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August 2019 ~ What are you reading?

Crime, Thriller & Mystery

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Aug 2, 6:32am Top

Aug 2, 8:59am Top

Hoping to find some time to start To Die But Once, resting tantalizingly by my chair!

Aug 2, 3:30pm Top

Just started The Butcher of Smithfield by Susanna Gregory. So far it is reminiscent of the Shardlake seriesa by C. J. Sansom.

Aug 2, 4:40pm Top

Just finished Rising Man which I enjoyed, and already started the next in the series, A Necessary Evil.

Aug 2, 6:00pm Top

Just finished The Wanderer (A Magnus Iceland Mystery), by Michael Ridpath, featuring Icelandic-American detective Magnus Jonson.

Next up in crime reading will be The Goodbye Look, by Ross Macdonald.

Aug 3, 12:29am Top

Couldn't get to sleep last night so read I Know Who You Are by Alice Feeney. Didn't particularly like this one-implausible storylines, very slow paced and there wasn't a likeable character to root for!

Edited: Aug 3, 6:46am Top

I'm reading The Three Hostages by John Buchan, the fourth novel in Buchan's "Richard Hannay" series. This entry in this classic somewhat over the top espionage series was published in 1924. These books are fun if you can overlook the strong mostly negative ethnic stereotyping of anyone not Anglo-Saxon.

Aug 3, 7:01am Top

Enjoying this OverDrive audiobook ~

You Can't Hide by Karen Rose

(part of Chicago series/Tess is a psychiatrist/someone is causing her patients to commit suicide/psych thriller and romance)

Aug 3, 8:34am Top

I just finished reading The Sentence is Death by Anthony Horowitz. It is the second entry in the Hawthorne series, and it was a quick, clever read. I enjoyed it, but I have enjoyed everything I have read by Horowitz. I also heard that he is working on a sequel to Magpie Murders, which sounds exciting.

Aug 3, 9:19am Top

>11 Dr_Flanders: That does sound exciting! I really enjoyed Magpie Murders.

Aug 3, 10:27am Top

After a respite of reading memoirs, I am back to reading mysteries and thrillers. Just started If She Wakes by Michael Koryta. Book is off to a good start and I am looking forward to continuing. Am starting vacation so expect to finish it quickly and read a few more.

Aug 3, 7:10pm Top

Enjoying this OverDrive Kindle eBook Alexa can read to me ~

Full Throttle by Julie Ann Walker

(Black Knights Inc., book 7/a spec-ops guy has to rescue the president's daughter/steamy and suspenseful)

Edited: Aug 5, 6:44pm Top

I am currently reading Girls Like Us by Cristina Alger. I just finished and I loved it. Next up is The Whisper Man by Alex North.

Aug 4, 1:26pm Top

I haven't started the Ross Macdonald yet; instead, I'm going to northeastern England to tag along with Vera Stanhope in Telling Tales, by Ann Cleeves.

Aug 4, 9:45pm Top

Finished The Frame-Up by Meghan Scott Molin. Liked it better than I was expecting.

Aug 5, 2:32pm Top

Finished If She Wakes by Michael Kortya. A terrific thriller with a great villain: Dax Blackwell, a teenage stone cold killer, aka "the kid". And an original premise: A college student Tara is driving a featured speaker to his lecture when an apparent traffic accident leaves the speaker dead and Tara with "locked - in" syndrome. She is completely paralyzed but still in possession of her mental faculties. Abbey a former stunt car driver now insurance investigator suspects the collision is not an accident. This sets off a chase for a devise that looks like a phone but actually contains valuable stolen industrial secrets. And only Tara can unlock the device.

Plenty of twists and turns. A plot that propels.

Aug 5, 5:43pm Top

Added Killer Twist by C. A. Larmer to my reading rotation.

Aug 7, 8:43am Top

Finished Killer Twist. Better than I expected.

Next up is Still Life With Murder by P. B. Ryan.

Aug 8, 11:33am Top

Just finished reading and reviewing Hearts of the Missing by Carol Potenza which I recommend for anyone who has enjoyed Tony and Anne Hillerman's books. Carol won The Tony Hillerman Prize in 2018 for a piece of fiction which morphed into this book so you know I don't make that recommendation lightly.

Aug 8, 11:46am Top

Last night turned to Peril at End House by Agatha Christie. She mentions the Blue Train as Poirot’s most recent case early on, so this must be in order.

Aug 9, 6:27pm Top

Finished Girl Unknown by Karen Perry. Not quite sure what I thought of it. Plot was somewhat formulaic: the life of a family is frayed by young girl claiming to be a daughter of the husband. Clearly, she is not what she seems and will be trouble. Slow moving for a while but good twists at the end. Will start Grist Mill Road by Christopher Yates.

Edited: Aug 14, 6:58am Top

Enjoying this OverDrive audiobook ~

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
(thriller/Jules becomes an apartment sitter in one of Manhattan's exclusive apartment complexes/dark history behind a gleaming facade)

UPDATE: ****

Edited: Aug 11, 9:18pm Top

Finished Still Life With Murder by P. B. Ryan. Liked it better than I expected.

Next up is Murder in Mykonos by Jeffrey Siger.

Aug 12, 3:21pm Top

Always love to read anything by Kate Atkinson, including her crime fiction. Just finished her newest Jackson Brodie novel Big Sky and thought it was great.

Edited: Yesterday, 2:01pm Top

Listening to this library audiobook ~

Garden of Lies by Amanda Quick

(Victorian era London/Slater is an archeologist & adventurer/Ursula is the owner of Kern Secretarial Agency/a death due to mysterious circumstances/amateur sleuthing and romance)

Aug 15, 7:03pm Top

I couldn't put down this thriller-it lived up to all the hype I'd heard about it: My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

Edited: Yesterday, 2:01pm Top

Revisiting this favorite OverDrive audiobook ~

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Aug 15, 8:13pm Top

I've just listened to book 2 & 3 of the Lady Sherlock series in the past few days - I could not stop listening. It was very good for my walks, as I often kept walking! A Conspiracy in Belgravia and The Hollow of Fear were both excellent and well plotted. I seldom read two series books back to back, but I did in this one. It helped that the books ended and started at the exact same point.

Aug 16, 11:14am Top

Quiller Solitaire by Adam Hall. The 16th outing of this “indestructible British agent.” The author, Elliston Trevor, is in peak form.

Aug 17, 9:11am Top

Finished Murder in Mykonos by Jeffrey Siger. Meh. Didn't appeal to my "lawful" streak.

Next up is The Last Call by George Wier.

Aug 17, 6:11pm Top

Finished Grist Mill Road by Christopher J. Yates. Intricate, dark tale of love, sexuality and coming of age, sandwiched between two acts of horrific violence. Lagged for me a bit in some parts, but overall excellent. Will start Darktown by Thomas Mullen tonight - about two black policemen in Atlanta, facing racism and corruption by their fellow officers, who take up a murder case that no one wants them to.

Aug 18, 8:44am Top

Finished The Last Call by George Wier. Typical kind of Texas macho stuff tho it did have a few moments.

Aug 18, 12:04pm Top

Another good psychological thriller read this week: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Aug 18, 1:51pm Top

I'm reading Now We are Dead by Stuart MacBride. I've laughed out loud several times, Roberta Steel in top form.

Aug 18, 1:53pm Top

Into Second Watch by Lowen Clausen. Police procedural kinda...the main cops are beat cops and aren't investigating the murder victims that keep showing up on their patch. It's a little odd and quite focused on relationships between various characters. At least so far.

Yesterday, 1:46pm Top

Enjoying this OverDrive audiobook ~

15th Affair (Women's Murder Club) by James Patterson

(San Francisco/Lindsay Boxer and crew/personal revelations shake things up)

Yesterday, 3:50pm Top

Just finished The Mad Hatter Mystery, by John Dickson Carr.

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