Kathy's Third 2018 Thread
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Now entering the third quarter of 2018, it is time to begin a new thread.
Kathy's First Thread -- 88 books
Kathy's Second Thread - 88 books
Let's see if I can read 88 more in the next three months.
1. Deep Cover by Scarlett Cole (336 p.) -- 3rd Love Over Duty Romantic Suspense title. This is Cabe's story. His fiance has been dead for two years now and he is starting to be ready for a new romance. Amy is a FBI agent who transferred to California after being the victim of sexual harassment by a senior agent at her old office in Georgia. They are working together to investigate money laundering and sex trafficking at a local casino. Lots of suspense and good character development.
2. The Girl You Thought I Was by Rebecca Phillips (368 p.) -- Interesting contemporary YA about a young shoplifter. Morgan is a good kid, straight A student, doesn't drink or use drugs, has a nice group of friends, and shoplifts. When caught, she is assigned to community service at a local thrift shop where she meets Eli who thinks she working there to pad her college applications. She's lying to him and to her friends but it eventually comes out and changes her relationship with all of them. She's been using shoplifting to make her feel more in control as she deals with her anger at her mother for having an affair and leaving her family for that man. It touched emotions and it was hard to read Morgan's story but the ending is hopeful.
3. The Butterfly Conspiracy by Vivian Conroy (336 p.) -- Merula Merriweather, orphan taken in by her relatives and breeder of butterflies, needs to clear her uncle who is suspected of murder when a butterfly she hatched landed on the arm of a woman who then died in a way that looked like she was poisoned. With the help of Lord Raven Royston, she sets out to find out who and what killed Lady Sophia. She finds a number of possible suspects and finds herself in lots of danger too. Setting: Victorian England - London
4. Sea Witch by Sarah Henning (368 p.) -- YA Historical fantasy. Fisherman's daughter Evie has always had Crown Prince Nik as her best friend. They used to also have Anna but she drowned 4 years earlier. Now, Annemette has come from the sea and she's the very image of Anna. Annemette is a mermaid who confides in Evie, who is secretly a witch, that the only way to stay human after 4 days is for her true love Nik to declare he loves her too and kisses her. Evie determines to help Annemette but Annemette has a secret that will change everything. This had a wonderful fairy tale feel and was an engaging story.
5. Set the Night on Fire by Laura Trentham (336 p.) -- Nice contemporary romance. Ella buys into Abbott Brothers Garage and Restoration which angers Mack who doesn't want a non-Abbott owner. Ella is newly divorced from an abusive older husband. She has a reputation as a gold digger who took him royally in the divorce. What isn't known is that she was the financial brains of the marriage and she has continued to use her financial talents to increase her divorce settlement. Mack is trying to live up to what he thinks his father wanted for the garage which has estranged him from his brother Ford who sold out to Ella. It has also damaged his relationship with the mother who left the family when the boys were young. I liked the romance and the characters were interesting people.
6. To Catch a Witch by Heather Blake (320 p.) -- 8th in series. Darcy Merriweather is a wishcrafter who polices the crafters when a crime is committed. When elite runner Abby is murdered, Darcy and her boyfriend Nick are on the case. Even though "everyone loved Abby," it turns out there are a number of people who benefited from her death. Also, 2nd plot thread, Darcy's sister Harper is ill and worrying Darcy. And, 3rd plot thread, there is a power struggle going on among the witches in town for the position of Elder who is currently Darcy and Harper's deceased mother. Nice paranormal mystery.
7. These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch (480 p.) -- First in new YA epic fantasy. Follows Adeluna who is a rebel, Devereaux who is a raider, and Benat who is the crown prince of the country that tried to conquer Lu's. All three characters are tested as they face betrayals and other dangers. Lu, who was a child soldier, will do anything to preserve the peace that exists. Vex wants a safe place where he can get away from any part of the revolution. Ben wants to prove that magic can be used for good and wants to get away from his religious fanatic father who wants to purge anyone who uses magic or disagrees with him.
10. Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop -- re-read
11. Nine by Zach Hines (320 p.) -- Science fiction. In Julian's society everyone has nine lives. The more lives you use up, the higher your status and perks. However, things are going wrong with the rebirth process and those in charge are trying to hide it. Julian gets involved with both the club at school that is encouraging creative suicides and with a group who is trying to uncover what those in authority are hiding. The whole concept of nine lives as a way of controlling overpopulation doesn't make sense but no other reason for it is given. If the premise that grounds the book can be ignored, the characters are interesting and there is plenty of action.
12. Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop -- reread
13. Slaying it by Chloe Neill (77 p.) -- Merit is very pregnant when she is almost kidnapped. Both the vampires and the ombuddies want to find the guy who attempted the kidnapping to remove the threat to Merit. Meanwhile, Merit is concerned about Margot and Jonah's relationship. They seem like a perfect couple but something isn't clicking. It turns out Margot is still attempting to get over her abusive relationship with her previous boyfriend. Things get more complex when it is discovered that Merit's kidnapper is Margot's ex who is a guy always looking for the next get-rich-quick scheme and it debt to the mob. Great setup for Neil's upcoming spinoff series.
14. The Point by John Dixon (320 p.) -- Science Fiction. 18-year-old Scarlett Winter has just graduated from high school and developed supernatural powers. She is forced to attend West Point or go to prison. She chooses West Point but soon finds herself at a secret part of the academy called The Point where other posthumans like her are being trained as weapons against terrorism and especially again posthuman terrorists. Her power is unique; she can absorb and transform all kinds of energy. Because of her unique talents, she is being trained by another unique talent who has the ability to walk in and control other's dreams. Unfortunately, she is also crazy. Jagger is the posthuman terrorist who wants to show Rhoads - the man in charge of the Point- that he was wrong to dismiss him. Interesting story but I thought Scarlett's transformation from slacker to hero was a little abrupt.
16. The Agency: The Body at the Tower by Y. S. Lee (352 p.) -- 2nd Agency mystery. Mary goes undercover disguised as a boy to investigate a death at a construction project. James Eaton, returned from India with malaria, is hired to do a safety inspection of the site. They uncover theft of materials and blackmail on their way to solving the crime.
17. Lake Silence by Anne Bishop - re-read
18. #MurderTrending by Gretchen McNeil (352 p.) -- Near-future science fiction/mystery where murderers are sent to Alcatraz 2.0 where they are hunted and killed by serial killers while the whole world watches and comments on the App. Dee is seventeen and has been wrongly convicted of the death of her stepsister. She needs to stay alive long enough to find her sister's real killer. She soon realizes that her current situation is tied to her kidnapping by a psychopath when she was 11. The book describes a number of gruesome murders and should make readers wonder if Alcatraz 2.0 could ever be in our future.
19. Wild Hunger by Chloe Neill (352 p.) -- Elisa Sullivan is back in Chicago after four years in France escorting the French delegation to potential peace talks. When a Spanish vampire is killed and one of Elisa's shifter friends is blamed, she begins investigating to clear her friends name. Meanwhile, she is meeting old friends including Connor Keene, the shifter who was the bane of her childhood and who had grown up really nice. Elisa is also dealing with the magical monster inside her that seems to be the result of the magical way she was conceived. Being back in Chicago is making her control more difficult. Great start to spinoff series.
20. Shadowspell by Jenna Black (295 p.) -- Dana isn't having an easy time in Avalon. Not only are the two faerie queens her enemies but now the Erlking who leads the Wild Hunt has come and he wants something from her too. What is a teenage girl to do? She'd like to be dating Ethan who is a real manslut and having feelings for her personal safety instructor but she has to make deals with the Erlking when he captures Ethan and makes him part of the Wild Hunt.
21. Guilt by Degrees by Marcia Clark (441 p.) -- 2nd Rachel Knight mystery. Rachel claims the case of a murder of a homeless person when she sees the current prosecutor blow the case. First she has to identify him which takes a while. Once identified, Rachel and Bailey find themselves looking at a previous case in which a police officer was brutally murdered in his home and his beautiful wife, though strongly suspected. manages to be acquitted. Now Rachel and Bailey are on the hunt for the wife who really, really doesn't want to be found. Lots of detail about the investigation. Lots of intriguing LA restaurants. Lots of drinking top shelf vodka and wine. Excellent suspense and nice fast pace.
22. The Traitor in the Tunnel by Y. S. Lee (384 p.) -- Mary is undercover at Buckingham Palace looking for a petty thief when the Prince of Wales finds himself in an opium den where his friend is killed. Now there is the threat of scandal for him but the murderer might be Mary's long-lost father. Meanwhile, James has gotten the job to fix the sewers under the palace and he and Mary uncover a treasonous plot. Also, the Agency might be breaking up as the two women who run it see different futures for the Agency which will force Mary to choose which woman to follow.
23. The Truth Lies Here by Lindsey Klingele (416 p.) -- Budding journalist Penny Hardjoy returns to her home town of Bone Lake, Michigan, to spend the summer with her father and prepare her entrance essay for Northwestern's School of Journalism. Her father is missing and things in Bone Lake are kind of strange. She partners up with childhood friend Dex who has grown up nice but is still the nerd she knew. She also meets Micah whose father has been blamed for the local plant's shutdown. Even though she prefers to deal with the truth - everything black and white - she soon finds things are weirder than her worldview allows. This is a story of a girl who gains a more realistic picture of who her father really is and what truth is too.
24. A Grave Matter by Ann Lee Huber (421 p.) -- Keira and Gage's next case has them investigating a mystery where old graves are being dug up and the bones taken only to be ransomed back to their descendants. While dealing with a number of suspects including nephews of the victims who need money, a man who is sure that one of the men stole his aunt's gold torc, and a grandson of Bonnie Prince Charlie. Gage and Keira are working on their relationship. This isn't easy because Gage is very secretive and Keira is gunshy after her horrible marriage and afraid Gage only wants her for her artistic talent and skills as an investigator.
25. A Study in Death by Anna Lee Huber (323 p.) -- While dealing with her sister's difficult pregnancy, her brother-in-law's strange behavior, a future father-in-law who's still trying to talk his son out of the marriage, and a fiance who is still keeping major secrets, Kiera also is trying to solve the murder of her most recent portrait subject. Like Kiera, Lady Drummond has an abusive husband much like Kiera's but there are others who might have wanted her dead. Lots of suspects and lots of emotional trauma is this episode as Kiera wonders if Gage will turn out to be too much like her first husband.
26. A Pressing Engagement by Anna Lee Huber (83 p.) -- This novella is centered around Kiera and Gage's wedding. They have plenty of time to solve a couple of crimes since Kiera's sister is asking for her advice and then ignoring it and planning the wedding on her own. When Jock gives Kiera a gold torc, they are finally able to solve the mystery that began in the second book. Also Bonnie Brock is calling in a favor and asking them to recover his mother's diary which is in a hidden compartment of a writing desk given to a friend's fiance.
27. As Death Draws Near by Anna Lee Huber (342 p.) -- Kiera and Gage have their honeymoon interrupted when Gage's father asks them to go to Ireland to investigate the murder of a nun. They find themselves deep into the conflict between Catholics and Protestants as they investigate. Lots of politics in this one move the mystery to the side of the story. I liked the way Kiera and Gage are building their marriage and I like that Kiera gets some advice from the Mother Superior of the convent about balancing her investigations and her homelife.
28. A Brush with Shadows by Anna Lee Huber (375 p.) -- Kiera and Gage travel to Dartmoor to investigate the disappearance of Gage's cousin Alfred. Gage had an unhappy childhood and hasn't been back for 15 years. His aunt and cousins made things very unpleasant for him, his mother was ill and eventually died of poisoning. He comes home to find his grandfather dying, unrest because laborer's resent the new mechanical combines, and questions of a family curse. Great setting. I like the way Kiera and Gage are building their marriage. I like that Gage is finally sharing some of his secrets with Kiera.
29. Sirensong by Jenna Black (312 p.) -- Conclusion of Faeriewalker trilogy. Dana travels to faerie to be presented to the Seelie Queen Titania and faces a number of attempts to kill her along the way. After an attempt on the life of a fae princess that could only have been made by a faeriewalker, Dana and her friends need to flee the palace and attempt to get back to Avalon. Dana unmasks another faeriewalker, learns who has been making the attempts on her life, makes a deal with the Erlking and Queen Titania, and is on the way to living happily ever after - except for the problem of her alcoholic mother which gets better when Dana realizes that she can't save someone who doesn't want to be saved and joins Alateen so that she has someplace to talk about the problem.
30. Rivals in the City by Y. S. Lee (352 p.) -- Conclusion of the Agency series. Mary and James deal with the villain from the first book while setting up their own inquiry agency and contemplating marriage. Mary meets a cousin who fills in some of her father's missing story.
31. Hidden Pieces by Paula Stokes (448 p.) -- YA thriller. Embry Woods is being blackmailed by someone who knows that she and her boyfriend started a fire at a closed hotel one night when they were fooling around. Since she saved the life of a homeless guy who was living there, the town believes she's a hero. Embry has other issues. She's worried about her mother who has just beaten cancer. She's worried that their family cafe might be lost because of all the bills. She's worried that her boyfriend in Afghanistan is expecting too much of her. He wants to get married; she's found another guy. She's worried that her best friend will hate her since the new guy is her ex. Embry is juggling lots of secrets in this tense, fast-paced thriller.
32. Through the Fire by Katie Ruggle (352 p) -- Kit and her bloodhound Justice have come to Monroe to join the police force and finds herself in the middle of lots of secrets. Wes is a genius, reclusive fire spotter who helps her out. A killer out for revenge has also come to town. Kit is the only one who finds her suspicious. This revisits characters from earlier books in the series and brings story arcs to a conclusion.
33. The Prodigy by John Feinstein (384 p.) -- This is a story about a 17-year-old golg prodigy named Frank Baker who is being pressured by his dad and his dad's adviser sports agent Ron Lawrensen to turn pro right out of high school. Frank wants to stay amateur at least for a couple of years of college. He's wise enough to know he doesn't belong on the Pro tour at 17. His dad is being blinded by the money his son can make. Frank has his swing coach Slugger Johston on his side and also Slugger's friend Keith Forman who is a golf writer. This story has lots of golf action as Frank competes in the US Amateur and the Masters at Augusta. It also has lots of name dropping of many of the stars of the golf world. Feinstein is actually a sportswriter and includes a lot of interesting detail. Maybe too much detail about rounds of golf for those who aren't familiar with the sport though. Frank seemed a little too mature and media savvy for most 17-year-olds too.
34. Second Chance at Two Love Lane by Kieran Kramer (339 p.) -- Incredibly tedious romance about a couple reconnecting after ten years apart. Ella Mancini does community theater and is a partner in a matchmaking agency in Charlotte. Hank Rogers is an international movie star in Charlotte for one week to film a movie. They broke up when he got a chance to make a film in Hawaii which started his career. They still love each other but their lives took them apart and aren't close to meshing now. The main problem with the story wasn't the plot line or the subplots about a matchmaking client under a curse, Ella's mother's paternity, or a new firend's homesickness. The book was just so wordy and overwritten that I ended up skimming the last two thirds.
35. D-Day: The World War II Invasion That Changed History by Deboran Hopkinson (375 p.) -- Excellent middle grade nonfiction. Lots of first person accounts along with sections that provide context. Extensive notes and sources to give curious readers a place to go for more information. Lots of photos and maps.
36. Her Majesty's American by Steve White (384 p.) -- Alternate history/science fiction/espionage. Robert Rogers is a North American naval intelligence officer for the British Empire. He is sent to New America because there is concern about a Caliphate plot against the Empire. He finds himself neck deep in plots. Not only is the Caliphate there but so are the Sons of Arnold (New American who want to free North America from the Empire nonviolently), and the Sons of Wilkinson (a radical group in the Sons of Arnold). Add in aliens who are using those groups to protect their empire from ours and you have a twisty plot with lots of opportunity for Rogers to show his brilliance, competence and loyalty to his Empire. Grey Goldson is the New American Agent assigned to work with him. She's a woman of mystery with mixed loyalties. Lots of space adventure and a fast paced plot.
37. Ten After Closing by Jessica Bayliss (328 p.) -- YA thriller about a hostage situation. Told by Scott and Winny, two of the hostages, they detail what happens when three men burst into the Cafe Flores right after closing in hopes of robbing the place. Chapters are either from Scott or Winny's viewpoint. Chapters also go back and tell what each of them were doing earlier in the day. The hostage situation isn't necessarily the worst parts of the day for these two differently abused young people. Good thriller, interesting characters.
38. Cowboy, Cross My Heart by Donna Grant (304 p.) -- Romantic suspense that takes place in Texas. Naomi has a career as a photographer in Washington, DC, but is back home in Texas to connect with her best friend. Whitney is trying to be a rodeo queen but something is scaring her. Naomi wants to help but the two are attacked. They are rescued by Brice Harper. Naomi and Brice instantly fall in love and together they battle the bad guys. Actually a nice romance if you can get past the insta-love.
39. Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan (400 p.) -- YA epic science fiction. Ia Cocha is enemy number one of the Olympus Commonwealth. She has murdered and terrorized in the name of protecting her people. She is only 17. When she's captured, she's forced to attend the Commonwealth's premier military training school. There she meets Brinn who is hiding that she is a member of a despised ethnic minority known for blue hair and powerful intelligence. She is put in the charge of Knives Adams who is the youngest Flight Master in the Academy's history and the son of the general who captured Ia. He has refused more prestigious assignments and is grieving the death of his older sister. There are lots of conflicts between the characters but they gradually get to like each other. They also have a bigger problem when Ia's escape attempts bring down slavers on the Academy and the three have to work together to save their fellow classmates.
40. The Plot Is Murder by V. M. Burns (230 p.) -- Recently widowed Sam Washington is living out the dreams she and her husband had. She's retired from teaching, opened a mystery bookstore, and is writing a cozy mystery of her own. When the body of the shady realtor who sold her the building is found outside it, she needs to clear her name and find the real killer. Helped by her Nana Jo and Nana Jo's other senior friends from the retirement community, Sam delves into Clayton Parker's life and uncovers quite a few suspects. The senior ladies not only help dig up info through their wide network of relatives and contacts but they provide a lot of the humor in the story.
41. Unpunished Murder: Massacre at Colfax and the Quest for Justice by Lawrence Goldstone (288 p.) -- Middle Grade nonfiction. Uses the Massacre at Colfax which was the murder of more than 100 unarmed black men by more than 150 whites in 1873. For a number of reasons mainly having to do with white supremists and the developing Supreme Court, no one was ever convicted of the murders. This book talks about the development of the United States government and the development of the Constitution and the Court system. It talks about State Rights vs Federal laws, the 14th and 15th Amendments and how the Supreme Court guts them. It talks about politics and compromise. All of it suitable for a middle grade audience. The book also includes an extensive bibliography and detailed source notes for the quotes. It is illustrated with period drawings, cartoons, portraits, and documents.
42. In Cold Chocolate by Dorothy St. James (320 p.) -- Small South Carolina beach town chocolate shop owner gets involved when the local Lothario is found dead, apparently shot by her new boyfriend's ex-wife. Penn investigates to try to prove her innocent so that she can take her son to his first day of middle school. Meanwhile, Penn is being challenged for the ownership of the shop she inherited from her grandmother by her mother, aunt and uncle. Interesting plot, interesting characters, 3rd in a series.
43. The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney (299 p.) -- Donna, who was captured and injured by wood elves when she was a child, has had her hands and arms repaired with cold iron in intricate tattoos. She always wears gloves and feels like a freak. Her only friend is her next door neighbor Nav. When Nav is kidnapped by wood elves, she calls on a new friend half-faeries Xan to help her get him back. 1st in a trilogy so there's worldbuilding and backstory and questions still to be answered.
44. Read and Gone by Allison Brook (320 p.) -- Carrie is busy at Christmastime arranging events and programs at the public library. Her criminal father shows up unexpectedly and asks for her help recovering his share of the loot from a recent jewel heist. Before she can agree or disagree, her father's partner is found dead, the jewels are missing, and her father is a suspect. Carrie wants to prove her father innocent and find the jewels to return them to their rightful owner. More deaths follow and suspects pile up too. Since her boyfriend Dylan is an insurance investigator on the track of the jewels, it put some strain on their new relationship. I like that Carrie is settling in and finding friends and family in the town. I like her cat Smoky Joe. I like that she's building a new relationship with her father. The plot was nicely twisty.
45. Dactyl Hill Squad by Daniel Jose Older (272 p.) -- Historical fantasy. NYC 1863 with dinosaurs. The Civil War is raging and in New York City gangs of the Kidnappers Club are capturing free Blacks and taking them south to be sold into slavery. Magdalys Roca is living at the Colored Orphan Asylum when she receives word that her brother Montez, who joined the Union army, was gravely injured and taken to New Orleans. She wants to join him but needs to help rescue the other orphans from the asylum who were captured. Magdalys and a number of her friends join others to rescue the kids. Magdalys discovers she has the ability to communicate with the dinosaurs which gives her side a great weapon in their battle. Lots of action and a great story of friendship.
46. Burning Ridge by Margaret Mizushima -- 4th Mattie Cobb case hits close to home when the burned body of her brother is found in the Colorado mountains. They had been separated as children and raised in separate foster homes. They have only recently reconnected but haven't met. The investigation quickly gets complicated as they try to figure out why he was back near a town he hated and who killed him. Lots of suspects. Lots of suspense. I like the growth Mattie has achieved since this series began as she explores repressed memories and learns how to reach out to people.
47. Red Waters Rising by Laura Anne Gilman (368 p.) -- 3rd book in Devil's West trilogy sees Isobel and Gabriel visiting the southeastern edge of the Territory and the town of Red Stick. This time they run into a problem that doesn't have an easy solution and a problem that tests both of them to their limits. Gabriel doesn't do well on the edge of the Mudwater. He's a water-child who has a difficult relationship with his element. Isobel needs to balance her job as the Devil's Left Hand and the powers born in her as a child of the Territory. Meanwhile, tensions are rising between the homesteaders and Indians, those living in the Territory and those Americans across the river. Ancient beings are rising and changes are coming and life as Isobel has known it is balanced on a thin edge. Great world building and fascinating characters.
48. The Guilty Dead by P. J. Tracy (368 p.) -- 9th Monkeewrench mystery has Magozzi and Gino investigating the suspicious death of Minnesota multi-millionaire Gregory Norwood. Meanwhile, Monkeewrench is working on a computer program to locate terrorists and Grace and Leo are waiting for the birth of their child any minute. I liked the crisp dialog and twisty plotting of this story.
49. The Deepest Roots by Miranda Asebedo (320 p.) -- Excellent YA fantasy/mystery. Rome, Lux, and Mercy are best friends. They have also inherited some of the gifts girls from Cottonwood Hollow inherit. Rome is a Fixer, Lux a Siren, and Mercy and Enough. Rome is the narrator. She's living in poverty with her mother who has just lost her job as a waitress. They are in danger of being homeless. Lux is living with her mother and abusive stepfather. The girls swore an oath not to keep secrets but, now at 17, there are some secrets too hard to share. When they see Emmeline Remington's diary which hints at hidden treasure, they are determined to find it -- but they are not the only ones looking. This was a wonderful story about love and friendship and even had a sweet romance.
50. Intercepted by Alexa Martin (320 p.) -- Marlee is the long-time girlfriend of NFL star Chris until she catches him cheating on her and dumps him. New team quarterback Gavin is there when things fall apart and helps her out. She's embarrassed because she had a one-night stand with him during one of her and Chris's breakups. He hasn't forgotten her and new he wants her back. She hasn't forgotten him either but doesn't want to have anything to do with another professional athlete. This was an engaging romance with a biracial main character. It gives an interesting look into the lives of the football wives too. I liked Marlee and empathized with her need to become an independent woman before she joined her life with a man's.
51. The Storm Runner by J. C. Cervantes (448 p.) -- Middle grade fantasy/adventure mining Mayan mythology. Zane Obispo frees the god of death and then has to find a way to kill him. He also learns about his heritage as a godborn. He makes new friends and finds his courage. Lots of info about Mayan mythology. Fast-paced action and smart-mouthed main character.
52. What I've Done by Melinda Leigh (336 p.) -- 4th Morgan Dane mystery has Morgan and Lance investigating a young woman accused of murder. She's the daughter of Sharp's former partner who was killed in the line of duty. Haley is accused of murdering Noah Carter but, despite being found over his body covered in his blood, she doesn't remember any of the events after leaving a club with him. Someone doesn't want Morgan to investigate badly enough to sent email threats, create a viral video, and attempt to kill her and Lance. This was action-packed and filled with tension. Morgan has a concussion through the whole book. She is also wondering if being a defense attorney is right for her and she receives a job offer to move to New Jersey and become a Prosecutor again. I love her growing relationship with Lance.
53. The Grand Escape by Neal Bascomb (267 p.) -- Provides historical background and then details the largest prison break of World War I from Holzminden Prison in Germany. It follows a number of the young men who took part in the escape. The writing made me feel like I was the one digging the tunnel and traveling through Germany to freedom. Profusely illustrated with photos, maps, and documents. Comprehensive bibliography and detailed chapter notes.
54. The Emerald Sea by Richelle Mead (400 p.) == Finale of Glittering Court trilogy. Tamsin's story. Tamsin, disappointed at not ranking first among the girls of the Glittering Court and angry at Adelaide for securing first place, decides to travel to the New World on a different ship than the other girls from her house. After a shipwreck, she finds herself the leader of the other girls and responsible for getting them to Cape Triumph. From meeting with the enemy Icori, surviving religious fanatics at Constancy, dealing with enemies trying to increase tensions between the Icori and the Ofridians, and being loved by two different men, Tamsin has her hands full. Luckily, she up to the challenge and determined to find her way to Cape Triumph to marry a rich man and make a life for her daughter and herself.
55. Chasing Truth by Julie Cross (400 p.) -- Con woman and budding secret agent team up to find out the truth when their friend Simon dies in an apparent suicide. Lots of twists and turns at their exclusive prep school come to the surface as they investigate. Ellie and Miles also fall in love but can Ellie with her criminal past have a future with straight-arrow Miles?
56. Hiding Lies by Julie Cross (304 p.) -- Conclusion of Ellie Ames duology finds Ellie in NYC reunited with her father with the goal of turning him in to get her mother out of prison. He's in the middle of a complex con and in bed with the mafia. Meanwhile, Miles has joined St. Felicity's Shelter and is on the track of more of the rogue agents who are also involved in Ellie's dad's con. This was a complexly plotted thriller. Ellie and Miles have their relationship tested in many ways.
57. Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews (336 p.) -- Conclusion of the Kate Daniels series. Kate and Curren would love to just learn to be parents to their 13-month-old son Conlan but Kate's father wants Atlanta back and wants Conlan too. But before he can invade, another ancient being has plans for Kate and Atlanta that are even worse than Roland's. Kate and Curran need to gather all their allies to find way to defeat this new enemy. They need Roland - but they know he can't be trusted. Great conclusion. Wonderful to see many from earlier books in this one. Wonderful relationship between Kate and Curran.
58. Rocky Mountain Cowboy Christmas by Katie Ruggle (416 p.) -- Engaging romantic suspense title. Steve Springfield has come home with his four kids to get them away from danger. Camille is a folk artist who is really, really shy and becoming a hermit. When Search and Rescue is called out by Camille's nosy neighbor, it is Steve who finds her scavenging a local scrapyard and in no danger beyond dying of embarrassment because of the fuss. She's always liked him since they were in high school together but he hadn't really noticed her until now. They begin a really awkward relationship that intensifies when she starts selling her art in the family Christmas shop and when she moves in with Steve and his family when her house burns down. Great characters. I really liked the relationship and really liked Steve's kids. I guessed wrong about the villain but it makes sense.
59. Wicked and the Wallfower by Sarah MacLean (396 p.) -- Intense historical romance. Lady Felicity is a wallflower; Devil is a crime lord who has clawed himself, his brother and sister up from poverty and now wants revenge on their half-brother. He hits on Lady Felicity as his vehicle toward revenge but doesn't count on falling in love with her. Emotionally intense and action-packed. First in a series.
60. The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal (431 p.) -- Science fiction/alternate history. After a meteorite destroys Washington, Dc, and most of the Eastern Seaboard triggering an extinction event, Dr. Elma York and her husband become part of the scientific project to find a way into space and establish colonies to save humanity. This takes place in the 1950s with all of the chauvinism and prejudices intact. As a female, it doesn't matter how brilliant or what a great pilot Elma is, she's disqualified because of her gender from becoming an astronaut. With her husband's support, she overcomes those prejudices and when the story ends she's on her way to the moon. Book 2 to follow. Wonderfully engaging storytelling and richly human characters.
>54 kmartin802: I've heard that one's pretty good. Bumping up the priority list!
61. Damsel by Elana K. Arnold (320 p.) -- Grim, gritty, fairy tale-feel, about a young woman "rescued" from a dragon who is fated to the be new king's wife. She has no memory of her past and is being trained to be an appropriate wife. Sexual abuse has a role here making it best suited for older young adults.
62. Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand (447 p.) -- YA horror. Marion, Zoey, and Val tell this story about an island known for the disappearance of young girls. Among the missing is Zoey's best friend Thora. Marion's sister Charlotte is one of the most recent disappearances. Val and her ancestors have been hosts for a demon who needs the young girls' deaths to become anchored in this world. This one also has a set of chauvinistic demon hunters willing and eager to sacrifice young girls to foil the demon. Some sexual encounters between Marion and Val and sexual discussions between Zoey and her best friend Grayson target this one to older readers if the horror isn't enough to target it for older readers.
63. A Knife in the Fog by Bradley Harper (288 p.) -- Dr. Arthur Conan Doyle, his inspiration for Sherlock Holmes-his medical Professor Bell, and Margaret Harkness - a young woman who is their guide to the East End solve the mystery of the identity of Jack the Ripper. Well written and well researched. Told by Doyle who is writing 40 years after the 1888 events and after the other participants are dead. A proper Victorian gentleman, Doyle comes to admire Margaret but as a young husband and expectant father nothing can come of this admiration.
64. Uncompromising Honor by David Weber (784 p.) -- 19th book in Honor Harrington series. This time the Solarian League goes too far and Honor and the Grand Alliance take the war to Sol. The Solarian League has decided to use their Navy to destroy the infrastructures of neutral planetary systems to "encourage" them to remain in the Solarian League. They are picking under-defended systems because they don't they can't face the technology of the Grand Alliance. Except in one case, they run into a small task force and are soundly defeated. Meanwhile, larger more established systems are voting to withdraw from the Solarian League and the Mandarins in charge can't let that happen because of the effect on their bottom line. The Mesan Alliance is also cleaning house and encouraging the conflict between the Solarian League and Grand Alliance. Maybe a little too much about missiles and space battles but also great stories about interesting people.
65. Del Toro Moon by Darby Karchut (256 p.) -- 12-year-old Matt Del Toro is the descendant of caballeros who came to the New World with chests of monsters, magical horses who can talk, and magical maces to kill the monsters. They hid the chest but they leak and require the descendants to hunt them. Now a group of paleontologists want to explore the area where the monsters are and Matt's dad can't convince them to go elsewhere. Matt has his first crush on one of the paleontologist's daughters. Lots a great action as they fight the skinners. Lots of family tension as Matt's older brother and his father fight all the time. Lots of love as Matt has a very close relationship with El Cid who is one of the Andalusians who help with the hunt.
66. Mardi Gras Murder by Ellen Byron (304 p.) -- It's Mardi Gras and Maggie is really busy. She's subbing for her grandmother as one of the judges for the local beauty contest, trying to restore a painting damaged by a leaky roof, and solving two murders. The first murder was of a man found in the receding flood waters. He's a stranger. The second is the head judge of the beauty contest. Both died via gunshot wound. The case has lots of suspects. The judge wasn't well-liked and many had reasons to want him dead. Maybe it also has to do with the orphans trains that brought kids from NYC until the late 20s. Fun, twisty story with great recipes too.
67. The Hollow of Fear by Sherry Thomas (336 p.) -- 3rd Lady Sherlock Holmes adventure finds Charlotte trying to save her friend Ash when his estranged wife shows up dead on his estate and all the circumstantial evidence points to him as the killer. Scotland Yard is ready to arrest him but Charlotte knows that he is being framed and must find out who is framing him. A very twisty plot and a very complex and intriguing main character in Charlotte.
68. The Perfect Candidate by Peter Stone (320 p.) -- YA Thriller. Cameron Carter is glad to get out of his small central California town to spend the summer as an intern for his Congressman Billy Beck but he soon finds that Beck isn't the shining star he thought as he gets involved in an investigation of Beck's crimes. When his mentor is killed in a staged drunk driving accident, he decides to bring Beck down. Helped by a mysterious FBI agent and his new girlfriend who's the daughter of the Mexican ambassador, Cameron finds lots of danger and adventure in his search.
69. A Crafter Knits a Clue by Holly Quinn (216 p.) -- Sammy comes back to her childhood home to run the business started by her best friend who has just died in a freak accident. When the owner of the knitting shop next door is found murdered, Sammy and her sister and cousin decide to resurrect their childhood detective club to solve the crime. Nice setting; nice relationship between the women. Negatives have to do with the main character's portrayal which never came together for me.
70. See How They Run by Ally Carter (332 p.) -- 2nd in Embassy Row trilogy. Grace has found out what happened when her mother died but now is suffering from crippling guilt. When her brother takes a break from West Point to visit her in Adria he brings along a classmate who has a hidden reason of his own for visiting. When the classmate is found murdered and Grace's friend Alexei is framed for the crime, Grace needs to try to unravel a tangled mess of secrets, some spanning 1000 years, to save her friend.
71. In the Mood Fur Love by Eve Langlais (400 p.) -- Three novellas in which a paranormal meets his fated mate. A young woman on the run from a man who thinks he's a vampire is rescued by a bear shifter who wants to solve all her problems. A computer programmer with family troubles is rescued by her boss who is a wolf shifter. A woman cursed with immortality and unable to leave her small town meets her mate when he stops in at the cafe where she works in order to get breakfast. He helps her break the curse but will she stay with him or use her new freedom to see the world?
72. The Wood Queen by Karen Mahoney (321 p.) -- The book begins with Donna on trial for the events of book 1. She is learning that she has new powers that the alchemists, including her Aunt Donna, have been keeping from her. When she learns that her mother is under an elf curse, she makes a deal with the wood queen to lift the curse. But there are unintended consequences. As she learns more about herself, she comes to trust the alchemists especially Simon Gaunt less and less.
73. The Stone Demon by Karen Mahoney (336 p.) -- Conclusion of Iron Witch trilogy. After being tricked into releasing demons onto Earth, Donna has two days to create the Philosopher's Stone that alchemists have been trying to create forever or the demons will take over the Earth. Lots of excitement. Lots of traveling to other worlds. Unexpected help from unlikely sources. A neat tying up of loose ends.
74. The Hour of Death by Jane Willan (300 p.?) -- Second Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn cozy. It's Advent when the disliked head of the Art League is found dead beneath the spot where her entry in the art show should be. At first it looks like a heart attack but the missing painting and Sister Agatha don't agree with the police constable. She and Father Selwyn begin collecting gossip to build a picture of Tiffany and find that many had reason to want her dead. In the meantime, the abbey's new tenant is being harassed. She also has a secret reason why she came from the US to rent space in the abbey. Nice setting but a rather slow pace.
75. A Murder By Any Name by Suzanne M. Wolfe (300 p.) -- Excellent Elizabethan mystery. Honorable Nicholas Holt is called in by Queen Elizabeth when her youngest lady-in-waiting is found murdered and displayed on the altar of the Chapel Royal. With tensions between Elizabeth and the Puritans escalating, Nick needs to find out who killed the girl quickly. Then a second lady-n-waiting is killed. Lots of political and religious tension. Nick is aided by his Irish wolfhound Hector Nick's good friends are Jewish and the Jews are being blamed. Great setting, great characters, and a well-plotted mystery.
76. The Guggenheim Mystery by Robin Stevens (298 p.) -- Middle grade mystery follow-up to THE LONDON EYE MYSTERY. Ted, his sister Kat, and cousin Salim need to clear Salim's mother's name when she is accused of stealing a Kandinsky from her new job at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. Ted is autistic and has a unique viewpoint when helps him solve the case.
77. A Sorrow Fierce and Falling by Jessica Cluess (432p.) -- Emotionally intense conclusion to Kingdom on Fire trilogy. London has fallen and a small band of sorcerers have taken refuge at Shadow-Fell, Lord Blackwood's estate. Henrietta Howal and Lord Blackwood are planning a wedding but have radically different ideas of how to defeat the Ancients. Howal leaves the estate to further her plan and gather allies. There is intrigue, anguish, love and betrayal, treachery and romance in this concluding volume. I enjoyed it but had to keep taking breaks to decompress.
78. Six Cats a Slayin' by Miranda James (288 p.) -- 10th in series. Charlie Harris is getting ready for Christmas. He has an invitation from a new neighbor for a party but decides he needs to bring protection to keep himself safe from his aggressive, overly flirty new neighbor. A number of neighbors are at the party when the new neighbor Gerry Albritton collapses and dies. She was poisoned and Charlie finds himself trying to find out why and who did it. His investigation unearths lots of old hidden secrets. Meanwhile he has a mystery closer to home. Someone - a child, he thinks - dropped off a basket of 5 kittens with a note asking him to take care of them. As he begins to bond with the kittens, as does his Maine coon Diesel, he tried to find out who left them. Also his daughter-in-law is in distress probably with postpartum depression after the birth of her daughter Rosie. Great cozy story.
79. Take the Key and Lock Her Up by Ally Carter (336 p.) -- YA thriller conclusion to the Embassy Row trilogy. Grace, Alexei, Jamie and Dominic are on the run from assassins who could be from the Society or the Royal Family of Adria. To save the others, Grace takes off on her own to find out who wants them dead and what she can do to keep them alive. This is a story about old secrets, an ancient society, and killer who wants to keep the status quo. Grace and her brother are the rightful heirs to the throne of Adria - descendants of infant princess Amelia who didn't die in the coup that killed her parents and brothers. This was a twisty thriller with a main character who has psychological problems stemming from the death of her mother. She is reckless and somewhat suicidal and willing to die for those she loves.
80. The Lies We Told by Camilla Way (336 p.) -- Psychological thriller about the destruction lies, secrets, and a sociopath can do to a group of people. Very twisty and suspenseful but most of the characters are not admirable.
81. Leverage in Death by J. D. Robb (385 p.) -- This case has Eve and crew trying to figure out who is putting explosive vests on good family men and sending them to work to commit suicide. Meanwhile, Oscar season is near and The Icove Agenda is up for quite a few. Eve doesn't want to go but Peabody does if she can be spared from the investigation. Enjoyable and readable but not in the top tier of In Death stories.
82. The Shapeshifter's Secret by Heather Ostler (336 p.) -- A YA fantasy with an interesting concept that fails in execution, plotting, and character development. Julia learns that she's a shapeshifter and that her mother who gone over to the evil side wants her dead. She taken to a school in a castle to learn to use her powers and keep her safe. The dialog is stilted with no distinct voices. Reads like the first novel that should have been kept in the author's desk drawer until she had more practice as a writer.
83. Vendetta by Iris Johansen (416 p.) -- Rachel Venable and Jude Brandon have to bring down terrorist Max Huber before he successfully executes a major terrorist act in San Francisco. Brandon wants revenge on Huber because he killed his father. Venable is a target because her father used one of her untraceable poisons to kill Huber's father. Catherine Ling plays a part too as a CIA agent and Rachel's friend. As does David Cameron since he wants to look good to Catherine and further his own agenda. Lots of action. Lots of emotional intensity as Rachel deals with the loss of a father she loved but couldn't agree with.
84. Archangel's Prophecy by Nalini Singh (386 p.) -- Elena is losing her angelic powers. She's getting weaker, her wings are drooping, she's losing feathers. While she, Raphael and the doctors are tying to figure out why, she is also investigating a near-fatal attack on her brother-in-law. She is also dealing with a voice in her head spouting prophecies which are coming true. But the final prophecy is that Elena has to die. Elena isn't going to accept that and neither is Raphael. Meanwhile as a result of the Cascade, strange things are happening like a volcanic sinkhole in an area with no volcanic activity and Favashi is massing an army on the border of China.
85. Nemesis by Brandon Reichs (434 p.) -- 1st of SF trilogy. In a small town in Idaho, something weird is going on. Min is killed every even birthday and awakens in a meadow. Noah is killed every even birthday and wakes in a cave. Min is angry; Noah is anxiety prone. Both are seeing a psychiatrist. Then an asteroid is on an collision course with Earth but the big one misses but little ones cause mass destruction. Min learns that she is part of Project Nemesis which is apparently designed to let some people - in this town the 64 kids in the sophomore class - to survive the upcoming cataclysm. Lots of action, Lord of the Flies vibe, a little romance, and lots and lots of unanswered questions.
86. Wolf Rising by Paige Tyler ( 384 p.) -- SWAT #8. Officer Jayden Brooks finds The One when he rescues her from a gangbanger in her classroom. Unknown to her, this event triggered her inner werewolf. She's changing much quicker than normal and Jayden doesn't know how to tell her. Their romance is hot and heavy. Other plot threads include a police chief more interested in politics than his job, a group of hunters coming to hunt the members of the team, a gang leader trying to bring all the gangs together, and new drug in town.
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