the case wide open, Eve faces an all too real danger in the world of flesh and blood.

    Carole on: June 23, 2017 at 11:29 am #1278

    Every Trick in the Book by  Lucy Arlington.  It’s not bad, but it’s a little cutesy.  I’m not fond of books set in “theme” towns, and this one is the Novel Ideas series, set in a bookish-town. We’ve had the Sherlock Holmes Realty Office ( I don’t know what he has to do with real estate), and the French restaurant is Voltaire’s.  I’ve enjoyed Lorna Barrett’s Booktown series, which features a town with a main street with [font=verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif]a variety of bookstores–all cookbooks, all travel books, all mysteries.  But maybe because I’m starting with book #2, I’m not catching on to why the town is book-y.[/font][/size]

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    Lila Wilkins has it all: the home of her dreams in the charming town of Inspiration Valley, North Carolina; a perfect police officer boyfriend; and a new job she absolutely loves. At the Book and Author Festival, which is sponsored by the Novel Idea Literary Agency, Lila expects to discover some talented new authors, but what she finds instead is the body of an editor to whom she bears an eerie resemblance.
    [font=Arial, sans-serif] [/font]
    [font=Arial, sans-serif]Trouble is, the editor’s death isn’t the only literary murder taking place. Soon a blossoming author is also killed, and Lila has a gut feeling that the two murders are linked. Now she must hunt down the dark figure who killed these women—and to her surprise, she just might find the clues hidden in a manuscript…[/font]
    Debbi on: June 23, 2017 at 1:13 pm #1279

    A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen

    [font=Arial, sans-serif]James is a street musician struggling to make ends meet.
    Bob is a stray cat looking for somewhere warm to sleep.[/font]
    [font=Arial, sans-serif]When James and Bob meet, they forge a never-to-be-forgotten friendship that has been charming readers from Thailand to Turkey.[/font]
    [font=Arial, sans-serif]A Street Cat Named Bob is an international sensation, landing on the bestseller list in England for 52 consecutive weeks and selling in 26 countries around the world. Now, James and Bob are ready to share their true story with the U.S. in this tale unlike any you’ve ever read of a cat who possesses some kind of magic.[/font]
    [font=Arial, sans-serif]When street musician James Bowen found an injured cat curled up in the hallway of his apartment building, he had no idea how much his life was about to change. James was living hand to mouth on the streets of London, barely making enough money to feed himself, and the last thing he needed was a pet. Yet James couldn’t resist helping the strikingly intelligent but very sick animal, whom he named Bob. He slowly nursed Bob back to health and then sent the cat on his way, imagining that he would never see him again. But Bob had other ideas.[/font]
    [font=Arial, sans-serif]Perfect for fans of Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog and Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat That Changed the World, this instant classic about the power of love between man and animal has taken the world by storm and is guaranteed to be a huge hit with American fans as well.[/font]

    “People are stupid more than half the time.” - J. D. Robb Memory In Death (Feeney to Eve)

    Diane on: June 24, 2017 at 9:20 pm #1283

    Born in Death by J.D.Robb

    Eve Dallas has a grisly double homicide to solve when two young lovers—both employees of the same prestigious accounting firm—are brutally killed on the same night. It doesn’t leave Eve a lot of leftover time to put together a baby shower for her buddy Mavis, but that’s supposedly what friends are for.

    Now Mavis needs another favor. Tandy Willowby, one of the moms-to-be in Mavis’s birthing class, didn’t show up for the shower. A recent emigrant from London, Tandy has few friends in New York, and no family—and she was really looking forward to the party. And when Eve enters Tandy’s apartment and finds a gift for Mavis’s shower wrapped and ready on the table—and a packed bag for the hospital still on the floor next to it—tingling runs up and down her spine.

    Normally, such a case would be turned over to Missing Persons. But Mavis wants no one else on the job but Eve—and Eve can’t say no. She’ll have to track Tandy down while simultaneously unearthing the deals and double-crosses hidden in the files of some of the city’s richest and most secretive citizens, in a race against this particularly vicious killer. Luckily, her multimillionaire husband Roarke’s expertise comes in handy with the number crunching. But as he mines the crucial data that will break the case wide open, Eve faces an all too real danger in the world of flesh and blood.

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