Meet Me at the Library

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Two at a time seems to be the magic number for me to check out from my local library. So when I was done with the last two books from the library I checked out two more, one, the second in a series from James Patterson,  the other a book about horses and family from Danielle Steel.

2nd Chance by James Patterson

The sensational killings that have rocked San Francisco appear to be unrelated except in their brutality. But detective Lindsay Boxer senses there’s some thread connecting them all. She calls her friends in the Women’s Murder Club together to see if they can discover what it is. Surely some clue has been overlooked by their bosses and male colleagues.

Working with Chronicle reporter Cindy Thomas, Assistant District Attorney Jill Bernhardt, and medical examiner Claire Washburn, Lindsay discovers that there is indeed a link. The victims were of different ages, lived in different locations, and were killed with different weapons. But each had a close relative in a particular profession, a profession that sends a chill through Lindsay’s heart.

The partners in the Women’s Murder Club realize that this killer is after something unspeakable, something deeper than revenge, and that the next target could be one of them. They deduce where the killer is likely to strike next and bait a trap that can’t be resisted. But if their calculation is wrong, the consequences will be lethal. And there will be no second chance.’

Pegasus by Danielle Steel

This is a story of courage, friendship, and fate as two families face the challenges of war… and the magnificent stallion that will link them forever.

Nicolas von Bingen and Alex von Hemmerle, titled members of the German aristocracy, have been best friends since childhood. Both widowers, they are raising their children — Nick’s two lively boys and Alex’s adored teenage daughter — in peace and luxury on the vast Bavarian estates that have belonged to their families for generations. While Nick indulges in more glamorous pursuits, Alex devotes himself to breeding the renowned white Lipizzaner horses that enthrall audiences throughout Europe with their ability to dance and spin on command, majestic creatures whose bloodlines are rare and priceless.

But it is Nicolas’s bloodline that changes everything, when his father receives a warning from a high-ranking contact inside the Wehrmacht. A secret from the past has left the family vulnerable to the rising tide of Nazism: Nick’s mother, whom he never knew, was of Jewish descent.

Suddenly Nicolas must flee Germany, wrenching his sons away from the only home they have known, sailing across the Atlantic for a new life in America. Their survival will depend on a precious gift from Alex, their only stake for the future: eight purebred horses, two of them stunning Lipizzaners. In Florida, where Nicolas joins the Ringling Brothers Circus, he becomes Nick Bing, with Alex’s prize white stallion — now named Pegasus — the centerpiece of the show.

Pegasus tells the story of a family reinventing itself in America, while the country they left behind is engulfed in flames and madness, and men like Alex von Hemmerle are forced to make unbearable choices. Alex’s daughter will find sanctuary in England. In America, Nick will find love, his sons will find a future, and their left-behind world will eventually find them. A novel of hope and sacrifice, of tragedy, challenge, and rebirth, It is a brilliant family chronicle that unfolds across half a century—a masterwork from one of our most beloved writers.

 

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Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve been watching the Poirot television series for quite some time now, they’ve been on Netflix and some episodes can be found on YouTube. I love the idea of solving crimes without all this technology we’ve become accustomed to.

So when I found a copy of Agatha Christie’s Poirot in my local library I snapped it up and read through it rather quickly. I soon found that the collections of short stories followed the episodes pretty closely, but the episodes contain quite a bit more information than the stories. The shows would depict everything as it happened, while in the stories, some of that had already happened.

That didn’t matter much as I was already a fan of Poirot and his investigations.

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Meet Me at the Library

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Not too long ago I finally became a member of my local public library – a rather antiquated way of procuring books, but still a wonderful way to find books and meet others who like to read. So I picked up a couple of books, one is a self-help book describing the law of attraction and the other is crime fiction classic.

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

The Secret’s 10th Anniversary Edition includes a new foreword by Rhonda Byrne, and 10 of the most life-changing insights she’s had over the last 10 years of practicing and living The Secret every day. The 10 insights alone will accelerate your understanding and mastery of the law of attraction.

Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie

What connects a movie star, an archaeologist, a French maid, a prime minister, a wealthy dowager, and an Italian count? Crime, of course – and the master crime-solver, Hercule Poirot. Half of them have fallen victim to a terrible crime; the others have fallen under suspicion. This collection brings together 14 stories, 14 crimes, and twice as many suspects from Poirot’s mysterious adventures around the globe. This time, he investigates the mysterious murders that followed the opening of Pharaoh Men-her-Ra’s tomb.

Have you visited your local library lately? What have you been reading lately?

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Dollar Tree Book Reviews – Part One

I’ve bought quite a few books from the Dollar Tree in my time here on this blog, and I think the time has come to do a collective review on some of them. So, without further ado here is a video of my talking about some books from the Dollar Tree!

 

The books I cover in this video are:

 

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1st To Die by James Patterson

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I like James Patterson, I’ve read a few of his books now like Alex Cross’ Trial earlier this year, but this is a new series for me and I’m happy to have found the first one in this series. I found it at a thrift store, which is possibly the best place to find older books.

Anyway, it’s about a lady detective, which I like because it is usually men who are the main characters in these kinds of books, but that is getting better too. The Woman’s Murder Club comes together rather smoothly, it wasn’t forced, which I also liked.

And the plot was superb! Loved the twist at the end, though if I had paid a little closer attention to a certain character’s character I would maybe have an inkling that something wasn’t quite right either. A very good murder mystery, I hope the rest of this series is just as good as I will be trying to find the next one: 2nd Chance.

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The Murder Book by Johnathan Kellerman

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My rating: 2 of 5 stars

After reading others’ reviews of this book, I’m inclined to agree that the author likes to describe everything in detail. It’s described very well, but he does this with everything. From people, to buildings, to cars, to rooms to whatever’s important in the current scene. I found it a bit distracting. It took me away from what was happening with the plot.

The plot was pretty good. The murder mystery was told very well, I thought. The side plot was interesting, but didn’t do much for the book itself. Some things I thought weren’t explained all the well when it came time to resolve everything. I’m still not entirely sure how it ended? Or even if it was a good ending. It did end though, that much I’m sure of.

This was a book that was left in the breakroom at work, it’ll be going back there for someone else to read.

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Thrifty Book Haul

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Mom and I have been enjoying our thrifting trips and I’ve found some books from my favorite authors!

1st to Die by James Patterson

James Patterson, bestselling author of the Alex Cross novels Along Came a Spider, Kiss the Girls, and Pop Goes the Weasel, offers the first of a new series dubbed The Women’s Murder Club, featuring a four-woman team that occasionally works outside the system. None of the gritty darkness or frenzied action is lost in 1st to Die, although the female protagonists offer an even deeper emotional context to this suspense thriller.

Inspector Lindsay Boxer of the San Francisco Police Department suddenly finds herself in the middle of two horrifying situations: The first is that she’s just learned she has an often-fatal blood disease. The second is a double homicide case she is now heading up that involves the murder of newlyweds on their wedding night. Burdened with Chris Raleigh, a new partner reassigned from the mayor’s office, Lindsay finds that she has too much to deal with and turns to her best friend, Claire, the head ME on the case. Claire offers helpful advice and human, friendly contact amid a job filled with violence, cruelty, and fear.

Soon a fledgling newspaper reporter, Cindy, makes contact with Lindsay looking for a career-making story. Although Lindsay can’t officially comment on the case, the two women form a rapport, and Cindy joins Lindsay and Claire for their weekly meeting. When a second pair of newlyweds is murdered, and later a third, the investigation leads to a prominent crime writer, Nicholas Jenks, who has a history of spousal abuse and a predilection for kinky, dangerous sex games. With the help of an understanding assistant D.A., Jill Bernhardt, Lindsay tries to make a case against Jenks, who even had an affair with one of the slain women. Eventually Jill joins the Murder Club, and the four ladies share private interdepartmental information in an effort to track and stop the killer before he strikes again.

Nightmares & Dreamscapes by Stephen King

A collection of short stories, several being published for the first time, offers a spine-tingling journey to the nightmare world created by a master of sheer terror and grotesque imagination.

Lasher by Anne Rice

The Talamasca, documenters of paranormal activity, is on the hunt for the newly born Lasher. Mayfair women are dying from hemorrhages and a strange genetic anomaly has been found in Rowan and Michael. Lasher, born from Rowan, is another species altogether and now in the corporeal body, represents an incalcuable threat to the Mayfairs. Rowan and Lasher travel together to Houston and she becomes pregnant with another creature like him, a Taltos. Lasher seeks to reproduce his race in other women, but they cannot withstand it. Rowan escapes and becomes comatose as her fully-grown Taltos daughter is born. The Mayfairs declare all-out war on Lasher and try to nurse Rowan back to heatlth.

Michael remains entwined in the Mayfair family and learns how he comes by his strange powers. Michael’s ghostly visiting from a long-dead Mayfair reveals the importance of destroying Lasher. In the investigation, Lasher’s origins are revealed, the new Taltos Emaleth returns, and the climax of death and life engulfs the family.

Baby-Sitters Little Sister #28: Karen’s Tea Party by Ann M. Martin

Karen and David Michael have the worst table manners ever. Karen burps at the dinner table, and David Michael makes rude noises with his armpit. Then Karen’s daddy sends them to charm school, and Karen makes a complete turnaround. David Michael, on the other hand, is a different story.

Stephen King, Anne Rice, and James Patterson are some of my favorite authors of all time. And I must admit that Baby-Sitters Little Sister is a bit of nostalgia for me personally.

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