What book(s) are you currently reading?

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  • Detective on: June 30, 2017 at 12:14 am #1293

    Just finished re-reading Imitation, Divided, and Visions. I cannot remember where I left off last (Treachery? Maybe?), and for sure can’t remember what it was about at all, so-. Re-reading. :)

    Diane on: June 30, 2017 at 12:14 am #1292

    Innocent in Death by J.D. Robb

    New York Lieutenant Eve Dallas doesn’t like to see innocent people murdered. And the death of Craig Foster is clearly a murder. He was seemingly ordinary history teacher, but uncovers some extraordinary surprises. Foster’s death devastated his young wife, who’d sent him to work that day with a lovingly packed lunch. It shocked his colleagues at the private school, too, and as for the ten-year-old girls who found him in his classroom in a pool of bodily fluids-they may have been traumatized for life.

    Eve soon determines that Foster’s homemade lunch was tainted with deadly ricin, and that Mr. Foster’s colleagues have some startling secrets of their own. It’s Eve’s job to sort it out- and discover why someone would have done this to a man who seemed so inoffensive, so pleasant… so innocent.

    Now Magdalena Percell… there’s someone Eve can picture as a murder victim. Possibly at Eve’s own hands. The slinky blonde-an old flame of her billionaire husband, Roarke-has arrived in New York, and she’s anything but innocent. Roarke seems blind to Magdalena’s manipulation, and he insists that the occasional lunch or business meeting with her is nothing to worry about… and none of Eve’s business. Consumed by her jealousy–and Roarke’s indifference to it, she is unnerved by the situation that she finds it hard to focus on her case. Still, she’ll have to put aside her feelings, for a while at least-because another man has just turned up dead.

    Eve knows all too well that innocence can be a facade. Keeping that in mind may help her solve this case at last. But it may also tear apart her marriage.

    Carole on: June 28, 2017 at 11:58 am #1288

    I’m currently reading Richard Leakey’s The Origin of Humankind, and I’ll be alternating that with Jayne Ann Krentz’s The Private Eye which was just re-released as an e-book.

    ElectricOutcast on: June 28, 2017 at 11:55 am #1287

    Casino Royale by Ian Fleming (James Bond #1)

    In the novel that introduced James Bond to the world, Ian Fleming’s agent 007 is dispatched to a French casino in Royale-les-Eaux. His mission? Bankrupt a ruthless Russian agent who’s been on a bad luck streak at the baccarat table.

    One of SMERSH’s most deadly operatives, the man known only as “Le Chiffre,” has been a prime target of the British Secret Service for years. If Bond can wipe out his bankroll, Le Chiffre will likely be “retired” by his paymasters in Moscow. But what if the cards won’t cooperate? After a brutal night at the gaming tables, Bond soon finds himself dodging would-be assassins, fighting off brutal torturers, and going all-in to save the life of his beautiful female counterpart, Vesper Lynd.
    Taut, tense, and effortlessly stylish, Ian Fleming’s inaugural James Bond adventure has all the hallmarks that made the series a touchstone for a generation of readers.

    BTW if any of you got a Kindle Unlimited, they have the entire Ian Fleming Bond novels available for your reading pleasure.

    ElectricOutcast on: June 25, 2017 at 2:13 pm #1284

    The One and Only by Mia Madison

    Mallory

    I was young when I decided to save myself for love. It’s earned me quite a reputation. Prude, loser, crazy religious freak. I’ve heard it all.

    A fresh start in a new city is exactly what I need. Landing a job at the publishing company of the gorgeous Brian Wolfe is the icing on the cake.

    When a familiar face shows up on my first day of work, I knew my fresh start would be over before it even began.

    Brian

    The first time I saw Mallory, it was like being struck by lightning. The most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen… and I can’t touch her.

    I couldn’t care less about the age difference, but she’s an employee. If there was ever a deal breaker for me, that was it. Or at least that’s what I told myself.

    Finding out she’s untouched changes everything. I’ve never wanted anything as much as I want to be her one and only.

    If love is what it’ll take to make her mine, that’s exactly what I’m going to give her.

    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.

    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)

    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]
    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.

    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)

    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)

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

    Sticking with rereads of JAK. Currently reading Flash.

    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.

    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)

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