Read-a-Thon Reviews

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Sat, 06-15-2013 - 11:11am

The read-a-thon starts today! Post your read-a-thon reviews in this thread. If you have trouble posting, trying giong through this link: http://www.ivillage.com/user/sign-in

If you can NOT post and you have reviews, please email me at brendaluvschance@yahoo.com , and I will post them for you. 

Remember to post the review number before each book reviewed, you may post multiple books in one post.

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Tue, 06-25-2013 - 7:29pm

 #1 Sew Deadly by Elizabeth Lynne Casey

Ever since she moved to Sweet Briar, South Carolina, Yankee librarian Tori Sinclair has been the talk of the tiny town. But she''s been so busy at work, winning over the sewing circle, and trying to forget her cheating ex that she hasn''t even had time to baste together a pillow, let alone mind local gossip. Then she finds the hometown sweetheart dead at her back door...

Everyone believes the police investigator, who''s just fixin'' to link Tori to the murder in a love triangle gone bad. To clear her name, Tori will have to rely on her new sewing sisters and stitch together the truth- or be darned.

 This is the first book in the Southern Sewing Circle series. I certainly don't need to get hooked onto another cozy mystery series but I really enjoyed the book and I'm looking forward to reading the next book. It introduces some fun,quirky characters and it kept me quessing right until the end.

 Kathie

  

 Kathie

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Fri, 06-28-2013 - 12:22pm

 #2 The Plum Pudding Murder by Joanne Fluke

Publishers Weekly Review:

The Christmas season provides the backdrop for bestseller Fluke's sprightly 12th Hannah Swenson holiday mystery. When Hannah, the proprietor of the Cookie Jar in Lake Eden, Minn., stops by the Crazy Elf Christmas Tree Lot one night to pick up a check, she discovers the body of the owner, Larry Jaeger, inside "Elf Headquarters," the double-wide trailer that was Larry's home. Hannah's "slay-dar" has led her to yet another murder victim. With the support of various friends and family, including her lively and manipulative mother, Delores, Hannah investigates. Her sessions in a class on small business practices raise her suspicions about the Crazy Elf Christmas Tree Lot. Cozy fans will cheer as Hannah survives a hair-raising confrontation with the killer to present an elegant Christmas eve banquet.

 I do enjoy this series but this book wasn't one of my favorites. The subplot involving Norman's mother and a mystery man just seem too silly to be believable. The best part of the book was a couple of recipes that I'm looking forward to trying- The Shrimp Louis spread and the Jeweled pork roast both sound really good

 Kathie

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Tue, 07-02-2013 - 2:29pm

#1 Guilty by Diane Hoh 

This is a YA book in the Point Horror series.  My friend and I were talking about scary mystery books we liked as kids and she had read this series.  I was a big fan of Lois Duncan books.  I think my daughter will definitely read this but not until around 4th grade.

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When Katie's boyfriend is kiled in a canoeing accident, she knows nothing will ever be the same again.  And she can't stop wondering - could she have prevented his death? Was it her fault?

She doesn't know that someone else has already reached a decision about the accident.  Katie's guilty.  And her punishment should be death.

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Thu, 07-04-2013 - 7:14pm

 #3 Kinsey and Me by Sue Grafton

Publisher Weekly Review

This short story collection from Grafton combines glimpses of her series detective, Kinsey Milhone, with a revealing self-portrait, separating the two with a thoughtful essay on the evolution of the private eye. The volume opens with nine crisply plotted Milhone tales, each with a clever hook: a woman's book club that does more than read about alibis, a twist on the classic "poison that leaves no trace." The second, shorter section contains 13 pieces written after the death of the author's mother. Featuring "a younger version" of Grafton called Kit Blue and a moody, atmospheric style, they searingly evoke the author's alcoholic parents as she struggles to make peace with her troubled childhood. These provide moving and surprising insights into the woman behind the bestsellers. Though the two sections of the book feel strikingly different, fans will admire Grafton's impressive output and feisty fictional detective all the more knowing the challenging beginnings from which both grew.

 I'm a fan of Sue Grafton's but not usually a fan of short stories but I decided to give the book a whirl. The book does give some insights into the lives of Kinsey and Grafton herself but I found the book to be just okay. I'm still anticipating the publication of W is for Wasted which comes out in Sept.

 Kathie

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Thu, 07-04-2013 - 7:15pm

 #4  The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood

Library Journal Review

Pushcart Prize winner Hood artfully blends two stories that converge in an emotional, poignant ending. Vivien Lowe is an obituary writer in San Francisco obsessed with finding her lover, lost in the 1906 earthquake. She imagines him merely missing or suffering from amnesia because she cannot accept he might be dead; she knows that time does not heal, that grief never goes away. Meanwhile, decades into the future, privileged housewife Claire is bored with her marriage to Peter, a good provider but a demanding perfectionist, and launches an affair that Peter soon discovers. As this is 1961, she must stay in the marriage or risk losing their daughter. VERDICT A well-constructed story leading readers from secrets of the past toward illuminating truths of the present. Highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 9/10/12.]

I enjoy books that alternate through different lives and different time periods. I figured out early on how the stories were going to connect but this didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book.



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 Kathie

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Fri, 07-12-2013 - 1:51pm

 # 5 Her Last Breath by Linda Castillo

  Bestseller Castillo's fifth Amish thriller featuring Painters Mill, Ohio, police chief Katie Burkholder is a stunner. In the prologue a hit-and-run driver crashes into the buggy of Paul Borntrager, killing him and two of his children and seriously injuring a third child. Katie, who was a good friend of Paul's wife, Mattie, before Katie left the Plain Life, now has to inform Mattie about the accident. An examination of the scene provides clues that the crash may have been deliberate, and more police work strongly suggests that it was premeditated murder. Meanwhile, kids discover human bones in an abandoned grain elevator-bones that have a connection to Katie's past. Those twin dramas play out, each in surprising fashion, as the search for the hit-and-run vehicle and the killer continue. Castillo once again displays her mastery of edge-of-your seat suspense.

 This is another  page turner and it's becoming one of my favourite mystery series. I'm looking forward to the next installment.

 Kathie

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Mon, 07-15-2013 - 1:38pm

 #6 Murder at the castle by Jeanne M. Dams

  This is the 13th in the series and usually I recommend that a series be read in order but this series can be read as stand alone books. This book was a fun closed room mystery story. It was a perfect Sunday, sit on the balcony and read book.

Dorothy Martin is in Wales for an opera full of passion, drama . . . and murder. Dorothy Martin and her husband, retired Chief Constable Alan Nesbitt, are invited to join their close friends Nigel and Inga Evans at a Welsh music festival. Amid the glorious surroundings of Welsh castles and the history of long-ago battles, the stage is set for an enjoyable event. However, when a tragic accident takes the life of one of the choir, and the same fate befalls the star soloist, Dorothy and Alan find themselves in the midst of an investigation as tumultuous, passionate and complicated as any opera.

 Kathie

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Fri, 07-19-2013 - 12:39pm

2- The Thirteen by Susan Moloney

Found this while walking around the library stacks.  The book was a bit slow but had a good ending.  I might check out this author again.  

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Haven Woods is suburban heaven, a great place to raise a family. It's close to the city, quiet, with great schools and its own hospital right up the road. Property values are climbing. The streets are clean, people keep their yards really nicely. It's fairly pet friendly, though barking dogs are not welcomed. The crime rate is practically non-existent, unless you count the odd human sacrifice, dismemberment, animal attack, demon rape and blood atonement. When Paula Wittmore goes home to Haven Woods to care for a suddenly ailing mother, she brings her daughter and a pile of emotional baggage. She also brings the last chance for twelve of her mother's closest frenemies, who like to keep their numbers at thirteen. And her daughter, young, innocent, is a worthy gift to the darkness.

A circle of friends will support you through bad times. A circle of witches can drag you through hell.

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Sat, 07-20-2013 - 7:36pm

#3 - 1105 Yakima Street by Debbie Macomber

This is the 11th book in the Cedar Cove series.  They take place in Washington State and each book is about the residents of the town.  This is a very heart-warming series.  Highly recommend them.

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Dear Reader,

You’ve probably heard that my wife has left me. Rachel’s pregnant, and she says that she can’t handle the stress in our household anymore. My thirteen-year-old daughter, Jolene, is jealous of her. Maybe it’s my fault. As a widower I spoiled her – Jolene was reading over my shoulder just now and says that’s not true. She claims Rachel ruined everything. But that’s not true. The real question is: How can I get my wife back? I don’t even know where she is. She’s not with Teri Polgar or any of her other friends from the salon. The other question is. . . when will Jolene grow up and stop acting like such a brat? Of course, I’m not the only one in town with problems. Linc Wyse’s father-in-law is trying to destroy his business. And you know Charlotte Rhodes? Seems she’s becoming forgetful, and the family’s worried about her and Ben. Lots of other stuff going on – but Rachel is better at keeping up with it than I am. If you have any idea where my wife is, please give me a call. Please. —Bruce Peyton

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Mon, 07-22-2013 - 6:31pm
Jen, I don't know if it's available on your side of the pond or not but the Cedar Cove books have been made into a TV series. The first one was last night but I haven't watched it yet.

 Kathie

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