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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

New books that are on my Must Read List:

Reginald Hill's The Woodcutter.  Not part of the Dalziel and Pascoe series (which is probably my favorite series of all time), this is a stand-alone about Wolf Hadda who was thrown in prison for a crime he didn't commit.  When a psychiatrist helps Hadda win parole, Hadda plans revenge.  Although I've never liked his stand-alones as well as the Fat Man and Pascoe novels, Hill is always, always good.

Tana French's Faithful Place.  Frank Mackey, mentioned in French's second book The Likeness, is the protagonist in French's new novel.  Mackey returns to Dublin when the remains of his girlfriend are discovered 25 years after she disappeared.  I liked The Likeness even better than In the Woods, her first novel-- so I hope this will be at least as intriguing as her first two.

Martin Edward's The Serpent Pool.  DCI Hannah Scarlett is investigating the death of an aspiring writer seven years previously when she becomes involved with the murders of rare book dealers.  Yeah, the rare book dealer theme always draws me in.

I guess the weather has me in a reading mode; so darn hot!  Rather than do anything on my list of chores, I find myself curled up with a book in hand. I'm really getting tired of summer.  Stinker has the right idea--sprawl out, blink a few times, and go to sleep.

Even knowing that cooler weather in our neck of the woods is a long way off, everyone is yearning for fall.  We yearn for fall for much of the summer, actually.


  1. Oh my gosh! Your kitty is just the cutest little thing ever!!

  2. I'm really looking forward to reading Tana French one of these days -- I've heard so many good things!

  3. Christina - Stinker is a cutie, but not always well-behaved! :)

    Dorothy - Tana French can really wrap you up in a mystery!

  4. What a beautiful cat. Maybe I should rethink getting a cat. I don't think I've read a book by Tana French so I'd better add her to the list. It's cooled off quite a bit this week in my part of the country, but I always look forward to fall.

  5. Framed - Stinker is a graceful little girl; she allows us provide for her.

    I enjoyed French's first two novels and look forward to the third. Danielle just reviewed this one.

  6. Great pic! I think Stinker is on to something here :)

    I am tired of the heat and ready for the fall that's for sure.

    I can't wait to read A Faithful Place either.

  7. Iliana - Austin is certainly in a frying pan; thank goodness the book shops are air conditioned, eh?

  8. Do you know the order of the Daiziel and Pascoe series? Some of them are numbered but others aren't. Do you need to read them in order?

    Rebecca Lake

  9. Rebecca - I can't remember the order,and the first one wasn't that great, but the second one was a marked improvement. I was going to try to go back and read them all, to watch the character development, but I got distracted; they've recently been republished.

    I started with Dialogues of the Dead, and then read everything the library had, but I think I'd begin with Recalled to Life or Pictures of Perfections to get a better background.

    The very first one was A Clubbable Woman, and my review is here. The series began in the 1970's, and he's written 24 books about the team.

    Found this list

  10. I love that photo! LOL I've been doing a lot of that lately myself.

    I still have to read The Likeness before I consider Faithful Place. I should probably get cracking!

  11. LF - It has been too hot everywhere lately to do much but try to conserve energy. The Triad curl up during most of the day, then let fly when you least expect it, leaping from one piece of furniture to the next, wrestling, and stalking each other. Stinker was probably contemplating a nap before another burst of activity.

    Hope you enjoy The Likeness!