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1Carol420
Edited: Jan 30, 2:09pm Top

These are the statistics on the last three book discussions that we have done and they have all been done on Library Thing. I wish I had the stats from the other two sites we were on but unfortunately they disappeared when Shelfari and Leafmarks shut down. I'll just keep adding to these with completion of each book from now on.

Looking for a particular book stats? Here is the list of with each books # place.

PLEASE DON"T POST COMMENTS HERE. THANK YOU:)

2. Dark Watch by Claive Cussler & Jack DuBrul
3. Silent Voices by Ann Cleeves
4. Hour Game by David Baldacci
5. Book of Fate by Brad Meltzer
6. Caught in the Light by Robert Goddard
7. The Glass Room by Ann Cleeves
8. Skeleton Coast by Clive Cussler & Jack Du Brul
9. The Woman in Blue by Elly Griffiths
10 Ice Hunt by James Rollins
11. The Crow Trap by Ann Cleeves
12. Telling Tales by Ann Cleeves
13. Hidden Depths by Ann Cleeves
14. Raven Black by Ann Cleeves
15. White Nights by Ann Cleeves
16. Red Bones by Ann Cleeves
17. Blue Lighting by Ann Cleeves
18. Dead Water by Ann Cleeves
19. Thin Air by Ann Cleeves
20 The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths
21. The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths
22. The House At Seas End by Elly Griffiths
23. A Room Full of Bones by Elly Griffiths
24. A Dying Fall by Elly Griffiths
25. The Outcast Dead by Elly Griffiths
26. The Ghost Fields by Elly Griffiths
27. Simple Genius by David Baldacci
28. The Alexandria Link by Steve Berry
29. The Crucifix Killer by Chris Carter
30. Harbour Street by Ann Cleeves
31. Beyond Recall by Robert Goddard
32. The Hunters by Chris Kuzenski
33. The Moth Catcher by Ann Cleeves
34. The Venetian Betrayal by Steve Berry
35 .Seeking The Dead by Kate Ellis
36. Plague Ship by Clive Cussler & Jack DuBrul
37. First Family by David Baldacci
38. Girl in the Ice by Robert Byndza
39. Long Time Coming by Robert Goddard
40. The Charlemagne Pursuit by Steve Berry
41. Natural Causes by James Oswald
42. The Distant Echo by Val McDermid
43. Playing With Bones by Kate Ellis
44. The Forbidden Tomb by Chris Kuzneski
45. The Executioner by Chris Carter
46. Corsair by Clive Cussler & Jack Du Brul
47. Last Bus to Woodstock by Colin Dexter
48 The Sixth Man by David Baldacci
49. The Paris Vendetta by Steve Berry
50. Coffin Road by Peter May
51. The Prisoner's Gold by Chris Kuzneski
52. The Book of Souls by James Oswald
53. The Night Stalker by Chris Carter
54. Kissing The Demons by Kate Ellis
55. The Silent Sea by Clive Cussler
56. Take No Farewell by Robert Goddard
57. The Innocent by David Baldacci
58. The Emperors Tomb by Steve Berry
59. King & Maxwell by David Baldacci
60. The Night Stalker by Robert Bryndza
61. Sandstorm by James Rollins
62. The Hangman's Song by James Oswald
63. What Angels Fear by C.S. Harris
64. The Jungle by Clive Cussler
65. The Death Sculptor by Chris Carter
66. Proof by Dick Francis
67. Closed Circle by Robert Goddard
68. Watching The Ghosts by Kate Ellis
69. The Jefferson Key by Steve Berry
70. The Hit by David Baldacci
71. Cold Earth by Ann Cleeves
72. Map of Bones by James Rollins
73. Dead Men's Bones by James Oswald
74. When Gods Die by C.S. Harris
75. Mirage by Clive Cussler
76. One By One by Chris Carter
77. Darktown by Thomas Mullen
78. Frozen Stiff by Patrick Logan
79. The King's Deception by Steve Berry
80. Walking By Night by Kate Ellis (didn't read at this time see #95)
81. Black Order by James Rollins
82. The Target by David Baldacci
83. Piranha by Clive Cussler
84. The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffith
85. The Seagull by Ann Cleeves
86. Fault Line by Robert Goddard
87. The Guilty by David Baldacci
88. The Emperor's Revenge by Clive Cussler
89. The Lincoln Myth by Steve Berry
90. An Evil Mind by Chris Carter
91. Prayer For The Dead by James Oswald
92. Why Mermaids Sing by C.S. Harris
93. The Judas Strain by James Rollins
94. The Medusa Amulet by Robert Masello
95. Walking by Night by Kate Ellis
96. Now You See Me by S.J. Bolton
97. The Patriot Threat by Steve Berry
98. Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben
99. End Game by David Baldacci
100 Typhoon Fury by Clive Cussler & Boyd Morrison
101 A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay
102.I Am Death by Chris Carter
103.A Tap On The Window by Linwood Barclay
104.The Restless Dead by Simon Beckett
105.The Merchants House by Kate Ellis
106.Damage Done by James Oswald

2Carol420
Edited: Sep 5, 2016, 11:40am Top

Dark Watch by Clive Cussler and Jack DuBrul

Group Discussion: https://www.librarything.com/groups/darkwatchbookdiscuss
Series: Oregon Files Book #3
Publication Date: 2005

Book Description: Cabrillo and his motley crew aboard the clandestine spy ship Oregon have made a very comfortable and very dangerous living working for high-powered Western interests. But their newest clients have come from the Far East to ask for Cabrillo's special brand of assistance: a consortium of Japanese shipping magnates whose fortunes are being threatened by brutal pirates trolling the waters of Southeast Asia. Normally, such attacks on the high seas are limited to smaller ships and foreign-owned yachts-easy targets on the open ocean. Now, however, giant commercial freighters are disappearing. But when Cabrillo confronts the enemy, he learns that the pirates' predations hide a deadly international conspiracy-a scheme of death and slavery that Juan Cabrillo is going to blow out of the water.

Dates Read: July 8 – 12, 2016
Participants: 6 - Andrew, Lynda. Eadie, Sergei, Brenda, Carol
Ratings: Lynda 4.5; Carol 4.5; Eadie 4..5; Sergei 4.5; Brenda 4.5; Andrew 4
Overall Average Rating: 4.42

Comments:
“I wanted to give this more but can only give it 4. Sections just carried me away but then it felt a bit more stilted at occasions.”

“I liked it much better than the previous two.”

“Think this is my favorite, so far.”

“The books continue to get better and better with each writing. I love the entire series.”

3Carol420
Edited: Sep 22, 2016, 7:37am Top

Silent Voices by Ann Cleeves

Group Discussion: https://www.librarything.com/groups/silentvoicesbookdisc
Series: Vera Stanhope Book # 4
Publication Date: July 2014

Book Description: When Vera finds the body of a woman in the sauna of her local gym, she wonders briefly if, for once in her life, she's uncovered a simple death of natural causes. But when a closer inspection reveals bruises around the victim's throat, Vera's team start their investigation. Vera and her colleagues soon uncover details in the victim's past that may explain her untimely death. But Vera knows from experience that there's no such thing as a simple case, and this one gets more baffling by the minute.

Dates Read: July 18 – 22, 2016
Participants: (6)- Andrew, Lynda, Sergei, Eadie, Carol, Lynsey
Ratings: Carol 4.5; Eadie 5; Lynda 5; Sergei 4; Andrew 4.5; Lynsey- 4
Overall Average Rating: 4.5

Comments:
“This is my favorite Vera book so far. I liked the character development and the type of plot that is better suited for TV and not so complicated.”

“I really liked the story and you know I love the characters but even though I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone and everyone I just didn't feel the excitement that would have pushed it to 5.”

“While I liked the story, I thought the changes to the style made it read more like a TV episode, which I suppose is exactly what it is.”

Recommendation by the Group: If you think you would like this series you should also try the Shetland Island series by Ann Cleeves

4Carol420
Edited: Sep 22, 2016, 7:39am Top

Hour Game by David Baldacci

Group Discussion: https://www.librarything.com/groups/bookdiscussionhourga
Series: King and Maxwell Book #2
Publication Date: 2003 Reprint May 2013

Book Description: A woman is found murdered in the woods. It seems like a simple case but it soon escalates into a terrible nightmare. Someone is replicating the killing styles of the most infamous murderers of all time. No one knows this criminal's motives...or who will die next.

Date Read: July 27 –August 1, 2016
Participants: (8) - Andrew, Sergei, Carol, Eadie, Lynda, Jen, Bluebird, Brenda
Ratings: Brenda 3.75; Sergei 3.5; Eadie 4; Andrew 4; Bluebird 4; Lynda - 4.5 Jen, 4 Carol 5
Overall Avenge Rating: 4.09

Comments:

"It was good, but not great."

"just because I correctly guessed who-dunnit, otherwise it would have been an average 3. Feeling generous because I got it right!"

"I'll stick with my 4 because I did enjoy the book and the discussions but the book was a little too long."

"Even though it was too long and the ending a bit disappointing, it held my interest throughout and I always looked forward to reading the next section."

5Carol420
Edited: Sep 21, 2016, 10:00am Top

Book of Fate by Brad Meltzer

Group Discussion: http://www.librarything.com/groups/bookdiscussiontheboo
Series: Standalone
Publication Date: September 20, 2006 - Reprint October 1, 2011

Book Description: "Six minutes from now, one of us would be dead. None of us knew it was coming."
So says Wes Holloway, a young presidential aide, about the day he put Ron Boyle, the chief executive's oldest friend, into the president's limousine. By the trip's end, a crazed assassin would permanently disfigure Wes and kill Boyle. Now, eight years later, Boyle has been spotted alive. Trying to figure out what really happened takes Wes back into disturbing secrets buried in Freemason history, a decade-old presidential crossword puzzle, and a two-hundred-year-old code invented by Thomas Jefferson that conceals secrets worth dying for.

Dates Read: August 8-13, 2016
Participants:6; 5 ratings- Andrew, Eadie, Carol, Jen, Brenda, Sergei
Ratings: Andrew 4.5, Eadie 4, Carol 4, Jen No rating yet, Brenda 3.5, Sergei 4.5
Overall Average Rating: 4.1

Comments:
"I think we were mislead about all the Masonic secrets and Thomas Jefferson. There was some info but I really expected and anticipated a lot more information."

"It was an enjoyable political thriller, but I agree that the Masonic link was overplayed - it meant very little in the end."

"I liked the story and the suspense just didn't really care if any of the characters lived."

6Carol420
Edited: Aug 29, 2016, 6:23am Top

Caught in the Light by Robert Goddard

Group Discussion: https://www.librarything.com/groups/bookdiscussioncaught
Series: Standalone
Publication Date Originally Published January 1, 1998 - international reprint January 11, 2011

Book Description: "On assignment in Vienna, photographer Ian Jarrett falls desperately in love with a woman he meets by chance, Marian Esguard. Back in England, he breaks up with his wife and goes to meet Marian at an agreed rendezvous. Marian fails to show. Searching desperately for her, he stumbles on a Dorset churchyard full of the gravestones of dead Esguards. He also meets a psychotherapist, Daphne Sanger. She too is looking for someone: a former patient who has come to believe she is the reincarnation of Marion Esguard, who lived in Regency times and, it emerges, may have invented photography ten years before Fox Talbot. But if so, why is she unknown to history? And where is the woman he met in Vienna? Ian sets out to solve a mystery that may be 170 years old. At the end of his search a trap awaits him.

Dates Read: August 19- 23, 2016
Participants: (7) Andrew, Carol , Lynda, Brenda, Sergei, Eadie, Bluebird
Ratings: Carol - 4; Andrew - 4.5; Lynda - 4.5; Eadie - 4.5; Brenda - 4; Sergei - 4.5 - Bluebird -4
Overall Rating 4.29

Comments:
"I thought it was a brilliant and complex story that kept me guessing all the way to the end."

"Well written, good story, interesting info on the history of photography. Kept the reader guessing."

"I loved Goddard's writing and found the story to be rather unique. He also kept us guessing until the last page. I looked forward to reading each and every section as I was very curious what was really going on. I now look forward to my next Goddard book as I can't get enough of his storytelling. Love it!"

"Goddard always writes a good story, and despite getting off to a questionable start (I questioned his use of reincarnation) this lived up to his usual, very readable, standard of mystery and thriller.
He always pulls something out of the ordinary."

"I really enjoyed the way the thriller was put together and kept me on the edge of my seat to the end."

7Carol420
Edited: Sep 8, 2016, 6:14am Top

The Glass Room by Ann Cleeves

Group Discussion:www.librarything.com/groups/bookdiscussionthegla
Series: Vera Stanhope Book #5
Publication Date: February 1, 2012

Book Description: "DI Vera Stanhope is not one to make friends easily, but her hippy neighbors keep her well-supplied in home brew and conversation so she has more tolerance for them than most. When one of them goes missing she feels duty-bound to find out what happened. But her path leads her to more than just a missing friend."

Dates Read: August 27 - 31, 2016
Participants: (7) Andrew, Carol, Eadie, Lynda, Sushicat-3, Sergei, Lynsey
Ratings: Andrew - 3.5, Carol - 4, Eadie - 4, Lynda - 4 , Sushicat -, Sergei - 3.5, Lynsey - 3.5
Overall Average Rating: 3.75

Comments:

"I like the fact that Vera delegated in this book. But, I think Ann did that because this book was written for TV and the characters had to look like they were all part of solving the mystery."

"It got off to a good start with an interesting and engaging plot line."

"An interesting premise and venue."

"I didn't really like any of the characters at the Writer's Workshop. The story moved very slowly in some sections."

8Carol420
Edited: Sep 22, 2016, 7:36am Top

Skeleton Coast by Clive Cussler & Jack Du Brul

Group Discussion:https://www.librarything.com/groups/bookdiscussionskelet
Series: Oregon Files Book #4
Publication Date: originally published October 3, 2006 Reprint January 3, 2012

Book Description: "Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the covert combat ship Oregon have barely escaped a mission on the Congo River when they intercept a mayday from a defenseless boat under fire off the African coast. Cabrillo takes action, saving the beautiful Sloane Macintyre - who's looking for a long-submerged ship that may hold a fortune in diamonds. But what surprises Cabrillo is her story about a crazy fisherman who claims to have been attacked on the open sea by giant metal snakes in the same area.What begins as a snake hunt leads Cabrillo onto the trail of a far more lethal quarry - a deranged militant and his followers who plan to unleash the devastating power of nature itself against all who oppose them."

Dates Read September 6 - September 11, 2016
Participants:(6) Andrew, Carol, Eadie, Lynda, Brenda, Sergei
Ratings: Andrew -4, Carol - 4, Eadie -4, Lynda - 4, Brenda - 4 , Sergei - 4.5
Overall Average Rating: 4.08

Comments:

"I recommend this series to anyone that wants a well formed and executed adventure with likable and believable characters even if they are a cross between James Band and Superman."

"I really like this series and think it's holding up well (both to current events and the storylines). It's not as good as the previous book but that's okay to me and won't stop me from reading more of the series"

"I do like action books, but they mustn't have too much action that detracts from some of the story which I feel this one did at times. However the ending brought it up to around a 4 in the end."

"I thought it was a solid 4, which is a thumbs up for me. I enjoyed the story and like the characters a lot."

9Carol420
Edited: Sep 21, 2016, 3:18pm Top

The Woman in Blue by Elly Griffiths

Group Discussion:https://www.librarything.com/groups/bookdiscussionthewom
Series: Ruth Galloway Book #8
Publication Date: May 3, 2016

Book Description: "a vision of the Virgin Mary foreshadows a string of cold-blooded murders, revealing a dark current of religious fanaticism in an old medieval town.

Known as England’s Nazareth, the medieval town of Little Walsingham is famous for religious apparitions. So when Ruth Galloway’s druid friend Cathbad sees a woman in a white dress and a dark blue cloak standing alone in the local cemetery one night, he takes her as a vision of the Virgin Mary. But then a woman wrapped in blue cloth is found dead the next day, and Ruth’s old friend Hilary, an Anglican priest, receives a series of hateful, threatening letters. Could these crimes be connected? When one of Hilary’s fellow female priests is murdered just before Little Walsingham’s annual Good Friday Passion Play, Ruth, Cathbad, and DCI Harry Nelson must team up to find the killer before he strikes again.

Dates Read: September 16 - September 20, 2016
Participants:(7; with 6 ratings) Andrew, Carol, Sergei, Lynda, Eadie, Sushi, Bluebird
Ratings: Andrew - 4.5, Carol - 4.5, Sergei -4.5, Lynda - 4.5, Eadie - 5, Sushi - 3.4, Bluebird -
Overall Average Rating: 4.4
Comments:

"A good ending, all still to play for... That door is still open for Ruth to get her man, which has been one of the mainstays of the series."

"Good ending and lots of room situations for future books."

"I liked the pace the story took during the passion play and the developments between the central cast of characters - love the addition of Bruno, but fully agree that this will not save that relationship. But as to the plot? nope, doesn't work for me."

"I liked the ending. It leaves a ton of potential story twists in the future, including Tanya and her girlfriend. I can see Harry having some trouble with that, while trying to do the right thing."

"The plot kept the pages turning and the ending was full of surprises."

10Carol420
Edited: Oct 11, 2016, 10:09am Top

Ice Hunt by James Rollins

Group Discussion: https://www.librarything.com/groups/bookdiscussionicehun
Series: Standalone
Publication Date: Originally Published July 1, 2003 - Reprint March 1, 2007

Book Description: "Carved into a moving island of ice twice the size of the United States, Ice Station Grendel has been abandoned for more than seventy years. The twisted brainchild of the finest minds of the former Soviet Union, it was designed to be inaccessible and virtually invisible. But an American undersea research vessel has inadvertently pulled too close – and something has been sighted moving inside the allegedly deserted facility, something whose survival defies every natural law. And now, as scientists, soldiers, intelligence operatives, and unsuspecting civilians are drawn into Grendel’s lethal vortex, the most extreme measures possible will be undertaken to protect its dark mysteries – because the terrible truths locked behind submerged walls of ice and steel could end human life on Earth."

Dates Read: September 24 - September 30, 2016
Participants: (6) Andrew; Carol; Sergei, Lynda; Eadie; Brenda
Ratings: Carol-5; Andrew -4.5; Sergei -5; Lynda - 4.5; Eadie-4.5; Brenda - 4
Overall Average Rating: 4.58

Comments:

"Well-developed characters; monsters and mayhem; intrigue; excitement; and a well-thought-out plot. All around, I found this a good read."

"The action and his characters were great. They were all people you could clearly like or dislike....and that he explained some of the more technical things that he brought out. Loved the Grendles. Really good book."

"I thought there was a lot of action, great characters with lots of diversity, a smattering of history, and the scientific explanations were easy to understand. Great ending."

"I like the way Rollins weaves his stories around true facts."

"The fact that we learned a lot about grendels, frogs, ice caps, ice stations, history, science, adventure. The plot and characters were very interesting. What more could you want from a book?"

"Good characters, surprises, twists, the plotting of the story, learning new things, the feel of the book."

11Carol420
Edited: Sep 22, 2016, 7:12am Top

These are the first 3 Vera Stanhope books that we read on Leafmarks.

The Crow Trap by Ann Cleeves

Group Discussion: was done on Leafmark- Link no longer available
Series: Vera Stanhope Book #1
Publication Date: 1999

Book Description: "Three very different women come together at isolated Baikie's Cottage on the North Pennines, to complete an environmental survey. Three women who each know the meaning of betrayal ...Rachael, the team leader, is still reeling after a double betrayal by her lover and boss, Peter Kemp. Anne, a botanist, sees the survey as a chance to indulge in a little deception of her own. And then there is Grace, a strange, uncommunicative young woman, hiding plenty of her own secrets. Rachael is the first to arrive at the cottage, where she discovers the body of her friend, Bella Furness. Bella, it appears, has committed suicide -- a verdict Rachael refuses to accept. When another death occurs, a fourth woman enters the picture -- the unconventional Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope ."

Dates Read: February 19, 2016 - February 20, 2016
Partarticipants: (7) - Andrew, Sergei, Carol, Lynda, Eadie , Lynsey, Sushi
Ratings: Andrew - 4, Sergei 4.5, Carol 4.5, Lynda -4.5, Eadie -5, Lynsey - 4.5; Sushi -4
Overall Average Rating: 4.43

Comments:

"This was an interesting introduction to the Vera Stanhope series, who is rather a unique character. It encompassed an interesting mystery that threw in a number of twists. I didn't work out who the guilty party was until just before the end of the book. I look forward to reading on in this intriguing series."

12Carol420
Edited: Sep 12, 2016, 8:34am Top

Telling Tales by Ann Cleeves

Group Discussion: - Was done on Leafmarks - Link no longer available
Series: Vera Stanhope Book #2
Publication Date: 2005

Book Description: "It's been ten long years since Jeanie Long has been locked up for the murder of teenager Abigail Mantel. Ten long years, and now evidence has come forward that proves Jeanie's innocence. The villagers of Elvet on the East Yorkshire coast know this means Abigail's killer is still at large. Yorkshire police believe it best to bring in an investigative team from outside to re-open the case, and Northumbria's Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope finds herself among the "Yorkies" sifting through all the witnesses' stories to piece together the truth. Stanhope finds many questions that need answers. Two of the leads on the original case left the force and are now living in the area. Both of them had seemed content with Jeanie Long's conviction. The murdered girl's father is a businessman and no better than he has to be. Even the victim's best friend seems wreathed in daydreams and unsure of what really went on ten years ago. Stanhope has her work cut out for her. But if there's anyone with the patience to get to the bottom of this case, it's Vera Stanhope. A middle-aged, homely woman, she's used to being in the background and allowed to listen and observe. When she finds the loose thread of a clue, she worries and worries at it until it's pulled loose, and she follows wherever it leads."

Dates Read March 13, 2016 - March 17, 2016
Participants; (6) - Andrew, Sergei, Carol, Lynda, Eadie, Lynsey
Ratings: Andrew - 4, Sergei 4.5, Carol 4.5, Lynda - 4.5, Eadie - 5, Lynsey 4
Overall Average Rating: 4.42

Comments:

"Anne Cleeves does write a very good story! This is a very good book, but not a great book. I do enjoy Anne Cleeves writing - she writes a complex story quite often involving events from the past and leaves you thinking many of the characters could have had a convincing reason for being the murderer. I did, at one point, think the actual murderer could have been guilty, but it wasn't until towards the every end of the book that I finally worked out she must have done it. I do prefer the Shetland Islands Series (which is one of my favourite all time series) but this is still a very good series that I am enjoying. Vera is a very unique character and the books are so much the better when she is central in the story. I would recommend this book."

13Carol420
Edited: Sep 22, 2016, 7:14am Top

Hidden Depths by Ann Cleeves

Book Discussion: Was done on Leafmarks - Link no longer available
Series: Vera Stanhope Book #3
Publication Date: 2007

Book description: "A hot summer on the Northumberland coast, and Julie Armstrong arrives home from a night out to find her son murdered. Luke has been strangled, laid out in a bath of water and covered with wild flowers. This stylized murder scene has Inspector Vera Stanhope and her team intrigued. But then a second body - that of beautiful young teacher Lily Marsh - is discovered laid out in a rock pool, the water strewn with flowers. Now, Vera must work quickly to find this dramatist, this killer who is making art out of death. Clues are slow to emerge from those who had known Luke and Lily, but Vera soon finds herself drawn towards the curious group of friends who discovered Lily's body. What unites these four men and one woman? Are they really the close-knit, trustworthy unit they claim to be? As local residents are forced to share their private lives and those of their loved ones, sinister secrets are slowly unearthed. And all the while the killer remains in their midst, waiting for an opportunity to prepare another beautiful, watery grave ."

Dates Read: May 19, 2016 - May 23, 2016
Participants: (7) Andrew, Sergei, Carol, Lynda, Eadie, Lynsey, Sushi
Ratings:Andrew - 4, Sergei 4.5, Carol 4.5, Lynda - 5, Eadie - 5, Lynsey 4.5; Sushi 3.6
Overall Average Rating: 4.44

Comments:

"The story builds well toward the revel which is provided by numerous clues that readers will have to pay very close attention to throughout the book if they hope to solve it."

"This mystery was an exquisite reading experience from beginning to end. I love the setting, the characters and the plot."

14Carol420
Edited: Sep 22, 2016, 7:17am Top

The next 6 entries are the Shetland Island series that were read on Shelfari and Leaf Marks. Some information may be incomplete.

Raven Black by Ann Cleeves

Book Discussion: No discussion link available - Shelfari
Series: Shetland Island Book #1
Publication Date: 2006

Book Description: "Raven Black begins on New Year's Eve with a lonely outcast named Magnus Tait, who stays home waiting for visitors who never come. But the next morning the body of a murdered teenage girl is discovered nearby, and suspicion falls on Magnus. Inspector Jimmy Perez enters an investigative maze that leads deeper into the past of the Shetland Islands than anyone wants to go."

Dates Read: no dates available
Participants: (6) - Andrew, Sergei, Carol, Lynda, Eadie, Sushi
Ratings: Carol -4.5 , Eadie -5 - Andrew - 4.5, Lynda - 4.5 - Sergei - 5; Sushi - 4
Overall Average Rating: 4.58

Comments:
"It's a first-class whodunit. All the clues are there if you can figure it out."

"The police inspector is such a great character - intelligent, calm, conflicted in his personal life, but without the dark cynicism that is popular in so many novels."

"Motives for the murders abound, and just when you think you know who the killer is, you're surprised at the ending."

"A very enjoyable read, giving the flavour of The Shetland Isles. Had great fun trying to work out who did it, and getting it wrong. I look forward to continuing the series."

15Carol420
Edited: Sep 22, 2016, 7:19am Top

White Nights by Ann Cleeves

Book Discussion: no discussion link available - Shelfari
Series: Shetland Island Book #2
Publication Date: 2008

Book Description: "The launch of an exhibition at The Herring House art gallery is disturbed by a stranger who bursts into tears, then claims not to remember who he is or where he comes from. The next day he's found dead. Set in midsummer, the book captures the unsettling nature of a landscape where the sun never quite sets and where people are not as they first seem.

Dates Read: May 13, 2015 - May 17, 2015
Participants: (6) Andrew, Sergei, Carol, Lynda, Eadie, Sushi
Ratings: Carol -5, Eadie -5, Andrew - 4.5, Lynda- 4.5, Sergei - 4; Sushi -4.4
Overall Average Rating: 4.7

Comments:
" A really good book with an excellent setting, intrsesting characters, and an engaging story. I would certainly recommend it to mystery fans and I know I will be searching out more of Ann Cleeves books."

"The characters are realistic and well drawn, quite believable and convincing in every respect."

If you like crime novels with gunfire echoing on the page, this is not for you. But if you want a novel that explores how what is human in all of us can sometimes produce evil, and then explores its devastating consequences, you can't do better than this."

16Carol420
Edited: Sep 22, 2016, 7:21am Top

Red Bones by Ann Cleeves

Book Discussion: no discussion link available - Shelfari
Series: Shetland Island Book #3
Publication Date: 2009

Book description: "When a young archaeologist discovers a set of human remains, the locals are intrigued. Is it an ancient find - or a more contemporary mystery? Then an elderly woman fatally is shot and Ann Cleeves's popular series detective Jimmy Perez is called in. In Red Bones, a claustrophobic mists swirl around the Shetland Islands, and Inspector Perez finds himself totally in the dark."

Dates Read: July 10, 2015 - July 14, 2015
Participants: (6) - Andrew, Sergei, Carol, Lynda, Eadie, Sushi
Ratings: Carol - 4, Eadie - 4, Andrew - 4.5, Lynda - 4, Sergei - 4.5; Sushi - 4
Overall Average Rating: 4.17

Comments:
"The pace is steady but not quick, as the layers of this close knit community are peeled away."

"I have never read a book where I feel I've experienced the rain, wind and sunshine that she portrays so well on these islands."

17Carol420
Edited: Sep 22, 2016, 7:23am Top

Blue Lightning by Ann Cleeves

Book Discussion: no discussion link available - Shelfari
Series: Shetland Island Book #4
Publication Date: 2010

Book Description: "Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez brings his fiancée home to Fair Isle, a birder's paradise, where strangers are viewed with suspicions and distrust. When a woman's body is discovered at the island's bird observatory, the investigation is hampered by a raging storm that renders the island totally isolated. Jimmy has to find clues the old-fashioned way, and he has to do it quickly. There's a killer on the island just waiting for the chance to strike again."

Dates Read: September 14, 2015 - September 18, 2015
Participants:(6) Andrew, Sergei, Carol, Lynda, Eadie, Sushi
Ratings: Carol 3, Eadie -5, Andrew - 5, Lynda - 5, Sergei - 5; Sushi - 4
Overall Average Rating: 4.5

Comments:
"Not as enjoyable as the first three. I felt the ending was unnecessarily harsh."

18Carol420
Edited: Jul 3, 2017, 6:39am Top

Dead Water by Ann Cleeves

B ook Discussion no discussion link available
Series: Shetland Island Book#5
Publication Date: 2013

Book Description: "When the body of a journalist is found, Detective Inspector Willow Reeves is drafted from outside to head up the investigation. Inspector Jimmy Perez has been out of the loop, but his local knowledge is needed in this case, and he decides to help Willow. The dead journalist had left the islands years before to pursue his writing career. In his wake, he left a scandal involving a young girl. When Willow and Jimmy dig deeper, they realize that the journalist was chasing a story that many Shetlanders didn't want to come to the surface."

Dates Read: November 5, 2015 - November 9, 2015
Participants: (6) Andrew, Sergei, Carol, Lynda, Eadie, Sushi
Ratings: Carol -4, Eadie - 4, Andrew - 4.5, Lynda - 4.5, Sergei - 5; Sushi - 4.4
Overall Average Rating: 4.4

Comments:
"The setting--the Shetland Islands--makes the novel. Ann Cleeves does a wonderful job of placing you in the rugged windswept islands."

"Ann Cleeves' writing is so enjoyable and descriptive with characters you really like and feel you know personally it's always a pleasure to read."

"Another cracking read in this excellent series."

19Carol420
Edited: Sep 22, 2016, 7:26am Top

Thin Air by Ann Cleeves

Book Discussion:no discussion link available - Last book discussed on Shelfari
Series: Shetland Island Book #6
Publication Date: 2014

Book Description: "a group of old university friends leave the bright lights of London and travel to Shetland to celebrate the marriage of one of their friends. But, one of them, Eleanor, disappears--apparently into thin air. Detectives Jimmy Perez and Willow Reeves are dispatched to investigate. Before she went missing, Eleanor claimed to have seen the ghost of a local child who drowned in the 1920's. Jimmy and Willow are convinced that there is more to Eleanor's disappearance than they first thought. Is there a secret that lies behind the myth? One so shocking that someone would kill--many years later--to protect?"

Dates Read: January 9, 2016 - January 12 2016
Participants: (6) Andrew, Sergei, Carol, Lynda, Eadie, Sushi
Ratings: Carol - 5, Eadie -5, Andrew - 5 , Lynda - 5 - Sergei - 5; Sushi - 4.4
Overall Average Rating: 4.9

Comments:
"This is an excellent read and works well as a stand alone novel. Different in feel from the Vera Stanhope series, but strong in its own way."

"Other characters speculate on Jimmy Perez and his grief but he seemed more of a cardboard cut out than full fledged character. Hope he gets back to his old lovable self soon."

"Excellent sense of place and a good mix of characters make this an interesting read with several who-can-you-trust? moments."

"This was yet another excellent book in this superb series. This would have to be one of my favourite series, I love the setting for the books, the main group of characters, the suspense and tension that is built up during the book and the plotting of these books. At the end of each book when you think back all the clues are there and you think why didn't I get that, but in each book you keep changing your ideas about who the killer is, but you never fully work it out until the reveal. Yet again once you know all the details it is obvious who the killer is and the killer in this book was on my radar on a few occasions. It was good to see Jimmy was in a much improved place in this book and demonstrates once again his high quality detection skills and his patience and calm. The only bad point is I've now reached the end of the books published so far in the series and I have to wait for the next two to be published - I hope she writes quickly. If you haven't read this series, what are you waiting for!"

20Carol420
Edited: Sep 22, 2016, 7:34am Top

This will be a group of books in the Ruth Galloway series by Elly Griffiths that the group has discussed and loved... but because they were discussed on Shelfari and Leafmarks there may not be a lot of information. I will add info as I get it hopefully from the participants themselves.

The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths

Book Discussion: no site available
Series: Ruth Galloway Book #1
Publication Date: 2009

Book Description: Forensic archaeologist Dr. Ruth Galloway is in her late thirties. She lives happily alone with her two cats in a bleak, remote area near Norfolk, land that was sacred to its Iron Age inhabitants—not quite earth, not quite sea. But her routine days of digging up bones and other ancient objects are harshly upended when a child’s bones are found on a desolate beach. Detective Chief Inspector Nelson calls Galloway for help, believing they are the remains of Lucy Downey, a little girl who went missing a decade ago and whose abductor continues to taunt him with bizarre letters containing references to ritual sacrifice, Shakespeare, and the Bible. Then a second girl goes missing and Nelson receives a new letter—exactly like the ones about Lucy. Is it the same killer? Or a copycat murderer, linked in some way to the site near Ruth’s remote home?

Dates Read:May 20-May 25, 2015

Participants:(6) Andrew, Carol, Eadie, Lynda, Sergei, Sushi
Ratings: Carol - 5; Sergei - 5; Lynda - 5; Andrew - 5; Sushi - 4; Eadie -5
Overall Average Rating:

Comments: 4.8

"The Crossing Places is steeped in history, myth, and even a bit of madness... all pulled firmly into a modern setting."

"The main character, Ruth, was a pleasant break from the usual self confident professional woman portrayed by most of the books of this genre."

"Our heroine is a competent academic who is more comfortable with cats than most people...and who, every morning must deal with her own self image before she can face the challenges of the day."

"There are some nice twists here, and I admit I was hooked almost from the beginning."

21Carol420
Edited: Sep 22, 2016, 7:33am Top

The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths

Book Discussion: no site available
Series:Ruth Galloway Book #2
Publication Date: 2010

Book Description: It’s been only a few months since archaeologist Ruth Galloway found herself entangled in a missing persons case, barely escaping with her life. But when construction workers demolishing a large old house in Norwich uncover the bones of a child beneath a doorway—minus its skull—Ruth is once again called upon to investigate. Is it a Roman-era ritual sacrifice, or is the killer closer at hand? Ruth and Detective Harry Nelson would like to find out—and fast.

Dates Read: July 25- July 30, 2015

Participants:(6) Andrew, Carol, Eadie, Lynda, Sergei, Sushi
Ratings: Carol - 4; Sergei - 4; Lynda; 4; Sushi -3.6; Andrew - 4; Eadie - 5
Overall Average Rating: 4.1

Comments:

"There is plenty of action and forensic detail for thriller fans and yet mild enough for more cozy mystery people."

"This is not a thriller sort of mystery where the main characters are constantly on the run being chased by bad guys. The pace is much slower and it is more about the characters, especially the complicated relationship between Ruth and Detective Chief Inspector Harry Nelson."

22Carol420
Edited: Sep 22, 2016, 7:32am Top

The House At Seas End by Elly Griffiths

Book Discussion: no site available
Series: Ruth Galloway Book #3
Publication Date: 2011

Book Description: Just back from maternity leave, forensic archaeologist Ruth is finding it hard to juggle motherhood and work when she is called in to investigate human bones that have surfaced on a remote Norfolk beach. The presence of DCI Harry Nelson, the married father of her daughter, does not help. The bones, six men with their arms bound, turn out date back to World War II, a desperate time on this stretch of coastland. Home Guard veteran Archie Whitcliffe reveals the existence of a secret the old soldiers have vowed to protect with their lives. But then Archie is killed and a German journalist arrives, asking questions about Operation Lucifer, a plan to stop a German invasion, and a possible British war crime. What was Operation Lucifer? And who is prepared to kill to keep its secret?

Dates Read: October 13 - October 19, 2015

Participants:(6) Andrew, Carol, Sergei, Eadie, Lynda, Sushi
Ratings: Carol - 3.5; Sergei - 4; Andrew - 4; Sushi - 3; Eadie -4.5; Lynda - 4
Overall Average Rating: 3.84

Comments:

"I thought this was the weakest of the three books thus far in the series. The mystery for this book isn't as compelling as the previous volumes."

"The solution to the mystery was a little convoluted...it was just such an unlikely ending."

"One thing I did appreciate was the further development of Cathbad's character who has been proven to much more human in this entry."

23Carol420
Edited: Sep 22, 2016, 7:41am Top

A Room Full of Bones by Elly Griffiths

Book Discussion: no site available
Series: Ruth Galloway Book #4
Publication Date: 2011

Book Description:When Ruth Galloway arrives to supervise the opening of a coffin containing the bones of a medieval bishop, she finds the museum’s curator lying dead on the floor. Soon after, the museum’s wealthy owner is also found dead, in his stables. These two deaths could be from natural causes, but once again Ruth and DCI Harry Nelson cross paths during the investigation. When threatening letters come to light, events take an even more sinister turn. But as Ruth’s friends become involved, where will her loyalties lie? As her convictions are tested, Ruth and Nelson must discover how Aboriginal skulls, drug smuggling, and the mystery of “The Dreaming” hold the answers to these deaths, as well as the keys to their own survival.

Dates Read: December 9 - December 12, 2015

Participants:(5) Andrew, Carol, Eadie, Lynda, Sergei
Ratings: Carol; 4.5; Sergei - 4;
Overall Average Rating:

Comments:

"After the three previous ones I have found that I am reading the books more and more for the characters. Each one is beginning to take one a life of their own."

"All together it is a combination that produces a well done story line in spite of this one being a little more on far fetched side. But...it's my kind of book."

"Another good read in this enjoyable series. The relationship between the characters is just as key as the crime related parts of the book. I look forward to reading on in this series."

24Carol420
Edited: Jun 15, 2018, 8:07am Top

A Dying Fall by Elly Griffiths

Book Discussion: no site available
Series: Ruth Galloway Book #5
Publication Date: 2012

Book Description: When Ruth Galloway learns that her old university friend Dan Golding has died in a house fire, she is shocked and saddened. But when she receives a letter that Dan had written just before he died, her sadness turns to suspicion. The letter tells of a great archaeological discovery, but Dan also says that he is scared for his life. Was Dan’s death linked to his find? The only clue is his mention of the Raven King, an ancient name for King Arthur.

When she arrives in Lancashire, Ruth discovers that the bones reveal a shocking fact about King Arthur—and that the bones have mysteriously vanished. The case draws in DCI Nelson, determined to protect Ruth and their eighteen-month-old daughter, Kate. But someone is willing to kill to keep the bones a secret, and it is beginning to look as if no one is safe.

Dates Read: February 2016

Participants:(5) Andrew, Carol, Eadie, Lynda, Sergei
Ratings: Carol - 5; Sergei - 5; Andrew - 5; Lynda - 5; Eadie - 5
Overall Average Rating: 5.0

Comments:

"What a wonderful read - thank you, Elly Griffiths, for creating this wonderful and real woman, writing such a believable and enjoyable series."

"I've loved every Elly Griffiths novel in this series. I only wish she wrote faster, so I'd have more unread books to look forward to!"

"I learn something new with each book. I also enjoy the bits about archaeology and history and so enjoy Ruth and Cathbad's friendship immensely."

"‪Yet another great read in the Ruth Galloway Series, in fact I might have to say this is my favourite book in the series so far."

"The main character does annoy me at times but despite this I do love this series. There are good connections between this one and King Arthur. I was so close to identifying the killer but just didn't make that final leap and I've given myself a good talking to as a result of this miss. If you haven't read this series I would strongly encourage you to. Come on, what are you waiting for!‬"

25Carol420
Edited: Sep 22, 2016, 7:42am Top

The Outcast Dead by Elly Griffiths

Book Discussion: no site available
Series: Ruth Galloway Book # 6
Publication Date: 2014

Book Description:Ruth Galloway, forensic archaeologist, uncovers the bones of a notorious Victorian murderess, Mother Hook, on a routine dig near the walls of Norwich Castle. A television program Women who Kill wants to film the find. Some members of the production company think Mother Hook was innocent of murdering her charges, others see her as a wicked hag killing children to sell their bodies to the Resurrectionists, men who collected bodies to sell to medical schools for dissection. While Ruth is involved with the television production, DCI Harry Nelson, father of Ruth's daughter, Kate, becomes in involved with the death of a baby and the kidnapping of two others. The atmosphere is charged with tension. The focus is on the mothers and their anguish as the police search for the missing children.

Dates Read: April 2016

Participants: (5) Andrew, Carol, Eadie, Lynda, Sergei
Ratings: Carol 4.5; Sergei - 4.5; Lynda -5; Andrew - 4.5; Eadie -
Overall Average Rating:

Comments:

" I felt that while the plot was exciting and the history behind the dig was interesting, the author added a lot of unnecessary filler that the story didn't need to move it forward."

"There was more police presence and detection in this book than some earlier books. I found that a good contrast to the academic atmosphere surrounding Ruth and the television production."

"If you like a good mystery with interesting characters and the beautiful Norfolk scenery, you'll enjoy this book."

"Another good outing in this series, in fact this one may be one of my favourites in the series. I certainly didn't work out exactly what was happening in this book. There was some great developments in the inter-relationships between the characters in this book - this is what the real strength of this series is. I do wonder when other series have been made into TV series why this one hasn't, I do think it would lend itself well to this format. I most definitely look forward to continuing this series.‬"

26Carol420
Edited: Sep 22, 2016, 7:43am Top

The Ghost Fields by Elly Griffiths

Book Discussion:no site available
Series: Ruth Galloway Book #7
Publication Date: 2015

Book Description:It’s a blazing hot summer in Norfolk when a construction crew unearths a downed American fighter plane from World War II with a body inside. Forensic archeologist Ruth Galloway determines that the skeleton couldn’t possibly be the pilot, and DNA tests identify the man as Fred Blackstock, a local aristocrat long presumed dead — news that seems to frighten his descendants. Events are further complicated by a TV company that wants to make a film about Norfolk’s deserted air force bases, the so-called ghost fields, which the Blackstocks have converted into a pig farm. As production begins, Ruth notices a mysterious man loitering at Fred Blackstock’s memorial service. Then human bones are found on the family’s pig farm and the weather quickly turns. Can the team outrace a looming flood to find the killer?

Dates Read: June 7 - June 12, 2016

Participants: (6) Andrew, Carol, Eadie, Lynda, Sergei, Sushi
Ratings: Carol - 5; Andrew-4.5 ; Lynda -5; Sergei - 4.5; Sushi - 3.6; Eadie -
Overall Average Rating:

Comments:

"Another very good outing for Elly Griffiths in this seventh book in the Ruth Galloway Series. Certainly a series worth reading if you haven't already tried it."

"I really like this series, with its well-drawn characters who seem very much like real people."

"As always, the book grips from the beginning and draws the reader into a fascinating blend of crime and history."

27Carol420
Edited: Nov 3, 2016, 8:08am Top

Simple Genius by David Baldacci

Book Discussion: https://www.librarything.com/groups/bookdiscussionsimple
Series: King and Maxwell Book #3
Publication Date: 2008

Book Description:Near Washington, D.C., there are two clandestine institutions: the world's most unusual laboratory and a secret CIA training camp. Drawn to these sites by a murder, ex-Secret Service agent Sean King encounters a dark world of mathematicians, codes, and spies. His search for answers soon leads him to more shocking violence-and an autistic girl with an extraordinary genius.
Now, only by working with his embattled partner, Michelle Maxwell, can he catch a killer...and solve a stunning mystery that threatens the entire nation.

Dates Read: October 7 - October 12, 2016

Participants: (8) Andrew - Carol - Bluebird - Lynda - Brenda- Eadie - Sergei - Sushi -
Ratings: Carol- 4; Andrew-3.5; Bluebird - 3; Lynda -4; Brenda - 3.75; Eadie - 4; Sergei -3.5; Sushi - 3
Overall Average Rating: 3.20

Comments:

" It wasn't a bad book: it just wasn't a good book either."

"I like the series but think this is the weakest of the three we've read."

"It was a creative plot."

"It was a readable story, and moved along quite well. Plenty of well-rounded characters."

28Carol420
Edited: Oct 25, 2016, 10:12am Top

The Alexandria Link by Steve Berry

Book Discussion: https://www.librarything.com/groups/bookdiscussiontheale
Series: Cotton Malone Book #2
Publication Date: Nov. 2007

Book Description:Cotton Malone retired from the high-risk world of elite operatives for the U.S. Justice Department to lead the low-key life of a rare-book dealer. But his quiet existence is shattered when he receives an anonymous e-mail: “You have something I want. You’re the only person on earth who knows where to find it. Go get it. You have 72 hours. If I don’t hear from you, you will be childless.” His horrified ex-wife confirms that the threat is real: Their teenage son has been kidnapped. When Malone’s Copenhagen bookshop is burned to the ground, it becomes brutally clear that those responsible will stop at nothing to get what they want. And what they want is nothing less than the lost Library of Alexandria. A cradle of ideas–historical, philosophical, literary, scientific, and religious–the Library of Alexandria was unparalleled in the world. But fifteen hundred years ago, it vanished into the mists of myth and legend–its vast bounty of wisdom coveted ever since by scholars, fortune hunters, and those who believe its untold secrets hold the key to ultimate power. Now a cartel of wealthy international moguls, bent on altering the course of history, is desperate to breach the library’s hallowed halls–and only Malone possesses the information they need to succeed. At stake is an explosive ancient document with the potential not only to change the destiny of the Middle East but to shake the world’s three major religions to their very foundations. Pursued by a lethal mercenary, Malone crosses the globe in search of answers. His quest will lead him to England and Portugal, even to the highest levels of American government–and the shattering outcome, deep in the Sinai desert, will have worldwide repercussions.

Dates Read: October 15 - October 20, 2016
Participants: (7) Andrew; Carol; Lynda; Eadie; Brenda; Sergei; Bluebird
Ratings: Andrew - 4.5; Carol - 4.5; Lynda - 4.5; Eadie- 4.5; Brenda -4.5; Sergei -4.5; Bluebird - 4.5 ;
Overall Average Rating: 4.5

Comments:

"Great book with a great ending! Lots of surprises, but none that made the reader feel cheated or left out."

"Great story and plot...fast moving and never a dull moment. Hope we continue to discuss this series. Hope Stevie can write fast enough for us."

"I like books mixed with history, religion and suspense. This book had it all!"

" Excellent story that was really plot filled. Can't wait to continue the series."

29Carol420
Edited: Nov 3, 2016, 8:41am Top

The Crucifix Killer by Chris Carter

Book Discussion: https://www.librarything.com/groups/bookdiscussionthecru
Series: Robert Hunter Book#1
Publication Date: January 2013

Book Description: When the body of a young woman is discovered in a derelict cottage in the middle of Los Angeles National Forest, Homicide Detective Robert Hunter finds himself entering a horrific and recurring nightmare. Naked, strung from two wooden posts, the victim was sadistically tortured before meeting an excruciatingly painful death. All the skin has been ripped from her face - while she was still alive. On the nape of her neck has been carved a strange double-cross: the signature of a psychopath known as the "Crucifix Killer". But that's impossible. Because two years ago, the Crucifix Killer was caught and executed. Could this therefore be a copycat killer? Or could the unthinkable be true? Is the real killer still out there, ready to embark once again on a vicious and violent killing spree, selecting his victims seemingly at random, taunting Robert Hunter with his inability to catch him? Hunter and his rookie partner are about to enter a nightmare beyond imagining.

Dates Read: October 27 - October 31, 2016

Participants: (9) Andrew; Carol; Lynda; Eadie; Jen; Sergei; Bluebird; Sushi, Brenda
Ratings: Andrew - 5; Carol -5; Lynda -4.5; Eadie - 5; Jen- 4; Sergei - 5 ; Bluebird- 4.5 ; Sushi - 4.2; Brenda - 4;
Overall Average Rating: 4.58

Comments:

"I hope Carter is always so sharing in his books - as a reader, being fed with so many clues made me feel 'involved', not just a bystander. So many authors leave me feeling excluded."

"Absolutely a tremendously absorbing story. Great characters. Love Robert and Garcia and like that Carter took a character that would usually be despised and mistrusted and made him likable."

"The characters, the great suspense, I haven't been this hooked on a book in a long time!"

"The totally shocking surprises and twists. Kept us on the edge of our seat and kept us guessing all the way through. Interesting characters."

30Carol420
Edited: Nov 12, 2016, 1:03pm Top

Harbour Street by Ann Cleeves

Book Discussion: https://www.librarything.com/groups/bookdiscussionharbou
Series: Vera Stanhope Book#6
Publication Date: January 16, 2014

Book Description: As the snow falls thickly on Newcastle, the shouts and laughter of Christmas revelers break the muffled silence. Detective Joe Ashworth and his daughter Jessie are swept along in the jostling crowd onto the Metro. But when the train is stopped due to the bad weather, and the other passengers fade into the swirling snow, Jessie notices that one lady hasn't left the train: Margaret Krukowski has been fatally stabbed. Arriving at the scene, DI Vera Stanhope is relieved to have an excuse to escape the holiday festivities. As she stands on the silent, snow-covered station platform, Vera feels a familiar buzz of anticipation, sensing that this will be a complex and unusual case. Then, just days later, a second woman is murdered. Vera knows that to find the key to this new killing she needs to understand what had been troubling Margaret so deeply before she died - before another life is lost. She can feel in her bones that there's a link. Retracing Margaret's final steps, Vera finds herself searching deep into the hidden past of this seemingly innocent neighborhood, led by clues that keep revolving around one street... Why are the residents of Harbour Street so reluctant to speak?

Dates Read: November 3- November 7, 2016

Participants:(7) Andrew; Carol; Eadie; Sergei; Sushi; Lynda; Lynsey;
Ratings: Andrew -4.5; Carol - 4.5; Eadie -4.5; Sergei -4.5; Sushi -4; Lynda -4; Lynsey -4
Overall Average Rating: 4.86

Comments:

"There was an interesting cast, all of them lying to some extent and thus muddying the waters for us. It was nicely paced and I was kept engaged throughout."

"Very entertaining plot line; good mystery kept us guessing and interested; pacy writing; good character development - this time, it didn't feel as though the book was written to fit in with the TV series."

"Very entertaining plot line; good mystery kept us guessing and interested; pacy writing; good character development - this time, it didn't feel as though the book was written to fit in with the TV series."

"I really like all the characters and the writing was great."

31Carol420
Edited: Nov 22, 2016, 7:17am Top

Beyond Recall by Robert Goddard

Book Discussion: https://www.librarything.com/groups/bookdiscussionbeyond
Series: Standalone
Publication Date: June 1998 - reprint February 24, 2009

Book Description: On a bright autumn afternoon in Truro, the Napier family celebrates one couple’s golden wedding anniversary and another’s marriage. But for one member of the clan, the day turns dark. Chris Napier, prodigal son, suddenly spots the ragged specter of a former friend, Nicky Lanyon—a man whose own family was ruined by the same twist of fate with which the Napiers were blessed. And the next morning, Chris is horrified to find Nicky dead, hanging from a tree where the boys once played. For Chris, the suicide opens a floodgate of doubt and suspicion. How did his family’s wealth slip out of the hands of a great-uncle, brutally murdered before he could change his will? Were the men convicted of the crime truly guilty? And who is the mysterious, seductive woman who claims to know the Napiers’ darkest secrets? As the crimes of two families are exposed, a series of violent acts shadows him and suddenly Chris knows he’s in uncharted waters…until a killer drops one last disguise for the ultimate act of revenge.

Dates Read: November 17 - November 21, 2016

Participants: (6) Andrew, Carol, Sergei, Eadie, Lynda, Brenda
Ratings: Andrew 5; Carol 5 ; Sergei 5; Eadie 5; Lynda 5 ; Brenda 4;
Overall Average Rating: 4.83

Comments

"The plot was well engineered. So many different ways and means were presented that it kept us guessing. Loved all the many twists."

"The plot was very twisted and Goddard keep us guessing through all the different characters portraying Michaela that I don't know how we kept up with it at times. Excellent writing, plot and characters."

"I simply found it a great piece of writing."

"Great plot with plenty of twists, turns and double crosses. No one writes a more beautiful piece of literature than Robert Goddard."

"Kept you thinking. well written. Loved the way he blended the different timelines - very well done on that point."

32Carol420
Edited: Mar 30, 2017, 10:32am Top

The Hunters by Chris Kuzneski

Book Discussion: https://www.librarything.com/groups/bookdiscussionthehun
Series: The Hunters Book #1
Publication Date: July 2013

Book Description: The Team...Financed by a billionaire philanthropist, this elite team―a soldier, an historian, a computer whiz, a weapons expert, and a thief―is tasked with finding the world’s most legendary treasures.

The Mission...Fearing a German victory in WWI, the Romanian government signed a deal with Russia to protect the country’s treasures. In 1916, two trains full of gold and the most precious possessions of the Romanian state―paintings, jewelry, and ancient artifacts―were sent to the underground vaults of the Kremlin. But in the turmoil of war, the Romanian treasure was scattered and lost.

The Prize: The collection is now valued at over $3.5 billion. Despite several attempts to find it, its location has remained a mystery…until now.

Dates Read: November 26 - November 30, 2016

Participants: (6) Andrew, Carol, Eadie, Lynda, Sergei, Brenda
Ratings: Andrew - 3.75 ; Carol - 3.5 ; Eadie - 4 ; Lynda - 3.5; Sergei - 4; Brenda - 3.5;
Overall Average Rating: 3.71
Comments

"Not overwhelmingly great read, but interesting proposition, based on true facts and Kuzneski's ancestral background. I'm feeling generous enough to give it 4 stars, because overall I enjoyed the plot and the writing could just have been a bit smoother for my liking."

"It wasn't great literature or as good as some of his other books that I've read... but there was parts of it that were really good...not good enough for 4 but tolerable and promising."

"Anyone looking for small team military action, espionage, tomb raider type treasures with several twists and turns then you cannot go wrong with this book"

33Carol420
Edited: Dec 14, 2016, 6:42am Top

The Moth Catcher by Ann Cleeves

Book Discussion: https://www.librarything.com/groups/bookdiscussionthemot
Series: Vera Stanhope Book #6
Publication Date: October 4, 2016

Book Description:Life seems perfect in the quiet community of Valley Farm. Then a shocking discovery shatters the silence. The owners of a big country house have employed a house-sitter, a young ecologist, to look after the place while they’re away. But his dead body is found by the side of the lane―a lonely place to die. When DI Vera Stanhope arrives on the scene, she finds the body of a second man. What the two victims seem to have in common is a fascination with studying moths―and with catching these beautiful, intriguing creatures.

The others who live in Valley Farm have secrets too: Lorraine’s calm demeanor belies a more complex personality; Annie and Sam’s daughter, Lizzie, is due to be released from prison; and Nigel watches, silently, every day, from his window. As Vera is drawn into the claustrophobic world of this increasingly strange community, she realizes that there may be many deadly secrets trapped there .

Dates Read: December 9 - December 13, 2016

Participants: (6) - Andrew; Carol; Lynda; Eadie; Sergei; Sushi;
Ratings: Andrew- 4 ; Carol- 4 ; Lynda- 4; Eadie- 4.5; Sergei- 4; Sushi- 4 ;
Overall Average Rating: 3.42

Comments:

"Not the worst - that honour goes to The Glass Room - but definitely not the best. I've enjoyed others more."

"One of the weaker ones, but not the weakest. I'm with you all on The Glass Room."

"It is an excellent puzzle for the reader to try to figure out who is the murderer, of course. It is great to follow Vera's intellect as with the help of her team she follows the trail of the murderer through to the book's conclusion."

"Cleeves has a keen ear for rural dialogue, and a real gift for providing layered portraits of each of her characters, sharply delineated yet nicely nuanced, and she skillfully exploits these talents in painting a vivid picture of English country life. Structure and pace are also hallmarks of her novels, and dominating the whole is a clever plot with unexpected twists and masterful misdirection that will keep readers engaged until the final page. All in all, an excellent read."

"This is an overall excellent series, and this is another very good helping in that series. I do like Ann's books but I do wish she would give you a little more chance to work out who the killer is. In this one I felt even more was hidden until after we found out who the killer was than in other books in the series - hence only giving it four stars. "

34Carol420
Edited: Jan 3, 2017, 9:45am Top

The Venetian Betrayal by Steve Berry

Book Discussion: https://www.librarything.com/groups/bookdiscussiontheven
Series: Cotton Malone Book#3
Publication Date: November 18, 2008

Book Description: In 323 B.C.E, having conquered Persia, Alexander the Great set his sights on Arabia, then suddenly succumbed to a strange fever. Locating his final resting place–unknown to this day–remains a tantalizing goal for both archaeologists and treasure hunters. Now the quest for this coveted prize is about to heat up. And Cotton Malone–former U.S. Justice Department agent turned rare-book dealer–will be drawn into an intense geopolitical chess game. After narrowly escaping incineration in a devastating fire that consumes a Danish museum, Cotton learns from his friend, the beguiling adventurer Cassiopeia Vitt, that the blaze was neither an accident nor an isolated incident. As part of campaign of arson intended to mask a far more diabolical design, buildings across Europe are being devoured by infernos of unnatural strength.

And from the ashes of the U.S.S.R., a new nation has arisen: Former Soviet republics have consolidated into the Central Asian Federation. At its helm is Supreme Minister Irina Zovastina, a cunning despot with a talent for politics, a taste for blood sport, and the single-minded desire to surpass Alexander the Great as history’s ultimate conqueror.
Backed by a secret cabal of power brokers, the Federation has amassed a harrowing arsenal of biological weapons. Equipped with the hellish power to decimate other nations at will, only one thing keeps Zovastina from setting in motion her death march of domination: a miraculous healing serum, kept secret by an ancient puzzle and buried with the mummified remains of Alexander the Great–in a tomb lost to the ages for more than 1,500 years.

Together, Cotton and Cassiopeia must outrun and out think the forces allied against them. Their perilous quest will take them to the shores of Denmark, deep into the venerated monuments of Venice, and finally high inside the desolate Pamir mountains of Central Asia to unravel a riddle whose solution could destroy or save millions of people–depending on who finds the lost tomb first.

Dates Read: December 17- December 22, 2016

Participants: (8) Andrew, Lynda, Carol, Sergei, Eadie, Bluebird, Brenda, gaylbutz
Ratings: Andrew- 4; Lynda -4 ; Carol - 4 ; Sergei - 4; Eadie - 4.5; Bluebird -3.5; Brenda -4 ; gaylbitz -4
Overall Average Rating: 4.00

Comments:

"I loved learning about Alexander the Great and enjoyed Berry's writing and research. I found Irina Zovastina a fascinating character even though she was so wicked. If you love history with your adventure reads, you will definitely enjoy this series."

"I liked the story. I really want to know more about Alexader. I thought making Irina the bad guy was nice and creative. Usually the bad guy is the same character we've seen in so many books."

"I liked learning about Alexander the Great. Berry's writing and research was amazing. It was different to see a woman as the bad guy."

"I thought the ending was so unbelievable. I had to remember to keep my belief suspended."

"Too long and dragged in places."

"Didn't like Berry's portrayal of Cassiopeia or the boyfriend (gosh, I've already forgotten his name). This Cassiopeia was nothing like the woman we met in the prior book. Some of her behavior could have been explained away by her concern for what's his name, but her total meltdown, loss of common sense and lack critical thinking was too far out of character for me."

" Unbelievable ending. Cure to all the deadly viruses of the world found. Kumbaya. They all lived happily ever after (and there was even the hero and heroine fading away together into the sunset: well, taking a walk together. Same thing."

35Carol420
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Seeking The Dead by Kate Ellis

Book Discussion: https://www.librarything.com/groups/bookdiscussionseekin
Series: Joe Plantagenet Book #1
Publication Date: January 6, 2011

Book Description: When Carmel Hennessy begins a new job in North Yorkshire, she finds the historic city of Eborby gripped by fear. A killer is on the prowl - a killer who binds and asphyxiates his victims before leaving their naked bodies in isolated country churchyards. The press are calling him the Resurrection Man.

Tragic events from the past link Carmel with new-kid-on-the-block DI Joe Plantagenet, who, with his new boss, DCI Emily Thwaite, faces the unenviable task of identifying the killer before he claims another victim. The victims appear to have nothing in common but the manner of their deaths, but as Joe's investigations lead him to a pub with a sinister history, he is forced to consider that the case may have occult connections. Then Carmel becomes aware of a malevolent presence in her new flat and, when she starts to receive mysterious threats, it is Joe she turns to first. And that is when Joe is forced to get into the mind of a cunning - and scarily ruthless - killer.

Dates Read: December 26- December 30, 2016

Participants: (8) Andrew; Carol, Sergei, Lynda, Eadie, Brenda, Jen, Sushi
Ratings: Andrew -4.5; Carol -4.5; Sergei - 4.5; Lynda - 4; Eadie - 4.5; Brenda - 4 ; Jen- 4; Sushi- 4 :
Overall Average Rating: 4.81

Comments:

" I've been a long time fan of Ellis's Wesley Peterson series and had only read one or two from this one. I do believe that I have enjoyed this series as much or more than the Peterson series....which came as a bit of a surprise to me."

" The characters seem to have more substance and the plots moves along at a quicker pace. The structure of the plot is interesting and we learn of events from a number of different characters, including the killer. We are taken along parallel paths until events slowly start to merge and the killer is more easily identified. Great series and I would recommend it to all Kate Ellis fans or just someone that enjoys a good who-done-it."

"This was my first Kate Ellis book but it won't be my last. I found her writing to be very enjoyable and I loved her research about the city of York. Sounds like a very unique place to visit in the future. Her characters were very well-drawn and interesting."

"The plot was good with unexpected twists that kept the pages flying. I will definitely be reading more from this author in the future and highly recommend her books to those who love historical mysteries."

"I think Ellis managed to pull it all together in the end - with a nice twist about revealing the ghost's story."

"I thought it was all brought together nicely and I like the way even the ghost had a resolution."

36Carol420
Edited: Jan 19, 2017, 5:12pm Top

Plague Ship by Clive Cussler & Jack DuBrul

Book Discussion:https://www.librarything.com/groups/bookdiscussionplague
Series: Oregon File Book #5
Publication Date: February 24, 2009

Book Description: Captained by the rakish, one-legged Juan Cabrillo and manned by a crew of former military and spy personnel, the Oregon is a private enterprise, available for any government agency that can afford it. They've just completed a top secret mission against Iran in the Persian Gulf when they come across a cruise ship adrift at sea. Hundreds of bodies litter its deck, and, as Cabrillo tries to determine what happened, explosions rack the length of the ship. Barely able to escape with his own life and that of the liner’s sole survivor, Cabrillo finds himself plunged into a mystery as intricate – and as perilous – as any he has ever known and pitted against a cult with monstrously lethal plans for the human race . . . plans he may already be too late to stop

Dates Read: January 6, 2017 - January 11, 2017

Participants: (6) Andrew, Carol, Sergei, Lynda, Eadie, Brenda
Ratings: Andrew - 4; Carol- 4; Sergei -4; Lynda-4; Eadie - 4; Brenda -;
Overall Average Rating: 4.00 (missing 1 person)

Comments:

"I think there was too much time spent on some of the sections, like Max's escape. There was also a lot of time spent on weaponry descriptions that made to book longer, but not necessarily better."

"Great action. The authors kept us guessing what would happen next and that kept me reading. This series has a fantastic cast of characters and it was interesting to see the backgrounds of some of the lesser featured ones."

"Always an interesting ride that keeps me wanting to turn the page."

"I like reading about how they get out of tight situations and I also like the different areas they travel too."

"I enjoyed the link in with the ark and the cult link. Also enjoy the group of characters brought together and the wider group within this book."

37Carol420
Edited: Jan 22, 2017, 2:31pm Top

First Family by David Baldacci

Book Discussion: https://www.librarything.com/groups/bookdiscussionfirstf
Series: King & Maxwell Book #4
Publication Date: March 1 2010

Book Description: A daring kidnapping turns a children's birthday party at Camp David, the presidential retreat, into a national security nightmare.

Former Secret Service agents turned private investigators, Sean King and Michelle Maxwell don't want to get involved. But years ago Sean King saved the First Lady's husband, then a senator, from political disaster. Now the president's wife presses Sean and Michelle into a desperate search to rescue a kidnapped child. With Michelle still battling her own demons, the two are pushed to the limit, with forces aligned on all sides against them--and the line between friend and foe impossible to define . . . or defend.

Dates Read: January 14 2017 - January, 19, 2017

Participants: (9) Andrew; Carol; Lynda; Sergei; Bluebird; Eadie; sushi; gaylebutz; Brenda
Ratings: Andrew; Carol 4.5; Lynda 4.5; Sergei 4.5; Bluebird 4; Eadie 4.5; sushi 4; gaylebutz 3.5; Brenda;4
Overall Average Rating: 4.22

Comments:

"I'm not a fan of the storyline featuring Michelle's family. I think that could have been more adroitly managed in a different book."

"Baldacci is the king of the multi-plot. It's not just this series....a lot of is books have this. He usually does manage to tie everything up in the end."

"Sam was one of my favorite characters and the ending was much more compelling than I expected."

"I liked it and it had an exciting ending. Baldacci did a good job of only revealing a little bit at a time so it kept me wondering throughout the whole book. But it did have some unrealistic parts and the 2nd storyline was too long."

" I liked the story itself (taking down a sitting President?!) but also the fact that we've finally seen Michelle get rid of her demons and we've now got a cleaner path forward."

38Carol420
Edited: Feb 1, 2017, 4:42pm Top

The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza

Book Discussion: https://www.librarything.com/groups/bookdiscussionthegir
Series: Detective Erika Foster Book #1
Publication Date: February 16, 2016

Book Description: Her eyes are wide open. Her lips parted as if to speak. Her dead body frozen in the ice…She is not the only one. When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation.

The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound and dumped in water around London. What dark secrets is the girl in the ice hiding? As Erika inches closer to uncovering the truth, the killer is closing in on Erika.

The last investigation Erika led went badly wrong… resulting in the death of her husband. With her career hanging by a thread, Erika must now battle her own personal demons as well as a killer more deadly than any she’s faced before. But will she get to him before he strikes again?

Dates Read: January 26, 2017 - January 30, 2017

Participants: (8) Andrew, Carol, Lynda, Sergei, Eadie, Bluebird, Brenda, Jaret
Ratings: Andrew 3.5, Carol - 4.5, Lynda - 4, Sergei 3.5, Eadie - 4.5, Bluebird- 3.5, Brenda- 3.75, Jaret
Overall Average Rating:3.89 (missing 1 participant)

Comments:

"I liked the writing style, the characters and the plot line, so will continue with the series; but I hope Bryndza might decide to be more 'sharing' in future."

"I think Robert Bryndza is an excellent writer who can grip your attention from the beginning and keep you guessing throughout. I think his characters are well-drawn and captivating. I like that there was a lot of dialogue."

"I thought he did a great job of moving the narrative along. There wasn't a single section where I didn't want to read on."

"It was a good, dramatic ending, but for me it didn't make up for the lack of reader involvement in the story throughout. It had started out with such promise, but failed to draw me into a partnership with the author where I felt he wanted to share the Intel. This was a good book; it could have been a very good book."

"I also really like his character development. I do look forward to spending more time with Erika and hope the rest of the police officers come with her."

"Good story. Interesting characters...really liked Erika, Moss, Peterson and Crane...even Wolff
Kept the reader guessing."

39Carol420
Edited: Feb 13, 2017, 7:32am Top

Long Time Coming by Robert Goddard

Book Discussion:https://www.librarything.com/groups/bookdiscussionlongti
Series: Standalone
Publication Date: March 2, 2010

Book Description: Stephen Swan is amazed when he hears that the uncle he thought had been killed in the Blitz is actually alive. For nearly four decades, Eldritch Swan has been locked away in an Irish prison and now, at last, has been released. Shocked and suspicious, Stephen listens to the old man’s story and is caught up in a tale that begins at the dawn of World War II, when Eldritch worked for an Antwerp diamond dealer with a trove of Picassos—highly valuable paintings that later disappeared. Stephen, who finds his uncle by turns devious, charming, and brazen, then meets Rachel Banner, a beautiful American who may have inherited the Picassos—and is determined to see justice done for her family. But in this tale of revenge and redemption, justice is the ultimate illusion. Eldritch, Stephen, and the woman Stephen has fallen in love with soon find themselves fighting for their lives—against sinister forces still guarding a secret that must never be revealed.

Dates Read: February 2017 - February 2017

Participants: (9) Andrew,Sergei, Lynda, Eadie, Sushi, Bluebird, Brenda, Joni (LadyJ71) Carol(Later)
Ratings: Andrew -5; Sergei -5; Lynda -5, Eadie -5, Sushi - 4, Bluebird -4, Brenda - 4; Carol-4.5; Joni-5;
Overall Average Rating: 4.6

Comments:

"I liked the ending of the book. I was also glad that Goddard gave us the picture of when Linley and Eldritch were in college together. I thought everything was pretty well tied up in the end. Very good job by Goddard."

"Great complex plot, very interesting characters that were well-drawn, twists, turns and surprises, great history research and a visit to England, Ireland and Belgium."

"Captivating from the very beginning, loved the twists and turns that kept you guessing the whole way through. I always like books that I can learn things from and this one had lots of historical events and geography. And I agree, great storytelling!!"

"What I've come to expect from Robert Goddard: a complex plot, a mystery to unveil slowly, a bit of history, some action - in short a gripping read."

"Complex but believable plot, great characters, and an interesting glimpse into Irish history during WWII."

"interesting story - good job of weaving the past with the current. complex characters."

40Carol420
Edited: Feb 19, 2017, 8:20am Top

The Charlemagne Pursuit by Steve Berry

Book Discussion: https://www.librarything.com/groups/bookdiscussionthecha
Series: Cotton Malone Book #4
Publication Date: November 24, 2009

Book Description: As a child, former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone was told that his father died in a submarine disaster in the North Atlantic. But what he now learns stuns him: His father’s sub was a secret nuclear vessel lost on a highly classified mission beneath the ice shelves of Antarctica.

Twin sisters Dorothea Lindauer and Christl Falk are also determined to find out what became of their father, who died on the same submarine–and they know something Malone doesn’t: Inspired by strange clues discovered in Charlemagne’s tomb, the Nazis explored Antarctica before the Americans. Now Malone discovers that cryptic journals penned in “the language of heaven,” conundrums posed by an ancient historian, and his father’s ill-fated voyage are all tied to a revelation of immense consequence for humankind. As Malone embarks on a dangerous quest with the sisters, he will finally confront the shocking truth of his father’s death and the distinct possibility of his own.

Dates Read: February 11, 2017 - February 17, 2017

Participants: (7) Andrew, Carol, Lynda, Eadie, Bluebird, Sergei, Brenda,
Ratings: Andrew-3; Carol -3; Lynda 2.5;- Eadie -3.5; Sergei - 3.5; Bluebird 2.5; - Brenda -3.25
Overall Average Rating: 3.04
Comments:

"The writing was choppy and the action moved from one subplot to another. There were several separate plot lines going on, none of them compelling. The characters are neither likable nor their motivations believable."

"Make the story shorter and more pacy; make every word move the story along."

"The story needed to be shorter. Don't jump around so much in the timeline. Put Cotton with his crew that he usually works with and give us some likable characters."

"I honestly thought that Ramsey and Smith were actually the best characters in the entire book. You could always look forward to seeing what new evil they would carry out. "

41Carol420
Edited: Mar 1, 2017, 8:50am Top

Natural Causes by James Oswald

Book Discussion:https://www.librarything.com/groups/bookdiscussionnatura
Series: Detective Inspector MacLean Book #1
Publication Date: March 4, 2014

Book Description:A young girl's mutilated body is discovered in a room that has lain sealed for the last sixty years. Her remains are carefully arranged in what seems to have been a macabre ritual. For newly appointed Edinburgh Detective Inspector Tony McLean, this baffling cold case ought to be a low priority, but he is haunted by the young victim and her grisly death. Meanwhile, the city is horrified by a series of bloody killings—deaths for which there appears to be neither rhyme nor reason, and which leave Edinburgh's police at a loss.

McLean is convinced that these deaths are somehow connected to the terrible ceremonial killing of the girl, all those years ago. It is an irrational theory. And one that will lead McLean closer to the heart of a terrifying and ancient evil . . .

Dates Read: February 21 - February 25, 2017

Participants:(9) Andrew, Carol, Jen, Eadie, Lynda, Sergei, Brenda, Sushi, Bluebird
Ratings: Andrew-4, Carol-4, Jen-, Eadie-4, Lynda-4, Sergei -4, Brenda-4, Sushi -4, Bluebird-4
Overall Average Rating: 4.6 (1 missing)

Comments:

"I really liked his writing a lot and his characters were well drawn. The plot was good but I agree with what the author said that the short story from which this book was derived was more for a horror or supernatural tale."

"Good writing, likable/interesting main character (McLean) and supporting characters (Cadwaller, McBride, Emma, even Grumpy Bob), interesting story."

"Well written and some interesting characters."

"I agree that these books were very well crafted with great characterisation and an interesting plot that moved along well. Had trouble keeping up with the body count at one point. Wish Alison Kydd hadn't been killed. 😢"

42Carol420
Edited: Mar 25, 2017, 10:26am Top

The Distant Echo by Val McDermid

Book Discussion:https://www.librarything.com/groups/bookdiscussionthedis
Series: Karen Pirie Book #1
Publication Date: May 23, 2003

Book Description:It was a winter morning in 1978, that the body of a young barmaid was discovered in the snow banks of a Scottish cemetery. The only suspects in her brutal murder were the four young men who found her: Alex Gilbey and his three best friends. With no evidence but her blood
on their hands, no one was ever charged. Twenty five years later, the Cold Case file on Rosie Duff has been reopened. For Alex and his friends, the investigation has also opened old wounds, haunting memories-and new fears. For a stranger has emerged from the shadows with his own ideas about justice. And revenge. When two of Alex's friends die under suspicious circumstances, Alex knows that he and his innocent family are the next targets. And there's only way to save them: return to the cold-blooded past and uncover the startling truth about the murder. For there lies the identity of an avenging killer.

Dates Read: March 3, 2017 - March 8, 2017

Participants:(5) Andrew, Carol, Brenda, Eadie, Lynda
Ratings: Andrew -3.5; Carol -4; Brenda- 3.75; Eadie -4.5; Lynda -4
Overall Average Rating: 3.95

Comments:

"I thought it was very well written and easy to read. Held my interest until the very end. I loved all the characters too and thought they were well-drawn and the plot was very exciting."

"I liked the setting and the characters. They were people that the reader could care about."

"I thought it held my attention after a confusing start. I liked the setting."

"It was too easy to guess the killer of Rosie and I don't think you can really consider this book as book 1 of the Karen Pirie series as she was not in the book too much except towards the ending." (spoiler deleted from quote by Carol)

"I thought having four characters with nicknames and given names was confusing. The killer was too obvious. Karen Pirie, what little we saw of her, was not very likable."

"I liked the characters and was interested in them.
the story line was interesting and I liked how it was done through both the 1970's timeline and the present cold case."

43Carol420
Edited: Mar 25, 2017, 10:24am Top

Playing With Bones by Kate Ellis

Book Discussion:https://www.librarything.com/groups/bookdiscussionplayin
Series: The Joe Plantagenet series Book #2
Publication Date: July 9, 2010

Book Description: Three seemingly separate cases quickly become entangled, and DI Joe Plantagenet must sort them out before more lives are lost. Singmass Close has a sinister past, reputedly haunted by the ghosts of children. In the 1950s it was the hunting ground of the Doll Strangler, a ruthless killer who was never brought to justice. Now DI Joe Plantagenet wonders whether a copycat killer is at work when the strangled body of teenager Natalie Parkes is found with a mutilated doll lying by her side. With the recent disappearance of a young female model and an escaped convict at large, this new, horrific murder stretches Joe’s team to their limit. But as the bodies start mounting up and Joe’s questioning brings him closer to the real strangler, he comes to suspect a shocking connection between all three cases.

Dates Read: March 15, 2017 - March 19, 2017

Participants: (6) Andrew, Carol, Lynda, Eadie, Sergei, Brenda
Ratings: Andrew-4.25; Carol-4; Lynda- 4; Eadie-5; Sergei-4.5; Brenda-4.25;
Overall Average Rating: 4.33

Comments:

"I liked all the characters and I liked the fact that all the storylines of the plot were interconnected."

"I like the characters - especially Joe. He seems to be a good cop as well as a good guy.
I warmed up to Emily in this book as she came across a little more human and caring. The style is easy to read and gave you a chance to solve the crime."

"The writing is well done, and the setting is very vivid. I'm not a fan of paranormal suspense and the author does a great job of keeping the focus on the police procedural with just a smidgen of ghostly activity."

"The characters in this series are great....especially Joe. I love the Wesley Peterson series but these two cops are so different. The supernatural aspects also a seller for me. I'm a sucker for a good ghost story but I know that not everyone shares that opinion. Ellis gives the ghost loving reader the ghost but not so much that it's the main theme of the book. I also like the way that Kate Ellis makes even the seeming opposite and irrelevant events throughout the story come together in the end."

"I like Ellis's writing style: it makes for a smooth, easy read.
I like that she gives her readers lots of information to work with, so that we have a good chance of solving the case ourselves!"

44Carol420
Edited: Mar 31, 2017, 6:53am Top

The Forbidden Tomb by Chris Kuzneski

Book Discussion: https://www.librarything.com/groups/bookdiscussionthefor
Series: The Hunters Book #2
Publication Date: April 24, 2014

Book Description: THE TREASURE: For nearly two thousand years, the legendary tomb of Alexander the Great—and the extraordinary riches concealed within—has remained undiscovered, but recent events may hold the key to locating the fabled vault. Only one team has what it takes to solve the mystery that has plagued historians for centuries.

THE MISSION:
The Hunters—an elite group assembled by an enigmatic billionaire to locate the world’s greatest treasures—are tasked with finding the tomb. Following clues to Alexandria, they encounter hostile forces that will do anything to stop them. Before long, the treasure hunt becomes a deadly rescue mission that will take the lives of hundreds and leave a city in ruins.

THE PRIZE:
As the danger continues to mount, will they rise to the challenge? Or will the team be killed before they find the ultimate prize?

Dates Read: March 24, 2017 - March 29, 2017

Participants: Andrew, Carol, Eadie, Lynda, Sergei, Brenda
Ratings: Andrew- 4.5, Carol-4, Eadie-4.5, Lynda 4-, Sergei - 4.25 , Brenda -4
Overall Average Rating: 4.17

Comments:

"A little bit of a slow start. Someone might lose interest before they get to the good parts.
Could have been a bit shorter of a book."

"I wish he would make his team act more like professionals..or at least more mature...instead of a bunch of teenagers. I also could have used less info about explosives and weapons...put overall there was nothing that really distracted from the enjoyment of the story."

"I always like the history element from Kuzneski. His characters have grown in this book."

"I liked the history elements. The story had lots of surprises. I like the treasure hunt aspect."

"Kuzneski needs to work on his dialogue. In addition to the snarkiness, the dialogue often seemed forced and awkward. The pacing could have been a little tighter - there were long slow spots with bursts of action."

"I liked the history elements. The story had lots of surprises. I like the treasure hunt aspect."

"Definitely the history was a strength, and the Group grew on me more in this book. Overall the plot was good, interesting to find a bit more about the links in the books which makes it more interesting."

45Carol420
Edited: Apr 15, 2017, 2:13pm Top

The Executioner by Chris Carter

Book Discussion: https://www.librarything.com/groups/bookdiscussiontheexe
Series: Robert Hunter series Book #2
Publication Date: February 28, 2011

Book Description: Inside a Los Angeles church, on the altar steps, lies the blood-soaked, decapitated body of a priest. Carefully positioned, legs stretched out, arms crossed over the chest, the most horrifying thing of all is that the priest's head has been replaced by that of a dog. Later, the forensic team discover that, on the victim's chest, the figure 3 has been scrawled in blood. At first, Detective Robert Hunter believes that this is a ritualistic killing. But as more bodies surface, he is forced to reassess. All the victims died in the way they feared the most. Their worst nightmares have literally come true. But how could the killer have known? And what links these apparently random victims? Hunter finds himself on the trail of an elusive and sadistic killer, somone who apparently has the power to read his victims' minds. Someone who can sense what scares his victims the most. Someone who will stop at nothing to achieve his goal.

Dates Read: April 9, 2017 - April 13, 2017

Participants: (8) - Andrew, Carol, Sergei, Lynda, Eadie, Brenda, Sushi, Bluebird
Ratings: Andrew - 5; Carol- 5; Sergei - 5 ; Lynda -5; Eadie - 5; Brenda - 4 ; Sushi- 3.4; Bluebird - 4 ;
Overall Average Rating: 4.55

Comments:

"This series is not for the faint of heart or those with a weak stomach."

" All the chapters are short, so don't let the 143 chapters be a turn off. Each and every one has a cliffhanger ending that will drive you on to the next and the next and the next."

"Great writing and exciting plot. Interesting characters and a very surprise ending."

"I liked the characters and the plot was phenomenally conceived."

"It was a decent story, well written. The author kept the story moving along, no time to get bored."

"Pacing, plotting, characters, the abundance of clues (even if we picked up on the wrong ones), the whole feel of the books. Very good books overall despite the grittiness."

46Carol420
Edited: Apr 24, 2017, 6:14am Top

Corsair by Clive Cussler & Jack DuBurl

Book Discussion: https://www.librarything.com/groups/bookdiscussioncorsai
Series: Oregon Files Book #6
Publication Date: February 23, 2010

Book Description: Corsairs are pirates, and pirates come in many different varieties. There are the pirates who fought off the Barbary Coast in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the contemporary pirates who infest the waters of Africa and Asia, and the pirates...who look like something else. When the U.S. secretary of state’s plane crashes while bringing her to a summit meeting in Libya, the CIA, distrusting the Libyans, hire Juan Cabrillo to search for her, and their misgivings are well founded. The crew locates the plane, but the secretary of state has vanished. It turns out Libya’s new foreign minister has other plans for the conference, plans that Cabrillo cannot let happen. But what does it all have to do with a two- hundred- year-old naval battle and the centuries-old Islamic scrolls that the Libyans seem so determined to find? The answers will lead him full circle into history, and into another pitched battle on the sea, this time against Islamic terrorists, and with the fate of nations resting on its outcome.

Dates Read: April 18, 2017 - April 23, 2017

Participants: (6) Andrew, Gayle, Lynda, Sergei, Eadie, Brenda
Ratings: Andrew - 3.5; Gayle - 3.5; Lynda - 3.5; Sergei - 4.5; Eadie - 4; Brenda - 3.75 ;
Overall Average Rating: 3.79

Comments:

"I thought the ending was pretty interesting and tied things up pretty well."

"I thought the ending was really rushed and I found it unbelievable. I try to suspend my belief but the whole broken jewel, drop of blood thing was just too convenient for me to believe."

"It was all just a bit of fun for me."

"The whole storyline with the jewel and the blood seemed pretty sketchy. The idea of the blood is very interesting but it did feel like it was just thrown in at the end."

"I quite enjoyed the ending of the book, but the ending of the book linked to the blood was a bit too perfect but hey it's a story. I felt the last section was a good section overall."

"I really enjoy the writing, the authors paint a great picture, easy to see in my mind's eye."

"I enjoy the writing overall and the plotting, as well as the connection to the historical event at the beginning. "

"I liked all the characters and the bits of humor here and there. The writing is good, especially about the action, creating a lot of excitement."

47Carol420
Edited: May 10, 2017, 11:52am Top

Last Bus To Woodstock by Colin Dexter

Book Discussion: http://www.librarything.com/groups/bookdiscussionlastbu
Series: Inspector Morse Book #1
Publication Date: January 1, 1975 - has been republished in other formats at later dates.

Book Description: Beautiful Sylvia Kaye and another young woman had been seen hitching a ride not long before Sylvia's bludgeoned body is found outside a pub in Woodstock, near Oxford. Morse is sure the other hitchhiker can tell him much of what he needs to know. But his confidence is shaken by the cool inscrutability of the girl he's certain was Sylvia's companion on that ill-fated September evening. Shrewd as Morse is, he's also distracted by the complex scenarios that the murder set in motion among Sylvia's girlfriends and their Oxford playmates. To grasp the painful truth, and act upon it, requires from Morse the last atom of his professional discipline.

Dates Read: April 27, 2017-April 30, 2017

Participants:(9) Andrew, Carol, Sergei, Lynda, Eadie, Sushi, Brenda, Hope' Bluebird'
Ratings: Andrew- 4; Carol - 3.5; Sergei -4; Lynda - 3; Eadie - 4; Sushi - 3; Brenda -3; Hope -; Bluebird -3;
Overall Average Rating: 3.06 (don't have Hope's rating)

Comments:

"Characters were unique and plot was interesting. Short book with a lot packed into it. Some twists, turns and surprises that kept things moving. I liked the puzzle aspects of the book too."

"I thought the author did a good job of describing his scenarios."

"Intelligent writing; author not afraid to have a flawed main character; surprising outcome to the plot."

"I liked the plot overall, but was not particularly impressed with the way it was told (not so much the writing, which I liked, but rather way the story was told)."

"I would like to see Morse treating Lewis better. I didn't like the old men following after the young girls and I found Morse's behaviour undesirable."

"Slow start that stayed that way for most of the book."

"I would have liked the characters to be a bit less erratic. While I like a person to be torn between conflicting emotions, I found some behaviors less than credible. I don't think things have changed that much since the 70s."

"I would have liked to be included a bit more in the investigative process. The investigation was sloppy at the beginning, and later we were left too much in the dark as to what Morse was thinking/doing. Additionally, I wish Dexter had tried to make his character's actions more believable."

48Carol420
Edited: Jun 1, 2017, 4:20pm Top

The Sixth Man by David Baldacci

Book Discussion: www.librarything.com/groups/bookdiscussionthesix
Series: King & Maxwell Book#5
Publication Date: March 1, 2012

Book Description: Edgar Roy--an alleged serial killer held in a secure, fortress-like Federal Supermax facility-is awaiting trial. He faces almost certain conviction. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are called in by Roy's attorney, Sean's old friend and mentor Ted Bergin, to help work the case. But their investigation is derailed before it begins--en route to their first meeting with Bergin, Sean and Michelle find him murdered. It is now up to them to ask the questions no one seems to want answered: Is Roy a killer? Who murdered Bergin? With help from some surprising allies, they continue to pursue the case. But the more they dig into Roy's past, the more they encounter obstacles, half-truths, dead-ends, false friends, and escalating threats from every direction. Their persistence puts them on a collision course with the highest levels of the government and the darkest corners of power. In a terrifying confrontation that will push Sean and Michelle to their limits, the duo may be permanently parted.

Dates Read: May 5, 2017 - May 10, 2017

Participants: (8) Andrew, Carol, Sergei, Lynda, Eadie, Brenda, Sushi, Bluebird
Ratings: Andrew 4, Carol 4.5, Sergei 4, Lynda 4.5, Eadie 4, Brenda 4, Sushi 3.75, Bluebird 4,
Overall Average Rating: 4.09

Comments:

"A bit plodding in places, sometimes felt like a geography lesson... Or swimming through alphabet soup..."

"I find the villains too simply drawn and they fall apart too easily."

"I thought it was a very readable story with interesting characters."

"Very complex plot with lots of action. Love the characters of King & Maxwell."

49Carol420
Edited: Jun 1, 2017, 4:18pm Top

The Paris Vendetta by Steve Berry

Book Discussion: www.librarything.com/groups/bookdiscussionthepar
Series: Cotton Malone Book #5
Publication Date: July 27, 2010

Book Description: When Napoleon Bonaparte died in exile in 1821, he took to the grave a powerful secret. As general and emperor, he had stolen immeasurable riches from palaces, national treasuries, and even the Knights of Malta and the Vatican. In his final days, his British captors hoped to learn where the loot lay hidden. But he told them nothing, and in his will he made no mention of the treasure. Or did he? Former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone isn't looking for trouble when it comes knocking at his Copenhagen bookshop. Actually, it breaks and enters in the form of an American Secret Service agent with a pair of assassins on his heels. Malone has his doubts about the anxious young man, but narrowly surviving a ferocious firefight convinces him to follow his unexpected new ally. Their first stop is the secluded estate of Malone's good friend, Henrik Thorvaldsen. The wily Danish tycoon has uncovered the insidious plans of the Paris Club, a cabal of multimillionaires bent on manipulating the global economy. Only by matching wits with a terrorist-for-hire, foiling a catastrophic attack, and plunging into a desperate hunt for Napoleon's legendary lost treasure can Malone hope to avert international financial anarchy. But Thorvaldsen's real objective is much more personal: to avenge the murder of his son by the larcenous aristocrat at the heart of the conspiracy. Thorvaldsen's vendetta places Malone in an impossible quandary—one that forces him to choose between friend and country, past and present. Starting in Denmark, moving to England, and ending up in the storied streets and cathedrals of Paris, Malone plays a breathless game of duplicity and death, all to claim a prize of untold value. But at what cost?

Dates Read: May 18, 2017 - May 22, 2017

Participants: (7) Andrew, Carol, Sergei, Lynda, Eadie, Bluebird, Brenda
Ratings: Andrew - 3.5; Carol - 3.5; Sergei -3.75; Lynda -3.5 ;Eadie - 4; Bluebird - 3 ; Brenda -:
Overall Average Rating: 3.5

Comments:

"It was a good story and was told very close to the actual historical events. Cotton is always a good character and I did like Sam a lot. "

"It was an interesting concept set in an exotic locale."

"Liked The historical aspects about Napoleon."

"There were too many long, draw out descriptions of the buildings and scenery. The "good guys" had too many close calls. Henrik's revenge driven plot didn't really fit the character we've come to know. Cotton was a more of a secondary character in this adventure."

"Berry should not make the action scenes so confusing."

"I found the historical information interesting - if a bit too much as it slowed down the story too much."

50Carol420
Edited: Jun 3, 2017, 8:32am Top

Coffin Road by Peter May

Book Discussion: https://www.librarything.com/topic/258432#6065110
Series: Standalone
Publication Date: October 4, 2016

Book Description: In his latest mystery set in Scotland and the Outer Hebrides, award-winning author Peter May spins a tale about three disparate cases that may or may not be linked...
On the remote Isle of Harris in Scotland's Outer Hebrides, a man washes up on a deserted beach, hypothermic and completely disoriented. He has no idea who he is or how he got there. The only clue to his condition is a map of the island showing a desolate, ancient path called the Coffin Road. With a sense of dread and no clear idea what lies at the other end, he knows he must follow the trail if he has any hope of discovering his identity. Meanwhile, homicide detective George Gunn makes the rough ocean crossing to a remote, sea-battered lighthouse on a rock in the northern Atlantic, twenty miles west of the Outer Hebrides, to investigate a brutal murder. Despite its isolation, the tiny island has seen its share of tragedy: more than a century earlier, three lighthouse keepers disappeared, never to be seen or heard from again. And now there is a new tragedy, and Gunn must figure out what happened.
At the same time, a teenage girl lies in her Edinburgh bedroom, desperate to discover the truth about her father's death. Two years after the discovery of the pioneering scientist's suicide note, Karen Fleming still cannot accept that her father would willingly abandon her. And the more she discovers about the nature of his research, the more she suspects that suicide had nothing to do with it.

Dates Read: May 27, 2017 - May 31, 2017

Participants & Ratings (8) Andrew - 4.5, Carol 4.5, Sergei- 4.5, Eadie - 5, Bluebird- 4.5, Lynda - 4.5, Sushi - 4.4, Brenda - 4.25
Overall Average Rating: 4.51

Comments:

"The writing was amazing, May was able to bring the reader into the story and the plot was unique and interesting."

"I loved the writing and the atmospheric feel. There was a lot of suspense, particularly at the beginning."

"Peter May has an amazing talent of bringing to reader to the story and not just the story to the reader. He also does a great deal of research and gets his facts right."

"May's writing is the best. His descriptions make you feel like you are there witnessing everything.
I like the characters too. Some goodies and some baddies. The plot was very interesting and we learned about the bees and the pesticides impacting them. Great suspense in the story with twists and turns."

"An impressive piece of writing all round, excellent picture painting and many interesting characters. At no point in the story did I feel 'This aside is boring, take me back to the main plot.I loved this reading experience."

"I felt like after the stellar first half, the second half was a bit slower. It might be because I didn't care for the Karen character that much and there was a lot of focus on her part of the story."

51Carol420
Edited: Jul 3, 2017, 6:42am Top

The Prisoner's Gold by Chris Kuzenski

Book Discussion:https://www.librarything.com/groups/bookdiscussionthepri
Series: The Hunters Book #3
Publication Date: October 8, 2015

Book Description: At the end of the 13th century, Chinese Emperor Kublai Khan gave an Italian merchant unfettered access to his kingdom. The traveler was Marco Polo, and his journey would become legendary. Aided by a special passport that protected him throughout the land, Polo amassed unbelievable wealth and hid it before his return to Italy. To this day, the location of his treasure remains a mystery.

Dates Read: June 7, 2017 - June 2017

Participants & Ratings: (5) Andrew 4.5; Sergei; 3.5 Lynda; 4.25 Eadie; 5 Brenda 4.25;
Overall Average Rating: 4.35

Comments:

PROS:
"I liked the history, of course. There was lots of action and excitement. Great characters. Just enough humor without being silly."

"I liked learning about Marco Polo.
I liked the fact that they seemed more of a cohesive group.
I liked the fact that Papi is helping them more instead of spying on them.
I liked the areas that they traveled to: Florence, China, Tibet, and Sri Lanka.
I liked Kuzneski's humor and his writing."

"The history, the characters now, and the fact they are now a tight cohesive group."

CONS:
"Could have used less technical terms and kept the action scenes more understandable for us who are not use to the technology of war."

"I felt like there was too much jumping around from country to country."

"I wanted a bit more information about Marco Polo, quite lacking on that in the end."

52Carol420
Edited: Jul 2, 2017, 10:20am Top

The Book of Souls by James Oswald

Book Discussion:https://www.librarything.com/groups/bookdiscussionthebo2
Series: Inspector McLean Book #2
Publication Date: June 22, 2012 Reprint July 1 2016

Book Description: Each year for ten years, a young woman’s body was found in Edinburgh at Christmastime: naked, throat slit, body washed clean. The final victim, Kirsty Summers, was Detective Constable Tony McLean's fiancee. But the Christmas Killer made a mistake, and McLean put an end to the brutal killing spree. It’s now twelve years later. A fellow prisoner has just murdered the incarcerated Christmas Killer. But with the arrival of the festive season comes a body. A young woman: naked, washed, her throat cut. Is this a copycat killer? Was the wrong man behind bars all this time? Or is there a more frightening explanation? McLean must revisit the most disturbing case of his life and discover what he missed before the killer strikes again.

Dates Read: June 19, 2017 - June 25, 2017

Participants & Ratings: (7) Andrew -4.5; Sergei-5; Lynda-4; Eadie-4.5; Brenda -4; Bluebird-4; Sushi- 4; Carol (later) 5
Overall Average Rating: 4.33
Comments:

Pros:

"The book is well-written, has a good pace and interesting characters and the storyline was interesting"

"I love the setting and the medieval feel that Oswald gives the city. The characters are very interesting and well developed. There is only a slight paranormal feel which I find more believable than most."

"I like Tony and his team and the setting and the mystery."

Cons:

"Dagwwood is way overdone."

"There were a couple of items that were left open and left me wondering."

"I found the fire plot to be less interesting than the murder plot."

"Too many things unresolved. There was really only one suspect, so rather predictable. Some characters, like Dagwood, are overdone."

53Carol420
Edited: Jul 11, 2017, 6:35am Top

The Night Stalker by Chris Carter

Book Discussion:https://www.librarything.com/groups/bookdiscussionnights
Series: Robert Hunter Book #3
Publication Date: March 1, 2012

Book Description: An unidentified female body brought into the LA County morgue bears no marks except for the fact that her lips have been stitched shut. But what shocks the pathologist most is that the killer has left something inside. Detective Robert Hunter is called in to investigate.

Dates Read: June 30, 2017 - July 4, 2017

Participants & Ratings: (7) Andrew-4;- Carol - 4.5; Sergei-4; Lynda- 4; Bluebird - 3; Brenda- 3.5; Eadie - 4; Sushi - 3.5;
Overall Average Rating: 4.36

Comments;

PROS:

"I like Robert's investigation skills and his ability to root out the explanations. The killers means of killing was also interesting. Overall I liked the book and I like the characters."

"I like the Hunter/Garcia relationship. The plots are very creative, albeit grisly."

"I like Hunter and Garcia - they're both interesting characters and the storylines are interesting and generally have a good pace. Also the killings are pretty unique"

"I liked learning about Hunter when he was a child. Also the relationship between Hunter and Garcia."

"I also particularly like the relationship between Hunter and Garcia. The book starts off with a bang and the pacing and storyline makes one want to keep turning pages."

CONS:

"Carter could have let us in more on what Robert was thinking and what he found out at the end of several chapters. I felt he left us in the dark for too long."

"There was a lot more focus on the gratuitous violence than putting together a mystery we could solve."

"I was okay with some of the "cliffhanger-y" suspense items at the end of the chapters but Carter could have let us in a little bit more. The books focus a lot on the gore and not as much as they could on the manhunt or investigative process."

"I prefer a book where I can try to get into the head of the lead investigator. It was hard to do with so much information being held back. I got really irritated by being told that Hunter knows something but the author won't fill in the reader until later in the book."

54Carol420
Edited: Jul 27, 2017, 5:52am Top

Kissing the Demons by Kate Ellis

Book Discussion: https://www.librarything.com/groups/bookdiscussionkissin
Series: Joe Plantagenet series Book #3
Publication Date: July 1, 20111

Book Description: Thirteen Torland Place is a house with a disturbing past. When a student living there is found murdered, DI Joe Plantagenet wonders whether her death has anything to do with its grim history. Then other, similar deaths come to light and he fears that a ruthless serial killer is at work. Could the deaths be connected to Obediah Shrowton, an executed murderer whose presence still seems to linger in the house? Or is there a yet more sinister and dangerous explanation?

Dates Read: July 22, 2017 - July 2017

Participants & Ratings: (6) Andrew -4.5; Carol-4 ; Lynda-4;Sergei-4.5; Brenda -3.5; Eadie -4;

Overall Average Rating: 4.08

Comments:

PROS:
"I liked the supernatural aspect...of course. The investigation was well carried out also and the cops didn't do stupid things."

"Murderers were a complete surprises. People were not who we thought they were. We learned more about Joe's relationship with his wife."

"interesting characters, good writing style, more info on Joe."

"I like the writing style, Ellis never wastes words on irrelevant stuff."

"I liked the feel of the book, the writing, the characters and the inter connectedness of both sets of events. I also quite like the ghostly element."

CONS:

"Less complicated plot."

"I didn't particularly like any of the secondary characters but I don't really have any complaints."

"maybe a little more excitement at the end?"

55Carol420
Edited: Aug 6, 2017, 6:32pm Top

The Silent Sea by Clive Cussler

Book Discussion: https://www.librarything.com/groups/bookdiscussionthesil
Series: Oregon Files Book #7
Publication Date: February 22, 2011

Book Description: On December 7, 1941, five brothers exploring a shaft on a small island off the coast of Washington state make an exciting discovery, only to be interrupted by news of Pearl Harbor. In the present, Cabrillo, chasing the remnants of a crashed satellite in the Argentine jungle, makes a shocking discovery of his own. His search to untangle the mystery leads him first to that small island and its secret, and then much further back, to an ancient Chinese expedition, and a curse that seems to have survived for over five hundred years. If Cabrillo’s team is successful in its quest, the reward could be incalculable. If not...the only reward is death.

Dates Read: August 1, 2017 - August 2017

Participants & Ratings: (6) Andrew 4; - Carol 4;- Sergei 3.5; - Lynda 4; - Brenda 4; Eadie 4;
Overall Average Rating: 3.92

Comments:

PROS:

"I always like the way history and fiction combine to make an interesting story."

"I liked how all the parts came together too. Also was interesting learning about China coming before Columbus."

"There was more character growth...The story was interesting - maybe a little more so because it was a little more relatable to me than some of the ones we've read in the Middle East or Asia and
I liked the way the individual story lines connected a little faster than usual and that the opening sequence (with the Oregon) was actually part of the ongoing story line rather than a completely separate incident."

CONS:

"A little shorter action scenes. These two authors seem to run these parts on for countless pages. I also would have liked to have know how Juan got out of his scrape."

"Too much technical information but I guess it fills pages."

56Carol420
Edited: Aug 23, 2017, 6:16am Top

Take No Farewell by Robert Goddard

Book Discussion: https://www.librarything.com/groups/bookdiscussiontakeno
Series: Standalone
Publication Date: September 5, 2011

Book Description: Geoffrey Staddon had never forgotten the house called Clouds Frome, his first important commission and the best thing he had ever done as an architect. Twelve years before the day in September 1923 when a paragraph in the newspaper made his blood run cold, he had turned his back on it for the last time, turned his back on the woman he loved, and who loved him. But when he read that Consuela Caswell had been charged with murder by poisoning he knew, with a certainty that defied the great divide of all those years, that she could not be guilty. As the remorse and shame of his own betrayal of her came flooding back, he knew too that he could not let matters rest. And when she sent her own daughter to him, pleading for help, he knew that he must return at last to Clouds Frome and to the dark secret that it held.

Dates Read: August 11, 2017 - August 16, 2017

Participants & Ratings: (8) Andrew - 5; Carol - 5; Sergei - 5; Lynda - 5; Eadie -5 : Brenda -; Sushi -;Bluebird -;
Overall Average Rating: 5.00 (Lack 3 ratings)

Comments:

PROS: "Goddard's writing cannot be beat by any other author. The plot was believable and well written. That characters were so well developed."

"The devious plot, The fascinating characters, evil people, surprise ending and excellent writing"

"I loved the characters...even the ones that I hated. To be able to make readers feel so many emotions is a real testament to Goddard's ability to share a story. The ending bordered on shock. I
wouldn't have seen that one at all."

"Goddard is a master at his craft; excellent story, from beginning to end."

CONS:

"The authorities also could not have been so dense and seemingly incompetent. Again...emotions. Good job Mr. Goddard."

"Angela could have married Turnbull and then found out what a piece of goods he really was."

57Carol420
Edited: Aug 31, 2017, 10:16am Top

The Innocent by David Baldacci

Book Discussion: https://www.librarything.com/groups/bookdiscussiontheinn
Series: Will Robie Book #1
Publication Date: February 26, 2013

Book Description: It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable. He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people. Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a fourteen-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway-her parents were murdered, and her own life is in danger. Against all of his professional habits, Robie rescues her and finds he can't walk away. He needs to help her. Even worse, the more Robie learns about the girl, the more he's convinced she is at the center of a vast cover-up, one that may explain her parents' deaths and stretch to unimaginable levels of power. Now, Robie may have to step out of the shadows in order to save this girl's life and perhaps his own.

Dates Read: August 23, 2017 - August 28, 2017

Participants & Ratings:(8) Andrew - 4.5; Carol - 5; Sergei -4.5; Lynda -4.5; Eadie -5; Jen -5; Bluebird -; Brenda - 4;
Overall Average Rating: 4.64 without Bluebird's rating

Comments:

PROS:
"I really liked Robie, Vance and Julie. The struggle Robie was having over his job and what he still wanted to do with his life and the pace and the action."

"I loved the characters, the pace of the book, the short chapters, the action without being too much."

"I like this series and John Puller the most. I enjoy King and Maxwell, Camel Club and Amos Decker, even though I didn't care for the most recent book, The Fix."

"Good, three-dimensional characters; interesting plot; nice writing style."

"I liked Robie, Vance and Julie and found them to be be well rounded characters. I liked the plot and found it interesting. I liked Baldacci's writing and the short chapters."

CONS:
"I don't think Baldacci does as well with dialogue as he should and some of those scenes could have been cleaned up - they were too forced. This story was convoluted but once explained it made sense - maybe a little more clarity/connection."

"Maybe a little more character development, I liked them so much I wanted to know more about them."

"I like to get a workable clue now and again, just to keep me involved in the plot."

"I felt a little clueless and lost throughout the whole book and would like to have a few more clues dropped so that we have a chance to know a little about what is going on."

58Carol420
Edited: Jan 18, 2018, 5:11pm Top

The Emperors Tomb by Steve Berry

Book Discussion: https://www.librarything.com/groups/bookdiscussiontheem2
Series: Cotton Malone Book #6
Publication Date: August 30, 2011

Book Description: Former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone has received an anonymous note carrying an unfamiliar Web address. Logging on, he’s shocked to see Cassiopeia Vitt, a woman who’s saved his life more than once, being tortured at the hands of a mysterious man who has a single demand: Bring me the artifact she’s asked you to keep safe. The only problem is, Malone doesn’t have a clue what the man is talking about, since Cassiopeia has left nothing with him. So begins Malone’s most harrowing adventure to date—one that offers up astounding historical revelations, pits him against a ruthless ancient brotherhood, and sends him from Denmark to Belgium to Vietnam then on to one of the greatest archaeological sites in the world: the tomb of China’s First Emperor, guarded by an underground army of terra-cotta warriors, which has inexplicably remained sealed for more than two thousand years—its mysteries about to be revealed.

Dates Read: September 8 - September 14, 2017

Participants & Ratings: (8) Andrew- 4.5; Carol - 3.5; Sergei - 5; Lynda -3.5; Eadie- 5; Brenda-3.5; Bluebird - 3.5; Colin-3
Overall Average Rating: 4.38

Comments:

PROS:
"I really liked this book and found the history of China, the tomb and the terra-cotta soldiers fascinating."

"Really loved this book from start to finish, a fascinating read."

"I enjoyed the historical backdrop and especially for a country we don't know that much about. This always makes it an interesting experience. Overall I enjoyed the plot of the book and the pacing of the book. Also enjoyed some of the humorous moments."

CONS:

"It seemed to me that Cotton was more of a secondary character than the star of the series in this one. This was not my favorite of the series by any means."

"I also felt like Cotton was a secondary character and when he appeared he didn't seem like the usual strong, solid character. The eunuch idea was just ridiculous. Viktor changed sides way too many times."

59Carol420
Edited: Sep 25, 2017, 7:00am Top

King & Maxwell by David Baldacci

Book Discussion: https://www.librarything.com/groups/bookdiscussionkingan
Series: King & Maxwell series Book #6
Publication Date: July 29, 2014

Book Description: It seems at first like a simple, tragic story. Tyler Wingo, a teenage boy, learns the awful news that his father, a soldier, was killed in action in Afghanistan. Then the extraordinary happens: Tyler receives a communication from his father . . . after his supposed death. Tyler hires Sean and Michelle to solve the mystery surrounding his father. But their investigation quickly leads to deeper, more troubling questions. Could Tyler's father really still be alive? What was his true mission? Could Tyler be the next target? Sean and Michelle soon realize that they've stumbled on to something bigger and more treacherous than anyone could have imagined. And as their hunt for the truth leads them relentlessly to the highest levels of power and to uncovering the most clandestine of secrets, Sean and Michelle are determined to help and protect Tyler--though they may pay for it with their lives.

Dates Read: September 17 - September 22, 2017

Participants & Ratings: (10) Andrew- 4.5; Carol- 5; Lynda-4; Eadie-5; Sushi; Sergei- 4.75; Bluebird-4; Brenda- 3.75; LadyJ71- 3.75; Colin-4
Overall Average Rating: 4.31 (9 of 10 ratings in)

Comments:

PROS:
"For the most part it was a page turning adventure with an engaging story and familiar characters."

"I found it to be an action-packed adventure with interesting twists that kept me glued to the pages."

"I loved the book and the series. It remains my favorite of all of them although the current ones are really, really good. David Baldacci is such an easy author to read."

"It kept my interest."

"I love the relationship between Sean and Michelle and really liked that the ex-wife was brought into the mix. Dana's a great character. Also very happy that Edgar was back."

"My favourite storyline of the series."

CONS:

"It seemed like Baldacci ran out of interest three quarters of the way through the book by writing some of the worst dialogue between characters I can remember."

"I don't exactly read Baldacci for dialogue. He moves the story so well."

"I would agree that you mainly read the books for the action and the way the story is moved along, some of the dialogue was quite stilted. Interestingly I listened to one section of the book and the stilted nature of the dialogue became more apparent to me through listening."

60Carol420
Edited: Oct 3, 2017, 8:37am Top

Night Stalker by Robert Bryndza

Book Discussion: https://www.librarything.com/topic/270478
Series: Erika Foster series Book #2
Publication Date: June 2, 2016

Book Description: If the Night Stalker is watching, you’re already dead… In the dead of a swelteringly hot summer’s night, Detective Erika Foster is called to a murder scene. The victim, a doctor, is found suffocated in bed. His wrists are bound and his eyes bulging through a clear plastic bag tied tight over his head. A few days later, another victim is found dead, in exactly the same circumstances. As Erika and her team start digging deeper, they discover a calculated serial killer – stalking their victims before choosing the right moment to strike. The victims are all single men, with very private lives. Why are their pasts shrouded in secrecy? And what links them to the killer? As a heat wave descends upon London, Erika will do everything to stop the Night Stalker before the body count rises, even if it means risking her job. But the victims might not be the only ones being watched… Erika’s own life could be on the line.

Dates Read: September 27 - October 1, 2017

Participants & Ratings: (7) Andrew 4; Carol 4; Sergei 3.5; Lynda 3.5; Eadie 3.5; Brenda 3.5; Jan
Overall Average Rating: 3.67 with out Jan's rating

Comments:

PROS:

"It was easy to read - the story flowed quite smoothly."

"I like the plot and the characters were interesting."

"The plot was excellent and the characters were good and the story was easy to read."

CONS:

"I think Bryndza has made Erika so unlikable it's hard to root for her. I'm currently reading two series with aggressive female characters who've been damaged - DI Kim Stone by Angela Marsons and Lt. Eve Dallas by J. D. Robb. Both of them often buck authority but the authors write them much more sympathetically so you can root for them despite their mistakes."

"I think Bryndza made the killer a bit too predictable and exposed the murderer too soon in the book. I agree about his making us dislike the way Erika acts. Hopefully her character will mature some in the next book. I think he made us have more sympathy for the murderer than for Erika."

"I agree that he needs to tone Erika down some....but he also needs to make Marsh and Oakley more leaders and less bullies. Erika can't be wrong all the time and Oakley especially, certainly must respect her as a trained police officer some of the time."

61Carol420
Edited: Feb 9, 2018, 5:35am Top

Sandstorm by James Rollins

Book Discussion:https://www.librarything.com/groups/bookdiscussionsandst
Series: Sigma Force series Book #1
Publication Date: April 26, 2011

Book Description: A freak explosion in the British museum in London ignites a perilous race for an earth-shaking power source buried deep beneath the sands of history. Painter Crowe is an agent for Sigma Force, a covert arm of the Defense Department tasked with keeping dangerous scientific discoveries out of enemy hands. When an ancient artifact points the way toward the legendary "Atlantis of the Sands," Painter must travel across the world in search of the lost city-and a destructive power beyond imagining. But Painter has competition. A band of ruthless mercenaries, led by a former friend and ally, are also intent on claiming the prize, and they will destroy anyone who gets in their way. Ancient history collides with cutting-edge science-with the safety of the world at stake!

Dates Read: October 2017 - October 2017
Participants & Rating (6) Andrew 4, Sergei 4.5, Carol 4, Lynda 4, Eadie 4, Brenda 4.5
Overall Average Rating: 4.17

Comments:

PROS:

"I loved the whole plot: the mystical element with the Rohim and the pseudo-factual story surrounding a source of antimatter. Also loved all the characters."

"The story line was well done and more than interesting. Loved the characters."

"I loved the plot and all the characters. I liked learning about antimatter, Safia's heritage and her mental powers. I found the whole book very interesting."

"I thought it was a good story with an interesting mix of characters."

CONS:

"Could have been slightly shorter and not lost anything, in fact might have gained by being a more snappy read."

"It could have been much shorter with a lot less explaining antimatter and some of the other stuff. The chapters could have been shortened some also."

62Carol420
Edited: Oct 28, 2017, 9:53am Top

The Hangman's Song by James Oswald

Book Discussion: https://www.librarything.com/groups/bookdiscussionthehan
Series: Detective Inspector McLean Book #3
Publication Date: January 6, 2015

Book Description: The body of a man is found hanging in an empty house. To the Edinburgh police force, this appears to be a simple suicide case. But something about the scene strikes Detective Inspector Tony McLean as off. Days later another body is found hanging from an identical rope, with a noose tied in the identical way. McLean is convinced that these people are either being murdered or somehow coerced into suicide. Then a third body is found. Under pressure from his superiors to wrap the case up quickly and neatly, McLean must also deal with the fallout of his last big investigation and complications in his personal life. But the deeper he digs, the more he comes to believe that something dark and sinister is stalking Edinburgh’s streets. Will he be able to stop it before someone else succumbs to the hangman’s song?

Dates Read: October 20, 2017 - October 25, 2017
Participants & Ratings: (8) Andrew 4.75 Carol 5, Sergei 5, Lynda 4, Eadie 5; Brenda 4, Bluebird, Sushi - 3.4
Overall Average Rating: 4.45 (missing Bluebirds rating)

Comments:

PROS:
"This book had me hooked for the very beginning. I liked the elements of supernatural/occult. It was not too much over the top and was very believable. The plot had lots of twists that created a page turner that kept me guessing until the very end. Oswald's writing, dialogue and characters especially Tony, Grumpy Bob and Duguid made for a fantastic read."

"It was an entertaining read and I like to come back to the team."

"I really like this series. The supernatural aspects are as believable as such things can be. I hope the cat is okay."

"I like the characters and the supernatural part is not too overwhelming."

"I like the series - Tony, McBride, Grumpy Bob are all good characters. The plot was interesting, if a bit predictable since we all guessed early on what was going on with the Book of Souls and, of course - Mrs. McCutcheon's cat."

"I love the characterization - human and feline". :)

CONS:

"I find some of the characters to be too much caricatures, especially Duguid - though that improved towards the end of the book. I found what happened with Emma not so plausible. There are too many inconsistencies."

"I felt like the story lines were very disconnected. Too much coincidence for me."

"I had an issue with Tony in this book. As much as I like him, he was a total ass at times. The hypnosis changed his character enough that he turned me off a few times."

"I didn't like the bullying of Tony. No place in any organisation but worse because it was by senior officers in the police force."

63Carol420
Edited: Nov 4, 2017, 8:37am Top

What Angels Fear by C.S. Harris

Book Discussion: https://www.librarything.com/groups/bookdiscussionwhatan
Series: Sebastian St. Cry Series Book #1
Publication Date: October 3, 2006

Book Description: It's 1811, and the threat of revolution haunts the upper classes of King George III's England. Then a beautiful young woman is found savagely murdered on the altar steps of an ancient church near Westminster Abbey. A dueling pistol found at the scene and the damning testimony of a witness both point to one man-Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, a brilliant young nobleman shattered by his experience in the Napoleonic Wars.

Dates Read: October 29, 2017 - November 2, 2017
Participants & Ratings: Andrew- 4.5, Carol- 5, Sergei- 4.5, Eadie- 4.5, Sushi, Brenda-4, Jen4.5, LadyJ, Punxygal
Overall Average Rating: 4.5 (missing 3)

Comments:

PROS:
"I like the writing, characters, plot, history, everything about the book."

"Good plot line; well-written characters; author kept us guessing to the final section - don't think any of us named the actual killer in our suspect lists throughout the discussion."

"I liked everything about this book...surprise, surprise. As a matter of fact I loved it."

"I liked pretty much everything - loved the characters, thought the plot was interesting and the mystery kept me guessing."

"I loved everything about it, especially not being able to guess at all who the killer is. I hate when you know it in the first chapter."

CONS:

"The warehouse scene could have been a little shorter because it was a little bit too much description. I was anxious to get to the end of the book."

"The list of characters was quiet lengthy but that may not happen in the rest of the series. The warehouse scene seemed to go on forever."

64Carol420
Edited: Nov 15, 2017, 8:53am Top

The Jungle by Clive Cussler & Jack Du Brul

Book Discussion:https://www.librarything.com/groups/bookdiscussionthejun
Series: The Oregon Files Book #8
Publication Date: February 28, 2012 (paperback)

Book Description: Jungles come in many forms. There are the steamy rain forests of the Burmese highlands. There are the lies and betrayals of the world of covert operations. And there are the dark and twisted thoughts of a man bent on near-global domination. To pull off their latest mission, Cabrillo and his remarkable men and women must survive them all. A devastating new weapon unleashed in thirteenth-century China . . . a daring rescue in the snowbound mountains along the Afghanistan–Pakistan border . . . a woman gone missing in the jungles of northern Thailand and Myanmar . . . for Cabrillo and company, all of these events will come together leading to the greatest threat against U.S. security that the country has ever known.

Dates Read: November 2017 - November 2017
Participants & Ratings: (6) Andrew 4, Carol 4.5, Sergei 4, Lynda 4, Eadie 4,
Brenda 4,
Overall Average Rating: 4.08

Comments:

PROS:

"I like the plot, the pacing, the characters (the introduction of Lawless) and that it wasn't all action this time."

"I liked a lot of it. The story was very fast paced with plenty of action. I liked the parts set in China and Myanmar. It was a creative plot."

"I liked Lawless from the start. I also liked the action but sometimes it went on a little too long. Overall a very enjoyable book."

CONS:

" I thought the ending was too rushed but that's my usual criticism of this series. We spend 90% of the time setting up the story and then shortchange the ending."

65Carol420
Edited: Nov 25, 2017, 8:07am Top

The Death Sculptor by Chris Carter

Book Discussion:
Series: Robert Hunter Book #4
Publication Date: February 28, 2013

Book Description: A student nurse has the shock of her life when she discovers her patient, prosecutor Derek Nicholson, brutally murdered in his bed. The act seems senseless - Nicholson was terminally ill with only weeks to live. But what most shocks Detective Robert Hunter is the calling card the killer left behind.

Dates Read: November 19, 2017 - November 23, 2017
Participants & Ratings: (6) Andrew 4; Sergei 3.5; Carol 4.5; Lynda 4; Eadie 5; Brenda 3.25;
Overall Average Rating: 4.04

Comments:

PROS:

"Very creative storyline, especially the sculptures. The ending was a surprise. Kept me interested."

"How the plot advanced, although at times it seemed a little out in left field. The short chapters
The big surprise at the ending. That alone earned it a another half star in my rating."

"I like the short chapters and the story moved quickly with lots of twists. I liked the addition of Alice.
I liked the clever storyline and the puzzle that needed solving. I really liked the surprise ending too."

"The feel of the book especially when I first started it. Short snappy chapters. Puzzling murder scenario. The characters along Garcia seemed to have a more minor part in this one."

CONS:

"The case was a little too "out there" in terms of the expectations of the killer. As Sergei asked earlier why would the killer assume that the police would understand or even know that there was a message in the sculptures?"

"The message wasn't obvious. It made sense after we were told but most police investigators would probably have missed it. I wish there had been more interaction between Hunter and Garcia."

"I wish that we could see more interaction between Hunter and Garcia. They compliment one another so well. I also wish that Captain Blake would loose some her attitude and work more at helping her team instead of placing unrealistic request for them to do more and do it NOW."

"We didn't need the nasty DA Bradley character as Captain Blake was nasty enough for both of them."

66Carol420
Edited: Dec 7, 2017, 3:25pm Top

Proof by Dick Francis

Book Discussion:
Series: Standalone
Publication Date: July 5, 2005

Book Description: Wine merchant Tony Beach has expertly catered his latest society soiree, but the fun's over when a team of hit men crash the party…literally. The event leaves Tony with a bitter aftertaste of suspicion—and sets off a mystery that's an intoxicating blend of deception, intrigue, and murder.

Dates Read: November 29, 2017 - December 4, 2017
Participants & Ratings:(7) Andrew 3.5, Carol 3.25, Sergei 4, Eadie 3.5, Brenda 3, Gayle 3.5, Jen 4
Overall Average Rating: 3.04

Comments:

PROS:
"I enjoyed learning about the different methods of making scotch. I liked Tony and Gerard and the crazy lady."

"I agree, a nice easy writing style and a lot of interesting information in amongst the action. I liked the plot and the way Francis developed his characters."

""I liked the easy flow of the writing style. I liked Tony a lot. I liked learning more about the liquor business."

"I learned quite a few things about liquor and horse racing which was fun. I really liked the writing style, it was nice and easy. I like Tony a lot, I think an entire series based on him would be sort of fun."

CONS:

"Dick Francis left a few things hanging in regards to the incident in the beginning of the book."

"There seemed to be a lot of descriptions of structures, e.g., a door here, a cabinet there, etc. They were needed but sometimes could've been a bit briefer."

"I guess I would spread out the action/information throughout the book better? There was the one section where I think most of us agreed it did nothing to move the story along really, it would have been nice to have something more there,"

67Carol420
Edited: Dec 23, 2017, 8:43am Top

Closed Circle by Robert Goddard

Book Discussion:
Series: Standalone
Publication Date: January 1, 1996

Book Description: Targeting the beautiful daughter of a wealthy munitions dealer in the hopes of receiving a payoff from her father, scam artists Guy Horton and Max Wingate find their plan upset when Max really falls in love.

Dates Read: December 13, 2017 - December 18, 2017
Participants & Ratings:(6) Andrew 5, Carol 5, Lynda 5, Sergei 5, Eadie 5, Brenda
Overall Average Rating: 5.00

Comments:

PROS:

"Goddard's great writing and his intricate plotting. Great characters that were well-drawn."

"Gorgeous writing is a Goddard trademark. He also gave us some great characters and an interesting story. Plenty of double crosses too."

"Beautiful writing style. Believable characters and a story with loads of twists and turns. It kept us guessing."

CONS:

68Carol420
Edited: Dec 25, 2017, 7:12am Top

Watching The Ghosts by Kate Ellis

Book Discussion:
Series: Joe Plantagenet Book #4
Publication Date: April 1, 2013

Book Description: Boothgate House has a sinister past. Once an asylum for the insane, serial killer Peter Brockmeister was sent there on his release from prison in 1978. Three years later, it closed, and Brockmeister died in mysterious circumstances. Solicitor Melanie Hawkes is investigating the suspicious events when her young daughter is kidnapped. Meanwhile, Boothgate House resident Lydia Brookes is burgled. And why is a paranormal researcher fascinated by the building’s basement? As Joe uncovers the appalling truth, he faces an evil that threatens those closest to him and puts his own life in jeopardy.

Dates Read: December 20, 2017 - December 23, 2017
Participants & Ratings:(6) Andrew 5 , Carol 4.5, Sergei 5, Lynda 4, Eadie 5, Brenda 4
Overall Average Rating: 4.58

Comments:

PROS:
" I like the paranormal aspects because they are not overdone. I liked the 2 separate plots and how they finally came together. I thought the characters were unique and the way some connected to the past. I also liked how everything was explained in the end. Her writing technique reminds me so much of Ann Cleeves."

"I also liked the paranormal aspect but the entire book was very good."

"Although the policing wasn’t as in your face in this one I did love the feel of the book, the plotting, the intricacies of the plot, and the historical elements to the book. I also liked the supernatural element within it. I felt the book was well written and allowed us to work out some of the plotting, even if we did go down some cul de sacs."

"I thought the book had a good pace, the writing was well done and the characters (mostly) interesting. The connections to the asylum were interesting."

"I thought the story was interesting and I always enjoy seeing George."

CONS:

"Just wished that they had shown more interest in the kidnapping."

"Only a little bit more interaction between Joe and Emily, but it is a minor point and didn’t affect my enjoyment of the book."

69Carol420
Edited: Jan 15, 2018, 10:08am Top

The Jefferson Key by Steve Berry

Book Discussion:
Series: Cotton Malone Book#7
Publication Date: December 27, 2011

Book Description: Four presidents of the United States have been assassinated—in 1865, 1881, 1901, and 1963—each murder seemingly unrelated. But what if those presidents were all killed for the shocking same reason: a clause contained in the United States Constitution? This is the question faced by former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone. When President Danny Daniels is nearly killed in the heart of Manhattan, Malone risks his life to foil the murder—only to find himself at odds with the Commonwealth, a secret society of pirates first assembled during the American Revolution. Racing across the nation and taking to the high seas, Malone and Cassiopeia Vitt must break a secret cipher originally possessed by Thomas Jefferson, unravel a mystery concocted by Andrew Jackson, and unearth a document forged by the Founding Fathers themselves—one powerful enough to make the Commonwealth unstoppable.

Dates Read: January 9, 2018 - January 14. 2018
Participants & Ratings: Andrew3.5; Carol 4; Lynda 4; Eadie 4; Sergei 3.5; Brenda 4
Overall Average Rating: 3.83

Comments:

PROS:

"I thought the story line was interesting, it started off really fast and caught me right away. I know many of you didn't like the jumping between scenes/locales but it didn't bother me and actually added to the suspense of the situation knowing what was going on in "real time" in the multiple areas. It was like watching a movie with a split screen."

"I also thought the storyline was very interesting and especially liked the way we were led to believe the presidential assassinations were because they fought with the pirates."

"The story of the Privateers was very interesting and there was lots of action, These books would make excellent movies."

"I liked the storyline too. Learning about the privateers and the Jefferson Wheel was fascinating."

CONS:

"Carbonell's actions/motivations needed to be explained a bit more. Just when you thought you knew what she was doing, she'd do something else. She even had Knox and Wyatt confused on a regular basis as they didn't know whose side she was on."

"I felt like the constant changing of perspectives was just too much. It worked at the end of the book to build up tension but it was too distracting throughout the entire story."

"Constant changing of perspectives was my biggest beef too."

70Carol420
Edited: Jan 25, 2018, 6:15am Top

The Hit by David Baldacci

Book Discussion:
Series: Will Robie Book #2
Publication Date: February 14, 2014

Book Description: Will Robie is a master of killing.
A highly skilled assassin, Robie is the man the U.S. government calls on to eliminate the worst of the worst-enemies of the state, monsters committed to harming untold numbers of innocent victims. No one else can match Robie's talents as a hitman...no one, except Jessica Reel. A fellow assassin, equally professional and dangerous, Reel is every bit as lethal as Robie. And now, she's gone rogue, turning her gun sights on other members of their agency. To stop one of their own, the government looks again to Will Robie. His mission: bring in Reel, dead or alive. Only a killer can catch another killer, they tell him. But as Robie pursues Reel, he quickly finds that there is more to her betrayal than meets the eye. Her attacks on the agency conceal a larger threat, a threat that could send shock waves through the U.S. government and around the world.

Dates Read: January 18, 2018 - January 23, 2018
Participants & Ratings: (7)Andrew - 4.5, Sergei- 5; Carol-5; Lynda- 5; Eadie- 5; Brenda -4.5; Jen (only 6 participated)
Overall Average Rating: 4.83

Comments:

PROS:
"Loved the uncertainty of who was the "bad guys" and the action was outstanding."

"I Loved the whole plot of the story and thought it was action-packed."

"Great plot, great characters, very fast paced."

"I liked the characters - Robie and Vance especially - as well as the storyline and the way the book was written...a very easy, quick read."

CONS:

"I wanted more Vance and Julie, and just a little bit more tension and excitement at the end."

71Carol420
Edited: Jan 31, 2018, 7:52pm Top

Cold Earth by Ann Cleeves

Book Discussion:
Series: Shetland Island Book #7
Publication Date: April 18, 2017

Book Description:
In the dark days of a Shetland winter, torrential rain triggers a landslide that crosses the main road and sweeps down to the sea. At the burial of his old friend Magnus Tait, Jimmy Perez watches the flood of mud and water smash through a house in its path. Everyone thinks the home is uninhabited, but in the wreckage he finds the body of a dark-haired woman wearing a red silk dress. Perez soon becomes obsessed with tracing her identity and realizes he must find out who she was and how she died.

Dates Read: January 26 - January 30, 2018
Participants & Ratings: (7) Andrew-5; Carol- 4; Lynda-4; Sergei-5; Eadie-5; Gayle-4; Sushi-4;
Overall Average Rating: 4.43

Comments:

PROS:
"Just being back on the Shetland Island was great. Ann Cleeves always writes a close to her vest type of book where the murderer is usually the least expected. But I think if you pay close attention, you can pick up the murderer."

"I liked how so many characters were made to seem suspicious. It kept me really interested. I also liked the feeling of the island and the characters. There were quite a few surprises and some of the chapters ended with cliff-hangers so that keeps me interested too."

"I like the setting and the main cast of characters, how their lives progress."

"I liked being offered a diverse group of characters that could have been suspects, Also Sandy getting to be more than just a sideline doing Jimmy's bidding. He had promise of being a good detective in this one."

"Ann Cleeves always writes a very readable story - in-depth characters and intricate plots which keep you guessing to the last."

CONS:

"I would've liked to see the killer developed a bit more so that the ending would be more convincing."

"I felt like Jimmy was sleepwalking through this book. He irritated me a couple of times."

"I would have liked to better understand the motivations some of the things that happened."

"Jimmy was doing things that were so uncharacteristic for him that I actually went back and read parts to be sure that it was Jimmy. We also were not given anything that indicated why the murders were taking place."

72Carol420
Edited: Feb 21, 2018, 10:54am Top

Map of Bones by James Rollins

Book Discussion:
Series: Sigma Force Book #2
Publication Date: April 26, 2011

Book Description: The bones lead to ancient mysteries and present-day terror . . . To follow them means death. During a crowded service at a cathedral in Germany, armed intruders in monks' robes unleash a nightmare of blood and destruction. But the killers have not come for gold; they seek a more valuable prize: the bones of the Magi who once paid homage to a newborn savior . . . a treasure that could reshape the world. With the Vatican in turmoil, Sigma Force under the command of Grayson Pierce leaps into action, pursuing a deadly mystery that weaves through sites of the Seven Wonders of the World and ends at the doorstep of an ancient, mystical, and terrifying secret order. For there are those with dark plans for the stolen sacred remains that will alter the future of humankind . . . when science and religion unite to unleash a horror not seen since the beginning of time.

Dates Read: February 8 - February 12, 2018
Participants & Ratings:(6) Andrew-4.5; Sergei 4; Lynda 4; Eadie-5; Brenda-3.75; Carol -4
Overall Average Rating: 4.21

Comments:

PROS:
"I liked the characters. I thought this group was better than Painter and his group in the first book."

The storyline of following the clues was interesting and action filled."

"I like learning about all the biblical and historical information."

"I loved the characters".

"Well written story, giving several hours of enjoyable escapism. Nothing too scary in there."

CONS:
"some of the theological discussion was pretty dry as was some of the physics. Rollins did well to have Vigor and Rachel give it some life but that could have been a bit shorter."

"Some of the action scenes were too long for me."

"I was lost on the physics and the technical stuff not to mention that I'm horrible at riddles. The action scenes go on way too long. Clive Cussler is guilty of that also."

73Carol420
Edited: Feb 25, 2018, 10:09am Top

Dead Men's Bones by James Oswald

Book Discussion:
Series: Inspector McLean Book #4
Publication Date: 2014

Book Description: A family lies slaughtered in an isolated house in north east fife . . Morag Weatherly and her two young daughters have been shot by husband Andrew, an influential politician, before he turned the gun on himself. But what would cause a rich, successful man to snap so suddenly? for Inspector Tony McLean, this apparently simple but high-profile case leads him into a world of power and privilege. And the deeper he digs, the more he realizes he's being manipulated by shadowy factions. Under pressure to wrap up the case, McLean instead seeks to uncover layers of truth - putting the lives of everyone he cares about at risk.

Dates Read: February 16,2018 - February 20, 2018
Participants & Ratings:(6) Andrew- 3; Sergei- 4.5; Carol - 4.5; Lynda-4.5; Eadie-4; Brenda- 4
Overall Average Rating: 4.08

Comments:

PROS:

"The strange things that were going on made us want to read on and get some answers. The characters were unique and well-developed. I liked Oswald's writing and his sense of humor.
I like that Mrs. McCutcheon's cat feels like a personal friend to Tony."

"I liked the supernatural thread that flows through the story lines in this series."

"Great characters, of course. I liked that the police secondary characters got a bigger role. It was a gripping storyline......father kills family, then himself. Mrs. McCutheon's cat brings in her feline bodyguards just like the cat superhero she is....what a great twist."

"Great group of characters, well written story (until towards the end), Interesting early premise."

"I really like the characters - Tony, Grumpy Bob, McLean and Mrs. McCutcheon's cat are my favorites
interesting story. the various crimes/happenings kept us interested to the end."

CONS:

"Will someone please give Tony the respect he deserves and stop blaming him for doing his job??
Please!!!"

"The ending and lack of resolutions to things were a big weakness for me. Kept looking back thinking I missed out reading a chapter! And reread the last chapter with Mrs Saifre thinking i’d Missed something and I hadn't!"

74Carol420
Edited: Mar 1, 2018, 7:47am Top

When Gods Die by C.S. Harris

Book Discussion:
Series: Sebastian St.Cyr Book #2
Publication Date: November 6, 2007

Book Description: The young wife of an aging marquis is found murdered in the arms of the Prince Regent. Around her neck lies a necklace said to have been worn by Druid priestesses-that is, until it was lost at sea with its last owner, Sebastian St. Cyr's mother. Now Sebastian is lured into a dangerous investigation of the marchioness's death-and his mother's uncertain fate.

Dates Read: February 24, 2018 - February 28, 2018
Participants & Ratings: (5) Andrew-4.5; Carol- 4.5; Sergei- 4.5; Eadie- 4.5; Brenda- 4.25; Gayle - 4
Overall Average Rating: 4.38

Comments:

PROS:

"Picked up lots of interesting facts relating to that period of the Monarchy. Another fascinating storyline, well-written. A rich mix of characters."

"good pacing, interesting plot and engaging characters"

"It had a good pace with a lot going on all the way through the story. Sebastian and Kat are very likable. There were interesting things to learn about the history of that time."

"The storyline was good and very easy to follow for the most part. Setting the scene with the body and the Prince in the beginning was very well done and of course led us all to the wrong conclusion."

CONS:

"This could just be me but sometimes there were so many characters to keep track of that I did get a bit confused. Related to that, the names of the characters were switched back and forth between their names and their titles or their House. I couldn't always remember who went with which."

75Carol420
Edited: Mar 13, 2018, 2:06pm Top

Mirage by Clive Cussler & Jack DuBrul

Book Discussion:
Series: Oregon Files Book #9
Publication Date: October 28, 2014

Book Description: In October 1943, a U.S. destroyer sailed out of Philadelphia and supposedly vanished, the result of a Navy experiment with electromagnetic radiation. The story was considered a hoax-but now Juan Cabrillo and his Oregon colleagues aren't so sure.There is talk of a new weapon soon to be sold, something very dangerous to America's interests, and the rumors link it to the great inventor Nikola Tesla, who was working with the Navy when he died in 1943. Was he responsible for the experiment? Are his notes in the hands of enemies?As Cabrillo races to find the truth, he discovers there is even more at stake than he could have imagined-but by the time he realizes it, he may already be too late.

Dates Read: March 7, 2018 - March 12, 2018
Participants & Ratings: (6) Andrew- 4.5, Carol- 5, Lynda- 4.5, Sergei-5, Eadie-5, Brenda- 4.5, (Poppj - didn't participate)
Overall Average Rating: 4.75

Comments:

PROS:
"The plot was interesting, there wasn't as much "over-the-top" action and it was a good blend of tension and story."

"I liked the creativity of the plot. I enjoyed seeing the theories of a real genius combined with the non stop action adventures of the Oregon crew."

"I loved the idea of transportation and the mystery of how these items appeared in places they never should have been. Good action scenes also."

"As far as I'm concerned, it was an enthralling tale from start to finish."

CONS:
"I think Juan needs to stop immediately taking on the most dangerous parts of missions. I know he does it because he wouldn't send his people in if he wasn't willing to do it himself, but if he's killed, it would be pretty much the end of the Oregon. Others are a little more expendable."

"I don't think I'd change much."

76Carol420
Edited: Mar 23, 2018, 8:30am Top

One By One by Chris Carter

Book Discussion:
Series: Robert Hunter Book #5
Publication Date:May 22, 2013

Book Description: Detective Robert Hunter of the LAPD's Homicide Special Section receives an anonymous call asking him to go to a specific web address - a private broadcast. Hunter logs on and a show devised for his eyes only immediately begins. But the caller doesn't want Detective Hunter to just watch, he wants him to participate, and refusal is simply not an option.

Dates Read: March 16, 2018 - March 20, 2018
Participants & Ratings: (6) Andrew- 4; Sergei - 3.5; Carol-4.5; Lynda- 4.25; Brenda - 4; Eadie - 5
Overall Average Rating: 4.21

Comments:

PROS:
"I love the characters and think the plot made a lot of sense in depicting modern day social media."

"I also love the characters. Robert and Carlos are a perfect match. I do believe that Chris Carter hit the nail on the head in his portrayal of the sick mind-set in society today."

"The surprise ending."

"I liked the premise for the storyline.; and Carter does have a very readable style.

CONS:
"The gore factor was really high in this book and could have been toned down some. Reading some of those scenes made me feel was almost as bad as those people watching on the internet and voting.
Less Captain Blake - she's becoming annoying. She was good when she was first introduced but now, I don't want to hear from her."

"I think there was too much unnecessary violence. I don't know whether it added to the story but I feel like we needed to experience the horror of people voting."

"Tone down the gore, it spoiled the book for me. I get the feeling Carter likes to go one better on the horror in each book that he writes, but where can that possibly end?"

77Carol420
Edited: Apr 2, 2018, 6:34am Top

77. Darktown by Thomas Mullen

Book Discussion:
Series: Darktown series Book #1
Publication Date: June 6, 2017

Book Description: Responding to orders from on high, the Atlanta Police Department is forced to hire its first black officers, including war veterans Lucius Boggs and Tommy Smith. The newly minted policemen are met with deep hostility by their white peers; they aren’t allowed to arrest white suspects, drive squad cars, or set foot in the police headquarters. When a woman who was last seen in a car driven by a white man turns up dead, Boggs and Smith suspect white cops are behind it. Their investigation sets them up against a brutal cop, Dunlow, who has long run the neighborhood as his own, and his partner, Rakestraw, a young progressive who may or may not be willing to make allies across color lines. Among shady moonshiners, duplicitous madams, crooked lawmen, and the constant restrictions of Jim Crow, Boggs and Smith will risk their new jobs, and their lives, while navigating a dangerous world—a world on the cusp of great change.

Dates Read: March 26,2018 - March 31, 2018
Participants & Ratings: (7)Andrew-4; Sergei-4.25, Carol-3, Lynda - 4.5, Sushi - 4.6; Eadie- 4.5; Brenda-4;
Overall Average Rating: 4.12

Comments:

PROS:

CONS:

78Carol420
Edited: Apr 14, 2018, 7:30pm Top

Frozen Stiff by Patrick Logan

Book Discussion:
Series: Chase Adams FBI Book #1
Publication Date: December 4, 2017

Book Description:The two corpses are mutilated. Naked. Frozen solid. It’s only a matter of time before the killer strikes again. With no evidence, no leads, and no clues, the local PD has no choice but to call in the FBI. Enter FBI recruit Chase Adams. While she may be new to the Bureau, Chase is no rookie when it comes to murder. First a Narcotics Officer in Seattle, then a NYPD Detective, Chase has insight into the workings of some of the most demented minds of our society. But this case will push even Chase to the limits–it’s like nothing she has investigated before. The local PD thinks they have things wrapped up nicely, but Chase isn’t at all convinced. When a third and fourth body surfaces across the country, Chase realizes that she is on the hunt for a killer whose murder spree knows no boundaries. What sort of animal could commit such atrocities? And why? Chase fears that these murders are only the beginning. But what she doesn’t know is that as she closes in on the murderer, he’s closing in on her. And her family. This might be FBI recruit Chase Adams’ first case, but if she doesn’t catch the killer soon, it may also be her last.

Dates Read: April 9, 2018 - April 14, 2018
Participants & Ratings: (7) - Andrew; Sergei - 3.5; Carol- 3; Lynda-2.5; Eadie- 2.5; Sushi -2; Brenda= 2.5
Overall Average Rating: 3.38

Comments:

PROS:

"quick, easy read"

"It was a quick read but a lot more could have made it a better book."

"Somewhere in there was an interesting plot idea."

"I enjoyed the storyline; quick, snappy flow - no waste or filler - short and to the point."

CONS:

"the story was so convoluted and there were so many holes/references to earlier cases that we didn't know about that it made it hard to follow the actual investigation at times. Maybe it would have been cleaner if we'd started with the series in which Chase was first introduced."

"Make the characters more likable - I never liked either Chase or Martinez"

"The story lacked any sort of cohesion. There was no real explanation of how Martinez physically accomplished all the crimes. The motive was far fetched.The characters were confusing and dis-likable. How was Chase even recruited as an FBI agent. She became addicted to heroin on the job. She should have been fired. The paranormal aspect was too unbelievable to me."

"The book needed more in-depth information and more suspects. I didn't really like the paranormal as it makes it too easy for the author and the character to solve the crime. I wanted more clues to be investigated. To me the book is a total mess and he needs to spend more time and stop cranking them out so fast. His books are good for people who read 1 or 2 books a month but for some of us who read many books a month, they don't compare to some of the authors that we read."

"He should find an editor who knows his job and put a bit more effort into his books."

"Better editing, obviously, but apart from that, I think the man has achieved what he set out to do. He is self-published (I believe) and hasn't sunk without a trace, in fact he has a decent following, so why should he bother to change his MO?"

79Carol420
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The King's Deception by Steve Berry

Book Discussion:
Series: Cotton Malone Book #8
Publication Date: January 1, 2014

Book Description: Cotton Malone and his fifteen-year-old son Gary are headed to Europe As a favor to his former boss at the Justice Department Malone agrees to escort a teenage fugitive back to England But after he is greeted at gunpoint in London both the fugitive and Gary disappear and Malone learns that hes stumbled into a high-stakes diplomatic showdownan international incident fueled by geopolitical gamesmanship and shocking Tudor secrets At its heart is the Libyan terrorist convicted of bombing Pan Am Flight 103 who is set to be released by Scottish authorities for humanitarian reasons An outraged American government objects but nothing can persuade the British to intervene Except perhaps Operation Kings Deception Run by the CIA the operation aims to solve a centuries-old mystery one that could rock Great Britain to its royal foundations Blake Antrim the CIA operative in charge of Kings Deception is hunting for the spark that could rekindle a most dangerous fire the one thing that every Irish national has sought for generations a legal reason why the English must leave Northern Ireland The answer is a long-buried secret that calls into question the legitimacy of the entire forty-five-year reign of Elizabeth I the last Tudor monarch who completed the conquest of Ireland and seized much of its land But Antrim also has a more personal agenda a twisted game of revenge in which Gary is a pawn With assassins traitors spies and dangerous disciples of a secret society closing in Malone is caught in a lethal bind To save Gary he must play one treacherous player against anotherand only by uncovering the incredible truth can he hope to prevent the shattering consequences of the Kings Deception

Dates Read: April 14, 2018 - April 19,2018
Participants & Ratings: (5) Andrew-5, Sergei- 5, Eadie - 5, Lynda- 5, Brenda;
Overall Average Rating: 5.0

Comments:

PROS:

CONS:


80Carol420
Edited: Sep 30, 2018, 12:57pm Top

Walking By Night

Book Discussion:
Series: Joe Plantagenet Book #5
Publication Date: July 1, 2015

Book Description: Taking a short cut home beneath the ruined abbey in the centre of the city, a teenage girl reports stumbling across a body. She also claims to have seen a mysterious nun-like figure watching her from the shadows. But during the subsequent search, no body is found. The girl’s inebriated state and her troubled history make the police skeptical of her story, and only Detective Inspector Joe Plantagenet is inclined to believe her.

Dates Read: October 13, 2018 - October 16, 2018
Participants & Ratings:
Overall Average Rating:.

Comments:

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81Carol420
Edited: May 12, 2018, 5:33am Top

Black Order by James Rollis

Book Discussion:
Series: Sigma Force Book #3
Publication Date: April 26, 2011

Book Description: A sinister fire in a Copenhagen bookstore ignites a relentless hunt across four continents. Arson and murder reveal an insidious plot to steal a Bible that once belonged to Charles Darwin. And Commander Gray Pierce dives headlong into a mystery that dates back to Nazi Germany...and to horrific experiments performed in a now-abandoned laboratory in Poland. A continent away, madness ravages a remote monastery in Nepal, as Buddhist monks turn to cannibalism and torture. Lisa Cummings, an American doctor investigating the atrocity, is suddenly a target of a brutal assassin. And Lisa's only ally is Painter Crowe, director of SIGMA Force, who already shows signs of the baffling malady. Now it is up to Gray Pierce to save them both as SIGMA Force races to expose a century-old plot that threatens to destroy the current world order . . . and alter the destiny of humankind forever.

Dates Read: May 6, 2018 - May 11, 2008
Participants & Ratings: (6) Andrew 5, Sergei 4, Carol 4.5, Lynda 5, Eadie 5, Brenda 4
Overall Average Rating: 4.58
Comments:

PROS:
"Good pace, interesting story, a terrifying look at what the Nazi regime might have been capable of."

"Enjoyable story, but just a bit long, (and I wish we'd had resolution, one way or the other, on Gray and Rachel)..."

"I liked all the information that we were given in regards to what the Nazis were up to. Never heard or read anything as in depth as this book."

CONS:
"since it was integral to the storyline, I can't say "take out the discussions on quantum theory" so maybe if it had been dumbed down just a bit more, it might have made it an easier read. Every time I hit one of those sections it slowed things down for me."

"I found the book a bit long, I'm sure it could have been made a slightly snappier read."

"I think he might have been able to lose some of the physics and tighten up the narrative."

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82. The Target by David Baldacci

Book Discussion:
Series: Will Robie Book #3
Publication Date: April 26, 2011

Book Description: A sinister fire in a Copenhagen bookstore ignites a relentless hunt across four continents. Arson and murder reveal an insidious plot to steal a Bible that once belonged to Charles Darwin. And Commander Gray Pierce dives headlong into a mystery that dates back to Nazi Germany...and to horrific experiments performed in a now-abandoned laboratory in Poland. A continent away, madness ravages a remote monastery in Nepal, as Buddhist monks turn to cannibalism and torture. Lisa Cummings, an American doctor investigating the atrocity, is suddenly a target of a brutal assassin. And Lisa's only ally is Painter Crowe, director of SIGMA Force, who already shows signs of the baffling malady. Now it is up to Gray Pierce to save them both as SIGMA Force races to expose a century-old plot that threatens to destroy the current world order . . . and alter the destiny of humankind forever.

Dates Read: May 13, 2018 - May 19, 2018
Participants & Ratings: (6)Andrew 5, Carol- 5, Sergei -5, Lynda- 5, Brenda 5, Eadie -5
Overall Rating: 5.00
Comments:

PROS:
" I like the book just the way it was written."
"I thought it was perfect. The audio was especially well done.
"Don't mess with perfection."

CONS:
"A tiny bit more meat on the bones in places - the Nazi confrontation, for example."

"There could have been a bit more detail and drama in the action scenes. They felt kind of “meh”

85Carol420
Edited: Jun 7, 2018, 6:26am Top

83. Piranha by Clive Cussler

Book Discussion:
Series: Oregon Files series Book #10
Publication Date: MAy 26, 2016

Book Description: In 1902, the volcano Mt. Pelée erupts on the island of Martinique, wiping out an entire city of thirty thousand—and sinking a ship carrying a German scientist on the verge of an astonishing breakthrough. More than a century later, Juan Cabrillo will have to deal with that scientist’s legacy. During a covert operation, Cabrillo and the crew meticulously fake the sinking of the Oregon—but when an unknown adversary tracks them down despite their planning and attempts to assassinate them, Cabrillo and his team struggle to fight back against an enemy who seems to be able to anticipate their every move. They discover that a traitorous American weapons designer has completed the German scientist’s work, and now wields extraordinary power, sending the Oregonon a race against time to stop an attack that could lead to one man ruling over the largest empire the world has ever known.

Dates Read: June 1, 2018 - June 6, 2018
Participants & Ratings: (6) Andrew- 3.75; Sergei- 3.5; Carol - 4; Lynda- 4; Eadie- 4; Brenda- 3.5;
Overall Average Rating: 3.79

Comments:

PROS:
"Juan and the crew of the Oregon of course. They are the main reasons why I read this series."

"I like the characters and there's usually a little history to back up the plot."

"I like the overall plot and the intricacies within it, also enjoyed the resolution. I actually felt they did a better job with feeling the tension and Suspense in this one towards the end than they have done on others."

"As usual the characters and the plot was interesting."

CONS:
"I don't think improved exactly because I really liked the book... but it seemed that events were "scattered" apart (for lack of a better word) and it took a long time to get back to them and tie them up."

"It didn't flow as smoothly as it could have. There seemed to be less tension in the narration. I read two sections and listened to three sections in the audio and I think the audio did a better job of tension building."

"It could have been pacier, and I didn't find much in the way of excitement."

"it was slower than usual and the action wasn't as tight. The humor was forced. The overall writing wasn't a smooth as the Du Brul books -- it was like we were back to Dirgo"

86Carol420
Edited: Jun 20, 2018, 6:43pm Top

84. The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths

Book Discussion:
Series: Ruth Galloway Book #9
Publication Date: May 30, 2017

Book Description: Far below Norwich is a maze of old mining tunnels. When Ruth Galloway is called to examine a set of human remains in one of them, she notices the bones are almost translucent, a sign they were boiled soon after death. Once more, she’s at the helm of a murder investigation. Meanwhile, DCI Nelson is looking for a homeless woman who he hears has gone “underground.” Could she have disappeared into the labyrinth? And if so, is she connected to the body Ruth found? As Ruth and Nelson investigate the tunnels, they hear rumors of secret societies, cannibalism, and ritual killings. And when a dead body is found with a map of what seems to be the full maze, they realize their hunt for the killer has only just begun—and that more bodies may be underfoot.

Dates Read: June 15, 2018 - June 20, 2018
Participants & Ratings: (6) Andrew,-5 Sergei- 5, Carol- 5, Lynda- 4.5, Eadie- 5, Gayle - 3.5
Overall Average Rating: 4.67

Comments:

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87Carol420
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85. The Seagull by Ann Cleeves

Book Discussion:
Series: Vera Stanhope Book #8
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Book Description: A visit to her local prison brings DI Vera Stanhope face to face with an old enemy: former detective superintendent, and now inmate, John Brace. Brace was convicted of corruption and involvement in the death of a gamekeeper – and Vera played a key part in his downfall. Now, Brace promises Vera information about the disappearance of Robbie Marshall, a notorious wheeler-dealer who disappeared in the mid-nineties, if she will look out for his daughter and grandchildren. He tells her that Marshall is dead, and that his body is buried close to St Mary’s Island in Whitley Bay. However, when a search team investigates, officers find not one skeleton, but two. This cold case case takes Vera back in time, and very close to home, as Brace and Marshall, along with a mysterious stranger known only as ‘the Prof’, were close friends of Hector, her father. Together, they were the 'Gang of Four’, regulars at a glamorous nightclub called The Seagull. Hector had been one of the last people to see Marshall alive. As the past begins to collide dangerously with the present, Vera confronts her prejudices and unwanted memories to dig out the truth .

Dates Read: July 21-July 25, 2017
Participants & Ratings: (6) Andrew- 5, Sergei- 4.5, Carol- 5, Lynda- 5, Eadie- 5, Sushi
Overall Average Rating: 4.90 (1 missing)
Comments:

PROS:

"Ann does a great job. Would like to have a chance at figuring one out but that's long gone!"

"I have no complaints."

"Can't say anything bad about this one. "

"I'm giving this one a great big 5 because it was one of her best yet."

CONS:

" One or two things still kept very close to Ann’s chest."

"I'd have liked a definitive answer to the the killing of Marshall, with justice being seen to be done."

88Carol420
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86. Fault Line by Robert Goddard

Book Discussion:
Series: Standalone
Publication Date: 2012

Book Description: Not all scars are visible. Jonathan Kellaway needs no reminding of that on the verge of his retirement from china clay conglomerate Intercontinental Kaolins. The company has left its mark in pits and spoil heaps around the world. But it has also left a no less enduring mark on some of those who have worked for it, Kellaway included. Its past, as well as its future, is a treacherous place. So Kellaway is surprised when IK's founder and former chairman, Greville Lashley, sets him a final task before he quits. The academic hired by the board to write the company's history has discovered a gap covering several years in the records of the small Cornish china clay outfit Lashley started with and where Kellaway also began his career. He is despatched to Cornwall to learn what has become of the missing documents. But the search is a voyage into dangerous waters. A dead friend, a lost lover and a clutch of mysteries from Kellaway's youth in Cornwall and Italy in the late 1960s come back to haunt him -- and to tempt him with the hope that he may at last learn the truth about the tragedies and misfortunes that blighted those years. It is a truth that has claimed several victims before. If he pursues it hard and long enough, he may only add himself to the list. But pursue it he must. Because the truth, he belatedly realizes, is the secret that has consumed his life. This time -- this last time -- he will not stop. Until he has found it.

Dates Read: July 28, 2018 - August 1,2018
Participants & Ratings: (6) Andrew- 5, Sergei -4.5 ,Carol- 5, Lynda, 5- Eadie -5, Brenda - 4
Overall Average Rating: 4.75

Comments:

PROS:

"Best features were Goddard’s writing and his wonderful storytelling capabilities. Interesting characters and plot."

"Goddard's ability to paint pictures with his words is always the best parts of his books. The characters are real and believable."

CONS:

89Carol420
Edited: Aug 17, 2018, 3:30pm Top

87. The Guilty by David Baldacci

Book Discussion:
Series: Will Robie Book #4
Publication Date: March 22, 2016

Book Description: Will Robie escaped his small Gulf Coast hometown of Cantrell, Mississippi, after high school, severing all personal ties, and never looked back. Not once. Not until the unimaginable occurs. His father, Dan Robie, has been arrested and charged with murder. Father and son haven't spoken or seen each other since the day Robie left town. In that time, Dan Robie--a local attorney and pillar of the community--has been elected town judge. Despite this, most of Cantrell is aligned against Dan. His guilt is assumed. To make matters worse, Dan has refused to do anything to defend himself. When Robie tries to help, his father responds only with anger and defiance. Could Dan really be guilty? With the equally formidable Jessica Reel at his side, Robie ignores his father's wishes and begins his own desperate investigation into the case. But Robie is now a stranger to his hometown, an outsider, a man who has forsaken his past and his family. His attempts to save his father are met with distrust and skepticism . . . and violence.
Unlike the missions Robie undertook in the service of his country, where his target was clearly defined, digging into his father's case only reveals more questions. Robie is drawn into the hidden underside of Cantrell, where he must face the unexpected and possibly deadly consequences of the long-ago choices made by father and son. And this time, there may be no escape for either of them.

Dates Read: August 10, 2018 - August 15, 2018
Participants & Ratings: (6) Andrew - 5, Carol - 5, Sergei - 5, Lynda-4.5, Eadie -5 , Brenda -4,
Overall Average Rating: 4.75

Comments:

PROS:
"This one was different in that they weren't running all over the world hunting the country's enemies. I like the other books but this one made a great addition with the back story. I don't think I would have liked the series near as much if this had been the first book instead of the fourth book. it was like Will and Jessica went on a much earned vacation but still nearly got killed."

"It was really very good, just not my favorite and incest is just too high on my creepy factor list."

"I think I gave all the books 5 stars but this one is my favorite because I enjoyed learning about Will's past."

"I was happy to read it just as it is."

CONS:
"I liked this one the least. I liked learning more about Will but definitely missed Julie and Vance. Although the general storyline was fine, there were parts that were just a mess. Honestly, during the "reveal" at the shack, I found myself starting to skim."

90Carol420
Edited: Aug 24, 2018, 5:21pm Top

88. The Emperor's Revenge by Clive Cussler & Boyd Morrison

Book Discussion:
Series: Oregon Files Book #11
Publication Date: May 2, 2016

Book Description: When a bank heist during the Monaco Grand Prix decimates the Corporation’s “offshore” account, Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon find themselves unexpectedly vulnerable. Without his usual financial assets, Juan must trust a woman from his past, an old friend from his days with the CIA, to help him keep his team safe. Together, they’ll face a mysterious hacker with a brutal vendetta. It is only after the hunt begins that the enormity of the plan comes into focus: the bank theft is just the first step in a plot that will result in the deaths of millions and bring the world’s economies to a standstill. The catalyst for the scheme? A stunning document stolen during Napoleon’s disastrous invasion of Russia. But two hundred years later, it may be the thing that brings Europe to its knees.

Dates Read: August 19, 2018 - August 24, 2018
Participants & Ratings: (6) Andrew- 4.75, Eadie - 4.5, Lynda- 4.5, Sergei - 4.5, Brenda - 4.5, Carol in spirit - 4.5
Overall Average Rating: 4.54

Comments:

PROS:
"I liked it the way it was. Seems like Boyd and Cussler are doing well together and have found their footing."

"This book did have some tense moments including the ending. I liked the ending."

"A good, enjoyable read all round. Nothing was over- or under-played this time."

CONS:
"I thought the side stories were a little confusing at times."

"Putting a race car on the cover was a bit of a stretch since it was such a minor part of the story. On the other hand, a bank or Napoleon wouldn't have been much of a draw."

91Carol420
Edited: Sep 7, 2018, 10:08am Top

89. The Lincoln Myth by Steve Berry

Book Discussion:
Series: Cotton Malone Book #9
Publication Date: November 25, 2014

Book Description: September 1861: All is not as it seems. With these cryptic words, a shocking secret passed down from president to president comes to rest in the hands of Abraham Lincoln. And as the first bloody clashes of the Civil War unfold, Lincoln alone must decide how best to use this volatile knowledge: save thousands of American lives, or keep the young nation from being torn apart forever?

The present: In Utah, the fabled remains of Mormon pioneers whose nineteenth-century expedition across the desert met with a murderous end have been uncovered. In Washington, D.C., the official investigation of an international entrepreneur, an elder in the Mormon church, has sparked a political battle between the White House and a powerful United States senator. In Denmark, a Justice Department agent, missing in action, has fallen into the hands of a dangerous zealot—a man driven by divine visions to make a prophet’s words reality. And in a matter of a few short hours, Cotton Malone has gone from quietly selling books at his shop in Denmark to dodging bullets in a high-speed boat chase.

All it takes is a phone call from his former boss in Washington, and suddenly the ex-agent is racing to rescue an informant carrying critical intelligence. It’s just the kind of perilous business that Malone has been trying to leave behind, ever since he retired from the Justice Department. But once he draws enemy blood, Malone is plunged into a deadly conflict—a constitutional war secretly set in motion more than two hundred years ago by America’s Founding Fathers. From the streets of Copenhagen to the catacombs of Salzburg to the rugged mountains of Utah, the grim specter of the Civil War looms as a dangerous conspiracy gathers power. Malone risks life, liberty, and his greatest love in a race for the truth about Abraham Lincoln—while the fate of the United States of America hangs in the balance.

Dates Read: August 29, 2018 - September 1 or 2, 2018
Participants & Ratings: (7) Andrew -4, Sergei - 3.5, Carol - 3, Lynda -4, Eadie -3 , Brenda -3, Alan - 3.5,
Overall Average Rating: 3.43

Comments:

PROS:
"The author has also cleverly put some new interesting themes in the book and therefore some new energy, e,g where do Cotton And Cassiopeia go next - is there any future for them.

"Loved Luke who provided a new dimension of a character."

"The book was well written and educational; the fact that I did not like the premise so much is my problem, not Berry's.

"I learned a great deal with regard to American history and the development of the Mormon faith. The research was interesting as evidenced in the author’s notes at the end."

CONS:

"The story had uneven passing, Salazar was too crazy and I didn’t care for Cotton’s and Cassiopeia's behavior"

"There was no suspense. The characters didn't fit what we were used to. I got tired of hearing from that stupid angel."

"As usual my problem with the book wasn’t Cotton, wasn’t Cassiopeia, it was Stephanie. I just don’t like her."

"A bit less references to the religion"

"Book got quite technical in places especially for a simple Brit who doesn’t know much about the American Constitution."

"Satisfactory, but I felt a bit weak, ending. It was readable enough, but Luke did not match my idea of a Magellan Billet operative, somewhat too hot-headed and impulsive. Cassiopeia’s reasons for going back to Josepe were a little muddy, and Stephanie’s involvement had me scratching my head. All in all, not the best in the series."

92Carol420
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90. An Evil Mind by Chris Carter

Book Discussion:
Series: Robert Hunter Book #6
Publication Date: September 27, 2016

Book Description: A freak accident in rural Wyoming leads the sheriff’s department to arrest a man for a possible double homicide, but further investigations suggest a much more horrifying discovery: a serial killer who has been kidnapping, torturing, and mutilating victims all over the United States for at least twenty-five years. The suspect claims he is a pawn in a huge labyrinth of lies and deception—but can he be believed? The case is immediately handed over to the FBI, but this time they’re forced to ask for help from ex-criminal behavior psychologist and lead detective with the Ultra Violent Crime Unit of the LAPD, Robert Hunter. As he begins interviewing the apprehended suspect, terrifying secrets are revealed, including the real identity of a killer so elusive that no one, not even the FBI, had any idea he existed…until now.

Dates Read: September 7, 2018- September 11, 2018
Participants & Ratings: (6) Andrew -4.5, Sergei -4, Carol- 5, Lynda -5 ,Eadie - 5, Brenda -4.5,
Overall Average Rating: 4.67

Comments:

PROS:
"It's everything I could hope for in this type of book. Chris Carter is a great writer of this genre and I'm surprised he isn't more popular. I'm not going to forget Lucien any time soon. Can't wait for the next one.

"I've always liked this series as no one comes up with these grizzly story lines like Chris Carter."

"I'm giving the book a 5 because I think it really deserves a 5 for the uniqueness of the plot."

"I loved the first part of the book, the one-to-one between Hunter and Lucien was a nice change in pace from the previous books in the series."

CONS:
"The book could have been shorter for me - Lucien's smugness began to pall in the latter part of the book. I lost interest in Lucien and his game-playing about halfway through - which I found a shame after the excellent start to the book."

93Carol420
Edited: Sep 28, 2018, 10:04am Top

91. Prayer For The Dead by James Oswald

Book Discussion:
Series: Inspector McLean Book #4
Publication Date: February 7, 2017

Book Description: Book Discussion:Detective Inspector Tony McLean is on the case when the search for a missing journalist uncovers the scene of a carefully staged murder. In a sealed chamber, deep in the heart of Gilmerton Cove, a mysterious network of caves and passages sprawling beneath Edinburgh, the body is discovered in a seemingly macabre ritual of purification. But McLean knew the dead man and can't shake off the suspicion that there is far more to this case than meets the eye.

For one thing, the baffling lack of forensics at the crime scene seems impossible. But that's just the first in a series of revelations about this case that seems beyond belief. Teamed with the most unlikely and unwelcome of allies, McLean must track down a killer--driven by the darkest compulsions and who will answer only to a higher power--until it's his own blood on the altar.

Dates Read: September 15, 2018- September 20, 2018
Participants & Ratings: (6) Andrew - 3.5, Sergei- 4.5, Carol - 4.5, Lynda-3.5 Eadie- 4, Brenda -3.75
Overall Average Rating: 3.96

b>Comments:

PROS:
"I thought the story was interesting. Tony always has several cases going.
I was glad to see Tony back to his normal self after the last book - really disliked him in that one."

" I liked that the supernatural parts were not to overbearing."

"Nice, easy read. No really evil antagonist this time, like Mrs. Saifre, Norman was mild in comparison."

CONS:

"I think the book seemed a little disjointed with the subplot of the developers. It got a little bit confusing."

"I'd have liked a short plenary session at the end where a few points were explained."

94Carol420
Edited: Oct 2, 2018, 6:47am Top

92. Why Mermaids Sing by C.S. Harris

Book Discussion:
Series: Sebastian St. Cyr series Book #3
Publication Date: October 7, 2008

Book Description: Murder has jarred London’s elite. The sons of prominent families have been found at dawn in public places, partially butchered, with strange objects stuffed in their mouths. Once again, the local magistrate turns to Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, for help. Moving from the gritty world of London’s docks to the drawing rooms of Mayfair, Sebastian confronts his most puzzling and disturbing case yet.

Dates Read: September 26, 2018 - September 30, 2018
Participants & Ratings:(7) Andrew-4.5, Sergei - 4.5, Carol - 5, Lynda - 4.5, Eadie 5-, Brenda-4.5,- Jen -5
Overall Average Rating: 4.71

Comments:

PROS:
"I like all the characters. The good ones are nice but the bad ones are not so nice. I like the storyline kept things interest. The short chapters which made for easy reading."

"The short chapters are diffidently a selling point for her books. I get a little out of patience with the class snobs but the main characters are really good. Lots of surprises in this one but what the heck does that poem mean?

"Interesting storyline...great characters and I like the time period."

"I like the main characters and the secondary characters haven't been shortchanged. I can't wait to meet the new valet. I also like the time period."

"The story cracks along at a good pace, Harris doesn't waste words on unnecessary filler."

"A very satisfactory ending; all loose ends tied up with a few stories still left open to continue the story in future."

CONS:

95Carol420
Edited: Oct 22, 2018, 6:15pm Top

93. The Judas Strain by James Rollins

Book Discussion:
Series: Sigma Force series Book #4
Publication Date: April 26, 2011

Book Description: From the depths of the Indian Ocean, a horrific plague has arisen to devastate humankind--a disease that's unknown, unstoppable . . . and deadly. But it is merely a harbinger of the doom that is to follow. Aboard a cruise liner transformed into a makeshift hospital, Dr. Lisa Cummings and Monk Kokkalis--operatives of SIGMA Force--search for answers to the bizarre affliction. But there are others with far less altruistic intentions. In a savage and sudden coup, terrorists hijack the vessel, turning a mercy ship into a floating bio-weapons lab.

A world away, SIGMA's Commander Gray Pierce thwarts the murderous schemes of a beautiful would-be killer who holds the first clue to the discovery of a possible cure. Pierce joins forces with the woman who wanted him dead, and together they embark upon an astonishing quest following the trail of the most fabled explorer in history: Marco Polo. But time is an enemy as a worldwide pandemic grows rapidly out of control. As a relentless madman dogs their every step, Gray and his unlikely ally are being pulled into an astonishing mystery buried deep in antiquity and in humanity's genetic code. And as the seconds tick closer to doomsday, Gray Pierce will realize he can truly trust no one, for any one of them could be . . . a Judas.

Dates Read: October 4, 2018 - October October 10, 2018
Participants & Ratings:(6) Andrew-4, Sergei - 4, Carol- 3.5, Lynda- 3.5, Eadie - 3.5, Brenda - 3.5
Overall Average Rating: 3.67

Comments:

PROS:

"The story on Christmas Island was interesting and the story at the temple was interesting
The Sigma team works well together though I have issues with Painter's distraction over Lisa and Gray's over his parents."

"I liked the plot and storyline and I thought the story behind the crabs was unique."

"The ending!"

CONS:

"About 200 less pages and much less science. Some is good but Rollins just goes overboard sometimes."

"The discussions re the bacteria and the angelic script was a little too much
Painter and Gray were both a little "off their game" due to personal issues and they should be better than that."

"I thought it could easily lose 200 pages to tighten up the story. We've had too much "angel stuff" lately but that's just bad luck I think. This book made me miss a nice straightforward serial killer novel.

"I agree the book could have been shorter by cutting back on the science facts."

"Pacing - unnecessarily laborious."

96Carol420
Edited: Oct 20, 2018, 7:45am Top

94. The Medusa Amulet by Robert Maselo

Book Discussion:
Series: Standalone
Publication Date: April 26, 2011

Book Description: Benvenuto Cellini, master artisan of Renaissance Italy, once crafted a beautiful amulet prized for its unimaginable power—and untold menace. Now the quest to recover this legendary artifact depends upon one man: David Franco, a brilliant but skeptical young scholar at Chicago’s world-renowned Newberry Library. What begins as a simple investigation spirals into a tale of dangerous intrigue, as Franco races from the châteaux of France to the palazzos of Rome in a desperate search for the ultimate treasure—and an answer to a riddle that has puzzled mankind since the beginning of time. Aided by a beautiful young Florentine harboring dark secrets, pursued by deadly assassins, and battling demons of his own, Franco must ultimately confront an evil greater than anything conjured in his worst nightmares.

Dates Read: October 13, 2018 - October 18, 2018
Participants & Ratings: (6) Andrew - 3.5, Sergei - 3, Carol- 3.5, Lynda- 4, Eadie- 4, Brenda
Overall Average Rating:.

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97Carol420
Edited: Nov 2, 2018, 10:16am Top

95. Walking By Night by Kate Ellis

Book Discussion:
Series: Joe Plantagenet Book #5
Publication Date: July 1, 2015

Book Description: Taking a short cut home beneath the ruined abbey in the center of the city, a teenage girl reports stumbling across a body. She also claims to have seen a mysterious nun-like figure watching her from the shadows. But during the subsequent search, no body is found. The girl’s inebriated state and her troubled history make the police skeptical of her story, and only Detective Inspector Joe Plantagenet is inclined to believe her.

Dates Read: October 27, 2018 - October 29, 2018
Participants & Ratings:(6) Andrew - 4.5, Sergei - 4.5, Carol-4.5, Lynda- 4, Eadie -5, Brenda,- 3.5
Overall Average Rating: 4.33

Comments:

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98Carol420
Edited: Nov 9, 2018, 6:53am Top

96. Now You See Me by S.J. (Sharon) Bolton

Book Discussion:
Series: Lacey Flint Book #1
Publication Date: June 7, 2011

Book Description: 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.

Dates Read: November 2, 2018 - November 6, 2018
Participants & Ratings: (7) Andrew -3.5, Sergei - 3.5, Carol - 4, Lynda- 4, Eadie- 4, Gayle - 4, Brenda - 3.75
Overall Average Rating: 3.82

Comments:

PROS:
"I really like Joesbury - thought he ended up being a pretty good cop and challenged Lacey."

"The Jack The Ripper connection was good and I liked the author's writing style".

"The story had some interesting twists and the Jack the Ripper plot was well done."

CONS:

"I really didn't like the opening - the language that Bolton was using was a bit confusing at first with "the dead woman" this and "the dead woman" that.

"There were too many TSTL moments on Lacey's part"

The Tulloch thing was kind of odd and I wish we'd gotten a better explanation."

99Carol420
Edited: Nov 20, 2018, 6:08am Top

97. The Patriot Threat

Book Discussion:
Series: Cotton Malone Book #10
Publication Date: December 29, 2015

Book Description: Once a member of an elite intelligence division within the Justice Department, Malone is now a retired bookshop owner in Denmark. But when his former boss, Stephanie Nelle, asks him to track a rogue North Korean who may have acquired some top secret Treasury Department files-the kind that could bring the United States to its knees-Malone is vaulted into a harrowing twenty-four-hour chase that begins on the canals in Venice and ends in the remote highlands of Croatia.

Dates Read: November 14, 2018 - November 18, 2018
Participants & Ratings: (6) Andrew- 3.5, Sergei-3.5, Carol - 3.5 Lynda -3.5, Eadie - 3.5, Brenda - 3.5
Overall Average Rating: 3.50

Comments:

PROS:

"I thought the secret re the 16th amendment was interesting and the way the historical info was provided was better than it has been lately."

"I thought the potential of the 16th Amendment was very creative...and adding a North Korean angle was a change from either Russians or Middle Eastern bad guys."

"I liked visiting Croatia but I think Berry wrote about Croatia because he wanted to visit that beautiful country and now can write it off on his income tax."

"Yet another intriguing 'What if' from Berry, backed up by some very persuasive true facts."

CONS:

"I was hoping for a better resolution for Hana and for the Solomons."

"Way too much repeated income tax information."

100Carol420
Edited: Dec 1, 2018, 8:49am Top

98. Fool me Once by Harlan Coben

Book Discussion:
Series: Standalone
Publication Date: March 22, 2016

Book Description: Former special ops pilot Maya, home from the war, sees an unthinkable image captured by her nanny cam while she is at work: her two-year-old daughter playing with Maya’s husband, Joe—who was brutally murdered two weeks earlier. The provocative question at the heart of the mystery: Can you believe everything you see with your own eyes, even when you desperately want to? To find the answer, Maya must finally come to terms with deep secrets and deceit in her own past before she can face the unbelievable truth about her husband—and herself.

Dates Read: November 24, 2018 - November 28, 2018
Participants & Ratings: (9) Andrew -5, Sergei - 5, Carol - 5, Lynda - 5, Eadie - 5, Gayle - 4, Jen - 5, Brenda-4, Colin
Overall Average Rating: 4.75 without Colin's
Comments:

PROS:
"I liked everything about it. I actually liked the way he wrote the Maya character. She was so different from the usual female protagonist. I liked her love of weapons and the way she didn't fall into TSTL stereotypes."

"As a person Maya was a little hard to like, however, I really liked how she was with Lily, she didn't fake it with her, but she was warmer and very clearly loved her. I also liked that nothing and no one was off limits, I hate when characters feel "protected" so you know that nothing is going to happen to them, it's annoying and takes you out of it when there's a fight or any kind of "action".

CONS:

"Maya could have been a bit more likable or at least someone that you might shed a drop of empathy for. Actually I liked Eddie and Corey more than any of the others."

101Carol420
Edited: Dec 12, 2018, 6:13pm Top

99. End Game by David Baldacci

Book Discussion:
Series: Will Robie Book #5
Publication Date: March 20, 2018

Book Description: Will Robie and Jessica Reel are two of the most lethal people alive. They're the ones the government calls in when the utmost secrecy is required to take out those who plot violence and mass destruction against the United States. And through every mission, one man has always had their backs: their handler, code-named Blue Man.

But now, Blue Man is missing.

Last seen in rural Colorado, Blue Man had taken a rare vacation to go fly fishing in his hometown when he disappeared off the grid. With no communications since, the team can't help but fear the worst. Sent to investigate, Robie and Reel arrive in the small town of Grand to discover that it has its own share of problems. A stagnant local economy and a woefully understaffed police force have made this small community a magnet for crime, drugs, and a growing number of militant fringe groups. But lying in wait in Grand is an even more insidious and sweeping threat, one that may shake the very core of America. And when Robie and Reel find themselves up against an adversary with superior firepower and a home-court advantage, they'll be lucky if they make it out alive, with or without Blue Man.

Dates Read: December 6, 2018 - December 10, 2018
Participants & Ratings:(6) Andrew 5- Sergei 5- Carol 4.5 - Eadie 5- Jen 5- Brenda - 4
Overall Average Rating: 4.75

Comments:

PROS:
"Always like Will and Jessica in action. They are both very, very good at what they do and have such imaginative ideas of how to do it."

"I like their characters and they are always very interesting how they react to each other."

"I love the action and the sarcasm, I like cheering them on and laughing all the way."

CONS:
"Just one or two places where it could have been tightened up a wee bit, cut down slightly on some of the description which slows the action, but that was only a minor niggle."

"I was getting a little annoyed sometimes when it seemed like they weren't getting anywhere. I also missed Vance and Julie."

"The side investigations took too long. Missed Vance and Julie. Disliked Reel for most of the book"

102Carol420
Edited: Dec 24, 2018, 6:12am Top

100. Typhoon Fury by Clive Cussler & Boyd Morrison

Book Discussion:
Series: Oregon Files Book #12
Publication Date: November 7, 2017

Book Description: Hired to search for a collection of paintings worth half a billion dollars, Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon soon find themselves in much deeper waters. The vicious leader of a Filipino insurgency is not only using them to finance his attacks, he has stumbled upon one of the most lethal secrets of World War II: a Japanese-developed drug, designed, but never used, to turn soldiers into super-warriors. To stop him, the Oregon must not only take on the rebel commander, but a South African mercenary intent on getting his own hands on the drug, a massive swarm of torpedo drones targeting the U.S. Navy, an approaching megastorm, and, just possibly, a war that could envelop the entire Asian continent.

Dates Read: December 14, 2018 - December 19, 2018
Participants & Ratings: (6) Andrew- 3.75, Sergei- 4.5, Carol- 4, Lynda- 4, Eadie - 4, Brenda
Overall Average Rating:. 4.05 (Brenda's not in)
Comments:

PROS:
"I know some of you wanted more depth to the story, but I was happy enough to accept it as it came. A little mindless action now and again is alright by me, no heavy analysis required... :)"

"I was happy with the story as it was. I can never figure out what these people 's motives are anyway so sometimes it's nice to just go along with it."

"I thought the action scenes were long, but that's why we read this series. We get extra helpings of history with Cotton Malone and Sigma Force."

CONS:

"Action scenes shorter and more history."

"I agree... more history and less action and weapon technology."

103Carol420
Edited: Jan 3, 7:24am Top

101, A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay

Book Discussion:
Series: Standalone
Publication Date: July 24, 2018

Book Description: College professor Paul Davis is a normal guy with a normal life. Until, driving along a deserted road late one night, he surprises a murderer disposing of a couple of bodies. That’s when Paul’s "normal" existence is turned upside down. After nearly losing his own life in that encounter, he finds himself battling PTSD, depression, and severe problems at work. His wife, Charlotte, desperate to cheer him up, brings home a vintage typewriter—complete with ink ribbons and heavy round keys—to encourage him to get started on that novel he’s always intended to write. However, the typewriter itself is a problem. Paul swears it’s possessed and types by itself at night. But only Paul can hear the noise coming from downstairs; Charlotte doesn’t hear a thing. And she worries he’s going off the rails. Paul believes the typewriter is somehow connected to the murderer he discovered nearly a year ago. The killer had made his victims type apologies to him before ending their lives. Has another sick twist of fate entwined his life with the killer—could this be the same machine? Increasingly tormented but determined to discover the truth and confront his nightmare, Paul begins investigating the deaths himself. But that may not be the best thing to do. Maybe Paul should just take the typewriter back to where his wife found it. Maybe he should stop asking questions and simply walk away while he can.

Dates Read: December 27, 2018 - December 31, 2018
Participants & Ratings: (7) Andrew -4.5, Sergei- 4.5, Carol-4.5, Lynda- 4.5, Eadie- 5, Brenda- 4, Jen - 5
Overall Average Rating: 4.57

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104Carol420
Edited: Jan 11, 6:50am Top

102. I Am Death by Chris Carter

Book Discussion:
Series: Robert Hunter series Book #7
Publication Date: July 30, 2015

Book Description: Criminal behavior psychologist turned LAPD detective Robert Hunter finds himself engaged in a brutal game to the finish with a ruthless opponent. But no matter what moves Hunter makes, death is coming. At the Los Angeles International Airport, the body of a twenty-year-old woman is discovered. The autopsy reveals that she had been tortured and murdered in a most bizarre way—but the surprises don’t end there. The killer likes to play, and he left something behind for the cops to find. LAPD Detective Robert Hunter is assigned to the case but almost immediately a second body turns up. Surrounded by new challenges as every day passes, Hunter finds himself chasing a monster—one with a dark past and whose desire to hurt people and thirst for murder can never be quenched.

Dates Read: January 6, 2019 - January 10, 2019
Participants & Ratings: (6) Andrew 3 - Sergei 2.75- Carol 4- Lynda - 4, Eadie 3- Brenda 4
Overall Average Rating: 3.46

Comments:

PROS:
“I do like his writing and the two characters he has created here. I think Chris Carter must keep a diary where he writes down all his nightmares and then incorporates them into his books.”

“I agree this was the weakest but it still worth 4 to me, based on the books I've read this month.”

CONS:
“This one is the worst of his books. I didn't really like the way he killed the victims”. (Edited for spoilers)

“This is the worst of the stories, by a LONG way. I had such hopes for the series to begin with, it started out with 5★s, but has gradually slipped by half stars as the series progressed and as the stories grew more and more gruesome.”

105Carol420
Edited: Jan 23, 8:18pm Top

103. A Tap On The Window by Linwood Barclay
Book Discussion:
Series: Standalone
Publication Date: July 1, 2014

Book Description: Since private investigator Cal Weaver’s teenage son died in a tragic accident, Cal and his wife have drifted apart. Cal is mired in a grief he can’t move past. And maybe his grief has clouded his judgment. Driving home one night, a rain-drenched girl taps on his car window and asks for a ride. He knows a grown man picking up a teenage hitchhiker is foolish—but he lets her in. Cal soon senses that something’s not right with the girl or the situation. But it’s too late. He’s already involved.

Drawn into a nightmare of secrets, lies, and cover-ups in his small, upstate New York town, Cal knows that the only thing that can save him is the truth. And he’s about to expose the town’s secrets one by one—if he lives long enough.

Dates Read: January 17, 2019 - January 21 2019
Participants & Ratings: (8) Andrew 4.5 - Sergei 4.5- Carol 4.5 - Lynda 4 - Eadie 5 - Gayle 3.5- Jen - Brenda 3.5
Overall Average Rating: 4.21 without Jen's rating.

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106Carol420
Edited: Feb 6, 2:53pm Top

104. The Restless Dead by Simon Beckett

Book Discussion:
Series: Dr. David Hunter series Book #5
Publication Date: February 9, 2017

Book Description: Top forensics expert Dr David Hunter is facing an uncertain future - his career hangs in the balance and his personal life has taken a turn for the worse. So when he gets a call from Essex police, it comes at the perfect time. A badly decomposed body has been found in the mudflats and salt marshes of the Backwaters. Could it be linked to two unsolved missing-person cases? But then more remains are discovered. And as these desolate wetlands begin to give up their grisly secrets, Hunter is reminded that it’s not the dead we need to fear.

Dates Read: January 26,2019 - January 30,2019
Participants & Ratings: (6) Andrew -5, Sergei-5, Carol-5, Lynda- 5, Eadie 5, Brenda-4
Overall Average Rating: 4.82

Comments:

PROS:

"The story was interesting and the forensic process was well written and detailed."

"Good plotline, and readability."

" I have always like this series and the forensics. David Hunter is an excellent character."

"Easy and interesting to read! Good plots and characters."

CONS:

"I'd like it if Hunter wasn't so flaky. He doesn't recognize clues right away or he misses the importance until later and then has to backtrack. He also has a habit of getting himself involved in the investigation or with the suspects."

"David needs to be portrayed more as a professional. He is very good at what he does but he doesn't ever get the respect that his position deserves."

"I find him so obnoxious."

107Carol420
Edited: Feb 15, 2:09pm Top

105. The Merchant's House by Kate Ellis

Book Discussion:
Series: DS Wesley Peterson Book #1
Publication Date: April 21, 2010

Book Description: DS Wesley Peterson, newly arrived in the West Country town of Tradmouth, has his hands full when a child goes missing and a young woman is brutally murdered on a lonely cliff path. Then his old friend, archaeologist Neil Watson, unearths the skeletons of a strangled woman and a new born baby in the cellar of an ancient merchant's house nearby. As the investigation continues, Wesley begins to suspect that these deaths, centuries apart, may be linked by age-old motives of jealousy, a sexual obsession and desperate longing. And the pressure is on if he is going to prevent a further tragedy.

Dates Read: February 9, 2019 - February 12, 2019
Participants & Ratings: (6) Andrew -4.5, Sergei-4.5, Carol-5, Lynda- 4, Eadie 5 ,- Brenda-4

Overall Average Rating: 4.50

Comments:

PROS:
"Easy to read; some likable central characters; an interesting plot."

"I like the characters and the story had several interesting subplots that eventually merged together."

“Very smooth story structure. Wesley is a great character and I liked the way the police team worked together. I really enjoyed this one. The archaeology was an interesting side story also.”

"I liked everything about the book. Easy read, good characters, interesting plot. I liked the archaeology aspect too."

CONS:
only one slight con and I I printed it it would be a big spoiler.

108Carol420
Edited: Feb 12, 2:08pm Top

106. The Damage Done By James Oswald

Book Discussion:
Series: Inspector McLean Book #6
Publication Date: February 2016

Book Description: McLean must investigate the seedy goings on of an exclusive and secretive society, catering for the rich and powerful of the city. Somehow it is linked to a particularly gruesome cold case from twenty years ago, McLean's first case with the force.

Dates Read: February 2019 - February 2019
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