Kathy's (kmartin802's) 3rd 2019 Thread
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1. Grand Forks: A History of American Dining in 128 Reviews by Marilyn Hagerty (256 p.) -- Nonfiction book is a collection of 128 restaurant reviews by Marilyn Hagerty who explored the variety of food options from mom and pop diners to large chain restaurants in Grand Forks, ND, from 1987 until 2012. It was an interesting exploration of the people who ran the restaurants and the kinds of food they served their patrons. Notes at the ends of many of the reviews told of the current (2013) status of each restaurant which illustrated how difficult the restaurant business is since many of the restaurants were no longer in business.
2. Sherlock Holmes and the Red Demon by John H. Watson, M.D. by Larry Millett (317 p.) -- Historical Fiction with footnotes. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson come to Minnesota at the request of J. J. Hill to find the man who is threatening his railroads and timber operation. They are just in time to witness the Hinckley fire of 1894. I loved the historical detail of my home state. The mystery was interesting and engaging.
15. Through the Evil Days by Julia Spencer-Fleming (355 p.) -- Russ and Clare are on their honeymoon - in January, at a rural cabin without electricity or running water - with unresolved issues between them Clare is five and a half months pregnant with a baby Russ did not want. Clare is facing possible loss of her parish because of "unpriestly" behavior and Russ is concerned that the town council is going to dissolve the police force and get law from the State Highway Patrol. Then the storm arrives and bad guys who have kidnapped a young girl who just had a kidney transplant and will die without her drugs. While they are away, the rest of the police are looking for the girl and learn she might be part of a much larger conspiracy and investigation into a drug ring. Knox and Flynn are investigating with Flynn fighting his feelings for her and Hadley dealing with an ex-husband who is threatening to expose her past and take her kids if she doesn't give him money she doesn't have. Fast-paced, filled with tension and emotional drama.
18. How to Love a Duke in Ten Days by Kerrigan Byrne (448 p.) -- 1890 - Lady Alexandra Lane (who was raped as a school girl by her headmaster, killed him, and buried him with the help of her two best friends) comes to the aid of her friend Francesca who is slated to marry the Duke of Redmayne but really wants proof that his family murdered hers. Alexandra decides to marry him instead because, with her family almost bankrupt, she needs the money. She's also fascinated by him despite his reputation and scars and wants children if her fear of intimacy can be overcome without having to tell him why she fears. Entertaining story with lots of courting scenes.
22. Vendetta in Death by J. D. Robb (368 p.) -- 49th In Death. Eve has to catch a woman who calls herself Lady Justice and kidnaps, tortures, mutilates and murders men she believes guilty of crimes against women. Eve figured out who the killer was by the middle of the book but finding enough evidence to catch her took the rest. i love the relationships in this story. Eve and Roarke have a love to die for. Eve's friendships with Mavis and Peabody add richness. It is great to see how Eve has grown since she met Roarke and how her demons don't trouble her as much as they did despite this case which trips a lot of old triggers regarding rape and other abuse.
28. Written in Red by Anne Bishop (433 p.) -- reread
33. Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop -- reread
34. Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop -- reread
35. Dare You to Lie by Amber Lynn Natusch (352 p.) -- 17-year-old Kylene Danners has two problems. Who framed her FBI Agent father for the murder of another agent? Who took and posted nude photos of her when she was a freshman in high school. After her father's imprisonment and mother's abandonment, Kylene is back in the town where the nude photo incident happened and living with her grandfather. Since she blamed six star football players for the crime in a town where football is god, there is a lot of resentment and lots of enemies both in school and out who want her to stop investigating and get out of town. Assisted by her best friend Garrett and new friend Tabby, Kylene investigates and uncovers a number of dangerous town secrets. Very tense. Great sarcastic heroine.
41. The Orphans of Raspay by Lois McMaster Bujold (128 p.) -- Penric and his demon Desdemona are captured by pirates and taken to a pirate island to be sold. He encounters two young girls and their lives get tangled up with his at the direction of his trickster god. The writing was great. The story well plotted and entertaining. The characters were vivid. Some of Penric's actions to escape the island and get back home to his wife were laugh-out-loud funny.
48. The God of the Hive by Laurie R. King (368 p.) -- This is the 10th Sherlock Holmes/Mary Russell mystery. This one has them separated and on the run. Mary is heading to London with granddaughter Estelle while Holmes is on a boat to Holland with his son Damian. Both have survived the religious fanatic that wanted to kill them but they are still being pursued by some enemy unknown to them but know to us since he is one of several viewpoint characters in this story. Mycroft is also in trouble in London. He has been kidnapped. Somehow, all of the cases comes together. This was a very good story.
52. The Books of the Dead by Emilia Bernhard (300 p.) -- Poet and amateur detective Rachel Levis finds herself in the middle of a second murder investigation when she finds a man strangled in the mens' room of a seedy cafe. She is sent undercover at the French national library to see who wanted the victim dead and learns that anyone who knew him did. The case expands when it is learned that illustrations are being stolen from rare books and our victim was likely blackmailing the thief. Nice cozy.
53 & 54. Accepting the Lance by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (336 p.) -- Excellent Liaden Universe adventure which ties up a lot of plot threads (the DOI, Bechimo and the Complex Logic Laws) and throws in some new ones too with the Bedel finally being found by the ship that dropped them off and the consequences of that and an attempt by a Boss Surebleak who wants to bring the planet back to the bad old days and incidentally murder Korval and representatives of TerraTrade doing a survey to decide if Surebleak can be a legitimate planetary port. **This was so good I read it twice.
71. Deadly Little Scandals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (352 p.) -- YA sequel to LITTLE WHITE LIES has Sawyer still trying to figure out who her biological father is but that is just one mystery. There are also 25-year-old bones found in the lake, a missing friend of her mom's who reappears having done something with her baby, and questions galore about the parentage of her friends. This was very like a soap opera and I'm not sure I have it all figured out yet.