I'm about one-third of the way through this. So far, it's okay, but nothing to write home about. At 551 pages, it could have been edited down some and made more efficient and effective.
Finished this one a few days ago. Loved it. A duo of detectives, Barker and Llewelyn, vaguely similar to Holmes and Watson. The story is narrated by Llewelyn, the young assistant. I'll most likely read the entire series. 😍👌👍
Loved this book of short stories about Sherlock Holmes from a variety of authors. I am generally a short story reader as well as a novel and nonfiction person. I'm not so much into biographies.
On a Holmes binge. I'm about halfway through the book on the left, which is an anthology of short stories. Just got the book on the right today - a supposed "biography" of Holmes. I'll start the biography sometime in November.
Book haul (like I don't have enough books!). I'm not sure which I want to read first. I'll probably begin reading the top three in the stack as I'm in the habit of reading a few books at once. I've already begun the tagged book.
As I said in a previous post, this was a re-read for me. I think I enjoyed it more this time around. I'm not sure if I will continue to read the rest of the series, as I've read the majority of them already, but I might consider it depending on what else I have in the offing on my TBR list. But, this book is definitely a thumbs up pick, especially if you like mysteries with a smart, savvy female detective as the protagonist. 👌 👍
This is the first book in the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child. Fairly good, easy read but a bit dragged out in places and chunky at 524 pages (paperback edition). This is the first thing I've read by Lee Child other than a Jack Reacher short story in the 2018 The Best American Mystery Stories anthology.
Great nonfiction book about Frances Moore Lappe's take on the current state of American democracy.
This is the first book in a mystery series about Bernie, a private investigator, and his dog, Chet. Together, they solve a missing person mystery. The story is told from Chet's point of view. Chet is almost as smart as Bernie, who's no slouch intellectually. But pass the crullers, both Bernie and Chet are addicted to them. I'll most likely continue reading the series in the near future. 😍 👍
This audiobook was between a so-so and a pick. It was okay. The woman reader was fairly good. This is one of a series and is the first book I've read by Anne Hillerman. I wonder if I would've liked this one better if I had begun at the beginning of the series. Although there were some things that carried over from previous books, there were enough hints that you could pick up what had happened previously. Overall, an okay pick.
I finally finished this doorstop of a book. Good overall, although I did skim some essays. Dirda's essays introduce and discuss writers and books that he thinks should be on everyone's TBR list. I picked up several books to add to my list. Some books mentioned will never be on my list of things I've read. To each his own.
I am a fan of almost anything Sherlock Holmes-related. This is an anthology of 14 modern stories involving Holmes written by mystery writers Edward D. Hoch, Anne Perry and Loren Estleman, among others. All the stories were good. 👍 👌
I just picked up the tagged book from the library. I'm hoping to squeeze it in among all my other reads. I haven't started it yet, so not sure if I'll get into it or not.
@amanda61 I just sent you an email from a different email address - firstname.lastname@example.org. Hopefully, you'll get this one. 😊
Reading this and finding MORE books to add to my already bulging, overloaded TBR list! 😜😝
P.S. @amanda61 Did you ever receive my email about the upcoming #staycationintimeswap swap? I never received your email.
Just starting this book/ebook - I'm about 37 pages in and so far I'm liking it better than the first book (The Mark of the Spider) in the Black Orchid Chronicle series by David Haase. It's a supernatural/thriller/mystery story about Sebastian Arnett, who became possessed by a demon while he was in Borneo. When I'm finished, I'll post a short review on Litsy and a longer one on my blog, www.janecairns.com 😎
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My least favorite of the Cliff Janeway series. Janeway now has a silent partner in his bookstore, his new love, Erin D'Angelo, a corporate lawyer. Of the women Janeway's been involved with so far in this series, I don't think I would have picked this woman to become his main squeeze and partner in his business. But anyway, I'll say little more than that I truly disliked the ending.
Meh. I may read more of this series, then again...there are other books on my TBR patiently waiting to be read. Doc Ford investigates the apparent death of his friend and neighbor, Rafe Hollins. But was it Rafe who died, or someone else? Fairly good, except for the gratuitous sex involving Doc Ford and two women he barely knows.
An interesting mystery if you like books about books and book collecting. I think I liked this one (#3) best of the four I've read. I will read the fifth and last (I think) in the series later this summer. This story deals with the disappearance of an elderly woman's library. She claims that someone “stole“ her books when she was young-bought her grandfather's library for a pittance from her mother. Can Janeway prove anything after so much time?
I've read 4 out of the 5 books in the Cliff Janeway series and they all seem to improve a bit over the previous one. This book deals with a series of deaths that are unconnected until Janeway pieces together that they all owned a specific, numbered copy of The Raven from Grayson Press. But, why were these collectors being targeted? Will I commit a spoiler and reveal why? Quoth the raven, “nevermore.“ 😁 Enjoyed this one.
This is the first in a series about Cliff Janeway, a cop-turned-bookseller. Once he opens his used/rare bookstore, Janeway gets involved in three murders in the Denver neighborhood around his bookstore and puts his former policing skills to good use. A fairly good beginning for a series that only gets better. 👌 👍
Meh. This story is told in close third person, meaning, the plot action follows John's movements. We learn too much about John's indecisiveness. John forms a love interest in Julie, who he meets in Paris. He then tentatively reignites his love interest in Stephanie, his ex-girlfriend, when he gets back to Canada. Julie is nondescript; Stephanie is self-centered. Not enough action around the main story line. Could have been better from another POV.
I've become somewhat interested in collecting first editions of books. So, this nonfiction title was a good pick for me. It discusses what to look for as far as the condition of the book (mostly hardbacks, but also some paperbacks) and how to discern if it's a first edition. To a lesser extent, the book goes into how to judge if authors are collectable and/or have staying power. Enjoyable read for me.
A good read for those interested in book collecting. Cliff Janeway moves from being a cop to owning a used/rare book store. He gets involved in the deaths of his store clerk and two book scouts who search for used and rare books to sell to bookstore owners. Janeway has strengths and foibles as a cop (he has it in for a grownup bully) and a person (he's protective of the clerk and wants justice for the scouts). Fairly good pacing and read.
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1. Mystery, lit classics, some nonfiction
4. Don't watch movies or TV much, so no opinion
5. Hmm, I'm drawing a blank--maybe because I don't read much in genres I dislike. There's too much out there to read and too many books on my TBR list already
6. Little Women - hated it
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@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you (and @thebookhippie) so much for the bookmark.
Thanks for the very cool postcard, too! True Mercy will be on its way to you later today or tomorrow.
The story is told from a few different viewpoints, which takes a little getting used to. This book is billed as a Simon Serrailler mystery, but he's not the main character in this first book in the series and doesn't play a major role until the end. The plot is a little dragging in spots but quickens up towards the end. There's a major twist near the end, which is unforeseen. Overall, I liked it and will read at least the next one in the series.