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What Are We Reading and Reviewing in November 2018?

Mystery and Suspense

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Oct 25, 9:05am Top

This is the place to let everyone know the books you are reading this month, and then to leave reviews of these books. You can put up a list of the books you are reading for the month or put a post about a book as you start it, or even both.

A review doesn't have to long. It can be something as simple as a sentence about the book or as comprehensive as you want to make it - whatever is good for you. Our love of books is the reason we are all here.

Edited: Yesterday, 10:30am Top

What Carol is Reading in November

✔ 11//18 -★

Group Reads
Now You See Me by Sharon Bolton - 11/7/18 - 4★
The Patriot Threat by Steve Berry - 11//18 -★
Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben - 11//18 -★

Blind Date With A Book
The River at Night by Erica Ferencik - 11//18 - ★

The Gathering: Shadow House by Don Poblock - 11/9/18 - 4.5★
Rooms by Lauren Oliver 11/12/18 - 2★
The Girl Who Lived by Christopher Greyson - 11//18 - ★
The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove by Christopher Moore 11//18 - ★
Porch Talk by Phillip Gulley - 11/1/18 - 4.5★
Elevation by Stephen King - 11/2/18 - 4.5★
The Devils You Know by M.C. Atwood - 11/11/18 - 3★
Those Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero - 11/14/18 - 3★
Holy Ghosts by Gary Jansen - 11/8/18 - 3★
The Sleeping and The Dead by Ann Cleeves - 11//18 -★
The Black Book by James Patterson & David Ellis - 11//18 -★
No One Gets Out Alive by Adam Nevill - 11//18 -★
Circle of Influence by Annette Dashofy - 11//18 -★

Edited: Nov 13, 8:07pm Top

November 2018
✔ ★ ☞ ☊

Currently Reading
☞☊Circe by Madeline Miller - 400 pgs.
☞☊The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule - 625 pgs.
☞☊Wolves of Calla by Stephen King - 931 pgs.
Transcription by Kate Atkinson - 352 pgs.
84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
I'll Be Gone In The Dark by Michelle McNamara
☞☊The Patriot Threat by Steve Berry - Wednesday 14th November

Finished Reading
Now You See Me by Sharon Bolton - 512 pgs. - ★★★★ - 11/8/2018
The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton - 432 pgs. - ★★★★ - 11/12/2018

Group Reads for November
Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben - Saturday 24th November
Tara Road by Maeve Binchy.

Library Books
Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny
Heads You Win by Jeffrey Archer
Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci
The Comforts of Home by Susan Hill
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak
The Red Hunter by Lisa Unger

Other Reads
The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths
Suitcase Charlie bu John Guzlowski
Whose Body by Dorothy L. Sayers
Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L. Sayers
Unnatural Death by Dorothy L. Sayers
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Chill Factor by Sandra Brown

Edited: Oct 28, 9:40pm Top

Lynda and Oliver's November Reading Plan


99 Red Balloons - Elisabeth Carpenter
Burn - Linda Howard
The Cat Who Could Read Backwards - Lillian Jackson Braun
Dark in Death - J. D. Robb
Death on Demand - Carolyn G. Hart
Fatal Promise - Angela Marsons
Fool Me Once - Harlan Coben
Into the Fire - Suzanne Brockmann
Jesuit Papers - A. B. Fowler
Liar Liar - M. J. Arlidge
Long Road to Mercy - David Baldacci
Now You See Me - Sharon Bolton
Past Tense - Lee Child
Patriot Threat - Steve Berry
Reckless - Amanda Quick
Say You're Sorry - Melinda Leigh
Secrets in Death - J. D. Robb
Storm Murders - John Farrow

Other Than Mystery

Darkest Hour - Tony Schumacher
Fire - Sebastian Junger
Illuminae - Arnie Kaufman
Paper and Fire - Rachel Caine

Oct 31, 5:13pm Top

Gayle's November Reads

Now you See Me by Sharon Bolton - group read
The Good Cop by Brad Parks
The Leper of Saint Giles, Chronicles of Brother Cadfael #5 by Ellis Peters - sub genre puzzle mystery
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng - Winchester Book Club

Edited: Nov 1, 6:12am Top

Group Reads
Now You See Me by Sharon Bolton, #1 in the Lacey Flint Series - Start Date Friday 2nd November
The Patriot Threat by Steve Berry, #10 in the Cotton Malone Series - Start Date Wednesday14th November
Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben Start date Saturday 24th November

Friday On My Mind by Nicci French
Saturday Requiem by Nicci French
Circe by Madeleine Miller
Wolves of the Calla by Stephen King
The Storied Life of A J Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
Tara Road by Maeve Binchy
Us Against You by Fredrik Backman
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
Still Life by Louise Penny
Broken by Karin Slaughter
Save Me by Lisa Scottoline
One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson
Prince of Fire by Daniel Silva
Watermelon by Marian Keyes
Death of a Dreamer by M C Beaton

Nov 1, 2:58pm Top

Porch Talk by Phillip Gulley

Beloved American storyteller Philip Gulley evokes a time when life revolved around the front porch, where friends gathered, stories were told, and small moments took on large meaning. In today's hurry-up world, Gulley's observations are frank and funny, reminding us of the world we once shared, and can again. With poignancy and humor, Gulley writes about small-town life, things he thinks about while sitting in his Quaker meeting, and why Donald Trump should pay more taxes. Porch Talk is a tribute to common folk, including Charlie the hardware priest, the Bettys at the newspaper, and other paragons of decency not many people know, but should.

I loved this book. Phillip Gulley relates to the heart of the matter with humor and a deeper message. The first chapter reminded me of my childhood and the house that I grew up in. We had a front porch and many a summer day the adults spent many hours sitting out there and talking, while we kids played in the yard and tried to pick up bits and pieces of the conversation. In this bright, warm-hearted little book, he lets us go along with his memory journey and meet his friends and neighbors...the hardware store owner that knew everyone and knew how to repair anything and everything. The owner of the local Dairy Queen that spent his days sitting in a chair in back of the store and never wore a watch. His veterinarian friend that led him to his dog Zipper. Mr. Gulley may be correct when he says that the entire world should have a front porch and spend many hours on it. The world would surely be a better place for it.

Nov 2, 6:22am Top

This is the schedule for the Group Read of Now You See Me by S J Bolton, #1 in the Lacey Flint Series.

Not quite even sections but it seemed more sensible to keep the daily reads to the different parts of the book.

Friday 2nd November - Prologue and Part 1 : Polly
Saturday 3rd November - Part 2 : Anne
Sunday 4th November - Part 3 : Elizabeth
Monday 5th November - Part 4 : Catharine
Tuesday 6th November - Part 5 : Mary

Nov 3, 8:59am Top

Elevation by Stephen King (Novella)

Although Scott Carey doesn’t look any different, he’s been steadily losing weight. There are a couple of other odd things, too. He weighs the same in his clothes and out of them, no matter how heavy they are. Scott doesn’t want to be poked and prodded. He mostly just wants someone else to know, and he trusts Doctor Bob Ellis.

In the small town of Castle Rock, the setting of many of King’s most iconic stories, Scott is engaged in a low grade—but escalating—battle with the lesbians next door whose dog regularly drops his business on Scott’s lawn. One of the women is friendly; the other, cold as ice. Both are trying to launch a new restaurant, but the people of Castle Rock want no part of a gay married couple, and the place is in trouble. When Scott finally understands the prejudices they face–including his own—he tries to help. Unlikely alliances, the annual foot race, and the mystery of Scott’s affliction bring out the best in people who have indulged the worst in themselves and others.

The book description is almost longer than the book itself:) it's not a bad story...good... but not great. In 147 pages it doesn't really have the time to have been either one. There's going to be a host of readers that are going to slam and down-rate the book for not being longer...stating on the front cover that it's a novel when in actuality it's a novella...or treading very close on the heels of another of Stephen Kings books... Thinner. Overall, in spite of the length, it was a good story. I liked the main character of Scott Carey and his attitude to a situation that would have certainly made most people at least paranoid if not down right out of their minds crazy. Read it if you aren't looking for something on the order of Salem's Lot or It... you will enjoy it. After all the "King" of Horror" wrote it.

Edited: Nov 7, 8:43am Top

Dark Sacred Night - Michael Connelly - 5 Stars and a Favorite 💕💕💕

In recent books Harry Bosch has been working as a reserve detective for the San Fernando Police Department. He usually picks out a cold case to solve. Last year Connelly introduced a new character, Renee Ballard. She currently works The Night Show (overnight shift) at LAPD as punishment for a sexual harrassment complaint filed against her superior. She, like Harry, leads a fairly solitary lifestyle, sleeping in a tent on the beach most nights. In Dark Sacred Night they team up to look into the nine year old murder of Daisy Clayton. In the meantime they both have their own individual cases to work on. They are all interesting, especially the ones involving Renee.

This book reminds us that Harry is getting pretty old. He tells a story of being a nineteen year old in 1969 Vietnam, and even though I'm terrible at math, that makes him 68. I admit I wasn't a huge fan of Renee in the first book but she is revealed here as a young female Bosch. Smart, focused and filled with integrity.

I absolutely loved the audio of this book, narrated by the phenomenal Titus Welliver and Christine Lakin. The chapters are alternately narrated by one or the other. I'm sure the book is equally as mesmerizing but I absolutely recommend the audio if you enjoy listening to an especially well narrated story. I've read every single book in the "Harry Bosch Universe" and believe this Bosch/Ballard collaboration has totally reinvigorated a decades long series. I can't wait for the next one.

Nov 7, 2:59pm Top

Now You See Me by S.J. (Sharon) Bolton
Lacey Flint series Book #1
4 ★

One night after interviewing a reluctant witness at a London apartment complex, Lacey Flint, a young detective constable, stumbles onto a woman brutally stabbed just moments before in the building's darkened parking lot. Within twenty-four hours a reporter receives an anonymous letter that points out alarming similarities between the murder and Jack the Ripper's first murder—a letter that calls out Lacey by name. If it's real, and they have a killer bent on re-creating London's bloody past, history shows they have just five days until the next attempt.

No one believes the connections are anything more than a sadistic killer's game, not even Lacey, whom the killer seems to be taunting specifically. However, as they investigate the details of the case start reminding her more and more of a part of her past she'd rather keep hidden. And the only way to do that is to catch the killer herself.

Lacey Flint is a young detective constable who literally walks into the first victim seconds before she bleeds out. Lacey has a secret...a secret that she has fought to keep deeply hidden... but now thanks to a set of unpredictable circumstances, it may bring her life crashing down around her ears. The Jack The Ripper copycat portion of the book was interesting, informative but extremely gruesome...as can be expected since history has told us Jack wasn't "The Tooth Fairy", thus this may not be a topic that everyone will want to explore. The biggest set back for me with the book was that it didn't always give the reader even a minor explanation of why the events transpired as they did. I really enjoyed the authors writing style and I believe the series has a great deal of promise if it continues with these same characters.

Edited: Nov 13, 8:00pm Top

Now You See Me by Sharon Bolton - 512 pgs. - ★★★★ - 11/8/2018
This book was a great start to the series. I liked the Jack the Ripper connection and found it very interesting. I liked the characters and the plot. There were a lot of twists and turns that keep the pages flying. I found the ending a little confusing but all in all it was a pretty good book. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series and would recommend this book to those who like mystery/thrillers.

Nov 8, 2:53pm Top

Holy Ghosts or How a (Not So) Good Catholic Boy Became a Believer in Things That Go Bump in the Night

The extraordinary true story of a Long Island household haunting that forced a respected writer to confront the truth about life, death, his childhood home, and his town's past.

I really love a good ghost story and this one had a catchy title that caught my attention...so it got to go home with me. Gary Jansen tells the story of his childhood home, and the strange things which happened there. Coincidence piles on coincidence, until the prospect of the supernatural can no longer be ignored...not even by the skeptical Jansen. At the heart of this story is the story of a human being coming to terms with the fact that the world may not be as black and white as he once thought. I don't know if it's true or not...it's entertaining and it's true as far as the Jansen family is concerned.

Nov 8, 7:14pm Top

>6 Andrew-theQM: Very excited about the group read of Fool Me Once. Looking forward to being a part of that. In addition to that, these are some other books on my list for November
10th Anniversary by James Patterson
The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny
The Buzzard Table by Margaret Maron
The Cabal by David Hagberg
Rules of Betrayal by Christopher Reich
Signal by Patrick Lee
Suspect by Robert Crais

Nov 9, 7:06am Top

>14 ColinMichaelFelix: Those are some really, really good ones. I've read Fool Me Once but I'm always willing to read Harlan Coben again, anytime. Glad to have you reading with us.

Nov 9, 5:44pm Top

Now You See Me by S. J. Bolton
4 ★

This story switched back and forth between 11 years ago and present and made me wonder who the people were then and how they are connected to the murders now. Lacey Flint had a lot of secrets and the story was intriguing to me and made me want to find out what they were and why she was trying to hide from them. At times, Lacey put herself in extreme danger without a good reason and the story lost some credibility for me. However, I liked the ending a lot which made up for that.

Nov 10, 9:43am Top

The Gathering: Shadow House by Dan Poblocki
Shadow House series Book #1
4.5 ★

Some houses are more than just haunted... they're hungry. Dash, Dylan, Poppy, Marcus, and Azumi don't know this at first. They each think they've been summoned to Shadow House for innocent reasons. But there's nothing innocent about Shadow House. Something within its walls is wickedly wrong. Nothing -- and nobody -- can be trusted. Hallways move. Doors vanish. Ghosts appear. Children disappear. And the way out? That's disappeared, too... enter Shadow House... if you dare.

To begin with...it's a Young Adult book...but it is one of the best ghost/haunted house stories I have read in some time. Five kids...all with a special talent...all underdogs in their home life and their schools...all receive invitations to what they thought was a school that would enhance their talents. Once they arrive they are apprehensive but they can't go back...so they go in. The problem is they can't get out. Continued action and twists at every turn make this a readable, chilling, adventure that makes you just need to read one more page. It's a series and I hope I can get the other 3 books...if not...this one was well worth the time. It's recommended for 3rd -7th grade but I wouldn't recommend it for anything below 5th grade due to some real frightening events in the story.

Nov 11, 2:25pm Top

The Devils You Know by M.C. Atwood

Plenty of legends surround the infamous Boulder House in Whispering Bluffs, Wisconsin, but nobody takes them seriously. Certainly nobody believes that the original owner, Maxwell Cartwright Jr., cursed its construction—or that a murder of crows died upon its completion, turning the land black with their carcasses. If there were truth to any of the local folklore, River Red High wouldn’t offer a field trip there for the graduating class. Five very different seniors—Violet, Paul, Ashley, Dylan, and Gretchen—volunteer, each for private reasons, none of which have to do with trip itself. When they’re separated from the group, they discover that what lies within Boulder House is far more horrifying than any rumor they’ve heard. To survive, they’ll have to band together and ultimately confront the truths of their darkest selves.

The book started off to be really interesting and that was before they ever went on the field trip. These are kids that diffidently needed some discipline. Their language was atrocious. They each had secrets that they didn't want reveled. Boulder House, being a lot more than mere bricks and stone...senses this and the trouble begins. The things that happened on the trip through the house didn't make much sense nor did I ever really learn what made the house evil to begin with. It doesn't offer much to adults but I suppose if I was 15 years old...I might be scared.

Nov 12, 6:16am Top

Rooms by Lauren Oliver
2 ★

Wealthy Richard Walker has just died, leaving behind his country house full of rooms packed with the detritus of a lifetime. His estranged family—bitter ex-wife Caroline, troubled teenage son Trenton, and unforgiving daughter Minna—have arrived for their inheritance. But the Walkers are not alone. Prim Alice and the cynical Sandra, long dead former residents bound to the house, linger within its claustrophobic walls. Jostling for space, memory, and supremacy, they observe the family, trading barbs and reminiscences about their past lives. Though their voices cannot be heard, Alice and Sandra speak through the house itself—in the hiss of the radiator, a creak in the stairs, the dimming of a light bulb. The living and dead are each haunted by painful truths that will soon surface with explosive force. When a new ghost appears, and Trenton begins to communicate with her, the spirit and human worlds collide—with cataclysmic results.

The description sounded interesting and promising but either it didn't deliver or I just didn't understand it. I tried listening to the audio version but there are 5 different readers and most of it was mumbled. So...I thought I'd give the book a try. Frankly I can't remember when i have been more bored with a book.

Nov 13, 7:26pm Top

This is the schedule for the Group Read of The Patriot Threat by Steve Berry, which is book 10 in the Cotton Malone Series.

Wednesday 14th November : Prologue and 1 - 13
Thursday 15th November : 14 - 27
Friday 16th November : 28 - 41
Saturday 17th November : 42 - 55
Sunday 18th November : 56 - 68

Nov 13, 8:00pm Top

The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton - 432 pgs. - ★★★★ - 11/8/2018
This the first book of a trilogy. The setting is the village of Lancashire where children are being buried alive. Police detective Florence Lovelady has gotten a confession from coffin maker Larry Grassbook and he has been in prison for the rest of his life. Thirty years later, the events are repeating but Larry is now dead, so who is the killer now? The story is told in 2 timelines, 1969 and 1999. The Pendle witches are involved and the ending is creepy and supernatural. I'm looking forward to reading the next book. I would recommend this book to those who love psychological thrillers that keep the pages turning.

Nov 14, 10:36am Top

Those Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
3 ★

In 1977, four teenagers and a dog—Andy (the tomboy), Nate (the nerd), Kerri (the bookworm), Peter (the jock), and Tim (the Weimaraner)—solved the mystery of Sleepy Lake. The trail of an amphibian monster terrorizing the quiet town of Blyton Hills leads the gang to spend a night in Deboën Mansion and apprehend a familiar culprit: a bitter old man in a mask.

Now, in 1990, the twenty-something former teen detectives are lost souls. Plagued by night terrors and Peter's tragic death, the three survivors have been running from their demons. When the man they apprehended all those years ago makes parole, Andy tracks him down to confirm what she’s always known—they got the wrong guy. Now she'll need to get the gang back together and return to Blyton Hills to find out what really happened in 1977, and this time, she's sure they're not looking for another man in a mask.

It was just okay...hense the 3 stars. I found the entire concept of kids 11-13...and a dog...let's not forget the dog...solving a crime a bit hard to work into any concept of reality. I actually expected Scooby-Doo to materialize at any moment. Then thirteen years later as adults, one of the kid detectives decides that their solution was wrong so they all need to reconnect and correct it. I can't find fault with the writing. It was well written although a bit too descriptive. If you are satisfied with a a little mystery with your mysteries then you will probably really like this one.

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