Friday, February 28, 2014

Books Read February 2014

Allen, Sarah Addison
  • Lost Lake
Fiction.  Wonderful tale of love, loss and recovery spanning several generations of a family.
Arlington, Lucy
  • Books, Cooks, and Crooks 
Fiction.  3rd book in the cozy mystery series set in the small town of Inspiration Valley.  Lila, one of the literary agents working at the Novel Idea Agency, and her co-workers have set up a food-related bibliophile festival.  Chefs and authors have come to speak on panels and promote their newest books.  Things quickly get out of control as an explosion in the new Arts Center rocks the building and a body is found in the ashes.

Baldacci, David
  • Zero Day 
Fiction.  Book one in the John Puller, Army CID series.  An Army colonel and his entire family is murdered, and Puller is challenged to figure out why and who the murderer is.  With the help of a female deputy sheriff, he works tirelessly to uncover the truth, which he will hopefully do in time to save an entire town.

Balzo, Sandra
  • Bean There, Done That 
Fiction.  3rd in the Maggy Thorsen cozy mystery series.  Maggy, owner of a coffeehouse, is surprised when Rachel, the young wife of Maggy’s ex-husband, Ted, approaches her to ask for Maggy’s help in finding Ted’s new mistress.  Ironic, because Ted cheated on Maggy with Rachel during Maggy’s marriage.  Not sure why she’s helping Rachel, Maggy decides to find out if the rumor is true, while her own relationship with Pavlik suffers because of her decision.

Barrett, Lorna
  • Chapter & Hearse 
Fiction.  Tricia is kept busy overseeing not only her own business, but also both the cookbook shop and the cafe across the street that belong to her sister, Angelica, who is away on a book tour.  If that isn’t enough, she soon finds herself involved in yet another murder, one that comes much too close to home.

Berry, Steve
  • The Romanov Prophec
Fiction.  Fascinating blending of truth and fiction delving into the mystery of the last of the Romanov family.  An Atlanta lawyer travels to Russia to help broker a deal raising the new Romanov tsar, only to find that his own life is in danger, and his quest leads him around the world leaving a trail of deaths behind him.

Burke, Kealan Patrick
  • The Hides 
Fiction.  Second in the Timmy Quinn paranormal series.  Timmy is now a teenager trying to deal with all the usual teenage angst as well as his crippling special “gift” of attracting the dead with a vengeance.  The last time almost killed him.  This time the danger once again touches his family.

Charles, Ann
  • Dance of the Winnebagos 
Fiction.  First in a cozy mystery series set in Jackrabbit Junction, Arizona at an RV camp.  Claire is there keeping an eye on her grandfather as he meets up with his former Army buddies and serious skirt-chasers.  Henry, her grandfather’s beagle runs up to her carrying an old bone he’s found in the desert, which sends her off in an adventure that just might cost her life.

de la Cruz, Melissa
  • Diary of the White Witch 
Fiction.  Prequel to the Witches of East End series.  Ingrid quits her job as archivist at the university and travels home to take on a new job.  Along the way, she is assaulted by forces of evil that begins the family’s new struggles.

Franklin, Ariana
  • Mistress of the Art of Death 
Fiction.  First in a mystery series set in England in the 1100’s.  Adelia, a mistress of the art of death, is sent from Salerno, Italy to help solve a series of child murders taking place in Cambridgeshire, England.  Violent, distasteful, and surprising, the story is well-woven, and the author’s obvious authority on the life and customs of the era are proven in this story of death and the clashes of religion and class.

Galenorn, Yasmine
  • Crimson Veil 
Fiction.  Book 15 in the Otherworld series.  Menolly, youngest of the D’Artigo sisters, vampire and owner of the Wayfarers Bar and Grill, is stunned when her bar goes up in flames.  In searching for the arsonist, she leads her extended family on a dangerous hunt, one that could easily end up in the deaths of her loved ones.

Goldberg, Natalie
  • Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within 
Non-fiction.  The art of practice writing with Zen overtones.  

Rowling, J.K.
  • Quidditch Through the Ages 
Fiction.  This history and development of the ancient game of Quidditch and an overview of the thirteen professional teams across the world.

Smith, Alexander McCall
  • Tears of the Giraffe 

Fiction.  Cozy mystery set in Botswana.  2nd in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series.  Mma Ramotswe is approached by an American women whose son went missing ten years ago.  She hires Mma Ramotswe to find out what happened to him.

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