Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Saturday, January 23, 2021
I was not familiar with the Cook sisters or their role in helping people escape Nazi Germany, but I found Ida Cook's memoir (of the years from their youthful discovery of opera, through the efforts to save those who tried to escape Hitler's Germany, through their personal experiences of the Blitz) a touchingly human experience of courage and resilience.
In 1965, Israel s Yad Vashem named Ida and Louise Cook Righteous Among the Nations. Ida died in 1986 at the age of 82, and Louise in 1991 at the age of 90. In 2010, they were posthumously honored as Heroes of the Holocaust by the British Government.
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Didn't want to abandon The Shadow Box, but didn't love it. It would have been stronger if Claire had been less eager to believe in her husband in the first place; she never rang true to me. On the other hand, another reviewer referred to the book as a "popcorn read," and I agree that the reader wants to discover how it ends. :) I think I'll keep that phrase in mind for quite a few books!
Saturday, January 16, 2021
Bluff by Jane Stanton Hitchcock, The Stolen Child by Alex Coombs, No Way Out by Fern Michaels, and a Reminder about Kelley Armstrong's A Stranger in Town
Winner of the 2019 Dashiell Hammett Prize for Literary Excellence in Crime Writing
Publishers Weekly Top 10 Mysteries for Spring 2019
"Driven by the heart-pounding suspense of a high-stakes poker game, Bluff is a vivid, compelling novel about deceit, seduction, and delicious revenge that will keep you spellbound and cheering as you turn the last page." -Susan Cheever, New York Times bestselling author
Bluff is a mix of comedy of manners and revenge tale with an older society woman who plays badass poker! It was fun and unpredictable as the reader is led along through a murder, escape, and many surprises. Thanks to Cathy for this recommendation, I really enjoyed it!
Poisoned Pen Press Mystery/Revenge. 2020. Print length: 320 pages.
The Stolen Child. DCI Hanlon #1
Although I liked the characters and some elements of this one, the subject matter was depressing. There weren't any graphic descriptions and yet....
A good crime thriller, but you may want to consider that it is a dark look at evil and pedophiles.
I will give the author another try and hope the subject matter doesn't distress me.
Crime/Police Procedural. 2021. Print length: 302 pages.I've never read Fern Michaels before, but I'd classify No Way Out as a cozy. It started out very interesting with a young woman who never left her house. I wanted to know why and what she was afraid of.
A second thread involves a case of domestic abuse in the neighborhood.
What could have been a really suspenseful read turned into a "everything works out in the end" sort of book. That's fine, but building so much suspense and curiosity and then having half the characters reform completely--makes the original suspense feel false.
I didn't hate it, but it isn't really a genre I enjoy; however, it should appeal to those who are already fans of Fern Michaels.
Cozy. March 30, 2021. Print length: 322 pages.
Although, I actually reviewed this months ago, this is just a reminder that A Stranger in Town by Kelley Armstrong will be published Feb. 2. Reviewed in October.
What else can I say--I like this series. :)
Monday, January 11, 2021
I'm so behind on reviews and have been absent from both my blogs. It wasn't an intentional or planned break, but once I got out of the habit of more regular posting, it became harder and harder to post. Here are two recent books that have cold cases at the heart.
I liked Serpentine better than the more recent installments of the Alex Delaware series. The first books were favorites, but for the last several years, the books haven't appealed to me as much.
My favorite character is not Alex, but Milo Sturgis, and Serpentine felt more like some of the earlier books.
from description: Psychologist Alex Delaware and detective Milo Sturgis search for answers to a brutal, decades-old crime in this electrifying psychological thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense.
A young woman's request for an inquiry into her mother's death is dictated from Milo's superiors, and he isn't too happy about it. The case is 25 years old and records are sparse. Milo involves Alex and the two visit the young woman. Something catches their attention, and even if Milo doesn't believe anything will come of it, he gradually becomes more intrigued. And it turns out that not only was it murder, but someone is still determined to avoid exposure.
I have a weakness for Milo.
NetGalley/Random House Police Procedural/Cold Case. Feb. 4, 2021. Print length: 368 pages.
Aarev Rai's family lived in an exclusive cul de sac in New Zealand, but regardless of how much money the family had or how beautiful Aarev's mother was--family life was a battle ground.
She wants him to help a man called Andrew Duran, who was in the wrong place at the wrong time and now has a dedicated brother and sister team out to assassinate him.
I'm not at all as sure about the mother/son business, but I'm very happy to see Evan Smoak take up his mantle as the Nowhere Man again!
Read in August; blog review: Jan. 11.
Keep 'em coming, Mr. Hurwitz!
NetGalley/St. Martin's Press
Mystery/Thriller. Jan. 26, 2021. Print length: 432 pages.